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Yaa Gyasi Explores Lineage in “Homegoing”

I have always told myself that I will never attempt to research my family history. For me, the daunting task of unwinding and accepting what I might find on seems too painful or too frustrating to even attempt. Half of my family comes from Korea, the other from Haiti. While my Korean grandparents are

Jay Z Tackles The Music Video As a Cinematic Masterpiece

Jay Z’s new music video opens on a very familiar set…“Friends”? But where’s the music? Where’s Jay Z? This might be what you’re thinking as you watch the short film “Moonlight,” part of a series of new music videos for Jay Z’s most recent album, “4:44.” In them, Jay Z diverges from the usual music

Spider-Man: How A High School Setting Brings The Franchise to its Peak

Imagine how you’d feel if a high-ranking executive of a well-known corporation, such as Apple, noticed your talent and promised to get in touch with you in the near future. Then, imagine your disappointment if that official were to cut off communication with you altogether. If you’ve managed to do this, you have captured the

Humans of New York: Lessons for the World

In the last few weeks of summer vacation, I spent hours digging through the website “Humans of New York.” Also known as HONY, this world-famous photoblog was launched by a man named Brandon Stanton who began his project in 2010 with an organic passion for photography and a vision that he could document the life

Hans Zimmer in NYC: A Creative Take on Live Cinematic Orchestra

For decades, Hans Zimmer spent most of his time hunched over in a dark, windowless room.         One of Hollywood’s most prolific and highly esteemed film composers, the Oscar-winning 59-year-old has arranged the iconic soundtracks for some 133 movies—from cinema staples, such as “The Lion King” (1994) and “Rain Man” (1988), to more recent box

Teens and Ballet : A Work In Progress

Sitting down in a plush velvet seat in the upper rows of Lincoln Center, I resigned myself to two hours of confusion and boredom. The possibility that I could enjoy the ensuing ballet seemed remote at best. I couldn’t have been more wrong. The ballet, “Whipped Cream,” was a joyous but intense adventure of a

“Anastasia”: A Stunning Story of Self-Discovery

“Anastasia” opens on a familiar, intimate scene. A young girl with hairbows and a delicate white nightgown sits with her grandmother, who is leaving for Paris. Her grandmother lovingly offers the girl a music box to remember her by. The gentle and much-loved melody “Once Upon A December,” begins to play as snow falls gently

A Wonder of a Feminist

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s…a woman? Indeed, “Wonder Woman” retells the origin story of Diana Prince (Gal Gadot), the princess of the Amazons, who is one of the secluded female warriors created by the Greek god Zeus. But when American pilot and spy Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) is rescued by Diana and reveals

What “Basic” Really Means

One day during my freshman year, my friends and I had a couple of hours to kill before SING! rehearsal. We took the subway to SoHo, and after 20 minutes of confused zig-zagging through the streets and arguing with both Google Maps and each other, we ran through the door of the popular store Brandy