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Meet the Candidate – James Elam

by Amina Renee Hola, divas ! I’d like to introduce you to a young man who is running for WV house of delegates 36th district: James Elam. Amina…

Feature Artist: Dave Pahl

By Jake Fertig On a quiet fall afternoon, I ventured up the wide stairs that led to the second floor studio of one of my favorite local artists….

Christian Lopez is Embracing His Inner Misfit

by Gary Hess Mention Christian Lopez to someone and the response is often something like: “Yeah, I’ve heard of him, he’s from West Virginia, right? Doesn’t he play…

When Taking a Stand Means Kneeling Down

“It’s not about unreasonable force by the police or unethical profiling of specific ethnic populations in our country! It’s not about equality, or seeking to rebalance the national,…

Nier Automata

On June 16, 2015, Japanese video game director Taro Yoko appeared at the Square Enix E3 press conference wearing a mask resembling one of his characters. He then…

LCD Soundsystem’s American Dream

Some bands are really just one person, one individual without whom the group could not exist. There may be many other voices, some of them very important; but…

Namaste – Finding Light in Dark Places

Let us take a seat at the top of our mats. Find an easy, seated position–whatever that may be for your body today. Maybe move some glute flesh…

WV Punk

In my 36 years on this planet, I’ve lived a fair number of places in the US. From San Francisco, to Eugene, Oregon to New York City, and…

Big Something

Being Bi in West Virginia

I’m used to being unusual. Exotic. More than the usual. After all, I’m black in America; black in WV. Of course, that means I always have to be…