Hearing Amber Heard: The Failings of Pop Culture’s Perfect Victim

On Monday, April 11, 2022, dozens of fans gathered outside of the Fairfax County Circuit Court to stand in support of actor Johnny Depp. They carried protest signs and waved pirate flags to commemorate his iconic role as Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean films. One fan, Jacina, traveled all the way from Australia. When asked by reporter Victoria Bekiempis about her support for Depp, she said, “Because I believe he’s innocent, and I don’t think that men’s reputation should be able to be ruined on the say-so of one person when it’s not true. He’s suffered very bad consequences that he didn’t deserve, because I think he’s a pure soul and he deserves redemption.” This is, of course, in reference to his ex-wife, Amber Heard, and the accusations of domestic violence she’s levied against him, the validity of those claims making up the reasoning for this very trial.

Herstory: Fashion

In fashion, women have been dominating the industry with their stories, hard work, accomplishments and trailblazing. Today, I want to recognize women who strive to be the best in their work and want to change the game of fashion with their presence. What makes these three women important to me is their ability to create spaces for others and how they are able to preserve in the world of fashion. In my opinion, these three are paving the way for the next generation of women to be in fashion.

Artist Spotlight: On-Set Videographer

For most of us, a good movie or tv show is just simple enjoyment. It’s a night out with friends to catch the newest Marvel installment, or a week’s worth of waiting to pounce on the next episode of Euphoria. The general plan behind those endeavors seems so simple, too; multimillion-dollar projects with months upon months of filming time and uber-famous actors and actresses.

Six podcasts you should listen to

Podcasts have been a popular source of entertainment and a way of life for some time now. From listening to your favorite musician talking about their process, to listening to what’s hot in fashion and beauty, these six podcasts  I’ve curated six podcasts that will add a fresh new take on what you love to listen to. 

Clairo and A Soft Dream at The National on 2/2/22

Singer/songwriter and multi-faceted artist Claire Cotrill, who performs under the name Clairo, leaves the crowd feeling enchanted with her delicate voice,  warm stage presence and bubbly personality. With the accompaniment of her band and undeniably cool set design, the night was charmingly memorable.

Sampling (Music): A Way to Reimagine Songs

The highlight of my middle school days were flipping through channels in the 900s range on Cox Cable. I would spend countless hours listening to music on the Music Choice channels. The service accompanied an endless range of genres from Rock to Soul, and with it, I was constantly immersed in new hit sounds. 

RVA Quick Fic

Creative stories inspired by fleeting moments captured in the streets of Richmond.

Soviet Lord of The Rings: A Psychedelic Masterpiece

The Soviet Union was falling apart from the inside out, bringing forth the winds of change. A made-for-TV film adaptation of the Lord of The Rings, aired only once and then lost in the fall of the Soviet Union, until now. 

The Climate Crisis is the Next COVID Crisis

Over the past few years, the world has experienced more noticeable and dramatic climate disasters than ever before, and yet our response has overall been stagnant. During this last year, I realized that the reaction to the worsening undeniable effects of climate change reminded me of the way the world reacted to another crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic.

Unsung Heroes: Fashion

For Black History Month, Ink Staff members created the Unsung Heroes to highlight black pioneers and trailblazers who have paved the way for new generations of people of color. Unsung Heroes: Fashion highlights five trailblazers who are the blueprint and appreciated throughout the fashion industry.

Black History Month Unsung Heroes: The World of Rock

The influence of Black culture on music in the past 100 years is not only obvious, but priceless. From Robert Johsnon to Bad Brains and Duke Ellington to Thundercat, Black musicians across the globe have time and time again influenced the trends and directions of music, like Coltrane’s solo on “Giant Steps” and Hendrix’s use of the dominant 7 sharp 9 chord.