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    After several changes and updates, the sci-fi game about exploring alien worlds is finally delivering on what it originally promised its fans.

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    Hulu’s ‘Love, Simon’ spin-off, with its complex story about sexuality and understanding oneself, is just what the teenage high school television canon needs.

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    With ‘Phantom Palace,’ Kevin Johnson introduces his own brand of ‘time travel pop.’

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    How a soulful Austin pop band makes transcendence feel like dancing.

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    The Nashville dark-pop savant is combining his confessional songwriting with a sultry, haunting sound.

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    Social media stars exhibit grand houses representing an ideal, home ownership, that is increasingly hard to come by for the average millennial. Millennials might not want it anyway.

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    The international database of organic farms paves the way for a hands-in-the ground learning opportunity amidst the global pandemic.

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    So-called ‘portal fantasy’ reveals the awe, fear and transformative power of traveling to another world — one that might be appealing in our present dystopia.

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    Just because the author has revealed her transphobia doesn’t mean fans have to completely abandon the the franchise. Instead, they can reclaim it.

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    The Minneapolis-born country-folk artist uses his music to create narratives worth sharing.

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    Alan Moore’s comics explored a character’s psyche that continues to resonate with contemporary politics, albeit for the wrong reasons.

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    The acclaimed director has consistently probed difficult questions throughout his career. His latest feature is no exception.

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    The ‘Divergent’ author’s newest novel revitalizes the tired ‘chosen one’ trope by weaving a compelling narrative about what happens to heroes after saving the world.

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    While certain businesses may market their products as environmentally friendly, their practices are often anything but.

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    Sticking to a fitness routine is already a struggle, but what about when your ‘gym’ is within the confines of a small living space?

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    Sending letters through the mail provides a more physical connection than messages over digital platforms.

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    Once a term that conjured up images of hard-working women ready to smash the glass ceiling, the word now represents everything wrong with America’s capitalistic system.

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    Replacing the CEO with a Black executive isn’t enough to establish long-term inclusivity. There is still work to do in the name of transformative action.

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    New Spider-Men? New villains? There’s loads of potential in the upcoming follow-up to the web-slinger’s 2018 smash hit.

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    Whether it’s with their happy music or their inspiring lyrics, these songs will help keep you afloat through all of life’s stresses.

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    They are often essential community institutions, and their continued survival during the pandemic is now more important than ever.

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    Apple TV+’s latest series uses letters from people all over the world to demonstrate the impact one person can have.

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    Journalists must confront the controversies and mistakes of past reporters in order to do right by their subjects and their organizations.

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    Election season is upon us, and learning how to vote is the first step to exercising your rights. Here are the basics of the process for all you new voters out there.

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    The number of petitions that have been circulating among millions of Americans over the past few weeks has made a significant impact on the passage of new legislation.

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    In light of the chaos coming out of Washington D.C. today, this book is the perfect read to cure your woes.

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    Famous vloggers romanticize traveling alone, but it’s not everything it’s made out to be.

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    From underwear to makeup to clothing to candles, these five companies offer year-round shopping opportunities that support the queer community.

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    Susan Choi’s novel defies conventional wisdom about fiction and intentionally creates characters that are hard to relate to — making a unique, compelling read in the process.

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    The era of Britney Spears and Juicy Couture is back, and it’s a perfect complement to the social turmoil being experienced by Generation Z.

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    By focusing on inequities and double standards in gender, race, relationships and family, this standup is proving herself to be one of the most timely comedic voices today.

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    After five years, I took a step back from the sometimes overly judgmental and strict community.

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    Saeed Jones’ memoir is an honest and striking coming-of-age story about the Black queer experience and fighting to become yourself.

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    The video-sharing app uses a variety of different types of sounds and phrases, but just where exactly did these catchy snippets come from?

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    Western society has generalized the people of Asia for too long, and effectively erased South Asians, their culture and their unique experiences.

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    It isn’t safe to host parades and parties this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some LGBTQ pride in your living room.

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    Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? A gay sponge, according to Twitter speculation. The ocean eccentric is helping to normalize the LGBT community on TV.

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    The Hulu miniseries uses everyday scenes to take on an all too persistent problem in the fight for racial equality.

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    Traveling often feels expensive and out of reach. However, these two show viewers that seeing the world doesn’t have to be difficult.

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    Incorporating a more racially diverse cast on the reality show is long overdue, and necessary to combat the program’s racial exclusivity.

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    The Capitol Hill Occupied Protest came about after demonstrators successfully evicted the police from the neighborhood. Now, the city is pushing to dismantle it.

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    Beth O’Leary’s debut novel, which features a very unusual living arrangement, makes the case for the genre as possessing real emotional depth.

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    The psychologist identifies four different behaviors that can spell doom for any couple.

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    Previously focused on top-of-the-line ingredients and complex recipes, chefs and magazine editors have switched to pantry staples and cooking with just a few people.

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    Former women’s soccer player Julie Foudy’s platform bridges the gap between the personal lives of pioneering female athletes with politics and race.

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    The concept accompanies the evolution of a culture that praises novelty over quality, and influences how much we waste.

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    Netflix’s original series seeks to introduce its audience to a firsthand view of the challenges facing Black university students.

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    At its core, this practice crafts a journey for the individual to find mindfulness and peace in an increasingly chaotic and uncertain world.

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    A departure from the lighthearted comedy you might normally expect from Judd Apatow, this film is engaging, heartfelt and real.

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    It’s important to eat more ethically, but it’s also essential to let people evaluate what is best for their own well-being.

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    Whether you’re strapped for time, want to learn more about the environment or have the need to comprehend how the mind works, there’s something for you.

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    The protagonist of Insomniac Games’ brand-new title is leaving comic enthusiasts even more excited about the franchise’s newest installment.

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    Cutting off all your hair can be a statement, a declaration of freedom or a much needed change.

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    Julie Berry mixes the gods of Ancient Greece with romance and World War I, all in a novel that portrays the violence of white supremacy. 

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    Engaging in activism doesn’t have to consume all of your time. Calling your congressperson only takes minutes out of your day.

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    In this memoir, the comedian uses his personal experiences in South Africa and the U.S. to outline the fundamental irrationality behind racism — and why it continues to flourish.

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    Here’s a starting point for educating yourself about the history and effects of racial inequality in the United States.

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    From breaking down barriers in the jewelry industry to crafting candles named after famous pop culture witches, these LGBTQ+ brands are worth buying from.

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    Not everyone has the time or money to really pursue fitness. This YouTuber is making it easier for anyone to get into a solid workout routine, all without going to a gym.

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    The trend is attractive because it promises freedom and simplicity. But even in a tiny house, life can still be pretty complex.

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    Almost everything magical in the fantasy series relies on the use of animals in some shape or form. Is it even possible for a vegan to live in this world, and would they even want to?

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    With quarantine keeping us idle in front of the TV, taking the time to instead record ourselves will reinvigorate our lives despite an uncertain future.

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    Despite his smaller following than many, the progressive talk show host has repeatedly proven his skill in the YouTube debate arena.

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    Celebrate the SpaceX launch by exploring the vastness of the cosmos from the comfort of your own home.

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    American pop culture has been defined by black excellence for decades. From Gordon Parks to Aaliyah, black artists continue to influence the new generation.

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    Breakups are hard. These five films will make crying, self-reflection and moving on easier than a tub of ice cream can.

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    The Mason family left an imprint on the West Hollywood queer scene with their shop. Years later, members of the community talk of its unwavering relevance.

     

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    Is cancel culture going too far, or are the stakes too high to just let things go?

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    Robert Pattinson (Battinson?) takes over for Batfleck, leading a new trilogy of movies about everyone’s favorite Caped Crusader.

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    The BLM movement is confronting racism in American athletic leagues, but little is being done to change the roots of these organizations.

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    Although the movie wants to inspire teens to ‘find themselves,’ the shallow plot instead leaves viewers looking for someone else to change their lives.

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    The new docuseries for Apple TV+ emphasizes the importance of the LGBTQ community and its appearance on television.

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    Protagonists Mae and George must learn to navigate their evolving romance while dealing with insecurities about sexuality and addiction.

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    The ‘Star Wars’ actor expected backlash for his support of Black Lives Matter, but what he found was just the opposite. Here are some parts that would suit him in the future.

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    While modern capitalism and the looming recession pressure hobbyists to monetize their creative work, it’s important to remember why we do it in the first place.

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    Schools were thrown headfirst into digital classrooms and the outcomes have been deemed less than successful. Now we are left to fill in the educational gaps.

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    Whether overtly political like Rachel Cargle’s ‘Revolution Playlist,’ or just something you made for a friend, playlists can function as spaces to heal, resist and connect.

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    The competition is fierce. Who’s going to take home the crown?

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    In spite of pandemic deaths surpassing the 100,000 mark, there has not been significant public mourning. Still, there are ways we can mourn individually.

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    People across the world were looking for this girl. Her story reveals the power of media for missing children, but only if they’re rich and white.

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    What to do when you can’t meet in person?

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    Former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy has offered some counterintuitive yet practical advice for navigating what he calls the ‘loneliness epidemic.’

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    Digital classes bleed into the summer as companies like MasterClass and CourseHorse continue to educate people from the comfort of home.

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    The Black Lives Matter movement contextualizes and highlights the botched themes of the sequel to the beloved ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender.’

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    During times like these, creatives have way too much time on their hands. One result: killer web comics with deadly serious undertones.

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    Keep your feed filled with content about the Black Lives Matter movement, and see the impact and value of Black creators.

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    Ever since the transition to online learning, several teaching services are seeking additional educators to fulfill the new demand.

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    Visit Paris, Machu Picchu and the International Space Station — no physical travel required.

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    Is it time to hit the gym or pull back a bit?

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    With studies showing education and mental health intervention yield lower crime rates, is funneling funds into law enforcement really a good idea?

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    Athletes have heard the phrase ‘DI bound,’ but is there a better alternative for students wanting to focus on both athletics and academics?

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    Strong lead performances from Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae make up for the weaknesses in this rom-com murder caper’s script.

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    Enduring trials and tribulations while on the air, creator Dan Harmon’s show has finally garnered some long overdue popularity.

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    Once a cherished author, the ‘Harry Potter’ writer has fallen from grace due to her continued ignorance regarding trans and other members of the queer community.

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    It’s good for the environment, and it doesn’t taste bad either.

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    It used to be that treating mental health was stigmatized — now, however, some people are shaming those who don’t go to someone for help.

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    For fans who just finished the series, leaving the world they’ve come to love just isn’t an option. Fortunately, they don’t have to.

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    Written on a prison typewriter, the novel tells the story of a young man who falls in love, joins the war and robs banks to pay for heroin  — a tale not unlike the author’s own life.

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    Let’s face it — college is expensive. While financial aid and student loans are often the only resources considered, there are other ways to ease the financial burden.

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    In recent weeks, students have protested against police presence in cities as well as on their own campuses. So what’s next for campus police departments?

     

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    Brides and grooms nationwide are finding their big days seriously affected by the pandemic.

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    Even though they’re small enough to hold right in the palm of your hand and can be passed around by toothpick, they still pack a lot of flavor.

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    Sometimes, you’re stuck in a rut, but the ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ author has great ideas on how to dig yourself out.

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    Steve Carrell is working with ‘The Office’ producer Greg Daniels and a few other big names on this warm, satirical Netflix series.

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    It’s convenient and good for Mother Earth — what other reasons do you need?

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    The white singer’s racially coded complaints about the success of several black female artists perpetuate a harmful dichotomy between white femininity and black female aggression.