Rhyma Castillo

Bio

As a writer, Rhyma is passionate about advocating for underserved communities throughout the United States. She’s covered issues in politics, immigration, environmental racism, climate change, gun violence, and more. In her free time, Rhyma enjoys drawing, painting, gardening, making music, and cuddling with her cat Tofu.

Great, The More Contagious COVID Strain Is Now The "Most Common" In The U.S.

By Rhyma Castillo
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc across the country, it seems like states can't administer vaccines fast enough to keep up with the mutating virus. Several COVID variants have made their way to America, with one in particular…

Joe Biden's Quotes About Kamala Harris Are Full Of Respect

By Rhyma Castillo
In January 2021, Vice President Kamala Harris made history as the first woman of color to be inaugurated to the second highest office in the land. But before President Joe Biden tapped her to become his running mate for the 2020 presidential…

Looks Like Ivanka Trump's Women's Empowerment Initiative Wasn't So Empowering

By Rhyma Castillo
As a senior White House adviser for the administration of her father, President Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump promoted her signature program: the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) Initiative, a worldwide effort to economically empower…

The Suez Canal Boat Is Finally Free, & Thanks, Twitter Hates It

By Rhyma Castillo
After nearly a week of keeping the internet (and the global economy) on edge, the Ever Given, a cargo ship that's been lodged in Egypt's Suez Canal, is finally free. Twitter is having a field day, of course, but for a pretty unexpected reason. These…

Barack Obama's Story About Reading 'Harry Potter' To Sasha & Malia Will Make You Tear Up

By Rhyma Castillo
When it comes to fatherhood, former President Barack Obama takes his duties seriously. From diaper changes to college send-off's, Obama worked hard to make sure he was there for his daughters, even as a busy politician. In the March 29 episode of…

Here's What To Expect About College Requirements For COVID Vaccines

By Rhyma Castillo
As the ongoing coronavirus pandemic continues to tear through the country, many college students are still having to take extra precautions to slow the spread. As of March 2021, multiple pharmaceutical companies, such as Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson…

Megan Rapinoe Called Out Gender Inequality On Equal Pay Day & It Was Everything

By Rhyma Castillo
Even in 2021, after decades of combating gender-based discrimination on all fronts, women and femmes are still facing pay disparities in the workplace. In honor of Equal Pay Day on Wednesday, March 24, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney held a hearing to…

People Are Demanding Big Changes To Gun Policy After Multiple Mass Shootings In A Week

By Rhyma Castillo
Less than a week after the March 16 spa shootings in which eight people were killed in the Atlanta, Georgia area, another mass shooting event has happened in Colorado. On March 22, 10 people were killed in a shooting at a supermarket in Boulder,…

Barack Obama Explained How Toxic Masculinity Affected Him, & It's A Lot

By Rhyma Castillo
Barack Obama may not be president anymore, but he's still delivering words of wisdom. Since leaving office, the former POTUS has been investing his time in film production, social activism, and — like every other unemployed person during this…

Barack Obama's Quotes About Joe Biden Prove This Bromance Is Forever

By Rhyma Castillo
When it comes to friendships in the White House, you'll be hard pressed to find two better buddies than President Joe Biden and former President Barack Obama. For over a decade, America has witnessed the two laughing, crying, hugging, and even…

Here's Where You Can Donate To Support Asian-American Communities, Today & Always

By Rhyma Castillo
While America has always harbored deeply-rooted issues with racism and xenophobia against Asian American communities, the discriminatory rhetoric surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic has inflamed anti-Asian violence across the country. Now more than…

Here's How To Make Sure You're Getting The $1,400 Stimulus Check

By Rhyma Castillo
On March 11, President Joe Biden signed his new stimulus bill and COVID-19 response strategy, dubbed the American Rescue Plan, into law. To combat the economic fallout from the ongoing pandemic, the law includes funding for a third round of $1,400…

So Many Migrant Children Are Still In Border Control Custody, Even After Trump Left Office

By Rhyma Castillo
After four years of the Trump administration being widely criticized for a harsh approach to immigration policy, President Joe Biden ran his campaign on the promise to create a more welcoming America for immigrant communities. During his first day…

Guess Who Didn't Join The Presidential PSA About COVID Vaccines

By Rhyma Castillo
COVID-19 vaccines are slowly but steadily becoming more available across the United States, and the country is (thankfully) inching toward the light at the end of the tunnel. To help spread awareness about the importance of getting vaccinated, every…

The Latest Stimulus Check Comes With Good News For College Students

By Rhyma Castillo
As the ongoing pandemic tears into 2021, millions of people are still struggling under its weight, including college students. With a new stimulus bill approved on March 10 and a third stimulus check of $1,400 around the corner, many people are…

The First Dogs Have Left The White House After 1 Was A Very Bad Boy

By Rhyma Castillo
Even good boys have their bad days, especially when it comes to the lively life of a presidential pup. President Joe Biden's pair of German Shepherds, Champ and Major Biden, left the White House after a biting incident with a member of the security…

The New CDC Guidance On Vaccines & Socializing Is A Ray Of Hope

By Rhyma Castillo
As COVID-19 vaccinations become increasingly available across the country, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is rolling out some new health and safety guidelines for those who have been fully vaccinated. Although the ongoing…

12 Women In History Who Were Changing The World By Age 25

By Rhyma Castillo
Women and femmes have always been leaders in civil rights, social justice, political activism, academic excellence, and more. History, however, hasn’t always acknowledged their contributions. That’s why Women’s History Month is the perfect time to…

People Are Calling For Andrew Cuomo's Resignation Over Sexual Misconduct Allegations

By Rhyma Castillo
New York's Governor Andrew Cuomo made headlines for his leadership during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, but now he's in the news again for a more troubling reason. As of March 4, three separate women have accused Cuomo of sexual…

Twitter Is Roasting Texas' Governor For Reopening The State & I'm Here For It

By Rhyma Castillo
After struggling through a state-wide humanitarian crisis in the wake of a devastating winter storm, Texas is in the spotlight once again. On March 2, Governor Greg Abbott announced an executive order to end the state-wide mask mandate, despite…