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When people ask me why I write, I tell them it’s because that’s the only way I know how to make sense of the world. When people ask me what poetry means to me, I tell them it’s family. Poetry, and especially slam poetry, has long been a cathartic form of expression and an emotional release for many poets that I’ve run into in my time at open mics and other poetry events.
Former Rep. Katie Hill (D-Calif.) made history by being one of the first openly bisexual woman in Congress. Recently, she had to step down due to a revenge porn scandal because, according to The New York Times, intimate pictures of Hill surfaced on a number of platforms online.
Witches, werewolves, demons and your neighborhood ghosts are coming out to play this Halloween. Traditionally, if you thought about what an American “demon” or demonic figure would look like, you’d probably be thinking of the scarecrow with the pitchfork.
Media companies and those in power have used the internet, the news cycle and their print platforms to further their own personal and political agendas over preserving the integrity of information and the truth, time after time.
I remember one of my professors in my journalism classes telling us that the first thing we have to do in order to succeed in the course is to get a subscription for The New York Times.
When I was walking home from one of my classes, I decided to stop and smell the roses. It felt like any other summer night as the cool breeze forced its way into my lungs, helping me to breathe a little deeper. Everything would’ve been perfect until the realization that summer weather is still here and it’s the end of September hit me.
Before I moved to make any decision in life, my brain was wired to first analyze what would people think if I did X, Y and Z. I’d let this concept of “what will people say” hold me hostage for most of my life and to this day, I work toward unlearning that.
When I asked my mother what she remembered from Sept. 11, 2001, she tried not to swallow her words. Her tone changed, and even over the phone, I knew this was a difficult day to remember.
A decade is defined by its popular culture at the time. The 1980s were musically defined by artists like Michael Jackson, Madonna and Prince. But there are hidden gems, events and forces in every decade that many don’t know about. People overlooked and still don’t fully realize the massive impact of one of the most influential albums of the decade, which came near the end: Public Enemy’s “Fear of a Black Planet.”
The Rutgers Institute for Women’s Leadership, Department of Women and Gender Studies and Rutgers School of Communication and Information came together to host a phenomenal event last night at Alexander Library on the College Avenue campus. Renowned author and scholar Sarah Banet-Weiser discussed her latest book, “Empowered: Popular Feminism and Popular Misogyny.”
The Muslim Feminists for the Arts hosted an Artist Career Panel on Tuesday, April 16 at the Kathleen W. Ludwig Global Village Living Learning Center on Douglass campus. The event included a guest panel of three Muslim artists that taught the attendees various skills from how to make your own web-series to the basics of Arabic calligraphy. When I walked into the room, I felt a candid and amicable atmosphere wash over me. People laughing, talking and encouraging each other to eat made me feel welcomed.
“Did you hear me?”
A line of people wearing black suits, with their hands stuck to their sides, slowly lifted their arms in unison while the music transitioned from the ending of one song to the first ambient whispers of the next in Solange’s musical film: “When I Get Home.” The compelling visual was the beginning of the segment for her song “Almeda” in the musical film. The short film accompanied the release of her latest album, also entitled “When I Get Home,” on March 1.
This past Tuesday, the federal government lost another effort to unravel AT&T’s billion-dollar merger with Time Warner that was officially announced in June of 2018. Merger mania has plagued the telecommunications industry as service providers are seeking to heavily expand their consumer bases and put out quality content at the same time. This historic merger between AT&T and Time Warner is already on its way to reshaping the media industry from the inside out.
Scrolling down your newsfeed, you might be amazed at how many people agree with your latest post. You feel seen, even if just for a second. You feel understood. Your online world is yours alone. With the touch of a button, you don’t have to see anything you don’t want to. Having the option to customize your newsfeed and timeline is important, and it creates a virtual world of comfort.