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5 Black Women Who Deserve Recognition

By Simone Soriano February (the shortest month of the year) is known for being Black History Month, but it is also Women’s History Month as well. While numerous black women deserve mention in this article, here are just five black women that deserve recognition. 1) Ida B. Wells (1862 – 1931) Long before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus, Wells refused to give up her seat on the train. When a gang of men forcibly removed her from the compartment, she later sued the company and won. Her most significant achievement was her anti-lynching journalism- documenting lynches down in the south and exposed them for the horrors that they were. 2) Marsha P. Johnson (1945 – 1992) Johnson was transgender, a drag-queen, and a significant player in the LGBT rights movement. Johnson helped led the Stonewall Riots of 1969 in New York when police officers raid the Stonewall Inn to arrest people for the grand crime of being Gay(Tm). 3) Bessie Stringfield (1911 – 1993) Beginning in the 1920s, Stringfield …

Flying Through Life with ‘Lady Bird’

Greta Gerwig and Saoirse Ronan in ‘Lady Bird’ (Photo Credit: LA Times) By Beatriz Garay Lady Bird deserves all four of its Golden Globe nominations and so much more. Lady Bird was released on November 3 and is the first film to get the highest score on Rotten Tomatoes – ever! It has been nominated for thirty-three awards across international platforms. I had the opportunity of attending a special screening of Lady Bird on Thursday, December 14 in Hollywood where the audience was able to converse with director Greta Gerwig and get an insight into her process for directing her film. Greta with her director of photography Sam Levy. (Photo Credit: Grace Hill Media)   The writing and the dialogue in the film are spectacular. This film is extremely relatable and authentic to the real, tough, and uncomfortable experiences teenagers go through in life. The film explores teenage struggles of fitting in and finding one’s identity, all while trying to keep a sane and moderately stable persona at home. Lady Bird is not your typical ‘Disney fairytale’ …

Fashion for all or the elite?

By Pauline Mikhail Pumpkin spice lattes, falling leaves, chilly weather, and cozy movies. Do you know what that means? Fashion week is officially upon us for the second time this year, and instead of Fall collections, the designers are showing off their new Spring collections, but, is it culturally appropriate or is the style for everyone to be able to wear? Fashion week is usually a fun and festive time but for the past couple of years, Fashion Week has shown us that if you are not gorgeous, slim, and white then celebrating its clothes is not for you – which usually includes the models. According to the Fashion Spot, “Spring 2018 was the most racially diverse New York Fashion Week in recent history. After examining 94 major New York shows and tallying 2,601 runway appearances, we found that 63.1 percent of castings were white and 36.9 percent were nonwhite. This is the first time that non-white models have accounted for this large of a percentage. Until now, the Fall 2016 season held the racial …

‘Equal Means Equal,’ Documentary About the ERA

By Estefani Alarcon When women gather and work together, magic happens. On Saturday, February 25th, “Never Turn Away a Woman” presented EQUAL MEANS EQUAL, a film by Kamala Lopez that educates Americans on the importance of equal rights under federal law for women. The film touches on the different issues women face such as domestic violence, sexual assault, homelessness, wage discrimination, poverty and the list goes on. These issues are not protected by the constitution for women. In the film, she connects all of these issues with one another and explains how this affects the future of women in the United States and across the globe. Lopez shared the stories of different women who have been victims of different crimes but their abusers are still free. Some of the cases presented on trial were dismissed and were evidence that women are not protected by the constitution. “When you have all of your rights given to you by laws they can be overturned by whoever happens to be in control of the white house and as …

Fashion and Politics: Influencers Share Their Thoughts on Political Climate

By Jessica Flores People visit fashion and lifestyle blogs to escape the realities of their lives but now people are curious in knowing what their influencers think about the political climate America is in. President Trump’s recent executive orders regarding immigration has inspired fashion influencers to speak out–many for the first time–about their political stance on their social media. Fashion blogger Indah Nur posted a photo on Instagram that said “I am the proud daughter of immigrants” with “Proud Indonesian #adaywithoutimmigrants #indonesian #javanese” as a caption. Marianna Hewitt from Life with Me blog also shared a post about her mother who came to America for a better life and if it weren’t for her, she wouldn’t be here. “I’m not even sure how to end this post or what to say, I just wanted to share the story of ONE immigrant who chose to come to this country with every good intention and love for the U.S. and how ONE person having the freedom and the chance to make a life here, here has changed …

‘Newsies’ Review

By Carsie Mendoza Musical theatre is a big part of my life. From the numerous original cast albums downloaded on my phone and computer to the varied assortment of memorable quotes from Broadway shows that serve as motivation. So when the live-recorded production of Newsies came out in select movie theaters February 16th, 18th, and 22nd, I knew that seeing it was a must. Newsies is a musical based on the New York paperboy strike in 1899 and deals with the harsh realities of that time when children were trying their best to survive by working for companies that had no concern for their well-being. Additionally, it covers something that is becoming ever more relevant in today’s society: the desire to have your voice be heard in a world ruled by elites that only have personal interests and the struggle to keep voices raised when everything is against you. Live-recorded productions of musicals, especially ones that have a huge following like Newsies does, can either be a hit or a miss. On the hit side, …

Jane the Virgin continues to break down barriers for women and Latinas everywhere

Written by Kimberly Aguilar, Staff Writer As Jane the Virgin takes on its third season, it continues taking on a “beautifully nuanced approach to women’s sexuality.” Magazines, such as Cosmopolitan, are naming it CW’s best show ever and it’s for all the right reasons. The show captures one of the greatest facts that television fails to portray: not all Latina characters are maids or women like Sofia Vergara. Our Los Angeles population consists of nearly 48% women and girls of Latina descent and they are also the youngest female ethnic group in California. Jane the Virgin tackles many issues Latinas face from their virginity to immigration, and the best part about it is that the show does not shy away from how vocal they want to be about it. Some of the best scenes take place in the midst of the crisis, which is usually when things unravel. In an episode where Jane Villanueva (played by Gina Rodriguez) finds out she is pregnant, her mother, Xiomara Villanueva (played by Andrea Navedo) asks her if having …

Millennial artists use Instagram to shine light on social justice issues

Written by Pamela Ardon, Staff Writer As social media continues to grow, Instagram has become the new media outlet for millennial artists to showcase their artwork. This new generation of artists is using their artwork to express their views on social justice issues that are often dismissed or ignored. In other words, museums and art galleries are not so much the first choice anymore. Artists (mainly from ages 18 to 25) use their Instagram accounts to shine a light on subjects through all creative platforms including music, literature, film, drawings, paintings, photography, and more. However, they are also pushing and challenging the boundaries that art industries have normalized. Ojo Agi, 24, uses her art to explore and address the issues of race, gender, and cultural identity. The Nigerian-born self-taught artist aspires to tell stories that people of color and any background can relate to. She challenges to break the “myopic lens where women of color are often portrayed,” as well as gain a deeper understanding of what beauty means to her. “I hope in viewing …