White sage, a plant needed for certain sacred Indigenous ceremonies, is a protected plant in California. courtesy Flickr

Sephora “witch kit” reductive of witchcraft

The makeup company’s “witch starter kit” commercialized Indigenous peoples’ sacred traditions. This September, makeup retailer Sephora and perfume company Pinrose advertised a shocking collaboration: a starter kit for practicing witchcraft. The kit was priced at $42 and included a rose quartz stone, nine miniature bottles of perfume, a deck of tarot cards and a bundle […]

Public perception of OCD is plagued by stereotypes and misinformation. courtesy Wikimedia Commons

OCD Awareness Week an opportunity for empathy

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is a commonly stigmatized and misunderstood mental illness. OCD Awareness Week is an internationally recognized week of advocacy and a promotion of understanding surrounding Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and other disorders on the Obsessive-Compulsive spectrum. It was started by the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) in 2009 and has been conducted every year since then during […]

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Step Afrika! a lively, informative performance

The renowned step company brought an interactive experience to our primarily white university. The world’s first dance production company dedicated to stepping, Step Afrika!, performed for the University of Tulsa last Thursday. This high-energy celebration of Black culture at the university was hosted by Student Association and the Association of Black Collegians, and was free […]

Despite the connotation of "race riot," Black residents of Greenwood were the victims of the 1921 events. courtesy Wikimedia

Greenwood 1921: A Riot or a Massacre?

As we approach the centennial of the destruction of Tulsa’s Black Wall Street, it is necessary to examine how we discuss the event. Recent years brought a great deal of controversy surrounding the language we use to discuss the 1921 attack on Greenwood, Tulsa. The most common label, “The Tulsa Race Riot,” is drilled into […]

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“Sorry To Bother You” a movie for the now

The biting social commentary of “Sorry to Bother You” makes it a must-watch for 2018. “Sorry to Bother You” is the directorial debut of hip-hop artist Boots Riley, who describes the film as an “absurdist dark comedy with magical realism and science fiction, inspired by the world of telemarketing.” The film follows Cassius Green (Lakeith […]