Posts by Sonya Harris

Sonya Harris

Sonya Harris is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and a multi-platform artist and storyteller based in Seattle, Washington. She is a graduate of the University of Washington and has worked in Audio Production for Seattle NPR station KUOW. With a passion for storytelling in podcasting, Sonya is also an avid lover of tea, watercolors, photography, and film. She considers herself a voracious learner and seeker of the peculiar, whimsical, and inspiring.
September 7, 2020

The Story of Kathrine Switzer: The Running Legend Who Ran the Boston Marathon When Women Weren’t Allowed

A little over 50 years ago, Kathrine Switzer took a bold step when she submitted her form to participate in the Boston Marathon. Her initials read K.V. Switzer (a common practice of hers when signing her name), which allowed her to remain gender-ambiguous until the day of the race. For the previous 70 years, the Boston Marathon had been an all-male event and her presence wouldn’t go unnoticed.

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September 1, 2020

IKEA x LEGO Collaboration Releases Storage Boxes That Are Also Toys

Children’s creative endeavors are often misunderstood by adults. What is perceived as a scattered mess of LEGOs by an adult, is seen as a half-constructed work of art by a child. So clean-up times can be a source of frustration for both the structure seeking adult and budding young artiste. Luckily, Swedish furniture company IKEA has joined forces with beloved toy company LEGO to create a storage unit collection called BYGGLEK.

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August 19, 2020

Caesar the “No Drama” Llama Attends Protests in Portland to Give Out Stress-Reducing Hugs

It's been over two months since the George Floyd protests in Portland, Oregon began. The protests have transitioned from peaceful vigils to intense standoffs with federal agents. Despite the tension, police and protestors alike are finding an unlikely shared source of gratitude: a therapy llama named Caesar The No Drama Llama. Caesar and his human, Larry McCool, have been participating in the Black Lives Matter marches in the area.

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August 13, 2020

11-Year-Old Nigerian Dancer Gets International Dance Scholarship Because of Viral Video

If you were to describe 11-year-old Nigerian dancer Anthony Mmesoma Madu in only a few words, graceful and ethereal would be apt descriptors. The young performer has leaped over hurdles of stereotypes to become an accomplished dancer and, recently, a viral sensation. Back in June, the Leap of Dance Academy (the school that Madu attends as one of only 12 students) posted a video that provided a glimpse of the young artist in his element.

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