Transcending Sexual Identity

On June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar in Greenwich Village, demanding that everyone line up and show identification cards. Those who were cross-dressing were to be arrested; it was a time when homosexual acts were illegal in every state except Illinois. Police raids on gay establishments were routine. The

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Giving Life Back to Music: Why Daft Punk’s Album Matters

Daft Punk’s new album Random Access Memories not only returns musicianship to electronic dance music, but also seeks to restore meaningful human experience to a genre that has become increasingly shallow in its over-the-top use of costumes, lights, gimmicks, and oversized venues. In a break from their past work, Daft Punk opted to record real

K.flay: Rap’s Latest Lady Wields Beats, Guitar, and a Dual Degree from Stanford

K.flay—real name Kristine Flaherty—redefines what it means to be a hip-hop artist. A double major in psychology and sociology while at Stanford, last year K.flay signed with RCA Records and moved to Brooklyn to focus on producing. Although she’s originally from Illinois, she identifies the Bay Area as her home. Her music finds a balance

An Escalating Crisis: Why China and Japan Might Go to War

The prospect of conflict between China and Japan is rising drastically over a set of small uninhabited islands known as the Senkaku Islands in Japan and the Diaoyu Islands in China. Diplomatic talks have stalled while nationalistic sentiments in both countries have grown louder over the seemingly insignificant islands. Both China and Japan are ramping