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#ItsBlackeningHere – Developments

More than 200 students from the University of Louisville gather on the steps of the Student Activities Center to hold a “die-in” in support of the #BlackLivesMatter movement on Sept. 29. The student-organized event, which used the social media hashtag  #itsblackeninghere, aimed to draw attention to allegations of police brutality …

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Game developers are building a community to foster creativity

A 15-year-old girl stood with an Xbox controller in hand, lips pressed together in concentration as she navigated a virtual ocean, collecting garbage to become the biggest trash island in the Pacific Ocean. She carefully manipulated the left joystick as the timer counted down, narrowly reaching 500 pieces of trash. …

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Players of all ages have become enamored with Pokémon Go

Launched on July 6, 2016, “Pokémon Go” became a pop culture phenomenon overnight for hundreds of citizens in Louisville and the larger United States. The company hosting the game, struggled to keep up with the surge of players, resulting in the servers crashing multiple times. The game enticed people young …

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Up-and-Coming Culinary Entrepreneurs Find a Space for Success

Emie Dunagan wiped beads of sweat from her forehead as she opened the oven to reveal the foundation of her project: a sheet of chocolate cake. She had to work quickly in order to get the cake to the wedding on time. Only 14-years-old at the time, Dunagan beamed at …

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With streaming services on the rise, local musicians struggle to stay relevant

It was broad daylight on a spring day in 1985, and Clark Johnson knew that he needed to do something big to get people to notice his band, Squirrel Bait. Johnson and his band members snuck up to the local record shop, Pyramid Records, with a tub of wallpaper paste …

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Louisville’s youth roller derby teams empower and support young women

Hannah Brown, better known in the roller derby world as Skull Kid, left her second practice feeling fulfilled, a sentiment she had not felt in a while. As Hannah headed towards her mom’s car, she couldn’t help but appreciate the sense of community her new team offered her. Hannah remembered …

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Body image insecurities are all too common among teens, regardless of gender

One wall of the cozy yearbook staff room was covered by a line of computers; old spreads were strewn around the room – on chairs, on overstuffed couches, and plastered to the walls. A yearbook meeting for critiques of staff members’ spreads was taking place, and duPont Manual High School …

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