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Director and screenwriter Iver William Jallah (left) and producer Jesse Porter will collaborate again on the upcoming feature film, ‘Blood Orange Moon’ | Image courtesy of Film Keyz Productions

Last year proved to be grand for Fort Worth-native filmmaker Iver William Jallah. Upon its premiere at Fort Worth, Texas’ Lone Star Film Festival last November, Grand Isle, on which Jallah was a screenwriter, received a Spotlight Award. Jallah’s feature film debut also received an honorable mention at the San Diego Black Film Festival.

Now, Jallah is set to return to the screen with his next film, Blood Orange Moon.

Blood Orange Moon incorporates elements of dystopia and surrealism, while providing an allegory on American culture and society.

“This is the type of film where I got to really explore…


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Since coronavirus struck, many restaurants have implemented safety measures in order to comply with social distancing orders | Photo credit: Alex Gonzalez

Pre-pandemic, I would frequently attend media dinners for new restaurants opening in the city. I am a food writer (not a food critic) in Dallas and I often write first-look articles on restaurants, as well as backstories on notable chefs and articles on where to find good deals in the metroplex. Prior to COVID-19, if I weren’t visiting a restaurant anonymously, I would be invited to a tasting in which myself and several other journalists, bloggers, photographers and influencers would sample various food and drinks. …


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Protestors and police face off at a Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas, TX | Photo credit: Lee Daugherty

This year, it’s been hard to celebrate the victories of the LGBTQ community, given that many of our trans brothers, sisters and non-binary siblings have died by acts of violence. Many cities have opted not to have official Pride celebrations, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but this has not impeded activists from launching impromptu Pride and Black Lives Matter protests. …


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Houston-based author Jenny Block released her latest book “Be That Unicorn” this past February | Photo credit: Terri Glanger

During this time of uncertainty, artists and creators are working to bring joy and happiness into people’s lives. While it may seem that there is no end in sight for COVID-19 and government-ordered quarantine, those who are creating art want us to be conscious of how we are spending our time. Houston-based author Jenny Block insists that while we are in quarantine, we make more time for what makes us happy and distance ourselves from what doesn’t.

This past February, Block released Be That Unicorn, a book she describes as an “anti-self-help book.” …


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Image courtesy of Bree Clarke

Across the nation, many small businesses are struggling to stay afloat. Many business owners are still awaiting stimulus payments and Paycheck Protection Loans. While these times may seem uncertain, a Dallas-based entrepreneur is offering advice on how to maintain your brand and keep your customers engaged.

Bree Clarke is the founder of The Iman Project, a series of farmhouse tables and workshops designed to encourage collaboration. She has two lifestyle studios in Dallas’ Bishop Arts and Uptown neighborhoods, in which she hosts events, pop-ups, panels and workshops. …


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Since quarantine orders began, I’ve spent a lot of time catching up on movies — many of which are considered classics, yet I somehow hadn’t gotten around to seeing them. Watching these movies has prompted invigorating conversations with those around me; what lines and quotes aged well? Were these movies premonitions of what was to come? What happened to some of these actors and actresses who seemed very promising at the time?

All politics, morbidity, and existential uncertainty aside, one question I’ve asked the cinephiles around me remains constant: “Would you consider [x film] [y actor/actress’] breakout?”

While sometimes an…


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When sex workers’ work is put on such a large platform, they become celebrities within the realm of erotica and pornography. Although porn actors and actresses are the subjects of fantasy for viewers, viewers often forget that these people are human beings. Even adult film actors who choose to leave the industry have a hard time shaking off the stigma they faced while working in pornography.

Dallas-based porn actress Rachel Starr has been making adult films for almost 13 years. She credits her ability to operate her work as a proprietorship as the reason she’s been able to stay afloat…


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‘Daybreak’, which premiered on Netflix last year, was canceled after only one season. | Netflix

Last week’s cancellation of HBO’s Watchmen sent many fans into shock. The dystopian drama series was a huge hit for the network, pulling in nominations for Critics’ Choice Television Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards and more. After showrunner Damon Lindelof stepped down from Watchmen, HBO announced that they would not pursue a second season. Watchmen was among several hit television shows that were canceled after one season over the course of the past year, including Netflix’s Daybreak and CBS’ Happy Together.

In an age where television consumers can simply binge multiple episodes in one sitting, it’s not difficult to see…


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Like almost every paradigm to which we as humans subscribe, whether it be consciously or unconsciously, monogamy is very much a social construct. Humans are pretty much the only species that practices and enforces monogamy. Still, it hurts very badly when one learns that their partner has been unfaithful to them. While many believe that they’d leave their partner after only one incident of infidelity, doing so is a lot easier said than done.

If two people have been together for years, and one party cheats just once, does that mean the entire relationship was a lie or a failure…


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WARNING: This article contains spoilers that some readers may wish to avoid

Since before the pilot aired, HBO’s new teen drama Euphoria has garnered much controversy. While many have praised the show’s honest approach to issues drug use, sexual identity and other facets of the Gen-Z zeitgeist, others have deemed it as marketing “graphic adult content” toward teenagers.

On Euphoria, the show’s main character, a recovering drug addict named Rue Bennett (Zendaya Coleman) quickly befriends a trans girl named Jules Vaughn (Hunter Schafer) when she moves to town. …

Alex Gonzalez

UNT Alumnus | 26 | Lover of music, food, baseball, dogs and world cultures | Curator of incredibly dope playlists

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