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Bloomington’s theaters strive to improve diversity

April 19th, 2018 No comments

Ivy Tech student and actress Kaila Day became excited when she read nearly two years ago that an Asian-American woman had been cast to play Ariel on a national tour of “The Little Mermaid.” As a Japanese-American, she found it inspiring.

“Even though I’m 18 now – I’m not a little kid – I still appreciate that so much,” she said. “It really is inspiring sometimes to have stuff like that happen.”

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Exclusion of LGBTQ+ students at Lighthouse Christian Academy has negative effects on the community

April 19th, 2018 No comments
Twenty-one- year- old Brie Blauvelt is a senior attending IU. She attending Lighthouse Christian Academy for six years and was felt forced to leave at the age of 15 after coming out as a lesbian.

Unlike other gay students attending Lighthouse Christian Academy, 22-year-old Brie Blauvelt left before school officials forced her out with an ultimatum when she came out at the age of 15.

“They didn’t kick me out, but I knew that word was going to get out and that I was going to be kicked out, so I had to leave,” she says.

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Bloomington locals critique the emerging hip-hop scene

April 19th, 2018 No comments

Sydney Miller, IU Junior and live music fan, has always appreciated hip-hop and has a deep respect for many of the legendary MC’s from Big Boi to Kanye West.
Therefore, it was hard for her to grasp what she heard after suggesting someone hire a local rapper or DJ for a show.

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Kaila Chare is paving the way for black femme artists in Bloomington

April 19th, 2018 No comments

Kaila Chare gracefully sips her lemonade and talks over the chatter in the Pourhouse Cafe. Her style says this musician is creative in many aspects of her life. She wears pink pants with a striped polo underneath a pink crop top, and pink Nike Airs. Her hair’s blond, reaching the middle of her back, and her eyelids are glossy pink.

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Indiana Center for Recovery’s Jackie Daniels was given an opportunity at a new life

March 29th, 2018 No comments

Jackie Daniels sits back in her chair and places her hands in her lap, surrounded by recovery motivation posters and intervention fliers adorning the walls of her open, yet cluttered office. Although emails flood her inbox, she never loses her upbeat personality.

Daniels, the 39-year-old executive director of the Indiana Center for Recovery and lifelong believer in addiction recovery, doesn’t have time to lose heart. Whether she’s speaking to an addict at their most vulnerable or supporting their path to recovery, she is always busy. Yet for Daniels, this load is not new neither irksome.

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Elijah Pouges brings experimental hip-hop to the Culture Shock stage

March 29th, 2018 No comments

Elijah Pouges’ music defies categorization. It’s dreamy, mellow and abstract, and at a deeper level it’s emotional, complex and organized. A 21-year-old Media School senior at IU, he channels his hometown of Indianapolis, classical training and favorite artists to create his unique brand of hip-hop.

Pouges, who goes by the stage name “brz” (pronounced “breeze”), describes his music in simpler terms.

“(It’s) sad, black-boy millennial music,” he says with a smirk.

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Bloomington residents want more diversity in the music scene

March 29th, 2018 No comments

Bloomington’s music scene lacks diversity, according to four Bloomington residents during street interviews on Feb. 13 and 14.

They all agreed that it was surprising that they weren’t exposed to more hip-hop, despite its popularity. They also said it would have more success if there were more hip-hop related events, more collaborations, and increased promotion.

“I’d love to go to a rap or hip-hop show,” said Ethan Helfrich, a 25-year-old graduate student and musician from Bloomington “I just never heard of any.”

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Personal experience shows difficulty differentiating when interviewees have similar thoughts

March 27th, 2018 No comments

My experiences during the person on the street reporting assignment were not too challenging, although I did face a few obstacles. My beat is health and fitness, so I wanted to focus my person on the street story on the trend of fitness boutique studios, primarily in the Bloomington community. I wanted to know if community members knew what these studios were, and if they noticed an increase of them in Bloomington. Additionally, I wanted to find out what they thought was driving the trend.

I didn’t face any problems finding diversity in my interviewees, as Bloomington is a diverse community. I interviewed a student from China, a Bloomington native and a brother and sister from northern Indiana. All of the people I interviewed had similar things to say about the trend of fitness studios, which was helpful for the topic of my story, but made differentiating the quotes tricky.

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Building confidence when interviewing strangers on the street

March 27th, 2018 No comments

This is my first time to interview local people in Bloomington about my project. I held the camera and recorder wandering on the third street. It was a sunny Sunday that many people were walking on the street.

Unfortunately, I wrote this story twice. Because firstly I only focused on the college students of the depression. it was not belongs to the local community. The second time I tried to find out local citizens to enrich my project.

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Interviewing strangers in the rain goes better than expected

March 27th, 2018 No comments

On a chilly February 13 and rainy February 14, I interviewed four Bloomington residents about their opinions on the local music scene, their familiarity with local hop-hop and other questions related to women in music.

Although their relationships with the local music scene varied, all four agreed there is a lack of hip-hop exposure in the community despite popularity of the genre. They said it could be improved if there were more hip-hop related events and better promotion. They also said there was a lack of women in the local music scene and told stories about problems women face in the music industry.

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