Here’s what should’ve happened to Breonna Taylor.

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A loud pounding on my front door woke me up at 3:30 am.

I jumped awake with all the grace of a fish out of water.

A bright light shining through my window followed by another round of loud banging and my dog barking clued me into the fact that someone was at my door. I checked out the window before I answered. A police officer stood in full uniform. No mask to be seen (but that’s beside the point).

The moment between walking from my window with the direct view of the front porch and my front door was filled with enough anxiety to keep me up for a good three hours following this incident. …

His actions point to yes.

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Anita Hill testifying in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee | Source: Wikimedia Commons

Have you ever felt like the world is being led by puppeteers?

Like it’s so obvious that every action (both big and little) made in politics is so choreographed that it’s just absolutely ridiculous that the media isn’t catching on.

The recent announcement naming Kamala Harris as Joe Biden’s running mate in the 2020 United States Presidential Election has me feeling this now more than ever. As a result, I’m finding myself wanting to scream at the source like I’m an angry fan at a football game.

It’s so clear that Biden’s choice of Harris as his potential vice president is a no brainer. There was no choice for him, I feel strongly that it was decided from the beginning. …

Artists can learn a lot about history from current events.

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I recently started watching ‘Dear…’ on Apple TV+. Have you seen it? I definitely recommend it. It highlights the way art and artists have quite possibly the largest impact on people and how it’s entirely possible for one person's story to change millions of others.

As I was watching the second episode (that’s how good this show is — it captured my attention by episode two) on Lin-Manuel Miranda, he said something that I can’t get out of my head.

So much of writing is just about meeting the moment as honestly as possible.— Lin Manuel Miranda

It had me thinking about the importance of keeping up with and understanding current events if you’re an artist. …

A quick FAQ for those who want to do better.

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Terms like the gaze and unconscious bias feed right into each other. It’s impossible to have one without the other.

In order to really understand the gaze, it’s important that you understand what an unconscious bias is and how it works.

Unconcsious biases are the learned beliefs or thoughts we carry with us often from a very young age. They're the things we’re conditioned to feel based on things like where we grew up, who raised us, and when we were born.

Unconscious biases drive our gazes and determine how we view the world around us.

Basically, unconscious bias is the devil on your shoulder that can be pretty damn sneaky if you don’t know what you’re looking for. …

More than you know.

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I’ve always been more of a looker than a joiner. I’d rather watch sports than play them, listen to conversations rather than join them. It’s part of my introverted personality.

When I started my last year of grad school last fall, I threw myself headfirst into the idea of the gaze. Particularly, how it’s functionality has changed so drastically in the last decade with the growth of social media algorithms.

This research forced me to take a good long look at how harmful gazing can be.

Defining the Gaze

Do you know what’s really hard to define? Looking.

Trust me. I wrote a whole thesis about it and still have issues defining it in a concise manner. My elevator pitch sounds more like an elevator drop. The trouble I encountered when trying to define the gaze can be (and most definitely will be) an article all on its own. …

A brief history of the gaze.

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Picture this: you’re sitting at the park, people watching, and suddenly you find yourself subconsciously making judgments about a person based on their outward appearance.

What if I told you there was a name for this? A phenomenon known as the gaze. What if I told you that while this action may seem harmless, it actually often does a lot of harm?

I’m fascinated by the idea of being able to understand how and why people look at things in certain ways.

I truly want to understand why and how it’s so ingrained in American culture that if you are one thing you must look a certain way. If you’re a woman, you must have long hair. …

A lesson learned from Kanye West and Kim Kardashian-West.

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How many times have you heard about Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s marriage problems in the last week?

How many times have you seen the same headline over and over and over? With a body of text that just looks like it was copy and pasted widely?

Writing about current events is an art. It’s something you have to do just right or you end up sounding like a million different people who are talking about the same subject.

The key is finding your own take on the subject.

Read Between the Lines

What’s not being said?

Back to the current hot example of the Kardashian-West fiasco: what haven’t you seen covered but its connection is glaringly obvious to you? For instance, I find that every article I’ve read that’s talking about Kanye West’s current bipolar episode is lacking a critical look at how his string of unfiltered tweets is a little too reminiscent of our current president’s twitter habit. …

A very important conversation to help mend the bridge between generations.

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This video came across my Instagram feed and it got me thinking.

What is really causing the cultural gap between Gen Z/Millenials and Gen X/Boomers?

Is the answer to that question simply the number of years passed between births? Or, is it a cumulation of a system that ignores less and less with each passing generation?

I think it’s a mixture of both. A perfect storm that just keeps brewing.

Exposing the Ulterior Motives of the School System

Boomers are made up of individuals who were born between the years of 1946 and 1964. Can you imagine going to school at that time?

Based on the fight that was happening during that time period to simply allow Black people the bare basics of required education, I can imagine that there was an enlarged amount of blissful ignorance that went on amongst those attending school in that time period. …

Learning to gather ideas from history like Lin-Manuel Miranda.

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I’ve seen Hamilton twice since it hit streaming. The first time I watched it for the hype, the second time for the art.

I love how the story made me long for the ability to tell a story of my own just as creatively in the most encouraging of ways.

Watching Hamilton gave me the perfect excuse to start the ‘…Like a Writer’ series I’ve been planning for the past month. Originally, I planned on just using books for the series, but then I realized all of my best ideas hardly ever derive from books.

They come from many other sources of storytelling: movies, tv shows, art, plays, musicals, music, the news, etc. By widening my scope beyond books, this series explores how to think like a writer by simply doing the things you do day-to-day, without even thinking about it. …

None of us are free until we’re all free.

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It’s so easy to celebrate a holiday like it’s a tradition, because it is. We’re accustomed to them.

We’ve been celebrating certain holidays for so long that the original meaning behind them is often misplaced. These holidays have turned into family events with their own meanings.

In some cases this is great. I celebrate a Thanksgiving and Christmas like holiday with my family every year because we’ve made them our own. We acknowledge the hate and despair that went into the creation of those holidays and we created our own instead.

The issue is, I’m not sure how to do that with the 4th of July anymore. I can’t justify making it my own when the U.S. is still experiencing extreme issues of racial injustice. I can’t make it my own when the hurt and despair that followed the creation of the holiday is still happening today. …

Adrienne Grimes

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