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Who Can Afford to Make and Drink Wine?

If someone paid half a million for a single bottle of wine, how much did the grape harvesters earn making it?

Jan 12, 2022
Becoming No One and Everyone at the Burbank Mall

I was just another teen with a hot dog pretzel.

Jan 12, 2022
Horror Films in the 1980s Erased Black Lives. Why Did I Still Watch Them?

The unearthing of Black-led horror films captivated me.

Jan 06, 2022
How to Ground Your Body With a Combination Square

I couldn’t deny my aches and pains and eating disorder; after a while, it became too exhausting.

Dec 21, 2021
If Only Breakups Were As Clean As the ‘Fast Five’ Heist

The 2011 film is the start of what the ‘Fast & Furious’ franchise became. I wanted my breakup to mirror its action, all movement and easy motives.

Zendaya is Not Your Mama’s Mary Jane

The Black leading ladies of superhero media haven’t always gotten the best deals. But like much of the comic book–inspired world, one change could shape the mythos for decades to come.

Dear Irene, I’m Still Learning How to Be a Feminist Too

To be a K-pop fan is to bear witness to a whole lot of dumb shit.

Dec 13, 2021
The Unsung Queerness of Green Day Lyrics

Green Day’s album ‘Dookie’ is a quintessential teen-angst record. It’s also very queer—something music critics failed to talk about.

Dec 07, 2021
ADHD Made Me Bad at Friendship

Undiagnosed ADHD didn’t make me seek out bad friends, but it did distort the ways I saw myself and how I thought friendships should feel.

Dec 01, 2021
‘Ammonite’ Isn’t a Lesbian Romance, But It Is About Intimacy

This movie is not a romance. I’ve watched it over and over again, wanting it to be, but I don’t think it is one—at least in a conventional sense.

Dec 01, 2021
Disability Status Shouldn’t Have a Hierarchy

While someone’s disability may not be evident to you, it still affects their life—and how they’re treated within and outside the disability community.

Nov 30, 2021
Waiting for Godot as an Impatient Schoolgirl

This was a time in my life when I believed fervently in a loving God, when I wanted to be obedient, and obedience meant waiting.

Why Don’t American Schools Value Creativity?

High school almost crushed my dream of being a writer. Now, as an educator, I’m trying to be the teacher I never had.

To Every Woman Who Spent Her Twenties Apologizing

I squeezed myself in around other people’s priorities and problems, all the while saying: Take up all the room you want. I will make myself fit.

Home Is Where the Strip Malls Are

Our relationships with these business owners dotted the San Fernando Valley from strip mall to strip mall.

Nov 17, 2021
I Donated My Stuttering Brain to Science

As much as I hated being told that my stutter was “all in my head,” I liked being reminded that it was localized in my brain.

Nov 17, 2021
Making the Language of Wine More Inclusive

Often, the vocabulary of wine is only accessible to people who have the time and money to learn it.

Nov 16, 2021
‘Inception’ Gave Me a Way to Dream

Again and again, I’ve lost myself to movie time. I’ve lost myself to dream time, too.

My Mom, Princess Diana, and Me

At what point does someone we’ve lost become only a story we tell, more myth than memory?

Nov 08, 2021
Not All Heroes Wear Capes: Unraveling the Myth of the Black Supermom

Nora and Iris West-Allen's fraught relationship proves that even we daughters often expect superheroics from our very human Black mothers.