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Series Review: More American than Horror story

Series Review: More American than Horror story

Marianna Bacallao, Photo Editor

November 10, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

If there’s such a thing as too topical, “American Horror Story: Cult” is it. Every season, “American Horror Story” (AHS) has different themes, plots and characters using the same pool of actors. This season follows a cult leader who uses the fear and division of Donald Trump’s presidential...

Movie Review: ‘Kingsman 2’ fights ‘sequel slump’

Movie Review: ‘Kingsman 2’ fights ‘sequel slump’

Connor Cable, Staff Writer

November 6, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

Sequels are more or less guaranteed in today’s cinema landscape. The advent of the superhero movie has brought with it an endless stream of twos, threes, fours and so on, all to milk the cash cow that is Hollywood. While this is not necessarily a bad thing (films like “Spider Man 2” and “Capta...

It’s “About Time” I discovered Sabrina Claudio

Jabril Edmondson, Staff Writer

October 19, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

Among all genres of music, I feel that Rhythm and Blues (R&B) has the ability to be the most timeless. Hip Hop and Pop genres are a revolving door of styles and flows that consistently change the climate of the respective genre. R&B doesn’t go through much drastic change, but it allows ...

Jhene Aiko takes us on a “Trip” through her life

Jhene Aiko takes us on a “Trip” through her life

Jabril Edmondson, Staff Writer

October 12, 2017


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With a large amount of artists producing music consistently it’s hard for an artist to stay relevant without consistently being in the public eye. It’s normal for newer artist to keep releasing music regularly in order to ride their wave until it dies. Though some artists have a persona and an au...

Inside Gaga: Five Foot Two

Inside Gaga: Five Foot Two

Elliot James, Lead Writer

October 11, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews, Showcase

In a new documentary, the life of musician Lady Gaga is revealed in a remarkably candid light like never before seen of a mega pop star. “Gaga: Five Foot Two” made its debut on Netflix Sept. 22. The documentary by visual artist Chris Moukarbel follows the pop star while making her fifth studio alb...

ASAP Ferg is ‘Still Striving’ to be the best in the game

ASAP Ferg is ‘Still Striving’ to be the best in the game

Jabril Edmondson, Staff Writer

October 5, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music, Reviews

Time and time again, we see exciting artists that reach stardom through a famous counterpart or a song that is remixed with famous artists and then flop. It is rare that these songs catapult artists and keep them there. It takes true talent for any artist to remain relevant. A$AP Ferg, Darold D. Ferguson, blew up when ...

Too bad to be true: How “Handbook for Mortals” fell from the NY Times Bestseller list

Too bad to be true: How “Handbook for Mortals” fell from the NY Times Bestseller list

Marianna Bacallao, Photo Editor

October 3, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews, Showcase

“The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas had topped the New York Times Young Adult Bestseller list for six consecutive months, until an unknown author’s debut novel bumped Thomas down to number two. The only problem? No one had even heard of “Handbook for Mortals,” a supernatural romance about a ...

If you don’t watch “Insecure” baby, what are you doing?

If you don’t watch “Insecure” baby, what are you doing?

Thais Ackerman, Staff Writer

September 30, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

Issa Rae's hilariously smart comedy series, “Insecure,” just finished its second season strong with a gripping finale. HBO brought us this highly personal, relatable comedy for the first time with season one last fall. The show is developed from Rae's web series, “The Misadventures of Awkwa...

Georgia Brass Band brings big sound with sophisticated style

Georgia Brass Band brings big sound with sophisticated style

Elliot James, Lead Writer

September 29, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

Cornets were ringing with whimsical repetitious phrases, filling the Mercer concert hall with excitement and jubilation. The Atlanta-based brass band was full, bolstering a sound that you can feel in your bones. Director Joe Johnson was precise and detailed with every moment of his conducting. ...

Emmy’s Not So White

Emmy’s Not So White

Melissa Henriques, Contributing Writer

September 27, 2017


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The 69th Emmy Awards embraced diversity through a series of wins for people of color. The Emmy Awards honored the best in U.S. prime time television programming from June 1, 2016 to May 31, 2017 and aired on Sept. 17, 2017. Donald Glover received two awards for his FX series, Atlanta. The actor, musi...

Daniel Caesar created a storm with his new album: Freudian

Daniel Caesar created a storm with his new album: Freudian

Jabril Edmondson, Staff Writer

September 16, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews, Showcase

In his debut album, Daniel Caesar provided music that was highly impressive. His single “Get Out” received acclaim and created stir around this well overdue album. It was refreshing to see an independent star get signed and rise to stardom. Caesar is a Canadian artist who acquired fame through releasing ...

Film Review: Hitman’s Bodyguard

Film Review: Hitman’s Bodyguard

Connor Cable, Contributing Writer

September 12, 2017


Filed under Reviews, Showcase

Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson are two of the biggest stars of today, but they happen to be sharing the screen in their recent venture. One would think this film has to be a bust, correct? A no name action-comedy with two bankable stars that seemingly have no chemistry? Well if one thought all of that...

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