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Big Sis Advice: Respect People’s Pronouns. Period.

Big Sis Advice: Respect People’s Pronouns. Period.

Kimiya Factory

October 9, 2019

Big Sis Advice: Respect People’s Pronouns. Period. Arts & Life Before I begin, I want to make clear that I am not speaking on behalf of an entire marginalized population or anyone’s identity in particular, including my own. As individuals, our experiences are sacred and our own, forever....

Big Sis Advice #ChangeRapeCulture: Safe Spaces

Big Sis Advice #ChangeRapeCulture: Safe Spaces

Kimiya Factory

September 4, 2019

Imagine someone crying actual tears to you about “the struggle” that is known as your existence. “They’re so sorry that you’re oppressed, and they could never understand what a day in your shoes must be like.” At first, it’s flattering to think someone might “get it,” but after a couple...

Big sis: Hey, it’s me again.

Big sis: Hey, it’s me again.

Kimiya Factory

April 23, 2019

We’ve been through a lot; both myself and the weekly readers of this column. Big sis advice is not your average column—I talk about things that most don’t want to discuss. But as I sit here, typing the last article of the semester, feeling the emotional attachment I’ve developed for sharing my...

Big Sis Advice: Is it that deep?

Big Sis Advice: Is it that deep?

Kimiya Factory

April 16, 2019

I remember this moment vividly several times throughout my life: being asked if whatever I fought for was ‘that deep.’ For whatever reason, when I was little, I was obsessed with ‘wedding girls.’ I don’t know what it was about someone being in a wedding dress that I equated to being a real...

Afro can be punk?

Afro can be punk?

Kimiya Factory

April 2, 2019

This past weekend, journalism gifted me as it always does; but something about this assignment was different. Per usual, my woke Arts & Life editor presented me with what sounded like an obviously dope assignment: covering an event called Afropunk in the Pit. Punk music, non-conforming folks and...

Big Sis Advice Episode 3: #ChangeRapeCulture

Big Sis Advice Episode 3: #ChangeRapeCulture

Kimiya Factory and Garry Leday

March 27, 2019

    Host: Kimiya Factory Editor: Garry LeDay

Big Sis Advice: #ChangeRapeCulture

Big Sis Advice: #ChangeRapeCulture

Kimiya Factory

March 6, 2019

*Trigger Warning* I’ve thought long and hard about how to even approach an article about rape culture. How the hell do I even sum up the suffering of centuries? The truth is I can’t; suffering can’t be summed up. However, everytime my mind asks me that same question, my experiences with rape culture...

Big Sis Advice: Black Entrepreneurs = Y.O.U.

Big Sis Advice: Black Entrepreneurs = Y.O.U.

Kimiya Factory

February 26, 2019

Growing up, the only black entrepreneurs that I was ever aware of were famous. Actors like Will Smith, singers like Beyoncé and talk show hosts like Oprah Winfrey; and even then they were just..wealthy, famous and black in my young opinion. If you asked me what the CEO of a million dollar company looked...

Big Sis: Dating a black girl

Big Sis: Dating a black girl

Kimiya Factory

February 20, 2019

To be completely honest, I was shaking my head while writing that title. Shaking my head more so at the fact that ‘dating a black girl’ has to be a thing. Trying sushi, going to yoga classes, being in college; those are all things. The race that a human being identifies as constantly being a factor i...

Big Sis Advice Episode 1: My Hair Journey

Big Sis Advice Episode 1: My Hair Journey

Kimiya Factory and Garry Leday

February 13, 2019

    Host: Kimiya Factory Guest: Jose Chapa Editor: Garry LeDay

Big Sis Black History Month: My Hair Journey

Big Sis Black History Month: My Hair Journey

Kimiya Factory

February 13, 2019

I remember my scalp burning; that meant the relaxer was working. I never sweat it though. “Beauty is pain,” I would tell myself as I imagined the admiring looks I’d get in the hallways. My hair would finally be straight and I would fit in at school. Curls and frizz were never in, and I could see...

Big sis advice: A tribute

Big sis advice: A tribute

paisano.online1

February 6, 2019

The moss that swing on the trees of the south still feel the fingertips of slaves that hugged them in the night; desperate to find the direction of the north. A mother’s swollen breast leaks milk for a child that she hates to love. Masters child. A young boy’s scars fresh from the lash ooze an...