Casey Alixandra

Oh, the things you’ll learn!

Dr. Seuss is called many things. An artist, an inspiration, a motivator, but a racist? This was never the narrative until recently. With his childlike rhymes and colorful art, it seems that Dr. Seuss, too, has a colorful past. Before his famous tales, Dr. Seuss was the chief editorial and political cartoonist for the New York newspaper, PM, from 1941 to 1943. There he drew over 400 editorial cartoons highlighting political history. In many of these drawings, Seuss depicted Japanese, Arabs, and Africans in offensive and exaggerated ways. Even though Dr. Seuss’s aesthetic is interpreted as unusual and funny, many …

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Love and Knowledge

It’s February, the month of romance. When chocolate hearts and teddy bears take over as the representation of love. Flowers are bought, and dinner plans are reserved. But for some, it’s the time to take that next step in the relationship. To ask that question for forever. But what comes after the “Yes!”?  The planning. This includes the dress, venue, color scheme, everything that creates someone’s dream wedding. But how long does a couple have? For some, a wedding can be created in a month, that’s if you want a casual wedding or an elopement. But for those that have …

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A Love Letter to My Friends

For some, friendship is one of the hardest things to obtain. There’s a sense of fragility to it, and many end up drifting apart. But that’s also what makes friendships so special. It’s a choice. An unadulterated love with the want to experience life together.  Friends can also be the most influential and important figures a person can have. Whether they are there for three years or 10, friends help shape who you are. That’s the beauty of friendship, no matter how short lived, it was significant, and the connection was real.  However, many people can go through life never …

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A Legacy in the Making

Here in Jacksonville, an up-and-coming clothing brand is making a name for itself with designs that are heavily inspired by honoring family and those who have passed. For years, twin brothers Andre and Jahvaun Carriere wanted to create something that represented themselves, and their passion for family.  “We were skateboarders, we liked fashion, and we wanted to just own something and say it’s ours,” said Andre. After countless tries to come up with the perfect name, they decided on “Dracarrj” (pronounced druh-CAR-jah) Supply Company. The inspiration of the word came from Jahvaun when he blended their first names with their …

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The Need for Speed

Live out your childhood Hot Wheels fantasies with the North Florida Go Karting Club. The need for speed can be found beyond video games and television here in Jacksonville.  Not intended to be a secret, Jacksonville has a 0.5-mile asphalt go-kart racing track with a 1,000-ft straightaway. Free and open to the public 7 to 7 every day, the North Florida Kart Club hosts regional and national races each year on the grounds.  “It’s true to racing, it’s go as fast as you want, but there’s definitely rules,” said the North Florida Kart Club’s secretary treasurer, Rob Hindery.   When …

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Family Portrait

The family behind FotoTechnika has never lost focus on their passion: film. Life has a funny way of showing people clues to their possible futures. Call it destiny, fate or just coincidence, one’s life calling will make itself known to a person at some point. Some people are born knowing what it is, others will miss the clues throughout their lives and won’t grasp their destiny until later in life.  For the owners of FotoTechnika, life always left breadcrumbs to help them find their destiny. John Howard, who owns FotoTechnika with his wife Saundra, was given a clue about his …

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Breaking out of the Shadows

Go inside one of Jacksonville’s underground breakdancing clubs.  In the break dancing community there are different titles one can call themselves. A breaker, a B-boy, a B-girl or the most familiar term, a break-dancer. Whatever someone’s chosen title is, they all share the same passion. Here in Jacksonville, the local breakers want this feeling to be shared. What started out as private gatherings, now they bring their mats to areas that will welcome them.  “We like to spread the love. We want everybody to have a chance to see breaking. We want everybody to have a chance to gain the …

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april, 2022

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