The video gaming community is somewhat of a subculture worldwide, that has its own icons. These icons aren’t household names all the time, unless of course you’re talking about a character from the game itself. Each system brought forth different characters to revere, until recently when everything seems to be a reboot of the good old days. Nintendo brought us Mario and Luigi, then of course Sega Genesis gave us Sonic the Hedgehog. PlayStation went on to give us Crash Bandicoot and Lara Croft. These names are as widely known and recognized in pop culture as many people’s favorite entertainers and athletes.

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Going from doing stand-up comedy in small, New York City comedy clubs to being the first Black co-head writer for the renowned variety show Saturday Night Live, is a trajectory countless comedians would dream of.

However, for comedian Michael Che, this is his reality and he made it happen in less than a decade. When Che decided he wanted to take his shot at stand-up comedy, he immediately hit the ground running. Known for his interesting mix of blunt, yet laid back political commentary as well as his persistence, Che became very popular on the NYC comedy scene.

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In a time of heightened activism and social change, minority groups are demanding what they deserve. The gatekeepers of various industries are typically privileged white men. Without an influx of new perspectives the same redundant narratives will continue to be told.

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One of the biggest names in hip-hop for the last 25 years is one that you may not hear as often as you should. As long as I’ve been hearing his name, it wasn’t until 2010 that I was able to put a face with the name. I had a roommate in college that was a Texas music head, and schooled me on some of the tall tales and the story behind who really ran the south. We’re talking about a man who’s partly responsible for finding such legendary acts as Scarface, UGK, and Do Or Die. That guy is J Prince, the godfather of the Houston rap scene.

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Sexual harassment, assault, and abuse happens everyday, thousands of times over. In America alone, someone is sexually assaulted every 98 seconds, according to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network. Once thought of as a taboo topic, something to be whispered away and kept as a secret, is now being openly discussed between men and women who have been mistreated. At one time it was deemed weak to admit that one had been sexually assaulted, but just recently this idea has changed. It is now a bold declaration of courage.

This is all thanks to two simple words—#MeToo.

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Over the last few years, Atlanta has become a force to be reckoned with when it comes to the film industry. More often than not, there are commercials, movies or television shows being filmed in the city of Atlanta and in parts of Georgia.

The city of Atlanta is a major attraction to the movie industry for several reasons, including its generous tax incentives like the 20 percent base transferable credit—$500,000 minimum spend to qualify—along with no limits or caps on Georgia spend as well as no sunset clause— it’s no mystery why more films are being made in the Atlanta area.  

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Southern U.S. food has gone from simple home cooked meals to gourmet dishes over the last few decades. These dishes have been influenced by several different cultures across the world, and shared at events for food lovers. The annual Atlanta Food & Wine Festival (AF&WF) is just one of many. It was created in 2011 to showcase the vast variety of Southern foods and drinks, and its influence on food from other parts of the world. The 2018 AF&WF was held from May 31st to June 3 in Midtown Atlanta, with over 150 chefs, wine stewards, and mixologists in attendance.

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Autobiographies are usually approached in the form of a hardcover book that authors sell to libraries and bookstores to spread awareness about their success stories. However, screenwriter Kenya Barris decided to depict his life story through a comedy series on ABC, and it has won three awards so far.

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Some young budding actors have a dream of becoming successful at the hands of a benefactor with immediate results, booking role after role, without having to put in much effort. I don’t believe this comes from a place of laziness. This false sense of success is a narrative painted in across all art forms, making it hard to come to terms with the fact that this is not reality. But, for actress Jaimie Alexander, her rags to riches story resembles this narrative.

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