Sabine Gillelen

Sabine Gillelen

Bio: Sabine Gillelen was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area of California. The diverse culture of this area, along with the international schools she attended, inspired Sabine to attend university outside of the US. She is currently earning a BA in Economics and International Studies at St. Louis University in Madrid, Spain. Sabine is passionate about traveling, food, politics, and various art mediums, from visual to audible. Her favorite aspect of traveling has always been the opportunity to connect with and listen to the life stories of people from different cultural backgrounds. So naturally, she is ecstatic to develop her passion for storytelling through writing as a member of the NYCTastemakers team.
Fashion

Metaverse: Forever 21 Launches Physical Line to Match Virtual One

Since the announcement of the Metaverse, brands have been working on ways to incorporate their products into the future internet universe creatively. A year ago, a metaverse creation company called Virtual Brand Group partnered with fashion retailer Forever 21 to launch a new line of clothing for the Roblox universe. Virtual Brand Group is also working with Pacsun, Tommy Hilfiger, and Ralph Lauren to create more virtual lines.

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Music

The Best Five Albums of 2022

Listening to Big Thief’s fifth studio album Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe feels like sipping a warm cup of tea on a Sunday morning. The lead singer’s Adrianna Lenker’s warm vocals perfectly pair with her beautifully written songs. This album’s release, with 20 self-written songs, solidifies Adrianna Lenker’s place as one of the best new singer-songwriters of this decade.

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Latest News

Senate Passes Act to Protect Gay and Interracial Marriage Federally

On Tuesday, the Senate passed the Respect for Marriage Act in a 61 to 36 vote. The act would protect interracial and gay marriage licenses at the federal level. Out of the 61 votes in favor of this protection, just 12 were republicans. One Republican senator from Wyoming, Senator Cynthia Lummis, said she was “vilified” by her party for voting to protect the fundamental civil right of marriage.

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Music Playlist

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Politics

Why is the Quality of our Politicians So Poor?

The United States’ political arena used to have a veil of professionalism that no longer exists in a Post-Trump era. Nothing better represents the aesthetics of politics changing than Fox news criticizing Obama for wearing an unpresidential tan suit, and then a year later, vocally supporting a candidate who brought up his political opponents small hand size in debates. Trump’s election as president then encouraged record numbers of unqualified candidates to run in this year’s midterm elections, from ex pro athletes to TV show hosts.

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Latest News

Nationwide Protests in China See Unprecedented Levels of Backlash Against President Xi JinPing

In response to Xi Jinping’s strict zero-tolerance Covid policies, unprecedented protests have erupted across China’s big cities. One labor scholar from Cornell explains that “for three years,” Chinese people have “seen a level of lockdown that is simply inconceivable.” Although the policies were harsh at the beginning of the pandemic, the benefits to Chinese society were clear. Throughout the pandemic, China reported far fewer cases of covid than the United States. To put in perspective just how few, the United States, a country of 332 million people, reported 1.1 million civilian deaths due to covid. In contrast, the People’s Republic of China, which has a population of 1.4 billion, reported 5,000 covid related deaths.

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Books

How Reese Witherspoon Made Almost a Billion Dollars Off of a Book Club

Reese Witherspoon has made millions off of her book club called Reese’s Book Club. Each month Reese chooses a book to highlight for her members. Clients can buy boxes from the company that contains books based on the box’s title; The Self-Care Box, The Romance Box, The Thriller Box, etc.

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Sports

Iran Pressures Players To Sing National Anthem During World Cup

Earlier this week, Iran’s National Soccer Team remained silent while the Iranian national anthem played at their game against England. The team is currently under scrutiny, as the world watches them maneuver how to represent both their country and their people in the midst of violent domestic crackdowns.

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Latest News

Violence Breaks Out At iPhone Factory in China

On Tuesday, violence broke out in Zhengzhou, China between the police and the workers of a Foxconn factory which is the largest producer of iPhones. The workers were protesting in front of the factory when video footage showed the police begin to attack them. Media outlets in China reported 100,000 people applied for the factory positions advertised by Foxconn. One employee, Li, quit his catering job, when he saw an “advertisement promising 25,000 yuan ($3,500) for two months of work.” A starting salary significantly higher than the average pay in the area. Other employees told news outlets that hundreds of them had spent money moving to Zhengzhou because of the promised wages.

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TV

How Netflix’s Downfall Will Affect You

Since Netflix went public in 2002, the streaming giant has changed the way people all over the world access Movies and TV. Netflix has over 221 million subscribers in over 190 different countries. It gets over 10% of global internet traffic, has received 226 different awards and at one point peaked at a market cap of 314 billion dollars. Despite holding a monopoly over streaming services throughout the 2000s and 2010s, Netflix has begun to lose its control over the industry.

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Sports

Ronaldo Leaves Manchester United; Fined 50,000 Pounds

One week after Cristiano Ronaldo’s explosive interview with Piers Morgan, Manchester United officially terminated Ronaldo’s contract a year early. In the interview, Ronaldo aired his frustrations with his former employer Manchester United, expressed his lack of respect for Man Unt’s head coach, and caused much speculation from fans about his future on the team.

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Politics

What Caused the Saturday Night Colorado Shooting?

Saturday night, the day before Sunday’s Transgender Day of Remembrance, a gunman killed five and injured 17 people at the gay nightclub Club Q in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The gunman has since been indicted and charged with five counts of murder and five counts of bias-motivated crimes.

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