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Playfulness & Pretend Light the Dark in ‘Our Dark Academia’ Poems

Chess pieces, a white queen and a white knight, in front of a sunset

Adrienne Raphel’s new poetry collection, Our Dark Academia, deftly blurs the lines between performance, play, and identity. Seemingly autobiographical and written throughout the “Pandemic years” (2020-?), the poems in this collection are delicately and surprisingly interwoven.

Motifs like an upcoming birthday, a lost piece of jewelry (a family heirloom), and an addiction to online shopping spiral throughout the poems.… read more.

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SOS: SZA’s Introspective Guide to Saving Your Own Life    

This is an emergency. Grammy-award winning artist SZA (Solána Imani Rowe) released her highly anticipated second album entitled SOS in December 2022. The project serves as the New Jersey native’s own form of a distress signal, even sprinkling Morse code throughout the record. SZA is clamoring to her audience, seeking asylum from her own turmoil.… read more.

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Academy Award Nominee Sarah Polley: Acclaim for ‘Women Talking’

Women Talking, a film written and directed by Sarah Polley, was just nominated for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay for the 2023 Academy Awards. The film is receiving much-deserved attention for the incredible story it tells. Of course, it was all made possible by Sarah Polley. 

Sarah Polley is well known for her directing projects, but her success began years before that.read more.

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Filmmaker Dawn Porter’s Docs Combine Empathy and Education

On this day in 2016, the timely and important documentary, Trapped, was released in theaters. Trapped was directed and produced by the brilliant documentary filmmaker Dawn Porter. 

Dawn’s directorial debut came out with a bang with the hard-hitting and critically acclaimed documentary, Gideon’s Army.read more.

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2022 MacArthur Fellows: Architect Amanda Williams

Six women artists are among 25 people selected by the MacArthur Foundation to receive prestigious 2022 MacArthur fellowships (known as ‘genius grants’) in recognition of their extraordinary creativity and promise to advance the future of their fields.

These six women whose pioneering work brings insight and inspiration — a literary historian, a plant ecologist, three musicians, and an architect — will each receive $800,000, a no-strings-attached award as an investment in their potential.… read more.

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Olivia Sterling Depicts Modern Racial Issues in Bright Colors

On the anniversary of the opening day of Olivia Sterling’s exhibition Yowl, we’re celebrating this important artist! 

Olivia is a British artist known for her hard-hitting messages delivered in a colorful, picture-book style. As a Black woman, she uses her art to address issues of race in the UK. Another signature element of her style is something you might not see right away; little letters ‘B’ and ‘W’, to symbolize the labeling and compartmentalizing of people of different skin tones that she observes. read more.

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