On radicalisation and the in-betweeners

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about what drives young people to commit terrorist acts and to be honest it isn’t a one size fits all sort of story. However I do feel that the narrative a lot of the time lacks depth, more often than not radicalisation or terrorist acts stem from religion or they don’t. The story never begins with cause, and then there is also that double standard with mental health issues and the colour of the killer. My problem is that as people we are incredibly complex and add on top of that the influences of our environment and society at large, huge shifts in our psychological and emotional states are rarely from a single trigger, but we never discuss this.

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“street style is from the streets”

Love & Hip Hop’s star Joseline Hernandez was a guest co-host on The Real this week, and had some very strong opinions on the fashion styles of the Kardashian-Jenner clan. Read More

Full Moon x Introspection

 

“This is the only life I have. Why surround myself with halfhearted things? ” – Katharine Anne

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Patience & Journey

I have probably mentioned this before, I finished grad school late last year and I’ve been lucking out on finding a job. You would think that that would be my major frustration right? It really isn’t because I’m reasonable and I understant the state of unemployment at the moment… (1) unemployment is high, (2) my field is very specialised and (3) opportunities aren’t that diverse in my field where I am at the moment. So I know that creating my own opportunity and finding the right job will take time.

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International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day. A day to recognise and celebrate the achievements and roles of women all over the world…but also a day to remind us of the milestones that we are yet to reach in many parts of the world. Read More

This Is The Only Thing You Should Tell A Friend Going Through A Breakup

Whether you’re the friend who will never be caught shedding a tear or the ugly crier of the group, we all eventually experience a breakup that will make even the most nonchalant among us cry.

Though many breakups are amicable, the ones we tend to remember are the ones that leave us anguished. They’re the ones that have us sniffling through Adele and blasting every song on Lemonade.

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“Finish school and get a job” they said

I’m currently in that awkward period between being done with higher education and getting a job. That point in life when your ID says you’re an adult but your bank account reminds you that you are what I like to call ‘an adult child”. It’s a thing, trust me.

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compati

I was headed into Tesco (local supermarket) and there was this young man sitting outside asking for spare change, I asked him if he needed anything from the store and he said he didn’t but that he was in need of money. I knew I only had a five pound note in my wallet and there was no ATM nearby so I gave it to him. He said thank you and I said it was the least I could do and told him to take care of himself as I walked away.

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Death: the only sure thing

Death is such a taboo; it has so many different faces and layers to it that the majority of us don’t know what to do when faced with it or how to respond when it is mentioned and I don’t think there’s a formula to it. It’s a very sensitive topic, and I think that you would agree with me that it isn’t really the dinner table conversation starter. It’s more like the topic that leaves the room silent and hollow. But why do we feel so uncomfortable with the one thing that is universally true about life? Why do we push death to the back of our minds as if any of us can escape it?

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