The Power Of Reading Diverse Authors

On the importance of classes that encourage difficult conversations and allow us to learn from diverse perspectives.

Why I’m Writing This ‘Why I’m Leaving New York’ Essay

It’s not for the reasons you think

Learning To Accept Pain

This pain may be the perfect platform for my growth.

Finding My Color

The world felt like it was in black and white when I lost my father. But then I found something bigger than myself.

After Pulse

We need to use our voices to help others heal

Finding A New ‘Him’

I spent my adolescence looking for validation from boys — until I stopped

The Power Of Understanding Your Body

I went from knowing nothing about sex to becoming a sex-ed activist

Pulling The Triggers

I have an anxiety disorder and support eliminating trigger warnings

Being Black Is Not A Singular Experience

Being black is a lot more than the color of one’s skin or the stereotypes others have created and perpetuated

I Am Worth More Than A Number

Is my weight really the only thing that dictates my worth?

When Being Known As The ‘Smart Kid’ Isn’t Enough

What happens when you’re suddenly not the smartest kid in the room anymore?

My Decision To Wear The Hijab Is Mine Alone

I shouldn’t have to sacrifice part of my identity just because some people make ignorant assumptions about it

Black Women’s Bodies Are More Than Your Fantasies

My body is worth so much more than sex

American And White Are Not Synonymous

I can barely even blink without someone asking me something ignorant or offensive about my Indian ethnicity

Activism Can Be More Than Just A Hobby Or Project

I turned my early activism into my professional destiny

I Started A Viral Hashtag For More Asian Representation

Seeing people who look like me matters

I Am Not Beautiful

My appearance represents my people and my culture. For that, I will never feel unpretty, never unproud.

Growing Up With A Secret

My parents were illegal immigrants — and we didn’t tell anyone

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The Double-Edged Sword Of Black Olympic Champions

Can black Americans only receive praise when we are slaving away for the country — either on the front lines or on an Olympic stage?

When Being An Ally Means Being Silent

I was asked to speak at an event celebrating black lives. Here’s why I didn’t.