Originally published June 24, 2020

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As most of us are aware, the world is currently living in unprecedented times. 2020 began with the Australian bush fires, the threat of a possible World War III, and the tragic death of Kobe and Gianna Bryant. COVID-19 only added to this devastation. The pandemic has killed nearly 8 million people worldwide and is continuing to run its course.

Political and economic tensions are also at an all-time high. George Floyd’s murder committed by the Minneapolis Police Department triggered demonstrations and protests in various cities around the world. …


Originally published July 8, 2020

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Just a few months ago, my future looked bright. Graduation was nearing. I was also enticed with a potential full-time opportunity. However, COVID-19’s disastrous impact on the economy left me unemployed and inevitably laid off from my part-time job. My plans to climb the corporate totem pole were crushed, and this was a huge slap in the face.

I immediately started applying for jobs. For the past few weeks, I’ve incessantly been on LinkedIn and Indeed. …


Originally published July 28, 2020

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The unfortunate reality of COVID-19 among other politically charged events hasn’t exactly made life easy for anyone. Getting laid off from the job I loved left me feeling anxious about my future. I’ve also been dealing with a lot of personal issues with friends, family, and even myself.

There couldn’t of been a better remedy to distract me from these problems than revisiting a nostalgic show like Avatar: The Last Airbender. The anime-esque Nickelodeon series is a show I’d often watch as a child out of boredom. …


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Disney concept art via Instagram

Splash Mountain — one of Walt Disney World’s most beloved and classic rides — is getting a long-overdue makeover. Disney announced on Thursday that the attraction will “soon be completely reimagined with a new story” inspired by the 2009 animated film The Princess and the Frog. And several fans aren’t thrilled.

This decision was issued amid the peak of the Black Lives Matter movement and ongoing protests. Nonetheless, the desire to cling onto the ride’s nostalgia paired with the current political climate is the perfect recipe for public outcry.

Dedicated fans and frequent Disney goers disdain for this change doesn’t come as much of a surprise. Splash Mountain was opened in 1992 and has remained as a staple attraction at the park. However, Splash Mountain is an antithesis of the urgent need for black representation and progressivism in the media. …


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Senior year was supposed to be the last hoorah of my college experience. I was at the end of an extremely exciting chapter of my life with graduation soon arriving, a celebratory trip to Florida with friends, and a promising future ahead. This all came to a halt, however, when COVID-19 abruptly hit the Greater New Orleans area and beyond. My eagerness for what was to come now seems a bit confusing and even scary.

The coronavirus has undeniably impacted individuals from all walks of life. Medical professionals and retail workers are on the front lines of this pandemic. Older generations are the most at risk. College students, a regularly forgotten group, have to continue their studies remotely. Not only are classes now conducted online, but many college students — including myself and my roommates — are filing for unemployment. According to the Washington Post, 6.6 …


Written February 23, 2019

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Image via Gerald Herbert/AP. Used from CityLab

Take Em Down NOLA, a local protest group in New Orleans, is demanding Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club to end their 110-year-old tradition of “blackface.” Making national headlines, USA Today reported in a news conference held on Thursday that the group stated they were dedicated to “removing all symbols of white supremacy in New Orleans.”

According to WWL-TV, Take Em Down are advocating for change because of how the makeup “Reinforces racist stereotypes.” They also demanded the Krewe of Zulu ban wearing dark face paint in the upcoming parade. …


Written February 20, 2019

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Image via WWL-TV’s Danny Monteverde. Used from NOLA.com.

A Victorian-style mansion on St. Charles Avenue was engulfed in flames Wednesday morning. According to the New Orleans Fire Department, the fire started in the home’s basement but the cause wasn’t immediately known. However, officials stated in a press release that they believe it could have stemmed from chemical products in the basement. The inhabitants — Anne and Bill Grace, along with Anne’s 92-year-old grandmother and an elderly poodle — escaped without injury. The fire took about six hours to subdue.

Now referred to as Downman Mansion, the beautiful house was a key stop for a procession of Carnival enthusiasts, and has been occupied for nearly a century. The mansion was believed to be built in 1865 and was home to six generations of the same family. Anne Grace, one of the victims and the home’s owner, stated that the house was “a grand old lady who served us so well.” …


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Image via ABC News

Those engaged within the scope of the music industry are no stranger to tactical business endeavors. Or just unmistakable forms of manipulation and abuse.

In a recent Tumblr post written by Taylor Swift, the pop star dished out her thoughts and feelings in regard to music mogul Scooter Braun and his controversial investment of the Big Machine Records music catalog. “Some fun facts about today’s news: I learned about Scooter Braun’s purchase of my masters as it was announced to the world. All I could think about was the incessant, manipulative bullying I’ve received at his hands for years.”

I woke up Sunday morning checking out Ariana Grande’s latest Instagram story in which she congratulated her manager, Scooter Braun, for sealing the deal with the record label for $300 million. Later that day, she deleted the post after the public outcry from fans (or stans) on Twitter. …


It was a pretty average Tuesday morning — normal lecture, quiet discussions, and a cold classroom. The monotonous voice of our literature professor nearly soothed us to sleep. While the initial topic being discussed was the role of the “artist,” what happened next sparked a real conversation. A student announced her feelings in regard to her creativity, relating back to the genius writer, Aschenbach, from Thomas Mann’s Death in Venice. “I hate when people assume I’m going into teaching after telling them I’m an English major,” she remarked. This statement struck me in my core. Why do people always assume that our goal is to teach? And how did this rationale arise? …


Original photos by Gabrielle Chulick

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Pictured: Brook Yeaton, top fundraiser for St. Baldrick’s 2019 fundraising event at Finn McCool’s Irish Pub

The filmmaking community is no stranger to supporting various foundations. For example, NCIS: New Orleans initiative in donating to St. Baldrick’s every year underscores the industry’s give-back mentality. However, one man has humbly spearheaded the acclaimed television series’ desire for these generous contributions — while also touching them with his creativity and enthusiasm for change.

Brook Yeaton, along with several other crew members and employees of NCIS, joined forces to raise funds at Finn McCool’s Irish Pub in New Orleans. The bar hosted their tenth annual St. Baldrick’s fundraising event on Saturday, March 23rd. …

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