Creativity

“creativity keeps the world alive, yet, everyday we are asked to be ashamed of honoring it, wanting to live our lives as artists. i’ve carried the shame of being a ‘creative’ since i came to the planet; have been asked to be something different, more, less my whole life. thank spirit, my wisdom is deeper […]

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At Home In My Heritage

The sweet humid air surrounded my body with the first step I took on the soil of my parent’s birthplace. It was an odd sensation being in a country new to me yet feeling so at home. I was 12 and had taken my first plane ride (a 13 hour one) with my parents to […]

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I Carried

“I carried the trace of her lips, of her breath on my skin through streets full of faceless people escaping from offices and shops.”  ― Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind Photo by: Radhika Jit/New York City

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Radikal Readings: Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect?

I’ve always enjoyed reading anthologies of essays, especially on topics that are difficult to digest. Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect? is a collection of essays published by Truthout by various writers, journalists, and activists that tackle not only police brutality, but freedom, black liberation, and the fight for justice. So often the struggle for justice and […]

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Unsolved

“Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books written in a foreign language. Do not now look for the answers. They cannot now be given to you because you could not live them. It is a question of experiencing everything. At […]

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My Notebook

Late night fantasies. Those are always the best. Why is my mind so full of clarity? Or is it hazy and these thoughts are sleep-deprived delusions? It’s a trail of thoughts that run so far and so clear. No distractions. When the world around me sleeps, my brain urges me to write. The electronics beside […]

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Meteor

“I want to live the rest of my life, however long or short, with as much sweetness as I can decently manage, loving all the people I love, and doing as much as I can of the work I still have to do. I am going to write fire until it comes out of my […]

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Song of the Day: Mil Canciones

I stumbled upon La Muza after searching for a song I heard in an episode of Mozart in the Jungle (hello Gael Garcia Bernal). While I couldn’t find that specific song, I was so happy to find this band and haven’t stopped listening to their music ever since. What’s not to love about reggae out of Puerto Rico? The […]

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Radikal Readings: Disposable Domestics

Although Grace Chang’s Disposable Domestics: Immigrant Women Workers in the Global Economy was published in 2000, it is still so relevant to today’s society 16 years later, especially with the rage on debates over “immigration reform.” As Robin D. G. Kelley, Distinguished Professor of History and Gary B. Nash Endowed Chair in United States History, […]

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Solitude of Writing

I find myself jealous of musicians and singers who perform for audiences. Those who from a distance don’t seem so filled with solitude. The solitude of a writer. I live in inside my head. It’s a place of sheer loneliness. All of these thoughts that are in my head yet are never shared in sounds. […]

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