Jazmine Loayza

Jazmine Loayza

Bio: Jazmine Loayza was born in Miami, FL and is a recent graduate of Southern New Hampshire University with a BA in English. Her undying love for writing was in part inspired by her military upbringing, which frequently brought her to new states, schools, and people from all walks of life. As such, she is fiercely dedicated to advocating for those who are considered minorities, disabled people, and members of the LGBT+ community. She is also passionate about the arts. Jazmine is honored to join the NYC Tastemakers team, where she hopes to flourish as both a writer and a professional.
Health and Wellness

4 ADHD-Friendly Cleaning Hacks

For many with ADHD (hyperactive attention deficit disorder), cleaning can be more than a chore–it can feel like a downright impossible mission, with a laundry list of steps that need to be repeated day in and day out. It drains our time and energy and can thrust us into a state of indecision paralysis if we procrastinate on much-needed housekeeping: where do I even begin, and how can I make myself do it?

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Politics

Virginia Rep. Donald McEachin Dies at 61

US Representative Aston Donald McEachin, a Democrat from Virginia, died on Monday just weeks after winning reelection to Congress, his office said in a statement late Monday night. He was 61 years old.

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Sports

How the Youth Sports Industry Misleads Parents

It isn’t uncommon for young athletes to dream big. Any youth devoted to their sport will eagerly tell you their ambitions of playing in the big leagues, mimicking the roar of the crowds as they score that buzzer-beating shot. But in the face of reality, we intuitively know that those childhood dreams rarely come true, and the data backs that up: according to the NCAA, there are 10 million high school athletes in the US compared to just over 400,000 college athletes across all sports. At the professional level, that number is drastically smaller. So why do youth training camps and similar programs in the youth sports industry continue to peddle parental fantasies about their children as future professional athletes?

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Politics

Former Kentucky Governor and KFC Magnate John Y. Brown Jr Dies at 88

John Y. Brown Jr., the magnate who helped build KFC into a global fast food sensation and used his momentum to serve one term as Kentucky governor, has died at the age of 88. According to Brown’s family, the businessman and multimillionaire succumbed to complications from COVID-19 at a hospital in Lexington, KY. He is set to lie in the state capitol from 10 am to 7 pm. Tuesday (Nov. 29), with his family hosting a public visitation in the rotunda from 3 pm. to 7 pm. The public is invited to attend.

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Health and Wellness

4 Ways to Avoid the Holiday Bloat

It’s that time of year again–and by that, I mean we get to partake in the time-honored tradition of stuffing our faces with several courses of meats, greens, sides, and apple pies until our poor bodies are practically screaming for a shot of Pepto Bismol. If you’re like me, it’s not hard to get bloated during the Holidays, and that’s because the average Thanksgiving (and probably Christmas) dinner is packed with over 3,000 calories–much over the average recommended intake for many adults, according to the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. But if you’re trying to curb the dreaded holiday bloat this year and enjoy a little more time with friends and family without feeling like a balloon about to burst, try these tips below!

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Sports

Ohio St. Apologizes to MSU Hockey Player Over Racial Slurs

Ohio State University athletic director Gene Smith has issued a formal apology to Michigan State University hockey forward Jagger Joshua after he accused a Buckeyes player of hurling a racial slur “multiple times” at him during a game earlier this month. According to Joshua, who is Black and plays for MSU’s Spartans team, the racist incident happened on Nov. 11, when OSU visited East Lansing and lost 4-3. While Joshua did not specify the exact words said to him on the ice, the Buckeyes player allegedly responsible for the abuse has been identified as forward Kamil Sadlocha.

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Latest News

NY Gov. Kathy Hachul Signs Novel Law to Curb Crypto Mining

New York Governor Kathy Hachul signed a first-of-its-kind bill on Tuesday banning certain bitcoin mining operations that use carbon-based power sources, becoming the first state in the nation to impose such a ban. It is also the nation’s most restrictive law regulating cryptocurrency mining.

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Latest News

Magnitude-5.6 Earthquake Leaves Over 250 Dead in Indonesia

On Monday afternoon (Nov. 21), a magnitude-5.6 earthquake struck Indonesia’s West Java province, killing at least 268 people, many of them schoolchildren, with 151 still missing among the rubble. The death toll is expected to rise. Intensive search and rescue efforts are currently underway across the affected areas.

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Theater

How Attending Live Theater Builds Empathy

Theater as an art form is ancient. The performing arts have been a part of human culture since forever, which isn’t surprising given our never-ending hunger for entertainment and joy. But our need for theater also serves a deeper purpose: it explores the human condition in a way few other mediums are able, and has the power to change attitudes, encourage empathy, and promote prosocial behavior among audience goers. It allows us to open our minds and flourish as people–and that’s a fact supported by science.

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Sports

Giants Rookie Wan’Dale Robinson Out with Torn ACL

In yet another hit to New York’s roster, Giants wide receiver Wan’Dale Robinson’s promising rookie season has come to an end.
During Sunday’s 31-18 loss against the Detroit Lions at MetLife Stadium, Robinson tore his right knee’s ACL–anterior cruciate ligament–after getting tackled near the home sideline on the first play of the fourth quarter, according to head coach Brian Daboll. The wide receiver fell to the ground and immediately began writhing in pain as he grabbed at the knee. The severity of the injury means that Robinson will have to sit the rest of the regular season out.

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Latest News

Bob Iger Renamed as Disney CEO

In what several outlets have described as a “shocking” turn of events, the Walt Disney Co. announced late Sunday that Robert (Bob) Iger will return to lead the company as its chief executive officer, effective immediately. Iger replaces Bob Chapek, who assumed the position after Iger stepped down in 2020. Iger, lauded as one the most successful CEOs in the history of the Walt Disney company, spent more than four decades at Disney, including 15 years as CEO.

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Movies

Why “The Super Mario Bros. Movie” Has A Lot Riding On It

On October 6, Nintendo and Illumination Entertainment dropped the first and highly-anticipated trailer for “The Super Mario Bros. Movie”, a project that’s been in the works for years. The teaser was met with acclaim from many, cautious joy from others (myself included), or outright criticism from those who took issue with the film’s CGI-standard animation style or casting choices. Of course, the film’s reception was bound to be decisive, but the ever-diligent Nintendo has made an intensive effort to ensure that its newest animated installment in the Mario-verse is financially successful–the film already has Mountain Dew ads featuring the voice of Luigi Charlie Day lined up, and has secured numerous spots for major TV sports events. But when you consider the failure of Nintendo’s first attempt at a Mario movie back in 1993, the video game company’s current obsession with making sure everything goes right with this movie starts to make more sense.

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