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Renée Cherez


My name is Renée, and I'm a freelance writer based in New York. I create content at the intersections of travel, race, social justice, and mental health.

6 Things to Consider When Choosing a Hostel

Hostels can be a hit or miss, and after spending time in almost one hundred of them, I know this to be true. They've made me want to pack my stuff and find a flight home, but after learning my...

Black Children Are Killing Themselves

With the rise of Black youth dying by suicide, we need well-funded research that will tell us why and how to stop them. The suicide rate in America amongst Black youth is increasing rapidly, and we have to ask ourselves why we are not collectively outraged by the preventable deaths of Black children.

The Perceived Masculinity of the Black Woman

Who are the gatekeepers to femininity? The city center of Jaisalmer - India's "Golden City" was bustling with noisy motorbikes rushing to get nowhere, cars too big for the narrow cobblestone streets, and people browsing the various clothing and food stalls. It was my second visit to the city, and it's safe to say I was in love, even...

Who Will Racist Boys and Girls Become?

They will become our politicians, our teachers, police officers, and lawmakers if we do not teach justice. Almost every week I scroll to find a video on Twitter of young, white girls and boys, usually, teenagers expressing some of the most hateful, racist behavior toward Black people.

How White People Can Be Courageous This Holiday Season

A quick note to White people navigating social and political discourse this holiday season. Dear White People, According to Mariah Carey's tweet on November 1st, the holidays are here! And we all know, Ms. Carey is the queen of the holiday season.

16 Words and Definitions to Kickstart Your Anti-Racism Journey

"In a racist society, it's not enough to be non-racist - you have to be anti-racist." - Angela Davis With a simple Google search, knowledge is at our fingertips. We live in a time where the words "I didn't know" are no longer acceptable when we have conversations about racial injustice because of the very existence of technology and the access it gives us to a treasure trove of information.

Thought Catalog
Travel Romance Sucks, But We Keep Dreaming

When we single travelers embark on our travels, our minds wander about the possibility of romance. C'mon - the possibilities (and countries) are endless! But there's a high risk of heartbreak and tears when you fly home or move to the next destination. Travel flings are almost as frequent as bad first dates in any city.

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