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PASS THE REMOTE. When it comes to finding your next favorite movie, you never know until you try. Even movie posters and synopses can not determine whether you will end the movie with your eyes glued to the screen or closed shut after boredom rocked you to sleep.
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January 15, 2021

 On streaming services like Netflix, HBO Max, and Hulu, the collection of available films grows, shifts, and recycles. The large selection can make it difficult to start a movie without spending an hour...

Evermore Review

EVERMORE. Taylor Swift recently dropped a new album which acts as a sister album to Folklore, which she released earlier this year.
December 17, 2020

  As of December 11, Taylor Swift has announced a new album called Evermore and released it overnight. This news might not strike many people as important, but as a Taylor Swift fan, her albums are the...

The Queen’s Gambit Review

The Queen’s Gambit: a common chess opening involving the white player sacrificing a Queen-side pawn to secure control of the center of the board; an attacking move. Or, in the case of this review, a well-edited, intense Netflix miniseries with impressive acting and overarching themes that’s worth watching.
December 11, 2020

   The Queen’s Gambit: a common chess opening when the first player to make a move sacrifices a Queen-side pawn to secure control of the center of the board; an attacking move. Or, in the case of this...

The Show Must Go On

On March 8th, dancers from Cincy Dance Studio were packed backstage at a dance competition surrounded by hundreds of people from all over the country. Music was blasting, people were cheering as they had the time of their lives. Little did they know their beloved dance studio was five days away from shutting down for months due to the Coronavirus. Lauren Andrews, owner of the studio, said, “I do think our industry will be impacted for the foreseeable future. And it’s up to us to ensure our dancers that they still have a safe environment for them to attend.”
Dancing through a pandemic
November 20, 2020

Ever since I was 3-years-old, dance has been my world. There are a million reasons that led me to love it. The music, the glam, the exercise- the list goes on and on. But above all, one thing has always...

Concerts from your couch

LIVE FROM YOUR LIVING ROOM. During the COVID-19 pandemic, live events have come to a halt, putting concerts, Broadway shows, and other productions on hold. Luckily, many artists and performers have found ways to hold performances virtually, such as former One Direction member Niall Horan, who held a live-streamed concert on Nov. 7 from Royal Albert Hall in London. Despite my skepticism of the idea of paying to watch a performance from my living room, I tuned into the live stream anyways, and I was blown away by how much I enjoyed it. From the stunning venue to Horan’s fantastic vocals, it was definitely a concert I will remember.
My first experience with a virtual concert
November 9, 2020

   The first big-name concert I attended was for Taylor Swift’s tour of her “1989” album. As a sixth-grader at the time, every detail of the live music experience stood out to me: the energy radiating...

Holiday Gift Guide

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November 6, 2020

Click on the item to be taken to a direct shopping link:) Environmentalist Reusable straws Reusable water bottle Eco-friendly tote bags Patagonia sweaters "IDK what I want" Netflix...

I’m Proud to Have a Limb Difference. “The Witches” Movie Says I Should Feel Otherwise

#NOTAWITCH. The new movie “The Witches,” an adaption of Roald Dahl’s novel, has been receiving backlash for its negative depiction of limb differences. The film stars Anne Hathaway, whose witch character is made to look scarier because of her three-fingered hands, creating a negative view of this real limb difference. Members of the disability community have taken to posting photos of their difference with #notawitch to combat this narrative. “My hope is that kids with or without limb differences seeing this movie won’t associate people with limb differences with ugly, mean witches,” said Rachel Sumrada, a high school senior and amputee from Cleveland, Ohio.
November 5, 2020

    What does a witch look like? Someone with green skin? A pointy hat? The new film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s “The Witches,”  sparked a backlash over its interpretation of that question. Released...

Tips and Tricks to Carving a Pumpkin

TRICK OR TREAT! With Halloween right around the corner, people are starting to break out some of the super-fun traditions of the season. Carving pumpkins is one of the popular ones, it's super fun but not exactly easy. Click the link in the bio to find out some of my tips and tricks!
October 19, 2020

   Halloween is right around the corner, and one of the most popular Halloween activities is carving pumpkins. Carving pumpkins is not easy, but here I will tell you some of my favorite tips and tricks...

Having A Healthy Halloween

HOW TO HAVE A SAFE HALLOWEEN THIS YEAR. The holidays are now fast approaching and COVID-19 is still affecting every part of our life. Halloween is a time for candy, costumes, and celebrating, but can it still occur this year? Health officials recently released a list of guidelines and suggestions to help Ohio have a healthy Halloween. This Halloween everyone should be wearing their protective face masks, even if also wearing a costume mask, and should continue to be socially distant. While this should continue like always, the state offered some unique suggestions to celebrate the holiday safely. Some of these ideas include, holding a drive thru trick-or-treat, having a pumpkin carving contest over video call, and leaving treats in the mailboxes of friends and neighbors. Though our world has never been more different, Halloween should still be a time of celebration. Stay Safe!
How to have a safe Halloween this year
October 13, 2020

 The holidays are now fast approaching and COVID-19 is still affecting every part of our life. Covid has made us cancel many plans this year, but it doesn’t have to take away Halloween. We can all still...

See You Next Year

STUCK WITH STREAMING SERVICES. Amidst the pandemic, many have indulged their entertainment needs with at-home services, such as Netflix, HBO, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and Disney+. Although we all enjoy the comfort of our own home, it just can’t be compared to the sound, quality, and thrill of seeing a movie on the big screen. “Some movies are just made to be watched in a cinema,” said Emilio Garcia, 12. 
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New movies continue to push back their release dates amidst the pandemic
October 9, 2020

   Do you miss the smell of hot, buttery popcorn, slurps of red Icee, and handfuls of candy while waiting for the newest movie blockbuster to start? Well, keep holding on to those fond memories because...

Finding Your Cup of Tea

FINDING YOUR CUP OF TEA. As busy students with a million other activities, caffeine is something a lot of us often rely on to make up for lost sleep or to make it through yet another Zoom call at seven in the morning. And as a top coffee chain, Starbucks is a go-to place for all our caffeine needs. A common issue though, is that many people never know what to order once they get in line. With so many options and new drinks coming out each season, the menu can easily look overwhelming. But don’t worry! This easy to read info graphic gives you some ideas for what to order next time you are in line at Starbucks. Whether you prefer light and fruity drinks or more creamy and flavorful ones, there will be something for you!
Top five drinks to enjoy on your next trip to Starbucks
October 6, 2020

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