Harmonie Diezhandino

Harmonie Diezhandino

Bio: Harmonie Diezhandino hails from the sunshine state, where she plans to pursue her bachelor’s degree in animation. Animation is one outlet for her many creative interests including, drawing, acting, designing, and of course, writing! Harmonie is passionate about storytelling and engaging audiences, so she looks forward to bringing her passions and sunny disposition together on the NYCTastemakers team.
Movies

How Film Analysis Improves Self Understanding

There is nothing quite like finding a film that you love, that resonates with you, and that even feels like it was made for you. Well, what if I told you that it probably was made for you- or at the very least- people like you. Take Steven Spielberg’s E.T. for example. Though the film appealed to many, it was especially popular among those whose parents separated or divorced. Spielberg explained recently that the film was inspired by his own parents divorce, stating that he “had been working on an actual literal script about [his] parents’ separation and divorce,” and that he transformed it “into a story about children and a family….” Understanding why a film is made can help people to better understand why a film may or may not appeal to them. Through film analysis, people can deepen their understanding of the movies they watch, and in turn themselves. Film analysis improves individuals’ knowledge of psychology, and their own self-awareness.

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Sports

Buffalo Bills Win Thanksgiving Day Game Against Detroit Lions

Yesterday’s big Thanksgiving day game was nothing if not exciting. The game was an epic showdown between the Buffalo Bills and the Detroit Lions. Though the Lions seemed to have the upper hand throughout the game, by the start of the fourth quarter the tides turned, thanks to an epic play by the Buffalo team’s Josh Allen, who won them the game.

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Politics

Sarah Palin Loses House for Alaska

Democrat candidate, Mary Peltola, beat Sarah Palin in the race for Alaska’s seat in the House. The win for Petola made her the first Native Alaskan to earn a seat in the U.S. Congress. The victory for Petola is also interesting because she won the seat for the Democratic party in a state that has been considered Republican-dominated for the last several decades.

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Music

3 Biggest Highlights from the AMAs

This Sunday was the night of the year for music fans all across America, as it was the night of the highly anticipated American Music Awards. There is lots to talk about after this year’s event, from touching tributes, to controversy, to one artist’s moment of glory. Here are the three biggest moments from this year’s AMAs that everyone is talking about.

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Music

Exploring the Magic of Movie Music

I once had a music teacher tell me that music is one of the greatest things to study, because from it we can learn math, science, history, and art. It uses math to create beautiful scores, and from it we can learn about sound waves and resonance. Music’s role in society throughout all of humanity, lends itself to a rich history that we can learn from, and of course it is a form of art. Because it is such a rich and expansive medium, it lends itself to many aspects of society, including film. Music has a transcendent quality that makes it the perfect match for film as a form of escapism. The transcendent qualities of music enable it to create an ambiance, influence people’s mood, and foreshadow story, unlike any other tool at filmmakers disposal.

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Latest News

7 People Dead in Virginia Walmart Shooting

Yesterday a Walmart Supercenter in Chesapeake Virginia became the location for the third high profile shooting in the last two weeks, and only second in the last four days. The shooter killed six victims, and hospitalized four others, before taking his own life. The police arrived on the scene at 10:14 p.m., just two minutes after the first person called 911. By 11:20 p.m the police had the entire store cleared out.

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Beauty

CGI: The Special Effects Makeup Artist’s Secret Weapon

In the film industry, one has to be very creative when bringing their stories to life. In many cases this means bringing on a team of special effects makeup artists and using CGI. But it may surprise you to learn how these two special effects can be employed to enhance one another. CGI is more often than not, a valuable tool in the special effects makeup artists tool kit. CGI not only enhances makeups (yes I said “makeups,” it’s an industry term), but it can be used to make essential corrections for continuity sake as well.

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Sports

FIFA Restricts Human Rights Protests

The FIFA World Cup kicked off yesterday, signaling the start of this four week long event. Though this is the world’s most watched sporting event, in recent weeks it has received nothing but scrutiny as the games are being hosted in Qatar, a nation that to this day denies basic human rights to its citizens, particularly those who identify as being an LGBTQ+ member. Restricted human rights, as well as the abuse of migrant workers who built the structures for the World Cup, have prompted immense backlash. The country was supposed to fulfill a pledge it made when it won the right to host the World Cup, prior to the tournament, but has yet to do so, and instead has sought ways to repress the voices of those disturbed by the country’s stance on human rights.

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Politics

Elon Musk Restores Trump’s Twitter Account

Just a week after purchasing Twitter, Elon Musk has already laid off nearly half of the platform’s workforce, forcing the remaining employees to work in office instead of remotely, and even sign a pledge to commit to the company or quit. Now, the app’s owner is stirring the pot again, as he has reinstated the Twitter account of former president Donald Trump.

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TV

New Show The Santa Clauses is the Perfect Christmas Throwback

Disney has just released its latest addition to The Santa Clause, the Christmas trilogy that started back in 1994. But this isn’t another movie. This time Disney is shaking things up with a tv series, called The Santa Clauses. The show, which premiered on Disney Plus two days ago, picks up years after the last film took place, with Tim Allen’s character, Scott Calvin (a.k.a. Santa) trying to go into retirement. The show will follow him as he tries to select the next Santa to succeed him so that he may retire and leave the North Pole with his family.

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Sports

David Kaplan Leaving NBC Sports

Yesterday evening during his show, Unfiltered with David Kaplan, Kaplan announced that he would be departing from the network at the end of the year to spend more time with his family. Kaplan, who has been with NBC since 2008, announced that he would be leaving the company on December 30th. The opportunity to depart from the company presented itself when NBC’s partner company, NBCUniversal (NBCU) offered him a buyout, which Kaplan said was simply too good to pass up on.

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Politics

Fashion and Politics: Why Appearances Matter

The phrase “appearances matter” may put a lot of people off thanks to its superficial connotations, but in the sphere of politics, it is perhaps the one thing that is universally true. Public image is the driving force behind all politician’s careers. The people’s perception of the politician impacts whether they get into office, what decisions they make, how far they can take their agendas, and ultimately how successful their careers and administrations are. Appearances carry a lot of weight in politics. This is because appearances can be manipulated to create a narrative and reveal a person’s character. Fashion plays a large role in creating these narratives and public images, as it holds the power of influence, which is of course the politician’s greatest tool.

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