Yemen humanitarian crisis

It’s been more than two years since the United Nations first called the situation in Yemen the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, and since then the situation has merely deteriorated. Enduring a civil war since 2015, millions of Yemenis have fled their homes or are on the brink of starvation. With coronavirus, an already … [Read more…]

Virtual Pride around the world

COVID-19 might’ve led to the cancellation and postponement of nearly 500 Pride events worldwide, but there’s one thing the coronavirus forgot to consider before it decided to rain on June’s parades. The LGBTQ community lives by the immortal words of Gloria Gaynor. Surviving is not an option — it’s an absolute. Deadly pandemics? We’ve been … [Read more…]

Stop calling durian stinky

The first time I tried durian, I was 13, sitting in the back of my maternal grandfather’s van as we drove around Manila. He had moved there with his wife, a Filipina woman, and their young son, and this was my second time visiting. Someone might have vaguely mentioned the smell of durian might be … [Read more…]

BIPOC summer camps

Most summers, millions of US children head off to spend a week, a month, or the whole summer attending camp, where they’ll enjoy the restorative power of nature, learn new skills, strengthen friendships, and hopefully build upon a lifelong relationship with the outdoors. The problem is, these camps are not representative of the country as … [Read more…]

British 10-year-old saves kayaker

Everyone’s heard the expression, “not all heroes wear capes.” Well, apparently a lifejacket will suffice. Ten-year-old Jay Springall from Devon, England, overheard a conversation about a kayaker in distress and immediately dropped what he was doing and motored out in his boat to save her. He found the woman in the water, hanging on her … [Read more…]

Chirs Burkard photography tips

Adventure photographer and now filmmaker Chris Burkard is living the dream. The California native has traveled the world on assignment for publications like National Geographic, recently released a coffee table book documenting Iceland’s glacial rivers and the fight to protect them, and just debuted a new film, Unnur, at the 2020 Mountainfilm Festival. Burkard first … [Read more…]

US passport applications delayed

Not that traveling is convenient or recommended right now anyway, but if you’re in need of a passport, don’t expect to get one anytime soon. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the US State Department is warning applicants that they could experience extensive delays for new or renewed passports. According to the State Department, unless you … [Read more…]

EatOkra on Black-owned restaurants

The EatOkra app is booming. Anthony Edwards, who founded the app in 2016 with his wife Janique, says that in the wake of the social uprising spurred on by the alleged murder of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer, the app has seen around 100,000 new downloads. That’s compared to last year … [Read more…]

Museum visits in the COVID-19 era

There was a time when avoiding crowds in museums was a challenge. Getting to the Egyptian mummies at the British Museum before everyone else was a nearly impossible feat, and managing to get a peek of the Louvre’s Mona Lisa without hundreds of people blocking your view was the stuff of myths. But since mid-March, … [Read more…]

BBQ is as a cultural tradition

The word barbecue is as loaded as the average plateful at a backyard cookout. It’s both a noun and a verb. One theory posits that it derives from barbacoa, the Spanish term for the Taíno technique of slow-grilling meat over hot coals. This would plant barbecue’s etymological roots in the Caribbean, but the act of … [Read more…]