In January 2018, Donald Trump's former communication manager, Jason Miller, was arguing with CNN correspondent Brian Karem, when he surprised viewers with some unexpected vocabulary. “If it’s not true, then we need to go and make sure we’re being very clear here. So, please don’t try to throw shade,” said Miller.
From “throwing shade” to “getting read” to “clocking someone’s look,” much of queer slang has gone mainstream. Chad Ochocinco, former Miami Dolphins wide receiver, recently commented on his daughter’s Instagram picture saying, “you betta give me looks sis” and “come through hunty.”
In gay culture, there are many phrases unique and dear to us, such as “reading” or referring to someone as “sister” or “mother.” But it is not just our vocabulary that has been popularized, it is also our dances—voguing, death drops, duck walks—and our mannerisms. The issue for many homosexuals is when queer references and actions are used in mainstream pop culture, but are not credited as originating from queer culture. 
 Queer culture and pop culture do not correlate, explained Zach Phelan, a freshman at The Savannah College of Art and Design. “It’s annoying to me when Vanessa Hudgens says she’s ‘so into voguing right now’ because voguing isn’t a fad happening right now, it’s apart of a lifestyle and has cultural significance,” said Phelan. 
Phelan continued saying, “decades of gay people being completely isolated in a heteronormative society, and now it’s trendy to have a gbf [gay best friend] and people don’t even understand ball culture and where all our trendy moves and lingo comes from. It’s just frustrating.” 
Madonna’s iconic song “Vogue” sold more than six million copies worldwide to date. She popularized an underground, queer dance fad, and introduced it to a mainstream audience without crediting queer culture for it creation. Many homosexuals criticized Madonna for erasing the queer roots of her hit song. 
Nicole Thompson of The Latin Post, criticised the pop artist in her article “‘The Madonna-Free Zone:’ The History of the Harlem Vogue Scene,” saying Madonna “took a very specifically queer, transgender, Latino and African-American phenomenon and totally erased that context with her lyrics.”
 Voguing was the expressionary form of “shade,” explained Willi Ninja, a dancer and choreographer, in the documentary “Paris is Burning.” 
“Voguing came from shade because it is a dance that two people did because they didn't like each other. Whoever was throwing the best moves was throwing the best shade," he said. 
According to Madonna, in her song “Vogue”, her lyrics infer she views voguing as just the opposite. It was an escape from yourself, it was allowing your body “to move to the music.” “Vogue” ripped off the legacy of many queer men, discrediting and removing their acknowledgement from the limelight.
“It's infuriating when you're forced out of a space, seek asylum among other similarly marginalized individuals, create a thriving community for yourselves and those who look like you, and the people who expelled you (in this case cis-hetero black women, cis-hetero black women and white people in general) co-opt your comfort and survival mechanisms for their own enjoyment. All while refusing to acknowledge the trauma they inflicted, forcing you to create those things in the first place.” explained Ryan Sides, writer and digital strategist.
 As time continues, the way we talk, walk and move keeps finding its way into mainstream pop culture. Queer trends, fads and slang has grasped the attention of many heterosexuals, but we are not being credited for the creation of such trends. Behind every new trend and pop queen is queer culture originating the next fad. 


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Last December, I participated in my first racially motivated school walkout. In order to prepare for the event, other students and I took the following steps. 
We stated the purpose of the protest: standing in solidarity with a minority student who was called the N-word on school grounds. The protest also called for the school administration to deal with racial tensions properly. We hoped to increase transparency between the administration and its students. 
We made flyers. Make sure to include the exact date and time of your walkout. Thanks to the power of social media, we were able to spread our message. This garnered posts from individuals saying whether or not they were going to participate in the walkout. 
We caused enough ruckus for the school to hear us. Most people believe that approaching the school first would have solved the problem, but I do not think so. If you have an administration who sweeps most things under the rugs, I would avoid seeking their attention. By allowing the school to hear you, they might take preventative measures to try and stop the protest. This part is important because it lets you know where they stand. 
Learn some chants. My favorite are “Hey, hey! Ho, ho! Complicity has got to go!” “The People united will never be divided” or the iconic “Show me what democracy looks like! This is what democracy looks like.”
Walk out and accept the consequences. If you are fed up to the point where you do not care about the results of your actions, then live freely. Luckily for me and my school there was no snapback to our walk out.
Finally, see the changes of your action. Walking out is meant to enact change in your school, not to start drama with your administration. After walking out, sit back and watch the change roll in like a thunder cloud. It is worth the watch.
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Pumpkins, apple cider, Halloween and that nice period between t-shirt and winter coat season—fall is a great time for all of us. Where it’s just warm enough to go for a walk in the park to admire the scenery yet just cold enough to snuggle up in a nice blanket on the porch to watch the sunset. For some, with fall comes a new wardrobe. People with this understanding have designated seasonal clothing and continue to slay year-round. These pioneers truly encompass what fall should look like and for that reason this article isn’t for them for they do not need help. That being said, Ladies you need read no further... Men this one’s for you.
First, let’s cover the fashion basics. Do wear neutral tones to provide a parreling aesthetic to the scenery around you. Deep green, golden yellows and plum purples are great fall colors and allow men to extend the color vocabulary they tend to not have. Do not wear shorts. I understand that 60 degrees is some sort of magically warm weather haven for you guys, but I can promise you, save it for spring. 65 degrees and below is not shorts weather, you want to comfortable while fashionable, not cold while tacky. Fix it. 
Now let's talk about outfit choices. Peacoats are a great accessory to any neutral outfit you wear. Long and fashionable they allow you to give your fit a little je ne sais quoi. Now while you have pea coats on top how about trying some plaid combinations on the bottom. Plaid in some instances can be tacky, but paired with a nice khaki or dark jean they work well with your outfit. Finally time to for some fresh kicks. Save your hot pink, red, white and blue shoes for the summer. Sperry, Vans and Toms are cute and provide versatility while comfortability
Aside from color blocking many men—including myself—struggle with one major category: layers. Layers are a simple and efficient way of staying warm and looking cute. Layers allow one to replace certain types of clothing for other types to provide the same function but for less of a climate hassel. For example, wearing a cardigan and a thin shirt because the thin shirt is fashionable, but your cardigan can keep you warm. 
Men, you can be complicated but that doesn't mean your clothing choices have to be. Always keep in mind that fall outfits can be recycled every year so don't be afraid to start or add to your collection. 


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Omarlyn Martinez, a Boston teen, worked full-time this summer in hopes of paying for his college tuition and also to save money. Since Martinez comes from a single parent household, saving money was always difficult, especially since he only had a checking account at first. Now, he’s able to save with a savings account. Martinez is hoping to get into investing and aspires to buy a house for himself, and one for his mom in the Dominican Republic.
We all struggle when it comes to saving money. Despite some of us having bank accounts and reminding ourselves not to overspend, we do it anyways. 
Jeff Paddock, a Financial Empowerment Coordinator at Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción, is a financial coach for low-income families. He guides people of all ages on saving, as well as encouraging them to reach their financial goals.
“For kids, I recommend getting in the habit of putting change away in a jar in their room,” said Paddock. “When you become a teenager, I recommend setting savings goals. This is something that is very important.” 
Getting in the habit of saving early fosters discipline and control. Paddock recommends for teens to open a savings and a checking account because “once they have a steady income, they should set up an automatic transfer of a few dollars from the checking to their savings. This will build the habit of saving a little every month.” 
Kathy Lee, a freshman at Northeastern University, does not have her own bank account, but has one under her parent’s name. 
“I was told to save money by my parents. But that never ends up the way they expected it to be,” said Lee. At a young age, her parents advised her to save all her money from Chinese New Years. “However, much like a child, I did not learn my lesson,” she said. “I still spend a bit here and there but it has decreased quite a bit.”
In her spare time, Lee likes to shop. “I only make the purchase if I believe that item is absolutely necessary and practical for my daily lifestyle.” Following this method, Lee learned to save money little by little.
Paddock has two tips for teens to practice when preparing for their first big purchase. 
The first tip consists of three rules:
Rule one - open a bank account so that your money is safe. Storing your money in your room could be dangerous because it could be lost, stolen, or destroyed.
 Rule two - track how much money you have in your account.
 Rule three - spend less than what you make. Even though it sounds simple, it could be difficult. 
The second tip is to open a separate emergency savings account where you put a little bit of money away. “Emergency savings are like first aid kits. They should be close, accessible, and hidden away,” said Paddock. 
An important things to do is to calculate your monthly income, as well as bills or monthly expenditures you have to pay for. Next, generate a budget that includes how much you’ll spend on eating out, entertainment, social activities, shopping for clothes, etc. Subtract your monthly expenses and social spending from your monthly income, and you’ll get an idea of how much you spend monthly. That way, you can estimate how long it will take to save for that large purchase. 
Jeff Babcock, a Senior Associate at WS Development, said an overarching principle is that the earlier you start saving, the more time your money has to grow. For this to happen, Babcock recommends that teens seek out a savings account that has a high interest rate. If you want to save even more money, finding an index fund could be an alternative. Index funds are composed of a variety of stocks and bonds, Babcock explained. 
“You're investing a little bit in a lot of different things, diversifying your risk. When you invest $100 into index funds, it can be spread across all these investments, industries, or even the entire economy. ” The downside to this is that there is a bit more risk at play, and you may lose money. 
Once you get in the routine of saving, you can decide whether to put that money in a low-risk savings account or higher-risk index fund. Students can open a brokerage account to begin investing in index funds even though it is a bit more advanced and complicated, so research is crucial.
 “It is important to know what investing is like. Time is really your best friend when it comes to saving money, the sooner the better, for sure,” said Babcock.



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Marine biologist and conservationist Rachel Carson once wrote, “For most of us, knowledge of our world comes largely through sight, yet we look about with such unseeing eyes that we are partially blind. One way to open your eyes to unnoticed beauty is to ask yourself, ‘What if I had never seen this before? What if I knew I would never see it again?’” 
Imagine waking up one day and not seeing any trees, grass or flowers. Imagine not being able to take a hike or canoe on a lake. Imagine the day we run out of nonrenewable resources. I know I do not want to.
Living a sustainable, minimalist lifestyle can seem daunting. You may doubt your ability to change old habits. However, once you understand the environmental impacts of your actions, it gets easier. 
Vicky Chen, who was in the recycling club her senior year of high school, said that she believes recycling and leading a sustainable lifestyle is important because “by repurposing recyclable materials, we can reduce the amount of waste products disposed in landfills that would otherwise sit for centuries before natural decomposition occurs.”
Chen also stated, “It’s the little things people use and throw away everyday that can make a big difference in the long run.” Choose to start making a difference in the environment today by utilizing this informative advice.

10 Ways to Become More Eco-Friendly Today
Everyone knows to use reusable water bottles and shopping bags, but here are some lesser-known tips to help you lead an even more sustainable lifestyle.
-Start buying and using microfiber towels, old t-shirts, or cotton dish rags instead of paper towels. Dirty paper towels cannot be recycled.
-Start a small garden in your backyard or even on your kitchen countertop. Nothing beats fresh grown produce right from your own home, plus plants help purify the air.
-Trade your current light bulbs for LED or CFL light bulbs if you do not currently own them. They consume less energy than incandescent ones.
-Invest in a shower timer and a water-saving shower head. It will amaze you how much water you have wasted previously.
-When doing laundry, only dry the clothes you are going to wear within the next few days. The other clothes should be air-dried instead to conserve energy.
-Ask for digital notices, bills, and invitations instead of getting them in the mail to create less paper waste.
-Check out trendy and stylish metal straws! They are reusable and come in a variety of colors. Plastic straws are a danger to wildlife, and contribute to ocean pollution.
-Store gift bags and boxes you receive for future uses instead of going out and buying gift bags and boxes—that way they are there when you need them.
-Make your own natural home cleaners. For flat surfaces, water and vinegar are most fitting, and for clothes, you can use saponin from quinoa as detergent. They are eco-friendly because they do not pollute the environment or release toxins.
-Invest in solar energy chargers along with solar water heaters. These can reduce energy costs along with noise pollution and greenhouse gases.

Sustainable Superstar: Laura Preshong
I chatted with the owner of Laura Preshong Ethical Fine Jewelry about how buying jewelry from ethical stores can contribute to a better environment. 
How did your brand mission, “make ethically sourced jewelry we would like to wear, treat people the way we would like to be treated and protect our human rights and environment like our lives depended on it” come to be?
The business mission statement comes from my heart. What I believe is the best way to run a business.
What are the environmental impacts of mass-produced jewelry and accessory?
The environmental impacts are the devastation that comes with clearing large areas of land for mining. Mining produces chemicals that leach into the water which disrupts the migration of animals. Any type of large-scale anything is horrible for the environment and usually pays very little. 
Where and how did Laura Preshong Ethical Fine Jewelry begin using the manufacturing practices that the store stands by currently?
 We started our ethical sourcing and branding around 2010. There was a small movement by independent brands after the Leonardo DiCaprio movie “Blood Diamond,” and we joined in. 
Can you go into detail and expand on the statement that you “use very little large scale manufacturing or chemical processes in our ethically sourced jewelry”?
We are hand making everything in our Boston studio. Less big manufacturing means less impact and waste on and in the environment. All of our diamonds are sourced from Botswana, Africa, or Canada; all the rest of our materials are U.S. made.
What is some advice you have for teenagers who want to begin living a more sustainable life?
Reduce, reuse and recycle.


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