Arlo Parks: Voice of a Generation

Featured Image: Clash Magazine Arlo Parks has a notably gentle voice. In a striking way, it is pretty, soft, and rather captivating. With two EPs in her discography and several singles, the London-based singer has recently seen her popularity grow with some great musical achievements. In August, she performed her most recent single ‘Hurt’, which…

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Netflix Rom-Coms and Their Love For Problematic White Boys

Featured Illustration: Annabelle Klein *Note: This piece contains spoilers for the following films: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and The Kissing Booth 1+2. . . . Two years ago, the world of young adults was shaken with the arrival of the film adaptation of To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. The gorgeous colour…

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Reclaiming the Reel: Australian Indian Actress Ria Patel is Writing Her Own Roles

Growing up as a Gujarati Indian in Australia, Ria Patel often felt like an outsider. During her studies at the New York Film Academy, she began to utilize her unique identity to inspire her work. Now, as an award-winning actress and writer, Patel is a force to be reckoned with. The films she creates commonly…

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Daniela Andrade: Reclaiming Identity Through Music

“Blue and white colors burn / Right through my eyes” are the lyrics of Canadian Hondureña Daniela Andrade’s single “Gallo Pinto” from her EP Tamale that poetically, and with pride, invoke the colors of the flag of her motherland and roots that tie her to her Latin American identity. Andrade first began her musical career…

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The Representation of Female Superheroes in Hollywood Movies

Featured Image: MovieMania The representation of superheroes in movies has been questioned by audiences and critics for a long time. The stereotypes, unattainable body standards, and use of certain characters have shaped the way moviegoers perceive these characters. Perhaps the biggest concern for people about these movies is the way female superheroes are represented, and…

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On the Music Industry: Interview with Mia Van Allen, Founder of Color of Music Collective

Featured Illustration: Abbie Winters Color of community, Color of pride, Color of diversity, Color of empowerment. Color of Music Collective. Tell your story.  George Floyd and Breonna Taylor are more than ghosts and remnants of a social media trend and have proven to be an important catalyst in the Black Lives Matter Movement. This has…

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Interview with Award-Winning Film Director Viktoria I.V. King: Black Lives MATTER

Featured Image: IMDB It has been nearly 100 days since the death of George Floyd sparked worldwide protests, both in outrage of the system that has repeatedly failed to protect the rights of the people and in solidarity with those fighting for their voices to be heard. Although the news coverage for Black Lives Matter…

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How Idol Dramas Changed the 21st Century Asian Media Landscape

In many ways, media is a reflection of the world we live in and the cultures with which we surround ourselves. One important piece of this reflection is television, where episodic works are presented in people’s living rooms around the world, shaping daily conversations and, in some cases, redefining an entire media landscape. In Asia,…

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“Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen”: A Closer Look at Hollywood’s Depiction of Transgender Lives

Popular culture is a crucial source we constantly draw from to configure our perception of self and others. This makes looking at projected narratives from a critical standpoint of the utmost importance, as media portrayals can be just as empowering and enlightening as they can be detrimental and misleading. Our dependence on the media to…

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