Sara Darnell

Sara Darnell

Bio: Sara Darnell is a recent graduate from Lindenwood University where she earned her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing with an emphasis in Poetry. She voraciously consumes literary fiction but has a love for all genres. You can find her playing video games, reading novels, and scribbling down poems throughout the day. Sara is incredibly honored to join the talented NYC Tastemakers team and hone her craft.
Health and Wellness

Lead-filled Lunchables: USDA needs to protect youth from heavy metals. (Op-Ed)

If you grew up in the ‘90s or 2000s, you’ve likely had a delectable Lunchable. From salty crackers, deli meats, and cheese kits, to tiny chicken nuggets, to (my personal favorite) nachos, Lunchables are a staple for American children and young adults. It’s a quick, easy lunch to pack, and …

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Sports

Nike’s female Olympic track uniforms are over-sexualized. (Op-Ed)

Nike revealed several designs for women’s track athletes to be worn at the Paris Olympics this summer, and female athletes are not happy. One outfit in particular is drawing ire: a rather revealing, tight leotard with a particularly high cut on the hips. Even on the mannequin, you can see …

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Politics

Our elected officials act like celebrities rather than as our voice. (Op-Ed)

While we are all focused on the presidential election, we turn a blind eye to our own elected local and state officials. You can debate the upcoming 2024 election until you’re blue in the face, but Congress controls the legislation being written. Senators and representatives, who are voted in by …

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Sports

Horse racing industry pushes animals to the edge, often ending in euthanasia. (Op-Ed)

Horse racing is a sport with eager, willing participants, but none of those participants are the horses themselves. These animals are treated like profitable material goods, not as living, breathing creatures with hearts and souls. “Wastage” is the term used for horses that do not fit the rigid criteria and …

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Latest News

More potential jurors dismissed in second day of Trump hush money trial

As Monday’s court session was drawn to a close, not a single juror had been selected in Donald Trump’s hush money trial. Dozens of jurors were sent home due to the fact that they said that they could not be impartial within minutes of questioning. Composing a fair trial in …

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Politics

Abu Ghraib prisoners finally get their day in court after two decades of no accountability. (Op-Ed)

Twenty years have passed since the media first broke the news that the CIA was torturing prisoners in the Abu Ghraib prison and other prisons in Iraq. Not only did they torture the detainees, but they took dehumanizing photos of them; U.S. soldiers stood smiling and laughing in front of …

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Sports

A time for celebration: Doc Gooden’s number retired by NY Mets

On Sunday afternoon at Citi Field, the New York Mets officially retired Dwight “Doc” Gooden’s No. 16. In his emotional acceptance speech, Gooden said that he begged the team to sign him again, if only for one day, so he could officially retire as a Met. “My health is good. …

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Politics

How Donald Trump receives special treatment in the legal system. (Op-Ed)

Trump has one of the most incredible advantages that no other criminal defendant can lay claim to: he personally appointed some of the key decision-makers in his criminal cases. Three of the nine Supreme Court justices are Trump appointees, and so is the judge presiding over the classified documents case, …

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Latest News

Trump’s historic hush money trial begins in New York, judge rules Access Hollywood video cannot be shown

Donald Trump’s historic hush money trial begins today with jury selection. This is the first time that a former president has faced trial on criminal charges. The case surrounds a $130,000 payment that Trump allegedly made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels to keep her quiet about their alleged affair. …

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Music

Inauthentic rebranded Jojo Siwa stole “Karma” from another artist, yet claims to have written it herself. (Op-Ed)

Jojo Siwa’s “bad girl” rebranding is inauthentic at best and pathetic at worst. “Karma” was supposed to mark her entrance into a rebellious adulthood, but don’t forget that this is the same girl who sold large, colorful, girly bows at Walmart. Siwa claims that she wrote “Karma” herself, despite her …

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Politics

House Speaker Mike Johnson cannot be trusted. (Op-Ed)

As Republicans threaten a vote to oust House Speaker Mike Johnson from his role, Johnson takes to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago to show close ties to the former President and make a comment on “election integrity.” Trump still has sway over the Republican party, and his views on certain issues, such as …

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Latest News

Russia launches strike on critical Ukrainian infrastructure, Western officials worry Putin may seize Kharkiv

A massive missile and drone attack destroyed and damaged several power plants across Ukraine overnight, part of a renewed Russian campaign targeting energy infrastructure. The Trypilska plant, which was the biggest energy supplier for the Kyiv, Cherkasy, and Zhytomyr regions, was struck numerous times, destroying the transformer, turbines, and generators. …

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