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Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Kiran Deol, a South Asian American comedian, actress, and filmmaker.

Comedian Kiran Deol emphasizes need for diversity in comedy ahead of upcoming show

By Mariyam Quaisar, Content Managing Editor
October 27, 2021

Like many industries in the US, the comedic arts are dominated by white males, making it especially noteworthy and necessary when women of color take the stage.  Kiran Deol is headlining a show on...

The unwavering patriarchy in India is deeply rooted in the history of the country, and it starts with the Indian family dynamic. The husband and father is the head of a household, making sons the desired offspring, while daughters can be seen as a burden..

There is no excuse for hate crimes against Asian Americans

By Mariyam Quaisar, Content Managing Editor
March 25, 2021

The recent murder of eight people, including six of Asian descent at three different locations—a massage parlor in Acworth, GA and two spas in Atlanta, GA—calls for an addressing of hate crimes against...

It’s sad, really, that I’m numb to these things. So numb that when I saw the video of George Floyd’s murder, I didn’t feel surprised, angry, frustrated, or sad.

POC Column: Dear White People

By Melanie Curry
July 3, 2020

I once had a small, insignificant, ten-minute conversation with my high school friend Kelis that my mind will never let me forget.  One day, Kelis walked into a Georgian Nordstrom to window shop, and...

Melissa Rosales / Graphic by Ally Rzesa - Beacon Staff

Person of Color Column: Filipino food is my love language

By Melissa Rosales, Podcast Producer
December 14, 2019

This winter break I’m bringing home two suitcases: one full of clothes, one empty.  I'll fill the empty one with frozen Filipino food like sapin-sapin (layered glutinous rice and coconut dessert),...

Diti Kohli - Graphic by Ally Rzesa / Beacon Staff

Person of Color Column: Mom, meet my ‘friend’

By Diti Kohli, Print Designer
December 12, 2019

My high school boyfriend’s dreary old minivan was a staple in our driveway. He hugged my mom when they crossed paths in public, watched football games with my brother, and lovingly tackled my dog when...

Melanie Curry - Graphic By Ally Rzesa for The Berkeley Beacon.

Person of Color Column: My skin color is not a Halloween costume

By Melanie Curry
October 30, 2019

On Oct. 23, 2018, former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly defended blackface on live television.  “But what is racist?" Kelly asked. “Because you do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts...

Diti Kohli - Graphic by Ally Rzesa / Beacon Staff

Person of Color Column: I ain’t sari for wearing my culture with pride

By Diti Kohli, Print Designer
October 23, 2019

I’m often an all-black outfit kind of gal. My wardrobe mostly comprises turtlenecks, collared shirts, and high-waisted jeans in a sophisticated albeit boring range of neutral colors. It’s sprinkled...

Emersons downtown Boston campus.

Person of Color Column: Reconciling my mental health with my culture

By Seren Cho
October 19, 2019

Part of my identity is made up of being academically successful, or, for a better use of the term, a “know-it-all.” Growing up half-Korean in a Korean-dominated household, I learned that I couldn’t...

Jade Lopez - Graphic by Ally Rzesa / Beacon Staff

Person of Color Column: Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month away from home

By Jade Lopez
October 9, 2019

When Sept. 15 arrived, the first day of National Hispanic Heritage Month, I was eager to go to the Dining Center to see the foods they’d be serving that day. However, my heart broke when I opened up...

Melanie Curry - Graphic By Ally Rzesa for The Berkeley Beacon.

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

By Melanie Curry
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...

True social justice at a college cannot be brought about without its students. / Illustration by Ally Rzesa

Op-ed: Students of color, others are speaking for us

By Isha Marathe
February 20, 2019

On Nov. 7, 2018, I walked into a meeting about institutional racism at Emerson College and was surprised to see I was the only student of color in the room. The meeting was led by Sylvia Spears, vice...

Diti Kohli - Graphic by Ally Rzesa / Beacon Staff

Person of Color Column: Accepting the “brown” label

By Diti Kohli, Print Designer
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...

Abigail Hadfield. - Graphic by Ally Rzesa / Beacon Staff

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...

Melanie Curry - Graphic By Ally Rzesa for The Berkeley Beacon.

Person of Color Column: From majority to minority

By Melanie Curry
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...

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