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Entertainment to Culture: What’s Next?

Entertainment to Culture: What’s Next?

Samantha DeNinno, Culture Editor

October 24, 2018


Filed under Culture, Home Scroll

The entertainment sections of newspapers have always functioned as a break from the hard news and politics found throughout its meticulously crafted pages, while offering insights to the world around them. The Torch’s Entertainment section was no different. However, readers may have noticed the small ...

Curated Collection: News Podcasts: A New Way To Stay Updated

Curated Collection: News Podcasts: A New Way To Stay Updated

Alexis Gaskin, Staff Writer

October 24, 2018


Filed under Culture

There’s a lot going on in the world today, so when you’re not reading the Torch, it’s good to keep track of the news in other ways. Whether you’re a news buff or you’re just trying to keep up with what’s happening in the world, these news-oriented podcasts are a perfect way to start ...

Fall Down and Get Back Up With “Mid90s”

Fall Down and Get Back Up With “Mid90s”

Dayra Santana, Staff Writer

October 24, 2018


Filed under Culture

After a 15 year-long acting career, Jonah Hill has stepped behind the camera with his directorial debut, “Mid90s.” If audiences are expecting the goofiness of Hill’s fan-favorite comedic roles in “Superbad” or “21 Jump Street,” they are in for a surprise, albeit a pleasant one. The film...

Netflix’s “Big Mouth” Has Actually Gotten Better

Netflix’s “Big Mouth” Has Actually Gotten Better

Nia Douglas, Staff Writer

October 24, 2018


Filed under Culture

“Big Mouth’s” second season has propelled the show into the esteemed ranks of adult cartoon classics such as “Family Guy” and “The Simpsons.” “Big Mouth,” created by comedians Nick Kroll and Andrew Goldberg, is a fictional portrayal of the creators’ early teen years.  The pr...

Interfaith Film Festival Airs First of Three Films

Interfaith Film Festival Airs First of Three Films

Priyanka Gera, Staff Writer

October 23, 2018


Filed under Culture

Don't worry if you haven't heard of the Interfaith Council before. They are a relatively new group on campus that was officially established last semester by Sister Nora from Campus Ministry, and three current St. John’s upperclassmen: seniors Ashley Kuehn, Syed Rizwi and junior Blondine Derosiers. ...

Round 1 of a Smash Slam Event

Round 1 of a Smash Slam Event

Cara Yesko, Contributing Writer

October 17, 2018


Filed under Culture

The poetry slam on Oct. 10 wasn’t just a slam, it was a smash. The event, run by the organization Food For Thought, took place in the curtained off corner of DAC Coffeehouse where the lights were low, couches were arranged in rows and the mic stood center stage. The event emcee, Food for Thought President ...

Moments & Movements: The Campaign for Self-Examination and Body Love

Moments & Movements: The Campaign for Self-Examination and Body Love

Destinee Scott, Contributing Writer

October 17, 2018


Filed under Culture

We’re going into the third week of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and there’s something that Serena Williams wants us to remember. On Sept. 29, the tennis pro posted a video of herself posing topless while singing the Divinyls’ 1990 hit song, “I Touch Myself.” The video came days before Breast...

Moments & Movements: The New Black Renaissance

Moments & Movements: The New Black Renaissance

Devorah Satcher, Contributing Writer

October 17, 2018


Filed under Culture

Society is currently witnessing a cultural phenomenon, a new Black Renaissance, on television screens. Since 2014, there has been a rise in television series that are created, produced, directed by and/or star a primarily black cast. A few of the most popular and successful ones currently on telev...

5 Boroughs, 5 Minutes: Short Stories at the New York City Ballet

5 Boroughs, 5 Minutes: Short Stories at the New York City Ballet

Sofia Altamura, Contributing Writer

October 17, 2018


Filed under Culture

Mellifluous music, captivating story-lines and breathtaking dancing — these are all the components that result in a wonderful night at the ballet. On Oct. 10, the New York City Ballet put on “Short Stories,” which included three performances: “Fancy Free,” “Prodigal Son” and “West S...

Students Come Together to Express Themselves in The Slam Round 2

Students Come Together to Express Themselves in The Slam Round 2

Anna Boylan, Contributing Writer

October 17, 2018


Filed under Culture

Different shades of blue and red light cast down on students who stood at the microphone, as they poured everything they had into the instrument. Emotion poured out of their mouths, spreading throughout the room and into the audience. This powerful event was the poetry event known as “The Slam.” On Oct. 8...

5 Boroughs, Five Minutes: New York Comic Con 2018 One writer’s experience in the Javits Center’s annual event

5 Boroughs, Five Minutes: New York Comic Con 2018 One writer’s experience in the Javits Center’s annual event

Nia Douglas, Staff Writer

October 17, 2018


Filed under Culture, Home Scroll

After dreaming of attending the New York Comic Con for years, I was finally able to experience one of the grandest celebrations of all things nerdy — and even met a St. John’s icon. It was absolutely amazing, but not without flaws. This year’s Comic Con took place from Oct. 4 to 7, and it ...

New York’s Beating Heart: Brooklyn’s DIY Music Scene and Rough Trade NYC

New York’s Beating Heart: Brooklyn’s DIY Music Scene and Rough Trade NYC

Renee King, Staff Writer

October 17, 2018


Filed under Culture

Everyone moves to Brooklyn, specifically millennials with tattoo sleeves and thrift shop fashion senses — or so people like to say. While they are the punchline of many jokes, the creatives of this borough work together to form a blossoming underground art community, a thriving DIY music scene for ...

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