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The climate of change

On the Mark

“There should be a regular column on climate change, like there is a sports section,” my friend commented on one of my recent social media posts. The post generated a lot of debate among my friends. I compared people’s resistance to criticism of their personal acts of environmental degradation to
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To all the dreams I’ve had before

Off the Beat

When I was in seventh grade, I watched ABC Family’s “Make It Or Break It” and became obsessed with gymnastics. I was convinced that I could be the next Nastia Liukin or Shawn Johnson — all I needed to do was have a few lessons and I would totally be
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Rolling Loud 2018: Towkio

On his most recent album, WWW., Japanese-Mexican rapper Towkio jumped back and forth among different genres: soul-infused hip-hop to pop, R&B to trap. Given the blend of genres the rapper so fearlessly explored, it was disappointing to hear the rapper relegate his setlist to a series of repetitive, trap-inspired songs.
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SahBabii emerges from depths with ‘Squidtastic’

Rap has taken a silly turn, with rappers like Lil Yachty and Young Thug bringing boats and slime into their lyrics regularly. In line with this new, more playful, nonsensical form of rap, SahBabii has emerged as someone who creates some of the most exciting and compelling music.
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