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Exploring a New Terrain

Maria Collins, Guest Writer April 15, 2021

In a matter of days, the concept of an audience shifted from 250 people placed in neat rows of velvet-covered chairs, breathing the same air as performers perched upon the stage, to a limitless number...

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The Importance of Young Adult Fiction and The Hunger Games Era

Rayiah Ross, Staff Writer April 14, 2021

*Includes commentary about each movie, so spoiler warning if you've never seen them… But if you haven’t seen them, go watch them right now! This article will still be here when you’re done. The...

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What are True Relationship Goals…?

Myah Lake, Guest Writer April 13, 2021

Throughout our social media outlets, we often romanticize celebrity relationships like Beyonce and JayZ, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, Justin Bieber and Hailey, Saweetie and Quavo, et cetera. But as the...

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Live Shows From the Safety of Your Home

Maria Collins, Guest Writer April 12, 2021

Five musicians sit in a V-shape formation, hands wrapped around guitar necks and drumsticks, eyes peering down at frets and cymbals; they play their opening notes and a subtle, uniform head rock takes...

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MMC’s Women in Leadership Panel

Averee Nelson, Digital Managing Editor April 9, 2021

Every March, the United States recognizes the achievements and contributions women have made to our society, culture and overall history that have often remained invisible to the mainstream narrative...

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Why People Hate Your Sign

Alyssa Rosado, Astrology Reporter April 8, 2021

You’ve probably overheard, or even had conversations yourself, about astrology once in your life. They typically start out by asking what sign the other person is and somehow end in a tangent on how...

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American Horror Story: Inspired by Real-Life Events

Najla Alexander, Staff Writer March 25, 2021

American Horror Story, the very popular anthology horror TV series created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchukl, has a total of nine seasons on Netflix and is currently filming the tenth. Throughout all...

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Don’t Cancel Your Subscription Just Yet

Sanobia James, Guest Writer March 23, 2021

On Friday, March 5th AMC theatres reopened in NYC (The anticipation I felt as I stood at the entrance of the 86th Street AMC theatre was killing me). The movie theatres in New York City had been closed...

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Ginny and Georgia: The Problem With All-White Writing Rooms

Ginny and Georgia is one of the newest and hottest Netflix TV series of this month. The story revolves around a young mom of two children navigating life, learning and growing from their mistakes while...

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Happy Astrological New Year!

Alyssa Rosado, Astrology Reporter March 19, 2021

Has the beginning of your 2021 unprogressive or as much of a fresh start as you would have liked it to be? No worries, you have a second chance come March 20th when the Sun moves from the last sign...

July 2019: The Marìas’ concert at The Bowery Ballroom. Prior to COVID-19, audience members could stand mask-less, shoulder-to-shoulder with strangers. Photo by Maria Collins.

Life Without Live Music

Maria Collins, Guest Writer March 18, 2021

Doors open at seven o’clock ... line starts forming at six o’clock. Metal barricades provide inanimate direction for crowds to form a snaking queue along the city sidewalks. In icy winter weather,...

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The New Age of Children’s Toys: A Step Towards Representation For All

Najla Alexander and Rayiah Ross March 15, 2021

In 1959 the first Barbie doll, named after inventor Ruth Handler’s daughter Barbara, came onto the market with soaring popularity now for over 55 years. The original Barbie consisted of one body type,...

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