One of my closest friends is black. If you're worried that I plan to cite that as a preface to closet racism, breathe out -- it's just… Read more "Charlottesville"
My name is André Mikhail, and I am a college dropout. Off putting, isn't it? Don't feel bad, as I'm susceptible to the prejudice, too. So much… Read more "Alma Mater"
All of a sudden, Beau woke up four years older. Last he could remember, the year was 2013, one that would live in infamy to him for a… Read more "Beau’s Way Back"
See what I did there? One of the lead editors at Stain'd Magazine saw fit to contact me, some weeks ago, and suggest that I contribute an… Read more "Lost in Manslation"
07:20 EST Harvard Square Station Cambridge, MA You join me on a familiar subway platform in the town I grew up in. It is familiar because I've… Read more "All Aboard"
On any given day, there occurs a great deal of cultural stereotyping that we as 21st century Americans are prone to engaging in, whether conscious of it or not.… Read more "Evangelizing Terror and the Modern Crusades"
Little known fact: I was born in Dallas, TX. It is little known because I am not proud of it. Having lived there for a handful of…… Read more “Dallas”
I’ve never been one for video games, as I’ve never been anything better than mediocre at playing them. There was, I will admit, a period of roughly…… Read more “GamerGate: A Third Party Opinion”
It’s been more than five years since I lived on the East Coast, but I still consider it to be my home. Does that make sense? If not, that’s OK.…… Read more “A New September”
Exposed plumbing is to the artist what brushed steel is to the young professional; it conveys the same kind of disorder and acceptance of said that enables…… Read more “Faces of Imperial Eloquence [Part II]: The Collage Garage”
“And you tried to change, didn’t you? Closed your mouth more. Tried to be softer, prettier, less volatile, less awake…You can’t make homes out of human beings.…… Read more “Everyone’s Favorite Drug (Love Is)”
Prior to this assignment, I’ll admit that I knew little to nothing about Harlem born rapper and fashionista, A$AP Rocky (born Rakim Mayers). In fact, what I knew…… Read more “Faces of Imperial Eloquence [Part I]: A$AP Cocky”
There’s been little in the way of evidence contradicting the self-evident truth that American role models have been — for some time now — at once defined by and…… Read more “From Jesus Walks to Yeezus Talks: The Rise and Demise of Kanye West”
My mom hates Justin Bieber, like, sincerely and wholeheartedly. She hates him with a robust, full bodied vigor which is hard for her to communicate without getting flustered and inarticulate. A…… Read more “An Unconventional Take on Justin Bieber”