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The Lion King: The Musical

Remembering the characters of Lion King through the musical   The Lion King is one of Disney’s most celebrated works. It hit the Broadway stage in 1997, three years after the movie’s debut. Among Broadway shows, Lion King is currently the third longest-running show of all time, ranking behind The Phantom of the Opera and…

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Wicked the Musical and Why It Became a Phenomenon

How did the musical Wicked fascinate millions worldwide?     We often fall in love with heroes and heroines. But every villain has a story to tell too.   One of the most successful Broadway musical productions of all time is Wicked. Based on Gregory Maguire’s Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch…

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Broadway Spotlight Musical: The Book of Mormon

The Hilarious Musical that Shocked Broadway Who is Joseph Smith, why is he the All-American Prophet, and what does Uganda have to do with Mormons? These are just some of the questions that can be answered by watching the Broadway musical, The Book of Mormon. A tongue-in-cheek parody of the Mormon faith and its followers,…

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Inspirational People Who Overcame Adversity

Three people’s journey of triumph against all odds.   Life is never fair. Some have it good from the start, others have to struggle before they bask in their glory. Throughout history, there are people who emerged from the toughest circumstances, overcame adversity, and reached their highest potentials. Take a look at three people who…

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Stop Dreaming, Start Doing

On the importance of following your dreams “I want to become a rock star.” “I want to be able to fly!” “I want to twirl and twirl and become a ballerina.” “I want to explore the universe and become an astronaut.” A lot of us have dreams, especially back when we were kids, when we…

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Pancreas: One of the Body’s Tiny Wonders

A healthy pancreas improves overall wellness.   In the digestive system the stomach does the primary action. This muscular organ receives food from the esophagus and digests it, making sure the nutrients are absorbed. However, there are certain enzymes that aid this vital organ on its task. These digestion catalysts are produced by the pancreas,…

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The Turning Point

How do we deal with a loved one’s deteriorating health?   “A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.”  –Franklin D. Roosevelt Life is never smooth sailing. Our journey will mostly be filled with gigantic waves and violent tempests. Sometimes, these succeed in breaking us. Most of the time, they don’t, for we rise up…

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Fontbonne Hall Academy

Teaching Confidence and Compassion My parents chose the best Catholic private high school for me. Through their hard work and sacrifice, I landed in Fontbonne Hall Academy, located in Bay Bridge, Brooklyn, and overlooking the great view of Gravesend Bay and the Verrazano Bridge. Truth be told, I wasn’t really happy at first, considering that…

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Discovering More About Fordham University

Embrace the World of Wisdom and Learning It cannot be stressed enough how valuable education is for the betterment of mankind and global progress. Many of society’s ills stem from ignorance and the lack of skills to combat hardship. Education brings people a step closer to achieving their dreams, and eventually, to making this world…

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Disability in the Arts

Talents Choose to Flourish in the Face of Disability Art, as we create and discuss it, is a passion, practice, and craft for as long as man discovered the importance of leaving marks on a lasting surface. Anyone is capable of creating their own brand of art, one they consider wondrous—be it illustration, dance, theater,…

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by Rosalie H. Contino, PhD