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Manhattan would kill me if it got the chance

As Jay Gatsby drives him to Manhattan, Nick remarks: “The city seen from the Queensboro Bridge is always the city seen for the first time in its first wild promise of all the mystery and the beauty in the world.” Unfortunately, I came in through Newark.
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Yes, I’m a film major. No, I don’t have a favorite film.

Cutting Room Floor

When I tell people I’m a film major, I’m met with fleeting expressions of confusion as to why I’m studying film at a school historically not known for its film department. But then, I am always inevitably asked what my favorite film is as if I should have some extra authority on the subject.
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Discovering my roots

On the Mark

In 1912 my infant grandmother and her family traveled by wagon and train from a remote community in Austria-Hungary to Hamburg, Germany, where they boarded a no-frills passenger ocean liner to the United States. A century later in Brooklyn, I stepped onto the luxury cruise ship Queen Mary 2 for
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Rolling Loud 2018: YG

On the Pinclout Stage of the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, the lights went dark and the outro speech to YG’s “Handgun” played over the speaker. “Now you’re ready for the world, yadidamean?” the anonymous man says, as if to initiate the entire audience. “Stay dangerous.”
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The best of the Big Apple

Ah, the bustling isle of Manhattan, the city that doesn’t sleep. New York City is arguably America’s greatest and most iconic city — sorry all of you Bay Area natives, but I’m an East Coast girl through and through. And while the Bay Area is home to one of the
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