Culture

The Art of Choosing a Name

Living as a multiracial person has its challenges. Most of us write about our experiences with the many cultures that define us, or how others react to our racial and ethnic makeup. But there is one thing we may not ordinarily think about that is very important to people of multiple races — our names. […]

Fruitvale Station: A Roller-Coaster of Emotions

In this age of sensory overload and oversimplification, of people being vilified or martyred for one cause or another, it was refreshing to see a film that did not do any of the above. Ryan Coogler debuts his directorial skills with a compassionate representation of the complexities and contradictions that exist within any modern day […]

Book Review: Mo’ Meta Blues by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson

One of my favorite parts from Mo’ Meta Blues, a memoir by The Roots drummer Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, occurs about two-thirds of the way through the book. Questlove is talking about Things Fall Apart, the band’s fourth album, and one in which critics first began saying that the band wasn’t “black enough.” Questlove says: “I […]

What Causes a Culture of Competition & Violence?

I grew up in a home where there was domestic violence. I was that kid in that apartment building whose mom was known as “that lady who gets beat by her husband”.  My first childhood memory is of my dad giving my mom a bloody nose and cops coming to our apartment to take my […]

Interracial Family Creates Blog in Response to Cheerios Ad

After the backlash to the recent Cheerios ad was blasted across the Internet earlier this month, it seemed inevitable that the many multiracial citizens of this country would respond. “We Are the 15 Percent,”  started by interracial couple Michael David Murphy and Alyson West, is a beautiful tribute to the many interracial families in the […]

I Love the Skin I’m In

I love the skin I’m In Blessed God made me such a beautiful blend Wonderfully and fearfully blended To make me special and unique were his intentions I love the skin I’m in Where browns, blacks, pinks, and whites Meet colorfully in an intersection Perfect is my complexion So if you ask me I love […]

Unlearning Stereotypes

Our brains are hardwired to categorize things. It is a function for survival, but human beings and society has evolved and this disposition to stereotype and pigeonhole things can be a disservice to our modern-day human interactions. Commercials do it, TV shows and movies do it too. Stereotypes have gotten less hurtful over the years […]

20 year Sentence for Woman Defending Herself from an Abusive Husband

Why is Marissa Alexander facing 20 years in prison for defending herself from her abusive husband? He did not die, and Alexander did not shoot her attacker rather, Alexander fired a warning shot to prevent him from coming closer. That warning shot traveled through a wall and ceiling, but did not injure anyone. Furthermore, Alexander […]

The Language Division in Nevada

For a state of only a few million people, the state of Nevada has its fair share of Latinos. Due to its location in the West, Nevada is one of the many states where Latinos are the largest minority population. Because I live in Reno, I see this minority every day. Of course, I fall […]

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