Avatar: The Last Airbender aired on February 21, 2005 through July 19, 2008 on Nickelodeon, gaining millions of fans during its run. Many of us in Gen Z can remember watching live episodes or reruns on the TV as young kids. However, to the surprise of many, ATLA experienced a brand new surge of popularity and a whole new wave of Gen Z fans when it premiered on Netflix on May 15th, 2020. It even set an all-time Netflix record by making 61 straight appearances on the Daily Top 10, blowing all the other shows out of the water (Forbes). Especially because of the pandemic, Gen Z came together in a time of boredom to watch the show, either for the first time or the fifth, and fell in love again with the classic, and as many claim “the best animated show of all time.”
Many of you might have heard of Hasan Minhaj, an American comedian, writer, producer, political commentator, actor, and television host. You might know him for his Netflix comedy show, Patriot Act, or you might know him as a really funny guy. Hasan Minhaj, however, is so much more than just his various titles and occupations. He has had a huge impact on the South Asian community, serving as some much needed mainstream representation. His stories and jokes are ones every South Asian can relate to, and he integrates humor with influential topics in a flawless way. Time Magazine named him as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2019, and he undoubtedly deserved this prestigious title. Recently, Netflix has decided to pull the plug on his show Patriot Act. As a young South Asian woman growing up with immigrant parents in the United States, I am incredibly disheartened to see such a relatable, hilarious show leave the platform.
Colorism. Many people associate this word with racism, not knowing what it actually means. Colorism is prejudice or discrimination against individuals with a dark skin tone, typically among people of the same ethnic or racial group. While not as addressed as racism, colorism is still a major issue across the globe, its underlying effect still seen on society today. Not only does it disadvantage those with darker skin tones, but colorism also has negative effects on self image and mental health.
Teenagers are at most five years from being able to vote, and many of them already can. As soon as you turn eighteen, you have a duty as an American citizen to register to vote, and then actively participate in elections. This is why it’s extremely important to educate yourself early on, so that by the time you are able to vote, you have a good grasp of issues that are important and relevant. Teenagers today are a part of Generation Z, which has been labelled as the most accepting and progressive generation in history. We hold the future of the country in our hands.