Founders of Unlock Foundation, Scott Karrel and Michelle Shapiro, visited students at the Old Odonase School in Ghana this year. The foundation aims to address educational gaps in rural African schools. PHOTO COURTESY MICHELLE SHAPIRO

Unlock Foundation opens up educational opportunities for rural African children

In the four years since the creation of Unlock Foundation, the philanthropic partnership has addressed educational gaps in rural and marginalized African schools by working with teachers, students and community members to ensure that the children get the best primary education possible. Unlock Foundation was created by Scott Karrel, a 2010 graduate of Boston University’s College of Arts and Sciences, […]

By Andrea Kaufman· · 0 comments · Features, Impact
McDonald’s hosted a pajama party at City Hall Plaza to promote the new “All Day Breakfast” menu. PHOTO BY KELSEY CRONIN/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

McDonald’s customers can now eat McMuffins all McDay

Within 10 minutes of the gathering’s opening, nearly 100 Bostonians flocked to City Hall Plaza for free Egg McMuffins and coffee Friday to take part in McDonald’s All Day Breakfast Pajama Party, which celebrated the restaurant’s new All Day Breakfast menu. “Now, 24/7, when you roll out of bed, breakfast is available,” said Catherine Allen, executive vice president of SHIFT […]

By Kelsey Cronin· · 0 comments · Features, Impact
Game designer Sarah Zaidan created “The Adventures of Ms. Meta,” a video game that combines the platform with narrative themes of comics and historical facts about women. PHOTO COURTESY MARCO ARMENT/FLICKR

MIT lecture explores female representation in digital gaming world

From Catwoman to Lara Croft, girl power is a powerful theme in the comic and gaming world. Female heroes inspire a positive image for young girls, promoting strength and heroism. However, these heroes are often idealized and stereotyped. Sarah Zaidan, a game designer and professor at Emerson College, hosted a lecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Thursday entitled […]

By Clara Hudson· · 0 comments · Catalyst, Features
Idris Elba and Abraham Attah in the Netflix original film "Beasts of No Nation." PHOTO COURTESY NETFLIX

REVIEW: “Beasts of No Nation” showcases emotions rather than politics

What stands out the most about Cary Fukunaga’s film “Beasts of No Nation” is its staunch refusal to turn into a political statement. A film about child soldiers in Africa could have easily turned into a blame game if based on real life events. However, as the title implies, these children fight for no nation at all. They are a […]

By Alex Peña· · 3 comments · Features, Muse
The Cambridge GLBT Commission held a screening of the documentary "The Year We Thought About Love" at the Cambridge Main Library Auditorium Thursday. PHOTO COURTESY CAMBRIDGE GLBT COMMISSION

LGBT documentary sheds light on youth identity struggles

The documentary “The Year We Thought About Love” navigates a year in the life of one of the oldest LGBT youth theater troupes in the country. A Boston-based organization called True Colors: Out Youth Theater is the focal point of the documentary. The Cambridge GLBT Commission and the Somerville LGBTQ Community Liaison united Thursday to sponsor a free screening and […]

By Monika Nayak· · 0 comments · Features, Muse
Michael Fassbender stars as Steve Jobs in Universal Studios' "Steve Jobs." PHOTO COURTESY IMAGE.NET

REVIEW: “Steve Jobs” launches discussion of flawed innovators and exceptional creations

Steve Jobs was a minimalist. Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, on the other hand, is quite the opposite. In the Danny Boyle-directed “Steve Jobs,” Sorkin takes a man who was famous for clean lines and curt responses and places him in the midst of a cleverly loquacious world. Michael Fassbender’s Jobs roams the halls behind the scenes of his product launches, delivering […]

By Sonia Rao· · 0 comments · Features, Film & TV, Muse
Jack Black stars in Columbia Pictures' "Goosebumps." PHOTO COURTESY ELECTRONIC PRESS KIT

REVIEW: “Goosebumps” revitalizes book series in nostalgically cheesy manner

With the same witty humor and creatively creepy monsters from R.L. Stine’s successful preteen horror fiction series, “Goosebumps” emerges in theaters as an entertaining, if not slightly cheesy, family-friendly film. Dedicated “Goosebumps” readers will be a little wary at first, wondering whether Hollywood turned this into another great book, horrible movie mess. Instead, “Goosebumps” just feels nostalgic, with only a […]

By Elise Takahama· · 0 comments · Features, Muse
"Leap Before You Look," an exhibit featuring the legacy of Black Mountain College, opened at the Institute of Contemporary Art on Saturday. PHOTO COURTESY BRANDON BAUNACH/FLICKR

ICA pays homage to radically influential Black Mountain College

In the early 1930s, educator John Rice founded a small, experimental liberal arts college near Asheville, North Carolina. The name of the school was Black Mountain College, and its mission was to educate young artists and thinkers in a radical, interdisciplinary way. Though the college only existed for 24 brief years due to financial struggles, many of the most influential […]

By Liz Vanderau· · 0 comments · Features, Muse
Mia Wasikowska stars as Edith Cushing in Legendary Pictures' "Crimson Peak." PHOTO COURTESY UNIVERSAL STUDIOS

REVIEW: Mystery mounts to no avail in “Crimson Peak”

Director Guillermo del Toro has had some bad luck in terms of his upcoming projects. A few of his films — including “Pacific Rim: Maelstrom” and “Hellboy 3” — have been heavily anticipated, yet may never see the light of day due to collaborative conflicts with production studios. What is most interesting about del Toro’s latest film “Crimson Peak,” therefore, […]

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Emma Karin Eriksson holds her latest edition of her zine, "Radical Domesticity," after the Household Cleaners Workshop at the Boston Zine Fest Saturday. PHOTO BY MADISON GOLDMAN/DAILY FREE PRESS CONTRIBUTOR

Boston Zine Fest advocates for radical social awareness

It is often difficult to tell if activism-oriented events have any substantial impact on those who attend them, but it was clear that the Boston Zine Fest, held Saturday and Sunday, not only exposed attendees to new ideas, but also inspired them to act. The festival’s first day at Make Shift Boston included a panel discussion on how zines serve […]

By Kylie Obermeier· · 0 comments · Features, Impact