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Sophia Peyser
Sophia Peyser is a high school student writing as part of The Daily’s Summer Journalism Workshop.

Violence, love and never-ending wars collide in Spike Lee’s ‘Da 5 Bloods’

Spike Lee’s “Da 5 Bloods” is the most violent anti-violence film imaginable. The emotionally draining, 156-minute epic works because of this dichotomy: the Bloods, who preach the words of the peace-loving Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., kill with frightening ease and zero hesitation. It’s this contrast that makes “Da 5 Bloods” gripping, thought-provoking and, in typical Spike Lee fashion, scarily relevant.

Why I’m not celebrating the Fourth of July

In Eaton’s Neck, NY, holidays are not taken lightly. Easter, Christmas, Fourth of July — you name it, and there is an over-the-top celebration. Easter this year, for example, involved a man in a monstrously large bunny outfit flinging candy into peoples’ yards from atop a firetruck. The horn blared for minutes on end, children…
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