Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Astrea Slezak Pop Culture & Sr. Politics Contributor

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CHARLES MINGUS: A PIONEER OF POLITICAL ACTIVISM IN MUSIC

Music can be an outlet of activism in almost any sense. Whether that be political activism or not, music is about storytelling, it is about singing the words that you may be too afraid to speak. Music provides a voice without the need to create the words. Finding a...

QUARANTINE IS NOT A WEIGHT-LOSS COMPETITION

INFLUENCER'S VERSION OF A AT HOME WORK As the COVID-19 quarantine reaches (hopefully) its last phases and “normal life” begins to resurface, it is interesting to look back upon the pressures of lockdown. Not only were these financial, but emotional as well. All it takes is a scroll through any...

DARING TO GO BARE: WEARING NO MAKEUP?

STOP WORRYING ABOUT WHAT'S ON MY SKIN In a society that idealizes unrealistic beauty standards, makeup is a way for women, young or old, to create a canvas on their skin. Sharp, contoured cheekbones shining with highlights that catch the sun are a girl's best friend. But why is this...

SUPERFOODS TO TRY AND LOVE

HEALTHY FOODS TO LOVE The search for a healthy diet that is compatible with a manageable lifestyle can be quite difficult. Diet fads come and go, and oftentimes they are not even worth the strain. Superfoods are an easy way to integrate nutrient-dense foods into a fun and flavorful diet....

WHY #ALLLIVESMATTER HASN’T ENDED RACISM IN AMERICA

UNDERSTANDING THE USE #ALLLIVESMATTER AND #BLACKLIVESMATTER HASHTAGS The hashtag #alllivesmatter has been gaining popularity on social media platforms continuously for years. Many have an issue with using #blacklivesmatter because they are under the misconception that #alllivesmatter is more inclusive. Swarms of posts on social media about this have been surfacing...

PRESIDENT TRUMP’S RESPONSES

CHRONOLOGY OF TRUMP'S RESPONSES TO FLOYD'S DEATH May 25: George Floyd dies while in police custody by Officer Derek Chauvin of the Minneapolis police.   May 26: Riots break out in Minneapolis.   May 29: President Trump tweets out about the riots in a post that is taken down soon after.     Calvin L. Horton Jr., 43,...

HIGH SCHOOL SWIMMERS ARGUE THEIR RIGHT TO TRAIN

CAN WE SWIM YET? A petition was launched in New Jersey by two high school sophomores in an attempt to sway Gov. Phil Murphy to reopen pools for competitive swimmers. The petition is currently on change.org and has been signed by 7,575 people. With a goal of 10,00, the students have clearly...

LUXE SPOTLIGHT: INTERVIEW WITH CLARENCE MCNAIR

SPOTLIGHT INTERVIEW “For space, this interview has been condensed and edited.” Clarence McNair, a recording artist-turned-author, is using his voice to spread happiness and help. McNair is a man who is passionate about helping those around him find their inner selves and grow through this self-actualization. He believes anyone can become...

THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN HEALTH AND BEAUTY

“A great figure or physique is nice, but it's self-confidence that makes someone really sexy." — Vivica Fox Your body is your home in this life. Treating it with care and respect is extremely important. There is a strong correlation between health and beauty that most people completely ignore or choose...

STATUS UPDATE: STATE PARKS DURING COVID-19

CAN WE GO OUTSIDE YET? During this pandemic, each state seems to be experiencing a completely different scenario. Some towns allow their residents to drive to popular walking areas whereas other towns issue fines for non-essential travel. A map was created by Unacast, a data mobility company, that allows viewers to...