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Black in the Valley: More than a marketplace

Shoy Phillip plays the steel pan at the

Danielle Tranter, Reporter

September 23, 2020

A young boy appeared beside his mom Cheron Lewis, the owner of “A Mother’s Touch,” recommending customers to try his favorite product – the organic body butter – from their booth at the Black in the Valley Marketplace. It was made by his mom with him in mind. Using natural ingredients and homeopathic...

Business as (un)usual photo series: AusSam Candy adapts quickly to stay afloat amid pandemic

Samantha McDougall and Austin Pearlman, the co-owners of AusSam Candy shop, opened in Old Granada Village in March of 2019.

Chris Torres, Photo Editor

September 22, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic is affecting small businesses in a plethora of ways. From temporary closures to extensive safety protocols, businesses are being forced to adapt quickly. The “Business as (un)usual” photo series highlights local small businesses near CSUN and dives into how they are navigating...

Five back-to-school movies to watch as the virtual school year starts

Five back-to-school movies to watch as the virtual school year starts

Yasmine Cardenas, Reporter

September 17, 2020

When COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization in March, schools shifted to virtual learning for the remainder of the spring semester. After a summer filled with stay-at-home orders and Black Lives Matter protests, students are now returning to classes via Zoom for the new school...

Local businesses in Reseda band together to give away free student lunches

Lang Duong receives a bag with free school supplies for her grandchildren for the Free Back to School Event hosted by 818 Plates at Reseda, Calif., on Monday, Sept. 14, 2020.

Monserrat Solis, Assistant Culture Editor

September 15, 2020

The sun is starting to rise when Jalise Johnson starts her day by going to the grocery store, filling her cart with hot dogs, chips and other snacks, the next few hours are spent cooking and preparing to give out free student lunches. Jalise Johnson and her husband, Exavier Johnson, started their o...

My reintroduction to the big screen: Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet”

Movie theaters around the world have to implement new protocols amid the pandemic.

Preston Vanderslice, Reporter

September 11, 2020

Since my first trip to the movie theater at the age of five, I don’t think I’ve experienced a longer draught of theater-less movie-watching than I did during the initial months of COVID-19. That all changed last Saturday when I risked my life for Christopher Nolan — or rather, for his new movie,...

USU hosts cultural welcoming

USU hosts cultural welcoming

Danielle Tranter, Reporter

September 9, 2020

In light of not being on campus this semester, CSUN’s University Student Union is hosting a three day, virtual “Cultural Welcomes” event. The series began Tuesday and will continue Wednesday and Thursday aimed to familiarize students with their campus community. Each session is dedicated to...

Vogue Magazine shines a gleam of hope through special issues

Vogue Magazine shines a gleam of hope through special issues

Natalie Miranda, Assistant Culture Editor

September 6, 2020

Vogue, the crème de la crème of fashion magazines, combats the harsh realities of the world today by sharing its aspirations for a better tomorrow. Through August and September, all 26 editions of Vogue published in 19 languages will unite under one common theme – hope – for the first time in...

The Real Influencers – Beyoncé

The Real Influencers - Beyoncé

Michaella Huck, Culture Editor

September 4, 2020

I remember scrolling through Twitter last year and laughing at a Twitter thread, “Being Beyoncé’s assistant for the day: DON’T GET FIRED THREAD.” It was a “choose-your-own-adventure” style post and while the post was fun, it painted Beyoncé out to be a bitter Black woman. I showed it to my mom ...

San Fernando Valley welcomes its first community refrigerator in North Hills

Maddie Martino stocks the valley community refrigerator with bottled water in North Hills, Calif., on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020.

Michaella Huck, Culture Editor

September 2, 2020

Community refrigerators have popped up all over Los Angeles since July, and now one has found a home in the San Fernando Valley. Community refrigerators are donation-based refrigerators that are stocked to help those facing food insecurity in the community. The group that brought this idea...

CTVA Chair recounts personal experiences, highlighting importance of accurate media representation

Dianah Wynter with her dad.

Natalie Miranda, Assistant Arts & Entertainment Editor

August 20, 2020

As Dianah Wynter sat in front of her family’s television set as a little girl, a newly aired sitcom transformed the screen into a mirror. For the first time, Wynter, CSUN’s department of cinema and television arts chair, saw her mom in Diahann Carroll’s character, Julia Baker, in the 1968 NBC series, “Julia.” The show was the first weekly...

The Real Influencers – Nipsey Hussle

The Real Influencers – Nipsey Hussle

Michaella Huck, Andres Soto, and Tiago Barreiro

August 15, 2020

“The Real Influencers” is a series that highlights important figures whose ideas and work continue to be relevant to younger generations. Every episode is released to coincide with the figure’s birthday. In this episode, Daily Sundial’s arts and entertainment editor, Michaella Huck, and spo...

Movie review: ‘Host’ brings horror to a zoom call

Alex Behunin, Assistant Arts & Entertainment Editor

August 13, 2020

It feels like Zoom and Skype have become a way of life during the COVID-19 pandemic. Well, we got our first movie that was shot on a Zoom call. “Host” was directed and co-written by Rob Savage and released exclusively on Shudder on July 30. The premise of the movie is straight forward; six...

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