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Honoring Powerful Women During Women’s History Month

Honoring Powerful Women During Women’s History Month

Priyanka Gera, Assistant Culture Editor

April 3, 2019


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This past March was Women’s History Month, highlighting the contributions women have made in our society, past and present. On Tuesday, March 26, UNICEF, in collaboration with Campus Activities, organized a film festival to celebrate powerful women. The event lasted from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and ...

Google Announces New Streaming Platform

Google Announces New Streaming Platform

Anthony Villacreses, Contributing Writer

April 3, 2019


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On Tuesday March 19, Google announced a new product at the Gamers Developers Conference, “Stadia,” that would compete closely with Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo. Their recent approach to entering the gaming market is to allow gamers to be able to seamlessly switch between a smartphone, tablet, c...

“Broad City:” Goodbye to One of TV’s Best Friendships

“Broad City:” Goodbye to One of TV’s Best Friendships

Samantha DeNinno, Culture Editor

April 3, 2019


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“I also have some business with the bank. I’d like to cash these nickels and I’ll have them in quarters, please. Thank you so much,” smiled Ilana Wexler, maniacally played by Ilana Glazer, in season one, episode nine of Comedy Central’s “Broad City.” Ilana Wexler and Abbi Abrams (played by Abbi...

Now Streaming: “The Legend of Cocaine Island”

Now Streaming: “The Legend of Cocaine Island”

Shaolin Barid, Contributing Writer

April 3, 2019


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The Netflix original documentary, “The Legend of Cocaine Island,” which aired last Friday, March 29, tells of a true wild west story that emerged in a 15-20 year old tale of buried treasure in the island of Culebra in Puerto Rico, estimated to be worth about two million dollars. With a fa...

Shared Shelves: Dr. Erika Vause: Specialist in Seventeenth through Nineteenth Century Europe

Shared Shelves: Dr. Erika Vause: Specialist in Seventeenth through Nineteenth Century Europe

Maggie Moore, Contributing Writer

April 2, 2019


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The sight of a miniature model of a guillotine in a professor’s office might be a surprise for some students, but it always sparks a great conversation. The office in question is that of Dr. Erika Vause, a History professor here at St. John’s University who focuses on Europe from the seventeenth ...

Coffee Conversations: Music Producer Brandon Mitchell on Finding Music Everywhere and Anywhere

Coffee Conversations: Music Producer Brandon Mitchell on Finding Music Everywhere and Anywhere

Beverly Danquah, Features Editor

March 27, 2019


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At 11 on Tuesday morning, Brandon Mitchell and I met for coffee in the DAC Coffeehouse. Mitchell is a junior at St. John’s, studying accounting. He hails from Durham, NC. Disclaimer, Mitchell opted for an Ethos water, as he’s not a coffee drinker. I had a grande toasted toffee nut iced coffee with alm...

50in50: Letters to Our Daughters

50in50: Letters to Our Daughters

Andreina Rodriguez, Staff Writer

March 27, 2019


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Thus far, Women’s History Month has been full of an incredible amount of events to keep people enlightened and informed. On March 9, “50in50: Letters to Our Daughters” presented its third annual showcase at LIU Brooklyn’s Kumble Theatre, by the Billie Holiday Theatre and in collaboratio...

Jordan Peele’s Latest Feature Reviewed: “Us”

Jordan Peele’s Latest Feature Reviewed: “Us”

Jewel Antoine, Staff Writer

March 27, 2019


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Following his 2017 Oscar-winning film “Get Out,” Jordan Peele released his most recent horror film “Us” on March 22. Known for his psychologically riveting work, Peele’s use of foreshadowing and symbolism cites an episode of “Twilight Zone” as inspiration for the film. The episode “Mi...

The Apollo Theater’s WOW Festival Teen Summit

The Apollo Theater’s WOW Festival Teen Summit

Alexis Gaskin, Staff Writer

March 20, 2019


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In honor of Women’s History Month, the legendary Apollo Theater and WOW Foundation partnered to bring the “Women of the World Festival.” This festival which ran from March 12-17, included workshops, programming, performances and panels with a variety of topics that discussed prevalent issues that...

“Captain Marvel”

“Captain Marvel”

Rachel Johnson, Staff Writer

March 20, 2019


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I tend to be very critical when it comes to films, but “Captain Marvel” is one of the few films that I’ve seen where I am left with zero complaints, I’d go so far as to call it perfect. “Captain Marvel,” directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, follows the origin story of Carol Danvers, ...

“Five Feet Apart” Movie Review

“Five Feet Apart” Movie Review

Alessia Pisciotta, Staff Writer

March 20, 2019


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Allow me to preface by saying that the trailer gave me very high expectations going into this film. I was prepared for what was probably going to be a predictable teen romance film; a passionate, yet tragic love story between two ill teenagers, something along the lines of 2014’s “The Fault in Our...

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Priyanka Gera, Assistant Culture Editor

March 20, 2019


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Fans of the adorable yet fierce Toothless — the night fury dragon of the “How to Train Your Dragon” film series — are in for another ride. Sadly, this next adventure is the last of the heartwarming “How To Train Your Dragon” trilogy that began with the titular film in 2010. In this last inst...

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