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A graphic showing a phone screen canceling the TikTok logo with the American flag in the background. ILLUSTRATED BY BRITTNEY DIETZ/THE STATESMAN

There must be a complete ban on TikTok in the U.S.

Vinod Kripalani November 19, 2023
I have always firmly believed that ensuring the safety of American citizens and the national security of the United States surpasses individual liberties, and this is no different when it comes to my unwavering support for banning TikTok. 
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A graphic showing some of fashion designer, Sandy Liangs pieces on a runway. ILLUSTRATED BY JERRY WEINTRAUB/THE STATESMAN

The magic and playfulness of a ‘Sandy Liang Girl’

Emily Chao September 23, 2023
New York City native Sandy Liang started her viral clothing brand in 2014 after finishing college and in 2019, her line of colorful fleece jackets caused a popularity explosion. Her brand has since become known for its functionally nostalgic and coquette designs.
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The official poster for HBOs The Last of Us. Based on Naughty Dogs video game of the same name, actors Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey play leads as Joel and Ellie in the aftermath of a global pandemic. HBO

“The Last of Us” Review: More than the newest sci-fi craze

Anya Marquardt March 19, 2023
“The Last of Us”, an HBO adaption of the wildly popular 2013 video game, isn’t really about zombies; it’s more a philosophical look at human nature and what we are willing to resort to in order to survive.
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Social media and the rising trend of authenticity

Social media and the rising trend of authenticity

Mackenzie Yaddaw November 21, 2022
In this audio story, host Mackenzie Yaddaw discusses the latest trends emphasizing authenticity in social media, especially on apps like TikTok and BeReal.
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An illustration featuring social media influencer Andrew Tate. TIM GIORLANDO/THE STATESMAN

Misogynistic YouTubers promote sexism to young men

Sara McGiff September 14, 2022
#OPINION: No content creator has had the influence and ability to incite outrage amongst the general public more than Andrew Tate. Tate’s removal from social media platforms such as Instagram and YouTube has done little to deter his loyal fanbase.
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An assortment of American and Russian Vinyls. Russian censorship of certain bands have caused many to speak out. PUBLIC DOMAIN

Russian musicians speak out against Ukraine invasion

Zoe Elyse September 3, 2022
Ever since the start of the war in Ukraine, many artists from Russia have voiced their support for the people of Ukraine. Now, those artists are bringing their opinions with them on tour in the United States.
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A graphic including actors Johnny Depp and Amber HeardILLUSTRATED BY TIM GIORLANDO. IMAGES PROVIDED BY GETTY IMAGES

Depp v. Heard confirms that society loves creating a court of public opinion

Benjamin Joffe June 26, 2022
This opinion isn’t about the Depp v. Heard trial. It’s about the endless coverage and what that can do to a court case.
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The official cover for Euphoria. PUBLIC DOMAIN

The mysticism of “Euphoria” roars back with season 2

Melanie Navarro January 27, 2022
The first episode of season two of HBO’s Euphoria premiered on Sunday Jan. 9, and had fans reeling from opening credits to inevitable head smashing at its close.
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Drake performs in Concert at Aubrey & The Three Amigos Tour - Chicago, Illinois at United Center on August 17, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. After months-long delay, Drake dropped his sixth studio album after months-long delay. Prince Williams/WireimagePrince Williams/Wireimage

Drake drops latest album “Certified Lover Boy”

Isaac Saia Gluck September 17, 2021
For rap megastar Drake, it's hard to know when the rapping persona stops and the goofing around starts. His feuds with other rappers and many of his actions are questionable and unatoned for, but his songs can have good hooks ... sometimes.
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The official cover of hes all that. 

‘He’s All That’ Review: Higher stakes but a lukewarm outcome

Anjulina Varghese September 11, 2021
Cue Sixpence None the Richer’s “Kiss Me"; Laney Boggs walks in slow-motion down the stairs in her gorgeous makeover, only to clumsily trip into the arms of Zack Slier, her love interest. This iconic scene from the 90s classic “She’s All That” is still memorable in the hearts of fans all over the world. The 2021 reboot by Mark Waters, “He’s All That,” portrays the same concept, in a way that is in tune with today’s generation.
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McKenzi Thi Murphy, senior journalism major at Stony Brook University, 

Self-Image during the COVID-19 pandemic: The good, the bad and the fads

Melanie Navarro March 21, 2021
In the beginning weeks of lockdown, around March of last year, home-made whipped coffee recipes, rising TikTok stars and YouTube videos on-at-home ab workouts dominated social media.
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The official poster of Emily in Paris. PUBLIC DOMAIN

“Emily in Paris” Review: A “Sex and the City” spinoff, Influencer edition

Melanie Navarro October 18, 2020
From producer Darren Star comes “Emily in Paris,” a Netflix original cooked up with the same ingredients of its predecessors: fashion, love interests and friends to talk about said love interests with — but with the Eiffel Tower in the background.
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