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Zeiana Andrade sitting on the steps of her parents’ Dorchester apartment.

This city wasn’t made for us

By Melanie Curry
August 28, 2020
The college is surrounded by every kind of store, restaurant, and coffee shop you could ask for. The one thing missing is Black culture.
It’s sad, really, that I’m numb to these things. So numb that when I saw the video of George Floyd’s murder, I didn’t feel surprised, angry, frustrated, or sad.

POC Column: Dear White People

By Melanie Curry
July 3, 2020

I once had a small, insignificant, ten-minute conversation with my high school friend Kelis that my mind will never let me forget.  One day, Kelis walked into a Georgian Nordstrom to window shop, and...

It’s sad, really, that I’m numb to these things. So numb that when I saw the video of George Floyd’s murder, I didn’t feel surprised, angry, frustrated, or sad.

Solved: The Myth of Reverse Racism

By Melanie Curry
March 11, 2020

A few weeks ago, I scrolled on my TikTok “For You” page and stumbled across a video of a white girl claiming that every race can be racist.  I stared in shock for a few seconds before reading the...

Faye Brennan ‘09 found success as the Sex & Relationship Director at Cosmopolitan Magazine after she founded Em Magazine at Emerson College. Photo credit: Courtesy Faye Brennan

Em Magazine founder finds success outside of Emerson

By Melanie Curry
February 8, 2020

As a teenager, Faye Brennan ‘09 ripped pages out of magazines and rearranged them into collages. Once done, she plastered her collages on her wallpaper to continuously remind herself of her end-goal...

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The unseen side effects of slave films

By Melanie Curry
February 5, 2020

When I was around ten years old, I watched a miniseries titled Roots that explored generations upon generations of slavery. At such a young age, I never connected the characters of Roots and their suffering...

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Black, Angry, and Female? The consequence of stereotypes

By Melanie Curry
January 15, 2020

I’ve been stereotyped before. Last week, my neighbor told me that I speak like a white person, as if African Americans cannot speak properly. When I was around the age of ten, a counselor at a Girl Scout...

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Love Column: As Bieber said, ‘We’re just friends, what are you saying?’

By Melanie Curry
November 13, 2019

Last semester, I “dated” a guy I’ll call Eric. I use the word “dated” loosely because we were never an official couple. We would sleep together, FaceTime weekly, and hang out every two weeks....

Some students, including myself, cannot spare five dollars to a school that already does not meet our financial needs. / Illustration by Christine Park

Students shouldn’t be responsible for fueling the endowment fund

By Melanie Curry
November 8, 2019

Last week, Student Government Association Executive Treasurer Abigail Semple wrote in a letter to the editor, “At Emerson College, we have a problem.” She said there is a serious problem with our...

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Person of Color Column: My skin color is not a Halloween costume

By Melanie Curry
October 30, 2019

On Oct. 23, 2018, former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly defended blackface on live television.  “But what is racist?" Kelly asked. “Because you do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts...

Owen Elphick (left), Dani Jean-Baptiste (front left), Devin Davis-Lorton (front right), and Trevor Kelly (left) rapped verses on the mixtape this past summer. Greyson Acquaviva / Beacon Staff

The Emerson Hip-Hop Society wraps up summer mixtape

By Melanie Curry
October 3, 2019

Sophomore Ademir Monteiro sat in his closet and looked through The Emerson Hip-Hop Society’s Google Drive folder to choose a beat. Once chosen, he grabbed his phone and his lyric-filled notebook, took...

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Person of Color Column: Conversations can change culture

By Melanie Curry
September 11, 2019

Last semester, I confronted a white friend about her unintentionally racist comments. In our conversation, I talked about one of the biggest problems with racism today—microaggressions. “Some of...

Sarah Anderson-Krim as drag king Phil Atto, Joey Sweeney as Alexa Pro, Michael Figueiredo as Figgy, Bryn Walsh as Amelia Airhead, Arani Ramirez-Barcelo as Anita Nappe, and Caterina Aragon as Cataclysm. - Photo by Cullen Granzen / Beacon Staff

Vogue, strut, duck walk: EAGLE hosts first-ever Vogue Kiki Ball

By Melanie Curry
April 11, 2019

Members of the Emerson community are gearing up to strut the catwalk, dress in drag, and perform dances with condoms to compete for cash prizes at Emerson’s first ever Vogue Kiki Ball on April 26....

Sophomore Marcel Truong-Chun helped to revive Emerson’s Model United Nations organization.  Greyson Acquaviva / Beacon Correspondent

Sophomore brings Model United Nations back to Emerson

By Melanie Curry
April 4, 2019

Sophomore Marcel Truong-Chun revived Model United Nations at Emerson last semester after the club disbanded in the early 2000s. He participated in his high school’s Model UN club for three years where...

Gary Grossman 70 worked at WECB during his time at Emerson, he will return on March 25 for a book signing. - Courtesy of Gary Grossman

Emmy-winning alumnus discusses new thriller novel

By Melanie Curry
March 24, 2019

Gary Grossman said he was never going to write again when he graduated from Emerson in 1970. A few years later, Grossman, a professor at the time in the Interdisciplinary program, wrote an article for...

Junior Moses Small, also known as the rapper Prophet, will perform in Cambridge on March 30. • Madison Goldberg / Beacon Correspondent

Student rapper ‘Prophet’ to perform at local nightclub

By Melanie Curry
March 13, 2019

Junior Moses Small never imagined he was going to be a rapper. Until his freshman year, he had only made music with his violin and drums—never with his own words or lyrics. Since his freshman year,...

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Person of Color Column: Black History Month deserves a school-wide celebration

By Melanie Curry
February 27, 2019

I was sitting in an Uber with my friend Sydnie when my driver started telling us about his childhood in Roxbury, Massachusetts. His story didn’t particularly interest me until he began to question us...

Junior Henry Pew is releasing a new clothing drop, LUNISOLAR, through his apparel brand, Brand N/A. Photo by Spencer Brown / Beacon Correspondent

Student launches conceptual clothing line from his apartment

By Melanie Curry
February 7, 2019

Junior Henry Pew started printing tee-shirts in middle school. He cut plastic from folders to create a stencil and spray-painted his design onto the shirt. Pew did this long enough to print a milk...

Mayor Martin J. Walsh named graduate student Porsha Olayiwola Bostons Poet Laureate in December 2019. Courtesy of Porsha Olayiwola

Grad student becomes Boston’s newest poet laureate

By Melanie Curry
February 6, 2019

Creative writing graduate student Porsha Olayiwola read one of her poems aloud for the first time in her senior year of high school. She used the story of Beauty and the Beast to construct a poem about...

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Person of Color Column: From majority to minority

By Melanie Curry
January 21, 2019

As I was eating lunch one afternoon, my half-Latina friend asked me a question I’ve been waiting to hear since enrolling at Emerson: “Is that your real hair?” It comes as no shock to me that...

Senior Genna Coleman’s novel Catfish and Other Dead Things will be published this semester.
Photo by Erin Nolan / Beacon Staff

Pub Club spotlights personal essay collection and first preteen book

By Melanie Curry
November 28, 2018

James suddenly began having visions of Saint Peter’s Academy and a secret treasure hidden there when attending his father’s funeral. Senior Marissa Secreto documents his journey in her middle-grade...

Senior Abbrianna MacGregor, and juniors Alison Michalak, Kamryn Leoncavallo created SHEETS this semester. Photo by Erin Nolan / Beacon Staff

SHEETS magazine pulls back the covers on sex and relationships

By Melanie Curry
October 10, 2018

Juniors Alison Michalak, Kamryn Leoncavallo, and senior Abbrianna MacGregor always discuss their sex and love lives together. So, it's unsurprising the trio started SHEETS Magazine—Emerson’s sex...


New program lets students allocate $100,000 of alumni donations

By Melanie Curry
September 19, 2018

A new program lets students decide where to allocate $100,000 of alumni donations starting Nov. 12. The new initiative, Voice Your Choice, is designed to give students more say in the allocation...

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