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Bollywood Dancing

What is Bollywood? Bollywood is the Hindi film industry that stands for the words Bombay and Hollywood. It produces many movies in India, much like Hollywood in America. Similar to how most of the famous stars in the United States work in Hollywood, the famous actors and actresses in India …

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The Met Gala is What the Vatican Has Been Waiting For

Whoever said, “All publicity is good publicity” clearly never tried advertising with the Roman Catholic Church.  The Church has been in and out of the papers for roughly two millennia now and it has seen nothing but decreasing membership in recent years.  A liturgical facelift is long overdue and perhaps …

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The Truth About Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is one of the most celebrated holidays in the U.S., yet most people don’t know what they’re celebrating. A lot of Americans think that May 5th is Mexico’s independence but in reality, it’s the anniversary of the Battle of Puebla. Mexico’s actual Independence Day is September 16th …

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In Preparation for the Met Gala 2018

What is it? Since 1948, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institution hosts the annual Met Gala, an extravagant fundraiser for the Museum’s Costume Institute exclusive to the highest names in fashion, film, music, and art. Being a themed Gala, the night is featured with a new topic every year. …

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The Super Bowl in American Households

As Americans, we find ways to turn anything into a holiday: Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and even the Super Bowl.  Originating fifty-two years ago in 1966, the two teams played for the AFL-NFL World Championship game. Then, the two leagues became one in 1970 and each original league became a …

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Yelang Valley of Masks

For 20 years, 76 year-old Song Peilun has been transforming an ancient valley in Guizhou, China, into a beautiful village of monuments. When visiting the United States, Song discovered striking similarities between the Native Americans and Guizhou ethnic minorities. After seeing the Crazy Horse Memorial in South Dakota, the world’s …

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The Sport of Horseback Riding

Quite often, to the point that every equestrian feels like throwing something, people close-mindedly claim that “horseback riding isn’t a sport” or “the horse does everything for you.” This is a common misconception among those who don’t ride horses. However, what they don’t realize is that the rider needs to do …

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Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds: The World Mourns

If the human race was a galaxy, it just lost two of its brightest planets. Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds passed away only a day apart on December 27 and December 28, 2016. Fisher passed away after suffering a heart attack on a flight from London to Los …

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Artist Study: Elizabeth St. Hilaire

Decorative calendars are one of my favorite things, and the Paper Paintings calendar that has been hanging on my wall for 2016 contains art that truly deserves recognition. Flipping through the months this year has been a source of great joy to me, because each time I am greeted with …

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History of the Necktie

Though it has bore witness to a significant drop in popularity in recent years, the necktie still remains a pivotal organ of our culture and wardrobe.  Neckties have legendary origins dating back to the 1600s, evolving over four centuries to the icon of today, cementing its place in fashion history. …

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