Charlene Haparimwi

Charlene Haparimwi

Chicago based freelance writer.

I've done freelance writing for HelloGiggles, Huffington Post, Seventeen & Hooligan Mag about intersectional feminism, fashion + beauty, and positive news stories. Email:

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The Huffington Post

Tomorrow is My Turn: A Look at Women of Color in Folk Music, Past and Present | The Huffington Post

2017 has already been a big year for women in folk music, particularly women of color. The legendary Joan Baez was recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last month. Baez is one of only three women that ever have been inducted, after Linda Ronstadt and Joan Jett.

When asked about her induction Baez said,

“I never considered myself to be a rock ’n’ roll artist. But as part of the folk music boom, which contributed to and influenced the rock revolution of the ’60s, I am proud that some of the songs I sang made their way into the rock lexicon.”

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The Huffington Post

Body Positivity and Diversity in Yoga

When one looks at the magazine covers of yoga journals, where yoga studios are prevalent or the type of people that frequently talk about their love of yoga what comes to mind? Yoga has a stereotype of being a practice only done by young, slim, wealthy, white women but that is simply not the case. Yoga is and should be an inviting space to all kinds of people, regardless of size, shape, race, gender, ability, sexual orientation or religious affiliation. There are many inspirational women who are breaking barriers, opening doors and creating inclusive spaces for those who might not have thought yoga was for them. Curvy women, women of color, differently abled women and LGBTQIA folk are showing us that anyone can do yoga if they put their mind to it.

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The Huffington Post

How a $10 Care Package Can Help the Homeless

Whether you live in a large city or a rural area you are likely to encounter someone of the homeless population. Whether it is a homeless teen or veteran, a homeless senior, young adult or even a family it can tug on your heartstrings to want to open your wallet and give them a few dollars. Though this may help for a short while there is something even simpler and more beneficial you can do: create mini care packages to give out to the homeless when you encounter them.

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The Huffington Post

Dustin from Stranger Things is Also A Broadway Star!

Gaten Matarazzo is one talented and humble thirteen year old. From starring as the adorable but wise Dustin on Stranger Things to taking Instagram selfies with his new legion of fans there is nothing that Matarazzo can’t do.

Which is why it is no shock that before he became a Netflix star he was actually a Broadway star! He played the equally lovable Gavroche in the 2014 New York revival of Les Miserables. Theater geeks unite! During that summer instead of going to the beach or baseball games with his friends he would take a bus from his South Jersey home to Manhattan for day long rehearsals and nightly performances. Talk about dedication.