The Overuse of the Interlude is Here

by Ashia Ajani On November 4th, Alicia Keys released her new album Here, which combines narrative and song to create a somewhat new sound that hearkens back to old school Alicia Keys with the early 2000s cornrows when she knew the limitations of her vocal range. Since this has been the year of Black women…

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Publicizing My Business

by Ashia Ajani Anonymous Tumblr user sends a question to user “cantcolonizethispussy” along the lines of : “Hello, I am Indian and I’m a lesbian. I was wondering how you came out to your parents? I’m so scared.” Cantcolonizethispussy responds something along the lines of: “LOL you think I’ve come out to my parents? I’m…

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“Unnamed Poem”

by Ryan Wilson (Staff Writer) “Unnamed Poem” It’s hard to love the world When you’ve never loved yourself When you’ve been taught never to love yourself They wanted to contain our hearts So they planted us in small pots So our compassion may know boundaries And call those borders the world They told us to…

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Mint

by Ashia Ajani (Voices Editor) Mint Grandma played me her garden song In the shallow heat of spring   She beat her palms against the soil Kissed the scrapes on my knees Jewels of sweat lined her bosom As she hacked up weeds   Licked her peeling lips like sugar cane Softened her gaze to…

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Sexual Assault for Shock Value

by Ashia Ajani  Trigger warning: sexual assault, rape I am on the Yale shuttle. I’m scrolling through Facebook aimlessly, when a video my friend shared catches my eye. The title is “See the College Acceptance Letter That’s Shocking High School Seniors”. Nothing more, nothing less. It is decision season, so I’m intrigued. I open the…

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