// Savannah loves to write about everything from politics to the arts.
You can find Savannah over at The Tylt where she is currently the Politics Editor.
Savannah began her journalism career as a student at the University of Southern California when she started writing for Neon Tommy (now USC Annenberg Media), a student-run digital news source sponsored by the USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism. Within a few months, Savannah was promoted to Associate Arts & Culture Editor where she was personally responsible for recruiting, training, and managing over 30 writers. During her time with Neon Tommy, Savannah edited, published, and promoted over 100 stories including reviews, event coverage, interviews, and columns.
Now graduated, Savannah is a Medium writer who continues to publish with regularity. Savannah’s work has been consistently well-received, with her most successful story garnering over 200k views on Medium and thousands of shares on Facebook and Twitter.
Check out some of her work below.
If You Care About Social Justice, You Should Support The Amber Rose SlutWalk
Early Saturday morning in downtown Los Angeles, a few hundred people, unified in their commitment to social justice, gathered on the corner of 8th & Olive for the 2nd annual Amber Rose SlutWalk. The march began around 11:00 am, with people from every walk of life holding up signs that included slogans such as “My Body My Business,” “Rape Came Before Mini Skirts,” and “Ni Santas. Ni Puntas. Solo Mujeres!” (Not Saints. Not Whores. Just Women!) The march ended at Pershing Square where women, people of color, LGBT individuals, sex workers, and allies beautifully came together to celebrate, support, and inspire one another. If there was one mantra that encapsulated the festival, it was clear: there is no judgment here.
Arts Advocate in Chief?
Where The Presidential Candidates Stand
With the June 7 primary just around the corner, California voters will soon get to weigh in on who they believe should be the next president of the United States. While issues such as economic inequality and foreign policy have dominated the political discourse, there has been very little discussion about each of the candidate’s arts platform. Leading as one of the state’s most valuable economic assets, the creative industry is to California what the coal industry is to West Virginia. Whether one works directly in the industry, or interacts with it with some regularity, it is important to many Californians that the creative economy continues to thrive underneath the next president.
So which candidate will be the best advocate for the arts?
Black America v. Anita Hill
What HBO’s “Confirmation” Missed
HBO’s highly anticipated film “Confirmation” recounts the 1991 confirmation hearings of Clarence Thomas (Wendell Pierce) to the U.S. Supreme Court and the allegations of sexual harassment brought forth by law professor Anita Hill (Kerry Washington). While the film touches on many variables surrounding the hearings, such as the failure of Senate Democrats to defend Anita Hill and the insufficient understanding of sexual harassment at the time, the film fails to explore the role public opinion, particularly within the black community, played in the ultimate dismissal of Anita Hill’s allegations.
The 1996 Article Every Millennial Should Read
Remembering America’s Most Controversial First Lady
The question as to why many millennial feminists seem to have turned their backs on Hillary Clinton has been explored at length. Journalists have all come to varying conclusions: Hillary is “not feminist enough,” Hillary is “part of the establishment,” and Bernie’s youthful idealism is more appealing than Hillary’s less sexy pragmatism. All of these factors undoubtedly play a large role in the overall negative perception of Hillary Clinton, but the more obvious answer is simply this: Millennials are coming to know Hillary Clinton after 20 years of relentless personal and political attacks.
Susan Sarandon & The Pseudo-Socialist Sanders Supporter
Where Ego Trumps Progressivism
Susan Sarandon recently appeared on MSNBC where she alluded to the fact that she and many other avid Bernie Sanders supporters may never vote for Hillary Clinton — even if it means a Donald Trump presidency. When further pressed, Sarandon responded “some people feel Donald Trump will bring the revolution immediately… then things will really explode.”Alright, let’s make one thing abundantly clear. If you are someone who is willing to allow Trump to win the presidency, someone willing to throw your less fortunate comrades to the wolves in an act of political defiance, and someone willing to watch the world burn in order to win some imaginary moral victory because you are just too “passionate and principled” to vote for a candidate who is anything less than perfect, you are no socialist, you are no progressive, and most importantly, you have no business supporting Bernie Sanders.
Islam, Islamism, and Islamophobia: Why Words Matter
We Need To Have A Productive Conversation About Terrorism
News of a terrorist attack in Brussels Tuesday morning meant the usual onslaught of bigots, apologists, and a disheartening unwillingness to discuss any nuance that may exist between the two was bound to unfold. The problem is this: terrorism is going to get worse before it gets better. The need to have an honest conversation about the growing danger of Islamism, the militarization of the world’s jihadists, and the link between belief and behavior, has become a necessity. Our usual response — in this case, the trending hashtags #StopIslam and the equally unhelpful #StopIslamophobia — can no longer be tolerated.
How ‘International Women’s Day’ Became International Slut-Shaming Day
On The Kim Kardashian Nude ‘Controversy’
The trending hashtag #InternationalWomensDay dominated social media, featuring quotes and images of women from Michelle Obama to Malala Yousafzai. The consistent theme throughout was obvious: Women should inspire, empower, and support one another. But occurring simultaneously within the social media sphere was the painfully hypocritical, slut-shaming of Kim Kardashian for posting *gasp* a nude picture on her Instagram account the day before. As expected, the internet exploded with a barrage of attacks largely consisting of the typical ‘slut’ and ‘whore’ insults one can find whenever the Kardashian name is mentioned. But the more troubling reactions came from fellow feminists in the form of a thinly-veiled, internalized misogyny that places female sexual expression at odds with dignity and self-respect.
Don’t Worry, Not Everyone Thinks Your Liberal Arts Degree Is Useless
Fareed Zakaria Challenges Our STEM Obsession & The Value Of Liberal Arts
In a time when there is a growing consensus that liberal arts degrees are not practical in the competitive job market, Fareed argues that the skills gained from a liberal arts education — such as the ability to think analytically, write eloquently, and communicate effectively — are significantly more valuable for long-term career aspirations. Fareed believes the over-emphasis on STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) education and vocational study for the sake of a skills-based, linear career path can limit creativity, versatility, and most importantly, undermine the importance of learning for the sake of learning.