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Obtaining Bodily Perfection: A Deep Dive Into the Rituals of Female Bodybuilders

Words by Su Ertekin-Taner The process doesn’t begin at the start as most processes do. There is a prestart, a prelude to the prelude. The urge to body build begins in those moments before the decision to do it, 32-year-old female bodybuilder Shalom Barile informs me. We are on a Zoom call now, and she feels the need to justify her shuffling after she says this. She tells me she is returning to her apartment after her ER shift. She is energetic considering the time — 8:10 p.m. — and the length of her work day as a nurse practitioner …

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November Art Listing

The Art Center Cooperative  “Glimpses: Paul Lanier,” through Nov. 3 “Patterns,” Nov. 6-Dec. 8 tacjacksonville.org     Beaches Museum “American Dream: Steps Toward Abstraction | Caitlin Flynn,” through Nov. 5 beachesmuseum.org   Butterfield Garage Art Gallery Works by Amy Hemphill Dove, Nancy Hamlin–Vogle, Sydney McKenna, Jan Miller, Debra Mixon Holliday, Paula Pascucci, Ron Vellucci and Cindy Wilson butterfieldgarage.com   CoRK Arts District Open Studios Event, Nov. 18-19 corkartsdistrict.com   The Corner Gallery at The Jessie “Lillian Blades: Fragmental Reflections,” through Nov. 1 “Hiromi Moneyhun: Shibani,” through Nov. 11-Feb. 7 facebook.com/movingthemargins   Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens “Fake News & Lying …

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Radioactive Roads 

Radioactive Roads  How Far Will the Florida Government Go to Save a Quick Buck Words by Carmen Macri and Ambar Ramirez    On May 1, 2023, House Bill 1191 was passed by the Florida Senate to be sent to Gov. Ron DeSantis for final approval. House Bill 1191 proposes “alternative ways to use certain recyclable materials that currently contribute to problems of declining space in landfills.” The “certain recyclable materials” include phosphogypsum, a waste product from manufacturing fertilizer that releases radon, an odorless, invisible, radioactive gas naturally released from rocks, soil and water. With the use of phosphogypsum, however, the …

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“Not So Saint” St. Augustine

Words by Tysen Romeo   Did you know the person they named St. Augustine after was actually an atheist, a thief and a playboy? Turns out “Saint” Augustine of Hippo was anything but a saint.   Born in 354 A.D., Augustine was the son of Patricius, a pagan who worked and saved to give him a good education, and Monica, a committed Christian who prayed endlessly for him. Too bad her prayers didn’t work very well as Augustine grew up atheist and treaded down a scandalous path in his youth.   His first dabble into his acts of sin was …

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Future State of Mind With Nick Cannon

Where does the comedian-actor-rapper-writer-TV host-producer go from here? Words By Ambar Ramirez   Discovered and thrown into the spotlight right out of high school, Nick Cannon never felt like he missed out on any experiences. He even mentioned not even really having put much thought into how becoming famous while still relatively young may have affected him. Neither defined by his past nor definitive in his future, Cannon just knew he was meant to entertain—through any talent necessary.    “It was just something that was a part of my life, and it wasn’t about, you know, being discovered, it was …

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Citizen 1: Kent Stermon Was the Florida Politician’s ‘Bestie’

    CITIZEN 1: KENT STERMON WAS THE FLORIDA POLITICIAN’S ‘BESTIE’ In the evening hours of Tuesday, Dec. 6, Jacksonville, Florida’s mayor, Lenny Curry, watched the election returns for the Georgia U.S. Senate race with frustration as the crackpot he supported lost. To the majority, Herschel Walker was a hypocrite who couldn’t be trusted, lying about having law enforcement credentials, an abuser and cheater even to his own family members. To others, he was the perfect candidate. He played football. He had bravado. He pretended to be Republican. He’d pose for photos and tell stories of a renowned past. Did …

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Jacksonville’s Visual Vigilante

Jacksonville’s Visual Vigilante  Words By Ambar Ramirez   On the door to his studio, in red lettering, it reads, “No police beyond this point without a warrant.” Somewhat of an odd welcoming sign, but if you know anything about artist and Jacksonville native Chip Southworth, it makes perfect sense.    While often referred to as “Keith Haring’s Ghost” (more on that in a minute), Southworth’s art does not consist of empty figures like Haring’s, though, he does take inspiration from the late artist’s message and activism. Through portraits, words and paintings of buildings and structures, Southworth’s work speaks volumes of …

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They’re So Big Because They’re Full Of Secrets

Words By Carmen Macri and Ambar Ramirez Even if you say you don’t, we all love fast food. The question is: how much do you really know about these fast food giants?    With Thanksgiving coming around the corner, we know cooking a feast for a family of 10 can be a drag. Luckily we live in America where there is a Mcdonald’s around every corner. And a Wendys, and a Taco Bell, and a Burger King, and a KFC… You get the point.     But as times change, these companies change with us (or at least they try to). …

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The Wait For Dreams In Gold

Words by Courtney Thomassen   At 4AM on Thursday, October 27th, while most of us were still asleep, the first general admission ticket holders were arriving outside of Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina to line up for Greta Van Fleet’s Dreams in Gold tour. Waiting in line at 4AM for a 7PM show may seem excessive, but that’s just the half of it – literally. This show wasn’t set to begin at 7PM October 27th, it was scheduled for 7PM October 28th. When these fans arrived, armed with sleeping bags, blankets, and folding chairs, they were signing up for …

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