The novels assigned to students in American English classes throughout grade school are often labeled “classics” such as “Of Mice and Men,” “The Great Gatsby,” “Pride and Prejudice,” etc. Rarely do students understand the essence of the story they are assigned, nor do they care enough to venture into anything other than the Sparknotes summary. I know this because I was one of those students, feigning apathy in the face of yet another classic slammed down on our desks. 

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Ever since the Beatles and Elvis divided a sea of screaming fangirls in the 1960s, mainstream media has been pitting male entertainment professionals against each other. Right on the heels of the Backstreet Boys vs. N’Sync rivalry, these celebrity match-ups came to a head in 2008, when we saw adolescents sort themselves into Team Edward and Team Jacob with the release of the first installment in the Twilight film series. For many of us, this was the first time that the chiseled Robert Pattinson appeared on our horizons. It wouldn’t be the last. 

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Malls and stores all over the world are full of racks of clothes by a variety of designers. So many different labels and brands that it can be hard to choose which one to go with. Luxury brands, couture or comfy chic designers help to make a shopping experience either an easy one or very daunting, depending on the weight of your pockets. However, Misha Nonoo is one designer whose clothing line is never questioned. Her clothing, which is catered to women will always make you stop and say: Yes! That's it.

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You might call 22-year-old singer-songwriter Grace Carter a musical alchemist. Like turning lead into gold or water into wine, Grace transmutes her emotions into gorgeous, heartfelt songs. Turning her pain into passion, Grace’s soaring, soulful vocals and deeply personal, meaningful lyrics resonate with listeners in a way that is reminiscent of heavy hitters like Adele and Nina Simone. Whether it’s her latest single “Amnesia,” or an older track like “Saving Grace,” you can feel the intensity of each song in your bones.

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Earlier this year in Shrewsbury, a small village in the western England country, a nine-year-old boy named Joe Whale had a problem with his school. Joe had caught flack for doodling in class, and the school’s limited art courses weren’t much practice. His creativity didn’t have a surface to explore. Determined to encourage his artistic development, Joe’s parents, Greg and Nessa Whale enrolled Joe in local after-school art courses. Soon after, thanks to a sociable art teacher, an agreeable restaurant, and a talented young artist, a new wimmelbilder style art exhibit went on display in town. 

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