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The feud between the Beatles and the Rolling Stones: Is it Real?

(10/25/21 6:00pm)

In a recent interview with David Remnick from the New Yorker, former Beatles frontman, Paul McCartney made the following comment: “I’m not sure I should say it, but they’re a blues cover band, that’s sort of what the Stones are. I think our net was cast a bit wider than theirs.” This statement follows a decades-long feud that has been given new fuel. Was the relationship between these two bands always rooted in competition? Or was this an imagined conflict forced into existence by the media and polarized fans?

Q&A: Rising synth-pop band Nation of Language talks new album and upcoming tour

(10/18/21 4:00am)

Nation of Language is transforming the indie-pop music scene with genre-bending pieces. The Brooklyn-based band is led by Ian Richard Devaney with his wife, Aidan Devaney, on synth and Michael Sue-Poi on bass. Their newest album, “A Way Forward,” inspired by the experimental Krautrock of the 1970s will be released Nov. 5.  

Q&A: Pauli Murray Center on new documentary "My Name is Pauli Murray"

(10/03/21 8:49pm)

Social activist, priest and attorney Pauli Murray has had a radical impact on modern notions of equality and social justice. Despite this, Durham native Murray is not the household name that Martin Luther King Jr. or Rosa Parks may be. But, the Pauli Murray Center and the new documentary, told in Murray’s own words, are trying to change that. 

Sagun and Carl Storm’s newest EP 'solitude' chronicles the challenges of artistry during a pandemic

(09/27/21 4:00am)

Many have expressed concern about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the arts. Yet, musicians Carl Storm and Sagun have shown the ways in which the pandemic can prompt new creations. Sept. 17, lo-fi Nepalese producer Sagun and Swedish artist Carl Storm released the four-track EP “solitude” coupled with an animated video featured on YouTube. Both artists worked on the EP remotely, separated by over 3,000 miles. Inspired by the distance, the video features Carl Storm in Sweden and Sagun in Nepal. Despite their separation, Storm and Sagun are united by their artistic collaboration, described in their press release as“sonically and lyrically intimate in nature.” 

SHEIN is She-Out: It’s time to question our consumption

(09/20/21 4:00am)

You know that brand? You know— the one that got into controversies over antisemitic and racist products, their use of child labor, their massively detrimental environmental impact, their general religious insensitivity and their repeated use of illegal reproductions of artists’ works for their products? Oh, wait: that doesn’t narrow it down.

Writing is the worst

(09/13/21 4:00am)

I hate writing. I hate the moment you look at a blank page, and suddenly, words are supposed to flow, as if by some magical force. I hate the emptiness staring back at me as nothing comes to mind. I hate the openness of writing, your inner thoughts suddenly being known. I hate being weighed down by ideas that cannot free themselves from my mind. I hate the feeling of imperfection, of being unable to find the right word to capture your feelings. I hate sitting in silence, typing random words just to fill the page and make some sort of progress. 

A history of murder in American media

(08/30/21 4:00am)

The United States has an obsession with murder. If you take a quick look at Netflix’s front page or any other streaming service, it becomes obvious from the most popular titles: “Making a Murderer,” “The Sons of Sam: A Descent into Darkness,” “Unabomber: In His Own Words,” “Night Stalker: A Hunt for a Serial Killer” and “The Ted Bundy Tapes” to name just a few. 

A love letter to the Beatles, who built my love for music

(06/07/21 4:00am)

When I was little, I watched the “Yellow Submarine” animated film on VCR until it practically fell apart. No, seriously – the VCR player would completely reject the movie. This is not to say that it is a good movie, certainly not by any stretch of the imagination. It is a drug-induced, hippy dream/nightmare lasting for a seemingly plotless ninety minutes. Regardless, it was foundational for my childhood. After every viewing, I would run around singing “Hey, Bulldog” and “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” for hours. I devoured every song in that movie like it was the last time I would ever hear it. 

10 fashion tips for summer 2021

(04/19/21 8:43pm)

With summer just around the corner and the idea of leaving our houses becoming more and more possible, it is time to think about non-pajama outfits. While we all already know that the hottest accessory for summer 2021 will be a vaccination, you will soon need to find the perfect look to accompany it. Let’s talk about the trend line-up for the upcoming season. 

Seeking life's formula

(04/15/21 7:32pm)

My favorite books are mysteries. My mom bought me one of my first mysteries when I was six or seven from a used bookstore near our house — “The Secret of the Old Clock” by Carolyn Keene. I absolutely devoured it. Yet, what started as a small Nancy Drew obsession has morphed into a collection of hundreds of mystery classics. Truman Capote, Agatha Christie, Carolyn Keene, Arthur Conan Doyle, Gordan McAlphine, Anthony Horowitz, John le Carré — each one of these writers has become foundational in my literary catalog. 

14th annual Feminist Theory Workshop continues the conversation online

(02/01/21 5:00am)

The Feminist Theory Workshop (FSW) will be having its 14th annual event throughout the month of March, inviting three scholars from around the country to share their cutting-edge research in the field. Unlike their past workshop events, which were held over the course of two days, it will be spread across three Friday afternoons, each highlighting a different speaker. 

Sallie Bingham redefines the life of Doris Duke and describes her impressive career in public talk

(10/14/20 6:46pm)

On October 6, 2020, feminist activist and writer Sallie Bingham read excerpts from her newest books “The Silver Swan: In Search of Doris Duke” and “Treason: A Sallie Bingham Reader.” The first book, in line with Bingham’s mission in founding the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture, catalogs the life of Doris Duke, the billionaire daughter of James Buchanan Duke. The second chronicles several of Bingham’s works throughout her career, including short stories, a novella and a play. 

How to be a Californian

(09/07/20 4:00am)

Everything you’ve heard about California is true. We do live on a diet of exclusively avocado toast and protein powder. We do carry ukuleles down to the beach to play Jack Johnson following a morning out on the water. We all personally know a Kardashian (or, at the very least, a Jenner). We do all have CrossFit memberships that we attend (and — more often — talk about) religiously. And there are people who unironically say words like ‘gnarly’ and ‘shred.’

'Animal Crossing' and coping with pandemic stress

(07/21/20 6:10am)

Our bodies have a unique physiological response to a threat. Animals will react through their sympathetic nervous system with an outpouring of cortisol, increasing blood pressure, circulation and a number of other hormones. In essence, our bodies are preparing to deal with a potential threat by either fleeing or fighting. But what does it mean for the body to be undergoing an acute stress response 24/7 for months on end? Excessive stress can lead to cardiovascular diseases, Cushing syndrome, heart attacks and strokes. 

‘Farewell Amor’ investigates the impact of family separation

(02/24/20 5:00am)

Standing open-armed in the JFK airport, Angolan immigrant Walter is reunited with his family after 17 years of separation. After such a long time apart, they have become strangers to each other, each learning to cope and adapt to the distance. “Farewell Amor,” the debut film of writer and director Ekwa Msangi, authentically captures the consequences of such a separation, one that tears apart the foundation of a family.