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Queer love is important to see on the big screen

Lajiere Blake March 21, 2021
#OPINION: Films about queer relationships are necessary, but representation is only a fraction of the work society must do. It’s important to ensure changes translate over to the real world and aren’t just relegated to a screen.
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USG President Huntley Spencer at the Stony Brook University Black Lives Matter protest and rally on Oct. 21. USG is RABIA GURSOY/THE STATESMAN

Stony Brook USG reckons with the passing of Black icons during Black History Month initiative

Lajiere Blake February 13, 2021
As the Assistant to the Vice President of Student Life, Maia Gomis is one of the brains behind the Stony Brook Undergraduate Student Government’s new Instagram series, which is posting tributes to Black icons who have passed away recently.
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The album cover of POTUS by Daniel W. Jacobsen. PUBLIC DOMAIN

Satirical album runs down the ugly history of United States presidents

Lajiere Blake November 7, 2020
Artist David W. Jacobsen released “POTUS,” a humorous album serving as an homage to former U.S. presidents who are often overlooked. Each song on “POTUS” teaches the listener something new.
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WSHU hosts an informative conversation about the current political climate

Lajiere Blake November 2, 2020
On Friday, Oct. 30, WSHU held a virtual discussion titled “Through the Looking Glass: A Campaign Like No Other” with a panel of journalists, professors and media critics.
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Carine Green. SARA RUBERG/THE STATESMAN

Stony Brook student Carine Green refuses to let their mental health falter

Lajiere Blake October 3, 2020
Stony Brook University student Carine Green recounts their adjustment to remote learning and how it felt to participate in the Black Lives Matter movement as a young Black American.
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The Stony Brook Film Festival will begin its virtual programming Sep. 10

Lajiere Blake September 4, 2020
In its twenty-fifth year, the Stony Brook University Film Festival will go completely online. The festival begins on Thursday, Sep. 10, and will run until Dec. 15.
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Masks of different colors and patterns. Face masks and coverings are required on Stony Brook Universitys campus. SARA RUBERG/THE STATESMAN

SBU students adjust to campus mask requirements

Lajiere Blake August 30, 2020
As new campus policies insist on face masks to protect against the spread of COVID-19, Stony Brook University students share their thoughts on mandatory face masks.
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New episode of “Beyond the Expected” outlines SBU’s plan for the fall semester

Lajiere Blake August 23, 2020
Stony Brook University Podcast, "Beyond the Expected" details the precautions that will be in place for the much anticipated return to campus.
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Michelle Obamas official cover for her podcast Higher Ground. PUBLIC DOMAIN

Michelle Obama unveils the first full episode of Spotify exclusive podcast

Lajiere Blake August 4, 2020
On Wednesday, July 29, Michelle Obama released the first full episode of her highly anticipated show, “The Michelle Obama Podcast”. The podcast is part of an exclusive deal between Spotify and the Obamas’ production company, Higher Ground.
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The official poster for Da 5 Bloods directed by Spike Lee.

Spike Lee’s “Da 5 Bloods” couldn’t have come at a better time

Lajiere Blake June 29, 2020
Black fatherhood, mental health, racism and familial trauma are just a few of the topics discussed in the film. There is no one size fits all mold for the Black experience, but “Da 5 Bloods” is able to speak to the universal fight for freedom. 
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Tribeca goes online for annual film festival amid pandemic

Lajiere Blake April 8, 2020
On Friday, Tribeca editors announced that their annual film festival would adapt to a new digital landscape. This includes an innovative virtual reality film program that will be presented in conjunction with Facebook’s Oculus.
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I hate-watched HBO’s “Girls” and you should too

Lajiere Blake April 8, 2020
"Girls" is meant to show us the duality and multitude of women — an ode to the real-life difficulties most young girls face. But how can the show claim to represent girls when so many of us were left out?
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