I don’t need to go makeup free to discover my “true” beauty

BY: NADIA ZAIDI  I can almost hear the snarky remarks, and chuckles when we talk about women and makeup. Whether we want to admit it or not, makeup is one of those things that elicits amusement from the opposite sex.…

Hippie culture isn’t dead – Goa remains a vibrant paradise governed by peace and love

BY: NADIA ZAIDI  When we think of hippie culture we are reminiscent of 1960s and ’70s America, where peace signs and protest movements were a major driving force for political and social change — both domestically and globally. Today, hippie…

The sexuality rainbow: a colourful and educational glossary

BY: NADIA ZAIDI  Recently, a close friend of mine told me that she was trisexual. I paused for a minute, and hoping not to offend her by my silence (which was actually a thought-pause), I blurted: what’s trisexual? The rational…

A haunting future: The crisis of the First World

BY: ANTHONY I. In the late 2010s, the First World began to face a crisis. Its inhabitants were becoming increasingly restless. Gone were the days when people were content with simply being content. The attractive female, no longer happy with…

This abandoned building literally became the soundtrack to a horror movie (Video)

When discussing musical scores from films many are familiar with the work of John Williams (Star Wars, Harry Potter, Jaws) or Hans Zimmer (The Dark Knight, Inception, True Romance). Headline composers like these have created some of the most memorable…

A lack of real world connections is turning us all into entitled douchebags

BY: NADIA ZAIDI  We know that chivalry is more or less dead. But now it seems like chivalry’s well-known cousin, manners, has followed close behind. I am really surprised by the amount of people who walk around with their heads…

Prisoners write letters of advice to their younger selves and the result is striking

The factors that make up the horror that is the American prison system includes the ineptitude of the poorly underfunded public defenders. It is estimated that public defenders take on 1000 clients per year (more than 3 per day, every…

Generosity is the key to happiness

BY BROOKLYN PINHEIRO You don’t have to quit your job and volunteer indefinitely to benefit from the power of being generous. A new study concluded that, in accordance to the popular notion, being a giving person does in fact make…

Celebrity endorsements: stop buying the shit that famous people are selling you

Recently Kylie and Kendall Jenner were in the news for superimposing their Instagram pictures over iconic photos of Tupac and Biggie on t-shirts. Although the idea was very stupid it definitely got me thinking about why they felt they could get…

7 ways writing can make you a more tolerant and mindful person

BY: GLORIA KOPP There are so many reasons why a person may want to broaden their mind. In fact, it’s harder to think of a reason why not to try and open your mind to explore new things and constantly…

Lewis Carroll’s mysterious (and creepy) infatuation with the real Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland is perhaps one of the most iconic children’s stories of all time. Whether you are most familiar with the classic 1865 novel with its detailed black and white sketches, the dark, twisted, live-action movie version with its…

African-Albino models are redefining beauty in the west

BY: NADIA ZAIDI  Featured image of Thando Hopa courtesy of Instagram  Albinism is one of the most unrecognized and yet scorned conditions in the world. It is inherited, and occurs in all ethnic communities. Today, models like Diandra Forrest, a black-American supermodel…

How monuments perpetrate misogyny

The representation of minorities and women has gained significant traction this year. We have seen a steady increase of women (and minorities) in many media forms. We have seen women take over major box office movies and male dominated genres,…

The forgotten Muslim heroine of WWII

BY: SYDNEY KEEFE   The world wars that dominated the last century have brought out many heroes in our soldiers and citizens. Those who fought on the front lines and the citizens who helped support them. The Second World War…

French photographer captures what our lives would look like if we weren’t able to dispose of the trash we produce (photos)

BY: BROOKLYN PINHEIRO After its one-time use a disposable water bottle may sit in your recycling bin for a week until it’s swept away never to be thought of by you again. So much trash passes through our hands we’re…

The world’s fastest camera provides the most epic slo-mo experience ever captured

Humans are a visual species. From our earliest days, we’ve expressed a fixated obsession with capturing that which cannot ever truly be pinned down. Our earliest ancestors covered cave walls with frozen depictions of the hunt. Renaissance painters labored for…

Men with lipstick: a brief history of men’s makeup

BY: NADIA ZAIDI  For a long time makeup has been predominately advertised, sold to and used by women. Recently the beauty industry has begun to normalize makeup on men. Some of the biggest YouTube influencers are male makeup artists and lovers…

Vloggers are making thousands of dollars by eating excessive amounts of food online (video)

BY: NADIA ZAIDI People all over the Internet are posting videos of themselves eating big, sometimes lavish, meals. Sometimes they don’t say a word; other times, they engage in table talk, as though you are actually sitting beside them. These…

Why I wish people would stop asking me what I do for a living

BY: NADIA ZAIDI  When people ask me what I do for a living I often find it a difficult question, and not because I don’t have a job — because I don’t think of what I do as work, per…

Afghanistan’s first female street artist risks her life to empower women (photos)

Afghanistan-based feminist graffiti artist risks her life to show her perspective of hope for the world she lives in. Her name is Shamsia Hassani, and she is the first female 3-D street artist and female graffiti Artist in Afghanistan. Her…