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Lena Waithe and Unremarkable Black Art

While I could commend “Twenties” for its groundbreaking representation of queer Black womanhood, I prefer to not praise the show solely because of the gaps it fills.

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The Purge

Graffitied murals, overgrown weeds, cracked support pillars, and displaced residents lie below the trail. A closer inspection of the scene reveals the harsh reality of the 606 and other public projects that indirectly trigger gentrification.

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Three Little Birds: Yared’s Inspiration From Above

This story takes us to the center of the Yaredian and one might say Ethiopian philosophy of music. It tells us that music does not come from within us, but reveals itself through us after descending from on high.

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Arquitectura Mexicana

I was 15 when I first visited my homeland for the first time. My mother’s stories and media like “Coco” had familiarized me with aspects of my Mexican culture, but this didn’t compare to seeing it in person.

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‘The Effect’ Preview: ‘Love, Drugs, and Ethics’

“The Effect,” running Nov. 10 through Nov. 13 at the Loeb Ex, follows two volunteers in a clinical trial who fall in love. It aims for realism and an immersive, thought-provoking experience.

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Picturing the Past and Future — The Resurgent Importance of Nadav Kander’s Journey Along the Yangtze River

Kander implies that photography is a poor means of objectivity, preferring to use it to interrogate the world’s emotional depths.

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The Call to Adventure

There isn’t a better metaphor in the world for overcoming obstacles and ascending from melancholic depths than climbing a mountain. Or seven of them.

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Jude

The lock clicked from down the hall, signaling to Jude that it was Monday and his girlfriend was back from her trip.

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Issa Rae Frees Black Women From The Restraints of Respectability

“Rap Sh!t” is not concerned with racial uplift or respectability. It is a refreshingly real representation of the absurdities and contradictions of being an aspiring rapper, of survival, Miami, and girls from the hood.

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Corazón

Referencing my family's roots, this still life depicts aspects of the typical Argentinian meals I grew up savoring.

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Sierra

Sierra was staring at the ceiling, hands folded across her chest, thinking about tomorrow.

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Illustration by Elana R. Lane, computer science and design student at Northeastern University.

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When I Talk About Anime, I Am Talking About Time

When rewatching a favorite, I can recall distinctly the landscapes and people, the anxiety and aspirations, that marked the period I first watched it in. Anime has become an accidental way of assembling a chronology of my past.

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Hayao Miyazaki’s Visions of Return

Many of the most iconic scenes from the animator’s extended repertoire are ones that involve transformation.

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An Unlikely Cubicle

At Harvard, we push them down deep, transcending their tragedies of inaccess through our relentless resourcefulness. But through our hard work and creativity, our not-a-moment’s hesitation to grasp at any opportunity that comes our way, we have the courage at moments like these to reflect. And to reach back.

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