Black Widow Wears a Ponytail and it’s a Big Deal

Photo by Brigita Przybylski By Brigita Przybylski Marvel’s highly anticipated July 2021 movie Black Widow directed by Cate Shortland is a solo story about Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson). Leading up to its premiere, movie posters and trailer scenes showed Natasha and her sister Yelena Bolova (Florence Pugh) wearing a ponytail or braid…… Continue reading Black Widow Wears a Ponytail and it’s a Big Deal

Piña Colada

Photos by Lianelys Cabrera By Lianelys Cabrera  Diving deep into a dimension where summers don’t come with sadness. Relieved from the expectations  of falling into extravagant madness. Here, we become timeless, ageless, perhaps endless.  But when reality awakens, the piña colada dream is gone.  Back to the surface we go, where the air is tasteless,…… Continue reading Piña Colada

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My Summer Superpower

Photo by Alex Zavala By Alex Zavala Growing up, Summers in the suburbs felt like the beginning of some sad story sitting carelessly in my Notes app where every story sounded the same. I’d wake up, fight the Summer heat by staying inside all day, pace around aimlessly, watch reruns of Spongebob, fall asleep, rinse,…… Continue reading My Summer Superpower

Demolition and Division: Rebirth and Unity in Akira

Photo by Vlada Stark By Vlada Stark An unfortunate misconception plagues the science fiction genre. The over-saturated YA dystopias of the early 2010s were shallow copies of the same bleak dystopia inhabited by bland prototype characters. Science fiction, at least good science fiction, simply exaggerates the perplexities of the human experience. Which is why the…… Continue reading Demolition and Division: Rebirth and Unity in Akira

Reunion

Photo by Ash Fuentes By Ash Fuentes Not to sound like Vin Diesel in every Fast and Furious movie in the franchise, but family is important or whatever he says.  The top lessons taught by the franchise are don’t turn your back on family, you don’t have friends you have family, something about loyalty, more…… Continue reading Reunion

Flowers Still Grow

Photo by Aian Tabor By Molly Zofia As many will already know, June is Pride Month. For the theme of Unity, I worked with several contributors (who remain anonymous) to create a poetry piece about what it feels like to be unable to openly celebrate Pride. Pride can be a lonely time for members of…… Continue reading Flowers Still Grow

The Unity Playlist

For issue 7: Unity, we chose songs that bring people together. Listen with your friends and let the good times roll! Listen to the playlist here Charlotte Turner “You’re So Vain” by Carly Simon This doesn’t seem like a song that would bring people together, as it’s just Carly Simon listing the many flaws of…… Continue reading The Unity Playlist

Harmony in Multitudes

Photo by Lianelys Cabrera By Lianelys Cabrera Diary Entry #1:  I have to admit that I express myself better through visual creations, hence the embroidery piece that goes with this mini-essay. Still, given the topic of this month, I’d like to take the time to dive deeper into the concept of harmony and its synonyms.…… Continue reading Harmony in Multitudes

Here, in Isla Vista

Photo by Dylan Delaney By Isabel Cruz The way people lie around in this town, you’d think they were dead, under the relentless Southern California sun. At worst, they are hungover, hoping to find relief in the heat. At best, they are taking a nap between classes, laptop left open, blackened by the outdoors, and…… Continue reading Here, in Isla Vista