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The thunder vibrated up through the soles of my feet, and the exhaust pipes blasted through my ear drums, rattling my skull. Like a swarm of black hornets in the distance, I watched them rolling in. It was the Dykes on Bikes, the official protectors, and historic leaders of the pride parade. This witnessing occurred at my first Pride parade, which I attended by accident my junior year of high school. My parents and I had driven up to San Francisco from Los Angeles to visit...
Our columnist, Sarah Potter, provides this season's tarot readings for the signs. Gemini: Eight of Cups Reversed(May 21 to June 20) Face your confusion, Gemini. Have you been feeling dizzy over what move to make next? Is your current situation something worth fighting for? Do you stay or do you go? As you make your decision—and yes, you do need to make a choice—listen to your heart and tune out the opinions of others. Only you know exactly what you truly desire.   Cancer:Ace of Cups(June 21 to July 22) Embrace...
Texas has banned abortions when a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can be as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, according to the Texas Tribune. Gov. Greg Abbott signed the bill on Wednesday. The law takes effect in September. The “Texas Heartbeat Bill'' also introduces a new twist on how it will carry out the law. The law specifically prohibits state officials from enforcing it. Instead of having local police officers monitoring abortion clinics and women’s healthcare centers, the law says,  “Any person, other than...
May 20th is Mental Health Action Day. Millions of people struggle with at least one mental illness. With the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have developed new mental health conditions, while other folks have seen pre-existing issues exacerbated. Though discussions around mental health are more prevalent in society, there's still a pervasive stigma surrounding the topic. To end the stigma, this topic needs to be talked about more. Below are recent mental health statistics, as well as eight organizations you can support today. According to the statistics in...
“Vegetarian halls”—havens where Asian women live communally—flourished both in Singapore post-World War II and in China before communism. Residents arrived there for various reasons, but most had one thing in common: they preferred to take care of one another rather than rely on men  [Top to bottom]: a Guanyin (Goddess of Mercy) statue in a vegetarian hall in Indonesia; vegetarian hall nuns in Malaysia; a vegetarian hall in Singapore “Men are bad. Why marry?” “Marriage is no good, men cannot be trusted.” “My husband is dead, and I cannot...
If the idea of traveling in a tiny house on wheels gives you a thrill, I’ve got good news: that’s exactly what vacationing in an RV is like, and it’s way more accessible and affordable than you might think. With an RV (recreational vehicle), any scenic pull-over spot can become a place to stop for coffee; any location with a view, your favorite local restaurant. You won’t have to deal with creepy motel rooms, packing and unpacking at every stop, or finding a bathroom—you’ll have...
City University of New York students are demanding the university system cancel class on May 13 for Eid Al-Fitr, the Muslim celebration of the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Over 13,000 people signed a petition created by Israt Islam on change.org, calling on the school to give students the day off for the religious holiday. The petition’s description says the holiday falls during a time where many courses will be holding review classes for finals. Muslim students will have to choose between participating in...
Widely considered one of the greatest athletes who ever lived, tennis superstar Serena Williams has won more combined Grand Slam titles than any other active player in the sport. Think you know why in the game of life it’s always advantage Williams? Then take the quiz! Serena Jameka Williams was born on September 26, 1981 in ________. a. Brooklyn, NY b. Montague, MA c. Saginaw, MI d. Palm Beach, FL One year before Serena got her start in the pros, her older sister ______ joined the circuit in 1994. a. Venus b. Diana c....
During last year’s BLM uprising, Google Trends Data showed a 300 percent increase in the search “How to find a Black-owned business in my area?” Khadijah Robinson, a lawyer based in D.C., makes this #BuyBlack lifestyle easy with The Nile List (thenilelist.com), a site she launched in March 2020 that invites users to “discover dope Black-owned brands.” Simply search for any item you need, from necessities like coffee or laundry detergent to fun stuff like lipstick or bath salts, and up pops a list of...
Once a feel-good retro hobby, the popularity of roller skating has skyrocketed since the pandemic put a premium on outdoor, socially distanced fun. Here, Brooklyn’s reigning skate queen Lola Star shares all her tips for getting up to speed   By Lola Star Photos by Lauren Silberman Author and Brooklyn-based skate queen Lola Star photographed at Industry City Roller skating is pure magic. It is my church, therapy, gym, and social club all rolled into one dazzling experience. When I lace skates onto my feet, an ecstatic sense of...