4 Reasons Why Diversity Is Important

4 Reasons Why Diversity Is Important

Diversity on TV makes us better people

Last night was the 68th Annual Emmy Awards and people of color dominated the show. From Rami Malek to Courtney B. Vance, non-white actors took over the show. It was kind of incredible. To those of you reading this planning on fighting me, please continue reading before you yell at me.

1. Young people should know they're not their stereotypes.

Black people on television shouldn't be restricted to thugs on Criminal Minds or Law and Order. They should be doctors, educators, painters, or whatever else feels real. I grew up seeing Asians portrayed as nerdy weird kids that only hung out with the librarian at their public school. We want to be inspired to do and be something greater than us. I'm tired of being represented by a two-dimensional character.

2. Diversity on one level trickles down to others.

If we can diversify and shed some good light on people of color, then maybe those who don't understand us can at least try to. If we can show that Asian-Americans are not just small Chinese girls that are mute, it'll allow for people to treat them like people in real life. Not all people have the luxury of having a diverse group of friends. And those who only know their own ethnicity learn about others through the shows and movies they watch.

3. More diverse experiences can lead to better stories.

If we start including a more diversity in the writing rooms, we will see an influx in the variety of stories. As shown in the episode entitled "Parents" from Aziz Ansari's Netflix series, Masters of None, we can see an Asian-American universal story. The story of immigrant parents trying to achieve their American dreams. The first time I watched it, I cried because of how much I identified with it. I'm over the same old white nerd boy trying to get the popular girl.

4. We can inspire more young people.

From experience, being Asian-American automatically meant becoming a doctor or an accountant. What our parents told us to be was then hammered into us by the characters that portrayed our older selves. Seeing Alan Yang's speech from last night ten years ago would've inspired me to pursue film at a much younger age and maybe I'd be in film school right now. I wish I could've had the variety in television that we see now.

Yes, Hollywood has come a far way since the film industry began. But we have a long way to go before we see real strides in reality.

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If Taylor Swift Songs Were Types Of Alcohol

Because what's better than a drink and some T-Swift?

With Taylor Swift's quick return to the music scene... and in a big way, might I add, I decided to associate some of the best Taylor Swift songs with alcohol.

I mean, who wouldn't want to drink to Taylor Swift's catchy melodies and perfect choruses to get over an ex or tell someone exactly how you feel about them?

Taylor Swift has been around for a decade at this point, and let's face it, pretty much all of her songs could go along with at least one type of alcohol.

1. "Welcome To New York" - Moscow Mule

It only makes sense. Visit the Big Apple and you have to indulge in the state's signature cocktail. Moscow mules are a New York classic, and if it's your first night in the city and you haven't bought yourself one, are you even in New York?

2. "Blank Space" - Everclear

Think about it... A night of drinking Everclear will leave you with a giant blank space the next day. You might also look like Taylor did in the music video.

3. "Tim McGraw" - Beer

Tim McGraw is a throwback to Taylor's high school love. What better way to reminisce than with a couple friends and a keg of your favorite cheap beer?

4. "Style" - Cristal Champagne

What's more stylish than with a glass of the most expensive bubbly you can find? Just like Taylor Swift, Cristal will never go out of style.

5. "Shake It Off" - Martini

Get it? Cause you shake a martini? I might be the only one who thinks that's funny but you might end up dancing a little bit with a martini in hand when "Shake It Off" come on the radio.

6. "Red" - Merlot

Red has to go along with a red wine. What else could go along with yet *another* T-Swift breakup song?

7. "22" - Margaritas

Let's face it, when you're 22, you really only drink margaritas. They're fun- and all the hipsters are probably drinking them too.

8. "Teardrops On My Guitar" - Southern Comfort

When your heart is broken, who are you going to turn to besides the only alcohol that gives you comfort...Southern Comfort that is.

9. "I Knew You Were Trouble" - Fireball

I can't say I've ever met anyone who spent a night with Fireball and didn't regret it the next morning.

10. "Look What You Mad Me Do" - Tequila

T-Swift's latest single is an angry one. What better to make you angry than tequila? Taylor basically just called out everyone who had ever talked about her behind her back and she did it in true Taylor fashion-by writing a song. She was probably drunk on tequila when she wrote it too.

11. ...Ready For It? - Bottomless Mimosas

Because it's just that good.

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Board Games Are More Important Than You Think They Are

They've become a defining part of my family.


Remember when you were a kid and you'd have a family game night? Or your friends would come over and you'd open the game cabinet and play at least three different games together?

Maybe it's just me, but those are some of my best memories from my childhood. My family loves games, board games, and electronic games.

Of course, as I got older, gaming consoles like PlayStation and Wii became more and more popular. That meant that the game cabinet was opened less and less, collecting dust.

Thankfully, I live in New Jersey near the shore and Hurricane Sandy left my family with no power for five days. Sure, it was scary not having power and walking around my neighborhood seeing fallen trees or roof shingles, but we were inland enough to not have had any flood water damage.

No power also meant no PlayStation or Wii games. The gaming cabinet was opened again, this time with vigor. Now, four years later, and I still think about sitting in the dark with a flashlight playing Scrabble with my family.

That was also the week I learned how to play Yahtzee and dominated my dad in every game. My sister constantly was looking for someone to play her to Battleship. We exhausted Rummikub.

The game was already a family favorite, and that's including extended family. Family barbeques had been ending with late night games of Rummikub for at least a year by the time Sandy hit.

We were ready to strategize and crunch numbers, but after day three, we never wanted to a number ever again.

This semester, there's been a surge of board game love again in my family. My sister bought Jenga, which we are currently trying to exhaust ourselves with. My favorite board game also had a comeback: Life.

I loved this game so much that I had the SpongeBob version as a kid. I would play it with my best friend, just the two of us, playing game after game of Bikini Bottom themed Life. Now, I have a car full of "kids" that I've started to make pets in my head. I can handle having five pretend dogs, but not five pretend kids.

I don't know what it is about board games, but my family has always had an affinity for them. We've gone through our cycles of playing video games and card games, but we always come back to the classics. Maybe it's more a defining part of my family than I originally thought.

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