I Buy, Therefore I Am?: Excess consumption in the age of digital media

Our generation is known to consume the most amount of media all day, everyday. It is interwoven into almost every aspect of our daily lives. This can, of course, be attributed to the fact that we were the first generation to grow up with the Internet, and this type of constant consumption is normal because we have never known there to be a different reality where media wasn’t always readily available to consume.

The Nice House on the Lake: The Evolution of the Horror Genre

On June 1, 2021, the first issue of The Nice House on the Lake hit comic book stores. Written by James Tynion IV and with art by Alvaro Martínez Bueno, it took readers by surprise. Tynion and Martínez Bueno had worked together on Tynion’s Detective Comics and Justice League Dark, both to relative success, but this comic was entirely different from anything the pair had done before.

Androgyny as a Form of Liberation

In October of 2021, actor Billy Porter shared his thoughts on Harry Styles’ appearance in Vogue: “I had to fight my entire life to get to the place where I could wear a dress to the Oscars and not be gunned down. All he has to do is be white and straight.” Porter later issued a public apology after much criticism- but why? 

TBI

I was 16 years old when I experienced temporary blindness for the first time.

An elliptical ball, traveling roughly 60 miles per hour from the sheer power of the opposing right-side hitter’s biceps, had crossed the net to the 10-foot line, where I stood in the receiving position. Rather than contacting the plush pale forearms of my two outstretched arms, the volleyball touched the rim of a blocker’s right index finger and swerved 30 degrees upwards towards my head.

Young Mother Chef Looks Back on Heritage and Home to Pair with Detailed Service

Richmond’s food scene is making a comeback amid the still-lingering pandemic. As former pop-ups like Pizza Bones and Cobra Burger grow into their new brick-and-mortar spaces, others make names for themselves. Daniel Harthausen’s labor of love, Young Mother, is a newcomer to the scene. It sets itself apart with a focus on Japanese cuisine, sake pairings and strong front of house service, bringing a fine dining twist to the Richmond pop-up scene. 

Hanifa ‘Dream’ Show Review

On a cold winter day in November, people flocked to the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC to witness something spectacular and special, the Hanifa’s Inaugural Fashion Show called Dream. The brand Hanifa is created by Anifa Mvuemba, a fashion designer  based in Maryland. During the 2020 lockdown, she became well known throughout the fashion industry with a 3D digital fashion show called the Pink Label Capsule that gained worldwide recognition.

MUSIC REVIEW: The Dune Flowers – Tired of Being Nothing

The newest single from The Dune Flowers, a D.C. based project created by songwriter Tyler Drager, may at first seem like a departure from their characteristic sound. Where songs off their self-titled album rely on clean guitar tones and easy going, catchy ear-worms, “Tired of Being Nothing” employs more electronic elements and experimental production. Despite the track’s novel sound, Drager’s succinct and heartfelt songwriting style remains the same.

Unwind with Wines at Celladora – Wine Review

This article is intended for readers 21+. The ambiance is the first thing that stands out when you enter. Old soul classics played in the background.  The interior was gorgeously decorated by Megan Lee Hopkins, the owner. The decor reflects her personality – inviting, inclusive, and knowledgeable. There was a constant crowd during the 3 hours we were there; I highly recommend calling in advance to reserve a table. It’s the kind of environment where you can sit and unwind for hours, which I did with our editor-in-chief, Jess. 

Music Review: “No More Kim Kelly” – Death Plumes

Death Plumes (formerly known as Rocket Vomit) have taken the opportunity over the past few months to play gigs big and small. From the concrete steps of VCU’s Commons, to DIY home venues, and more traditional settings like the Camel, the three-piece have managed to make a name for themselves with their fervently abrasive punk sound that blends the traditional bluntness of the genre with a refreshingly heartfelt sensibility. 

LILY HOBART: ON THE BEAUTY OF EARTH

Over the past two weeks, I’ve found myself getting closer to VCUarts landscape photographer, Lily Hobart (@lilyhobartt) – a junior in the Photography + Film department. We first bonded in September of last year after learning that we had both transferred from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. After establishing a desire to be more connected to the wilderness, we both decided to come here. As time progresses and I work beside her in the darkroom, I’ve become increasingly enchanted by her portraits of Earth.