Melody Smith

Melody Smith

Bio: Melody Smith is a second year Media Studies major at Emerson College. She is from New Jersey where she spent a lot of time with her friends and family. She loves learning, and spends a lot of time analyzing film, television. She loves exploring the world of entertainment and how it connects to people. Aside from her schoolwork, she writes in her freetime-- mostly creatively. In the future, she would like to explore PR and Marketing. She is looking forward to learning even more, and growing as a writer.

Zendaya’s Fashion-Forward Weekend

This past weekend was densely packed with fashion wins by Zendaya and her stylist, Law Roach. Her style continued to grab attention as memorable outfits came one after another in Venice and Paris, as she promoted the upcoming film, Dune, where she stars alongside Timothee Chalamet.

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Putting Wigs’ Stigma to Rest

Almost everybody at every red carpet is wearing a wig (or extensions), and rightfully so. Why should a celebrity dramatically restyle their hair for every single high profile event that comes their way?

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Allyson Felix shows the power that comes with motherhood

Allyson Felix has more Olympic medals than any other female track and field athlete after winning bronze in the 400-meter dash finals in her second fastest time, 49.46 seconds. She ran the impressive race in sneakers which she designed herself, as a part of her new sneaker line, Saych. The gold medal went to the Bahamas’ Shaunae Miller-Uibo who ran 48.36, and silver went to Marileidy Paulino from the Dominican Republic.

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The infrastructure bill lacks many steps that target fossil fuel emission

Earlier this week, senators were able to agree on a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill. The massive bill falls short of several key elements that would support environmental protection while climate change is an ongoing crisis.

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California Dixie fire completely destroys town

California’s Dixie wildfire, its largest active wildfire, has now burned for three weeks across 322,000 acres of land. There are currently over 100 active wildfires burning across 14 states out west sparked by hot dry weather.

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Building a Strong and Sustainable Wardrobe

The dangers of fast fashion have been a hot topic lately, as microtrends continue to cycle faster and faster. People are already getting rid of their summertime “coconut girl” dresses that they purchased just a few months ago. One way to avoid this issue is relatively simple: buy clothes you like, not necessarily clothes that are popular!

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Women’s Dress Codes put Aesthetic over Performance for Athletes

The conversation surrounding dress codes for female athletes is certainly not a new one. In many organizations, progress has been made, and women are allowed to wear clothing more suited to their activity, but there is still a very clear disparity between male and female dress codes in sports. A glaring example of this struck earlier this summer when Norway’s handball team decided to protest against their dress code.

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis dismisses COVID Restrictions as Florida Cases Soar

COVID cases and hospitalizations have multiplied over the past few weeks in Florida. Healthcare facilities are severely understaffed. Florida currently accounts for 20% of reported COVID cases in the United States, and has the highest amount of hospitalizations since the pandemic began. 49% of the population has been fully vaccinated.

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The Majority of the NY State Assembly agrees to Impeach Governor Cuomo

More people are calling for Governor Andrew Cuomo’s resignation after an official report released by New York attorney general Letitia James accused him of sexually harassing 11 women, explaining in detail that he verbally and physically harassed women who worked for him. On Tuesday, President Biden joined the group of leaders supporting Cuomo’s resignation.

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Athletes are Human Beings, not Commodities

Even though these elite athletes seem superhuman, they require time to care for themselves just like any other person. Star gymnast Simone Biles received criticism for withdrawing from several events during this year’s Olympics in order to preserve her mental health. Her position as a high-profile competitor with wildly high expectations placed on her is clearly a stressful one.

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Raven Saunders Rightfully Violated Olympic Rules against Political Protest

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has faced recent backlash for banning political protest or activism at this year’s Olympics. American Raven Saunders won the silver medal on Saturday’s women’s shot-put final, but her Olympic victory is not the only thing that has people talking. Saunders, who calls herself “The Hulk,” threw 19.79 meters in her “Incredible Hulk” mask, and matching purple and green hair.

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Louisiana Becomes the Second State to Bring Back a Statewide Mask Mandate

On Monday, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards announced that the state would be reinstituting its indoor mask mandate in schools and public places. The mandate will be in effect until September 1st. The statewide mask mandate was lifted in April, but the recent threat posed by the Delta variant has caused government officials to shift back into old COVID restrictions.

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