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What could be more fitting than the Queen of Bounce opening an all-encompassing party spot in the Big Easy? The rapper’s exciting new venture, aptly named Hotel Freedia, was first announced in April of last year and is expected to open just in time for Mardi Gras in the spring of 2024, according to Eater, though Big Freedia promised to “keep [us] posted on the official opening date.” This dream of mine has been in the works for a long time, I’ll be one of the...
Everyday, close to 3 million people begin their day in the exact same way: by playing the New York Times game, Wordle. And  hundreds of thousands of them share their scores via social media such as Twitter.  What is Wordle? Wordle has been an extremely popular game since its creation by Josh Wardle in 2021, and has remained popular (and free) since it was acquired by the New York Times in June, 2022. In fact, Wordle was Google’s most searched word of the year in 2022. The game...
Media is overloaded with advertisements and other content that pushes harmful beauty and “wellness” standards, but this is increasingly being juxtaposed by content creators trying to drown it out with more empowering ideas that challenge diet culture. “Diet culture” – which tells women how we must look to be considered valuable, and what food and exercise we must buy, shun, or subscribe to in order to achieve that look – is an amalgamation of social and cultural biases that oppress us, including, but not limited...
Teresa Tapia is an inspirational figure in the world of boxing management. She has dedicated her life and career to working alongside fighters and creating a path for them to reach their goals. Her passion for boxing began in her youth, and she has since gone on to become an esteemed manager and promoter in the sport. Tapia's experience ranges from working with amateurs to professional boxers, allowing her to provide invaluable guidance to her clients. Her commitment to the industry and her work ethic...
The Lunar New Year took place on January 22, 2023, and with it commenced the Year of the Rabbit. The celebrations of the Lunar New Year can last up to 16 days but the public holiday is observed within the first 7 known as the golden week. The Year of the Rabbit is thought to bring peace and prosperity in comparison to the previous year, the Year of the Tiger, which is said to be a much more tumultuous and action-packed year.  The Lunar New Year...
Recently, TikTok creators have been warning women about harmful ingredients in our period products that we should be aware of. On average women have around 450 periods in their lifetime, for most women that means going through a lot of period products such as tampons and pads. Despite these products being such a prominent part of our lives, it has come to the internet's attention that many of us don’t even know what’s inside the period products we use.  This is because the FDA classifies tampons...
Canadian skateboarder Natalie Porter is archiving the history of women’s skating online, one unsung heroine at a time. With hundreds of entries made since its digital inception in March of 2022, Porter’s website and its accompanying Instagram account are educating skaters, feminists, and history buffs alike about the achievements of women and nonbinary skaters from the 1960s through today. And with over 25 years of skateboarding experience under her belt and a thesis on the subject to boot, Porter is the perfect person to be doing...
If you’re like me and live somewhere that gets lots of snow with little sunshine during the winter months, the comedown that follows the joy and celebration of the holidays can hit extra hard. If the “winter funk” you’re going through has been especially tough on your mind and body, you could be one of the 4 to 6 percent of people in the United States that experience Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). SAD is a form of depression, often referred to as seasonal depression, that...
Tinned fish—A staple food in many European and Asian countries—is finally enjoying its long overdue moment in the States. These women-owned brands, which put thoughtfully sourced fish front and center in their flavor-packed tins, have made it worth the wait.  Scout Canning Inspired by the fishmongers of her Prince Edward Island home, Chef Charlotte Langley is on a journey to revive the lost art of preserving Canada’s freshest catches—like PEI mussels in a smoked paprika and fennel tomato sauce, and smoked wild albacore tuna in olive oil—with...
“Now, you’re going to feel just a little pinch.” Famous last words.  Nothing about getting my IUD inserted felt remotely close to a “pinch,” let alone a “little.” I even took 800 milligrams of Ibuprofen before my appointment as I was told by both Google and my doctor–and that was the extent of my being informed of any kind of pain management related to the procedure. I had done my research and like to think I have a pretty high pain tolerance. In said research, I...