From holiday events to beautiful Afro-textured hair, this winter update is sure to spread joy.

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Graphic by Maggie Chirdo.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons has done it again, pleasing their fans and leaving almost no stone unturned. Starting Nov. 19, several new features like sitting down and adding more storage to your home will be available in a free winter update. Several parts of the update are features catered to longtime fans of the Animal Crossing series.

One feature that’s gained lots of attention is the new inclusive hairstyles, something players have pleaded for since the ability to change hair was introduced in Animal Crossing: City Folk. A lack of curly and Afro-textured hairstyles has left many fans feeling excluded from the franchise for years. …

The West’s mischaracterization of Bolivia, and Latin America as a whole, has created confusion and a narrow picture of the region.

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Art by Sara Schleede.

Before the explosions started, and before the pandemic hit my community, my uncle would always teasingly say he was ready for whatever apocalypse was soon to come in Bolivia. The last time I was able to visit my extended family was in 2018, when my uncle proceeded to show me his panic room filled with canned goods, protective gear, and a few guns. “You never know what’s going to happen,” he said. “But I want to be ready for anything.”

I used to think that he was crazy. That his required time in the military had made him paranoid.

But, oh, how wrong I was. …

Let the virtual trick-or-treats begin!

A change in the seasons is here, and something wicked this way comes. A spooky Animal Crossing: New Horizons update is finally arriving! Nintendo announced Friday that starting Sept. 30, Animal Crossing players will be getting a few new treats, including some Halloween themed DIY recipes, cute costumes, and a special spooky guest on Oct. 31.

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Photo Credit: Nintendo

After downloading the free update, players will be able to grow pumpkins on their island to use in special spooky DIY recipes. Nintendo’s announcement showcased a few of these seasonal favorite veggies, including a variety of orange, yellow, and green pumpkins. Some of the DIY recipes seem to include outdoor props such as stacks of jack-o’-lanterns. …

It will include firework shows, dream lands, and more.

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Players will get to enjoy new handheld items such as sparklers. Photo Credit: Nintendo.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is releasing a second summer update on July 30, including more events and abilities seen in previous versions of the game. Nintendo announced the new features Tuesday after hinting at them during the first summer update, when players were finally given the ability to swim in the deep blue sea.

Changes to the game this time around will include a firework show every Sunday night in August with a customizable fireworks display. …

And yes, you can swim now.

New mermaid theme DIY recipes will also be available. Photo Credit: Nintendo.
New mermaid theme DIY recipes will also be available. Photo Credit: Nintendo.
New mermaid theme DIY recipes will also be available. Photo Credit: Nintendo.

Nintendo announced today that a new update for Animal Crossing: New Horizons will be available on July 3, including new furniture, new fish, and new friends.

Players will — finally! — be able to swim into the ocean to discover new creatures. The updated feature is similar to the diving ability introduced back in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, where players were able to dive for sea animals when wearing a wetsuit. This time around, starfish, eels, scallops and more will be available to find and donate to Blathers at the museum.

A familiar face will also be swimming alongside players from time to time, with Pascal the sea otter returning to villagers’ screens. The special character will be offering players recipes for a new set of mermaid furniture in exchange for scallops. Pascal, known for his tidbits of sea-related wisdom, was introduced to the series in Animal Crossing: Wild World, and has since appeared in most versions of the game. …

Dreamers are here to stay, and aren’t planning on going anywhere.

Art by Jen Omowale.
Art by Jen Omowale.
Art by Jendayi Omowale.

In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA) will not be terminated. DACA recipients (also known as DREAMers) and activists across the country celebrated what is deemed for now as a huge win.

The DACA program allows for children who migrate to the United States under the age of 16 to receive permanent residency and work permits, so long as they are pursuing an education or enlist in the armed forces. …


Melanie Pineda

I write about immigration, women, culture, and other topics I’m passionate about.

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