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KANYE WEST’S PRESIDENTIAL RUN: HOAX OR HERO?

In the latest addition to the disturbing game of Mad Libs that is 2020, Kanye West is running for president. On July 4th, the rapper-cum-fashion designer-cum-media mogul posted the announcement to Twitter, quickly gaining over one million favorites. West first planted the seed of a presidential run at the 2015 Video Music Awards, during an…

DIVERSITY IN THE ART WORLD: WHERE ARE WE AT NOW AND WHAT’S BEING DONE?

As long as the art world has been bastion for self-expression and radical system-challenging, the structures that make it up have often been exclusionary and narrow-minded. Part of the work of the current fight against injustice is to examine the country’s most enduring fixtures- like art museums- and force the systemic hang-ups that’s baked into them…

A BRIEF HISTORY OF JUNETEENTH AND WHY WE MUST RECOGNIZE IT AS A FEDERAL HOLIDAY

Across the country, Juneteenth, a national holiday immortalizing June 19, 1865, the day on which all enslaved people in Texas were freed, has seen a recent public resurgence. Following the police killings of Black citizens Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, amongst others, and subsequent worldwide protests, our country has placed a renewed emphasis on the…

LGBTQ+ VICTORY: SUPREME COURT RULES AGAINST JOB DISCRIMINATION BASED ON SEXUAL ORIENTATION & GENDER IDENTITY

For as far as we as a nation have come concerning LGBTQ+ rights, it is worth remembering that there is still much work to be done. For years members of the community fought for the right to even publicly exist amongst tormentors and violence, issues of transgender people’s rights to use the bathroom they feel most comfortable…

WHAT HAS PROTESTING ACCOMPLISHED SO FAR?

We are on the verge of a revolution. In response to the killing of George Floyd by police, amongst many other incidents of police brutality against Black people like the killings of Breonna Taylor and David McAtee, protests have been staged across the country and by extension the entire world, to fight the systemic racism…

A REVOLUTION IN HASHTAGS: THE HISTORY OF #BLACKLIVESMATTER, #SAYHERNAME, AND WHY #ALLLIVESMATTER IS OFFENSIVE

The important conversations about police violence and systemic racism happening right now are happening around hashtags. This isn’t a new phenomenon, #MeToo has become shorthand for the movement against workplace sexual harassment, but in the days since George Floyd’s murder, a critical mass of social media content has seemed to mobilize around a few slogans,…

LET’S TALK ABOUT TIKTOK’S RISE TO THE TOP

TikTok is no longer just for your thirteen-year-old cousin. It’s on the minds of pop culture’s heaviest hitters, even the Queen Bee, Beyoncé. When the video sharing app launched in 2018, its main appeal was a quick cycle of virality which rewarded original content from no-name creators. Everyone got their fifteen seconds of fame. But…

GRETA THUNBERG CONTINUES ACTIVISM AMIDST CORONAVIRUS CRISIS

It is no secret that 17 year old Greta Thunberg, is a powerful, strong young woman. She has single-handedly led a worldwide movement, including marches in over 200,000 cities regarding climate change. Now, she is adding to her list of passions by launching a new campaign called, Let’s Move Humanity for Children in the Fight…

COMPANIES + BRANDS JOIN THE BATTLE TO FIGHT COVID-19: LVMH, GM, SIRIANO, AND MORE

With the global death toll reaching over 33,000 and medical, health, and safety supplies quickly diminishing, many companies worldwide have started conducting ways to combat the Coronavirus pandemic. LVMH of France has spearheaded the movement with their efforts being heavily highlighted in the media. This mecca of a company was the first to announce, over…

CORONAVIRUS AND ITS IMPACT – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Embed from Getty Images Preventative Measures in NYC, Courtesy of Getty Images. As of today, there have been more than 121,000 people infected with Coronavirus (COVID-19), of which roughly 4,000 have died. Majority of those who have been infected, or have died, still remain in mainland China. However, this has become a global issue. Italy…

HARVEY WEINSTEIN: A CONVICTED RAPIST

February 24, 2020 will forever mark a monumental day for sexual assault survivors and women everywhere. Monday morning, Harvey Weinstein was found guilty of a criminal sex act in the first degree, and rape in the third degree against Mimi Haleyi and Jessica Mann. Yet, this trial signified much more than just a verdict. It…

SMITHSONIAN TO OPEN WOMEN’S HISTORY MUSEUM

In 2018, 103 women were elected or re-elected to the House of Representatives. Many refer to this as “The Year of the Woman” due to its record breaking numbers. Among these powerful women is Carolyn Maloney, Democratic Representative of New York. She is, and has been, spearheading the movement of establishing a Women’s History Museum…

A STUDENT’S RESPONSE TO SARAH LAWRENCE COLLEGE’S SEX CULT SCANDAL

Early Tuesday morning, Lawrence “Larry” Ray was arrested in his New Jersey home on an array of charges, including sex trafficking, extortion, and forced labor of Sarah Lawrence College students dating back to 2010. The New York Times released an article Tuesday following the arrest, in which they highlighted the gruesome and upsetting details that…

VIRGINIA ATTORNEY GENERAL FILES SUIT FOR RATIFICATION OF THE EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT

The final three states to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, Nevada, Illinois and Virginia (which ratified January 15, 2020) filed suit against U.S. Archivist David Ferriero on January 30th demanding he certify the ratification of the amendment. Under Article V of the Constitution, it takes three quarters of the country – 38 states – to…

NATIONAL ARCHIVES BLURRED CRITICISM OF TRUMP IN A WOMEN’S MARCH PHOTOGRAPH

A bevy of powerful placards and slogans hovered over streets around the country last weekend at the Women’s March 2020, continuing a tradition that had begun in 2017 as a response to the election of the 45th President of the United States. And while “Trump Is Not My President” remains a perennial theme, the march…

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE CHARGES AGAINST JEFFREY EPSTEIN

High-powered financier Jeffrey Epstein, who has a history of friendships with Donald Trump, Leslie Wexner and essentially every other powerful man in Palm Beach, Florida, has been accused by federal prosecutors of trafficking dozens of minors between 2002 and 2005. According to the indictment, Epstein used his immense fortune and connections to "create a vast…

INTERNATIONAL ANTI-SACKLER PROTESTS RAISE QUESTIONS ABOUT CONTROVERSIAL ART FUNDING

Protesters travelled to Paris and demanded The Louvre Museum no longer bear the name of a family they feel is complicit in the opioid epidemic: the Sackler family. The Sacklers are a British-American family primarily known for founding and owning the massive pharmaceutical company, Purdue Pharma. While many large pharmaceutical companies have come under fire…

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