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Penelope M. Alegria

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‘Yes Day’ Review: A Forced But Fun Family Comedy

“Yes Day” explores what happens when preteens acquire every wish their heart desires: For 24 hours, parents Allison and Carlos Torres (Jennifer Garner and Édgar Ramírez) must say “yes” to all of their three children’s requests.

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Portrait of an Artist: José Olivarez

Award winning poet, José Olivarez, talks about his recent poetry collection, his creative process, and the inspiration behind his poetry.

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Amanda Gorman Is Young and Remarkable, but Why Are We Surprised?

Young adults have been meaningfully sharing their emotions, thoughts, and ideas through stanzas long before Gorman’s inaugural address dominated headlines.


Amor de lejos amor de pendejos

And in my mother’s eyes: a woman who never learned to hug without checking over the shoulder.

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‘Reversal of Fortune’ Turns 30: The Gold Star Standard for Courtroom Drama

“Reversal of Fortune” doesn’t just ask whether Claus killed Sunny; it interrogates how judgments of innocence and guilt are made.


Her Mom Wants to Know What He Does for a Living

She brings him home, but not without warning the house first: the good plates, the scratched table, the dining room’s pear green walls.

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Top 5: TikToks of 2020

It only feels natural to rank five of the most popular TikTok clips that won’t stop appearing and reappearing on everyone’s “For You Page.”


On Their Fifth Date, He Promises Her the Sky

He is from / speckled dirt in sour beer, / from the swaying hips of el barrio / and its fog of heat under the stars that can fix / everything underneath them


El Micro

She’s the only blonde in a sea of brown, and in the jumble of legs and sweaty heads and jutting elbows, his brown eyes meet her brown eyes.

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'The Trial of the Chicago 7’ Preview: Sorkin’s Next Big Hit

Written and directed by Aaron Sorkin, "The Trial of the Chicago 7" portrays the violence of the protest that occurred in Chicago during the 1968 Democratic National Convention and the court proceedings of those accused of inciting it.