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Off the Record: Spotify versus Apple Music, and Hollywood Remakes

Off the Record: Spotify versus Apple Music, and Hollywood Remakes

Amaya McDonald and Melanie Navarro July 1, 2022
In Episode 2, hosts Amaya and Melanie discuss the timeless battle over Spotify and Apple Music. The hosts also get into a heated discussion over the Hollywood remake He's all That and Hollywood's infamous reputation of ruining classics. 
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Off the Record: The Best No Skip Albums

Off the Record: The Best No Skip Albums

Amaya McDonald and Melanie Navarro June 29, 2022
Join Arts & Culture editors Amaya McDonald and Melanie Navarro for the new Statesman podcast, "Off The Record." From The "King of Pop" Michael Jackson to Lady Gaga, they dig into the artistry that creates a cohesive no-skip album.  
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The clearance section of a Forever 21. Convenience of fast fashion comes with the price of an expanding carbon footprint. JULIA HEMING/THE STATESMAN

How the price of fashion may cost us our planet

Amaya McDonald April 24, 2022
Refraining from shopping or buying one top from a fast fashion company will not necessarily make or break our climate crisis, but the more we work together to adjust our practices, the more businesses will take note.
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A pair of game worn Air Jordan 1s signed by Michael Jordan himself. Gentrification within the sneaker community has made it hard for those to enjoy fashion that had been previously more accessible.Jordan Geller/CC BY-SA 4.0

It’s getting harder to ‘be like Mike’: The gentrification of sneaker culture

Amaya McDonald April 17, 2022
Air Jordans, along with other popular sneaker collections, have become a staple in hip-hop culture. Like most assets of Black culture that have been appropriated and labeled as trends in American pop culture, sneakers have become “gentrified.”
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Poster for the Brookfest 2020 Artist Poll. COURTESY OF USG

Gunna confirmed as headliner for Brookfest 2022

Amaya McDonald and Katherine Procacci April 9, 2022
After two years of virtual events and performances, USG announced the lineup at this year’s in-person Brookfest concert during the USG Block Party. Gunna will be the headliner for the spring 2022 Brookfest concert held on April 21.
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Far Beyond signage in the Academic Mall.  EMMA HARRIS/THE STATESMAN

Editorial: Reflecting on two years of COVID-19

The Editorial Board March 26, 2022
Editorial: The Statesman has extensively covered the pandemic. Even though we were all going through these changes at the same time, our experiences were all unique. These are our tales.
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Judi Brown Clark

Students’ statements reveal a lack of Black representation amongst professors at Stony Brook

Raymond Wilson March 1, 2022
The Statesman’s arts and culture editor, Amaya McDonald, hit the streets to survey students on how many Black professors they’ve had during their time at Stony Brook.
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A graphic displaying the majority of white-identifying people with a minority of Black-identifying people. GRAPHIC BY KAT PROCACCI/THE STATESMAN

Black students struggle to find community at universities

Amaya McDonald February 27, 2022
In the United States, universities and colleges are major hubs for cultural assimilation, as Black students have an experience that is unique to that of their white counterparts. 
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ASU models strike a pose while wearing clothes from “Le Rovet” by Bernan Doll at ASUs fashion show on Friday, April 10, 2015. NATHALY SIERRA / THE STATESMAN

SBU’s African Student Union’s fashion show set to return

Amaya McDonald January 29, 2022
The ASU Fashion Show has been a tradition on the SBU campus for years, but since the COVID-19 pandemic put a stop to large in-person events on campus, students have not been able to walk the runway.
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The official album cover for Dawn FM. PUBLIC DOMAIN

The Weeknd’s “Dawn FM” is the perfect purgatory playlist

Amaya McDonald January 9, 2022
The release of “Dawn FM” indicates a promising year for music in 2022 and reminds us all that even while we may be stuck in limbo, dawn is coming, and it is vital that we stay hopeful.
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BalletX contemporary ballet performed at the Staller Center Nov. 20.  The performance proved that world of dance can be much more inclusive and creative.

BalletX makes ballet fun for all at the Staller Center

Amaya McDonald November 22, 2021
Philadelphia’s BalletX contemporary ballet took to the Staller Center stage on Nov. 20 and showed the audience that ballet does not have to be boring.
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Celebrating Hip-Hop History Month

Celebrating Hip-Hop History Month

Amaya McDonald November 7, 2021
Celebrate and recognize hip-hop's impact on groups both in and outside the Black community with the observation of Hip-Hop History Month. Here are some of the songs that define the culture.
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