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Gabby Petito, also known as one–half of the “Van Life” couple, was a 22–year–old woman reported missing earlier this month while on what was supposed to be a four–month, cross–country camping trip through national parks. Just under a week ago, Petito's remains were discovered in Wyoming's Bridger–Teton National Forest—her death was ruled a homicide. Her fiancé—Brian Laundrie—remains the prime suspect in the case due to past allegations of domestic abuse and his abrupt disappearance following her vanishing.
It's well known that Philadelphia is the place to be if you’re looking for a stellar food scene. But one unique element that sets the city apart from other culinary capitals is its plethora of Ethiopian food offerings, especially in West Philly.
In the age of COVID–19, more and more Americans have swapped in–person work for virtual, raising the question: Why stay holed up at home when you could do your job from exotic spots like Bali, Cabo, and Tulum?
From expensive yoga classes to acupuncture, health and self–care practices have taken mainstream culture by storm. Globally valued at around $4.2 trillion, the wellness industry has become our obsession, and it seems like it's here to stay.
If you're a regular TikTok user, you're probably familiar with the "that girl" lifestyle—a perfectly curated montage of daily oat milk lattes, open books, minimalistic skincare, and matching workout gear. With an aesthetic marked by neutral tones and an emphasis on wellness, "that girl" on your For You Page effortlessly has her life together.
COVID–19 has undoubtedly changed the Philly food scene, shifting both how and where we eat. By shutting down dine–in restaurants during the pandemic, food delivery services have been the only way for us to safely enjoy gourmet food from the comfort of our own home. In a time where we’re so reliant on UberEats and Grubhub, ghost kitchens have opened to fill the void—thriving where most dine–in only restaurants are struggling.
The pandemic has taken an incredible toll on Asian American communities throughout the nation. From violent attacks on elderly Asian Americans in the Bay Area to calling COVID–19 the “Chinese virus,” it’s undeniable that anti–Asian hate crimes have spiked in the past year. With the repeated assault on Asian Americans in a system that renders them unimportant, representation in the political sphere is increasingly important for addressing issues facing the AAPI community.
When you’re single, there’s no day more lonely than Valentine’s Day. With candy hearts and bouquets of flowers being loudly shoved in your face, we often seem to forget that there’s more to love than just romance. Placing romance on a pedestal often leads to unrealistic expectations about relationships and causes many people to define themselves in relation to their significant other. While Valentine's Day can be a great day to celebrate romantic love, we often seem to miss the importance of friendships, families, hobbies, and more. Of course we know romantic love isn't the only kind of love, but with Valentine's Day coming up, we should do better to remember it.
Content Warning: Mentions of child pornography
Spurred by President Donald Trump’s fear–mongering cries of “if you don’t fight like Hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore,” an alt–right mob stormed the Capitol building to stop the certification of President–elect Joe Biden’s electoral victory. This event was a break from America’s tradition of peaceful transitions of power, showing how Trump’s platform of authoritarianism and hate has turned into a direct attack on our legislative branch.
With Donald Trump’s victory in 2016, the line between politician and celebrity has become increasingly blurred. Tweets like “aoc and ihlan omar really can deck me in the f*cking face any day i would let them spit on me because they are too powerful and amazing” [sic] and “Kamala Harris is a woke queen” dominate Twitter, generating a brand of celebrity worship around successful politicians. We make political prayer candles, stylizing politicians as literal saints, and we hyperfixate on how “cute” they are in fan–made video edits rather than how effective they are. Originating from platforms like Twitter and Instagram, political stans are becoming more and more commonplace.
“Hi, and welcome back to me talking about whatever I want. Today, I’m going to be talking about Shane Dawson,” D’Angelo Wallace deadpans, opening a one hour long video that would soon gain 14 million views and serve to affirm the end of vlogger and aspiring makeup artist Shane Dawson’s Youtube career.
Eyes have always been a sensitive topic for many Asians in America, no matter their ethnicity. From being subject to “ching–chong” chants or the common gesture of pulling up eye corners to mimic “looking Chinese,” the natural slant of Asian eyes has forever been a target of racism. TV personality Julie Chen got cosmetic eye surgery because she was told she would not succeed unless she made her “eyes look bigger.” Civil rights activist Fred Korematsu attempted to go to a plastic surgeon to change his eyes in hopes of preventing him from being sent to a Japanese internment camp. Yet despite Asian eyes being a source of trauma for many, they are now considered a fashion “trend.”
Donald and Melania Trump’s marriage has captivated the interest of the internet for all the wrong reasons. Standing in stark contrast with the heartfelt romance between Barack and Michelle Obama, analyses of the Trumps often paint their relationship as strained and unnatural, noting Melania’s uncomfortable body language and her clear reluctance to engage in PDA. With the media and internet culture framing Mrs. Trump as a reluctant participant in her marriage, a perception of the First Lady as being “too good” for her racist, misogynist husband has formed. From her refusal to hold his hand to her questionable facial expressions, Melania Trump has been painted as a female casualty of Trump’s delusional egotism.
Monetized dating, also known as “sugaring,” occurs when an older person financially compensates a younger person to engage in activities typical to that of an intimate relationship, whether it be going on dates or having sex. In the past couple of years, sugaring has grown both in popularity and in name. From the rise of glamorous sugar baby lifestyle influencers and movies like The New Romantic, it seems almost ubiquitous.
For my family, “dad” and “father” do not mean the same thing. “Dad” is a word of love, trust, and presence. “Father” is a word of blood relation, biology, and genetics. This distinction was made incredibly clear to me at 10 years old, when I found out my dad wasn’t really my father.
“Bad things happen in Philadelphia. Bad things.”