Derek Deng

Derek Deng

Derek Deng is a freshman at Duke University. He is particularly interested in the intersection of race, gender, and sexuality in a pop-cultural context.
Opinion: Skincare shouldn’t be seen as uniquely feminine

Opinion: Skincare shouldn’t be seen as uniquely feminine

A cursory glance at CVS’s personal care aisle is a powerful testament to gender roles: shampoos, deodorants, and shaving creams labeled “for men” are packaged in darker colored containers and use words like “strong” or “sport” in their product descriptions. This is...

Opinion: Can we separate the art from the artist?

Opinion: Can we separate the art from the artist?

Lifetime’s six-part series “Surviving R. Kelly” revisits rapper R. Kelly’s alleged predatory behavior through accounts of his abuse and pedophilia. The documentary, which aired on Jan. 3, shines light on the traumatic episodes that many of his black female victims...