Trailblazer: Lena Waithe

By Kashyah Williams

Lena Waithe graces the newly released April cover of Vanity Fair magazine. Waithe is the third openly queer person and the eighth black woman to appear on the 105-year old magazine to date. She is an actor, director, screenwriter and producer. At the 69th Emmy Awards, which took place last year on September 17, Waithe became the first black woman to win an Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series for the television show Master of None. Read more

The History of the Easter Bunny and other Traditions

By Mary Kate Wirfel

Growing up in a Catholic household, we all know the true meaning of Easter. On Good Friday, Jesus died on the cross. On the third day, that day being Easter Sunday, he rose from the dead.  There is another version of Easter, the childhood version. That’s right, we are talking about the Easter Bunny. As children, we would go to bed on Easter Eve knowing that an Easter basket would be hidden somewhere in the house and we’d wake up to find it full of goodies and chocolate. Where did this childhood folklore come from? Where did the story of the Easter Bunny begin? Where did other Easter traditions come from? How was Easter celebrated in years past? Read more

Hamburg Home Town Events: Plantasia

By Kevin M. Kendziora-Krell

Plantasia is Western New York’s premier garden and landscape show known as “The Official Sponsor of Spring.” This year’s theme is Cityscapes into the Night and will take place at the Hamburg Fairgrounds from March 22–25, with a preview day on March 21, 2018. The show is open March 21 5:30 – 8:00pm (Preview Day), March 22–24,  10 a.m. – 9 p.m., and March 25 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Read more

Oscars Recap

by Kashyah Williams

Hollywood’s biggest night, the 90th Academy Awards, aired live from the Dolby Theater on March 4 on ABC. The 8.5-pound golden statuettes are presented from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The big night, which honored the highest achievements in film, was hosted by talk show host Jimmy Kimmel for the second year in a row. Read more

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