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Addressing Racial Inequities in American Schools

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by Floco Torres   10/16/2017 Recently, I’ve thought of being black in America as being an avatar for a video game. Players get to log in, dress like you, pick the stages and difficulty levels they think they’re prepared for and play the game. When you die, the... More »

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The Big Idea | October 2017

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The Madinah Project   Name: Ivana Zajkovska Occupation: Co-founder of The Madinah Project, educator, youth professional and community organizer Hometown: Bitola, the Republic of Macedonia Current Neighborhood: moved to Canton at 15 and currently lives in Penin... More »

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Outdoor Gems: Exploring Northeast Ohio | Twin Sister Falls

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words and photos by Anthony Boarman 10/12/2017 What’s better than one waterfall? Two! You’ll get that and so much more when hiking to Twin Sister Falls in Brecksville. Twin Sister Falls is located off of the Towpath Trail in the Brecksville Station Road area o... More »

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Akro-preneurs | What I Wish I Knew

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Lessons that Than Thein learned the hard way Starting a business can be hard work, but fortunately for us, Akro-preneurs are always willing to share their insights. Name: Than Thein Occupation: Owner at Tidal Gardens Inc. Hometown: Akron, OH Current neighborho... More »

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Brain, Muscle and Vision

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A Walk in the Park Café opens in Firestone Park words by Noor Hindi, photos by Ilenia Pezzaniti You can drink your coffee with an owl as you sit next to a giant tree all while staring at a beautiful mural of the sun setting to the moon at A Walk in the Park Ca... More »

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On the Record | Relaxer Saves the City from Destruction

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by Floco Torres When I was eight years old, I (like most of my friends) wanted to be a superhero. We fantasized about having super powers and saving the city from villains attempting to disrupt our everyday lives. Just fantasizing about this life wasn’t enough... More »

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Standing Room | October 2017

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5 questions with Akron Drummer, DJ and Producer Brad Thorla by Floco Torres Floco Torres: How long have you been creating music & why do you continue to do so? Brad Thorla: I’ve been putting out music for about twenty years now. I used to be really obsessed wi... More »

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In the (Makeup) Artist’s Studio: The Scary Edition

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with Kelly Watson, Makeup Manager at The Haunted School House and Laboratory words by Noor Hindi and photos by Ashley Kouri It’s opening night at The Haunted School House and Laboratory. Zombies are awakening, monsters are practicing their meanest growls and c... More »

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Showing up Differently

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Unravelling the Knots of Internalized Oppression with Staci Jordan Shelton by Noor Hindi For over 10 years, Staci Jordan Shelton has been working with companies on their organizational development and leadership skills. But over the last six months, Staci has ... More »

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Like an Abstract Painting

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A Review of “Don’t you Weep: The Story of a Passionate Woman” at the Balch Street Theatre by Josy Jones   Picture yourself walking into an art gallery and seeing a group of people standing in front of a painting. Each person in the crowd is statue-still, givin... More »

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The Bitter Dude

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Chris Ketler brings professional comedy to Akron by Josy Jones 10/05/2017 There’s an ongoing, shared narrative for a lot of people who live or create in Akron. I’d like to think that I’m special, but I’m not exempt. Many of us left Ohio a long time ago. Some o... More »