Ali Muhammad, leader of Melanin Unchained, is no stranger to local activism, from participating in community cleanup events and clothing drives to leading Melanin Unchained, a Newburgh-based non-profit organization. Community development and enrichment are at the center of Muhammad’s goals, stating in an interview, “a city that supports one another […]
The LGBTQ community was already marginalized and in greater need of mental health services. In the eyes of many health professionals, the coronavirus pandemic only made that need more apparent. Warning: This story contains mentions of discrimination against the LGBTQ community, suicide, and mentions of sexual assault that some readers […]
The pandemic changed the way that Hudson Valley social justice groups organized, but many saw their involvement increase as a result of George Floyd’s murder. These groups, and the people who study them, weigh in on how the internet changed how individuals react to the Black Lives Matter movement. Warning: […]
In the world of COVID-19, keeping an active social circle can be hard. Lucky for one group, they’ve discovered a fantasyland that they can travel to at any time they want. The land in question is the one of “Dungeons & Dragons,” a fantasy roleplaying game created in 1974 by […]
Two disabled homeless women struggle to survive and search for affordable housing, in Kingston, during a global pandemic.
Patrick Dati, rape survivor of notorious serial killer John Wayne Gacy, reflects on his abusive life in his book: “I Am Me: Survivor of Child Abuse and Bullying Speaks Out.” As a survivor of Gacy, Dati’s story immediately hit news outlets, and his experiences of domestic abuse, whether familial or marital, shed light on sexual violence and domestic abuse.
In the digital age, cyberstalking is now a threat to many people who keep sacred information online, especially women with abusive partners.
Edited and packaged by Megan Wilson That same sly and goofy smile I knew from years ago greeted me when he picked up my FaceTime call. Krishna Chetan, 21, was slumped in his bed with his white Adidas baseball cap struggling to cover his long, curly brown locks. The brim […]
Edited and packaged by Hannah Wright. Heather Renee became a single mom at 18. She was told that she would never provide for her daughter. She was told that her life would become nothing more than a statistic. Instead of succumbing to that mindset, Heather created a brand and life […]
Republished with permission from The Legislative Gazette. In anticipation of a federally approved vaccine for COVID-19 coming this winter or spring, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has unveiled a draft plan for vetting and distributing the drug to New Yorkers. Given the many unknowns at this point in the vaccine development process, […]
The COVID-19 pandemic has swept across the United States, with the respect of nurses skyrocketing in every facet. A current nurse describes the turmoil, two students try to virtually learn, while another student takes on the frontlines: what does this mean for them? You walk through the sliding doors at […]
Amber Elson is revolutionizing the curly hair scene as a freelance stylist and an undergraduate student at SUNY New Paltz. “My experience inspired me to never allow women to feel the same way I did,” said the young entrepreneur, Amber Elson, who’s 20 and a sophomore at SUNY New Paltz. […]
Two years ago, 22-year-old ShowPonii performed in his first drag show on March 14 at a tiny house party in New Paltz. Usually plagued with the feeling of needing to throw up before any public event, this party consisted of 20-30 people that he knew, giving him a shrill of […]
Friday, February 7 marked the opening of New Paltz’s second Vietnamese restaurant on Main Street: Pho Tibet. After months of renovating what was once CafAmelia, a cafe and small performance venue frequented by students, the restaurant is hoping to recoup some of their losses from unexpected delays. Their namesake, pho […]
By: Jared LaBrecque Ratlung Worm appeared imposing when he took to the carpet stage in the basement of the New Paltz “DIY” venue, Sanctum House, on Feb. 20— baggy camouflage pants, large Timberland boots and a thick tan jacket, all rounded off with long, flowing blond hair. He launched into […]
Sarah Torres, the owner of BeatbySarahT, a self-started makeup business, prides herself on the work she produces. A 19 year-old makeup artist from Harlem, New York‒ Torres brought her business from back home to the SUNY New Paltz campus in the Fall of 2018 to make a name for herself; […]
By Takura Sophia-Blase As many people are probably aware, the New Paltz region is home to some gorgeous mountain ranges. What they may not know is that these ranges attract a lot of avid rock climbers from around the globe. One such climber was so drawn to New Paltz and […]
By: Samantha King When the curtains opened on the stage at the Holy Family School, 5-year-old Nya Henry was surrounded by smoke that went with the fire in her eyes from the excitement of performing for the first time. She was a kindergartener, front and center on stage dancing for […]