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‘Palm Springs’ Under the Stars

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By KEVIN STOLL

July 29, 2020

Max Barbakow’s “Palm Springs,” the indie rom-com with a science-fiction twist, debuted on VOD and in drive-in movie theaters.

The Joie de Vivre of Denise Jefferson Lives On 10 Years Later

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By ROXANNE CUBERO

July 17, 2020

Ten years after the death of Denise Jefferson, former director of The Ailey School and founder of the Fordham/Ailey BFA program, her daughter Francesca Harper looks back at the powerful legacy Jefferson left behind.

Ram Reads: The Autobiography of Malcolm X

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By VICKY CARMENATE

July 15, 2020

For my Black and brown friends attending predominantly white institutions, “The Autobiography of Malcolm X” is for you. I didn’t know how much I needed this book until I picked it up and started reading the first chapter.

Marching to the Beat of a New Drum

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By ETHAN COUGHLIN

July 10, 2020

Fordham alumnus and New York State Assembly candidate Mahfuzul teamed up with rapper Zo Morese to release the track “District 24.”

Reclaiming Magic: ‘Harry Potter’ Fans Advocate for Trans Rights

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By MARIELLE SARMIENTO, Managing Editor

July 9, 2020

J.K Rowling's history of transphobic social media behavior has sparked a conversation on how to be a trans ally and Harry Potter fan at the same time.

The Role of Art During a Revolution

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By VICKY CARMENATE

July 8, 2020

Art plays a fundamental role in the advancement of a revolution. By supporting BIPOC artists, audiences can do more than just consuming their art.

Ram Jams: Summer Sounds So Far

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By ETHAN COUGHLIN, Arts & Culture Editor

July 8, 2020

Arts and Culture Editor Ethan Coughlin goes through some of his favorite albums and singles that have come out this summer.

FLASH Magazine Recognizes Artists of Color in Special Summer Issue

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By OLIVIA STERN

July 8, 2020

Fordham’s FLASH Magazine came together to create a special summer issue honoring and lifting up the voices of Black people and people of color.

Forget Perfection: How 5 Fordham Students Redefined Magazine Writing

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By ALYSSA MACALUSO

July 8, 2020

Created by a group of five Fordham juniors, grain of salt magazine showcases the art and writing of young women and nonbinary individuals without the pressure of perfection.

What’s the Use in a Diss Track During a Political Uprising?

What’s the Use in a Diss Track During a Political Uprising?

By VICKY CARMENATE, Asst. Arts & Culture Editor

July 2, 2020

Rappers J. Cole and Noname recently released songs in response to each other's attitudes toward the Black Lives Matter movement.

Social Awareness Through a Digital Exhibition

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By AASTHA AGGARWAL, Staff Writer

June 29, 2020

The Movement Theater Company has commissioned 15 early-career designers to create digital content to raise social awareness, curated by Clint Ramos.

Dancing Queen: Courtney Celeste Spears

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By MIA AGOSTINELLI and ALYSSA MACALUSO

June 19, 2020

Driven by ambition, Fordham-Ailey BFA graduate Courtney Celeste Spears rarely lets anything get in the way of her success.