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Love Black bodies: Why organizations must stop discriminating

The International Swimming Federation banned Soul Cap from The Olympics. The cap maker sells tailored swimming caps specifically designed to protect voluminous, Afro-texture hair in swimming. The news of Soul Cap being banned was shocking, especially because the decision technically denied the promise that all athletes have equal access to appropriate sports gear in this grand event. What it also tells us is the world needs to love Black bodies much more than it does currently.

Why doesn’t the world love Black bodies?

Soul Cap being banned sparked heated conversations on social media. The center of the conversation quickly extended to the discussion of Black bodies in sports. The Black body is often underrepresented or rendered invisible. The Black female body, furthermore, is additionally judged and criticized.

From Alice Coachman, Althea Gibson, Debi Thomas, Laila Ali, Serena Williams, Simone Biles to Sha’Carri Richardson, the physiques of Black female athletes have been constantly questioned in the public eyes.

The most frequent concern is whether their bodies look right or appropriate in athletic performance or competition.

Why can’t we just love Black bodies for the beauty they hold?

If having an additionally muscular female body is not normal, and curly Afro-textured hair is not natural, why does society even bother to promote the ideas of diversity and inclusion on social media? To Black female athletes, the lack of representation and support and the absence of equality are the norms.

The harsh and dehumanizing cultural messages

Black female athletes have been facing unrealistic societal expectations over the years. Some in society make sure that they are never good enough for mainstream social standards.

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PHOTO CRED: Lawrence Jackson. Professional softball player AJ Andrews participates in a panel discussion on Black female athletes at Morgan State University on Nov. 13. 2018. (Caption via The Undefeated)

Professional softball player AJ Andrews shared that she has been called ‘manly’ and ‘too big.’ There are always some people commenting on her unfeminine physique because of her muscles.

“The cultural conversation surrounding black female athletes has shifted in part from what women have to look like to participate to what they have to look like to be endorsed.”

Amira Rose Davis for The Undefeated.

Competing while black and female on the tracks, fields, and courts of America is never easy. Black female athletes have either been criticized for their looks and for showing too much aggression on the field. Too aggressive, too masculine, too powerful, the public feels intimidated by their presence.

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PHOTO CRED: Hannah C. Price. Kayla Cohen, a graduate student in sports business at Temple University, and an accountant for the Philadelphia Flyers, says her time as a field hockey player was brief because she was told she was too aggressive. (Caption via The Undefeated)

Kayla Cohen, a graduate student in sports business at Temple University, used to be a field hockey player. She recalled the time playing against a team that was predominantly white girls in high school.

While playing aggressively out of pure passion, she was told to calm down by each girl on the opposing teams while exchanging high-fives. Cohen never played with the same intensity again and she quit the team the following year.

Living up to a feminine standard

It’s hard to be a female athlete of color because people will pay additional attention to her identity and appearance rather than her skills.  Lynsey Jae Grace, athletics coordinator at the Community College of Philadelphia, talks about the paradox of presenting a feminine look while doing a masculine sport on the field.

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PHOTO CRED: Hannah C. Price.

“When I run, I’m aggressively running. When I’m high-fiving or slapping. I’m aggressively doing it. Why can’t I just be me? I’m Lynsey Jae Grace, a child of the most high god, fearfully and wonderfully made. I’m me, but we get pigeonholed.”

Lynsey Jae Grace for The Undefeated.

Living in a predominantly white society, Black women feel the pressure to fit in the mainstream beauty standard. Society has pressured them into pursuing a noticeable feminine body, but has constantly ignored their struggles.

We may not know exactly how Black female bodies are perceived and discussed on the field at sports events, but social media has already presented a rather straightforward portrait.

A year ago, Vogue dropped its August cover featuring Olympic champion gymnast Simone Biles. The image was shot by renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz. While beautifully and professionally done, the image received critical feedback from the public.

The photograph did not compliment Biles’ beautiful athletic build. Instead, many argued that her dark skin was not shot in the appropriate lighting and styling, leaving her skin looking “flat, washed out, and muted.” The lines and curves of her muscular back were somehow softened and purposely feminized.

Love Black bodies no matter what

Simone Biles’ back shoot is very similar to that of Oscar-winning actress Viola Davis’ Vanity Fair’s July/August cover in the same year. Davis’ cover is shot by Black photographer Dario Calmese.

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Image via Dailymail.

Calmese, however, intended to recreate the image of Gordon’s “Scourged Back” through Davis’ back, later revealed by The New York Times. The photographer also explained his true intention to rewrite narratives for Vox.

 “Not only around slavery, but also the white gaze on Black bodies, and transmuting that into something of elegance and beauty and power. It’s about replacing the images that have been washing over all of us for centuries, telling us who we are and our position in the world and our value.”

Dario Calmese for The New York Times.

It was an interesting move to use Black beauty as a reminder of Black pain. Certainly, Calmese captured the power and beauty of the Black female body through his lens. However, simple imagination could hardly recreate the weight of history and violence. I wondered if there were other layers of meanings in Calmese’s photograph.

Calmese didn’t intend to create a glamorous moment for Davis. He wanted it to be a moment that was rich of “underexposed and somber” in its own authenticity.

Davis is sporting natural hair sitting high and blocking a big portion of the magazine’s name. Her pose was so dynamic and confident, which echoed well with her words on the cover of the magazine; “My entire life has been a protest.”

It’s not up to us to define

Photographer Dana Scruggs became the first Black woman to photograph an athlete for ESPN’s “The Body Issue” in 2018. Scruggs shared her position as the first Black female photographer in many of her work opportunities.

She pointed out how the industry’s limited acceptance of Black talent and creatives led to the lack of representations and portraits of achievements of Black women in general.

“I really want to see Black women get opportunities to portray other Black women. When people talk about women in photography, they’re not talking about Black women. When people talk about Black people in photography, they’re not talking about Black women, or Black femmes either.”

Dana Scruggs for Vox.

Intentional feminization of the Black female body is not glamorization, but an inconsiderate process that shows a lack of depth and representation. Furthermore, creating rules that make it harder for Black women to thrive, such as the banning of Soul Cap, is discriminatory and gross.

“She’s too muscular as a woman” or “Her dark skin doesn’t work for this lighting” are such ridiculous excuses society uses to dehumanize the Black body. We are all different, and we should celebrate that.

Rejecting Black bodies that do not align with mainstream and white-centric beauty standards is such an immature way to look at Black womanhood. Love Black bodies, not just today, but every day.


What is considered safe and smart travel? We found out

Over the past few months, more people have become vaccinated. Besides, as the daily infection rate is gradually under control, people are certainly feeling more comfortable and open with travel again. But the real questions are, “Where will people go?” “When will people go?” Safe and smart travel is easier said than done.

Just the thoughts of leaving home and finally going on a trip sound exciting. However, it is not always so easy. At the present time, in most countries, traveling is still under various restrictions. Open travel where everything is abundantly comfortable is not always here at the moment.

People, additionally, are more aware of public health issues and more prompted to take precautions to assure personal safety in the first place.

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Image via Healthline

So where do people want to go?

This is a good question. After working from home and having a staycation for more than a year, people just want to get out and see the world that they have missed out on. We know.

But now that most places are re-opened, where will people go? Do they travel domestically or internationally? Additionally, what kind of transportation do they take? What kind of precautions do they take for the crucial goal of safe and smart travel.

Early this year, Chris M. Walsh did a travel survey on 452 avid travelers (ages between 18 and 65) who live in America.

According to the results, 30 percent of respondents described their preferred destinations are national parks and mountains, 24 percent said beaches while 22 percent said big cities. At the same time, 60 percent of respondents said that they would travel by car, 34 percent voted for a plane.

We can clearly see that people were more inclined to go on road trips and head to places that have fewer people in general.  

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Image via Fifty Grande

But safe and smart travel isn’t always easy

International vacation might still sound a little iffy since different countries have different policies in their travel industries for visitors.

However, domestic travel has definitely become more convenient and less restrictive for Americans. Because of the pandemic, according to the NPS, a total of 237 million visitors made their way to the national parks in 2020. The number of visitors will likely increase drastically this summer.

The most-visited national parks are Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, Rockey Mountain National Park, Zion National Park, Yellowstone National Park, etc.

The parks have been so overcrowded this year that some visitors even got turned away because the parking lots were hitting their limits. Camping and lodging sites are also overbooked as well. Check out the best hotels for kids in Washington DC.

When will people travel?

Figuring out when to travel is perhaps even a tougher job than deciding where to go. There are a lot of things to consider before going to places nowadays. We get that.

Traveling is not as simple as it was before the pandemic. We can’t just buy tickets and fly to any place we want. Before setting up the leaving dates, we will also need to check out the local Covid-19 policies.

For example, are travelers required to provide a negative Covid testing report 2-3 days before they arrive? Do travelers need to be quarantined when they arrive? Are face masks required in local public spaces? These are all questions travelers must ask before traveling, which, obviously, is new.

Additionally, local infection rate, as well as personal vaccination status, are the other factors people should think about as well. When you want safe and smart travel, this is the type of legwork that must go in beforehand. But it’s almost always worth it in the end.

What is safe and smart travel going to look like going forward?

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PHOTO CRED: Seb Agresti.

A lot of people have already started traveling again. Not being able to travel for a year unquestionably bottles up people’s desire to travel again even more. Planning a new trip is a way to cope with reality while still having an intention to reclaim normalcy.

There are several reasons for the booming travel industry this year. The pandemic indeed ‘immobilized’ people, but at the same time, led to many great deals that have never happened before. For example, flight tickets, hotels, and Airbnb are much cheaper than usual. The overall travel expenditure can be really low in some cases now.

However, because people have also other things to worry about on their minds, they don’t just take off because everything becomes less pricy. Now, it’s up to the industry to give potential travelers a push to make them take action. Prospective travelers need to know that their travel can be comfortable and open to all of their wishes.

Tourism is back, but the Coronavirus isn’t leaving

More and more people have got their vaccinations. Yet, even though the vaccine does give us a layer of protection, is it really safe to say that we are 100% protected now?

The original strain of Coronavirus is slowly conquered due to medical breakthroughs, but new threats also start to emerge. Recently, a new Delta variant has invaded and rapidly expanded.

However, the majority American public seems to be still unaware of the severity of this new variant and what it can do to our health. Based on the available scientific reports out there, the Delta variant is more deadly and transmissible. Moreover, vaccinated people can still contract the new variant and transmit it to other people.

Therefore, we should definitely be more careful if we want our travel plans to be as comfortable and open as possible. The current vaccine is not a panacea; no vaccine can fully protect against any Covid-19 variant.

You never know if who you interact with daily has already been in contact with the Delta variant. It’s always good to be a bit more cautious since we should all know better that we are the only ones responsible for our own safety.


Atomik is the Miami-based graffiti artist leaving his mark

While traveling in Miami in mid-June, I visited the Wynwood district. What I would come to see was graffiti art that piqued my interest and captivated my attention. Among the greatest art present was that of Atomik, the Miami-based graffiti artist leaving his mark on the city and world.

Before colorful murals, graffiti museums, art galleries, and chic boutiques coming in, Wynwood was in fact a struggling working-class neighborhood with burgeoning crime and riots in the 80s.

Walking down the streets in Wynwood, I saw different kinds of graffiti. Each piece emanated a strong personality of its creator.

One piece stood out; a bright orange graffiti instantly caught my attention. I couldn’t stop thinking about the adorable orange head, the cartoony eyes, the exaggerated smile with a chipped tooth, and even the stem popping out at the top of its head.

The neighborhood has greatly changed over the past decades. As the Design District to the north became insanely expensive, art crowd and developers were attracted to Wynwood’s lower rents and ample warehouses. That was when the gentrification began. The incoming talented artists have transformed Wynwood into a newly rising creative community.

The funny-looking smiling orange character was omnipresent in Miami. I later learned that it was local graffiti artist Atomik’s work.

Image via Wynwood Miami

Atomik, the Miami-based graffiti artist

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Image via Voyage MIA.

Hailing from a graphic design background, Atomik is a huge influence in the Miami art scene.

Atomik’s real name is Adam Paul Vargas. He was born in 1981 and grew up in South Florida’s suburban Kendall neighborhood in Miami-Dade County.

Atomik has shown tremendous interest in graffiti art since a young age. The Miami-based graffiti artist’s first graffiti was during elementary school, during which he used the tag name APV, initials to his full name.

Throughout middle school and high school, Atomik continued to practice graffiti and has since left his mark everywhere in the city. At age 15, a friend gave him the tag name, Atom. He adapted the name to Atomik two years later.

In 2003, Atomik joined Miami Style Gods (MSG), a graffiti crew founded in the early 90s. He and some friends established a new crew, 28, two years later. 28 is a nod to Miami-Dade County’s police dispatch code for vandalism.

Origin of the iconic orange character

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PHOTO CRED: The Orange Bowl.

The idea of the orange character came from the Miami Orange Bowl. The original design resembled very much to the 1989 version of the Orange Bowl mascot, Obie.

The Orange Bowl has always had a special place in Atomik’s heart. To Atomik, it was a sacred place for Miami football. He used to go to football games and other events there before the landmark was demolished in 2008. Painting the orange character out in the public was the artist’s way to memorize the absent architecture.

His open devotion to the painting of the orange character, however, did not receive good response from The Orange Bowl Committee. The organization sent the artist a cease-and-desist order to stop using the Obie in his arts. Instead of giving up the design, however, Atomik made a couple adaptations.

The orange is still there, but its crown is replaced with a stem, a teardrop is placed on the side of its face. Its big smile, additionally, is accentuated more with a later added chipped tooth. Meanwhile, Obie’s original nose-to lip connection and Pacman eyes remain.

The orange is now Atomik’s trademark and style. Many people can relate to the orange not only because it is a signature mascot of Florida, but also because it reminds them of their memories and experiences with the Orange Bowl.

The legend of the Miami graffiti artist continues

Atomik’s art has accumulated considerable recognitions from both the art community and the public throughout the years. However, it was in 2012 that his work has been made ‘legit’ and professionally recognized.

During the time, Atomik was asked to create a mural with the words ‘Welcome you to Little Havana’ on Calle Ocho. It was a big mural that featured dominos and other symbols of the neighborhood.

The representative Cuban cigars, however, were absent. The program received sponsorship from Preferred Care Partners, Medica HealthCare Plans and AARP Medicare Plans from UnitedHealthcare.

‘Welcome You To Little Havana.’ PHOTO CRED: Jolene Gonzalez.

It’s the 24th year this year since Atomik first started doing spray can art. Over the past two decades, he travelled to Chile, Peru, Colombia, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Holland, Germany, Italy, Spain, England, Australia, Korea, Thailand, and so on. His signature orange character, too, travelled along with him and found its place in those locations.

Travel generates creativity and motivation

It could be hard to be creative in Miami sometimes, as the artist has been painting there for over two decades. Therefore, he would travel to different cities and countries. In new places, he gains inspirations again and spreads his work.

As he comments in an interview with Juxtapoz, “Traveling charges my creativity and motivates me to paint once I return.”

Traveling opens up a lot of doors and opportunities for him. Mobility influences the delivery of his art and application.

With repetition comes perfection

Does Atomik ever get tired of painting the orange over and over? Maybe.

Image via Miami Niche.

To the artist, the repetition can get boring from time to time, but it is an addiction to him. Through repeatedly producing the same subject, he refines his artistic skill and style.

What will Atomik impress the world with next time? A vinyl toy or a new collaboration with brands of the orange? Maybe when you travel to a new place next time, you will run into the artist and be fortunate enough to witness the birth of another signature orange character!

PUMA White Castle collab: Everything you need to know

Global sports company PUMA is launching a limited collaboration with White Castle today. This special collab celebrates the 100th anniversary of PUMA and the restaurant chain.

The design of the PUMA x White Castle collab is inspired by White Castle’s iconic square Sliders. White Castle’s blue-and-white color palette is also significantly used in the design as well.

The collection includes two footwear styles: the classic PUMA Suede and the Future Rider and apparels such as hoodies, shorts and various co-branded graphic T-shirts.

The footwear of PUMA x White Castle

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The Future Rider. PHOTO CRED: PUMA.

PUMA x White Castle collection seamlessly incorporates the signature elements of each brand in the products. In the Future Rider, contrasting white and blue colors dominate the uppers.

An iconic White Castle logo sits at the tongue. Additionally, this style also accentuates an intriguing detail such as a 5-cent tag on the lateral sides of the shoe. It is designed to pay homage to the original price of a White Castle burger.

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The Suede, on the other hand, has a comparatively more minimalistic and subtle design. The style contains blue and orange accents in its appearance and is finished with a rubber outsole.

The apparel

Other items in the collection are hoodies, short, and T-shirts. The hoodie is white with both a blue White Castle logo and an orange PUMA logo. Shorts are athletic design and available in both blue and black colors.

Last but not least, T-shirts come in co-branded designs with colors of black, blue, orange, or white.

The 100th anniversary is going live

Starting today, the collab will be available online at and the Foot Locker Inc. Buyers can find the products at the PUMA NYC flagship store. Other in-store locations are the Foot Locker Inc. family of brands, including Foot Locker, Champs, Footaction, and Eastbay. Retail prices of the collection range from $35 to $90.

But wait, this is not all. In September this year, PUMA will be releasing a second PUMA x White Castle collection. This is definitely something exciting to look forward to for the avid fans and cravers of new apparel. The 100th anniversary of PUMA and White Castle delivered, plain and simple.

Eno Oduok’s Naija Comm highlights the rise of new Nigerians

Eno Oduok, recently graduated from the University of Houston, founded Naija Comm amid the pandemic in September 2020. Although still relatively new, Naija Comm is already a rapidly growing impact in the PR industry. Naija Comm is a safe space for new Nigerians in overlooked career fields.

In the Nigerian community, according to Oduok, there are fields that receive more recognition and praise than the others do; they are the non-traditional and ‘unpopular’ fields that tend to become unnoticed and disregarded.

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PHOTO CRED: Francis Bassey (@frvncisbvssey)

As the first online community to celebrate, connect, and inspire new Nigerian creatives in non-traditional career paths specifically, Naija Comm delivers positive messages.

Naija Comm determines to fill up the void in the representation of Nigerians in non-traditional professions and to help Nigerian creatives demonstrate their voices and visions to the outside world.

How the idea for Naija Comm came about

Oduok was looking to join an online community that empowered Nigerians in PR or communications, but nothing ever came close.

The absence of relatable examples of Nigerians in the creative industry, according to Oduok, has an intricate relationship with the societal pressures within the Nigerian community. Older generations, for example, have always maintained skeptical views on jobs that are non-traditional.

Additionally, there is this constant pressure that younger Nigerians have been facing for being regarded as a ‘disappointment’ who walks a non-traditional career path.

Such realities motivated Oduok to create a platform to highlight the often ignored experiences in non-traditional careers. Oduok describes Naija Comm as “a space for Nigerians to be unapologetically themselves, embrace each other’s creativity, and continue impacting our community by breaking barriers and stigmas.”

“Naija Comm was created to break barriers and shift narratives within our community. To end the constant societal pressure to pursue a traditional career path. To emphasize the importance of representation, fulfill your purpose, and follow your dreams regardless of what anyone says.”

Naija Comm

The reality that Naija Comm reveals

The lack of representation of POC at most workplaces is a well-reported fact.

Within the Black population, there is little to no representation of Nigerians in the creative job market. Professions such as PR, communications, arts, business, and so forth have received much smaller recognitions than traditional occupations such as lawyers, doctors, and scientists do.

There are only 8 percent Black people in the PR industry, and with an even smaller percentage of Nigerians within the category. Moreover, representations of male/female Nigerians in communications are still blank.

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PHOTO CRED: Ethan Uslabar

Oduok sees such prejudiced phenomena in her culture and intends to change the reality. That is part of the reason Oduok created Naija Comm. She wants to bring people who share similar career experiences together so they can connect with each other.  

As a passionate storyteller, she amplifies the voices and stories of the overlooked creatives through Naija Comm.

Every career path should be given equal respect and attention. Societies and communities should not prioritize certain career paths over others.

Positive impacts for new Nigerians

Naija Comm presents posts and hosts virtual events that feature guest speakers such as entrepreneur and influencer King Paul; Black Girls Graduate founder Ashley Obasi; Bond Official founder and editor-in-chief Igee Okafor; Netflix Communications Manager Ebony Turner and many more.

The platform has received many endorsements from the featured creatives; They are grateful that Naija Comm has positively benefited their careers and rendered their non-traditional professions visible on social media. Oduok has made a groundbreaking accomplishment and left an empowering cultural impact on the Nigerian community.

Naija Comm is not just a platform for creatives; It is also an expansion of Oduok’s personality, belief, and working ethics. Oduok incorporate the ideas of authenticity, compassion, optimism, diligence, and perseverance into Naija Comm in the hope of helping others to grow and achieve their dreams.

“I think I make other people feel seen and heard. Growing up in this society, as a multicultural individual, a Black person specifically a Black woman, I know how it’s like firsthand to not feel seen or heard so naturally I make it a priority to show people that I see, feel and hear them.”

Eno Oduok for The Color Confidential

Relatability of Naija Comm to other cultures

Growing up as a first-generation Nigerian American in Houston, Texas, life was not just about being American. To Oduok, the manifestation of her Nigerian identity and culture is equally important.

Eno Oduok

Oduok may have created Naija Comm to fill in the gap missing in the Nigerian community at first, but the company’s social impact has become universal. Looking at Naija Comm from a non-Nigerian prospective, I see the company’s relatability to many other non-Nigerian communities and cultures.

The word “Naija,” as Nigerian Ikechukwu Richard Ogbowu comments, “is a term used to describe the land which we all strive to create for the future generation. It is the true Nigeria that we hope to build.”

Naija is a congregation of people with distinctive talents and unique characteristics. It is an expression of a sense of belonging. To Oduok and Naija Comm, it displays respect for roots and cultural heritage as well as wishes to inspire a generation of Nigerians that are truly confident, independent, and different.

Oduok’s suggestion for aspiring Nigerians who have been struggling is to stop second-guessing what they really want to do and to follow their passions.

As she says, “Life is short. Do what make you happy… Ask yourself, are you going to follow your dreams or someone else’s?”

Living in the post-pandemic world: mask on, or mask off?

In a post-pandemic world that we have not yet reached but inch closer to every single day, will the social norm be to keep a mask on, or to take it off?

2021 is looking promising. The economy is making a steady return as the city reopens. The streets are crowded with people and traffic again. More and more people are comfortable with going back to shop in public spaces.

The comeback of tourists in the U.S., in addition, helps boost consumer spending in the country in general.

Even now before an official post-pandemic, is it mask on or mask off?

You might have already noticed the significantly decreased number of mask-wearing people in public areas.

While many states have lifted the mandatory mask covering order, some still follow the federal guidance to execute mask rules. At least in NYC, for example, people are still required to wear face coverings in public transportations, regardless of their vaccination statuses.

Living in the current post-pandemic world, people debate between keeping the mask on and forgoing the mask entirely and keeping it off. There are several factors that influence people’s opinions of mask wearing.

The increasing availability of vaccines to the public

At first, distribution of the Covid-19 vaccine was very limited and selective. The vaccine was only available to frontline workers during the time. However, as the production of the Covid-19 vaccine gradually catches up with the public demand, more people are able to get the vaccine.

People, generally, feel safer to be vaccinated; They consider the vaccine a barricade that protects them from being exposed to the virus. The vaccine, in this case, replaces the presence of a face mask.

The government relaxes the mask covering policy

Just not so long ago, CDC also announced that if a person is fully vaccinated, the person can accordingly take the mask off in public. Well, if they enter locations that still have specific face covering laws, rules, and regulations, they still have to obey the orders.

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Image via Health Matters.

This is no doubt a thrilling announcement to people who have not been a fan of face covering. Nonetheless, the announcement is rather dubious and controversial.

The fact is nobody knows how many of those people who no longer wear masks have actually fulfilled their vaccinations. Besides, the stores don’t usually ask customers to show their vaccination cards to validate their vaccination statuses. People can honestly just lie about the fact.

The raging summer heat

Another reason to the rapidly declining mask covering practice is the summer heat.

The thick fabric of the mask traps sweats and causes regular skin irritation. It’s only predictable that people are reluctant to still wear them in the blazing sun.

That is why walking on the streets in Southern states like Florida, you barely see people wearing masks anymore. It’s not an exaggeration, the sun is really killing the skin. Nobody wants an awkward face mask tan.

Even as we approach a post-pandemic world, we must be smart and keep our masks on

The government seems to have the Coronavirus under control in the country for now. We haven’t heard as many cases as we did during the pandemic.

However, the question is, how much do we know about the actual Covid-19 infection rate at the moment? And since the virus is no longer the heated topic in media, people’s concern about public health seemingly contract over time.

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Image via Statista.

Recently, cases of new variants such as the Alpha variant (dominant in the UK) and the Delta variant (first detected in India) of Covid-19 virus have also spiked; they are becoming the dominant strain of coronavirus in the country.

These new variants are “stickier,” more contagious, and more life-threatening. The nasty part about the new variants is that people can still be contracted with them even they are fully vaccinated.

The problem is the public is not yet aware of the dangers of these variants. People get relaxed and think that the Coronavirus is finally going away for good

At present time, mask-on or mask-off is really a personal decision. However, for the good of public health and personal safety, maybe it is better to still maintain rationality at the time; we should all act cautiously and wisely choose the appropriate time and location to mask off if we really need to. After all, safety first.

NY rapper No Komment doesn’t care about your opinion

This week, we featured the up-and-coming NYC artist, No Komment.

Born and raised in Ossining, NY, the artist has begun his journey in the music industry since an early age. His music has been influenced by two types of music: the harder-hitting NY Rap that reflects his rap battle roots and the R&B-influenced melodic songs that helped advance his romantic moves throughout high school and college.  

Woman Like You’, a fun melodic music video that just dropped on May 25, is a song based on the artist’s unique relationship with his girlfriend. Coming out after a tough year marked with depressing moments, the music video is no doubt refreshing to the mind.

It’s worth noting that the music is all produced, directed, shot, and edited by No Komment’s childhood friends. Besides cheerful sounds and visuals, authenticity is another theme highly emphasized in the video’s production.

It is a dope song not only because it reveals sweet aspects of human relationship, but also because of it relatability to some of our real life experiences.

Music as a mirror of No Komment’s culture and heritage

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PHOTO CRED: No Komment.

Kulture Hub: How has music reflected your culture, community, and value?

No Komment: I was embarrassed of my heritage. It felt like the world was telling me it wasn’t okay to be who I was, so I kind of ran away from it.

As I got older, I realized it was really unfair to myself to be ashamed of who I was. More recently, I’ve gotten back in touch with my roots, my culture and my people from South Asia. I’ve really tried to fold that back into my music, because it’s always been a part of me.

Sometimes it’s cooler to say you’re from NYC because it’s easier to grab onto. However, I want people to know about Ossining, New York and Pakistan Lahore, Karachi; those two sides of me is [sic] really where my music finds itself.

Rising as an inspiring figure in the music industry

KH: Has anybody told you that your music has inspired them in their personal lives?

NK: Yeah it has been the most exciting thing in this past year. My fans were always just my friends and people I grew up around. The thing that I love the most is if you look at my music videos, you can see who’s producing the credits, the director, producer, editor, and everyone starring in it.

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PHOTO CRED: No Komment.

Recently, I have learned about how to market myself and my music in front of new people. I’ve had a couple guys who make music and say it’s really inspirational to see what I’m doing.

Then I have friends who have a slightly bigger platform than me and are also brown artists. I think there’s a moment happening right now for our people; they’re just happy to see their successes in media, music, and hip hop for an ethnic group that was never really been accepted in so many ways in American pop culture. I just hope I can continue to reach more people because that’s what inspires me to make music.

Music artist vs music marketer on social media

KH: You took a break after graduation, and the main reason was the marketing and social media. How have they conflicted with your love and passion for music? And what do you think about the role of social media in contemporary music industry and society in general?

NK: When I had to try to do the marketing and social media when I was younger, it did feel like it drained the passion for me. I ran into two problems, one was I wasn’t very social media savvy and second, I didn’t really have a lot of help on that. I felt like I started putting out music that sucked and I didn’t even like, because it felt rushed. That was why I stopped, because I didn’t feel the passion for it anymore.

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PHOTO CRED: No Komment.

What’s happened in this past year is I’ve just been relearning social media in my own way. I want my music to have staying power. Drake or Jay Cole or Mac Miller, those guys who are from my era, who just carved out a lane of where they made like great projects. I think social media is necessary at the moment, it’s the best way to control the narrative on who you are and get in touch with your fans.

The pandemic is not all that disastrous for No Komment

KH:  How has the pandemic influenced your music making? Do you consider you way back to music during the time as a means to reconnect with the world and people?

NK: Absolutely. Overall, I am an extrovert and I feel a lot of value from interacting with humans. Now that time has slowed down, you really got to choose the few people you were going to hang out with when everyone was kind of scared. You weighed your social choices differently.

It’s horrible everything that has happened with COVID, but I do feel like there is such a consequence over time of people not interacting amongst each other. People get crazier when they can’t interact with other people. Like children don’t profit empathy properly if they can’t interact with human beings.

In this post pandemic world, I should at least be talking and be with my music. I want to feel like I’m part of a renaissance where I’ve always felt like music and art are at the heart of humanity.

Diversity and inclusion as second nature to No Komment

KH: How do you incorporate the idea of diversity and inclusion in your music?

NK: That’s just very second nature for me. I pay homage to my culture, which I think it’s an important part of bringing, like diversity and inclusion.

Kendrick Lamar was one of my favorite artists. His most critically acclaimed album ‘To Pimp a Butterfly‘ talks about a lot of things that are really important in diversity, including the black experience. To me, it feels like he was telling me about history versus good convexity. How I make music is I don’t want to make a song that feels like I’m trying to check off boxes. Like, hey, I’m going to make sure I’m letting you know about this thing is wrong in the world.

I’m just grateful that my life and experience is one that reflects a lot of that diversity.

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How to stay tuned in the music industry

KH: Do you have any advice for aspiring singers/songwriters?

NK: I think it’s important to understand why you’re making music. It’s important to get genuine feedback from people and to try to improve as an artist, unless you don’t have an expectation.

I always put my music in a playlist of my favorite songs and I’m listening to it genuinely. Once you feel like you’re really playing with all of the rest of the stuff you listen to on a day-to-day basis, I think at that point, you’re ready to start releasing. If you’re not at that stage yet, start there. Don’t feel like you must hold on to the music if you’re not there yet.

Making music in a post pandemic world

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PHOTO CRED: No Komment.

As a Pakistani-American, No Komment pays tribute to his culture and heritage through accentuating the concepts of friendships, familial bonds, and teamwork in his musical production. As a music artist, he combines the unique New York toughness well with his creativity in and passion for music composition.

The music road is not always smooth and peaceful, but No Komment has managed to adapt to challenges and gradually evolve into the artist he aspires to become. With his ever-growing confidence and talents in this post pandemic world, he is ready to shine and impress y’all.

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Pride Month logos: Which brands really practice what they portray?

Pride Month logos are pretty, but how many companies that use them really advocate for the LGBTQ community on the daily?

Since the monumental 1969 Stonewall riots, June has become a special month for the celebrations of LGBTQ+ Pride. At first, it was just symbolic activism amongst the LGBTQ+ community. But throughout the years, it has gained widespread acceptance and gradually developed into a public event.

People’s perspectives have changed over time, which, also influences many contemporary companies’ decisions in the reinventions of their band images during the Pride Month.

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Image via People Matters

Pride Month logos

In recent years, more and more corporations have incorporated the idea of LGBTQ+ inclusion in their brand cultures and working atmospheres. This year, this trend has become more prominent than ever.

Through adapting their brand logos and packaging to the rainbow design during the month, companies intend to show their support for the movement. However, such effort is somehow controversial.

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Image via Freepik.

What are companies’ intentions behind making the rainbow statement? Is it pure social activism or an act of commercial marketing? While we are inspired to see more organizations have increased recognition of the LGBTQ+ community through honoring its culture during the month, we should also observe if there is consistency within the effort.

Here are some cool examples of companies that have incorporated the rainbow flag in their logos this year.

Kulture Hub

Yes, we have replaced our logo with rainbow stripes too. We are 100% supportive of Pride Month!

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PHOTO CRED: Kulture Hub


Smart move for Linkedin. As a popular job searching platform, Linkedin smoothly enters the game by changing its brand logo to rainbow.

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PHOTO CRED: Linkedin


Adding a subtle touch of the rainbow to its brand logo, Facebook has successfully rebranded itself in the Pride Month.

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PHOTO CRED: Facebook

American Airlines

AA is clearly delivering the message that it supports the LGBTQ+ Pride Month. Also, maybe it’s about time to start traveling with pride again?

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PHOTO CRED: American Airlines

Warner Media

Another rainbow-striped brand logo!

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PHOTO CRED: Warner Media

Some companies do not advocate for the LGBTQ community, but just instill a Pride Month logo for the trend

Purchasing power is a large factor that companies consider in contemporary market. The growing purchasing power in the LGPTQ+ community because of the increasing recognition of LGBTQ+ right in the public, in this case, is no doubt a tremendous marketing opportunity for brands.

However, some companies often contradict themselves in their own motives. Their involvements in the Pride Movement are more like an exploitation of the event; Participations are just demonstrations. The ultimate purposes are to roll out a good PR image and to make money.

The inconsistency in their efforts, first, can be shown in the differences in their marketing strategies between different countries. Secondly, their abrupt discontinuity in LGBTQ+ support when Pride Month passes.

As marketers, brands have drawn a clear line between ‘Where they should show support.’ Thus, in locations where gay rights are not celebrated or respected, companies would automatically choose to mute their voices on the topic.

Bethesda Softworks, an American video game publisher, is a representative case in this matter. The brand began adding a rainbow filter to its logos for its different Twitter accounts in early June 2020. However, online users also found out those brand logos in Russia, Turkey, and the Middle East were excluded from the LGBTQ+ version.

It is understandable that the company might have its own consideration. Yet, such a marketing strategy ended up provoking intense public reactions across social media. Social media users considered the brand’s participation in Pride Month as “Fake Wokeness.”

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Image via Know Your Meme

These companies might surprise you too

Bethesda is not the only company with dubious intent. In a 2019 article written by Dawn Ennis, she points out 9 corporations that have publicly claimed to advocate for the LGBTQ community, yet in fact donated millions to anti-gay lawmakers and politicians. AT&T, UPS, Comcast, Home Depot, General Electric, FedEx, UBS, Verizon, and Pfizer are on the list.

The nine companies were contacted for comments on their contradictory actions. FedEx, Pfizer, and UPS responded that they have always supported the LGBTQ+ community.

The reason for the donations, as the three companies similarly put, was due to their need to depend on the elected officials’ support of their industries. Basically, they were defending that the matter was nothing personal but business.

It is not surprising that most companies celebrate Pride Month just for individual business purposes. However, it is also an undeniable reality that some companies are really here to support the issue, whether it is Pride Month or not.

Reebok is a great example. The footwear and clothing company is known for its consistent history of supporting and celebrating the LGBTQ+ community. Authenticity is its key.

In 2020, Reebok donated $75,000 to the It Gets Better Project to help share the LGBTQ+ community’s stories and support the “Pride Notes” campaign. The campaign featured activists and influencers in the LGBTQ+ community and aimed to empower real people who are fighting for equality and changes in everyday life.

“My hope for the campaign is that it reaches younger people/ kids. I hope it will inspire them to fight for themselves and others, to have courage, and faith that sometimes things might not be the best, but they will get better. That ultimately we will be seen by our humanity and not by our gender or sexual orientation.”

Carlos Escobar, Lead Designer on It Gets Better Project, Reebok.
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Other great company examples also include Adobe, Apple, American Airlines, Estée Lauder, Microsoft, etc.

As consumers, how should we look at companies’ involvement in Pride Month celebrations?

It is a good thing that the Pride movement has gained more recognitions in recent years. Nonetheless, it is also a noticeable reality that LGBTQ+ Month has slowly become a branded holiday.

The original intentions have been commercialized into commodities that can be exchanged in the form of money. The rainbow-filtered logos, in this case, are often just empty statement without solid back-up acts.

In this contemporary world, people expect to see actions and changes. As consumers, don’t be gullible enough to be fooled by just the rainbow flags.

We need to see companies actually advocate consistently for the LGBTQ community. We ought to be critical when we look at brands’ promotions of Pride Month and just really grasp companies’ actual intents behind their doings.

Richard Mosse’s ‘Displaced’ is an inviting exhibition of resolution

The ongoing exhibition of Richard Mosse’s Displaced is hosted by Fondazione MAST from May 7 to September 19 this year. Fondazione MAST is a cultural and philanthropic institution in Bologna, Italy.

“His photographs do not show the conflict, the battle, the crossing of the border, in other words the climax, but the world that follows the birth and the catastrophe.”

Urs Stahel, Curator of Displaced, Fondazione MAST.
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PHOTO CRED: Fondazione MAST.

Curated by Urs Stahel, Displaced is an exhibition that features a wide selection of Mosse’s works. The artist’s works explore the boundaries of documentary photography and contemporary art through the themes of migration, conflict, and climate change. Displaced is still just his first anthological exhibition.

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PHOTO CRED: Fondazione MAST.

In Displaced, there are 77 large-scale photographs on display. The exhibition also presents two large-scale immersive video installations: The Enclave (2013) and Incoming (2017), the 16-channels video wall Grid (Moria) (2017), and the video Quick (2010).

A perfect combination of vision and technology

“Light is visible heat. Light fades. Heat grows cold. People’s attention drifts. Media attention dwindles. Compassion is eventually exhausted. How do we find a way, as photographers and as storytellers, to continue to shed light on the refugee crisis, and to keep the heat on these urgent narratives of human displacement?”

Richard Mosse, 2017, Incoming.
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© Richard Mosse Thousands are Sailing I, II eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, 2012 Private collection.
Image via: Fondazione MAST.

Mosse applies new technology to his photographic narratives. He often also uses military-grade cameras designed for battlefield situational awareness and long-range border surveillance to create an immersive, humanist art form.

In his precise control of light and demonstration of heat in his photographs, Mosse creates a new perspective on conflict, change, and displacement. His works also emphasize the concept of visibility. The unique visuals impact still the way we are accustomed to perceiving and interpreting reality.

Contents of Richard Mosse’s exhibition

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Infra installation. PHOTO CRED: Fondazione MAST.

“When beauty, described by the artist as “the sharpest tool for making people feel something”, is successfully used to recount suffering and tragedy, “an ethical problem arises in the minds of viewers”, who find themselves confused, struck and disorientated. The invisible becomes visible, in all its conflictual nature.”

Fondazione MAST

The exhibition extends over three levels of Fondazione MAST: Gallery, Foyer and Level O.

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© Richard Mosse Lost Fun Zone, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, 2012
Courtesy of the artist and carlier | gebauer, Berlin/Madrid.
Image via: Fondazione MAST.

In the early 2000s, Richard Mosse began his photographic career while completing his university studies. His earliest works feature the landscapes in Bosnia, Kosovo, the Gaza Strip, and also at the border between Mexico and the U.S.

These early works document the aftermath of war; they are the emblematic images of destruction, defeat, and the collapse of systems. The vast absence of human figures is still a noticeable characteristic.

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© Richard Mosse Come Out (1966) XXXI (Triple Beam Dreams), eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, 2012. Private collection SVPL.
Image via: Fondazione MAST.

Infra is the series that brought the artist fame. Images were taken during the brutal wars in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Although one of the most affluent areas in the African continent, the country is continuously disrupted by wars and unprecedented humanitarian disasters.

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© Richard Mosse Platon, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, 2012. Collection Jack Shainman.
Image via: Fondazione MAST

To capture the devastating scenes, Mosse used a Kodak Aerochrome to locate camouflaged subjects and thus reveal the invisible. The lush Congolese rainforest was also thus interpreted as a surreal landscape in striking shades of pink and red.

Foyer: Heat Map (from 2014 to 2018), Ultra (2018 – 2019), Tristes Tropiques (2020)

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© Richard Mosse Souda Camp, Chios Island, Greece, 2017. MOCAK Collection, Krako.
Image via: Fondazione MAST.

Heat Map is a collection of images taken along the migratory routes from the Middle East and Africa towards Europe. Through the military-grade thermal imaging camera, human figures can be detected and seen day or night, up to a distance of thirty kilometers.

The images, however, lack details on closer inspection, regardless of their sharp and precise impressions at first glance.

Between 2018 and 2019, Mosse began his journey in the South American rainforest. It was also the first time he shifted his focus from human conflicts to images of nature.

In Ultra, Mosse uses the technique of UV fluorescence to capture the undergrowth, lichen, mosses, orchids, and also even carnivorous plants. The artist also frequently discusses the wealth and biodiversity that we risk losing due to climate change and human intervention in his visuals.

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© Richard Mosse Dionaea muscipula with Mantodea, Ecuador cloud forest, 2019. Courtesy of the artist and carlier | gebauer, Berlin/Madri.
Image via: Fondazione MAST.

Mosse’s most recent series Tristes Tropiques (2020) presents the dramatic impact of deforestation in Brazil. Mosse shows environmental damage, normally hard for the human eye to capture, through sophisticated satellite photography technology.

This specific technology also allows Mosse to trace environmental crimes – excessive fire burning, intensive livestock farming, illegal mining for gold and minerals – perpetrated on a vast scale.

Level 0: The Enclave (2013), Incoming (2017), Moria (2017), Quick (2010)

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© Richard Mosse Kosovo/Kosova II, Podujevo, Republic of Kosovo, 2004. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. Image via: Fondazione MAST.

The Enclave is a sister project of Infra. Mosse shot this six-part video installation with Aerochrome infrared film. The project reveals the contrast between the magnificent nature of the forest and still the violence of soldiers and rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Among the tall grass and lush foliage, military actions, training sessions, and fights between combatants take place.

Incoming is a three-part audiovisual installation made with infrared thermography. In the first part, the scene is shot on an aircraft carrier. It depicts the preparation for the take-off of military jets engaged in operations to control the skies over the Mediterranean.

Then, exhausted, and often injured migrants arrive on overcrowded boats. In the final part, the migrants are relocated in refugee camps. Among tents and sheds, they are stuck waiting to resume their journey to central Europe.

The 2017 video wall Grid (Moria) is made in a similar sense. Mosse traveled back to Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos over a two-year period to document the insides of the refugee camp.

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© Richard Mosse Vintage Violence, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, 2011.
Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.
Image via: Fondazione MAST.

Quick, the 2010 video that completes the video installations at Level 0, is a film shot by Richard Mosse himself. The video recreates the origin of his research and artistic practice through themes such as the circulation of Ebola virus, quarantine and isolation, conflicts and migrations, moving between Malaysia and Eastern Congo.

About Richard Mosse

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PHOTO CRED: Richard Mosse. Image via The Times.

Originally from Kilkenny, Ireland, Mosse now lives and works in New York. As a photographer, he is still known for his highly-saturated photographs.

In his early works, Mosse focused on the effects of conflict in zones of crises such as the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and the border between the U.S. and Mexico.

The work that makes him considerably known in the public, however, is his documentation of wars in the Democratic Republic of Congo between 2010 and 2015; the outcomes are the Infra series and the video installation The Enclave.

As an artist and a storyteller, Richard Mosse excels at projecting ecological, multinational, and cultural conflicts in his aesthetic visuals. His images are living narratives and the power of his photographs lie in their ability to extract beauty from even pain, destruction, and death.

Palestinian journalists are in danger: When will we see change?

There is nothing new about Israel’s Defense Forces’ abuse of Palestinian journalists.

Back in 2018, Palestinian photojournalist Ahmad Abu Hussein was shot in the abdomen while covering protests in Gaza. Multiple journalists have been either severely wounded or killed by IDF in the following years.

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PHOTO CRED: MEMO. Image via Palestine Chronicle.

Palestinian journalists have been wearing vests clearly marked with “PRESS” in the front. The letters, however, have not provided them with protection. Their personal safety continues to get caught up in IDF’s merciless effort to disperse protestors through open fire.

Besides brutal attacks and killings, the Israel Defense Forces are also known for their pattern of not compensating Palestinian journalists that they have injured.

Ignacio Miguel Delgado Culebras, the Middle East and North African representative for the Committee to Protect Journalists, noted, the IDF “has failed to employ nonlethal methods to deal with demonstrators while ensuring the safety of journalists” and “routinely delays any investigations into its misconduct.”

Palestinian journalists all too commonly fall victim to IDF attacks

Listed below are some journalists who have been attacked or lost their lives while they were outside covering news. Their heartbreaking stories, however, are just the tip of the iceberg…

“When Israel restricts or threatens the press, it dehumanizes Palestinians.”

Sherine Tadros from Amnesty International, The Intercept.

Ahmad Abu Hussein

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Image via MEMO.

On April 25, 2018, 24-year-old Palestinian photojournalist Ahmed Abu Hussein died from critical bullet wounds in his abdomen. He was shot by the IDF while covering a protest near Jabalia 12 days ago.

Despite wearing a protective vest marked “PRESS” at the time, Hussein was not afforded extra protection. Hussein’s death marked the second Palestinian journalist to be fatally shot by the Israeli armed forces in the protests.

Ahmad Tal’at

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PHOTO CRED: Mati Milstein. Image via 972 Magazine.

Tal’at is another Palestinian journalist shot by the Israeli army, yet still with no compensation. Tal’at was shot in his right leg while he was documenting a demonstration in the West Bank.

The court admitted that Israeli forces did shoot Tal’at’s leg but denied the army’s responsibility for the photographer’s injury. The IDF, according to the lawsuit, is not obligated to pay the damages as the event happened during an “act of war.”

Basil Ibrahim Faraj

22-year-old Faraj was traveling with a four-member television crew in Gaza back in December 2008. After completing an interview with Al-Wa’d Association for prisoners, the crew’s car was hit by an Israeli airstrike.

The regional news report claimed that the crew was not targeted but simply within the range of the attack; the crew’s car was hit by shrapnel and debris from the strike. Faraj sustained a severe head injury, and was pronounced dead in early January of the next year.

Rami Rayan

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Image via HuffPost.

It was July 30, 2014. Palestinian journalist Rami Rayan was killed when he was covering Palestinian citizens shopping for basic necessities at a busy market in the Shijaiyah neighborhood of Gaza.

Regardless of the four-hour truce called by the Israeli military at the time, repeated explosions took place. Rami was first seen filming the arrivals of ambulances at the beginning of his video. By the end, he was found dead on the street with other victims.

Latifeh Abdellatif

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Image via Middle East Eye.

Abdellatif is a female Palestinian reporter for the news website Middle East Eye.

On May 18, 2021, she was covering a protest at the Old City’s Damascus Gate in Jerusalem and was assaulted by the Israeli forces. Although identified as a member of the press, Abdellatif was shoved, hit in the knee with a baton, and her headscarf was pulled down by the Israeli security officers.

Yusef Abu Hussein

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Image via Business Insider.

Palestinian radio journalist Yusef Abu Hussein was killed in an Israeli air raid that struck his house in the besieged Gaza Strip this year. Hussein’s neighborhood, Sheikh Radwan, was continuously bombarded by the Israeli forces on the same day.

Hussein is yet another innocent victim of the Israeli military’s brutal attacks.

Yaser Murtaja

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PHOTO CRED: Mohammad Asad. Image via Mohammad Asad / Middle East Monitor.

Murtaja was a Palestinian video journalist and photographer from the Gaza Strip. He was also the co-founder of Ain Media Production Company.

During the Gaza border protests on April 6, 2018, Murtaja was documenting demonstrators near the border at Khan Younis. He was operating a Steadicam, wearing a flak jacket marked “PRESS,” yet was shot in the stomach by an Israeli sniper.

Murtaja always had his dream of flying and traveling, but he could no longer dream since that day.

“I hope the day that I can take this image when I am in the sky instead of on the ground will come! My name is Yaser, I am 30 years old, live in Gaza City and I have never traveled before in my life!”

Yaser Murtaja

Palestine as a whole falls victim to Israel’s Defense Forces

It is not just Palestinian journalists; the entire media industry has been under constant attack by IDF in Palestine so far.

Because of the lack of Israeli permission and protection by global media, Palestinian media workers have been constantly targeted. In addition to being exposed to danger due to their Palestinian identity, they also bear the grave responsibility of telling the most authentic stories of their people to the world.

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PHOTO CRED: Al-Jazeera. Image via euobserver.

IDF’s intentional demolitions of Palestinian media offices and attacks on Palestinian press members deprive the world of the right to necessary news coverage.

It is a constantly dangerous job, but Palestinian journalists are still risking their lives to walk in the war zone. They understand well that they hold the accountability to provide evidence of crimes that the war has engendered.

These journalists out there are not just numbers; their faces deserve to be respected and remembered.

“Israel seeks to obliterate the Palestinian message, but each injury only makes us ready to expose their crimes. Our narration will never stop.”

Faiz Quraiqea, The Intercept.