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Person of Color Column: Conversations can change culture

Person of Color Column: Conversations can change culture

By Melanie Curry, Deputy Arts Editor

September 11, 2019

Last semester, I confronted a white friend about her unintentionally racist comments. In our conversation, I talked about one of the biggest problems with racism today—microaggressions. “Some of the words and phrases you’ve said are racist,” I recall saying to her. “Calling my friends ‘t...

Head Over Feels: Anthems of my recovery

Head Over Feels: Anthems of my recovery

By Grace Griffin, Copy Editor

September 9, 2019

*Content Warning: This article discusses themes of violence, trauma, and sexual assault. The first time I heard a musical artist sing openly about sexual assault was in the song “Innocent Party” by Jetty Bones, the musical project of singer and songwriter Kelc Galluzzo. Galluzzo wrote, “I fell for...

Letter from the Editor: Ushering in a new era for The Berkeley Beacon

Letter from the Editor: Ushering in a new era for The Berkeley Beacon

By Chris Van Buskirk, Editor-in-Chief

September 4, 2019

As another school year begins, I want to take a moment to address some changes both in our paper and on campus.  Little Building finally opened and Boylston Street is finally clear of scaffolding—something I never thought I’d see in my career at Emerson. On Tuesday night, I witnessed freshmen ex...

Read it and weep: LGBTQ kids deserve queer-friendly books

Read it and weep: LGBTQ kids deserve queer-friendly books

By Katie Redefer, Copy Editor

August 31, 2019

During high school, my school district in southern Delaware removed The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth from their summer reading list for incoming freshmen. They cited  “inappropriate language” as the reason for removal, but considering the book is a lesbian coming-of-age story, mos...

Person of Color Column: I am from Hong Kong, not China

Person of Color Column: I am from Hong Kong, not China

By Frances Hui

April 21, 2019

I am from a city owned by a country that I don’t belong to. Britain colonized Hong Kong as a consequence of the Opium War in 1842. While China gave up part of Hong Kong permanently to Britain—the New Territories, which makes up 86 percent of Hong Kong, was also under British control in a 99-year le...

She Goes Down: Reimagining old-fashioned fairytale fantasies

She Goes Down: Reimagining old-fashioned fairytale fantasies

By Allison Hagan

April 18, 2019

Facebook Memories personally attacked me earlier this month by reminding me of an important anniversary—the last time I changed my relationship status to “In a Relationship.” Seven years ago. My ideal lover would want to share our rife and intense sex life with multiple partners, but I used to fe...

Person of Color Column: The dangers of generalizing race

Person of Color Column: The dangers of generalizing race

By Ally Rzesa

April 10, 2019

A disgruntled man ambushed a conversation between my friends and I on the Green Line a month ago. Our discussion veered from finsta content to him questioning our opinions on the recent college admissions scandal. While our chat remained civil—minus him calling us illiterate after not knowing the definition...

Person of Color Column: The languages of my nation

Person of Color Column: The languages of my nation

By Riddhima Dave

March 27, 2019

Since coming to America, people often say to me, “Your English is excellent for a...” and then they trail off from there. I have encountered this statement, or something along these lines, at least once every time I travel to the United States from India. It always leaves me wondering—I spe...

Person of Color Column: There is no right way to look like a person of color

Person of Color Column: There is no right way to look like a person of color

By Taina Millsap, Living Arts Editor

March 20, 2019

For the first 13 years of my life, as I grew up in Fortaleza, Brazil, I never heard the term “white-passing.” No one ever questioned my ethnicity because I “looked white” until I moved to the U.S. The centuries of immigration and racial integration within the Brazilian community from Asia, Europe, Afri...

Head Over Feels: Swipe right to calm dating anxiety

Head Over Feels: Swipe right to calm dating anxiety

By Grace Griffin, Copy Editor

March 13, 2019

Almost every Tinder date I go on is with someone I already know. A few weeks ago, I was swiping through the app when I saw an acquaintance. After exchanging a few messages, he asked me, “Why are you on here?” I replied, “I only really use Tinder to match with people I already know.” He replied, ...

Person of Color Column: Black History Month deserves a school-wide celebration

Person of Color Column: Black History Month deserves a school-wide celebration

By Melanie Curry, Deputy Arts Editor

February 27, 2019

I was sitting in an Uber with my friend Sydnie when my driver started telling us about his childhood in Roxbury, Massachusetts. His story didn’t particularly interest me until he began to question us about Martin Luther King Jr. “Yes, we know who MLK is,” I said, confused why he brought it up. He co...

Age of the Twink: Red Cross picks politics over science

Age of the Twink: Red Cross picks politics over science

By Kyle Labe

February 21, 2019

When I was in high school, the American Red Cross would sometimes station one of their “bloodmobiles” in the parking lot. A doctor, nurse, and phlebotomist collected pints from willing donors, and students lined the sidewalk waiting to contribute to the cause. I recall one time when my physical educa...