In Paris, yellow vests fight the yellow-bellied

When Emmanuel Macron triumphed over his far-right opponent, Marine Le Pen, in the 2017 French presidential election, many were quick to declare it a victory over the upswell of populism that was enveloping various corners of the world. A pro-EU centrist, he proved that the French people had not completely lost their minds, and cooler heads were still capable of prevailing in the face of fear and ugly nativism. The embittered neocons who hadn’t joined the Trump train due to being actual conservatives – once …

The case for Speaker Pelosi

The long-promised “blue wave” finally swept over the country, handing control over the House of Representatives to the Democratic Party in the 2018 U.S. midterm elections. In Orange County, once fondly referred to as “Reagan Country”, Democrats flipped all four congressional seats. Democrat Harley Rouda dethroned 15-term Rep. Dana Rohrabacher. Republicans maintained control of the Senate, but Democrats won most of the hotly contested seats. It was the first official referendum on the Trump presidency, and a rout in every sense of the word.

Shawerma Masters offers an authentic touch

Nestled in a small shopping center on the corner of Washington Boulevard and Allen Avenue sits a new and relatively small Middle Eastern food joint. Shawerma Masters, one of Pasadena’s most recent food additions, is your typical, run-of-the-mill shawarma restaurant. Shawerma Masters is tucked away between a Mexican restaurant and laundromat, contributing to the already tight feeling you get when eating in an establishment with limited seating. The Middle Eastern eatery is fairly small, fielding only seven tables, most of them indoors. However, the restaurant, …

Ariana Grande: Icon of the century

Billboard’s Women in Music is an annual event during which the publication recognizes women who have made substantial contributions in an otherwise male-dominated industry and ultimately bestows someone the title of “Woman of the Year.” This year, Billboard chose to give the award to popstar Ariana Grande, whose contributions to music and female empowerment, as well as her ability to remain poised throughout this past year, have without a doubt made her the most iconic face of 2018.

Teen Vogue Summit: How to be a fashionable leader and powerful activist

On a chilly Friday morning, I walked towards a bright red building, kind of like Paul Smith’s “Pink Wall” in Melrose except this space belonged to Depop, a social market app where photographers, fashion designers and artists alike can sell their clothes or art while also building a community of artists. It’s sort of like the millennial version of Ebay. Inside, the space looked like a make your own thrift store with a hint of an Urban Outfitters aesthetic: unintentionally effortless. Shades of light blue …