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A New Wave of Funk

A New Wave of Funk

Crystal Simmons, Staff Writer

February 6, 2019


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Unbeknownst to some and adored by many, Toronto native singer and musician Francesco Yates is generating a new wave of pop-funk. At 23 years old, this young performer has already worked with artists such as Pharrell Williams and has recently opened for Justin Timberlake’s “Man of the Woods” tour....

New Projects in Independent Music

New Projects in Independent Music

Renee King, Contributing Writer

February 6, 2019


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Girlpool: “What Chaos is Imaginary” Girlpool’s latest record, “What Chaos is Imaginary,” begins with a thud. It is a thud, a crash and a woozy reverberating guitar that signals the album’s beginning on the opening track “Lucy’s,” and with this, it marks a career shift for the ...

The Controversy of “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile”

Gina Varvaro, Contributing Writer

February 6, 2019


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At the 2019 Sundance Movie Festival, the new Ted Bundy film, titled “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile,”  took to the big screen for the first time. The film’s trailer was released to the public on Jan. 25 and social media immediately turned into a frenzy. The film stars Zac Efro...

Netflix’s Deadly Art: “Velvet Buzzsaw”

Netflix’s Deadly Art: “Velvet Buzzsaw”

Alexis Gaskin, Assistant News Editor

February 6, 2019


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What can be best described as the Hope Diamond curse meets the art world; the Netflix Original, “Velvet Buzzsaw,” is a weird and intense story of the egotistical and money hungry people behind the scenes of the art industry. Simply put, the characters in this film meet the deadly and graphic d...

Top Movies of 2018

Top Movies of 2018

Priyanka Gera, Assistant Culture Editor

January 30, 2019


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The Horror Film “A Quiet Place” “A Quiet Place” is the most unique film of its genre for 2018. This mostly-silent horror film was a step in the right direction for deaf actors (and nightmares of monsters with acute hearing for others). Directed by (and starring) John Krasinski and his ...

Netflix and Hulu Release Competing Fyre Festival Documentaries

Netflix and Hulu Release Competing Fyre Festival Documentaries

Anna McFillin, Contributing Writer

January 30, 2019


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Netflix and Hulu both released their own documentaries on what really happened at the Fyre Festival on the island of Great Exuma in April of 2017. From a viral picture on Twitter of cheese and bread sandwiches to numerous Instagram posts of the tragic campsite with tiny white tents on gravel, ...

“Sex Education” Offers Lesson Few Shows Have Taught

“Sex Education” Offers Lesson Few Shows Have Taught

Sydney Bembry, Contributing Writer

January 30, 2019


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Netflix has audiences glued to their computer screens once again with their latest original hit, “Sex Education.” Starring Asa Butterfield, most known for his roles in “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” and Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo,” the show follows Butterfield’s Otis, son of two sex therapists...

What “Bandersnatch” Means for the Future of Film

What “Bandersnatch” Means for the Future of Film

Olivia M. Mathon, Staff Writer

January 30, 2019


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Throughout the 21st century, monumental strides have been taken in the film industry in order to innovate and create the next big phenomenon. Reworking classics, creating interactive films or different streaming opportunities have led us to question the future of film and exactly what it will bring....

“I Am the Night”: Bright Lights and Shadows

“I Am the Night”: Bright Lights and Shadows

Samantha DeNinno, Culture Editor

January 30, 2019


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The Black Dahlia. Many true crime fans may have heard of the story of Elizabeth Short, found mutilated, bisected and murdered in Los Angeles, California in 1947. If familiar, you may have also heard of physician George Hill Hodel, accused by his son, a Los Angeles homicide detective, of murdering Short a...

TV Spotlight: “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”

TV Spotlight: “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”

Rachel Johnson, Staff Writer

January 30, 2019


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Inclusion and representation are hot topics nowadays, especially when it comes to television, film and media. Unfortunately, television shows that cover these subjects are few and far between, though more are appearing every year. There is one show that stands apart from the rest when it comes to inclu...

Top Films of 2018

Top Films of 2018

Samantha DeNinno, Culture Editor

January 30, 2019


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The Science Fiction Film: “Annihilation” “Annihilation” directed by Alex Garland, brought in the new year last February with trippy visuals and a gene-bending plotline. Aliens, nature and human psychosis all plague the next team, composed of Natalie Portman, Gina Rodriguez, Jennifer Jason Le...

Celebrating Culture and History at Epsilon Kappa’s Christmas Party

Celebrating Culture and History at Epsilon Kappa’s Christmas Party

Samantha DeNinno, Culture Editor

December 18, 2018


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On Dec. 5, students crowded outside the small doorway into St. John’s Hall’s Global Language and Learning Center, commonly known as the GLLC. As heads craned forward to find the origin of the music echoing down the hall, two female dancers, clad in black and red, flicked both their wrists and their fan...

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