IMANI BENJAMIN-WHARTON

WRITER

Place of Origin: Miramar, FL

     Imani Benjamin-Wharton is a graduate from Georgia State University with a degree in English. She’s an aspiring novelist hoping to write the next great American novel. In her free time, she learns the secrets of survival from her favorite horror movies.

What animal would you be, and why?

I would be a cat. I’m curious and like to think about the random result of putting things together that don’t belong.

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Your first car: A thorough guide to avoiding headaches

But for first-time owners, the headache isn’t over. Signing your name and handing over cash is only the first hurdle of owning your first vehicle. Your journey to car ownership is just beginning.

This includes constant maintenance, regular visits to the mechanic and frequent surprises. Hopefully, Avant-Youth can help smooth the process of owning your first car.

Taurus 2021 Horoscope (April 20 – May 20)

It’s Taurus’s time to shine. The dependable earth sign encourages us to find stability and keep our goals in sight. 
This is the time to figure out what you want, make your plans and gather resources for the future. With your foundations set for success, you can aim for bigger and better things.

Aries 2021 Horoscope (March 21 – April 20)

Spring has come and so has Aries. The fire sign is here to shake things up and make life interesting.
Time to start pursuing the goals you made plans for in previous seasons, or to make unplanned moves to see what happens. This is the time to step forth, excited and determined, into the world.

Pisces 2021 Horoscope (February 19 – March 20)

We’ve rolled into Pisces season and it’s time to slow your roll. This water sign is introspective and calm but never lost to daydreaming.

It’s time to sit down and think about life, the universe and everything. Before you rush onwards to your next goal, take time to determine how your current path will affect you and the people closest to you in the long run.

Aquarius 2021 Horoscope (January 20 – February 18)

Aquarius is upon us after an interesting and exhausting Capricorn season, which saw us preparing, planning and losing our collective minds. All Aquarius season is asking you to do is find innovative ways to communicate.  

But don’t look at this as a chance to sit back and relax. You still have plans to follow through on. Your methods are just a little different. 

It’s time to let loose and explore the options available to us in a new light. 

TikTok: The Great Social Equalizer of Apps

TikTok is something of a great equalizer when it comes to social media apps. People of all ages flock to it because it’s fun, easy to use and there’s something for everyone. Whether that’s makeup, POVs, art or hot takes on your favorite childhood show, it’s the place to find your niche and maybe make a profit.

Capricorn Horoscope (December 22 – January 19)

We’re using our time in isolation to find ways to improve ourselves. There’s a whole world waiting to see how we transform for the better. So let’s show them what we can do.

Sagittarius 2020 Horoscope (November 23 – December 21)

Sagittarius is the adventurer of the horoscope, always ready and willing to explore the world and all it has to offer.
This is the time to get with your wandering spirit. The only way to get through this season is to get back in touch with your inner child and explore.
Some of us may be stuck inside but that shouldn’t take away our sense of wonder. There’s still a whole world at home to get to know. Push forward with excitement and curiosity.

The Election – Gamified

Being an informed voter is much more than knowing who’s a Democrat and who’s a Republican. It’s much more than just doing a cursory internet search on the policies that your party and their chosen candidate has put forward. On top of an already insane year, although anything election-related might be giving you hives, Avant-Youth presents a different point of view. The election – gamified.

Scorpio 2020 Horoscope (October 24 – November 22)

After justice and order, chaos reigns supreme. The emotional Scorpio follows after the judicious Libra. The water sign lets loose the emotions and passions that were held back the previous season. 

Libra Horoscope 2020 (September 23 – October 22)

This turn into Libra isn’t about evening the scales or tipping the odds in your favor. It’s about establishing order. Harmony is important to this diplomatic sign and a world of unequal circumstances won’t sit right with them. The only way to make this time work for you is to find balance and keep it. 

Virgo 2020 Horoscope (August 23 – September 22)

After a time of great activity, and maybe even rash actions, it’s time to mellow out. Virgo might not be an intuitive, emotional water sign, but it won’t hurt to take time to sit down and think. This is a sign of thought and planning. Whatever harebrained schemes you may have dreamed up during Leo might actually have a chance to come true. If you take the time to plot out a course. So take a seat, and start planning for this season and the next. 

So You Wanna Run For Office? A Detailed Outline to Becoming a Candidate in Georgia

Politics are complicated. The systems putting our elected officials into office aren’t as simple as we were taught in school. Georgia’s complicated system of counties and commissions results in hundreds of government officials at the state level. AY looked into Georgia’s officials for the recent primary election and now we’re looking at the process to get on the ballot.

Leo 2020 Horoscope (July 22 – August 22)

Leos, you’re type A and proud of it. The lions of the horoscope are confident, driven and proud of their ability to get things done. 

Cancer may have brought some excitement into your life. This season you are going to take what you want from life and make your own way. 

Cancer 2020 Horoscope (June 21 – July 22)

Following Gemini, the sign of excitement and discovery is Cancer. The Crab, the seventh sign of the Zodiac, is all about security, compassion and unconditional love. Maintaining relationships between friends, lovers and family is this sign’s priority. 

After the adventure that Gemini brought, think of Cancer as a return to home, something familiar and safe. Under this sign, take the time to check up on family, friends and everyone else close to your heart.  

Georgia 2020 Primaries Guide

Election season is gearing up once again with the approaching primaries. Prepare your eyes and ears for the onslaught of political ads and flyers that are sure to start ramping as we get closer to November.

Gemini 2020 Horoscope (May 21 – June 21)

Following conservative Taurus is Gemini, the social butterfly of the Zodiac. Now that you’ve got your foundations settled, it’s time to explore what the world has to offer you into June.

Nothing is ever boring under Gemini’s sign! It’s likely to bring highs and lows and more than a helping of adventure. But remember: Like all signs of the zodiac, Gemini is sure to bring change in your life. All the new things you’ll experience will benefit you in the long run.

Sexual Assault: What to know and expect if (and when) you go to court

Surviving sexual assault does not end at the hospital, especially if a victim decides to press charges. Should an individual decide to go to court, there’s information they should know. I sat down with Jude Claire Jason, a Dekalb county magistrate judge, to learn about how sexual assault cases might be handled in the courtroom. 

Taurus 2020 Horoscope (April 20 – May 20)

As the second sign of the astrological calendar, Taurus is the sign of stability and responsibility. After taking the world by storm in Aries, it’s time to buckle down and start prepping for success in Taurus.

Sexual Assault: What to do and expect when you go to a crisis center

It’s important for those impacted by assault, both victims and their loved ones, to know where and how they can get access to medical care and therapy. I sat down with Jasmine Gendry, a medical student,  to learn about what Crisis centers are and how they can help victims of sexual assault. 

Understanding Sexual Assault

Sexual assault is a crime that does not affect a single individual. Every day hundreds of people are affected by sexual assault or sexual violence. It affects all genders, ages and sexuality. 

Aries 2020 Horoscope (March 21 – April 19)

Aquarius and Pisces are the intuitive signs that saw you through emotional turmoil and growth. The last two seasons were about exploring the depths of your emotional intuition. Aries is pulling you in a different direction.

Aries is the head of the astrological calendar and signals that spring and new opportunities are their way! Now is the time to face the world head on, take the bull (or ram) by the horns, and put your best foot forward.

Pisces 2020 Horoscope (February 19 – March 20)

Last season was all about exploring intuition and taking chances. Pisces isn’t directing you away from your intuition and emotions but it is making an emotional journey that’s a little less bright and fantastic – a little more comfortable and in familiar boundaries.

The Difference between Tired and Burnt Out

Stress affects everyone differently. Sometimes, it’s great. A little bit of stress helps us focus, move a little faster and get our work done in a timely manner. More or less.
The problem is that we live in a culture of stress.

Aquarius 2020 Horoscope (January 22 – February 20)

Aquarius is an eccentric sign. While you’re taking the time to work on communicating with your intuition and your friends, don’t shy away from exploring whatever unusual things might come your way.

To Bank or Not to Bank: Digital Banking 101

Internet-only banks aren’t for everyone, even though they’ve been around since 2009. Depending on your needs, the pros may outweigh the cons, or vice versa.

If ICE ever came to Georgia

As a parent or guardian of an undocumented child, you need to know your child is guaranteed a public school education. It’s their civil right living in America. There is no constitutional amendment that states anyone, legally or illegally residing in the United States, has the right to an education in this country. There are, however, a series of amendments, laws, and supreme court rulings that protects the rights of anyone seeking a public school education.

The Actual Cost of Free College

Tuition-free college sounds like the solution to the problem of student debt, but these programs don’t take into account how it affects low-income students — or rather how it doesn’t help them at all.

A Few of Our Least Favorite Things​

As millennials, we continue to adapt to the places we live in.
It just so happens that doing what we do, when we consider our empty pockets and the chemicals we put in our homes, we’re destroying the America that Baby Boomers and corporations remember best.