Nostalgia, or Homecoming Pains

For so many Americans, India still evokes an Orientalist tableau–kings and queens dressed in luxurious swaths of cloth, riding on elephants to the Taj Mahal. That vision is fictive, in part because India formed a democracy after a devastating revolutionary war, and in part because the Taj Mahal has only ever been a tomb. A…

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Post-Inauguration Recap

A lot has happened in the short amount of time since the election and it seems that things we once knew as truths may be in jeopardy. From Donald Glover thanking black people and shouting out Migos during his Golden Globes acceptance speech to Donald Trump criticizing a civil rights icon, the post-election period has…

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Indigenous Beats: Women’s March

In the months leading up to the Women’s March on Washington, Native women leaders across the Nation came together to form a collective called “Indigenous Women Rise.” The name originates from a hashtag representing the resiliency of Indigenous women and notably used by women leading the No DAPL movement. The Indigenous Women Rise collective organized…

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Make No Mistake

Home lies in the wrinkles on the corner of my father’s eyes, In the tremor and resonance of his quaking belly in response to his own jokes. It shines and captivates through my mother’s smile, Protests in the deep caramel tone of her arms that nursed me. Minutes and hours of commodified work, Entire revolutions…

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