Gimme Love: Joji’s Influence on Gen Z

From his days on Harlem Shake to holding records on the Billboard, Joji has swept the world with his heartfelt lyrics and irresistible beats in just the past few years. Joji has now become an inspiration for young Asian-Americans around the globe. Born in Osaka, his Japanese background shines as a token of hope and pride for young AAPI youth. Underneath the company, 88rising, with fellow artists such as Niki, Rich Brian, and Stephanie Poetri, Joji has helped make a name for Asians in the mainstream music industry. His greatest feat came with his album, Ballads 1, when he became the first AAPI artist to claim the #1 title on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop chart.

Heather: Beauty Without a Face

What is beauty? Is it the Oxford Dictionary definition, “a combination of qualities that pleases the aesthetic senses, especially the sight?” Is it Rachel McAdams’ long blonde hair, Rihanna’s sunkissed skin, Angelina Jolie’s high cheekbones, or Kylie Jenner’s plump lips? Here’s an answer: none of the above. With the picture-perfect portrait of beauty being painted and retouched by mouse clicks on a screen, beauty standards have become restless and ever-changing. In a generation of double-taps and FaceTune, “beautiful” has become a word that degrades one’s confidence rather than a means of celebrating their own.