Capes, Feathers and Gaga: Best and Worst Dressed of Met Gala 2019

The Met Gala – one of, if not, the biggest night in fashion. Each year, hundreds of attendees including, A-list celebrities, designers, philanthropists – basically anyone who is anyone – bring their best fashion-forward looks to the red carpet (or should I say pink carpet) to celebrate the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual costume gala. This year was no different. Co-hosted by Lady Gaga, Harry Styles, Serena Williams and Anna Wintour, the Met Gala proved to be nothing less than extraordinary.

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What It’s Like To Work In Social Media: An Interview With Amanda Gaines

Ever wondered what it actually takes to work in social media? Same. Lucky for you, I got the opportunity to chat with Amanda Gaines, the Audience Development Assistant at Well + Good, where I learned the ins and outs of working in social media and why it just might be beneficial to your mental health to turn off those ‘like’ notifications on Instagram. For more exclusives on having a career that lives and breathes social, keep reading below. 

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10 Ways To Incorporate Neon Into Your Spring Wardrobe

Neon – a phrase and color that many have steered away from as it brings war flashbacks of the 1980s. Yet, this isn’t the 1980s. It’s 2019. Believe it or not, neon is back and it just might be your new best friend. With spring amongst us and our closets ready for a little pick me up, take a leap of faith and add a bit of neon into your attire.

Don’t want to look like a traffic cone? No worries. These 10 looks will have you incorporating neon in no time and looking stylish while at it.

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Gay-Male, Jewish, And Black: Most Targeted For New York Hate Crimes

Hate crimes can happen anywhere, but for those in New York who identify as Gay-male, Jewish, or Black, your chance of experiencing one increases exponentially. According to a 2016 study done by New York’s Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS), these three categories of individuals experienced the highest number of hate crimes compared to the other biases.

In 2016, New York had a total of 280 hate crimes against persons, with the study breaking down these crimes into 38 biases, covering different races, religions, and sexual orientations.

“Anti-Gay Male” hate crimes had the highest number of accounts, with 73 reports. Just in New York County (Manhattan), there were 35 crimes reported, including one in Chelsea, which left two men injured. The other two counties, which reported high numbers of similar offenses, included Kings County (Brooklyn) with 16 crimes and Bronx County with eight.

“Anti-Jewish” hate crimes ranked second with a total of 49 crimes. Kings County accounted for a majority of those crimes with 29 offenses. New York County experienced nine, with Westchester County at five reports. Two years later, anti-semitism is still a prevalent issue in New York, according to a New York Times article.

“Anti-Black” hate crimes were in third place, with 32 hate crimes recorded in 16 counties, making it the most prevalent bias of all. Of these 16, New York County reported the most crimes (6) with Erie County (5) and Kings County (5) close behind.

Although not in the top three, the number of “Anti-Islamic (Muslim)” hate crimes still had a relatively high number of accounts with a total of 29, including one against a female transit worker wearing a hijab. Kings County reported the greatest amount (9) with Bronx and Queens Counties both reporting six hate crimes in that same year.

2016 New York Hate Crimes by BiasIn today’s society where it seems there is no escape from hate, these numbers may not came as a surprise. Yet, when you stop to think of the number of unreported crimes that are out there, we will never truly know the level of hate these groups experience on a day-to-day basis.

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Students Fight Against Climate Change

With climate change being a hot button issue these days, there are many Hofstra University students who want to see change from their local and national politicians. Being that the United Nations released their 2018 report saying we only have a limited amount of time before climate change effects all of us, people need to take action, and one way to do that is by going out to cast your vote. In order for there to be any change there needs to be commitment and responsibility taken for how we treat our Earth. We only have one planet so we need to take care of it with the love it deserves.

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