We all know '13 Reasons why' has controversial topics, But Have You Noticed How Diverse the cast is?

We all know '13 Reasons why' has controversial topics, But Have You Noticed How Diverse the cast is?

Think what you want about the show's tough topics, but there's no denying the intense diversity among the characters in the show.

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With all the debate surrounding the Netflix hit series, '13 Reasons Why,' many viewers have become reluctant to support the show. However, I think it's time to put aside the controversial topics and acknowledge something truly remarkable about the show: its diversity. Think what you want about the subject matters of the show, but there's no denying deliberate alternative casting decisions.

To start, the fact that no one is talking about the black cheerleaders or the Asian athlete proves just how much the show is normalizing diversity. Not only does the cast include characters of a variety of races, but some of the most popular students at Liberty High are of minority groups.

Picture a classic high school film. Its characters might include some pretty cheerleaders, popular jocks, over-achievers, science nerds and the rest of the stereotypical list. When you imagine of the captain of the cheerleading squad, is she white, blonde, and the Homecoming Queen? Yeah, that's what I assumed too. Until now.

Jessica Davis and Sheri Holland, two women of color on the show, are two of the prettiest and most popular cheerleaders at the school. Varying from a typical high school setting, there is no blonde head cheerleader doubling as the queen bee. Rather, the squad consists of all different types of girls, including two Black girls at the top of the pyramid.

Before Jessica endured her traumatic event in Season 1, she was dating her male classmate, Justin Foley. Before his personal downfall, Justin portrayed the typical jock in any high school setting. He was white, popular, and a hot commodity on the dating market. Of course, these attributes are past tense now that Season 2 follows Justin's drug-induced fall from popularity. Nevertheless, his dating Jessica, her first of two interracial relationships on the show, is incredibly progressive and significant.

Tony Padilla, one of my personal favorite characters, breaks all expectations of a gay man. While most shows go for the standard well-dressed, overly-feminine personality, '13 Reasons Why' proves that not all homosexual characters have to fit the cliché. By making Tony a well-built fella who regularly hits the gym, the character breaks the typical graceful stereotype. Oh, and he starts dating his equally muscular, male, boxing coach. So yeah, that's cool too.

Zach Dempsey, another favorite of mine, breaks the "Asian nerd" stereotype as he depicts another one of the popular athletes on the show. Never do you hear his mom pressure him into studying or doing well in school, rather Mrs. Dempsey encourages Zach to pursue his talent in basketball despite the assumption of their perceived heritage.

Alex Standall is scrawny, yet he dates Jessica.

Class president Marcus Cole commits to attend Harvard and is friends with the jocks. He's also Black.

Courtney Crimsen is lesbian. She's also Asian.

We have a long way to go before high school stereotypes are completely abolished, but '13 Reasons Why' is certainly doing its part to move society in the right direction.

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The End Of The Semester As Told By Todd Chrisley

Because we're all a little dramatic like Todd sometimes.
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The last 3-4 weeks of every college student’s semester are always crazy hectic. We have last minute assignments, group projects, and exams all squeezed into the last few weeks before break.

Sometimes we all need a little humor, and sometimes we are all a little dramatic, so why not experience the last few weeks of the semester as told by the king of drama himself, Todd Chrisley of Chrisley Knows Best.

1. Sitting in class listening to your professor explain upcoming assignments/exams.

2. When your group project members refuse to do anything until the night before it's due or just show up the day of to present.


3. When you and your roommate try to cook with whatever few ingredients you have left in stock.

Because we definitely want to avoid going to the grocery store at the end of the semester if we can.

4. When your parents get tired of you calling them about every little inconvenience in your life.

5. Sitting down to work on assignments.


6. Your thoughts when the professor is telling you what they want from you out of an assignment.


7. When you've had about 30 mental breakdowns in 2 days.

8. Trying to search out the class for the right group members.

9. The last few days of classes where everyone and everything is getting on your nerves.

10. When your friend suggests going out but you're just done with the world.

11. This. On the daily.

12. When all you want to do is snuggle up and watch Christmas movies.


13. Studying and realizing you know nothing.


14. When your finals are over and it's finally time to go home for break.


You're finally back to your old self.

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Ashley Tisdale Is Back With New Music That Shines A Light On Anxiety And Depression

All the voices in my head...

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We all know and love Ashley Tisdale from High School Musical but her music is back. She already has 2 albums to her name, but she really didn't get to express herself through them as much as her new album that's coming out, Symptoms. She released the first song off it called Voices in My Head and when I heard it I related to it right away. We all have things that we worry about in our daily lives, and this song dives deep into anxiety and how its ok to ignore what people are thinking.

I think its good that she's talking about anxiety because it's allowing listeners to not relate to her music, but to also deal with their own struggles. Music for me is like therapy for me at times because I am able to take a break from my life and take in what the lyrics are trying to tell me.

Music teaches us that its okay to feel that way that we do, not a lot of music these days brings up topics like anxiety and depression, so for Ashley to come forward as an artist to write up her own struggles means a lot. It shows that she is just like us, and not just a celebrity that hides everything that goes on.

Most certainly, you do need some privacy as a celebrity and music artist, but I think that she realized that she needed to shine a light on her struggles in order for her to get through those tough times and to relive the tough times too. I also think that for her, she wanted her fans like myself to caught up to speed with her music and where her journey was currently at. I want to believe that her journey with Symptoms is just getting started.

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