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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Leo Horoscope 2021 (July 23 – August 22)

Leo Horoscope 2021 (July 22 – August 22) It’s time to get moving and shaking! Cancer gave you plenty of time to sit and think about your next step. It’s time to put your plans

Cancer 2021 Horoscope (June 21 – July 20)

Cancer 2021 Horoscope (June 21 – July 22) It’s time to slow down and think. Gemini stirred up plenty of exciting new experiences but the time for outer exploration is over.  Treat this time as

The Bando: Community Service and Good Food

The Bando: Community and Food Combined Atlanta is Wing City. Anywhere you look, there’s a place with a unique twist to the city’s signature dish. Nestled in the West Ridge Shopping Center off of MLK

Gemini 2021 Horoscope (May 21 – June 20)

Get ready for change! Steady and dependable Taurus has set the foundation for exploration this season.

Expect life to get a little hectic. You’ll find ways to make your own fun and trouble. Treat this time as a learning experience for the future. Everything you encounter is going to help you navigate the future.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

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.

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.

Marriage: An Exposé Beyond the Ring

Though it’s often associated with pretty pebbles and weddings, marriage is a legal contract that promises–and obliges–you more.

After the Heartbeat (Bill): To Leave or Not to Leave

Republicans and Democrats have been fighting like cats and dogs over abortion rights for years. And once again, Hollywood steps into the fight. The latest in the struggle for abortion rights is the heartbeat bill.

Atlanta: A Hub for Geekdom

Comic books have completely taken over pop culture. Superheroes dominate the big and small screen. Avengers: Endgame was the biggest summer blockbuster of 2019 and Atlanta CW’s Arrow, which ends after season eight, is one of TVs most popular superhero shows.