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4th-year undergrad | 3x Top Writer in Feminism and Social Media | I write about race, self and whatever else piques my interest |

Student, writer, book nerd and chronic daydreamer with a world of stories to tell

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Hello! Hi! Welcome! I feel like Vaughan from Community.

I suppose the first thing you should know about me is that I’m dreadful at introductions. My brain freezes up, my heart races, and I’m at a loss for words.

Toxicity within fandoms is pervasive and reduces the enjoyment of film and television

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A couple of months ago, I joined a Marvel fandom group on Facebook called “We Are Marvel” which has 150,000+ members.

I immediately noticed its members’ constant negativity. Members meet every innocent question with ire and disgust. Are you an idiot? Did you even watch the show before asking stupid…

Black people don’t have to prove their worth to anyone to deserve to live

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I am a member of a writer’s group on Facebook. Recently, a fellow writer who also happens to be a former law enforcement officer wrote a story, musing about the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder in Minneapolis and how we might collectively move forward. Another writer, also former law enforcement…

Piers Morgan mentioned Meghan Markle 834 times between November 27th, 2017, and May 20th, 2021

A news anchor, Piers Morgan, screams amidst backdrop of Meghan Markle (pictured smirking) and clippings from his articles and tweets about her.
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Piers Morgan is an English television personality and journalist who previously served as the host of the popular British morning show Good Morning Britain until he suddenly quit in March 2021. These days, whenever Piers Morgan is trending on Twitter, there’s a 99.9% …

It’s not rocket science

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I have a stolen name. No, really.

My mom worked at a rooftop restaurant while she was pregnant with me. Her co-worker (also pregnant at the time) kicked around the idea of naming her daughter “Laquesha Thushanda.” …

I know where you can shove your pickup notice

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I’m not a violent person, but I’ve regularly thought about punching delivery drivers in the throat. …

When to feed the trolls and when to let them stew in their own mediocrity

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After receiving yet another troll on one of my articles, I realized that they don’t deserve my brilliant comebacks.

My writing interests include whatever the hell I want to write about, and unfortunately for me (and anyone who reads my work), that consists of a lot of social commentary fluff…

A list of 30 things I want to achieve before I turn 30

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Today is my 23rd birthday. Maybe.

Depending on how much past-me procrastinated writing this, you may not read this on my 23rd birthday, but I officially turned twenty-three at midnight on October 1st.

Twenty-three is a weird age because, before that, you're a baby adult. In legal and technical terms…

My master plan begins and ends with pizza

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Three things I've never believed in: aliens, boogeymen and body language "experts."

I don't believe aliens exist — maybe that's presumptuous of me — but let's be honest, even if they existed, why would they come here? I don't know if you've noticed, but Earth isn't exactly a shining utopia.

But also weirdly, the same

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Walking onto my university’s campus in the time of COVID-19 felt like a different world.

The tail end of my second year and the entirety of my third were virtual affairs. …

Laquesha Bailey

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