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My America

My America

by Gretchen Hanson It all started with a misplaced bottle of water. I left my idyllic little resort town of Rehoboth Beach in Delaware early Friday morning. A dear friend was being laid to rest in Cumberland, Maryland, and I was facing a long, difficult, five hour drive. I packed road food (because I am always hungry) and water bottles and put them on the back seat. The food, which was to last me all day, I finished in twenty…

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Fibroids: A Women’s Health Issue We Need To Talk About

Fibroids: A Women’s Health Issue We Need To Talk About

by Fahrin Kermally In early 2005, I was in the middle of graduate school, planning my career, and thinking about the fabulous life I had ahead of me. What I wasn’t thinking about was my health. I ate well, was physically fit, and it didn’t occur to me that anything could possibly be wrong. Even the continuous spotting I had been living with for two years didn’t make me pause.  Not until I casually mentioned it to a friend. “You’ve…

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To Look for America

To Look for America

by Tana Tymesen In a tertiary plotline in 2000’s Oscar-winning Almost Famous, Anita Miller (Zooey Deschanel) runs off with her boyfriend to become a flight attendant. As she hugs her little brother William goodbye, she whispers to him to look under his bed — that there he’ll find his freedom. William lugs from the dark beneath his mattress a large bag stuffed with Anita’s albums as the opening lines of Simon and Garfunkel’s “America” play in the background. “Let us be…

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The Ideal Conditions under which to see ‘Get Out,’ as a White Person

The Ideal Conditions under which to see ‘Get Out,’ as a White Person

by Andrea Crowley-Hughes Take all of a Saturday to decide whether you’re going to see Jordan Peele’s lauded horror comedy, “Get Out.” You generally can’t make it through horror movies without hyperventilating, but Jesse David Fox says you’ll be okay, and most everyone you’ve heard from agrees that the quality of this work is worth the discomfort. After the apprehensive part of your brain puts forth its losing arguments, head into the night. Hold your partner’s hand extra tight as…

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Discovering Dance as Resistance

Discovering Dance as Resistance

by Caitlyn Berry Whenever I meet someone who tells me they “can’t dance” or they “have no rhythm,” I usually don’t respond, because I usually don’t believe them. In the rare instances I challenge their claim, I find that it is more of a fear of judgement than lack of any apparent musicality or ability to move. Hundreds, even thousands of years ago, dance was simply a spiritual and social practice where nearly all members of society were participants. It…

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