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I did this once before. In Queens, dressed for the bipolar weather and ready with all the necessary items for this minuscule train adventure. The checklist reads — Muji Pen, Post its, A Package of Colorful Fine Tip Markers (That weren’t used), Big Red Sketchbook, and a MetroCard.

The materials and I found ourselves waiting for the R Train at 3:59 pm and at 4:04 pm I sat in a mustard yellow seat to the far left of the cart. Thanksgiving is what I thought of when I looked around the R train. The colors of yellow and orange that…


H.P. Lovecraft image retrieved from Travel Between The Pages

H.P. Lovecraft, a mastermind, and a prominent figure have taken horror to new heights into the scope of weird fiction. Stretching his imagination to places that others dare to go, he has influenced a myriad of writers, from Jeff Vandermeer to Stephen King. His writing, once seen as trashy stories written on pulp paper in the 1920s and 30s, is now regarded as ingenious with his Lovecraftian worlds and creatures depicted in pop culture through video games and tv shows. His stories fascinate his readers, leaving them to dream about his mythologies, monsters, and the fictional New England countryside’s the…


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“Sexbots are coming” … Does that make you uncomfortable? In a world where sex sells, the realization that sex robots may become the new craze is a hard truth to swallow. Isn’t it enough to be consumed with pleasure through outlets like pornography and toys or have our brains twisted up by the tech we can’t live without? No, there’s always a “but, wait there’s more”, and for that reason, the white wealthy men of the world combined two of the most addictive stimuli, sex, and tech.

Today, sex is more accessible than ever, even within the constraints of a…


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Analyzing the Declaration of Independence where “men were created equal” was the most popular line to come from this highly regarded text, I am in class. Actively engaged and doing a close reading of the work of 5 men, that in their time of living, I would have been one of their slaves. Or, possibly, one of the enslaved women Thomas Jefferson raped. Yet, we read on and idealize the founding fathers who created this “great” nation. In a rectangular room with the most uncomfortable seats that keep pinching the sides of my…


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Art tells stories and for centuries upon centuries, it has been ingrained in American culture. A culture that has been shaped by the contributions of many individuals spanning a myriad of identities. Unfortunately, those contributions can often go unnoticed and artists of color aren’t recognized for their talents or influence. The truth is American art is deeply diverse once you take a look in the dark corners and supply them with light. Let’s take this time to bring light to the revolutionary black artists from the past and present that have pushed boundaries and given voices to the voiceless.

Jacob…


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28 days to highlight black history is never enough to honor the important figures that fought and continue to fight for liberation. This month recognized as Women’s History Month isn’t enough either. The ground-breaking contributions to society go back centuries and spread wider than we are aware of. So why not combine the two and take a moment to spotlight the rarely celebrated influential black women in history.

Ruby Bridges


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February 27th, 1844, marks the Dominican Republic’s Independence Day, celebrated annually among Dominican people. This year in Refinery29’s Somos educational post on Instagram that sought to “elevate, educate, and inspire a new generation of change-makers committed to LatinX visibility.” through highlighting what the holiday means to Afro-Dominican people, writer Thatiana Diaz of Refinery29 was met with severe harassment all ignited by Dominican actress Zoe Saldana.

Diaz, a Dominican-American senior editor of SOMOS, Refinery 29’s Latinx vertical, sought to provide historical context to the celebrated day and bring awareness to the Afro-Dominican identity ultimately to combat anti-blackness.

“177 years ago today…


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People’s Sexiest Man Alive declared “I want children. I want a wife,” and months later the hearts around the world are beginning to slowly mend after news hit that Michael B. Jordan is officially taken by Lori Harvey, model and stepdaughter of Steve Harvey.

Rumors about the couple’s relationship status had been building for months since they were photographed together in Atlanta two months prior to them confirming the rumors by posting separate photos together on their respective Instagram accounts on January 10th.

Though they are both celebrities with Michael B Jordan starting his acting career as young as 12…


A pioneer for diversity in film, Ava DuVernay, and Warner Bros. Television chairman Peter Roth launched ARRAY Crew, a division of ARRAY Alliance that strives to amplify the stories of underrepresented persons by providing all women and people of color with a myriad of resources and opportunities to have a platform for change.

For those not familiar with Ava DuVernay’s work, she is the founder of ARRAY formerly known as AFFRM an independent distribution company, and an American filmmaker is known for her exceptional documentary 13th (2016), Selma (2014), and becoming the first black woman to win the 2012 Sundance…


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“In my own little corner in my own little chair. I can be whatever I want to be.”

I would sing so loudly in my room, twirling around, trying to gather material to add to a makeshift ball gown because “the prince was having a ball” and I was most definitely invited. It didn’t matter if I was a little black girl with no money, I’m a princess. Those words called out to me as clear as ever-growing up, inspiring me to dream bigger. Even now re-watching Rodger and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (1997) recently added to Disney+ as of February 12th…

Kayla Williams

Currently, she is a writer for The Blak Lotus and a full-time CUNY BA pursuing her bachelor's degree in Philosophical Journalism at Baruch, Hunter, & Brooklyn .

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