Disney’s Iwájú: The Power of Afrofuturism

In 2017, Tolu Olowofoyeku, Hamid Ibrahim, and Fikayo Adeola, three friends from Nigeria and Uganda, found Kugali Media. Their vision was to create a pan-African media company aimed at telling stories of the African continent by Africans. They created a sci-fi Afrofuturistic comic-book called “Iwájú,” which roughly translates to “the future” in the West African language of Yoruba. 3 years later, in December of 2020, Disney announced a partnership with the company; it will be adapting the comic book into a science fiction animated series for Disney+ coming out in 2022. The show is to be set in Lagos, Nigeria and will explore issues like “class, innocence, and challenging the status quo”–themes all too relevant today.

WRITTEN BY: Lucy

An Interview With ALYSSA CARSON: 19 Year Old Future Mars Walker

Alyssa Carson (a.k.a Nasa blueberry) was born on March 10, 2001, in Hammond, Louisiana. After watching an episode of The Backyardigans about space travel, three year old Carson told her father that she wanted to become an astronaut and visit Mars. She graduated from Baton Rouge International School, a pre-school through 12th grade private school in 2019. Currently, Carson is studying astrobiology at the Florida Institute of Technology. She previously attended classes focused on space physiology at Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University.

A DEEPER TRAVEL INTO THE FOLKLORIAN WOODS: AN ANALYSIS AND REVIEW OF TAYLOR SWIFT’S EVERMORE

TW: mentions of mental health issues, murder
On July 24, singer Taylor Swift surprised the world with her 8th studio album, folklore, an unexpected move that quickly became number 1 in sellings and streaming platforms. The release of folklore broke the pattern Swift had been following for years, building eras for her albums and leaving a span of at least two years between releases. Now, five months later, she has done it again. On December 11, Swift unexpectedly released her 9th studio album, titled evermore, as a sequel to folklore’s alternative style. On the Instagram post where she announced the record, she explained evermore is “folklore’s sister” and was born out of a prolific song-writing process where she “just couldn’t stop writing songs”. The escapism she felt when telling these stories and the warm welcome the fans gave to them encouraged her and her team to keep exploring this theme.

Don’t make jokes at the expense of Texans: understand the importance of reliable infrastructure.

With the rise of online criticism of conservative beliefs, figures, and news outlets has come a new form of “activism” that extends these criticisms into a mockery of red states. Even more, this has formed a new belief that red states and the people who inhabit them deserve to be the punchline of all “jokes” because of who the majority of people in those states vote for; this discounts the minority communities in each of these states that not only suffer because of their states’ legislators, but now are placed in a position where they are forced to hear about how everyone in their state deserves the lot they receive in life. It disregards the blatant voter suppression that these states imposed on marginalized voters and fails to recognize that not everyone living in a red state aligns with conservative beliefs. Making online jokes surrounding the unfortunate circumstances of red states was a common practice after Florida was declared a red state in the 2020 presidential election, which placed the state at the mercy of various hurricane and natural disaster jokes, and is now becoming commonplace following the spike in Texas winter storms and record freezing temperatures.

A Different Perspective on Medusa’s Story: a Feminist Retelling of a Greek Myth

In Greek, the word ‘Medusa’ symbolizes guardian, or protectress. Athena herself wears the Gorgoneion, an amulet with a gorgon’s face, as a protective pendant. So why, when learning of all the stories about Medusa, is she seen as evil, or someone who needs her head chopped off? When Medusa’s name and self has the meaning of a guardian, why is she depicted as someone the world needs to be guarded from? That Medusa, the only mortal gorgon, is to be feared, and Perseus did right by decapitating her?

Groundbreaking Gen Z BIPOC Actresses

The film industry has required progress since its beginning, especially when it comes to its inclusion– or lack thereof. Even though this milestone of goal is still in the process of being reached, we can thank Rita Moreno, Cicely Tyson, Yalitza Aparicio, and so many other women who have opened the floodgates for BIPOC actresses to showcase their talents on the big screen. Generation Z has been making strides towards continuing to break that glass ceiling – actresses like Sofia Wylie, Madison Reyes, Avantika Vandanapu, Josie Totah, and so many more are proof of that.

Dear Gen Z, AAVE is not “Internet Slang.”

“It’s the AAVE for me,” “Chile, anyways,” “We been knew,” “Finna,” “Periodt, “No cap,” Well, aside from being ingrained in “Internet culture” and often incorrectly referred to as “Gen Z slang,” “internet lingo” or “stan language,” they’re all rooted in AAVE – African American Ventricular English. AAVE is an established, recognized system of linguistics and a dialect of English natively spoken by Black communities, notably in the United States and Canada.

WRITTEN BY: Cil

How Gen Z Students Can Study “Smarter, Not Harder”

Burnout is often a result of work-induced stress, and for Gen. Z students, this fact is constantly applicable. Although work is a huge factor of burnout for adults over the age of twenty-four, teens and young adults often find that their source of burnout stems from school. Oftentimes, students are forced to prioritize homework, classes, and Zoom calls over their mental health. To provide mental clarity, one should always prioritize mental health above any assigned work.