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Here’s to Another Year

I am one who enjoys structure: knowing which classes I go to on what days, having a set syllabus, and knowing what to expect. But, when I lost my external hard drive, I felt as though I lost a piece of myself – my childhood photos, every single family holiday, my photography. I was the… Continue reading Here’s to Another Year

Under Miami’s Moonlight: New Film Brings Perspective

‘Moonlight’ won 3 Oscars for the 8 nominations they received. Here’s my review:

The Harbinger

By Alexandra Reboredo 

Moonlight is a film that reaches the audience in a way no other production piece has done before — it realistically depicts how difficult it is to be black, gay, and poor as the main character struggles through drug abuse, bullying, and street violence.

Set in Miami, the film follows Chiron, a young black boy who does not fit in. His friends and family coined him with the humiliating nickname Little. He walks into school everyday, avoiding homophobic remarks in the schoolyard, just to come back home to his mother who develops an addiction to snorting “crack” cocaine.

This film shows a different perspective of Miami, usually hidden beneath beach towels and sunglasses, that other people are too afraid to show.

Moonlight also highlights the drug trade problem that takes place in Miami. A character named Juan controls the drug scene. When Chiron finds Juan’s house, which…

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Midnight Poetry: Touch

I can still feel Your fingertips grazing across my skin Tracing figure eights Scratching the hard ice. The cold sends shivers throughout my body Mountains rise And spread like a wildfire Yet I’ve never felt a warmth so strong A burning passion in my chest A pleasant pain Your beautiful trails Now etched on my… Continue reading Midnight Poetry: Touch

Princess of Alderaan

Since Wednesday, I have been responsible for looking after my older sister's cat as she enjoys herself at Electric Daisy Carnival, a music festival in Orlando. Her cat, Princess Leia (her husband is a Star Wars geek), had trouble getting used to our small apartment when she first arrived. Already occupied by my fish, Sardina… Continue reading Princess of Alderaan