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Although Cardi B and Nicki Minaj publicly fought only a few months ago, we have been anticipating this feud for a while. Both rappers' fans want their respective idol to outshine the other and emerge as the Queen of Rap. But other fans are disappointed. They argue that encouraging this feud perpetuates sexist ideas about women, that women should lift each other up, not compete.
Staying true to political history, polling seems to indicate that the president’s opposition party will make big gains this November. In this round of midterms, that means the Democratic Party is prepping for a return to (some) political power. For many, the anticipated “blue wave” will serve as a clear attempt to hamper the Trump administration, and to restore some parity to Washington, D.C. This zero-sum game approach means that many Democratic nominees are banking to win on the simple basis that there’s a “D” next to their name instead of an “R." Still, something else has emerged in this election cycle: full-fledged progressive politicians gaining more ground than ever.
Despite the recent trend of young engagements in Hollywood, like those between Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin or Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner, millennials in general are waiting longer to get married compared to previous generations. Marriage has become less of a priority in American society and is not as highly regarded as once before. In this day and age, women and men have many reasons to wait to tie the knot rather than forge a lifelong commitment.
We love New York Fashion Week, and when thinking of fashion hubs, Paris and Milan might be some major cities that come to mind. One of the most innovative and fashion-forward places doesn’t seem to get the love it deserves, though: Tokyo. Iconic for its Harajuku fashion and being the birthplace of A Bathing Ape, Comme des Garçons and Uniqlo, Tokyo is far from an unfashionable city. From Oct. 15-21, designers showcased their latest and hottest looks, while show-goers, as always, let everyone know why Tokyo is known for its street style.
Literacy is the bedrock of any modern society, crucial to everything we do. It’s exciting, informative, expressive and for far too long, was exclusive. It’s not hard to make the case that equitable education was not available to communities of color until at least the late 1950s, and even today, literacy rates are still heavily affected by socioeconomic status. According to research by the National Center for Education Statistics, Black children still constitute the highest number of minors living in poverty. The same study showed Black children consistently scoring among the lowest among reading tests in fourth and eighth grade. It’s clear that more work needs to be done to reach out to historically marginalized demographics — Native American and Hispanic children also scored below average — to create a more level playing field for all Americans.
In the age of technology and social media, celebrities have the platform and money to influence society in ways never before possible. Just a few decades ago, the public had to patiently wait for famous people to give interviews to the press. Now, many celebrities prefer to have an online presence where they can send out a tweet or post an Instagram photo whenever, wherever. While social media is a great marketing tool for promoting new products, music or film, celebrities are also using their platform to voice their opinions on politics and are increasingly active in campaigning for awareness on current national issues. This newfound power raises an important and controversial question: as entertainers with no professional background in the field, should celebrities have a political voice?
It’s Friday night and you have to choose between going out or staying home and watching Netflix. You open Snapchat and see a bunch of your peers hitting the town. Then it hits you: FOMO, or the fear of missing out.
Last Wednesday, Oct. 3 may have been "Mean Girls" Day, but today commemorates something much more pertinent to coming-of-age.
Many of America’s favorite fall traditions start in the early days of October. Football season, Starbucks churning out pumpkin spice products by the trough and the incessant need to put “spooky” in front of almost anything are easing us into autumn. That being said, the transition from summer to fall has been particularly leisurely this year, with 80 degree temperatures still being clocked in the past week. Our prolonged days of summer might explain why another yearly occurrence, the start of “cuffing season,” has seemingly been delayed.
From tropical vacations to concert gigs to cute pictures of their pets, practically everyone is sharing the best aspects of their lives on social media. The constant pressure and desire to share your life with your followers plays a role in how millennials are determining and expressing their relationships. When a significant other hits the Instagram page, the relationship immediately becomes official. It’s harmless to post pictures showing off your bae to everyone else, but the issue arises when the relationship doesn’t last.
One of the most memorable scenes in Tina Fey’s 2004 “Mean Girls” hilariously depicts the ways in which so many of us romanticize simple interactions with our crushes. Cady Heron, played by Lindsay Lohan, interprets her high school football star crush Aaron Samuels asking her for the date as his way of flirting. “It’s October third,” Cady replied with dreamy eyes and a toothy smile. The relationship was clearly going places.
Many recent trends have found their way out of our elders’ closets and into designer look-books. From mom jeans to chunky grandma sweaters, it seems like we have gone back in time. Throughout the past year, celebrities and designers have been getting inspiration from the average middle-aged man and have reimagined the dad shoe that we were all once embarrassed about. From Instagram to the runway, people are finally embracing the ugliness of oversized sneakers and are turning them trendy. Supermodels and social media influencers have been seen in the nondescript, chunky trainers with thick soles, sometimes paired with tube socks and vintage Levis. Somehow, they manage to make them look chic. But how did this all start?
On a lively evening towards the start of the semester, two groups of friends pass each other on Easton Avenue.
We’ve all heard “safe sex is great sex” from our educators and parents. We sat through a class for a whole marking period in high school, and we see commercials advertising contraceptives. When Coach Carr from the movie "Mean Girls" told a gymnasium of students “Don’t have sex because you will get pregnant and die,” we all knew that advice was a bit ridiculous. Still, birth control is something we often overlook and don't dive into past sex ed in high school. The question is not if we know what safe sex is, but if we take all of our options for granted and ignore options that are potentially better for us. Once we become sexually active we all typically resort to two options — condoms and the pill. Although these methods are reliable and effective, they’re not for everyone. There are a lot more options out there and some that are even better or may work better with your body. On top of that, there are resources like Planned Parenthood to help pay for the cost of birth control. It’s essential and important to know your options so you can protect yourself as best as you can.
Four friends were sprawled out in a messy living room on a Thursday night. The newest Netflix original rom-com played in the background, but the volume was low and no one was paying attention. Instead, everyone was engaged in an in-depth conversation about their love lives.
New York Fashion Week (NYFW) just ended, and like always, it was filled with tons of memorable moments, over-the-top shows and of course, trends that we’ll be wearing all fall and winter long. From Sept. 6 to Sept. 14, New York was filled with fashion lovers, whether it be designers, bloggers or everyday fashion followers. NYFW dictates the trends that we’ll be seeing everywhere very soon, and these certain trends dominated the runway.
In every generation, a genre reaches the crux of profitability and counterculture influence. This intersection is why a band like Nirvana could top the charts in ‘92 while being incredibly progressive, or why Miles Davis could brawl with the New York Police Department in ‘59 and not be written off as a “bad negro.” While counterculture figures are a good estimate, the most obvious proof of when a genre captures the zeitgeist tends to be the involvement of the youth. When doo-wop flourished Frankie Lymon was topping charts, when soul music proved fully profitable the Jackson family saw its opportunity and grabbed it. When hip-hop assumed its current place at this crossroads, this tradition birthed acts like Tyler, the Creator, Chief Keef and the late Mac Miller.
One of the classic cliches people hear during their college careers is that college is an opportunity for sexual exploration. And it’s true: many of us will have had sex at some point during our four-years. Sex education is rarely offered on college campuses, and by freshman year, you’ve already had those awkward birds-and-the-bees, safe sex conversations with your parents and educators. Pleasure-wise, our first sexual encounters often define our relationship with and beliefs about sex well into our adulthood. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Although cannabis is on the road to legalization in the U.S. — for both medicinal and recreational use — it's still classified as a Schedule 1 substance by the U.S. Controlled Substance Act because of its psychoactive and hallucinogenic properties caused by tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), one of the chemicals found in the plant.
It’s near impossible to quantify all the ways social media has transformed business, politics and culture. Platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are integral in how we consume and connect. As of late, heads of these companies have been called upon to be more responsible with their sites, with Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey both appearing before Congress to discuss regulation in regard to hate speech and “fake news." Instagram, although, is by and large a visual platform, so their problems tend to be much more psychological as opposed to clearly spelled out.