All American Kanye

Kanye West is the United States. This one man (or “God,” as he refers to himself) somehow perfectly embodies the vast array of places,...

The Middle East Is More Than Just War and Oil

My family works hard to earn its keep. We don’t benefit from oil sales. I live in the charming and quiet emirate of Ras...

Stop Perpetuating Misleading Narratives on Suicide

In a moment that probably surprised nobody, Kanye West has made headlines again. About a week before his recent outlandish Saturday Night Live performance,...

Global Citizen Affirms Fear Is the New Normal

This past weekend, a shooting scare shocked thousands in the crowds at the Global Citizen Festival, a social justice-oriented concert held in Central Park...

How NYU Should Approach Free Speech and Trigger Warnings

People often reduce the campus free speech debate to a trade-off between open discourse and a culture of respect. But truly, we can have...

What Entertainment Asks of Artists of Color — And How We Say No

Artists of color have formed an integral part of the last century’s entertainment world, yet seldom has anybody done them justice. In the case...

Starving From My Social Media Fast

It was in four different TED talks where I heard this same message — quitting social media can result in an increased propensity for...

Don’t Call Me Your Milk Chocolate Mocha Caramel Queen

Women of color are not granted the same degree of respect that white women are in heterosexual encounters. While misogyny is very real and...

Museums: the Unsung Heroes of Legitimacy

Minority groups, for obvious reasons, have always struggled to secure spaces that legitimize them and their histories. We can see this in textbooks, film,...

Staff Rants: Faltering Quality of Music, Avenue A and Cantor Film Center

For our first Staff Rants of the semester, WSN’s very whiny team weighs in on the rapid pace of music production, Serial’s new season,...

Why Do We Portray Atheists as Broken Believers?

September means the return of school, football and twangy Green Day singles. It’s also the month when television networks dish out new shows hoping...

In Defense of a Sheltered Upbringing

“Privileged” isn’t necessarily the first word that would come to mind if you saw me — I am female, culturally Muslim, an ethnic and...
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