DACA , or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, is currently at the center of the standoff playing out on the Senate floor that could lead to a government shut-down over the weekend. DACA, a program implemented by President Obama in 2012, permits immigrants who were brought to the United States as children by their families to live and work legally in the U.S. DACA …Read More >
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Earlier this week, the Department of Homeland Security announced that it was canceling the residency permits of approximately two hundred thousand people from El Salvador who have been living and working in the United States legally since a series of earthquakes devastated their country in 2001. This announcement came on the heel of similar announcements in October and …Read More >
I walked up to the microphone and looked out at the audience in front of me. Weeks of rehearsing during drives in the car and watching numerous YouTube videos on auditions, proper breath support and vocal tone had finally brought me to that moment. My love for singing and performing began at age four. I sang in choirs and vocal groups in church and school. I was even …Read More >
A few weeks ago, women from across the world competed in the Miss Universe pageant, with Ms. South Africa taking the crown. Beauty pageants continue to be controversial, some view it as empowering women while others see it as exploitative. Beauty pageants have been protested against but have also been used to highlight essential issues in society as awareness of rights of …Read More >
Slim thighs, toned arms, flawless complexion, and a smile to top it all off. Everyday, thousands of images flash before our eyes of women with perfect bodies, carefully crafted behind a computer screen. Seeing these images has become so commonplace that we often accept them as normal representations of what women could, and should, look like. And it is hard not to see …Read More >
“She’s UGLY!” is what I heard the guy say after he looked over at me. As he and his friend laughed I sat there without showing emotion and pretended I didn’t hear anything. Inside I was hurt, humiliated and most of all embarrassed. I internalized his statement and my confidence plummeted along with my self-esteem. To me it was, I’m ugly which meant I must be an ugly …Read More >