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Three Lessons Beyoncé’s Renaissance Film Has Taught Me

As I walk into the movie theater, I am immediately drawn to the line of silver boots, shiny cowboy hats, and chrome fringe jackets entering the theater. The movie goers were dolled up for one occasion only: Renaissance. I, too, adhered to the unspoken dress code and wore a silvery sweater, along with my aunt (who is an avid Beyoncé fan as well).read more.

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Searching for Answers in Ava DuVernay’s Film ‘Origin’

Henrene Taylor was born in Mississippi to a Black woman and a white man in 1942, during the Jim Crow era. Due to the times, she and her siblings would call him dad in private. But, in public, they’d have to call him by his last name to not arouse suspicion that these children were his. Henrene was very fair-skinned with brown curly hair.… read more.

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Stretching Time with Rozi Plain’s Album ‘Prize’

There’s a kind of waking-dream quality to Rozi Plain’s Prize. Or perhaps, it’s a dreaming wakefulness.

It is the album cover draws me in first – Rozi, backdropped by lake water, her hat flying in mid-air. We don’t see the ground that she stands on, just the lake, her arms outstretched before her, though also mostly out of frame, making the gesture incomplete.… read more.

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Living at the Precipice: Sydney Sprague’s New Album

I knew I would love Sydney Sprague’s new album somebody in hell loves you before it came out, and I was right. 

Do you ever feel that way about records? You just know it’s going to be good? You just know it’s going to be exactly what you need, at the time when you need it? That’s exactly how I felt in anticipation of this album, and when it was finally out in the world, I certainly wasn’t disappointed. read more.

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Painting from Privilege: On Quality and Commodity

While complacently writing positive reviews of art shows or interviews with artists I liked, the Universe handed me a personal encounter as a painter. This encounter with an art dealer fueled an existing, suppressed frustration. My story exposes, or rather, elaborates on an ongoing discourse amongst art critics about the commercialization and mediocrity of quality in our Contemporary art market.… read more.

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‘Bottoms’ Lets Queer Girls Be Mean and It’s Awesome; Why Do I Care?

Bottoms (raunchy, gory, and R-rated-ly glorious) is not what I expected. I knew I had to write about it as soon as I saw the trailer for a teen comedy about two queer high schoolers who start an after-school fight club for girls. I had a plan: I would watch a list of iconic high school movies from the last 30-ish years (about as long as I’ve been alive) to clock what’s changed and what hasn’t.read more.

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