Is it relationship abuse?

Sydney Shuler | Staff Writer Women ages 16 to 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence, about three times the nation average in the U.S. As young people, identifying signs of abuse in a relationship can be difficult. The National Domestic Violence Hotline defines domestic violence, also referred to as dating or relationship abuse, as “a pattern of behaviors used by one partner to maintain power and control over another in an intimate relationship.” These behaviors are not at all limited to physical abuse. Victims of relationship abuse often experience emotional and verbal abuse such as serial cheating, … Continue reading Is it relationship abuse?

Is “bounce-back” happiness true happiness?

Sydney Shuler | Staff Writer We all know what it’s like to get that surge of motivation after life has done us dirty with a heartbreak, job loss or end of a friendship, but how long does it last? It’s not easy, but it’s time to stop waiting for a reason to put yourself, and your happiness, first. The saying “you have to love yourself before you love anyone else” isn’t a theory or a myth; it’s a must. We quickly find ourselves in dangerous emotionally codependent relationships when we have not yet figured out how to rely on ourselves … Continue reading Is “bounce-back” happiness true happiness?

Shutting down the myths about black beauty

Sydney Shuler | Staff Writer From birth, black women are given a list of rules of what they can and cannot do to be considered beautiful. But how much of it is true? Maintain a quiet crown Black women are told that they have three hair colors to choose from: light brown (but not too light), dark brown and black. Anything else is unprofessional, uncouth and decidedly not for black girls. Black women all over, including celebrities such as Rihanna, Lil’ Kim and Cardi B, have repeatedly proven that this is not the case. No nude for you You’re getting … Continue reading Shutting down the myths about black beauty