Nearly everyone has a Pixar movie that they absolutely adore. The computer animation studio is renowned for their ability to create child-friendly G-rated feature films that have weighty underlying messages, making them relatable to viewers of all ages. Perhaps one of the best examples of this is their 2008 film WALL-E. A futuristic tale of […]
The Struggle for Reproductive Rights in the U.S.
Reproductive rights have always been a contentious topic in the United States. With the supreme court confirmations of Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney-Barrett, the future of reproductive rights in this country became endangered. These new judges have caused a shift from a minor 5-4 to a significant 6-3 conservative majority, thus solidifying the Court’s […]
Supervised Injection Sites (SIS) and the Opioid Epidemic
On nearly every line, green-colored signs embellish New York City train cars, each urging the public to “Save a life. Carry naloxone.” Other signs offer well-intentioned advice, such as “Avoid using alone!” and “The best way to prevent an overdose is to not use drugs”. Each of these public service announcements is aimed towards combating […]
Your Ballot May Have Saved the Affordable Care Act but Failed To Vote for Healthcare Policy
Months before the 2020 election, public outcries to vote for healthcare ran rampant across social media outlets. Here’s the catch: we did vote for healthcare but we also didn’t. If you were among those who voted take a minute to ask yourself this: how much did a candidate’s position on healthcare policy weigh into where […]
The Sham of Western Feminine Liberation
Due to recent events, social ills like political radicalism and racial discrimination have dominated the news cycle, temporarily obscuring other urgent problems that still fester in society, even more so with a pandemic raging on. One of these problems is that of gender inequality and the related issues of sexism and misogyny. Gender inequality is […]
After COVID-19 | How Can We Reduce Disease Burden?
A small but growing number of COVID patients are trapped in limbo. They’ve been released from the hospital, they’ve tested negative, they’ve gone back to work – but they still can’t breathe. The smallest tasks exhaust them, their heads and joints ache, and there’s no medical diagnosis that seems to explain it. Welcome to the hell that […]
Beyond Black Lives Matter: The Impact of Social Movements
Progress happens through novel discourses. Black Lives Matter has revealed an age of moral awakening where the ‘woke’ generations have assumed avenues to bring about change. Social movements take center stage when it comes to mass social action through the collective opinions of communities. However, beyond the enormous contributions of the Black Lives Matter movement […]
Survivors of Gender-Based Violence and the U.S. Policy That Refuses Them
The word “alien” typically conjures up images of glowing, green creatures in otherworldly spaceships. Maybe even Steven Spielberg’s E.T. What seldom comes to mind are images of women fleeing violence, rape, and gang threats in hopes of a safer life across the border. However, this was who former United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions was […]
Addressing Youth Mental Health at School
Addiction. Anxiety. Bullying. Depression. Eating disorder. Marginalization. Self-harm. Suicide. Trauma. Violence. Lives as teenagers are not always youthful nor blithe, and oftentimes life challenges are entangled with emotions and mental health. Youths’ cryptic codes of expression of these emotions, as well as the medium, have changed with the advance of technology. On social media platforms […]
Your “Model Minority” is Dying
“Chinese are destroying Bay Ridge.” Flyers with this title were found distributed across Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, in June 2020. The flyers went on to describe some of the “crimes” that Chinese in Bay Ridge have “committed”: “junk stores: massage parlors (prostitution), nail salons, 99 cent stores, dirty Chinese restaurants; trashed up streets, bottle collecting, scavenging; coronavirus […]
HANN | An LGBT Short Film About Shame and Acceptance
Andri, an anxious teenage boy, hides and represses his sexuality in fear of his masculine father’s reaction but, on the eve of Andri’s first date, he finds a clever way to reveal his secret.
Disney X Kugali: The Future Is Here
Disney announced a spate of upcoming projects at its 2020 Investor Day. This included updates on the Marvel, Star Wars, and Disney Studios. It also announced milestones with Disney+ and its other streaming services. Although, that’s not the news. What caught people’s attention in-between Disney’s 52 announcements was that Disney was collaborating with a Nigerian […]
Politics & Biology | Is Free Will a Lie?
We tend to give a lot of credit to our decision-making abilities, especially in politics. We like to think that whichever political candidate we are voting for, or whichever political party we are endorsing, we came to that decision all on our own. What if I tell you that this might not be true at […]