Em-URGE-ing Voices


Hometown: Fairhope, AL

Fav Writer: Nicholas Sparks

Fav Sex scene: The big one between Noah and Allie in The Notebook

Hidden Talent: I can tie a cherry stem in my mouth!

Taylor is an undergraduate student at the University of Alabama at Birmingham majoring in Social Work. She is passionate about boybands, reproductive justice, and mental health awareness. In her free time she enjoys reading romance novels, writing, doing advocacy work for URGE at UAB, and spending time with her famil

Posts By: Taylor Charles

Banning Critical Race Theory is Problematic and here is Why

Kay Ivey’s “ban” on critical race theory is complete bullshit. On October 21, 2021, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey announced a ban on critical race theory being taught in K-12 schools. Many Alabama natives are upset by this as they feel that the ban is less about the education the children of Alabama are receiving and more of an attempt to erase the less shiny parts of history. And they would be right. Kay Ivey has a history of using her platform to demean people of color and this is just another one of her sad attempts at doing just that. As a native Alabamian, I will not stand for it. Critical race theory (CRT) is an academic concept that’s core idea is that race is a social construct and racism… Read more »

Media and The Unrealistic Expectations of Sex

Being a part of gen z is kind of crazy. We still got to experience the remnants of the great era that was the 90s while simultaneously witnessing all of the advancements of technology. We experienced some of the first touch screen phones, the rise of social media, and the continuation of trashy teen sitcoms. The world went from landlines and physical dictionaries to having infinite knowledge at our fingertips. It would be easy to sit here and talk about how all of these technological advancements have improved the lives of young people everywhere. However, the topic of how detrimental this rise in technology has been is often shied away from–until now. As most of us know, the internet has been an amazing tool for young people. We can now… Read more »

Being A College Student During A Pandemic Sucks And Here’s Why

As a college student, I ask myself two questions quite often. The first question is “Do I have anything due tonight?” and the second is “Does anyone else feel this way?” Being sent home from school due to the Covid-19 pandemic as a college freshman and coming back to a fully open campus (still in a pandemic by the way) as a junior has been incredibly difficult. My grades are not nearly as good as they once were, my social skills are borderline embarrassing, and my mental health has definitely been better. However, something that has been reassuring but also deeply concerning is that other college students are feeling like this too. Since the pandemic, college students are experiencing higher levels of food insecurity, emotional, and financial stress than ever… Read more »

Alabama Councilman, Tommy Bryant, Must Be Held Accountable For Using A Racist Slur Against His Colleague

Tommy Bryant does not care about black people. On Monday, July 19, 2021, Alabama councilman Tommy Bryant was caught on video using the n-word towards fellow councilmember Veronica Freeman in a derogatory manner during a council meeting. Bryant has rejected requests to resign and has faced no consequences since the incident occurred. The city of Tarrant, which Bryant represents, has a 53.06% population of Black Americans who deserve to be represented by a councilman that doesn’t use slurs in government buildings and gets away with it. Tommy Bryant needs to be held accountable for his blatant disrespect towards his fellow councilmember and his constituents.  Growing up as a young black woman in the South, I am no stranger to microaggressions hidden under the guise of southern hospitality.  I have also attended a predominantly white institution (PWI) for most of my life which means… Read more »