The Black and White

The words “gay” and “girly” unsurprisingly continue to follow me, but I understand now that those juvenile claims are part of a larger pattern of people denying other men’s masculinity to assert their own.

Boys dance too: My experience as a male ballet dancer

By Jacob Cowan January 22, 2023

This story was published in print in December 2022.  The faint sound of pointe shoes echoes through a narrow walkway as I begin to ascend a set of stairs. With each step, the soft tapping crescendos...

As the seasonal depression sinks in and intrusive thoughts flood my mind, my love for skiing is my lantern in the dark.

Skiing the stress away: How embracing the winter helped my seasonal depression

By Maddie Kaltman January 17, 2023

My toes are numb, my legs bruised and sore and my eyes are burning in the bright yellow sun. But here — flying downhill against the blustery wind — is where I’m at my happiest. Waking up at 5 a.m....

Overcoming FOMO meant shifting my mindset from wishing I was experiencing everything with my peers to feeling happy for others’ success and happiness.

The harsh reality of “FOMO” and how I overcame it

By Ava Faghani January 6, 2023

A typical Friday night as a pre-teen didn’t consist of any epic function. It meant hanging out with a friend, sitting behind a computer screen on Minecraft or curling up on the couch to watch a movie...

I selected recipes for four popular types of cookies — gingerbread, Linzer, chocolate crinkle and peanut butter blossom cookies — to bake before declaring one as the winner of my own Holiday Cookie Showdown.

The Black & White’s Holiday Cookie Showdown

By Emily Weiss December 25, 2022

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, which means hanging colorful Christmas lights, buying presents for our loved ones and hosting festive holiday parties. But perhaps the most important tradition...

Here are The Black & White’s top 10 last-minute gift ideas for the upcoming holidays.

The Black & White’s last-minute holiday gift guide

By Ava Faghani December 21, 2022

Last-minute gifts can be a struggle. Trying to find a balance between a heartfelt gift and staying on budget can pose an even greater challenge. Here are The Black & White’s top 10 last-minute gift...

The Ouija Board has fascinated people since its invention in the late 1800s, with roots in divination tools like tarot cards and the I Ching, which both purportedly tap into influence beyond consciousness.

I believe in ghosts. Here’s why.

By Kiara Pearce October 31, 2022

Don’t taunt the dead. If there’s one thing I learned from my paranormal experience, it’s that. As well as the importance of completing thorough research on whether the train tracks you take pictures...

For her third tour, Lorde made a conscious choice to book small, intimate venues. Prioritizing a tight-knit community of fans over profit, she utilized the smaller venues to make the show feel more personal.

Concert review: Lorde illuminates D.C. with Solar Power Tour

By Kate Rodriguez and Natalie Easley September 5, 2022

Four years after her last D.C. performance, Lorde returned to The Anthem’s stage on August 29 on tour for her album “Solar Power.” The 25-year-old artist was originally scheduled to play at the venue...

As the Supreme Court threatens to turn a 50-year-old precedent into a distant memory, how do we teach future generations about decades of progress towards protecting reproductive rights in this nation? 

Roe is gone. How can we help future generations?

By Eliana Joftus June 29, 2022

Content warning: this story contains language that pertains to sexual assault.  On Friday, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, paving the way for states to restrict or eliminate the reproductive...

It soon became clear that certain factors were within my control, like how much time I spent studying for a test or the people I chose to become friends with, and that stressing out over things that were out of my control wasn’t productive. Instead, I found peace in accepting the chaos.

How I learned to let go: my experience with the floating rock mentality

By Natalie Easley June 19, 2022

My phone pings with a notification from the Canvas app, alerting me that my Chemistry grade is available to view. After solving practice problems and reviewing terms, I felt as prepared as I could be for...

“Everything Everywhere All at Once” is a chaotically entertaining film and the directors’ courage to be boldly absurd pays off immensely.

“Everything Everywhere All at Once”: weird in all the right ways

By Jacob Cowan June 14, 2022

On paper, “Everything Everywhere All at Once” is a terrible idea for a movie: a low-budget absurdist film that attempts to tackle the multiverse with slapstick humor. Toss in aggressive visuals, convoluted...

One day, waking up before the crack of dawn may no longer be necessary for me to feel in control of my anxiety. But for now, getting out of bed at 5 a.m. is one of my favorite parts of the day; I’m proud of myself for finding a unique way to improve my well-being.

I wake up at 5:00 a.m. — and I love it

By Simone Meyer June 2, 2022

As my alarm clock rings, I climb out of bed to get ready for the day. I have my routine down: I get dressed, brush my teeth, wash my face, pull my hair into my classic pig-tails, carefully apply mascara...

Whether topped with a soft-boiled egg, chopped scallions, nori or all of the above, ramens versatility makes it impossible not to enjoy. Looking for the perfect slurp of noodles, I ventured out to find the best ramen in the area.

It’s time to slurp: the best ramen around town

By Lucia Gutierrez June 1, 2022

It’s arguably the most comforting meal on a cold, rainy day: Ramen. The Japanese noodle dish — which consists of wheat-based noodles served in a meat-based broth — is the perfect pick-me-up. During...

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