The year is 1913 and three suitors are competing for the hand of the local beauty. Mobile partygoers are dancing the famous “cakewalk” as legendary Entertainer Bert Williams and Actress Odessa Warren Grey are dressed up for a date at the park, which includes a ride on the merry-go-round. This positive depiction of life as a middle-class black person in the film "Lime Kiln Club Field Day" serves as one of the very few silent black and white films which featured an all-Black cast with story elements that challenged the negative, evil depictions of Blacks in a majority of white produced films of that time. Over 100 years later, filmmaker Garrett Bradley has chosen to incorporate footage from this unreleased film into her multichannel video installation titled “America.”

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A trip to Benihana is always sensationally action-packed. Between the onion volcanoes and the fiery tricks, you’re bound to leave both full and entertained but that usually comes after you've given the chef a standing ovation. Hibachi is normally uniform no matter where you go. You get your rice, veggies, meats and of course-a show. Most people would be scared to go against the grain and add a twist to this tradition, but when it comes to Chef Tavius Parker and his signature Hibachi Pasta, he’s proven that a blacktop grill and a bowl of pasta can certainly meet somewhere in the middle. 

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It’s been almost ten months since George Floyd was murdered as a result of four police officers' blatant disregard for yet another black man's life. It’s been almost a year since the shooting death of 25-year old Ahmaud Arbery by neighbors who felt that him jogging in his own neighborhood was suspicious. It’s been over a year since Breonna Taylor was shot to death by police officers while she slept in her Kentucky home. In all three of these instances and many more which have not made headlines, no charges were initially filed. This did not sit right with black America nor did it appease activist Tamika Mallory who’s managed to articulate the pain that black people are feeling in such a way that it leaves her audience jaw dropped every single time she speaks.

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From the age of fourteen, South Korean sensation Shin Min-a has created and maintained a name for herself in the entertainment industry. From gracing the covers of notable magazines to starring in feature films, Shin Min-a is the epitome of a well-rounded entertainer. Since her discovery in 1998, when she submitted a photo at a picnic to KiKi Magazine and landed a spot on the cover at the age of fourteen, Shin Min-a has moved on to more prestigious modeling roles. In 2009, she starred alongside Jamie Dornan in a photoshoot for Calvin Klein pictured in magazine Elle Korea, and most recently, Shin Min-a is the cover star for Elle Singapore’s February issue. 

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Words are powerful. Words are strong. Words have the ability to enact change and uplift people. America has given birth to some powerful poets in the past such as Maya Angelou and Robert Frost; both of whom can attest to the magnetic force that words can have on a group of people. 

But when poetic words come from a 22-year old author and poet who dreams of running for president in 2036, they leave behind a monumental, nostalgic moment that can never truly be forgotten.

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