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Person of Color Column: Accepting the “brown” label

Person of Color Column: Accepting the “brown” label

By Diti Kohli

February 20, 2019

In July 2015, a Huffington Post Canada article about the fashion choices of a Bollywood star’s wife sparked controversy because of its headline, “Shahid Kapoor’s New Wife Mira Rajput’s Outfits Have Every Brown Girl Drooling.” Impassioned readers flooded the comment section and called the h...

The B Side: Let artists’ unfinished work rest in peace

The B Side: Let artists’ unfinished work rest in peace

By Kyle Bray, Managing Editor: Visual and Design

February 6, 2019

Controversial rapper XXXTentacion’s newest project, Members Only, Vol. 4, was released on Jan. 23—just in time for his 21st birthday. The project features verses from the rapper himself along with many features, yet there’s one small detail about this album that shouldn’t be overlooked—XXXTentacion di...

Person of Color Column: Managing multiple identities

Person of Color Column: Managing multiple identities

By Abigail Hadfield, Deputy Copy Editor

February 5, 2019

For the first 18 years of my life, I viewed myself as white. When I came to Emerson, I realized that even though I am mixed, I could still belong to communities of color. I grew up in a white community in the Philadelphia suburbs, but I never tried to hide my ethnicity. I frequently asked my grandmot...

Person of Color Column: Do you see my color?

Person of Color Column: Do you see my color?

By Frances Hui

January 30, 2019

I ran into my Foundations of Journalism class late on my first day last semester. As I rushed in, the room went silent, and I flushed with embarrassment. I felt as though people were staring, wondering, “Who is this Asian girl? Why is she here?” I sat down in the only seat available in the first row, so peop...

She Goes Down: Adult content bans hurt dignified businesses

She Goes Down: Adult content bans hurt dignified businesses

By Allison Hagan

January 23, 2019

In eighth grade, I followed my first porn blog on Tumblr using my family’s computer. One late night scrolling through black-and-white GIFs of straight couples getting down led me on a long journey of learning how to masturbate and discovering where to find the finest homemade material to assist me...

Person of Color Column: From majority to minority

Person of Color Column: From majority to minority

By Melanie Curry, Deputy Arts Editor

January 21, 2019

As I was eating lunch one afternoon, my half-Latina friend asked me a question I’ve been waiting to hear since enrolling at Emerson: “Is that your real hair?” It comes as no shock to me that this friend or any other Emerson student might ask me this question at some point. I am, after ...

Head Over Feels: Have some respect. Stop ghosting.

Head Over Feels: Have some respect. Stop ghosting.

By Grace Griffin, Copy Editor

January 14, 2019

My last “breakup” happened with a guy whom I never officially dated. I use the term “breakup” loosely because he didn’t end things with me—he ghosted me. For about a month, I regularly hooked up with a guy I'll call “Cole.” Our conversations staggered until he stopped talking to me ...

The B Side: Less is more in the streaming age

The B Side: Less is more in the streaming age

By Kyle Bray, Managing Editor: Visual and Design

November 14, 2018

My first listen of Vince Staple’s newest project FM! disappointed me. It had nothing to do with the quality of the album but rather the length. FM! clocks in at 22 minutes in length, 14 minutes shorter than the rapper’s previous album Big Fish Theory despite it including only one more song th...

Head Over Feels: The anxiety of dating with a mental illness

Head Over Feels: The anxiety of dating with a mental illness

By Grace Griffin, Copy Editor

October 30, 2018

In the fourth grade, I had my first panic attack—at least, the first one I remember. It happened at a softball game. I worked myself up to the verge of tears because of some irrational fear of becoming sick. I had no reason to be so distressed, but I was. Since then, I’ve experienced panic attack...

Age of the Twink: When sexuality steals your youth

Age of the Twink: When sexuality steals your youth

By Kyle Labe

October 22, 2018

Over the summer I celebrated my best friend’s 21st birthday with him and some others from high school. We drank beer, sat around a fire pit, and shared memories. They chatted about camping trips and summer vacations, senior weeks and afterschool activities, yet I sat in silence. I had nothing to ad...

The B Side: Brockhampton breaks the hip-hop mold

The B Side: Brockhampton breaks the hip-hop mold

By Kyle Bray, Managing Editor: Visual and Design

October 17, 2018

Brockhampton self-proclaimed itself as the “best boy band since One Direction." Its quick rise to fame and early success proves the group earned the title. The hip-hop collective set a new career milestone when its first major label album iridescence claimed the No. 1 spot on the U.S. Billboard 2...

Head Over Feels: Long-distance love will never be convenient

Head Over Feels: Long-distance love will never be convenient

By Grace Griffin, Copy Editor

September 19, 2018

When I was 15, I remember hearing the lyric, “This love will never be convenient," in the Front Bottoms song “Tattooed Tears.” Although The Front Bottoms still remain my favorite band, I always found that lyric stupid. I believed that if you truly loved someone, you made time for them. You mad...