Interest in religion is steadily decreasing among the younger Japanese generation, according to a survey conducted by Pew Research Center. A lack of education and mistrust towards religious organizations are some factors that are attributed to more people not following a faith.

The main religion in Japan is Shinto, a…


As the fastest-growing city in the country, Frisco boasts a lot of great selling points. From acclaimed schooling to low crime rates and it’s proximity to several Fortune 500 companies, it’s an ideal place to live in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.

However, the city and surrounding Collin County’s affluence hides…


The country of Iraq has gone through several tragedies in its history. However, the citizens don’t see it that way. Home to a few cities and landmarks of great religious significance to Shia Muslims, Iraq and its citizens promote peace and unity against the background of a war-torn community.

A panorama of the world’s largest cemetery, Wadi us-Salam (Valley of Peace) in Najaf, Iraq. This photo was taken

Growing up, I would hear my grandmother call me out on my skin color. She would say I am rather dark, so I should limit my time out in the sun. My best friend was fair-skinned and skinny with long hair. …


Professional makeup artists used to be the only ones who bought higher-end makeup brands, while everyone else stuck to drugstore brands. …


February has been dedicated to the recognition of black history, showcasing important figures and heroes of African-American descent who had a significant impact on American society. …


The traditional, simplistic idea of the American dream goes like this: go to school, attend college, graduate with a degree, obtain a good job and you’ll be set for life. It’s a formula that has been implemented in society for generations, and even normalized in other cultures across the globe.


Samira Maddox, founder of Mu Delta Alpha, with the new recruits for fall 2017.

It’s a Sunday night and a small group of girls gather on the second floor of the University Union. While the rest of the campus is quiet in preparations for the upcoming week, this group buzzes with excitement at the prospect of their futures. Mu Delta Alpha, which stands for…


Raza’s son, Kian, looks out at a sunset on Kemah boardwalk.

Frigid air blows throughout the classroom, forcing students to bundle up in jackets despite the mild temperature outside. No one pays much attention to the lone female student in the back, white blanket wrapped around her, paying rapt attention the professor and occasionally taking notes. …

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