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Writing for the Womanist: Healing Generational Trauma

The Womanist, a poetry, prose and visual art journal for women and femmes of color at Mills, has given me the opportunity to creatively process generational trauma in the form of poetry.

Protest mocks a student’s trans identity

Last week, a student was reportedly suspended from North Pole High School in North Pole, Alaska when she used “excessive force” on a boy who was a part of a group of boys blocking her from exiting the women’s bathroom. In actuality, the boys were staging a bogus “protest” by planning to march into the […]

Ariana Grande rejects labels — and it’s okay

According to Spotify, Ariana Grande is currently the number one artist in the world, and she just became the youngest person to ever headline Coachella. Everyone seems to have an opinion about Grande lately, and I recently wrote an article discussing her multiple instances of cultural appropriation. Now the conversation has shifted to focus Grande’s […]

Filtering beauty: The toxic dilemma of Instagram beauty

Instagram is an extremely popular social media platform. One billion people are active Instagram users, and that number is expected to increase as the year goes by, according to Statista.com. There is a large beauty culture that is unique to Instagram. While many different social media platforms have similar content that surrounds the topic of […]

Anti-cop lyrics are freedom of expression

Music is a way that humans have expressed themselves since the beginning of history. It is an aspect of culture and a melodic way to communicate. Hip-hop and rap music has become extremely popular and mainstream, but pioneers within this genre have not always been appreciated. N.W.A. (Niggaz Wit Attitudes) was a hip hop group […]

XXXTentacion was charged with domestic violence.

Can art be separated from the abusive artist?

The pattern of male artists being excused for their abuse of women is nothing new, but the impact this has on the validity and importance of their art is still a divisive topic. The death of rapper XXXTentacion in June sparked debates on whether or not his art can be critiqued separately from his history of […]

Discussions about body positivity and eating disorders on-campus

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At the end of February, Mills athletic training offered an Instagram challenge called #LoveYourSelfie as a celebration of their Body Acceptance Week. The challenge encouraged student athletes to share and celebrate positive feelings about self care and body image. The dates of this campaign coincided with National Eating Disorder Awareness week, sponsored by the National […]