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    Rise Up!

    As we watch “Black Lives Matter” slogans being chanted all over the world from the comfort of our living rooms and say things like “Innocent people are being killed only because of their skin color tut-tut”, I couldn’t help but think how we are failing as communities on a micro-level. “How?”, you may ask. Well, ever heard stuff like this before? “She’s not that fair.” “He’s so black.” “Like charcoal.” “Don’t go too much into the sun, you will become black.” “She’s so much darker than her husband.” “If only he was a little fairer.” “Wear more foundation, that’ll do the trick.” “But she’s fair! How can she marry someone…

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    Outta Sight, Outta Mind?

    It’s a Friday night and everyone is just chilling at home. You’re just lying on the couch and your dad is flipping channels. Flip. Flip. Flip. He doesn’t seem to be satisfied with anything on TV tonight. After a lot of flipping, he finally settles on something that might be a good watch. Your sister is doing her homework on the table, but you know she’s watching too. A nice, good movie with the family. Sigh, how relaxing…UNTIL THE MAIN CHARACTERS DRAW IN FOR A KISS AND HAVOC WREAKS AS YOU ALL SCRAMBLE FOR THE REMOTE TO CHANGE THE CHANNEL! Sound familiar? Embarrassing much? Why do you think that every…

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    A Gentle Breeze

    Have you ever felt so disappointed that you felt your heart break and tears sting your eyes only to get a way better opportunity years later? Has your heart ever ached because you’ve never felt more alone in your life and then suddenly, you get an unexpected text from a friend you haven’t heard from in a while checking up on you? Were you so close to being hit by a car only to open your eyes moments later, amazed at how you’re still alive? Have you ever walked into a room just in time to catch your little baby niece or nephew from falling and hurting themselves badly? Did…

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    How my Favorite Rapper Helped me Quit Music

    By S.H “Got money. And you know it. Take it out your pocket and show it then throw it.” had been blasting on my headphones every day to school and back. I loved the rap life. Those rappers had it all. Everything they did and said sounded so swag, you know that they turn heads kinda swag? Yeah, that. I had my hoody on, spat some killer lyrics sometimes, and went out and bought every single one of my favorite rapper’s albums. I was dazzled by the rap lifestyle and I wanted to be just like him. I had him pasted inside my cupboard, his shiny grill beaming at me…

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    A Close Call

    “Call you after dinner. Ok, baby?” you text. “Can’t wait!” she replies. You quickly hide your phone inside your pillowcase and rush downstairs to join the family for dinner. “Come fast, Bilal. Your food is already getting cold.” says your mum. You mumble a “yeah okay” and sit down. Dinner passes on as usual. Your dad asks if you’re done with your assignments and you say you’re still doing them. Your mum fusses, trying to make sure everyone gets a hot plate of food. And your sister, oh-your-ever-so-annoying sister cannot stop talking about her friends. You dream on, ignoring all the commotion. “I just want to get dinner over with…

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    2020 Is Cancelled!

    Cancelled. Graduation is cancelled. Weekly hangouts are cancelled. Travel plans are cancelled. Summer is cancelled. Cancelled. It’s a word you’ve been hearing for quite some time now and you’re tired of it. Every year has a highlight and no doubt CoVid-19 takes the cake for 2020. Whether it’s cancelled plans, the uncertainty of everything, or the anxiety of getting sick, we’ve all been going through a rough time for the past few months. It’s easy to feel bogged down and demotivated in the middle of it all, but what if I told you that you can turn it all around? Yes, you! You see, we’ve never had control of what…

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    Who Are You?

    So you’re on a quest with your friends to retrieve the Grand Emerald of All Time. After climbing mountain after mountain, swimming dangerous shores, and going for days without water and food, you finally reach the giant wooden gates behind which the Grand Emerald of All Time awaits you. But first, you must pass a test. An old sage with flowy robes and a long, white beard appears and asks you one simple question. If you know the answer, the gates shall open, and you shall have the Grand Emerald in your hands. If you don’t know the answer, you fail, and the floor beneath you will open and you…