Opinion: You Should Care About the Artist Behind the Art

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Art in itself is a reflection of the individual who creates it.  While we can include certain exceptions, putting your name alongside a piece of work associates you with its contents. Whether it’s film or books, murals or singers, the artist will always have a meaning behind the images and narratives that they create.  The…

On The White Gaze

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Image by Jenni Holt, 14 East The words and legacies of literary giants like Toni Morrison, Franz Fanon, and bell hooks serve as a roadmap towards unpacking what the white gaze is, how it shows up in our lives, and how to resist it. “All ‘round me the white man, above the sky tears at…

Poet X and the Importance of Deviant Diverse Representation in Literature

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Have you been reading any new novels or poems lately? If yes, there’s a high chance that you’ve been introduced to characters that are diverse and belong to one or many marginalized communities. Literature with diverse characters, plots, settings, and overall storytelling have soared in popularity due to the increasing and timely demand for more…