The year 2019 is quickly coming to a close, and we still don’t have flying cars, a confirmed cure for cancer, or many other innovations that citizens of the past dreamed would be a part of our lives by now. What we have instead is an abundance of facial recognition technology that some people believe puts our security at risk. Ewa Nowak is one of those people.

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Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” With growing social, political, economical, and racial tensions in the U.S., the world needs more individuals who will speak out on the important issues affecting society while also setting a positive example in the world. According to Trevor Noah, comedian, writer, producer, political commentator, actor, and television host, Hasan Minhaj is one of those individuals.

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Chef. Restaurateur. TV Contestant. And now, author. 
Kwame Onwuachi’s has a long list of titles, one he’s only adding further to with the publication of his first book, “Notes From A Young Black Chef.” One may wonder if someone has enough life experience before the age of 30 to write a memoir? Just leave it to Chef. 

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Most people have probably heard of “Humans of New York,” the popular photo-blog that features portraits and interviews with everyday people. What makes those portraits so compelling are not the photos themselves, but the stories of the people in each shot. It’s the narrative that draws people in. Everything must tell a story, and everyone has a story to be told. Similarly, the bi-weekly video podcast and micro-documentary web-series Our Voices. Our Lives. seeks to bring to the forefront the stories of Atlanta-based artists and entrepreneurs. 

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“First they love you, then they hate you, then they love you again.”

-Jay Z “Meet the Parents”

There is probably no other fitting way to describe Jay-Z, and the way society treats its own heroes. This was the intro to one of my favorite Jay-Z songs, “Meet The Parents,” back in 2001. In hindsight, it’s an accurate depiction of how we love to seepeople rise to the top, just to watch their downfall. Shawn Carter, better known as Jay-Z, is unfortunately going through one of those hate filled phases. 

Sex, lies, and a guinea pig. While this concept may sound outrageous to some, for those who have seen “Fleabag,” Phoebe Waller Bridge’s BBC/Amazon Prime series, it’s not too out of left field. Mixing lovable, albeit unnamed, characters with screwball storylines, the British actress/writer/director now finds herself as one of the most coveted names in the industry. 

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One of the most cited statistics, Curtis “Wall Street” Carroll uses when explaining his work with fellow inmates in San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, California is the fact that 90% of crimes committed are money related, yet only 1% of the programs targeted towards imprisoned and newly released people pertain to finances. Using the merger resources allotted to him in prison libraries and newspapers, Wall Street has been able to transform himself from an illiterate teenager with a criminal past to an expert financial advisor and investor with national recognition from MoneyWise, Market Watch, and CNN, and a financial educator in San Quentin with his spearhead financial literacy program, Project FEEL.

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For some, reading Orlando Bloom’s name instantly transports them back to 2002. Back then it was impossible to visit the grocery store without seeing the British actor grace multiple magazine covers, or to watch TV and not see a trailer for his newest blockbuster film. He was the quintessential British sex symbol of the early 2000s.  

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With the tension around 2020 elections, several Democratic candidates have come forward to pursue the U.S. presidency. One of these candidates, Kamala Harris, has stood out amongst others with her strong presence and fiery opinions. She has gained notoriety not only with being the first woman of color to assume a high political position but also by promoting and endorsing political figures of color.

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The best part of first grade, or any grade after that, was when we used to see the teacher wheeling in the tv/vcr on that black cart. Grant it they had no idea how to use, by the way. But, this action alone that let you know that you were in for a fun day, regardless of what movie was going to be played. The Lion King is one that we watched that’s pretty memorable for me. The range of emotions from beginning to end was something I don’t think any of us who grew up in the 90’s will ever forget. One of the best animated movies I’ve ever seen, even as an adult. And in the era of remakes, it was only right for Disney to remake it and modernize it. 

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