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Educate before it escalates: The fight for Sex Ed in Louisiana

Louisiana is home to the extravagant Mardi Gras celebrations. Gold and purple beads hang around individuals necks. Detailed masks decorated with sparkles and feathers conceal the identity of tourists from around the world. This is what some people picture when Louisiana is mentioned. According to Buzzfeed, “Louisiana’s middle and high schoolers have some of the […]

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Normal Weight Obesity: When Looks Can be Deceiving

In U.S. adults alone, more than two thirds of the population is overweight or obese. With higher rates observed in African-American women than Caucasian women and in the South than the North, obesity varies among demographics but remains a public health concern nationwide. Far less known, although sharing similar concerns, is a condition called normal […]

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The Youth Sports System Needs a Makeover

As the dangers of obesity have become more prevalent to Americans, we have consequently shifted to a more active way of living and healthier habits. This lifestyle has definitely translated to youth sports, as an estimated 45 million children and adolescents participate in them. [1] On the surface, this fact seems a pretty remarkable feat. […]

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Little Mix’s “Black Magic” fails to cast a spell

If Little Mix’s new single “Black Magic” is any indication of how this album cycle is going to sound, then this Mixer is bracing herself for potential disappointment. The British girl group’s single arrived Thursday, as a follow up to their 2013 release, Salute. After cancelling their US tour last year to continue work on their […]

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Christianity: a Renewal of Hope, Life and Freedom for African-Americans

With Easter finally having arrived, a renewal of life and good weather has finally arrived. Just as Jesus Christ rose from the dead, the flowers are now in bloom, the barren trees have sprouted new leaves and the warmth of the sun pounds the ground below from the sky. During Spring, we all give thanks […]

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A Woman’s Guide for (Straight) Dudes on OkCupid

Photo via OkCupid A woman’s guide for (straight) dudes on OkCupid, and maybe some insight for girls who are just now getting into the online dating scene. After being on OkCupid on and off for the last four or so years, I’ve seen enough horror to pass on a bit of inside knowledge. First of […]

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The Youth Sports System Needs a Makeover

As the dangers of obesity have become more prevalent to Americans, we have consequently shifted to a more active way of living and healthier habits. This lifestyle has definitely translated to youth sports, as an estimated 45 million children and adolescents participate in them. [1] On the surface, this fact seems a pretty remarkable feat. […]

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Fuller lips, Thinner face: Redesign of Disney princesses

When scrolling through pictures of Disney princesses, I was shocked by redesigns Disney came out with a few years ago. All the princesses in the picture wore sparkly dresses and many accessories. What stood out to me the most was the whitewashing of Mulan and Pocahontas.  Mulan’s face became narrower and her lips became fuller. […]

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No Longer the Sidekick: The importance of diversifying in the media

The personas of a math genius or a martial arts master are stock characters found in movies and television shows. These stereotypes are examples of roles that Asian actors and actresses receive. They are casted as sidekicks and never star as the leading protagonist. Fresh off the Boat is the first sitcom to star an […]

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Review: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

A cup of teenage awkwardness. A sprinkle of mediocre filmmaking. And a whole lot of insanely funny events. These ingredients make up the masterpiece that is Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews. The novel is narrated by Greg Gaines, a teenager who keeps a low profile at school and makes movies […]

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Educate before it escalates: The fight for Sex Ed in Louisiana

Louisiana is home to the extravagant Mardi Gras celebrations. Gold and purple beads hang around individuals necks. Detailed masks decorated with sparkles and feathers conceal the identity of tourists from around the world. This is what some people picture when Louisiana is mentioned. According to Buzzfeed, “Louisiana’s middle and high schoolers have some of the […]

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To the Person Who Really Actually Did Toss An Actual Lit Cigarette Out Their Car Window, in California

With the drought ever present, and little to no signs of it getting any better especially in Northern California, it leaves many of us wondering, “Did you seriously just toss a lit cigarette out your car window?” Seriously? No, really, “Did you actually just really really actually do that?” As if the hay colored hills […]

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Halsey Debuts Promo Track, Album Art for Badlands

Electropop artist Halsey may be busy on the festival circuit right now, but she took a moment to give a peek at her upcoming album, Badlands, which releases this fall. Badlands, which will release through Capitol Records, will be the artist’s debut full-length, following her critically acclaimed EP, Room 93. The album art, which was revealed on her […]

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REVIEW: twenty one pilots – Blurryface

“This is not rap, this is not hip hop, just another attempt to make the voices stop.” Twenty One Pilots is one of those bands that are hard to define, and their sophomore release, “Blurryface” is no different. After an incredible year with a sold out tour, an appearance on the MTV Movie Awards, followed […]

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Taking the L-Train Out: Free Agency Options for LaMarcus Aldridge in 2015

  Recently, rumors have been swirling around the Portland Trail Blazers’ LaMarcus Aldridge and his plans for the 2015 free agency. Some have anticipated his signing with the Los Angeles Lakers or the New York Knicks, both of which are huge markets. Others have predicted that Aldridge will return to Texas,the state he was raised […]

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The Blazers Team That Could Have Been

The title of this blog may be deceiving. The phrase “could have been” often carries negative connotations with it, namely those of wasted potential or disappointment. The Blazers franchise has been competitive in the NBA since it shipped off the last of its Jail Blazers. This blog also isn’t striving to say that the scenario […]

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Was Ubisoft the Worst Game Developer of 2014?

2014 was a rough year for gamers. A lot of games that were wrapped up in thick layers of anticipation failed to deliver. Among the more criticized game developers of 2014 was Ubisoft, a french video game firm which has produced the likes of Assassin’s Creed, Rayman, Peter Jackson’s King Kong, and Far Cry. 2014 […]

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Who Will Be 2015’s NBA MVP?

The 2014-2015 NBA regular season is nearing its end. With each game scratched off the schedule, speculation regarding the year’s MVP intensifies. The only thing that is given in this year’s MVP race is that Kevin Durant will not return to the podium. The current top four for the MVP this year are Stephen Curry, […]

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Predictions for the NBA Western Conference’s Playoff Teams

To prefix this blog, I would like to make not of the fact that all this information was gathered on March 6th. Considering the fact that NBA games are played practically every game of the season, these numbers will change as time goes on. With that in mind, here are my predictions for the Western […]

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Predictions for the NBA’s Eastern Conference Playoff Teams of 2015

To prefix this blog, I would like to make note of the fact that all the team stats were gathered on March 6th. Considering the fact that NBA games are played practically every game of the season, these numbers will change as time goes on. With that in mind, here are my predictions for the […]

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The Power of the N-Word

Although Allen Kingdom, a flame thrower, and the heavily censored version of Kanye West’s new song “All Day” were the main attractions at the Brit Awards last week, a bigger issue was resurfacing for the Chicago native and a majority of the hip-hop community. Images and video footage of Lionel Richie at the award ceremony […]

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Despite the drama, Miley Cyrus is all about the music

The twenty-year old pop star takes to Twitter to let fans know about her upcoming album and dismisses haters all in one fell swoop. While the former Disney princess hasn’t released an album since 2010’s Can’t Be Tamed, a day rarely goes by without a headline highlighting Miley Cyrus. Instagram photos, breakup rumors, and now […]