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Ousting Orientalism

Despite the progress made in spreading awareness of social injustices, the raging argument of where to draw the line in the “appreciation vs. appropriation” debate has led to a misguided understanding of the nature of Orientalism and how it looks in the modern day. By examining the criticism over Victoria’s Secret and comparing it to
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Are You Listening?

The Acceptance of Our Greatest Fear

Editor’s Content Warning: This article deals with issues related to suicide.     Author’s Note: For this assignment, I self-identified as a person who deals with depression. Through extensive research, I was able to abstract material from the things I discovered during this process. This formed the basis of this article, and allowed me to
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Sharing Punk Spirits with No Limits

unk music emerges largely from the social conflicts and derives its spirit to defend freedom against social norms. Hailed as “The Godmother of Punk,” Patti Smith has disrupted the stereotypes of women’s gender roles through music with her countercultural innovations including the application of poetry. Patti Smith and later punk generations have not only influenced
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Does Yelp Really Help?

hen the price of rent rises in a neighborhood, residents come and go, but does culture stay? Gentrification is the process of rebuilding an urban neighborhood which results in the displacement of lower income residents who can no longer live in the area due to the increase in rent. Low income areas have been revamped
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Addressing the “Problem”

Introduction: Contemporary Female Gender Roles efore the 1960s, there was a notable inequality between the status of men and women in society. The first significant public attempt for the support of female rights took place during the 1848 Women’s Rights convention at Seneca Falls in New York. From then on, multiple efforts were allocated to the
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Why Your Festival Style Might Be Offensive

The Truth About Cultural Appropriation at Music Festivals

usic festivals are one of the staples of youth culture in America. Weekends filled with all types of music, friends, various drugs, lots of alcohol and perfect Instagram pictures are a very common activity of American youth today. Festivals are also a breeding ground for new fashion trends. But unfortunately, the pressure to look as
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When Home No Longer Feels Like Home

"Go Set a Watchman" Examines Why Racism Exists

is unmistakably Harper Lee’s voice.To be sure, the providence of Go Set a Watchman is in question, and the work should be considered not as the book Harper Lee would have written and released today, but should instead be thought of as a curious time capsule of the United States in the 1950s. In many ways, Go
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O.S.T.R. And Hip Hop’s Pit Stop in Poland

ip Hop’s culture has been adopted globally. Without strict regulations in terms of tradition or initiation, the genre’s culture has passed borders with ease. Born out of a need to give voice to those silenced by society, it has fostered an inherent acceptance to likeminded people. It’s this quality that’s allowed for the participation of other
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COLLEGE LIFE: The modern Bohème

phraim Mizruchi’s  “Bohemia as a Means of Social Regulation” describes how Bohemianism, or better, this way of living, has spread from France, throughout Europe, and eventually to the United States during the last 170 years. While Oxford Dictionary defines Bohemianism as “A person who has informal and unconventional social habits, especially an artist or writer”,
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The Dubliners Project

irst published in 1914, James Joyce’s text is re-published here using the Project Gutenberg edition. Chapter introductions were written by students at Fordham University. Most images from Dublin City Libraries and Archive. The Sisters The Encounter Araby Eveline After the Race Two Gallants The Boarding House A Little Cloud Counterparts Clay A Painful Case Ivy Day in
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A Bohemian Oddisee

Oddisee connects Flâneurism with Hip Hop

urning on an Oddisee record is much like stepping out into the street. My first taste of Oddisee’s music came in the form of “Own Appeal”: a sugary guitar loop held up by subtle drums and echoes of CRU vocals. As the beat began to dig inside my head, Amir Mohammed (Oddisee) stepped out his
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Frans Masereel’s “The City” (1925)

A Look at Interwar European Cities

rans Masereel (1889-1972) was a Flemish artist who was known as being one of the progenitors of the graphic novel. Masereel’s wordless novels give a glimpse into class struggles in European urban centres. Factory scenes, large towering machinery, hunger, and poverty feature prominently in these panels. The artist also keenly observes the treatment of women
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Cultural Arts & The Spirit of Urban Renewal: Important Considerations

n Irene Tinagli´s recent article, “The Spirit of Urban Renewal,” the author argues that urban renewal can increase a city’s economic and social development, but only if the whole population is included. Cities need to create a mentality on how to see art, not only as objects to sell, but also as discussions and new
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The World’s at War with Tyrants – Shall We Crouch?

rtists, in their times, have played significant roles in political revolutions the whole world over, whether it be John Milton defending dissidents in the First English Civil War in the 1640s or living artists such as Ai Weiwei calling for extensive political reform in modern China. What about art and artistic life intersects with politics
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A Childish Recap

n Tuesday, December 16, members of the Painting Bohemia community hosted an event at Fordham University for students to come experience the works of Donald Glover a.k.a. Childish Gambino. After a presentation by Liam Paris and Molly Boyd, students listened to album, read the screenplay, and watched videos associated with Gambino’s project, Because the Internet. For
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Tobacco Use in New York City

Though the dangers and health effects of tobacco consumption are widely known, this does not stop New Yorkers from partaking in the habit. Under the Smoke-Free Act of 2002, Mayor Bloomberg adopted strict smoking laws in New York that banned smoking in public venues such as parks, beaches, and restaurants. The Smoke-Free Act also implemented
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Vivian Maier: Introvert, Nanny, and Street Photographer

treet photography is a relatively new art form, but one that has been rapidly growing in popularity over the last century. Advances in camera technology have made street photography an increasingly accessible form of art, and the growing diversity of the artists has lead to greater diversity in the art itself. During the first 60
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Viktoria Modesta: A pop star revolutionizing our understanding of disability

tanding on a big sparkly stage is a young woman wearing a fluorescent crystal covered dress. Upon first glance, she seems like just another pop star, performing at a concert. However, as the camera zooms out and the viewer sees the singer in full height, one might realize that her leg is also completely covered
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“And They Saying its Because of the Internet”:

Childish Gambino and What Artists Need to Survive in 2014

.T Barnum said it over half a century ago, but in regards to the over saturation of the entertainment business today (tons of actors, directors, rappers shoving mix-tapes into people’s pockets) These words have never been more important than they are right now. the most effective way for an artist to increase their longevity is
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The Kids Are Not All Right: Student Protests in Colorado

n October, high school students in Jefferson County, Colorado, shocked administrators and the school board by protesting proposed changes to the AP US history curriculum, as well as other decisions by the school board. Plans were to take out episodes of civil unrest in American History textbooks in order to promote a more patriotic view
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Urban Outfitters and Titus Andronicus: Authenticity in the Age of Aestheticism

he “bohemian” has been divided into aesthetic and ideology.  My generation—individuals born from the early 1980s to the early 2000s—has been named generation Y, millennials, generation “me,” or more recently, generation self(ie).  Whatever you call us, we’re categorized as highly individualistic to a point of fault.  Whether or not I find these descriptions consistent with
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Historic Preservation: Maintaining the City’s Character for the Elite

xtremely diverse since the 17th century, Williamsburg has hosted residences and businesses belonging to a myriad of European immigrants. A mecca for industry, the area was flooded after the construction of the Williamsburg bridge and later a series of public housing projects. Over the past century, a new type of immigrant flocked to Brooklyn—artists and
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Urban Outfitting: Streetwear’s Runway Appearance

ome of the most beloved 90s trends have made a loud reemergence into high fashion. Many of the industry’s top brands have incorporated metallic, sheer, chokers, overalls, sneakers, baggier jeans and cinched pants into their lines. The past few seasons reintroduction of 90s motifs has paralleled an appropriation of urban, hip-hop fashion as well. Brands
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37 Years: Poet, Vagrant, Soldier, Thief, Trader, Runaway

riginally from Charleville, France, Jean-Nicolas-Arthur Rimbaud was born in 1854 to mother Marie-Catherine-Vitalie Cuif and father Frédéric Rimbaud, an army officer of bourgeois standing. Rimbaud’s rebellious, vagabond lifestyle fueled by absinthe and hashish has excited generations of writers. Described by Victor Hugo as “an infant Shakespeare,” Rimbaud’s following has been enraptured by his scandalous behavior,
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Going MIA

Philadelphia's Made in America Music Festival

s a local resident of the Philadelphia suburbs, it is fairly strange that I had never attended the annual Made in America Concert before. The two day concert held every labor day weekend is Philadelphia’s only claim to music festival fame, and most residents of the tristate area can proudly count themselves amongst the thousands
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The Rise of Music Festivals

oodstock, the quintessential music festival experience, epitomizes the an alternative concert going experience. The first of its kind, the monumental event took place over a span of three days in August of 1969. It headlined dozens of iconic musicians of the hippie generation, including Janis Joplin, the Who, the Grateful Dead, Santana, and the legendary
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Looking Deeply at Urban Outfitters

or many people, especially in New York City, a person’s clothing represents the authenticity of their style. A perfect outfit is the result of much searching and work. Stores who sell fast fashion, or racks of ready-made clothes cheaply made and ready for the upcoming season, threaten all of that. Culture tends to create certain
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Japanoise: Danger Music in Kansai

n late 1985, the Japanese noise rock band Hanatarash performed what would be their last show in Japan for several years. They had earned a reputation for their extreme live shows and their experimentation with a genre they had created, “danger music.” Danger music is an extension of the avant-garde noise movement, in which musicians
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Revisiting A Case For National Action: Institutionalized Racism, the Persistence of Black Poverty, and the Moynihan Report

n his report on black poverty in the 1960s, Daniel Patrick Moynihan put the onus of black poverty primarily on the shoulders of so-called matriarchy.  By his view, the deviance of many black households’ family structures from the national norm was the root cause of numerous other problems faced by black men and women in
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Solidarity in Protest

the Aftermath of the Darren Wilson Grand Jury Decision in New York City

n November 25th after long deliberation, the Grand Jury investigating the now infamous case of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson’s shooting of unarmed black resident Michael Brown, decided not to indict. Since then, numerous protests ranging from nonviolent demonstrations of civil disobedience to destruction of property have unfolded. In New York City, an unorganized protest
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Howl: A History

llen Ginsberg is a name that many people stumble across in one English class or another. My first encounter with Ginsberg was in my AP English Literature class in twelfth grade. My teacher had us read “Howl” and then discuss it in class. I had only two thoughts in my mind at the time. Naturally,
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DeafNYC: Subverting Hegemony with Slam Poetry

he construction of identity is a communal endeavor; we contribute to the identity of ourselves and those we encounter through our attitudes and historical biases.  Stuart Hall discusses identity as “an ever-unfinished conversation.”  Much of his work concerning identity relies on the construction of identity in the context of confrontation of difference.  He speaks to
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Tibet: No Voice

n recent years, China has been emerging as a major world leader through its massive population and economic growth. China’s extremely massive population has allowed it to grow economically at an alarming rate, which has put it on the fast track to becoming one of the wealthiest nations in the entire world. But this massive
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“I is an Other”: Integration in Astoria, Queens

storia, Queens has recently developed into one of the largest Egyptian immigrant communities in New York City, hence the geographical title “Little Egypt”–one of the many affectionate nicknames ascribed to the neighborhood located at the end of the N and Q subway lines. As a small non-profit headquartered in this international hub, the Center for
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Misty Copeland: Changing the Mold for Modern Ballerinas

n its 75-year history, Misty Copeland is only the third female African American soloist of the American Ballet Theater (ABT), and its only current African American soloist. Throughout her entire life as a dancer, she was constantly told that she had the wrong body for ballet. In an art that values history and perfection, Copeland
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Portlandia and Its People

A Look at the Creators Behind the Show, the Characters They’ve Created, and the People They Emulate

omedy duo Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein have taken similar paths in life. From punk-rock beginnings to a comedic present; they have both managed to accomplish many noteworthy things that span different genres. Fred Armisen, born on December 4, 1966, grew up in Valley Stream, New York. His music career began in 1988 when he
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Signs for Change

A Short Series on the December 13 Protests in New York

n my time on this country, I’ve been to and seen dozen of protests, for the most varied causes. Civic engagement seems to be quite the American tradition, and people take to the streets for many, many reasons, from Wendy’s underpaying its tomato workers, to the mammoth issue of anthropogenic climate change. Often, what I’d see
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“Black Crows”: How Rei Kawakubo Revolutionized Fashion and Beauty

Looking back at the influence of Comme des Garçons

oday Rei Kawakubo and her cultural juggernaut of a brand, Comme des Garçons (French for “Like the Boys”), are seen as stable fixtures in the fashion establishment. Her shows are attended by all sorts of celebrities and VIPs, and she boasts loyal legions of fans, one of the most notable being John Waters, the “Pope
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War on Christmas

very year, as December inches near, I am overjoyed with excitement about the soon to be celebration of Christmas festivities. Christmas, by far, is my favorite holiday. The joy and holiday spirit that seem to fill the air along Manhattan streets and within local households lifts my mood, and makes me feel cozy and warm
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Philadelphia Murals: Street Culture or Bourgeois Invasion?

 brief drive through Philadelphia can often seem like a veritable urban art museum; it is impossible to travel far through the old brownstones and run-down neighborhoods without encountering a gigantic piece of street art. Over 3,600 murals are scattered throughout the city today. All colorful, enormous, and impressive, they add life to the area, providing
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