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Movember: The History of the Mustache

Posted by Jordan Tennenbaum on

It's November, also known as Movember, the month dedicated to growing upper lip hair in order to raise awareness and money for testicular and prostate cancer awareness. From its earliest debut in Scythian society around 300 BCE, the mustache has been a staple of manliness, power, and pride. Our great country has been built and changed by men donning such legendary hair upon their upper lip.From Martin Luther King Jr. to Mark Twain, and from Albert Einstein to Ron Swanson, the...

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Bridesmaids: Corporate Feminism For the Masses

Posted by Jordan Tennenbaum on

In 2011, Bridesmaids, the Paul Feig directed and Judd Apatow produced film became an instant box office hit, reaching millions of viewers with a refreshing take on female comedy that received wide claim as a film that empowered women. Classically, Hollywood has been dominated and colonized by white males, producing and recycling narratives that reflect a small sliver of the American experience for a massive and diverse audience. Despite this fact, the film, written by Kristen Wiig, and starring Melissa...

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The Real History of Soul Food: From Slavery to Modern Cuisine

Posted by Jordan Tennenbaum on

From the deep South a tradition of brutal slavery and relentless racism was born, yet it also birthed an incredibly delicious and culturally unique food tradition that weaves together the black narrative through the use of ingredients that reflect the lives of slaves in America. Though often times what is now deemed as “soul food” is perceived as a simple southern cuisine, the traditions, techniques, ingredients and community that are involved in its creation and execution reflect the conditions that...

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A Comprehensive Guide to Oakland's Complex Gang History

Posted by Jordan Tennenbaum on

Known for being a dangerous and violent city, Oakland, California has crawled its way to the top as one of the most notorious places in the United States. Philadelphia has the cheese steak, New York has Yankee fans, and Oakland has a gang problem. According to Kathleen Les (1998) “Oakland's economic foundations have been eroding, locking it into images of urban grit and crime” which have “come to symbolize a city without a center -- without essence -- and is...

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Is Climate Change a National Security Issue?

Posted by David Takashi Aptaker on

California recently instated new regulations concerning water consumption in an effort to counter the effects of a serious drought. Governor Jerry Brown ordered a 25 percent cut in water usage, and grassroots campaigns against certain agricultural products have begun, notably boycotts of burgers and almonds. In a 2014 report, NASA indicated that California’s water levels were 11 trillion gallons short of its seasonal average. California is not alone. China is experiencing drought in regions of their country. Ethiopia is in...

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