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New in Music: “Number 1 Angel” by Charli XCX

Jon Daniel Manarang, Staff Writer
March 22
Filed under Entertainment

Pop songstress Charli XCX has a penchant for saccharine sweet tracks, as evidenced by 2014’s “Sucker.” On her mixtape, “Number 1 Angel” the singer delves into the sound from the “Vroom Vroom EP.” Charli XCX takes control of the reigns, working with A.G. Cook of PC Music. Collaborators are ...

New in Music: “Attack” by Nicki Minaj

Chyna Inez Davis, Staff Writer
March 22
Filed under Entertainment

Nicki Minaj fans have anxiously awaited her response to recent “beef” with Remy Ma. On March 9, two weeks following Ma’s seven-minute diss track, “ShETHER,” Minaj announced three releases. “No Frauds” was among the first. She partnered with Drake and Lil Wayne of Young Money/Cash Mone...

What’s Poppin’: “Kong: Skull Island”

Yuchen Jin, Contributing Writer
March 22
Filed under Entertainment

King Kong, the eighth wonder of the world. Ever since his inception in 1933, Kong has become one of the most iconic monsters in the movie industry and is considered America’s Godzilla. “Kong: Skull Island” is the latest reboot in the franchise. The movie follows an expedition to, ostensibly, chart Skull Isla...

New Up-and-Coming Artists at SXSW

Yves Nguyen, Assistant Entertainment Editor
March 22
Filed under Entertainment

The 2017 South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival returned to Austin, Texas last week. The annual music and film festival runs from March 10-19; it includes film screenings, gaming events, comedy events, informative panels among countless parties and other events. But what SXSW really does well is launch new ...

New in Music: Frank Ocean

Cassidy Seagren, Contributing Writer
March 22
Filed under Entertainment

Frank Ocean has returned, surprisingly, with a hit before another four year hiatus. That's a joke for true Frank fans who know the torture he put us through the last four years between his releases of the phenomenal and arguably life-changing “Channel ORANGE” and “Blonde.” Like previous releases, the tra...

Beauty and the Beast: Enchanting yet slightly underwhelming

Beauty and the Beast: Enchanting yet slightly underwhelming

Angelica Acevedo, News Editor
March 22
Filed under Entertainment, Home Scroll

The much anticipated “Beauty and the Beast,” although visually and melodically enchanting, felt, at times, rather awkward in its pacing and storytelling. The tale of a beautiful and bright young woman, Belle (Emma Watson), taken prisoner by the Beast (Dan Stevens) in his enchanted castle, who...

CPTG’s “Wizard of Oz” keeps an old story feeling fresh

CPTG’s “Wizard of Oz” keeps an old story feeling fresh

Ariana Ortiz, Assistant News Editor
March 22
Filed under Entertainment, Home Scroll

This past Thursday and Saturday, the Chappell Players Theatre Group (CPTG) staged their own version of “The Wizard of Oz” in The Little Theatre. The show, directed by Anthony Pound, successfully prevented a classic story from feeling too familiar. Its Saturday showing at 2 p.m. was heavily attended...

The Gallery of Empowerment

Samantha Brimberry, Contributing Writer
March 17
Filed under Entertainment

The Gallery of Empowerment was hosted on March 8, International Women's Day. Memoirs, original artwork and novels were on display, all of which celebrated the power of femininity. One facet of the display encaptured the progress made with the aid of pioneering women, such as Selena Quintanilla, Celia Cr...

Taza de Café to take place on March 23

Taza de Café to take place on March 23

Nickool Castro, Staff Writer
March 16
Filed under Entertainment

The tenth annual Taza de Café showcase is set to take place on Thursday, March 23 at 7 p.m. in the D’Angelo Center coffeehouse. The event will be hosted by The Alpha Gamma Chapter of Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and the Alpha Theta Chapter of Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha Inc. “For nea...

St. John’s Students Shine in Global Art Gallery

Isabella Bruni, Chief Copy Editor
March 16
Filed under Entertainment

From the start of spring semester, more than 300 St. John’s students in Queens and abroad have participated in a globally-performed art collaboration called “do it.” This exhibition originated from Hans Ulrich Obrist, a London-based art curator, critic and historian. He launched the program in Paris in...

Java Johnnies: “Black in America Again”

Java Johnnies: “Black in America Again”

Ariana Ortiz, Assistant News Editor
February 22
Filed under Entertainment

This past Friday, Feb.18, the weekly Java Johnnies Coffeehouse was themed “Black in America Again” in honor of Black History Month, and was centered on the experiences of black people in the U.S. Each performer embodied one of eight emotions and concepts, including tragedy, anger, action and revi...

Artist to Watch: Maggie Rogers

Isabella Bruni, Chief Copy Editor
February 22
Filed under Entertainment, Music

Maggie Rogers. Remember that name, in fact, just add her to your Spotify playlist because once you do you definitely won’t forget her. This new artist’s captivating folk meets electronica sound is one to take this coming year by storm.   The Maryland native got her official start into the industry fro...

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