Cultural Criticism

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No human is illegal

Two cartoon couples standing next to each other. Photo and drawing courtesy of the author.

Queerness in anime: It’s rarely present

A drawing calling for an end to racial discrimination. Photo courtesy of the author.

Racial discrimination creates a power imbalance

A car representing congress swerving onto an exit ramp titled "Maintain our constitutional rights" instead of staying on the highway titled "Save lives." Photo courtesy of imgflip and edit courtesy of the author.

America’s homegrown epidemic

An open mason jar with a few pennies inside and surrounding it. Photo courtesy of the author.

Paid but at minimum

A person wearing white high-top sneakers laying on the ground. Photo courtesy of Taufiq Klinkenborg on Pexels.

Preventing human trafficking in Boston

A cloud raining over an individual seated on the floor. Drawing and photo courtesy of the author.

Mental health support is lacking

Students sitting in chairs facing forward while listening to their teacher. Photo courtesy of Max Fischer on Pexels.

Why are teachers still mostly white?

Rearview of a man looking out a window. Photo courtesy of Donald Tong on Pexels.

The needed prioritization in American prisons: rehabilitation

A physical copy of the album "Map of the Soul: 7" by BTS and an iPhone on top of it playing one of the album's songs. Photo courtesy of the author.

Fitting into a stereotype doesn’t make me the stereotype

Photo of a spread of different types of foods prepared to end the daily Ramadan fast. Photo courtesy of the author.

Ramadan Mubarak

Family photo of the author with his arms wrapped around both his mothers. Photo courtesy of the author.

Is Blood Always Thicker Than Water?

Photo of the West Roxbury Branch Library. Photo courtesy of the author.

My pillar of privilege: a love letter to public libraries

Photo of the author in a graphic t-shirt and purple shoes. Photo courtesy of the author.

Your style can help your mental health

Looking through a clothing rack. Photo courtesy of Becca McHaffie on Unsplash.

Why are fashion trends dying out so quickly?

The Spring Street bus stop. Photo and edit by the author.

Some people hate public transit. They shouldn’t.

Person holding a white mug that reads "Like a boss." Photo courtesy of Brooke Lark on Unsplash.

School needs to teach life skills

A student's hair over math homewor. Photo courtesy of Joshua Hoehne on Unsplash.

Students should not receive summer homework

Afternoon fog over the Hanoi, Vietnam skyline. Photo courtesy of Anz Design on Unsplash.

We are much more than your Asian fantasies.

A sign protests sexual assault. Photo courtesy of Markus Spiske on Unsplash.

You abuse your power.

A black graphic that reads "CRITICAL RACE THEORY" in white text. Edit by the author.

Why we should teach Critical Race Theory in schools

A sign reads "I am a woman with a mission to..." surrounded by sticky notes of answers. Photo courtesy of Valentina Conde on Unsplash.

Protect the girls

Black and white photo of the Statue of Liberty. Photo courtesy of Brandon Mowinkel.

Life, liberty, and the pursuit of selfish excess

Selfie of the author in a lime green scarf, blue headband, and pink face mask. Photo taken by the author.

Nobody should be put in a box

Man wearing a white shirt using MacBook in a study space. Photo courtesy of Tim Gouw on Unsplash.

Senioritis isn't always a bad thing

Art related to gender equality, drawn by the author.

We must fight for gender equality

College admissions envelopes underneath what "really" gets students into college. Art by the author.

Why do our high school lives revolve around college admissions?

Rainbow light touching the palm of a hand. Photo courtesy of cm_dasilva on Pexels.

We must fight racism

Meme of a person holding a credit card, demanding to cancel heteronormativity. Meme by the author.

Why is being straight the default?

Photo of a person collecting trash in a landfill. Photo courtesy of Mumtahinna Tanni on Pexels.

Stop food waste — let's save our little blue planet!

Fashion research in the form of photos and drawings spread out on a desk. Photo and edit by the author.

FashGen — don't judge someone based on their clothes

Headphones and video game controllers under purple and pink lighting. Photo courtesy of Lucie Liz on Pexels.

It's not the “damn game”

An iPhone displaying apps on the home screen. Photo courtesy of William Hook on Unsplash.

Social media negatively impacts mental health

Student writing notes in an answer booklet. Photo courtesy of Tima Miroshnichenko on Pexels.

Are employers doing enough to protect teens?

Raised rainbow pride flags. Photo courtesy of Teddy Osterblom on Unsplash.

Protect LGBTQ+ people

Graduates throwing their caps in the air. Photo courtesy of Vasily Koloda on Unsplash.

Should college be free?

Students throw graduation caps in the air. Photo courtesy of Pixabay on Pexels.

Why college should be available to everyone

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“The Dark Knight”: What superhero movies should aspire to be

A teacher working with a student. Photo courtesy of Annika Gordon on Unsplash.

Dr. Devara

Painting on the side of a building. Photo courtesy of Maria Bobrova on Unsplash.

Connect the dots

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Ketchup, mustard, and a change of taste

Various items of clothing hanging from a brick building. Photo courtesy of Ernest Karchmit on Unsplash.

It's not just clothes

Edit of a person surrounded by interview questions. Art by the author.

It’s not always what you say

Books with Arabic writing on the spines. Photo courtesy of Abene on Unsplash.

Trying something new

Drawing of a person's mind opening as they meditate. Art by the author.

Butterflies flown through my stomach

Grey school lockers. Photo courtesy of Joshua Hoehne on Unsplash.

School life

Looking down a school hallway. Photo courtesy of Obed Hernandez on Unsplash.

New things

Photo of the author as a child wearing a pink hijab. Photo courtesy of the author.

My life

The author holds a large softball trophy. Photo courtesy of the author.

It's all about team spirit

Photo of the author and their family at Chuck E. Cheese. Photo courtesy of the author.

Identity eater

Photo at a One Direction concert from the crowd. Photo taken by the author.

What One Direction means to me

Photo of the author's village in Bangladesh. Photo courtesy of the author.

Emotions about leaving

Meme of Joey Tribiani from "Friends." Meme created by the author.

Glass of emotions

Portrait of a girl. Photo courtesy of the author.

Different types of pain

Two girls playing chess in a cozy room. Photo courtesy of Monstera on Pexels.

I don't need to "act my age"

View of smoke from the author's car window. Photo taken by the author.

The downfall of our climate

Penguins diving into water from rocks. Photo courtesy of Sebastian Seck on Unsplash.

Birthdays, penguins, and fireworks!

Yellow caution tape that reads, "CRIME SCENE DO NOT CROSS." Photo courtesy of Kat Wilcox on Pexels.

A week in the life

Greg from "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" sleeps while thinking about the information in his diary. Meme created by the author.

I'm a pisces, after all

Ice cream melting in a waffle cone. Photo courtesy of Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash.

A hot summer of traveling

A koala sleeps in a tree. Photo courtesy of Jordan Whitt on Unsplash.

Koalas, thoughts, and daydreams

A student doing schoolwork online while wearing over-ear headphones. Photo courtesy of Compare Fibre on Unsplash.

Starting online school in the summer

Three masks hanging on a rack. Photo courtesy of Isaac Quesada on Unsplash.

Last year was hard

Person's fact lit up by the glow of their laptop. Photo courtesy of Victoria Heath on Unsplash.

Chaos in my mind

A silhouette looks up at the stars and galaxy. Photo courtesy of Greg Rakozy on Unsplash.

Thinking makes me feel

Photo of the "The Song of Achilles" book cover. Photo taken by the author.

Some reading recommendations

Photo of the author and her little sisters. Photo courtesy of the author.

Take care of each other

Henna drawn in the shape of a snake on the author's arm. Photo taken by the author.

I want to build a house for my mom

Two twin mattresses with sheets, blankets, and pillows on them on the floor. Photo taken by the author.

I still have no clue what I want to be

Photo edit of a school with fireworks above it, a backpack, and neon lettering that says "Class of 2022." Edit by the author.

Series of thoughts

Pencil resting on a multiplication test. Photo courtesy of Chris Liverani on Unsplash/.

My last week of Arabic school

Photo of a dirt trail running through a green field. Photo taken by the author.

Early life crisis

Photo of the author's planner. Photo taken by the author.

A word a day keeps the doctors away

Photo of the sky and clouds between green plants. Photo taken by the author.

Summer days

Selfie from the author wearing a face mask on the MBTA. Photo taken by the author.

Ant's Amalgamation

Stacks of pages of open books. Photo courtesy of Free-Photos on Pixabay.


Two side-by-side figurines of Batman and the Joker. Photo courtesy of Patrick Collins on Unsplash.

Why do I like the Joker?

Photo of the author wearing a cloth face mask with stars on it. Photo courtesy of the author.

Journal of a teen journalist: COVID-19 fun-demic

A meme created by the author with two rows and four columns — the first a photo of Drake holding his hand out to reject something, the second Drake holding his hand out to welcome it. The first photo corresponds to the caption, "Blame all Christians, Jews, etc. for crimes committed by that specific group of people." The second photo corresponds to the caption, "Blame all Muslims for crimes committed by specific Muslim-identifying people."

All Muslims are (not) terrorists

Photo of the author, her sibling, and her grandmother. Photo courtesy of the author.

A tough weekend in July

Black and white photo edit of a computer resting on the author's bed, with a print of the devil hugging someone on top of it. Photo and edit by the author.

Chi Chi Em Em

A photo of a grey pitbull sleeping on a couch under a blanket. Photo courtesy of Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash.

Self-care or laziness?

A meme of a person crying while looking in the mirror, with a thought bubble that says, "Why can't I do anything right? I'm just being selfish."

The struggle of having an anxiety disorder

A meme of SpongeBob Squarepants sitting alone in a booth at a diner, looking discouraged. The top line reads, "do you even know how to talk?" and the bottom reads, "*thinks of a cool comeback for this rude comment from a person I barely know." Meme by the author.

In a world designed for extroverts, introverts can still win

A photo of the author in their hijab, also wearing over-ear headphones. Photo taken by the author.

Growing up as a Muslim girl in America

The author's Taekwondo uniform, red belt with a black stripe, trophy, and broken wooden board. Photo taken by the author.

Taekwondo changed my life

Photo of the author as a young child and her younger brother amongst twinkling lights. Photo courtesy of the author.


Black and white photo of a person sitting on a bench overlooking the Charles River. Photo taken by the author.

My past doesn't define me

Drawing of a person from the neck up with tears on their cheeks. Drawing by the author.

Growing pains

A drawing about social media's impact on society. Drawing by the author.

Social media's impact

Black and white photo of a sinking ship on still water. Photo courtesy of Alwi Alaydrus on Unsplash.

Living with anxiety

Black and white photo of the author from behind, wearing a ponytail and a backpack. Photo courtesy of the author.

Just another obstacle

A person struggling with anxiety. Photo courtesy of Uday Mittal on Unsplash.

Holding ourselves together

Speech bubble made of yellow paper. Photo courtesy of Volodymyr Hyrshchenko on Unsplash.


The author and their friends' sneakers in a circle together. Photo taken by the author.

You've got a friend in me

Hands dipping a brush into cups of paint. Photo courtesy of Russn F on Unsplash.

Overanalyzing my life

A person standing alone in front of a city bridge in the dark and rain. Photo courtesy of Josh Hild on Pexels.

The ghost in the background

An empty study room in the author's local library. Photo taken by the author.

The importance of my library

Photo of a green, fenced-in garden. Photo taken by the author.

Those who dream of gardens must sometimes let themselves wilt

Six Black women wearing different styles of clothing leaning on a white brick wall. Photo courtesy of Clarke Sanders on Unsplash.

Adults, lay off the judgement over what girls wear