120 Seconds.

He shifts his weight, eyes dead set on the double doors only feet away now, doors he’s been through so many times before; the hallway inside a stretch of misery containing painful memories he recalls with a bitter taste in his mouth, reflexively tightening his grip around the object pointing mercilessly forward. The glow from…

Combating Racial Biases, Reinforcing Justice

Pictured: Leshia Evans, 28, at the Baton Rogue police protest in 2016 (Image Credit: Reuters photographer) Police brutality and mass incarceration have long been topics of hot debate in the current social and political climate, with many advocating for the reformation of the policies and procedures in place to ultimately put ‘justice’ back into the…

With Heart & Soul: A Profile on Matina Shakir, Artist

Pictured: Matina Shakir, subject of profile. (Image Credit: Sara Shakir) Matina Shakir of Royersford, Pennsylvania is an emerging artist of great potential. With a background in fine arts, she has drawn and painted with various mediums and showcased her early work in her hometown of Bangalore, India. Despite putting her dreams of success on hold…

Breaking Free From the Chains That Bind Us

“‘What makes the desert beautiful,’ said the little prince, ‘is that somewhere it hides a well…” (The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry) In a self-absorbed world quickly succumbing to addiction and obsession, oppression and aversion — it is easy to lose sight of the things that truly matter. Merely living for the sake of living,…

Four Years of MIST: A Reflection

As a freshman in high school, you’re bound to get the “extracurriculars matter!” lecture drilled into your head by parents and teachers and counselors alike; all reinforcing the idea of colleges looking for “well-rounded individuals” with more to show than just good grades and a clean record. You’re bound to feel pressured into signing up…

“What Will They Say About You?”

One of the most empowering things a woman can do for another woman is inspire her to come into herself and take charge of her own life; to find her passion and nurture it, regardless of what others may say or think. Having role models in women, especially when it comes to the fashion and…

Solidarity: Our Greatest Weapon

Election Night proved to be one of the hardest and most stressful nights of my life, with my anxiety skyrocketing as the results slowly pooled in. Restless, I couldn’t get a moment’s shut-eye and was scrolling endlessly through my Facebook and Twitter feeds, seeing nothing but bewildered reactions that matched my own to the horror…

Mental Health in Muslim Communities

Let’s speak about the unspoken for a moment. Isn’t it ironic how the Quran mentions battling trials and tribulations time and again, but so many of us fail to recognize that these hardships aren’t always transparent? That perhaps, pain exists on a much larger scale than we perceive — that it is not always physical?…

2016 Favorites

2016 may have been an awful year for most when it came to politics and celebrity culture, but all things considered, it had its perks in the areas of fashion and entertainment. It also marked significant milestones for me, personally — getting published on The Huffington Post, turning 18 years old, officially becoming a senior…

Me Before You: Book & Film Review

Title: Me Before You Author: Jojo Moyes Published by: The Penguin Group Genres: Adult, Romance, Realistic Fiction In-Series/Stand Alone: In series, followed by the sequel titled “After You” Rating: ★★★★★ Intro:  “The thing about being catapulted into a whole new life — or at least, shoved up so hard against someone else’s life that you might as well have your face pressed…

“Finding Audrey” by Sophie Kinsella

Title: Finding Audrey Author: Sophie Kinsella Published by: Delacorte Press Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Comedy In-Series/Stand Alone: Stand Alone Rating:★★★★☆ Intro: My dark glasses are on, my hands are jammed in the pockets of my hoodie, and I’ve pulled the hood up for extra protection. I haven’t raised my gaze from the pavement, but that’s OK. Most people…

Shipwrecked.

I had lain awake countless nights wondering why my heart felt numb. Why the four walls of my room suffocated me; why I could not bear to look at myself in the mirror too long without my stomach clenching and my throat tightening — pain that was impossible to swallow, pain I could not hide….