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Dear world, please let little girls grow up at a normal pace

Dear world, please let little girls grow up at a normal pace

Jacqueline Lamothe, Contributing Writer

September 20, 2020

Sex sells, no matter how much the world wants to deny its incurable desire for vices. The sexualization of the industry has always been at the forefront of controversy and contentment all at once by sexually-charged music and music videos, literature, film and other forms of entertainment. 

Review: The Umbrella Academy’s second season is even stronger than the first

Review: The Umbrella Academy’s second season is even stronger than the first

Mandi DeLong, Contributing Writer

September 12, 2020

The second season of the Umbrella Academy takes the best parts of the first season and builds on it. All of the siblings are given important character development throughout the season and grow both as individuals and as a family. A far cry from the distant and hurt siblings from the first season, the Hagreeves siblings are all given separate and unique plotlines that allow them to shine. Their development is all natural and leads to many heartwarming moments as they begin to heal from their respective traumas and find themselves as a family again.

Review: “Disclosure” documentary critically examines transgender representation in the media

“Disclosure” is essentially a reel of transgender film history supplemented with commentary by contemporary trans film industry workers like Laverne Cox, Sandra Caldwell, Lilly Wachowski and Yance Ford.

Ivy Marie Clarke, Arts & Culture Editor

August 22, 2020

“Disclosure” ultimately seeks to challenge trans representation by presenting harmful depictions alongside successful trans stars in the pursuit of awareness and positive change. 

Here’s what you should watch on Netflix during quarantine

Here’s what you should watch on Netflix during quarantine

Mandi DeLong, Staff Writer

April 13, 2020

During the current COVID-19 pandemic, people have been urged to stay in their homes and practice social distancing to help limit the spread of the virus. With the sudden isolation, many have been finding ways to distract and entertain themselves. If you’re struggling to find something to do during ...

How to nurture your relationships during a self-isolation period

How to nurture your relationships during a self-isolation period

Ivy Marie Clarke, Lead Arts & Entertainment Writer

April 13, 2020

Now more than ever, it’s important to stay in touch with your support systems, no matter the distance. Here are some ideas for how to bridge the gap.

Review: “Locke & Key” is another hit for Netflix

Review: “Locke & Key” is another hit for Netflix

Mandi DeLong, Staff Writer

March 31, 2020

With many twists and turns, intriguing characters, a compelling plot and stellar exploration of themes, “Locke & Key” should be your next Netflix binge watch.

“Love Is Blind”: The show we didn’t think we needed

“Love Is Blind”: The show we didn’t think we needed

Hunter Gause, Contributing Writer

March 25, 2020

Would you be able to fall in love with someone and commit to them, without seeing them? Netflix’s newest hit show, “Love Is Blind,” gave the term “blind date” a whole new meaning and pushed the boundaries of finding love.

Review: ‘The Circle’ sparks conversations about gender, sexuality and identity online

Review: ‘The Circle’ sparks conversations about gender, sexuality and identity online

Emily Rose Thorne, Digital Editor

February 25, 2020

At first glance, the show seems like it wants to warn viewers of the dangers of social media, but the players’ disdain for catfish reveals the deeper message: even online, people want to see real, authentic humans and forge connections with them.

Review: The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance contains a slow beginning but solid ending

Review: The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance contains a slow beginning but solid ending

Mandi DeLong, Contributing Writer

September 26, 2019

One of the most unique things about the series is the use of puppets instead of actors or CGI. It is a very uncommon medium to use for an entire show that isn’t directed towards children.

Review: Russian Doll is an intense hit for Netflix

Starring Natasha Lyonne, Charlie Barnett and Yul Vazquez, Netflix show

Mandi DeLong, Staff Writer

April 10, 2019

Full disclosure: I was incredibly hesitant to review this show in fear of just not getting it. The trailers definitely portrayed a very “mindscrew” view and other reviews I read marked it as a very thought-provoking show. However, I was very pleasantly surprised upon watching that while it’s definitely...

Fuller House’ satisfies ’90s nostalgia

Fuller House

Justin Baxley, Sports Editor

March 16, 2016

The opening song plays, and instantly I am back in my childhood bedroom watching late night reruns again. Except for the first time since 1995, it's not a rerun. “Fuller House” is the purest form of concentrated nostalgia. Netflix brought back the hit show of from the 80s and 90s. And it does no...

Aziz Ansari dazzles in new project, “Master of None”

Aziz Ansari shines in the Netflix original series,

Katie Atkinson, Staff Writer

January 27, 2016

Best known for his role as Tom Haverford in “Parks and Recreation,” Aziz Ansari has since traded in small town Pawnee, Indiana for the big apple in his newest project, “Master of None”— a delightful comedic series in which he truly shines. Ansari plays the lead role of Dev Shah, a 30-year-old actor who...

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