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‘Miss Juneteenth’ explores Black womanhood, celebrates freedom, Black beauty
June 23, 2020
A beauty pageant called Miss Juneteenth was created to celebrate Juneteenth. That pageant serves as the backdrop of the film, which follows single mother and former Miss Juneteenth winner Turquoise Jones (Nicole Beharie) as she navigates her unwilling daughter Kai (Alexis Chikaeze) through the competition.
Q&A: ‘Miss Juneteenth’ actress discusses power of Black beauty pageant
June 23, 2020
The Daily Texan spoke with supporting actress Alexis Chikaeze to discuss the pageant, the importance of celebrating Black beauty and the power of releasing this film on the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth.
Associate professor releases film in response to killing of George Floyd, aims to rewrite narrative of Black experience
June 20, 2020
At 11 years old, Ya’Ke Smith watched “Boyz n the Hood” for the first time. He said the way the film rewrote the negative stereotypes about African American men sparked his own interest in the world of filmmaking.
Future of film industry remains uncertain following COVID-19
May 9, 2020
Before the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, movies that went straight to digital release were often joked about, said Noah Isenberg, chair of the Department of Radio-Television-Film.
Q&A: Center for Professional Education facilitator talks time management, staying on top of online classes
April 7, 2020
Jennifer Lazarow, who facilitates interactive courses through the Center for Professional Education at UT, offered advice to help students with the transition to online learning, as well as how to stay on top of it all without going stir-crazy.
Across state lines: Out-of-state students face difficulties returning for belongings
March 31, 2020
When UT President Gregory Fenves announced the closure of residence halls, he told students they should prepare to move out as soon as possible. However, many out-of-state students were unable to return to campus as they had already returned home for spring break.
What it’s like to live in West Campus during the COVID-19 pandemic
March 27, 2020
After President Gregory Fenves announced that residence halls would be closing, students started to leave campus in droves. But some students remain in West Campus and will stay in their apartments for the rest of the semester. Although it’s early, they said it already feels like a ghost town.
Alternative spring break idea: Road trip to Texas cinematic destinations
March 9, 2020
In response to the cancellation of the annual film, music and interactive festival South by Southwest, The Daily Texan has compiled a list of must-see cinematic destinations nearby for a fun, spontaneous road trip.
Austin jewelry making business promotes sustainability, feminine power
March 3, 2020
Beyoncé needed it in 24 hours, and Nina Berenato delivered.
Viva Day Spa in Austin provides guests with ‘upscale but unpretentious’ spa experience
March 3, 2020
Laurie Aroch, Maya Aroch and Shannon Mouser had no business opening a spa. Fifteen years ago, the pharmacist, ex-corporate employee and masseuse did it anyway.
'(Un)divided' documentary features unlikely friendship between UT alumna, Trump supporter
February 18, 2020
In “(Un)divided,” Amina Amdeen and Joe Weidknecht find common ground despite their differences.
What to watch on Valentine’s Day if you’re single
February 14, 2020
It’s that time of year again for heart-shaped boxes, bouquets of roses and chocolate-covered strawberries. It’s the day when some lucky couples go out for romantic candlelit dinner dates or exchange cute gifts and enjoy each other’s company.
Q&A: Illinois professor discusses Disney’s ambiguous, almost imperceptible approach to Latinidad
February 9, 2020
For the past 20 years Angharad Valdivia, a Latino/Latina Studies professor, has conducted research on Disney films, shows and characters and analyzed how Latinidad is represented by the company on screen and in the entertainment industry.
‘Dance can be a way of understanding the world’: New dance professor Leah Cox seeks to engage nondancers
February 4, 2020
This spring, the College of Fine Arts welcomed Leah Cox, a widely recognized dancer and arts administrator, to its faculty in the Department of Theatre and Dance.
‘In Their Own Form’ explores black identity through time travel, alternate realities
January 28, 2020
Featuring artists from across the Black diaspora, “In Their Own Form” brings a range of narratives to UT that unites their experience through time and space.
Ranch Hand co-owners talk business, McCombs, how their food is more than just salad
January 23, 2020
In a little more than three years, health-conscious grain bowl business Ranch Hand has gone from a meal subscription service at UT to local food truck to sharing space with other small businesses at Native Hostel in Austin. And they’re only getting started.
‘Sex Education’ season 2 uses empathetic storytelling, destroys stigma around awkward topic
January 21, 2020
Season two of Netflix’s “Sex Education” delivers another refreshing portrayal of teenage sexuality without shying away from darker themes.
African Children’s Choir celebrates celebrates 50th tour since founding
December 3, 2019
The African Children’s Choir improves the lives of children through music and education.
RTF associate professor PJ Raval contributes unique background, filmmaking experience to UT
November 20, 2019
After a transgender woman was found dead in a motel room in the Philippines with the leading suspect being a 19-year-old U.S. marine, PJ Raval traveled there and said he felt compelled to tell the victim’s story.
Celebrating the 30th anniversary of ‘Like Water for Chocolate’
November 11, 2019
Laura Esquivel speaks about the 30th anniversary of “Like Water for Chocolate,” and why it continues to be so widely read, especially by young people.
5 informative podcasts offer direction for college students
November 5, 2019
Balancing exams, clubs, friends, payments, work and staying healthy can be tricky for college students. Oftentimes, self-care and enrichment fall to the back burner in the chaos of a busy schedule. Podcasts are an easy way to practice self-care, develop healthy habits, learn new things and take a mental break.
Q&A: Jazz musician Ephraim Owens talks genre, growing up, life as musician
October 28, 2019
Dallas-born Ephraim Owens is a blues, jazz and gospel trumpeter who performs in Austin and around the world. He has also recorded with artists such as Sheryl Crow and Mumford & Sons.
Local artist Saakred documents their transition experience through art exhibition ‘Sin Nombre, Sin Cuerpo’
October 23, 2019
Transgender artist Saakred shares their experience as a Latino transgender person through their visual art exhibition, “Sin Nombre, Sin Cuerpo.”
UT alum Cait Zellers on making it in the art world: It’s all about community
October 21, 2019
After graduating from UT, Cait Zellers became an independent comic artist and found a strong community of artists through the collaborative medium.
Three healthy, no-bake alternatives to Halloween Candy
October 9, 2019
Satisfy your Halloween candy cravings with these easy, no-bake, healthy desserts.
Once Upon a Time … in Tarantinoland
September 15, 2019
The work of Quentin Tarantino: A joy ride for some, overwhelming for others