Lucy Parry

  • October 27, 2020By Lucy Parry

    Although trick-or-treating and Halloween parties are off the table this year, it doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy Halloween at all. There are plenty of scary movies to get you in the mood for Halloween, but I am going to tell you about three brilliantly spooky books. The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson Synopsis: In … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/3-spooky-books-to-get-you-in-the-halloween-mood/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read

  • September 2, 2020By Lucy Parry

    Editor’s Note: This article contains minor spoilers for Jordan Ifueko’s novel Raybearer. Jordan Ifueko’s debut novel, Raybearer, is the latest in a new wave of YA fantasy books set in worlds inspired by West African folklore. These books are a refreshing change for the fantasy genre as, previously, almost all fantasy books took place in Euro-centric worlds. Hopefully, … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/reviewing-raybearer-by-jordan-ifueko-an-immersive-new-fantasy-book-inspired-by-west-african-folklore/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read

  • August 15, 2020By Lucy Parry

    Editor’s Note: This article contains spoilers for the Netflix film Work It. When this movie was first announced, I thought there were already enough dance movies. But once I actually watched Work It, I changed my mind because this is a fresh take on the dance movie genre. It’s funny, culturally aware and has many awesome dance … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/work-it-will-make-you-laugh-as-you-bop-along/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read

  • July 25, 2020By Lucy Parry

    I have seen some people on social media saying, “I don’t think about the author’s race when I choose books,” and that is great in some ways. But the thing is, there are biases within the publishing industry that means if you’re not thinking about an author’s race, then you’re mostly reading white authors. This … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/why-you-need-to-actively-read-more-black-authors/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read

  • July 5, 2020By Lucy Parry

    If you don’t know what Eurovision is, either because you are American or because you have been living under a rock for the last 60 years, let me give you a brief rundown. It is an annual song contest in which 50 countries and their acts submit an original song and compete to reach the … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/eurovision-song-contest-the-story-of-fire-saga-is-great-entertainment/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read

  • April 28, 2020By Lucy Parry

    Global Citizen, the World Health Organisation and Lady Gaga have brought together the biggest musical stars to show support for all the key workers. It was first shown on Saturday night in the USA and then later across the globe. I watched the UK version (hosted by Claudia Winkleman, Clara Amfo and Dermot O’Leary), so … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/one-world-together-at-home-shows-the-uniting-power-of-music/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read

  • March 30, 2020By Lucy Parry

    Some of you may be running out of things to watch on Netflix, if so, I highly recommend picking up a book that’s been gathering dust or perhaps trying a new genre. Reading not only expands your vocabulary, but also provides much needed escapism in the current climate. There are ways to obtain books from … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/the-best-books-for-self-isolation-one-for-every-genre/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read

  • March 14, 2020By Lucy Parry

    Malorie Blackman’s critically acclaimed novel series, Noughts & Crosses, has finally been adapted for TV by the BBC. It surprised me to learn that even though the first book was published in 2001 (before I was born!), this was the first successful attempt to adapt it. The first episode of any series has the tough job … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/the-star-crossed-lovers-meet-again-review-of-episode-1-of-noughts-crosses/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read

  • February 24, 2020By Lucy Parry

    Imagine watching your parents being murdered in front of you. Imagine having to pay for your mother’s grave, but not knowing where it is because she was considered an “enemy of the state”. Imagine being told that your baby had died, when they are actually being put up for adoption so that “more suitable” parents … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/the-fountains-of-silence-by-ruta-sepetys-a-must-read/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read

  • January 14, 2020By Lucy Parry

    Personal Rating: ☆☆☆☆ After four years, Selena Gomez has returned with her third solo album, Rare. Gomez came from the collection of musical stars that Disney Channel produced. She took a much more sensible route into her music career: first, she made music with the band, The Scene, then she started her solo career in 2012. … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/selena-gomez-is-both-vulnerable-and-fierce-in-new-album-rare/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read

  • December 24, 2019By Lucy Parry

    There is always a smorgasbord of things to watch at Christmas, so I’m going to break down the five best things to watch… A Christmas Carol (21:00 on Christmas Eve, BBC1) This will be the conclusion of a new take on the well-loved seasonal staple (you can catch up on the other two episodes with iPlayer). … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/your-guide-to-christmas-tv-uk-edition/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read

  • December 8, 2019By Lucy Parry

    An artist’s second album can be what makes or breaks them; Romance has certainly made Camila Cabello a star. Her songwriting and vocal abilities have improved so much since her debut album, Camila. A lot has happened since the release of that album, but we’ll get into that later. I was just going to review the most … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/camila-cabellos-sophomore-album-romance-is-pop-perfection/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read