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Book Review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Starr Amara Carter is a black girl who lives in a predominantly black neighborhood of Garden Heights, but goes to a predominantly white private school in the suburbs. She’s always had to code switch between her two different environments, but when she sees her friend getting shot and killed by a police officer for no reason, she can no longer brush off the differences. Angie Thomas tackles difficult issues about structural racism, death of a friend, and police brutality in such a captivating way that it was hard for me to put the book down to go to sleep. I gave myself a whole week to read this but finished in only two weekdays. As a young adult novel it is easy to read, but it also reaches into your heart and grabs it. As people of color, we often have to “tone down” our culture in our behaviour in order to blend in, and endure microaggressions, ignorant and insensitive remarks that you don’t address most of the time as they are seemingly insignificant and you fear being seen as petty, even though they do affect you. It alienates you from the community you come from, and even then, you aren’t…

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Playlist: Breakup Songs for Fives Stages of Grief

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Breakups—we’ve all been through them. But it hurts every time. We need music to get through such tough time. And even when I’m not going through a breakup or a tough patch in a relationship, I sometimes feel like listening to sad songs. So here are my favorite breakup songs, categorized by Kübler-Ross model of five stages of grief. But listen to them at any stage of grief as you like.

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Playlist: K-pop for Summer

There are great new songs coming out each and every day, but I find myself going back to older songs, from anywhere from a few years to over a decade ago. Growing up in Korea, I listened to K-pop every summer, even before it had this kind of global recognition. I wanted to share my favorite K-pop songs to listen to in the summer.

BoA – Atlantis Princess

This might be my favorite K-pop song ever.

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