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It’s All in The Family: The Stonewall Protests

Joel Rivera stands on the steps beside the historic Stonewall Inn. Her co-organizer, Qween Jean, hands her the megaphone. The motioned baton-pass has their beautiful stone-studded dresses setting off the press. They flash their cameras, sparking each jewel into different directions. At least 250 protesters are accompanying and protecting their lives. They are all fixed…

Potion, A New York CBD Shop, Works to Align Cannabis and Culture With Its Magical Touch
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Potion, A New York CBD Shop, Works to Align Cannabis and Culture With Its Magical Touch

Potion, a New York City-based CBD brand, prides itself on real-person experiences. “We show the people we care about the community. That’s what we’ve always been about,” says Matthew Choon, Potion’s CEO. “We focus on the people just as much as the product.”  Unlike direct-to-consumer dispensary companies, Potion makes sure to align community and culture…

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After ‘Reconstruction,’ MedMen Aims to Make its Mark on the New York Cannabis Market

MedMen, a California-based retailer, understands the fickle nature of the state of cannabis in New York.  In 2018, CEO Adam Bierman told CNBC, “I am so excited about the state of New York, there has been a lot of chatter nationally lately about legalizing marijuana… This is impossible unless the laws allow us to do what we…

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The Stonewall Protests

In May 2019, the Trump administration’s Department of Health encouraged healthcare officials to deny treatment to transgender patients. Under the Trump administration, trans rights have been discriminated against openly, rolling back any efforts to include them in society without discrimination, according to the National Center for Transgender Equality. In 2020 alone, America has seen more…

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Script Natsound: dating app notifications (:7) RT: Online dating is not as easy as you may think. Discriminatory phrases like “no Asians, no blacks” buzz onto LGBTQ+ POC’s phones. Only in June 2020 did Grindr, a gay dating app for the queer community, removed its sexual preference filter after being in service since 2009. The…

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Cherry Picking Stonewall Apart

On a Thursday in late September, the leader of a black queer protest, Joel Rivera, stands on the steps of an apartment beside the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village. As the Liberation Extravaganza march begins, they stress that their walking is to reclaim the forgotten history that began with people of color (POC) that sparked…

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Sandup For What You Believe In

Stacey Petrov cleans her section of the beach, there are hypodermic needles everywhere. A place where communities can meet and form a connection under one medium with the endless amounts of trash. What a waste of potential these beaches have become. Pairs of people who sign up to help clean up are scattered around the…