Freedom’s Journal

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New York Times Co. vs. Sullivan

In 1963 during the height of the Civil Rights Movement, the case of New York Times v. Sullivan came about which established the term, actual malice. According to Wikipedia, actual malice is “a condition required to establish libel against public officials or public figures and is defined as “knowledge that the information was false” or that it was published “with reckless disregard of whether it was false or not” (Actual Malice).

I found an interesting and informative video on Youtube that describes the NYT v. Sullivan case.

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Spring Fashion 2014

Even though it may not feel like it, spring is officially here!! With warm spring weather comes new spring trends! I’ve mentioned in a previous blog that I am attending a wedding in two weeks. I’ve been searching online for dresses for the wedding, and I found a website called Jean Jail. I’ve seen a style of dress and skirt that I really like. It’s an asymmetrical hemline with a mini cut out. I’ve seen it on Pinterest in skirt styles as well as dresses.

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I think this hemline will be the new style this up coming season! As you can see from the three images above, there are many ways you can do this style. There is a cut out in the front, an asymmetrical layered look, and a cut out off center. I’ve heard that some people don’t necessarily like the cut outs in the hemline. Last season, cut outs along the sides of the bodice was a big trend that caught on quickly. Some people may be more reserved to adopt this trend, but I wish I could buy every dress and skirt that I see with an asymmetrical hemline! I think it’s a little more classy than cut outs on the bodice.

I guess time will tell to see if this trend will stick, but I know as soon as I get some more money in my bank account, I’m definitely buying some items in this style!!!

Katharine Graham

Katharine (Meyers) Graham was born into publishing in 1917. Her father bought the Washington Post in 1933, and Katharine and her husband, Phillip took over the Post in the mid 40s (Katharine Graham Biography). According to About Women’s History, After Phillip committed suicide in the 60s, Katharine became the board chairman and chief executive officer at the Washington Post.

During this time, the Pentagon Papers and the Watergate Scandal broke. After much advisement to not publish the classified documents, Graham decided to go ahead and publish them. She changed the ways of journalism with this decision. Instead of following a government agenda, Graham and her team at the Washington Post believed it was more important to let the public know what was going on.

Graham published an autobiography in 1997 called Personal History. She won the Pulitzer Prize the following year. The memoir not only discussed her career at the Washington Post, but it also brought a new light to her husband’s mental illness (Katharine Graham Biography). Unfortunately, the world lost a great publisher and woman in July of 2001 after she suffered an injury. As stated on About Women’s History, “She certainly was, in the words of an ABC newscast, “one of the twentieth century’s most powerful and interesting women.””

Swag vs. Style

Within the past 5 years or so, guys have been obsessed with “swag” and “swagger” and I’m so over it! The term swagger isn’t new at all, but swag started reappearing after it was said in popular songs like Boyfriend by Justin Bieber and Swagger Like Us by TI. With the swag term came swag fashion. Gag me. Justin Bieber is the epitome of looking swag; snap backs, tattoos, bold-colored high tops, gold chains, tight pants that hang too far below the belt with tighty-whities hanging out, and too big t-shirts and tank tops.

I know that the great thing about fashion is the ability to show your personality through your own style, but this look is my absolute least favorite. Girls get crap for looking trashy, and I believe guys should be held to the same standard. Justin Bieber used to have a good sense of style when he first started his career. I was okay with my 10-year-old cousin wanting to dress like him; but this Justin has absolutely no respect for himself. He definitely doesn’t have swag. Justin’s pulling an Amanda Bynes and going off the deep end.

I would never date a boy with swag; I’d rather be in a relationship with a man who has style. You can still show off your personality through your clothing, but style shows you have more respect for yourself. Below I have added some pictures of my favorite current fashion trends for men. Ask yourself, would you rather date a boy who constantly has his underwear sticking out, or a man who shows class and sophistication through his dress choices? Hopefully you pick the latter.

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Personal Stylist At Your Service!

There are so many apps I wish were on the market that would totally benefit my every day life. If I were able to create an app, and maybe I will one day, it would be called Style Me Trendy, and it would be the best fashion app out there!

There are so many times I look through my closet and I don’t know what to wear! I have so many pieces but I have a hard time of putting things together. Style Me Trendy would be your own personal stylist! All you have to do is take pictures of pieces you have in your closet, and Style Me Trendy would go through and arrange the items that go well together. The app will also offer suggestions for accessories, shoes, etc. from retailers that will go well with the pieces that are already in your closet! If you sign in through Facebook or Twitter, you will also be able to see styles your friends are wearing!

I’d really like to get this app up and running. I think people would definitely find it beneficial. Here are some pictures of what the interface of Style Me Trendy would look like. I used the app creator Yapp to create the interface. I also used images I found on Pinterest as an example.

Eddie Adams; Pulitzer Prize Winner 1969

Have you ever wondered who is responsible for taking pictures during times of war? Some of the most famous combat photographs have been taken by photographer and photographic journalist, Eddie Adams.

According to the Wikipedia article titled, Eddie Adams (Photographer), Adams was a combat photographer in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War. He was responsible for taking pictures of the demilitarized zone after the war ended. Adams won the Pulitzer Prize in 1969 for one of the most famous wartime photos taken, General Nguyen Ngoc Loan executing a Viet Cong prisoner in Saigon. It was the second image in a three part series.

Along with combat photos, Adams also had many famous shots of well-known names like Mother Teresa, Malcolm X, and even Arnold Schwarzenegger.

I’m sure you’ve all heard the saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” I believe that is so true, and Adam’s photographs definitely show that. It’s one thing to describe a war scene; the atrocities, the death, the wreckage. Words can only take you so far, but seeing those images can make you feel something different. With each image comes a different emotion. Eddie Adams was successful and he deserved the awards he won.

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Apricot Lane Boutique

Early in November of 2013, I was searching for a pair of fleece-lined leggings on the internet, and I came across Apricot Lane on Pinterest. The link took me to the Apricot Lane Dallas page, and I found that the leggings were only $8! The price has since gone down to $5. Naturally, I bought two pairs because you can’t have enough leggings (especially at that price!).

At the time, I didn’t know that Apricot Lane was a franchise. During winter break, I came across another Apricot Lane Boutique located in the shops of Peddlers Village in Lahaska, Pa. I fell in love. The clothes were so trendy and affordable! They were more high end than clothes sold at Forever 21, but they had a similar style. I asked the cashier if they did online orders like the store in Dallas, but he informed me that it would be too much work. I agree that online orders are a lot of work, but I believe that having an internet following and the option to order online would increase popularity and sales.

I’ve mentioned in my blog before that I would eventually like to open a boutique of my own someday. Once I found out that Apricot Lane Boutique was a franchise, I decided to do some research to see if opening a store under the franchise would be beneficial. After researching, I think opening a store under the franchise would be a viable option for me. Obviously, I would need some money to start up the store, but this is something I really want to do! However, I would want to implement online orders. It would definitely be more work, but it would also increase sales revenue.

Maybe one day there will be an Apricot Lane Boutique open near you!

For more information about the Apricot Lane Boutique franchise, visit