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Aaliyah Barden selling her lip care line and sunglasses at the Sunset Market event on Friday, May 3. EMILY CHAO/THE STATESMAN

Student-owned small businesses crafting and creating connections on campus

Emily Chao, Assistant Arts and Culture Editor May 9, 2024

In the Student Activities Center (SAC) and Frank Melville Jr. Memorial Library, dozens of colorful flyers pinned to bulletin boards promoted an eclectic range of club events, even featuring a band’s...

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The official documentary poster for HBO Maxs Brandy Hellville & the Cult of Fast Fashion. PUBLIC DOMAIN

The Brandy Melville exposé documentary isn’t wildly shocking, and that’s a bigger problem

Emily Chao, Assistant Arts and Culture Editor April 28, 2024

Contains spoilers for the documentary film “Brandy Hellville & the Cult of Fast Fashion” (2024). With the popularity of some of the world’s largest fast fashion brands like SHEIN, Zara...

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A graphic illustrating the Ghostbusters Frozen Empire film being screened at a movie theater. ILLUSTRATED BY JERRY WEINTRAUB/THE STATESMAN

“Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire”: when a franchise cannibalizes itself

Joshua Lee April 28, 2024

This review contains spoilers. Hollywood just can’t let go of its beloved 1980s blockbusters. Whether it’s “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” (2023), the “Star Wars” prequels and...

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On Friday, Apil 12, music journalist Jeff Benjamin gave a talk about K-pops rising popularity in America. Benjamin highlighted the significance of K-pop and emphasized the impact of Korean culture across borders. EMILY CHAO/THE STATESMAN

Music journalist Jeff Benjamin on the globalization of K-pop in the U.S.

Emily Chao, Assistant Arts and Culture Editor April 21, 2024

A lecture hall in the Humanities Building was packed with students excited to hear from award-winning music journalist Jeff Benjamin on “Crossing Beats: K-pop’s Journey Into The American Heartbeat”...

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Official cover art for Beyoncé’s new album, “COWBOY CARTER.” The album was released on Mar. 29. PUBLIC DOMAIN

Beyoncé shakes the music world with new album “COWBOY CARTER”

Adrienne Esposito April 10, 2024
“This ain’t Texas,” Beyoncé sings in the opening line of “TEXAS HOLD ‘EM.” But you don’t have to be from or in Texas to enjoy this enchanting, unique Beyoncé album.
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A restaurant-quality chorizo and fennel mussels recipe you can make at home

Justin Lee April 5, 2024

Mussels are always front and center at the dinner table when my family dines at Italian restaurants. The plump and tender meat resting in flavorful broth is practically begging to be shucked from its...

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New York City-based chef and restaurateur Hooni Kim speaking to the lecture hall of students about his career experiences and the globalization of Korean cuisines. PHOTO COURTESY OF HEEJEONG SOHN

The Center for Korean Studies hosts Flavors of Innovation event with speaker chef Hooni Kim

Emily Chao, Assistant Arts and Culture Editor March 17, 2024

Advanced Senior Lecturer and Director of the Korean Studies program Heejeong Sohn greeted the audience at the Center for Korean Studies’ Flavors of Innovation event by welcoming New York City-based...

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An assortment of baos, or Chinese steamed buns, served at Bird & Bao. Bird & Bao is a small Asian-fusion restaurant located in downtown Patchogue. JUSTIN LEE/THE STATESMAN

Bird & Bao’s Asian-fusion cuisine doesn’t fail to delight

Justin Lee March 17, 2024
When amazing service combines with spectacular cuisine tucked in a delightful atmosphere, it’s enough to bring a tear to my eye. This trifecta is rare, but Bird & Bao excels in every aspect.
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A graphic displaying a collage of popular novels on a background of book pages with TikTok elements. ILLUSTRATED BY JERRY WEINTRAUB/THE STATESMAN

Is #BookTok creating fast fashion books?

Katherine Kimes February 13, 2024

The TikTok hashtag #BookTok, raking in 224.5 billion views and counting, has enraptured the app’s book-loving community. BookTok has mirrored other communities on platforms such as Instagram’s...

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Four thrift shops near Stony Brook University for a day out on the town

Four thrift shops near Stony Brook University for a day out on the town

Emily Chao, Arts and Culture Assistant Editor February 11, 2024
Thrifting has become a popular alternative to shopping firsthand from fashion retailers. Originally, its main purpose was to provide affordable clothing while sometimes raising money for charitable causes such as homeless shelters. There are a handful of thrift stores near Stony Brook University, providing an opportunity to support local businesses while enjoying a fun day out on the town.
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The official cover of Katy Brents novel, How To Kill Men and Get Away With It. The book was first published on October 12, 2022. PUBLIC DOMAIN

“How to Kill Men and Get Away with It”: a regrettable and unoriginal thriller novel

Jenna Zaza, Arts and Culture Editor January 19, 2024
The book “How to Kill Men and Get Away with It” by Katy Brent has an amazing and intriguing premise appealing to those who are infuriated with our patriarchal society, as main character Kitty Collins seeks to cleanse the world of scum men.
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The official TV show poster for Disney+s Moving. PUBLIC DOMAIN

“Moving”: A supernatural K-drama with heart and empathy

Emily Chao October 4, 2023
The star-studded, supernatural Korean drama “Moving” finished its 20-episode first season with unexpected messages of support and empathy.
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