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Shared Shelves

Shared Shelves

Maggie Moore, Contributing Writer

November 7, 2018


Filed under Culture, Home Scroll

A study of history provides background and perspective for current events, allowing us to better determine our own politics and make us better citizens. Dr. Robert Bland is a proponent of this theory. As a history professor at St. John’s University, Bland’s work focuses on African American st...

“Writing Under the Influence” Brings Writers Together

“Writing Under the Influence” Brings Writers Together

Megan McCarthy, Contributing Writer

November 7, 2018


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Hidden away between a local deli and a tiny Chinese food restaurant lies the mysterious, unique and quaint bar called “The Keep” in Ridgewood, Queens. It is at this antique-themed bar that the writing meetup group “Writing Under the Influence” congregates every Tuesday evening at 7:30 pm fo...

“The Hate U Give” Gives Power Beyond The Page

“The Hate U Give” Gives Power Beyond The Page

Amber Borden, Staff Writer

November 7, 2018


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“THUG LIFE.” Rapper Tupac Shakur explained this acronym as, “The Hate U Give Little Infants F---- Everybody,” compartmentalizing the cyclical sins of societal violence. This is something we, especially in America, know all too well. “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas took this philosop...

“Suspiria”: A Fresh Take on Horror classic

“Suspiria”: A Fresh Take on Horror classic

Asia Cureton, Contributing Writer

November 7, 2018


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Despite its runtime of two hours and 32 minutes, “SUSPIRIA” managed to hold my attention throughout its entire duration. The film’s director, Luca Guadagnino, known for his recent film, “Call Me By Your Name,” which garnered critical acclaim last year. In “Suspiria,” Guadagnino succe...

Moments & Movements

Moments & Movements

Destinee Scott, Staff Writer

November 7, 2018


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When girls see themselves reflected on-screen in superhero films and television shows, they are more likely to gain confidence and envision themselves in leadership roles, a new study by the Women’s Media Center and BBC America confirms. The study “Superpowering Girls,” which has been studying fem...

The Trip of the Century

November 7, 2018


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An American man walking on the moon in 1969 was a tremendously pivotal moment in the history of the United States. This event is also the theme of the new film “FIRST MAN,” which brings Ryan Gosling and director Damien Chazelle together again after their success on 2016’s “La La Land.” ...

“The Future of Sports”: A Modern Way to Play

“The Future of Sports”: A Modern Way to Play

Crystal Simmons, Contributing Writer

November 7, 2018


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The world of sports fosters relationships amongst various types of people around the globe. Athletics forges a camaraderie between fellow sports lovers and has an unspoken language all its own. But what happens when art is thrown into the mix, and how could this affect the way various people interact...

Moments & Movements: Celebrities’ Influence on Voter Registration

Moments & Movements: Celebrities’ Influence on Voter Registration

Destinee Scott, Staff Writer

October 24, 2018


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Taylor Swift, known for being reluctant to voice her political opinions, recently broke her silence and encouraged fans to register to vote, resulting in a huge voter registration turnout. On Oct. 7, the singer-songwriter announced that she would be voting for Tennessee’s Democratic Senate candidate...

Entertainment to Culture: What’s Next?

Entertainment to Culture: What’s Next?

Samantha DeNinno, Culture Editor

October 24, 2018


Filed under Culture, Home Scroll

The entertainment sections of newspapers have always functioned as a break from the hard news and politics found throughout its meticulously crafted pages, while offering insights to the world around them. The Torch’s Entertainment section was no different. However, readers may have noticed the small ...

Curated Collection: News Podcasts: A New Way To Stay Updated

Curated Collection: News Podcasts: A New Way To Stay Updated

Alexis Gaskin, Staff Writer

October 24, 2018


Filed under Culture

There’s a lot going on in the world today, so when you’re not reading the Torch, it’s good to keep track of the news in other ways. Whether you’re a news buff or you’re just trying to keep up with what’s happening in the world, these news-oriented podcasts are a perfect way to start ...

Fall Down and Get Back Up With “Mid90s”

Fall Down and Get Back Up With “Mid90s”

Dayra Santana, Staff Writer

October 24, 2018


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After a 15 year-long acting career, Jonah Hill has stepped behind the camera with his directorial debut, “Mid90s.” If audiences are expecting the goofiness of Hill’s fan-favorite comedic roles in “Superbad” or “21 Jump Street,” they are in for a surprise, albeit a pleasant one. The film...

Netflix’s “Big Mouth” Has Actually Gotten Better

Netflix’s “Big Mouth” Has Actually Gotten Better

Nia Douglas, Staff Writer

October 24, 2018


Filed under Culture

“Big Mouth’s” second season has propelled the show into the esteemed ranks of adult cartoon classics such as “Family Guy” and “The Simpsons.” “Big Mouth,” created by comedians Nick Kroll and Andrew Goldberg, is a fictional portrayal of the creators’ early teen years.  The pr...

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