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Writing into a revolution

Off the Beat

I watched my family’s home turn into chaos on a television screen as I sat almost 8,000 miles away in California. Swarms of protesters were marching through the streets of Cairo to demand an end to then-president Hosni Mubarak’s rule. I was shocked and didn’t know what to make of
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UC Berkeley needs to diversify its English curriculum

Being a student of color at UC Berkeley is immensely difficult. Walking into a classroom, students might hope to find a professor or peer that might share their language, culture and perhaps, even skin tone. There is comfort in numbers. Sadly, the odds of finding someone that shares their experiences
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Somewhere in between Nigeria and America

Cal in Color

I’ve often been told, “You look Black American, but I figured you weren’t. You don’t sound like them.” This statement, along with comments referring to my accent, my ability to speak English well and much more are what my life has been since I moved to the United States. I
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Piece No. 1

Off the Beat

I struggle with openness. Writing something with my name on it puts a face to the words, experiences and emotions I express in the piece. Sharing my awkward personality with others, whether it be on paper or in my day-to-day interactions, makes me feel exposed.
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Dick flicks for chicks

Sex on Tuesday

This column was originally published in the Aug. 31, 2010 issue of The Daily Californian. It’s either a great misconception that women don’t watch and enjoy porn, or I just happen to know the only girls in existence who do. I’m not saying we watch it all the time to
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Berkeley must remember that more housing is not the same as affordable housing

CITY AFFAIRS: Berkeley’s housing crisis has reached intolerable levels. Community members must actively advocate for affordability

Berkeley City Council approved the creation of a housing complex in Downtown Berkeley entirely at market-rate. Community members have blindly rallied around increased housing, without pushing for the affordability of those developments. What’s the point of building more housing if the people who need it the most can’t afford it?
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California needs to add eco-labels to gas pumps

As the climate change crisis deepens, there remains an urgent call for clearer and more direct measures that address it. In finding solutions to California’s largest source of emissions, California drivers will need better information. To help drivers more fully comprehend the climate crisis and, most importantly, tackle their own
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Dating the enemy

Off the Beat

A bad EDM remix was blaring over the speakers, the alcohol was nonexistent and still, my head was already pounding by the time he looked at me from across the dance floor. That’s where I met him, in a sweaty jumble of bodies. He was cute in a blonde-suburban-white-boy-next-door kind
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Deafening sound of discrimination

Off the Beat

From the first moment I witnessed someone laughing at my father for his deaf accent, I realized people could be incredibly cruel. And I quickly learned that life wasn’t fair. My father was born deaf and didn’t grow up in a deaf community, so he struggled to communicate with hearing
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