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LGBTQ+ Artists Worth Listening To

By Diamond Marie PedrozaMusic Journalist On April 16, 2021, the queer community was blessed with the news of Angel Olsen, a singer-songwriter, coming out as gay. Four days later, alt-rock musician, Ezra Furman, revealed she is transgender. The news has led me to not only revisit some of my favorite songs from Olsen and Furman, but to also revisit some of my favorite LGBTQ+ musicians. Below I have included some of […]

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Stop Wasting Food

Diamond Marie PedrozaWeb Content Contributor Did you know that a staggering amount of food produced globally is thrown away instead of given away? In fact, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that the U.S. wastes around 40 percent of its food supply yearly.  In the 2014 documentary, “Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story,” a couple spends six months determined to not waste any food. They only eat discarded food […]

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Music from Spain

By Diamond Marie PedrozaMusic Journalist Music from Spain is vibrant, eclectic and beautiful. Spanish artists tend to have a contagious rhythm and poetic way of articulating messages in their songs. Below I have highlighted some of my favorite musicians from Spain and divided them based on my most listened to genres. Image via Diamond Marie Pedroza ROCK/PUNK Juniper Moon was known for their pop-infused punk songs. After forming in the […]

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Exploring Relationships Through Poetry: Interview with Claudia Delfina Cardona on “What Remains”

Diamond Marie PedrozaWeb Content Contributor Poet and San Antonio native, Claudia Delfina Cardona, released “What Remains” in 2020 after graduating from Texas State with an M.F.A. in creative writing. Infused with elements of pop culture, “What Remains” is a collection of poems written over several years about topics, like love, friendship and gentrification.  Claudia grew up surrounded by poetry, because her father, Jesse Cardona, happens to be a poet. Her love of film, TV, and music is evident throughout her work. In fact, a few months […]

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Stop Eating Fish

Diamond Marie PedrozaWeb Content Contributor Last month, I saw one of Netflix’s recent documentary releases, “Seaspiracy.” The film follows Ali Trabizi, a man who investigates atrocities occurring globally in marine life, and what the effects of these atrocities are and will be in the future. The plastic waste in our “oceans have turned [them] into a toxic plastic soup,” according to Trabizi. The high quantity of fishing gear and fishing […]

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Navigating Free Streaming Services

Diamond Marie PedrozaWeb Content Contributor I love streaming and how it has diversified my interests in films and television shows. However, streaming can get expensive, so here is a list of free streaming services I have tried out: Peacock Though you have to provide your email to create an account, Peacock doesn’t require your credit card information. There are commercials, but the quality content makes sitting through the commercials worth […]

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5 Brilliant Female Film Directors

Diamond Marie PedrozaWeb Content Contributor On Feb. 28, 2021, Chinese director, Chloé Zhao, won a Golden Globe award for directing her film, “Nomadland.” She became the second woman, and first woman of color to win a Golden Globe award for directing. Zhao’s win opened up an important discussion of an issue surrounding race and representation in film directing that has been circling for the past few years. Though more women […]

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Sorry: 925 Album Review

By Diamond Marie PedrozaMusic Journalist For the past week, many of us in Texas have dealt with uncertainties surrounding power and water. In dealing with these uncertainties, like how long I would be without running water, I found solace in revisiting 925 by Sorry. Sorry is a U.K. band and 925 is their 2020 debut album. Comprised of 13 songs, the album infuses a very post-punk British sound with pop […]

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Spanglish, Queer and Worth Reading: Interview with Juli Delgado Lopera on “Fiebre Tropical”

By Diamond Marie PedrozaWeb Content Contributor Juli Delgado Lopera’s novel, “Fiebre Tropical,” is a coming-of-age story about a 15-year-old girl named, Francisca, who has recently immigrated to Miami, Florida from Bogotá, Colombia with her family. Throughout the novel, Francisca explores her sexuality, while also dealing with her mother’s intense religious dependency on their church. Lopera’s novel took “five or six years to write,” they said. The novel is progressive in […]

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