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Tune in tomorrow to '‘Conversations With Cait’ ep. 2: Texas book bans' on 91.3 WBNY-FM!

“‘Conversations With Cait’ ep. 2: Texas book bans” is set to air on 91.3 WBNY-FM  tomorrow at 7:30 a.m.   This episode’s discussion will be about Gov. Greg Abbott and Matt Krause’s call to hunt down books that center on people of color, the LGBTQ+ community, and sexual health, which Abbott described as “pornographic or obscene material.” Guest speakers include Emma Kaplan, a leading representative of New York City Revolution Club , and Jacob Quinn, a Snowbelt region representative of Turning Point USA . "Conversations With Cait" is a new podcast centered on the arts, culture and race and gender politics. Check out the article and full interview here! To stay up to date on articles and future episodes, follow @cait_malilay_writes  on Instagram.
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The owner of Yu and Me Books shares her thoughts on the Texas book banning situation

photo credit: Yu and Me Books / Instagram The owner of Yu and Me Books, the first New York City-based bookstore owned by a female Asian-American , said that the censorship of books  in Texas school libraries by Republican lawmakers is “ridiculous and terrible.” Lucy Yu, who just opened up her bookstore a month ago, sells many books that highlight stories of immigration. “This has always been a dream of mine, and I wanted to see stories on the wall reflect immigrant experiences similar to mine,” she said in an email. “A large reason why I wanted to create my space is to make sure these voices are heard.” Yu is just one of many who are concerned how this censorship will impact the younger generation. A group of librarians who call themselves the #FReadom fighters launched the grassroots initative,  #FReadom , to raise awareness of the state's actions and bring school librarians together. “Not having easy access to marginalized voices can really skew a younger person's perspective

A supporter of Bob Avakian (BA) and a supporter Charlie Kirk (CK) agree on one thing: the censorship of books is not ok!

Texas Republican lawmakers are on the hunt to take down books in school libraries that center on race, the LGBTQ+ community and sexual health. In a letter to the executive director of the Texas Association of School Boards, Gov. Greg Abbott urged them to be on the lookout for any books that he described as containing "pornographic or obscene material,” arguing that parents have a right to be concerned. photo credit: REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File Photo Matt Krause, chair of the Texas House's General Investigating Committee, created a list and in a letter to the Texas Education Agency's deputy commissioner of school programs and school superintendents, encouraged them to keep an eye out for any books that might generate “discomfort, guilt, anguish, or any other form of psychological distress because of [a student’s] race or sex.” New Kid  by Jerry Craft is one of the 850 books on Matt Krause's list In response , a group of librarians started the grassroots initiative, #F

New series coming soon: New York City, I love you

photo credit: Type Away Cait Ok, call me cliché, but New York City has got to be one of the best cities in the world. Am I just another one of those literary English/Journalism majors that has a romanticized view of NYC? Perhaps, but I'm proud to be one. NYC is the heart of journalism in the United States, and some of the best writers stepped on these streets.  I love everything about the city:  the bookstores,     the dreadful, yet pleasing sound of the screeching subway,           the food,  the street art,                the strange smells,  the obnoxious honking of impatient drivers that act like the sound of their horn is the magic word to make the red light turn green,                      how each borough and each neighborhood has its own subculture,  the unpredictability of what subway passengers you'll be sitting by on every stop,  how I have the opportunity to take a peek at what books those lucky locals of the city are reading whether they're passengers on the su

Protecting conservative thought and what it's like for this professor to be on Turning Point USA's professor watchlist

Last month, I had the opportunity to interview the president of Turning Point USA Buffalo State chapter, a conservative-leaning organization that has yet to be officiated by USG, on his thoughts on Critical Race Theory and what Turning Point USA is. In my last article , I wrote, “More to come on this topic soon!” Here is part two of that interview. Alexander Kolasny said that he was very hesitant when he made the decision to launch a State University of New York College at Buffalo chapter of TPUSA. “I did not know what kind of reaction or reception I would get. I’m like, I don’t want to lose the respect of my professors, [or] some of my friends,” he said. photo credit: Tampa Bay Times / Michaela Mulligan Kolasny described that he was relieved to attend the 7th annual Student Action Summit, which is an event held by TPUSA that features conversative public figures such as Donald Trump Jr, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and former press secretary Kayleigh McEnany. “There were people there of

Recap of 'Conversations With Cait' episode 1: Kayla King on writing, editing and 'The Elpis Pages'

"Conversations With Cait," a new podcast that centers on the arts, culture and race and gender politics, is set to air on  91.3 WBNY-FM  on Monday at 7:30 a.m. Don't have time to tune in? "Conversations With Cait" is now available on YouTube  and SoundCloud . Here's a recap of episode one. For the first episode, published fiction and poetry author Kayla King  shared with listeners her journey as a writer and more about her two collectives, “Pages Penned In Pandemic,” and “The Elpis Pages,” both of which are collections of poetry, short stories, flash fiction, essays and more.  All proceeds from “The Elpis Pages,” according to King, will be donated to Planned Parenthood Action Fund , an organization which helps protect access to safe, legal abortion and reproductive rights. What's the story behind these two collectives? For “Pages Penned in Pandemic,” she began a featured interview series in summer 2020. photo credit: Golden Rose Creative “I was really

Tedesco Knows Best on friendship and their new EP, 'All Around Us'

photo credit: Tedesco Knows Best / Facebook Thomas Tedesco and Connor Best, the founders of the band, Tedesco Knows Best , have been friends for a little over 10 years since elementary school. “From being friends, we discovered our mutual love for rock music,” Tedesco said. Their very first performance together as a duo was in 2017 at Sal Maglie Stadium in Niagara Falls as a part of the annual Summer Fest at the Sal event. Tedesco Knows Best recently expanded with two additional members: Cam Lord on drums and Collin Lacki on keyboard and back-up vocals. “All Around Us,” their new four-song EP that was released last April, was recorded, engineered and produced last Fall at Arkwright Loft Studio by Lord, who they were first introduced to by Lacki. “We pride ourselves in original material, but it was a matter of finding the right time, the right place to record these songs and get them into the way that we envisioned them,” Tedesco said. The original recording of their music was just the