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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. 

The Strokes’ new single presents a promising start to their newest album

(02/19/20 3:01pm)

On Feb. 10, at the Bernie Sanders rally in New Hampshire, The Strokes announced the upcoming (April 10, to be exact) arrival of their newest album, “The New Abnormal,” and the release of a new single, “At the Door.” This is following their 2016 EP “Future Past Present” and their 2013 album “Comedown Machine.”

Sundance 2020: A conversation with the director and stars of ‘Luxor’

(02/08/20 5:00am)

Filmmaker Zeina Durra returned to Sundance this year with her newest film “Luxor,” starring  Andrea Riseborough and Karim Saleh. Set in Luxor, Egypt, the film chronicles the trauma of  Riseborough’s character, Hana, who is struggling to grapple with her past as a U.K. aid worker. As she rekindles her love with Saleh’s character, Sultan, and explores the city filled with forgotten memories, Hana begins to heal and process her experiences. 

‘Uncut Gems’ breathes new life into Adam Sandler’s acting career

(01/09/20 5:03am)

Adam Sandler is notorious for starring in bad films. From “Jack and Jill” to “Grown Ups,” it seems as though Sandler’s characters play into a modern form of slapstick comedy and poorly-done antics that almost never quite succeed. Rarely, in the past two decades of Sandler films, have audiences found a standout piece, one that shows the possibilities and depth of Sandler’s acting career. This year, with the release of “Uncut Gems,” Sandler has begun to show a new side of his career.

On the mystery of Agatha Christie and reshaping childhood heroes

(11/24/19 5:01am)

My house is filled with books. Bookshelves on bookshelves, stacks on stacks, basically every corner of the house stuffed to the brim with all the stories I grew up with. Yet my favorites were always the mysteries, enthralled by the unpredictability and terrifying plots with classic detective characters. From an early age, I was drawn to the shelves filled with my mom’s old “Nancy Drew” collection, our countless copies of “Sherlock Holmes,” and my personal favorite, Agatha Christie.

It’s time for the music industry to have a feminist revolution

(10/24/19 1:21am)

Over the last few years, the #MeToo movement — an international movement against sexual assault and harassment, born out of the Harvey Weinstein exposé and the abuse of an Olympic team coach — has made an evident impact on the film industry, working to root out the most dangerous in this creative realm. Intertwined with this movement and other social media based causes, cancel culture has provided a means to limit and control the influence of sexual abusers and other forms of assault on human rights.

Setting a new ‘baseline’

(10/10/19 4:00am)

Recently, I was having a conversation with a friend who asked if her baseline mental health was abnormal. This word “baseline” stood out to me. A baseline seems to me to be something so foundational to identity, a requirement for daily survival. It is the normal, the unaltered state of existence you occupy. And when this baseline is out of whack, it impacts every waking moment of your life.