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- Top Story - April 2022
The Real Story Behind “A League of Their Own”Top Story - April 2022
I’ve been intrigued with the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL) ever since I watched A League of Their Own for the first time a couple of years ago. As the history lover that I am, I decided to do some more digging. I was entirely blown away by what these incredible women accomplished in the 1940s and ‘50s.
Milk and Cookies
I propose the question, is there a more perfect pairing in the world than milk and cookies (I’m drooling just thinking about it)? At its root, the combination of the two is simple. It’s once you deconstruct the pairing that there’s so much more deliciousness to unpack. Sure, they might not be as classy as wine and cheese; instead, they’re so much more.
How the Kennedy Curse Ruined a Family
The Kennedys are the closest thing the United States has gotten to a royal family. They have been prominent figures in American politics, business, public service and entertainment over the last 60 years. They even have their own coat of arms that was granted to President John F. Kennedy in 1961 by the Chief Herald of Ireland.
- Top Story - August 2020
The History of the Bikini Top Story - August 2020
The bikini has become a summer staple in women’s closets all around the world. Despite being such a popular item today, the bikini started off as a controversial design. With summer in full swing, it’s time to take a look at how the “itsy bitsy teenie weenie yellow polka dot bikini” got its name.
The Cultural Impact of the Beatles - The Albums
Is there any other band in the world that has a music catalogue as extensive and diverse as the Beatles? Discovering that Revolver, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles (the White Album), and Abbey Road all came from the same band not only shows off their versatility as songwriters and musicians, but the longevity of their popularity.
The Most Powerful Political Songs of the Decade: The 1980s
The 1980s are the moments in history when disasters were painted in neon colours. All it took was for one television network to finally give a voice the world’s hippest protest music. Launched in 1981, MTV started to gain its footing at the beginning of the decade. This new channel dedicated to music provided a platform for popular music from areas all of the world, as well as new genres to be heard by the American public.
The Cultural Impact of the Beatles - The Fashion
From the very start of their journey as musicians you could tell the Beatles were different. Standing proudly at the top as one of the very first ever bands to write their own music, their fashion was what truly made them stand out from the rest.
How COVID-19 Compares to the Spanish Flu
It’s eerie to think about how just over 100 years ago, the world was in the midst of a different global pandemic. The Spanish flu took the lives of 20 to 50 million people, making it one of the worst viral outbreaks in human history. To put it into perspective, the Spanish flu killed around five percent of the planet’s entire population and wiped out more people than WWI. As we’re now faced with our very own contagion in 2020, there’s a lot we can learn by looking at the past.
- Top Story - April 2020
The Long and Winding Road Comes to an EndTop Story - April 2020
April marks the 50th anniversary of when the Beatles broke up. Although the exact date is a little fuzzy, most people point to April 10 as the official day the biggest band in the world called it quits. An article written by Don Short titled, “Paul Quits the Beatles,” was printed on the front page of the Daily Mirror.
“Singin’ in the Rain” Brought to Life by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra
After watching Singin’ in the Rain, a handful of times I thought I’d concluded there was no way that this musical could possibly get any better. Since I’ve now seen it with a live orchestra, I can confirm I was certainly mistaken. A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to see this beloved classic take on a new form by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Let me just say that this elevated the film to another level, making it completely come alive, even after its initial release nearly 70 years ago. It was unbelievable to experience such a beautifully made piece of cinematic history alongside one of the best orchestras in Canada. To celebrate such a remarkable achievement, combining this timeless film with a live band, I decided to somehow put into words exactly how masterful Singin’ in the Rain really is.
- Top Story - November 2019
Examining Robert F. Kennedy’s Greatest SpeechTop Story - November 2019
On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was tragically shot by James Earl Ray outside of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. While the country went up in flames, there was a calming voice that arose from the ashes. That very same night, Robert F. Kennedy gave one of the greatest speeches by any American politician over the last 100 years. On what would be Kennedy's 94th birthday, let's take a look at the politician's most heartfelt and progressive statement of his entire career.