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

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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...

Big Sis Advice #ChangeRapeCulture: Safe Spaces

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Kimiya Factory September 3, 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...

Big sis: Hey, it’s me again.

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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...

Big Sis Advice: Is it that deep?

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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.’...

Afro can be punk?

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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...

Big Sis Advice Episode 3: #ChangeRapeCulture

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Kimiya Factory and Garry Leday March 27, 2019

    Host: Kimiya Factory Editor: Garry LeDay

Big Sis Advice: #ChangeRapeCulture

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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...

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

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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,...

Big Sis: Dating a black girl

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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...

Big Sis Advice Episode 1: My Hair Journey

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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

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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...

Big sis advice: A tribute

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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...

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