February 2021 Monthly

The Monthly

February 2021


Letter from
the Editor

The Monthly Editor introduces this issue’s theme, love.

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Mara's World,
Mara's Way

Northwestern alumna Mara Brock Akil brings her vision of love and life to Netflix.

Akil has created hit shows including “Girlfriends,” “The Game,” “Being Mary Jane” and “Love Is_.”

Photo by Michael Desmond/Warner Bros.

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NU alum Drishay Menon creates skincare startup for men.

He said men don't necessarily know how to take care of themselves when it comes to skincare or grooming, because they haven't been allowed or encouraged to talk about it.

Courtesy of Bottlecode and ettakit

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A New

Alum Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate expresses American Indian identity through classical music.

An Emmy Award-winning composer, Tate has had works commissioned by major ensembles and orchestras across North America.

Photo by Shevaun Williams

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Northwestern alumna and Illinois poet laureate Angela Jackson discusses her career and time at Northwestern.

As laureate, she hopes to send ambassadors of poetry to places like rehab centers, schools, prisons, community centers and senior citizen centers.

Cover by (left to right): Jonathan Green, Margaret Burroughs and Arlene Turner-Crawford. Graphic by Emma Ruck

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Whipped Evanston delivers delicious custom cakes and cupcakes through Instagram.

In our fine dining column, Assistant Audio Editor Jordan Mangi reviews a new business in Evanston started by Weinberg juniors Sana Kharbanda and Pranavi Ahuja.

Photo courtesy of Sana Kharbanda

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Despite critic reviews, Sam Levinson’s “Malcolm & Marie” is a riveting exploration of a failing relationship.

In our film review column, A&E Editor Rebecca Aizin explains what she loves about the black-and-white Netflix romantic drama, starring Zendaya and John David Washington.

Photo by Dominic Miller/Netflix

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