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Wait…You’re Asian?

Wait…You’re Asian?

By Alison Kenaston and Emme Perencevich

January 22, 2019

When you grow up in a mixed-race household hearing many different languages, eating many different foods, and experiencing many different cultures, even many different religions, you become a blend of all these different things. For us, being American-born Asian-Europeans means that nobody quite knows...

Macklemore: an Activist Among the Millennials

Macklemore: an Activist Among the Millennials

March 14, 2016

My generation is often chastised for being materialistic and ignorant of the problems in the world. Technology and social media have ‘taken our attention away from what’s really important in life’. I call bull crap. My generation is actually much more aware of social issues and accepting of diverse...

Macklemore, Black Lives Matter, and a White Girl’s Opinion

Macklemore, Black Lives Matter, and a White Girl’s Opinion

March 14, 2016

Sitting down to write this, I had no idea where to start. Macklemore’s song White Privilege II inspired me to say something. But I find myself in the same position that Macklemore points out. How do I, a white Christian girl from a middle class family and a primarily white, upper class town, establish ...

Apples v. Oranges: Sexuality v. Gender

By Ashley Cooper

March 10, 2016

Never embarrassed to be anything other than his complete and total self, Chris Doner (‘18) is always sure to adamantly portray his opinions with no regrets. “I’m both bisexual and transgender, actually,” said Doner (‘18). “If I was a girl, I'd probably still be bisexual.” For Doner, coming out was quite an i...

Accepted by the People I Care About

By Jenna Meyers

March 10, 2016

When Jill Murphy (‘16) was just 10 years old, she realized she was bisexual and thought that it was normal to everyone to like boys and girls, not just the opposite sex. While growing up, Murphy decided to push her sexuality to the side since it wouldn’t be too important until high school and would spe...

Q&A with Blake Weiss

March 10, 2016

Blake Weiss shares with members of Eastside his story about being openly transgender. Q: How long have you identified yourself as transgender? A: I've been living full-time as a male for two years... I've never been one to be quiet about myself. If I'm not out as transgender, I'll be unhapp...

Not a Freak

Not a Freak

By Ashley Cooper

March 10, 2016

At the bright, young age of 11, Alexander Rudin (‘19) began searching the great-wide-web. But unlike the typical preteen adolescent, Rudin was not simply searching the internet with mindless intentions; no, instead, he was focused on a search for identity; his identity. The internet, though for some so ...

Pansexuality: I Live It Every Day

By Ashley Cooper and Lanxi Li

March 10, 2016

If you haven’t seen Katie Aylesworth (‘16), then you’ve probably never been to an East theatre production. In this year alone, she’s played major roles in The Tempest (Ariel) and Beauty and the Beast (Belle), demonstrating her talents in both acting and singing. She’s also pansexual, but t...

Luke’s Care Packages

By Luke Shin

March 10, 2016

A couple of months ago, I started a small organization called Luke’s Care Packages after finding an abundant amount of feminine clothes that I’d never wear again. Luke’s Care Packages is an organization that I created in order to benefit other transgender individuals around the country. I receive d...

Comfortable in My Own Body

By Jenna Myers

March 10, 2016

While growing up in Cherry Hill, Milo Cancello (‘17) would do activities like soccer, martial arts and bike ride and would occasionally horseback ride in Mexico. When Cancello was in elementary school, all his friends were guys. “I didn’t really realize there were any differences between me and the guys,” said Cancel...

Pro-Life

By Michelle McDaniel

February 26, 2016

Abortion: a popular topic for discussion, especially as the 2016 election for presidency will be held in November. The question lies in whether it should be legal or not, or even more importantly, if abortion can be thought of as moral. This debate starts where the rights of a human being begin and wher...

Pro-Choice

By Rebekah Rosenstein

February 26, 2016

The limitations of human rights are often called into question when the concept of abortion is brought up. Abortion is a heavy topic, as it highlights the question of if our bodies are truly our own, and if we really do have free will. It provokes the discussion of who is deserving of rights and why....

Make drinking and driving a thing of the past

Make drinking and driving a thing of the past

By Juli Wright

January 20, 2016

While evaluating anything, it is easy to create a list of pros and cons. After weighing the importance of each pro and con, it should help making decisions easier. In 2015, there were a lot of ups and downs, as there are every year. There was a lot of new music, while some popular artists seem to have f...

Eliminate the distractions behind the wheel

Eliminate the distractions behind the wheel

By Kahlia Carmichael

January 20, 2016

The first thing most people do when they get their license is drive around almost anywhere. It’s an exciting thing when you’re able to go wherever you want, and most of the time people want company in the car with them while they’re driving. Having other passengers in the vehicle isn’t a bad ...

1. Vulnicura – Björk

1. Vulnicura – Björk

January 8, 2016

With Björk, each album is a separate universe of her creation. Vulnicura is a world of science and romance, of apathy and intimacy, of technology and tension. Following her split with longtime partner Matthew Barney,  Björk comes across the most vulnerable she has ever been on the self-explorative t...

2. To Pimp A Butterfly – Kendrick Lamar

2. To Pimp A Butterfly – Kendrick Lamar

January 8, 2016

To Pimp a Butterfly epitomizes the creative shift in the hip-hop industry this year in a cohesive record that is nothing less than cinematic. If you listen to the entire album starting from ”Wesley’s Theory” all the way to “Mortal Man,” you cannot help but feel as though you are listening t...

3. Art Angels – Grimes

3. Art Angels – Grimes

January 8, 2016

“Grimes as one person can not represent more than a couple ideas,” Claire Elise Boucher a.k.a. Grimes explained to the Fader Magazine in July. “That’s why I started developing some of the other characters really abstract from who I am and how I am.” The results were the Art Angels that flut...

4. In Colour – Jamie xx

4. In Colour – Jamie xx

January 8, 2016

Hailing from the alternative-pop staple group The xx, Jamie xx brings his individual music identity to a prismatic debut album.  However, don’t mistake the album for simply another electronic record or an extension of his old group's work. If you do, the R&B-inspired and Jamaican-infused jam “I K...

5. Ratchet – Shamir

5. Ratchet – Shamir

January 8, 2016

Shamir Bailey caught my attention along with that of many others late last year with his single “On the Regular,” which provided layered rhythms, charming lyrics, and a heaping load of in-your-face attitude. Following the hype, Ratchet is nowhere near disappointing. In his debut album, the young singer takes an unconvention...

6. Ardipithecus – Willow

6. Ardipithecus – Willow

January 8, 2016

Let’s have one thing clear: this album is no “Whip My Hair” follow-up. Leaving her old music behind along with her last name, Willow Smith ventures into genre-blurring sound that bears no resemblance to the teenager’s past (as if, at the age of 15, she even has much of one). Originating from ...

7. 25 – Adele

7. 25 – Adele

January 8, 2016

After four years since her record-setting sophomore album, Adele finally offers eleven new tracks that we can foolishly attempt to sing along to. Following childbirth and recovering from vocal surgery, the British singer, always having a maturity that surpassed her age, takes on a new, more developed ...

8. Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit – Courtney Barnett

8. Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit – Courtney Barnett

January 8, 2016

With witty lyrics and notable relatability, Courtney Barnett instantly feels like an old friend. A practical pessimist, the Australian singer- songwriter shares her concerns, complaints, and insecurities over simple guitar and drum arrangements in a conversational way that feels like late night chit...

9. Currents – Tame Impala

9. Currents – Tame Impala

January 8, 2016

In their third album, Tame Impala channels a mind-bending groove of soul-searching heartbreak that flows through a celestial blend of disco, pop, and alternative rock. Primarily written, recorded, and produced by frontman Kevin Parker, Currents vocalizes the uncovered feelings of an urban introvert and...

10. M3LLI5X – FKA twigs

10. M3LLI5X – FKA twigs

January 8, 2016

“I wait all week for a moment's break/Away from being told who I am,” FKA twigs sings on “Glass and Patron,” expressing her frustration with social conformity. Pronounced “Melissa” which twigs explains is her “personal female energy,” M3LLI5X conveys a complex feminist narrative, exploring the power o...

11. E•MO•TION – Carly Rae Jepsen

11. E•MO•TION – Carly Rae Jepsen

January 8, 2016

Before you full-out roast me in the comments below, let me explain. Sure, this is pure, shameless bubblegum pop. But it’s pure, shameless bubblegum pop done extremely well. Jepsen has become a master in the craft of catchy beats, memorable lyrics, and crisp rhythms and she thoroughly exhibits her sk...

12. VEGA INTL. Night School – Neon Indian

12. VEGA INTL. Night School – Neon Indian

January 8, 2016

With 16-bit synths and iridescent funk, Neon Indian welcomes you to the VEGA INTL. Night School for a middle-of-the-night celestial trip to interstellar sound. Whether exploring glitzy character-driven romance (“Annie”) or struggling with finding his place in the world (“Slumlord”), lead sing...

13. Speedin’ Bullet 2 Heaven – Kid Cudi

13.  Speedin’ Bullet 2 Heaven – Kid Cudi

January 8, 2016

If you ask me what genre Kid Cudi was going for on his recent album, I couldn’t give you a straight answer. Speedin’ Bullet 2 Heaven blurs the conventions of hip-hop, exploring sounds of heavy alternative rock (“Fade 2 Red”), twanged acoustics (“Handle with Care”), and new-age punk (“Séan...

14. Mister Asylum – Highly Suspect

14. Mister Asylum – Highly Suspect

January 8, 2016

Explosive and sinister, the gritty guitar riffs of title track “Mister Asylum” set the brash, blood-pumping tone to launch this hotheaded record, one of thundering beats and rough edges. Highly Suspect, a trio hailing from Brooklyn, brings along aggressive blues rock that plays like a corrupt reinc...

15. The Magic Whip – Blur

15. The Magic Whip – Blur

January 8, 2016

The saturated motion blur of passing storefronts glows through the raindrop-covered window as the enchanting keyboards of The Magic Whip take you on a nighttime taxi ride through the neon streets of Hong Kong. After being away from the music scene for over a decade, the charismatic Britpop band Blur res...

Negative effects of social media

By Caroline Cooney

January 7, 2016

According to SocialMediaToday, the number of current, active users on social media is over 2.206 billion and that number has risen by 176 million users in the past year alone. There is a wide range of social media outlets that give their users the benefits that satisfy their needs: VSCO, Tumblr, Pinterest, ...

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