A Happily Ever After For Us All

BY JOANNA R. SCHACTER Normalcy meets celebrity and we can’t seem to get enough of it. Peering out of the window of what appears to be a very humble flat, a couple is pictured leaning together, a baby cradled in the mother’s arms, and the family dog nestled between her partner’s. The baby and the dog’s eyes meet naturally, and there is little indication that this photo could be staged, or more than just a regular family portrait. But, this photo is not of any regular family; it is of the British Royal Family’s William and Catherine, and their baby …






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Let’s Get This Straight

BY JOANNA R. SCHACTER Puns aside, LGBTQ portrayal in the media is really, really important. When Laverne Cox, known for her role in the television series Orange is the New Black, came to Harvard to discuss her identity as a transgender black woman, and the intersectionality of these components of her identity, I went to the event a little bit because she’s famous, and a little bit because I couldn’t think of any other queer actors off the top if my head. The fact that she is transgender and a woman and black (and it’s unfortunate that any of these …






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LaughRiot 2014; Indeed Riotous, Indeed a Laugh

BY JOANNA R. SCHACTER Inter-University comedy festival brings improv to the Loeb Drama Center’s ex-theatre. Friday and Saturday night’s LaughRiot, an improv comedy festival hosted by Harvard’s Immediate Gratification Players, made laughter simple. Comedy is a undeniably a difficult medium of expression; jokes can very easily fall flat, audiences can be an unresponsive bunch, and the line between high and low-brow humor is often crossed for the sake of cheap laughs. However, there is something particularly challenging about improv. In addition to IGP, Suffolk University’s Seriously Bent, Columbia University’s Fruit Paunch and Ohio State University’s Eighth Floor participated in this …






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