Thoai Lu

Editorial Intern
Oakland, CA

Before becoming a journalism intern at Colorlines, Thoai delved into racism and sexism’s intersections at UC San Diego. She led a small writing club, “New Voices,” which explored the issue; she also contributed to The Collective Voice, the school’s social-justice newspaper. Thoai got her B.A. in Literature/Writing from UCSD in June of 2010, which enhanced her interest in nonfiction, race, gender and visual culture. As a former McNair Scholar, she completed independent research projects on sexuality and hyphy music. The Oakland native hopes to save inner-city children from the plight of illiteracy. When that seems heavy, she runs or turns to hip-hop.

Thoai tweets at @thoailu.

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Finally, an American Apparel ad that can make you smile.

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This DC duo is breaking barriers, and asking for your help.

Poet Beau Sia Sums Up Heartbreak: Memory Sucks

The spoken word artist’s new piece shows that sometimes the hardest thing to do is forget.

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The actor was the recipient of American Film Institute’s Life Achievement award. Director Spike Lee was also honored.

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There’s no shame here. Just love. And cute little kids.

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The rap group celebrates a city’s unyielding love for its team.

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A new profile in the Washington Post reveals the deeply personal bond that drives one woman’s inspiration tale.

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It’s a collaboration with hundreds of fans. And we promise, it’ll warm your heart.

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The New York Times celebrates the courageous coming out stories of LGBT youth.

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Some New York City teachers say that Davis Guggenheim got it all wrong.