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Styled by Raynee Quillen
Written and Styled by Mia McManus
Blurb by Angel Sortijas
With new TV shows and streaming services constantly being released, many viewers find themselves watching several episodes of a series in one sitting or binge-watching. You start episode one of Squid Games on Netflix, and the next thing you know you’ve spent more than 8 hours watching the entire season. You start the first episode of Outer Banks, and two days later you’ve watched all 989 minutes, or 16.5 hours, of the series. At the end of a series, some viewers are left feeling fulfilled, while others feel empty. However you feel, most viewers are likely to keep binge-watching.
Presented through the imagery of a young thirteen-year-old girl suddenly transforming into a giant red panda anytime she feels strong emotions, Pixar has developed a brand new narrative in “Turning Red” that explores a topic which audiences have not seen presented in animated films in as vibrant a fashion as this: Puberty. The main character, Meilin (Mei) Lee is torn between exploring a real teenage lifestyle with her friend or honoring her mother. The film does an excellent job of exhibiting Mei’s utmost respect and love for her mom while also revealing the desires she has for boy bands, crushes and having close friends. While putting the mind of a developing thirteen-year-old girl at the forefront is a prodigious action taken by the animated film industry, there are several other refreshing themes throughout “Turning Red” that are worth the recognition.
Six guesses. Five letters. One word. Everyone has heard about Wordle, the daily word guessing game that’s swept the internet into a frenzy. Every day, people attempt to guess a five-letter word faster than their friends and post their attempts on Twitter and other social media platforms to share their enjoyment and brag about who solved the Wordle first. You don’t need me to explain it to you because you have probably played it every day for the past few months. But what about this simplistic language game makes it so fun and exciting for people of all ages? What made this game an internet sensation, and is there any possible way to recreate it? Can anyone make a game that reaches the same level of popularity? Like all things, there’s a science to explain why this game is so popular.
The overall idea of this style shoot was to highlight the idea of Black Barbies or Bratz. Growing up there was always limited access to dolls and Barbies that had darker skin. The typical blonde hair and blue eyes Barbie was the one everyone always got because that was considered to be the prettier one. Consequently, that was the doll that would get advertised to little girls the most. Black Barbies were never seen on shirts, in Barbie movies, or even advertised on TV. Which then causes little girls who have darker complexions to feel left out and think that they're not pretty, when in reality the lack of representation from early on causes such ideas to get created in little girls' heads. With this shoot, I wanted to dismiss this idea of the “perfect Barbie” having blonde hair and blue eyes. Instead, focusing on the importance of having the correct representation and showing that Black Barbie is just as beautiful. Along with the lack of darker complexion Barbies, there is a big lack of representation in male Barbie Dolls and on top of that darker, male Barbie dolls.
Style and Blurb by Benjamin Early
Divine femininity is not a new concept, yet it has started to gain traction in more recent years. The idea of divine femininity focuses on feminine energy while going against patriarchal traditionalism. The concept of power is not to be associated or tied with gender, despite its common association; it's an energy that all people can harness within themselves. The words “divine” and “feminine” come together perfectly to form this beautiful idea revering the traits women, and non-women, have inherently shared with the world.
Ah, parties. Some would argue that they are an integral part of college life, and others would say that they are a waste of time. Regardless of the opinion you may favor, there is no denying that parties are a perfect setting for some incredibly interesting conversations to occur. Most of the time, people attend parties with their friends—the people they know. The people they are comfortable with. They usually cling to them, engage in conversation with them and essentially spend their night laughing under colorful LED lights with familiar faces. There is nothing wrong with that; it’s natural for people to want to hang with others they've already established connections with. But what happens when someone attends a party where they do not have that core group to hang onto? Maybe they’ll stick to the corner, or a nearby couch, and pretend that there is something absolutely riveting on their phone. This tactic may work most of the time... until that one stranger comes by and strikes up a conversation. It may be dramatic to call this exchange fate or a point in two people's timelines that cross over perfectly, but this situation is surely where those peculiar, hilarious and sometimes deep conversations are born. I was introduced to a word called "sonder" a few months ago, which is defined as, "The profound feeling of realizing that everyone, including strangers passing in the street, has a life as complex as one's own, which they are constantly living despite one's personal lack of awareness of it," according to Wiktionary. In other words, this word explains the concept of being aware that strangers also have a life as complicated and interesting as ours. This seems like it would be a given, but it is very easy to fall into a mindset that places our experiences as the only experiences, even if we don't mean to. But when these party conversations happen with strangers we have never met before, and when we don't have our lifeboat of friendship, sonder may begin to kick in. Even for just a moment, we take a dive into someone else's complex life and take a break from our own. A few UofSC students were willing to share their anonymous experiences with party strangers, providing an array of different themes within these exchanges. Some of these conversations were more scandalous, almost like they were sitting in on a live gossip column. "I had a conversation with someone who thought her roommate was an undercover republican and wondered if she could still be friends with her," one student remarked, which sounds as dramatic as you could imagine. Even though those two may have never interacted ever again, they shared a slice of time to discuss something so personal yet so pivotal. Not all conversations must be so dramatic, though. Another student shared a time when someone yelled, "Look at this cool box I found in the basement!" There was nothing in that said box, it was just an incredibly large box. It may have been a short-lived moment, only a minute, but it was a minute in time where everyone in the party shared their attention to one moment, one incredibly large box. It was a small interaction, and most likely will not impact any of those party-goers lives in the future. But, for that moment, it was the most important thing that needed to be discussed. "I threw up over a balcony and then promptly had a conversation about flawed religions," one student comically shared, while another fondly remembered how their friend "tried to tell me that their name rhymed with tangerine. It definitely did not." These stories, both deep and silly alike, may not be impactful nor extreme. Honestly, strangers can be a hit or miss, they can either engage or ignore. But when they do not ignore, and we can get out of our heads and take a dip into someone else's, conversations can seemingly bloom from nothing. These talks might not be something to go down in history books, but they are most certainly a point in time that brings together two people who have never experienced each other's lives before. So, next time you may attend a party, certainly enjoy it with your friends and the people you know. But. . . if you find yourself in a lonesome corner or couch, put the phone down. Maybe Candy Crush won't be as interesting as something a stranger has to say to you.
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Y2K fashion feels like a blast from the past, back when everything was fetch. Or maybe not, considering Regina George did say fetch will NEVER happen.
Imagine: It’s finals week. You have a migraine from the painfully intense library lights and have developed a steady buzz in your head from too much coffee. After an exhaustive morning in the library and a difficult three-hour final, you are free at last, or at least until tomorrow. As you enter your kitchen, what meal is on your mind? What meal will give you solace from the stress of the day? Maybe it’s chili or chocolate ice cream. Or it could be a hamburger or pizza. The foods that I turn to in times of stress are vegetable soup, oatmeal cookies or a peanut butter sandwich. These meals have the amazing power of erasing the turmoil of the day and shifting my mood, like a reassuring hug.
Written by: Caroline Callicutt
Written By: Lilly Miller
College is full of ups and downs. Given the current state of the world, many things are constantly shifting and, while adjusting to young adulthood, we learn to cope with the ever-changing society around us. Though we can’t always be certain what lies ahead, at least we have the little things that bring us comfort and peace. Garnet & Black was able to sit down with four UofSC students, all of whom are in different stages of their college careers. Their ideas of comfort and expression are similar but still different.
Welcome to the Love Milestones course! There are a few due dates you need to keep in mind:
"You dress gay," a stranger observes, her eyes following every inch of my straight, opposite-sex-loving body until they reach my six-inch heels.