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Coming out as gay at fifteen in a time where gay marriage was a wet dream, I had a lot of justifying and explaining to do so I could find my place. I was either berated and belittled or tokenized and treated as a pass for people to justify their comfort in stereotypes and homophobia. As society progressed, people grew more tolerant and understanding of the LGB part of the community while leaving the “t” behind. Years later, I am out as a transgender woman and living in a familiar reality. While I have the privilege of being embraced by…


According to the dictionary, the definition of appropriation is the act of taking something from someone else for your own use without asking permission from the originator. When we talk about it, the subject is always centered around cultural appropriation with an undertone of rage. Granted, rage is warranted when your own customs and traditions that you can’t succeed with are someone else’s meal ticket to success. And throughout the years, I’ve come to see the examples in the music I listen to and the way American pop culture has been dominated by it. …


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When writing about mental illness, I tend to forget about the many nuances there are when it comes to my brain chemistry. Having been diagnosed with a mix of things, sometimes one burden weighs more than the other. For the last few years, my Bipolar Disorder had taken control of my life with anxiety and OCD haunting me from the backburner. During the shitstorms, I never have time to remember the hypochondriac within me until something physical comes up and consumes my mind. Recently, even the slightest bump on my forehead sets me off like a firework into the sky.


As I’m writing this, it is so hard to contain my rage and sadness. Today, the American Jewish Community has suffered what might be the worst attack on us in recent history. My heart aches at the fact that these could have been little children sitting next to their mothers and fathers. What is supposed to be a holy day to the Jewish people was beyond disturbed and desecrated. And what truly breaks my heart is how real antisemitism is. …


And even more so owning them like a boss ❤

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Let me be upfront: I hated myself for the longest time. Self-love seemed to be a light far ahead my longest tunnel, more so an unobtainable Nirvana. If self-loathing were my English, then self-love and respect were my Japanese. And the real reason exists to be the very same thing that prevents most people from this “nirvana”. Simply, most of us are lead to believe self-love is a state of achievement in which insecurities don’t exist. And every time I had felt super secure within myself only to fall and wanna die, I kept asking myself why?

It wasn’t until recently that I realized the meaning of self-love and how simple it is.

Self-love begins with…


Apples and Vegan Hazelnut Butter For a Sweet New Year ❤

First and foremost, let me wish everyone reading this a Shana Tovah and a sweet new year. Now, I want to elaborate on the title of this article by starting from the beginning. Growing up, I feared and loathed Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, and all the holidays that required hours in synagogue. I never understood the words of the prayers, always felt guilty for every aspect about myself, and constantly left services unfulfilled and frustrated. Given that I’m a very deep person by nature, something always felt off about the concept of praying in any synagogue or church. To me…


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First and foremost, I owe you my deepest gratitude alongside apologies. You are a body constantly working to function and ensure that my two feet stand firmly on the ground below me. Because of your resilience, my heart is still beating at a normal pace rather than the slowest it ever could. We all know why my heart would beat super slow, but you fight for me when I lose the will to fight for myself. My lungs still breathe and function even though I’ve painted them with ash and tar for the last ten years. And what I am…


If you’re seeing the title and already rolling your eyes, then I dare you to read on with an open mind. To this date, I am still having a hard time accepting the fact that hatred for Jews is engraved into the heart of society world-wide. Today, most people are fighting against racism, homophobia, islamaphobia, sexism, and all else immoral in the world. What is the one thing that I did not add onto the holy and just list? Antisemitism. Of course, Jews like myself should not feel hurt or ashamed given we all have money, power, and influence in…


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Mom, I am the farthest thing from anywhere near perfect, and we both know that to be nothing but the truth. With that being said, to you I owe my everything for I’m most definitely nothing without you. These wings that once were broken and a burden have enabled me to fly high, and I will be a guardian angel for you whenever you smile and even more so when you cry.

Ups and downs be the price to pay for a mama and her baby boy, and even after we’re scratched and bruised, I’m happy like child with a…


Credits to Gail Mitchell https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/obituary/7318784/aretha-franklin-dead

I am at a complete loss of words over the death of Aretha Franklin. My heart hasn’t felt this kind of sadness since my idol, Amy Winehouse, passed so quickly and so young. It is absolutely devastating. What makes me feel even more uneasy is the burning question within me: Do millennials even care to know who Aretha Franklin is? I am absolutely most genuinely curious as to what the percentage would because from my perception of today’s pop culture world, nobody would even give two dumps. An even bigger pill to swallow is how none of who would be…

Naomi Eden

In the middle of my 27th lap around the sun-fueled by music, art, & love; mostly comedy and writing out my feelings for the world to read ❤

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