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The New Generation of Inspiring Black Women

Since 1976, every February has come to be known as a month of celebration and remembrance of the many black Americans of the past along with the contributions and accomplishments with which they enriched history. Today is the last of that honorable month. As we continue remember great women like Rosa Parks, Coretta Scott King, Maya Angelou, and Audre Lorde of the past, we also want to highlight a few of the inspirational black women making waves throughout pop culture, politics, and fashion in the present. First off, if you haven’t seen Selma, you’re doing something wrong. DuVernay is the director and co-writer of the Martin Luther King Jr. film and is the first black female director to have their film nominated for an Oscar. Not bad for her second feature. And by the sound of her next project, a love story and murder mystery set during Hurricane Katrina, DuVernay’s a director you need to keep in mind for the future. The Academy Awards may have snubbed DuVernay herself for individual recognition (and the entire Selma cast for that matter), but we definitely won’t be. …

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The Lack of Diversity: A Growing Concern in Hollywood

As the most prestigious awards ceremony in Hollywood dawns tonight, there has been no secret as to the recent controversy concerning the nominee choices. In fact, in the first time in nearly twenty years, all of the actors nominated are caucasian. Among the most notable snubs are the cast members of the movie, Selma, which won praises from both critics and audiences everywhere. David Oyelowo, who plays Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, portrayed the legendary reverend with such fervor and accuracy that it seems almost outrageous that he was not considered for the Best Actor category in the Oscars. Also, with the unfortunate exclusion of Selma’ s director,  Ava DuVernay, the Academy missed out on the opportunity to nominate the first African-American female director in history. Although the movie was nominated for Best Picture, it was completely ignored in both directorial and acting categories. While 2014’s Oscars was highlighted by the monumental win of the period drama film, 12 Years a Slave,  and the heartwarming acceptance speech given by Best Supporting Actress winner …

On Friday We Wear Red: Raising Awareness for Heart Disease

February 6th probably doesn’t come  across your mind as a significant day. It’s Friday, so you’ll probably be getting out of class or work, and ready to dedicate a weekend of some intense reflection (we sure will be) on Katy Perry’s half-time show. In all seriousness, there is a reason why this Friday is important. Since 2003, the American Heart Association has been celebrating National Wear Red Day every first Friday of February in an effort to raise awareness about heart disease among women. To #GoRed is a reminder to people that heart disease and strokes don’t just affect men. They’re affecting just as many women every day, or as their website says, “Heart disease and stroke kill 1 in 3 women, yet it’s 80% preventable.” With such a large number of women possibly crossing paths with heart disease, the campaign to “wear red” has only become more important to the public in recent years. For the 12th anniversary of National Wear Red Day, it won’t only be women wearing red. Over in New Jersey, …

Who’s Football’s Most Important Fans? Hint: It’s Not Men

83,250,000 Think about that number for a second. Yes, it’s big. Yes, it’s in the millions. It’s more than the population of most of the countries in the world. Believe it or not, that 8-digit number isn’t the population of Germany (they’re still hovering around 80,000,000); it’s American football fans. Specifically, the female ones. Having long been a sport associated with its male fans, American Football has gone out of its way the past few years to show they care about women, a fan base that covers about 45% of their total viewers. With recent player scandals hurting their image among the legion of lady fans, the NFL has adopted a new organization, NOMORE, to help them repair. Give a quick look at some of the other commercials that are supposed to air on Sunday (scantily clad woman + hamburgers = Carl’s Jr.), and there’d be reason to doubt their sincerity. But, don’t let hope vanish just yet. The best commercial airing during the Superbowl technically already came out last year. Last summer, the feminine …

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Arctic Monkeys; Smooth Indie Melodies for Heartbreaks

Characterized by their signature traits of being cool, mysterious, and edgy, the Arctic Monkeys has slowly emerged to be one of the most hyped and influential bands of the 21st century. The band blew up the indie rock scene once again when they released their much-anticipated album, AM, in 2013. Combining a mixture of modern jazz and Hollywood rock, the Arctic Monkeys bring a sense of originality and uniqueness to a genre that is in desperate need of a contrasting sound to recent releases. Credited as being one of the pioneer bands to become popular mostly due to web-based fan-bases instead of through promotion and marketing, the Arctic Monkeys have proven that self-boosting isn’t always necessary when the product itself is difficult to ignore. Credited as being one of the pioneer bands to become popular mostly due to web-based fan-bases instead of through promotion and marketing, the Arctic Monkeys have proven that self-boosting isn’t always necessary when the product itself is difficult to ignore. Led by the charming and enigmatic frontman, Alex Turner, the band has showcased its versatility and artistic prowess through its various …

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The Inspiring Heroines of Film

Sadly, it has become a trend to label girls as “bossy” if they assert themselves. Whether it is in school or work, if a girl is “in charge” she is at risk of being labeled as bossy. The Ban Bossy campaign is ready to inspire girls to be leaders and to not be afraid of being in charge. You can visit the campaign’s website and make the pledge to Ban Bossy. Inspired by the Ban Bossy Campaign we have complied a list of some of the strongest and fearless women in film. Books and cleverness are not the only things that make up Hermione’s strong personality. Harry’s right hand witch is also brave (duh she is in Gryffindor). She is willing to help her friends no matter what the cost. She never gives up on Harry and is always there to help him and save the rest of the wizard world. I love Hermione. She is strong and never gives up. She is a girl who uses her brains, and let’s face it, Harry would have …