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APOLOGY VS. PUBLICITY

CELEBRITY APOLOGIES While 2020 has been an adjustment for us all, one thing that remains the same is public figures’ need to issue a good, old-fashioned apology. A major change is currently sweeping across the globe with the fight for justice heightened more than ever, and as a result, celebrities...

JARI JONES’ REVOLUTIONARY BEAUTY

Jari Jones’s success as Calvin Klein’s newest model is the perfect intersection of marginalized identities finally being recognized for their true beauty. Jones, a Black, plus-sized trans woman, is being proudly displayed on a major fashion label’s billboard for the mainstream public to behold. From this momentous achievement arose...

SPOTLIGHT INTERVIEW WITH WFLA WOMENS PRO FOOTBALL PLAYER : SONFRE ROBERSON

WOMEN IN SPORTS Good afternoon Sonfre, first introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about your background in sports. My name is Sonfre Roberson. I have some hobbies, I’m a drummer. I’ve been drumming since I was 13 years old. But as far as football is concerned, I started in...

WHAT TAYLOR SWIFT’S ‘FOLKLORE’ MEANS TO QUEER FANS

A MUSICAL ANALYSIS AND REVIEW Earlier this summer, Taylor Swift dropped her eighth album with only a day’s notice. ‘Folklore’ seems to take Swift a few steps back to her country roots and away from the mainstream pop of her past few albums. Made entirely during isolation, Swift describes ‘Folklore”...

MEN ARE AFRAID OF HIRING AND PROMOTING WOMEN

ANOTHER HURDLE IN THE #METOO MOVEMENT According to a recent study, fewer women are being hired for jobs that require more interaction with men. Kim Elsesser from Forbes says “The new study found a shocking 21% of men and 12% of women, report they are personally more reluctant to hire...

SEPTEMBER COVER MODEL: AKIRA ARMSTRONG

BRANDEE J: We are so excited to have you as our September Cover Model! For the readers who do not know who you are, please tell them who is Akira?  AKIRA: To the readers who do not know who I am let me re-introduce myself (wink). My name is Akira...

BALLROOM CULTURE

APPROPRIATION VS APPERICAION “I’m so into voguing right now.” When Vanessa Hudgens said these words while a guest judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race, she created a ripple felt throughout certain populations of the queer community. Almost instantly, Hudgens received backlash for her comment. Was Hudgens paying homage to queer culture? Or...

THE beResonant CAMPAIGN

A MODERN FASHION REVOLUTION  The original definition of the noun resonance is said to be a sound that is deep or heavy. However, the word has other uses beyond sound. For example, another definition of the word resonance is to produce an emotional attachment which is something that many companies...

THE AFROCENTRIC ARTISTRY OF ‘BLACK IS KING’

A FASHION REVIEW  Beyoncé’s Black is King is a visually stunning masterpiece that venerates various African cultures in all their distinct majesties. This glorious celebration of black innovation and triumph was an impeccable synthesis of Beyoncé’s legendary vocal prowess and lavish costume designs, the latter eliciting discussions about the garments’...

FASHION IN EARLY 2000s MUSIC VIDEOS

A TIMELINE OF LEGACY AND INFLUENCE The early 2000s were a glorious celebration of Hip Hop and R&B, the airways dominated by crunk and masterfully-crafted R&B albums. The effects of such an influential epoch of music can still be felt in modern music videos, particularly in the wardrobe. A...