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How We Talk about Violence Against Women: Trauma, and the Idea of “Culture”

By On November 23, 2015

The purpose of this editorial is not for me to recount to you my experiences with harassment and violence during my study abroad in Morocco. It has been exhausting to sort through… Read More


The Balance Between Awareness and Self-Care: When Staying Woke Is Too Much

By On September 16, 2015

My body autonomy is a constant political debate–by men who have no clue what being a woman in 2015 means. Convincing people that transgender is, in fact, a gender, is something reminiscent… Read More


Black Lives Matter at New York Fashion Week

By On September 14, 2015

“If I’m going to be the black designer, I’m going to tell it my way,” Kerby Jean-Raymond said in a recent interview with Mic. And the way he chose to do so… Read More


Miley Cyrus: Cornball and Weed Smoking Extraordinaire

By On September 7, 2015

The night Miley Cyrus released her first all-grown-up music video changed my life. The release–which officially separated the legal adult from the once Disney Channel star–was one full of emotional turmoil for… Read More


“Where Are You From?”

By On August 14, 2015

Where are you from? The States. They point to my darker complexion, confused. Yes, my family is originally from India. Ohhh, India. But you live in the States–how nice. I have never… Read More


…But How Do We Get There?

By On July 29, 2015

Annette visits Vauban 2-3 times a week for art therapy sessions. On Wednesday, she ate cherries at Alfred-Döblin Platz, the main market square. “I asked the worker at the Cantina to borrow… Read More


Visualizing A Lifestyle Without Car Ownership

By On July 27, 2015

You won’t find huge parking lots or drive thru windows in one German community on the outskirts of Freiburg, a city of 200,000. Leaving your car in front of your apartment here… Read More


Lady, You Can Keep Your Drink

By On July 26, 2015

Three days ago I had an interesting experience while visiting an old friend of mine. It made me cancel all my plans for the evening, ignore my friends’ calls, go straight home… Read More


Cutting-Edge Innovations In Clean Tech at the Intersolar Europe Expo

By On June 24, 2015

Populated with multinational firms, German Mittelstand companies, and oodles of Chinese manufacturers, the Intersolar Europe Expo opened June 10th. It is the largest exhibition in the world that prominently features innovation in… Read More


Germany’s Energy Revolution

By On June 10, 2015

Former journalist Christoph Podewils is now the Head of Communications at Agora Energiewende. Last week, Podewilis sat down with ReadCONTRA reporter Brian Vaughn to discuss aspects of Germany’s clean energy revolution. Some call… Read More


19 Things Said to Me as a Female Chef

By On June 4, 2015

This piece comes from our new partnership with Whole Foods Confessions.    When you’re a young female chef, the last thing anyone expects you to be is good at your job. The last… Read More


On Two Wheels In the US and Spain

By On June 1, 2015

Pamplona, Navarra, Spain-6 years of ambitious planning and €16,000,000 of investment later, Pamplona has seen a marked increase in cycling. The University of Navarra estimates that 2.5 percent of its nearly 200,000… Read More



By On May 28, 2015

One could say that Greek life is almost as American as the United States itself; the organizations have virtually been around since the country’s very beginning in 1776. Since the beginning, they… Read More


It’s Not What You Think

By On May 25, 2015

Facebook is about to upend the news industry. With its new Instant Articles feature, it now has the potential to leverage its massive web traffic against content it controls to tilt the… Read More


@emmieshouse Is The Cool Older Sister You Wish You Had

By On April 6, 2015

Indie-pop socialite Emmie Lichtenberg has her life so together, it hurts – though it’s entirely possible this blinding sting is a product of the below-zero wind chill. On a gusty Tuesday afternoon… Read More


Are Millennials Hypocrites?

By On February 22, 2015

As a millennial, I am proud of my generation. We are the most progressive in social issues, we are steadfastly optimistic of the economy, and we are the most educated generation in… Read More


I’m a BuzzFeed Convert*

By On February 10, 2015

I consume a lot of news. I subscribe to both Time and The Atlantic. I keep a list of 20 news sites and blogs to check every night. Last year, I was… Read More


Rap as a Community Tool: Marco Pavé speaks

By On November 7, 2014

 This is the first piece in a series of discussions with artists about role of hip hop in social movements and communities.  Coming from the city known for Elvis, Stax, and BB… Read More


Mike Brown and Kanye West

By On September 29, 2014

The tragic death of 18-year old Mike Brown has exposed the many aspects of racism on a larger scale than most are used to. His murderer, Officer Darren Wilson, remains on paid… Read More


Top Moments of Hopscotch Music Festival 2014

By On September 26, 2014

North Carolina is an outlier of showcasing experimental music in the Deep South, with it’s local music scenes respectively in the Triangle Area, Asheville and Charlotte but also in its ability to… Read More