Monthly Archives: October 2016

Fatal shooting near Hampton University campus, no students involved

Story by Hampton Script Staff

Last week on October 19, three shots were fired in the Hampton Harbor Apartments near Hampton University. The man who was killed was identified as Kevin Neal, 20, while two others were injured. Other people involved in the shooting have not yet been identified. No students have been reported as injured.


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Sitting for Justice

Spencer Mckan Heath III | Contributing Writer

A U.S. Navy sailor has lost military clearance and is now facing charges in the Military Justice System after she released a video of herself sitting in protest during the national anthem at a Florida military base. The sailor under investigation is 2nd class officer Janaye Ervin, an intelligence specialist in the Navy Reserve. Although she was not in uniform, she is still in violation of her contract as a naval sailor which states that all service members whether in uniform or not must stand and face the flag when the national anthem is played.

Troops who do not stand for the national anthem face prosecution under the Uniform Code of Military Justice for violating Article 92, which states that troops can be punished for failing to obey lawful general order. Erwin explained her actions in a Facebook post saying, “I feel like a hypocrite singing about the ‘land of the free’ when I know that only applies to some Americans.” She went on to say, “I will gladly stand again when ALL AMERICANS are afforded the same freedom.”

Erwin was training at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida when she refused to stand for the national anthem. Lt. Cdr Katherine Meadows, a U.S. Navy spokeswoman said, “We routinely give training to sailors on appropriate usage of social media and that they must abide by the Uniform Code of Justice at all times.” The post first went viral on “US Army Military Police WTF Moments” Facebook page and later reported by the Navy Times.

Erwin claims to have been supporting the San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who recently sparked an uproar by kneeling in protest during the national anthem. Kaepernick kneeled in protest of police brutality and racism in the U.S.

The national protest rose to spotlight after the events of rioting took place in Charlotte, North Carolina after Keith Lamont Scott was shot and killed by a White police officer. The problem which many are calling a crime against justice is whether Military Contract supersedes constitutional rights. “Nobody is forcing you to be in the military and you join with the understanding that there is just certain things you can not do,” said Lamarr Dodson a sophomore biology major from Newport News,VA. He went on to say, “This case is way different than Colin Kaepernick’s. He is a professional athlete and you are a military official.”

There has been a dramatic increase within the last 6 months of many refusing to participate in the standing for the national anthem. It’s becoming an issue which military and government officials are saying needs to be addressed before things get “out of hand.” Some people agree with the actions of the Navy sailor, an example being Hampton University student Lexie Carmon. Lexie Carmon, a junior journalism major from Houston said, “I agree with the Navy sailor for standing up for police brutality.” Carmon thinks it’s a great stance that people in power take the necessary steps to stand up for equal rights. Rights at which some are questioning is ours in the first place.

Black Republicans have no hope for Trump

Leondra Head | Local & World Editor

It’s no secret that Donald Trump’s poll numbers among African Americans is significantly low. According to MSNBC, African American voters tend to vote for Democratic candidates but African American Republicans go against the odds. According to the Pew Research Center, only 11 percent of Black voters identify as Republicans.

Black republicans tend to have significant conservative mindsets and are generally composed of middle class and upper middle class citizens. Although Black Republicans generally vote for GOP candidates, this year’s presidential election may be quite different. According to Radio One, many Black conservatives have become outraged by Trump’s comments toward the African American community.

In an Akron, Ohio rally, Trump described “war zone” conditions in Black and Latino neighborhoods, promising to fix them and blaming Democrats. Trump said, “Inner cities have completely failed. Poverty and Horrible education are destroying inner cities. No housing, no homes, no ownership. Crime at levels that nobody has seen.”

Some Black conservatives say Trump’s efforts fall short. Reagan Holmes, a freshman Biology major on the pre-med track from Martha’s Vineyard that identifies as a Black conservative said, “I find it quite offensive that Donald Trump has rejected the NAACP’s and The Urban League’s invitation to speak. He’s never visited any of our local black churches.”  Holmes went on to say,

“If he is sincere about making an effort for our community, then he should at least be willing to come and visit us where we are.”

Trump referred to himself in third person and said, “You can go to war zones in countries that we are fighting and it’s safer than living in some of our inner cities that are run by the Democrats. Donald Trump can fix it. What the hell do you have to lose? Give me a chance. What do you have to lose?”

Trump does not have any policies listed on his website to put an end to social inequality or the criminal justice system whereas his counterpart Hillary Clinton admits that Black males are three times as likely to be policed and plans to reform the broken criminal justice system if elected according to her campaign website,

Trump has few surrogates to help carry his message to black communities, whereas in critical states like Ohio and Pennsylvania, recent polls show him at 1 percent among African-Americans.

A Wall Street Journal-NBC News poll this July found just 7 percent of blacks called themselves Republicans, marking a more than 50 percent plunge in black support in two decades.

Trump declined the invitation to speak at The Urban League’s annual conference, a civil rights organization that advocates on behalf of African American and against racial discrimination in the United States.

William Henry, a sophomore electrical engineering major from Atlanta said, “Trump is a phenomenal business man. I come from a family full of entrepreneurs and I agree with the tax cuts he plans to put in place for major corporations. His business savvy mindset will indeed improve the economy.”

Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said Sunday, October 9 that the Republican presidential nominee plans to go directly into African-American communities to deliver his full-forced appeal to black voters.

Gizelle Harrison, a freshman Chemistry major from Atlanta shared if she plans to vote for Trump. “Absolutely not. I’m more of a Marco Rubio Republican than I am a Donald Trump Republican.” Gizelle also described Trump’s lack of addressing the racial inequality African Americans face when they are twice as likely to be policed or arrested.

Harrison said, “Trump is falsely accusing cities with large African American populations to be crime havens. With Trump, we’d lack a president who had any conception that there is a problem with policing in minority communities or any desire to bring communities and police together.”

In June, a group of Republicans displeased with the RNC’s minority outreach sent a letter to the RNC, writing that Trump had “caused massive defection, disgust, and disinterest with comments and behaviors that are offensive to the very demographics groups we need to win this election” and that their research showed the “unrealized potential for the GOP to do better among minorities in this election cycle.”

The letter annoyed prominent Black Republicans throughout the country, stating that they would have dealt with it in a less public matter.

RNC Spokesperson Telly Lovelace said, “The RNC remains committed to black outreach. The RNC has made a commitment and invested resources into engaging and building relationships across the African-American community.”

The Ending of An Era: Old superstars calling it quits

(SLAM magazine)

(SLAM magazine)

Nazim Trammell-Wells | Contributing Writer

With the ending of every era, a brand new one begins. And that is exactly what is happening during this NBA offseason.

Since June, Kevin Garnett, Tim Duncan and Kobe Bryant all officially retired with Paul Pierce announcing on September 26 that he will retire after the 2016-17 season. None of the three retirees made as big of an impact on the court this year as their used to, (with the exception of Bryant’s 60 point output in his final game) so none of their respective teams will be losing crucial production.

Nonetheless, it is hard for NBA fans too imagine a season without KG, Kobe, Tim Duncan and Paul Pierce going at it on the hardwood, as they all have been in the league long enough for an entire generation of young people to make their names synonymous with the NBA. All four have had Hall of Fame NBA careers and impacted the game in such a significant way.

Let’s look take a glimpse at the careers of each legend:

 In 1995, a wiry, long kid standing at 6’11 named Kevin Garnett was drafted to the Minnesota Timberwolves straight out of Farragut Academy in Chicago, Illinois. Being the first player to be drafted out of high school too the NBA in over 20 years, he was definitely a prize that many teams wanted. He lived up to the hype, since he touched the court he reinvented the Power-Forward and Center positions.

Unlike many big men before him, he stepped out of the paint and shot jump shots, paving the way for other big guys like Dirk Nowitzki to do the same after many big guys had been making their living getting layups and dunks for decades.

He also brought a toughness and competitiveness to the sport that was second to none. Later on in his career, he won a championship with The Boston Celtics, solidifying him as one of the greatest Power Forwards ever. His ‘08 Celtics team is regarded as one of the best teams ever and their “Big 3” boasted KG, fellow future Hall of Famer Ray Allen and the next man on our list.

Paul “The Truth” Pierce was drafted by and spent most of his career with the Boston Celtics. Pierce is known for reviving the Celtics after the long drought of competitiveness after legends Larry Bird, Robert Parish, and Kevin McHale moved on from the team. Along with that ‘08 title, Pierce is also a 10-time NBA All-Star.

Tim Duncan, who is in the conversation as the greatest power forward ever, was the “anti-Garnett” in emotion but his play spoke very loudly. “The Big Fundamental” was drafted by the Spurs in 1997 and, since day one, Duncan impacted the league immediately with his use of the backboard and his low-post skills, making him very difficult to stop. During the course of his career, Duncan won five championships with the Spurs and also made 15 all-star game appearances.

SAN ANTONIO - JUNE 18:  Tim Duncan #21 of the San Antonio Spurs shoots against Larry Johnson #2 of the New York Knicks in Game Two of the 1999 NBA Finals played at the Alamodome on June 18, 1999 in San Antonio, Texas.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1999 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

SAN ANTONIO – JUNE 18: Tim Duncan #21 of the San Antonio Spurs shoots against Larry Johnson #2 of the New York Knicks in Game Two of the 1999 NBA Finals played at the Alamodome on June 18, 1999 in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1999 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Last is Kobe “Bean” Bryant. Bryant is known for being the next in line of great Lakers and was the next Michael Jordan in many eyes. Bryant was drafted straight from Lower Merion High School in 1996. He had been with the Los Angeles Lakers for 20 years where he won five titles and revived the heated Celtics/Lakers rivalry during the KG and Paul Pierce era. His game is basically a mirror of Jordan’s, who is considered to be the best player ever and that places Bryant up there with the greats.

With these legends gone,  many are unclear what this new “big three”–oriented NBA will look like this season with the addition of new-age players such as point-forward Ben Simmons and the uber-athletic talent of Andrew Wiggins.What made these players different is that they all had their own identity coming into the league; they broke the mold that was placed before them and created a new one before the age of teaming up with other star players in their primes.

This upcoming season will truly be “out with the old and in with the new” as we won’t find players with intensity like Garnett, a killer instinct like Bryant, swagger like Paul Pierce and professionalism like Tim Duncan. We can only wait until October 25th to find out “who’s got next”.


Derrick Rose says he is “not worried” about rape investigation

Coming into the new NBA Season, Rose's trial still hangs over his head. (Associated Press)

Coming into the new NBA Season, Rose’s trial still hangs over his head. (Associated Press)

Donald Huskey | Contributing Writer

Derrick Rose has been dealt a multitude of misfortunes throughout his NBA career. Rose has torn his meniscus and Achilles several times over the years, which altered his once promising career. He was even traded from his hometown Chicago Bulls without him knowing. But, through it all, Rose has  remained optimistic.

Unfortunately, just as it looked like the former MVP was turning over  a new leaf with the New York Knicks, another trial has been thrown his way. This time, it is off the court and it is a situation that could see Rose lose millions of dollars.

 Lindsay Gibbs reported that a civil suit was filed on August 26, 2015 by “Jane Doe” against Rose and two of his friends, Randall Hampton and Ryan Allen, accusing them of rape . Doe’s suit states that the three drugged her at a party in Los Angeles and raped her while she was unconscious in her apartment on August 27, 2013. They must appear in court to begin the civil trial on October 4.

The fact that Rose is being sued solely for money brings Doe’s character into question. 

With Doe’s history of pursuing wealthy celebrities, Rose’s lawyers believe this suit is just an act to take roses money and not an act of justice.

One of Roses attorneys referred to Doe’s Instagram account and stated “In these images, Plaintiff is dressed in provocative attire, is in sexually suggestive poses, and is in photographs indicating that she engages in sexually charged encounters with more than one man at a time.”

Doe also does not want her real name revealed to the media during the trial due to the additional amount of slander that she will receive. Rose’s lawyers have not agreed to call her “Doe” throughout the trial for several reasons. According to AP reporter Janie McCauley, during a court filing in Los Angeles, Roses lawyers wrote “This is not a rape case. It’s pure and simple extortion by a plaintiff who wants to hide behind the cloak of anonymity while seeking millions in damages from a celebrity with whom she was in a long-term nonexclusive consensual sexual relationship.”

Throughout all of the scandal, Rose has stayed positive. The LA Times reported on the opening statements on the civil lawsuit wednesday. Waukeen McCoy, the attorney for the accuser said the three men, including Rose, “took turns raping her,” while she was “in and out of consciousness.” The woman has asked for the jury to award her $21 million. 

Rose first came into the NBA in 2008, and shortly after became one of the league’s most electrifying point guards. Now, this is one of Rose’s last chances to reclaim his superstar status in the NBA and he is fully aware of it. “I haven’t talked to anyone and this is my first time hearing about it (the investigation). But once again, I’m not worried about it.”

Rose is already on thin ice in the NBA due to his injury prone body and he can’t afford legal issues as well. This will cause him to be a burden to his team and to his sponsors. Rose has to focus solely on getting back to MVP form and helping his Knicks win an NBA Title.

From the books to the Billboards: 3 stars who made it big

Jordan Parker| Contributing Writer


You can find “Soundcloud artists” throughout your Twitter, Facebook, and, sometimes, Instagram inboxes. It takes time and dedication to get your name and work out there, and even more hard work to make sure your notability lasts.

With a surplus of Soundcloud artists, musicians with actual talent must work even harder to get their sounds heard.

To some serious artists it has become evident that it takes more than just twitter promotion to make music your profession. Here are some artists who successfully planned and executed their journey into the music profession:


Lil Uzi Vert

Not long ago, Uzi was working as a stock boy. He found that his rapping friends were getting a lot of attention in high school, and that he could in turn do the same. Uzi started his rap career freestyling over beats he found via YouTube, and uploading them to Soundcloud.

In the beginning, Uzi would average a couple hundred streams. Not long after, his work got the attention of DJ BuzzWorthy. Buzzworthy introduced Uzi to producer Charlie Heat and Power 99 DJ, DJ Diamond Kuts. Another very important preliminary co-sign was from the late A$AP Yams. Yams took to Twitter, telling his followers that one day Uzi would be a star. By this point, Uzi had developed a more professional sound and was able to get his song “Uzi”, produced by Charlie Heat, played on the radio. That radio play opened the floodgates of music professionals ready to work with Uzi. From there his life of stardom began.

Uzi has now worked with artists like A$AP Rocky, Wiz Khalifa, and Young Thug who inspired his come up. In 2016, Uzi signed with Generation Now and Atlantic Records, adding a nice sum of cash to his pocket.




Metro Boomin

In high school, Metro Boomin played bass guitar in a band and also dabbled with piano. However, he was most passionate about making bangers. In his high school years, Metro produced an average of 5 beats a day. Metro credits his lack of a social life for his ability to produce so much content and keep his grades ‘boomin’ at the same time.

He would send beats for free via MySpace and Twitter to any artist that would take them. Metro’s favorite artists coming up were Gucci and Young Jeezy. In turn he met an audio engineer named Caveman who introduced him to OJ the Juiceman. Juiceman liked Metro’s work so much that he was invited to meet him in Atlanta.

From there he was introduced to Gucci Mane who linked him with recording artist Future. Future’s track “Karate Chop” landed Metro his first Billboard Top 100. 





Jay Z
Sean Carter, aka Jay Z, is one of hip-hop’s most influential figures. Jay Z was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. In high school, he even shared halls with Notorious B.I.G, AZ, and Busta Rhymes. Jay earned a gig on Big Daddy Kane’s tour in the late 80’s. As he tried making a name for himself in the rap game no labels were giving him any attention. Jay then took matters into his own hands and established his own record label, Roc-A-Fella Records. He eventually sold the company for $11.5 million. Jay now has a reported net worth of about $600 million, making him and his wife Beyoncé a billion dollar couple. Can you say “black excellence?!”


There’s no guarantee to fame in the rap industry, so it’s important to constantly plan and work towards your goal if it’s something that you truly want.

Hampton’s Newest HBCU All-Star: Pearis Bellamy

2016-2017 White House HBCU All-Star Pearis Bellamy

2016-2017 White House HBCU All-Star Pearis Bellamy

Nyaa Ferary | Features Editor

Pearis Bellamy is one of three Hampton students named a White House HBCU All Star. She is a junior psychology major, leadership studies minor from New Jersey. Attending Hampton on scholarship was a long time goal of hers that she was able to achieve as she began her tenure at Hampton along with the Ogre Phi Ogre ’16 class. She is a part of the Freddye T. Davy Honors College and found out about the opportunity to be an HBCU All Star from an email that Dr. Sabin Duncan put out last semester. Her love of Hampton, HBCUs as a whole and the inspiration from President Obama and his administration gave her the necessary courage to apply.

As an HBCU All-Star, Pearis is expected to serve as an ambassador for the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities for approximately one year. The initiative will provide outreach opportunities and communicate to the student body various networking resources and the value of a college education. Through this relationship, Pearis will be able to show her fellow students just how many resources are available to enable them to succeed. Pearis Bellamy says, “Oftentimes, you hear news about HBCUs struggling or people questioning our importance, but being able to hear people encourage us and support us is beautiful to me. I hope to be a liaison for others on campus to utilize the opportunities out there for us. We are the future and it is up to us to ensure that the legacy of HBCUs continues.”

This opportunity brought her closer to two of her friends on campus that were also awarded this opportunity. Ashleigh Williams from Fort Washington, Maryland and Michael McGee from Detroit, Michigan, are also participating in this program. The experience thus far has impacted Bellamy’s decision to register for the White House conference this October. She will be able to meet people from HBCUs all across the United States as well as representatives that work for various agencies within the government and all over the world.

Pearis plans on being an advocate for students to become more self-aware of their internal and external wellness. Pearis says, “I plan to use this platform to inform students on campus about their health. This includes physical, mental and emotional health. There are resources for college students that many do not take advantage of. I plan to do this through awareness events about STDs, mental health and insurance options under the Affordable Care Act. No matter how successful we may all strive to be, an unhealthy lifestyle can hinder those aspirations. I hope to be a resource and a friend to those on campus as we navigate through college and try to live our best lives.”

Besides being a White House HBCU All Star, Pearis Bellamy is also the founder of her own businesses called “Positively Pearis” and Youth Nation Seminars as well. She is also serving as Miss Sophomore for the 2016 school year. For more information visit her business websites and, and follow her on Instagram @pearisbellamy or Twitter @pearis_bellamy.

Where ‘Power’ and ‘Empire’ collide: The Battle in Black Television

Naomi Ludlow | Contributing Writer 

The hit shows “Empire” and “Power” have been compared since each of their beginnings. Rarely are there fans who support both shows, since the series appeal to different types of audiences.

Taraji P. Henson, the female lead of “Empire,” responded to a comment from producer and actor for “Power,” 50 Cent. He took jabs at the rival show saying that their ratings have fallen during the premiere of the third season. Although it seems subtle, he is hinting at the success of his show, whose third season ended with a bang. He says that he is starting a show that will replace “Empire” very soon.

Henson uploaded a picture to Instagram with a comment saying that she doesn’t understand why 50 Cent compares the shows when they are equally successful. 

Hampton students have a wide variety of opinions on the rivalry between the shows.

Stephanie Smith, a freshman, theater major from Philadelphia, said, “Empire incorporates a lot of issues from today and power is about money.”

She continued by explaining how in both shows, the characters live complicated lifestyles where greed, love, and stardom collide. 

Sophomore Levar Harris, a psychology student, from Washington, D.C., said, “Empire always has something new happening as far as beef.” He likes that there’s something fresh about “Empire” compared to other shows on television.

Veronica Wells, a freshman psychology major from Richmond, Virginia, said, ‘“Power” has more raw material, especially for the city that they are in.” .

The disagreements between the shows are ongoing but one thing remains, “Empire” and “Power” are both great shows that are look to draw in the black community.

Meet HU Student and YouTube Star Nia Imani

Jasmine Turner | Staff Writer

Nia Imani Wellman is a second year strategic communications major from Lithonia, Georgia. Nia is known around campus for her YouTube channel “Nia Imani” which consists of fashion, makeup and beauty tips. Nia Wellman defines beauty as, “Whatever makes me feel confident and the best about myself. Somedays I look in the mirror and see fuzzy edges and other days, I beat my face and slay my hair, but in both cases I still think I’m beautiful. I think its essential for people to have their own definition of beauty and not solely rely on the opinions of others.”

Most people question why she decided to make YouTube videos. Her response was “I didn’t really see someone who reminded me of myself and I was determined to change that.” There are so many little girls who watch YouTube videos and can easily start to change themselves to be like the person they see. Even though Nia put herself in this “role model” position, she doesn’t see herself as one. Instead, she views herself as “someone people can relate to and appreciate”. In essence, the overall message of her channel is to affect lives, influence and encourage her viewers. So what exactly is the message of her channel? Nia explains that the message she wants to send through her YouTube channel is to be unapologetically you, continue to strive for excellence and just be successful in all your endeavors.

Lately, YouTube has developed the potential to lead into many career opportunities being that it can be a successful job within itself. Nia’s goal, however, is “to travel and share my journey as well as be in a position to give back.” For those interested in starting a YouTube channel of their own, here is Nia’s advice to you: “Be yourself, be consistent, be patient and always improve the quality of your content.”

YouTubers often get harassed with hateful comments, profanity and even racism. Not only does YouTube impact others but it does have an impact on the blogger too. “I think the biggest way YouTube has affected my life is knowing that my College Vlog series has inspired so many people to not only come to Hampton, but to also continue their education in general.” Nia in fact is still a full time student but how does she balance school and YouTube? She says, “Balancing school is pretty easy to me. School will always be my number one priority and YouTube just happens to be a hobby that I am able to juggle.”

It is important to be all you can be and put 100 percent dedication into it. Nia has gained a reputation around Hampton’s campus for the simple fact that she took a chance and she succeeded, Nia says one word to describe herself would be “Electric” and she is just that. Be sure to subscribe to her YouTube channel “Nia Imani” and follow her on Instagram @niabiafoefia.

Fleetwood Mac’s “Mirage” Returns

Aaron Worley | Arts & Entertainment Editor

When the rock band Fleetwood Mac released “Tusk” in 1978, it shocked critics and audiences alike. It sounded like a new genre of music, something much more experimental than what was done by the band before. That was the intention of one of the band’s members, Lindsey Buckingham, who was influenced by some of the other styles of music at the time, particularly punk rock and a choppier version of blues music called, “New wave.”

With their next album, “Mirage,” the band ventured back into the roots that made them so popular; a soft rock journey which gave them the appeal of many listeners worldwide and that commercial-friendly sound that was almost universal in emotional connection towards the same people. The album, also drawing from varying areas of pop rock, revealed the key features of the band that made them so popular: harmonies, smooth guitar, and Stevie Nicks’ mystical, yet captivating voice.

“Book of Love,” for example, showcases the raunchy fierceness of Buckingham’s vocals, coupled with an electric guitar overdub which gives the song a groovy feel. Perhaps the most organized of all the tracks on the album, the harmonies are soft enough in the background to keep from overwhelming the song, while giving it the tried-and-true commercial sound. This technique is again replicated on the preceding track, “Gypsy,” which is disputably one of the most popular songs on the project.

Nicks makes the song personal as she should; behind the scenes, it serves as a testament to her life before joining the band, including a brief musical group called, “Buckingham Nicks.” Obviously this is a juxtaposition formed by the last names of the two members, who would of course join Fleetwood Mac later. It describes their struggles, the poor conditions that they had to endure to eat and sleep properly. A prime example of the soft rock turn, the drums fully complement Nicks’ vocals, as she sings, “And you see your gypsy” as one of the standout lines of the track.

As a track by itself, “Hold Me” gives many of the elements present for an enjoyable listen; one that is both comforting and gratifying. The guitars screech in conjunction with soft piano, and the complemented sound that this gives off highlights the production on the album, and arrangement techniques. Made for the average listener, yet complex enough for an aficionado of the band to appreciate in a deeper way, the widespread versatility of the composition is something to be genuinely admired.

“Wish You Were Here,” the closing track of the album, traverses into the territory of an almost romantic side of the band. Bass and unified synchronizations between the band’s singers pepper the track, adding more definition to the sensitive excursion that is meant to be taken. The best part of the project as a whole, though, is not that it blends multiple genres successfully, while making them unique to the band; instead it is the heartfelt tugs that Nicks pulls within the listener. They are captivated by the experience, drawn closer to it, and unconsciously react to the lyrics that give them a true sense of the album’s timeless sentiment. That, therefore, is the true beauty of “Mirage.”