Too many romantic movies and not enough real-life romance

Jamaija Rhoades | Staff Writer Photo Credit: Unsplash User Frank McKenna As a hopeless romantic, I can easily admit that watching romance films and allowing myself to become encapsulated in love stories has heavily influenced my expectations and perceptions about falling in love.  I just knew my foot would “pop” when I got my first kiss (The Princess Diaries) and that if I tragically lost my memory in a car crash, my future husband would do everything in his power to help me remember the love we once had (The Vow).   Constantly viewing these images of men performing grand gestures … Continue reading Too many romantic movies and not enough real-life romance

Gayle King should not be your focus

Ryland Staples | Staff Writer Photo Credit: Christopher Smith | Associated Press Gayle King on Feb. 6 interviewed former WNBA star Lisa Leslie about the life and legacy of Kobe Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash alongside his daughter and friends a few weeks prior. The interview turned sour when King asked Leslie how she felt about Bryant’s 2003 sexual assault case in Colorado. This specific question sparked major outrage toward King on social media. Celebrities and regular people alike attacked King for bringing up the sexual assault case. Most notably, Snoop Dogg made a lengthy post on Instagram condemning … Continue reading Gayle King should not be your focus

Beyoncé and Jay-Z can’t win

Lindsay Keener | Staff Writer With more than 65,000 seats in the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami and thousands of standing football fans, it’s hard to believe that anyone would spot the two seats that are filled. That is, of course, unless they’re filled by superstar phenomenon Beyoncé Knowles-Carter and Shawn Carter, known by most as rap mogul Jay-Z. The Super Bowl, otherwise known as the pinnacle of the pro football season, took place Feb. 2. In attendance was the music industry’s power couple, sitting during a highly praised performance of the national anthem by Demi Lovato.  Given the Carters’ … Continue reading Beyoncé and Jay-Z can’t win

Same script, different cast: How mainstream award shows continuously snub Black artists

Jordan Sheppard | Staff Writer “For years we’ve allowed institutions that have never had our best interests to judge us, and that stops right now. I am officially starting a clock. Y’all got 365 days to get this together,” said Diddy as he accepted the Clive Davis Icon Award, at Clive Davis’ annual Pre-Grammy Gala.  Outraged by the treatment of black artists by the award show, the three-time Grammy winner threatened to boycott if the Recording Academy doesn’t seek to make change within the next year. Coming just days after the Recording Academy’s former CEO and President, Deborah Dugan, had … Continue reading Same script, different cast: How mainstream award shows continuously snub Black artists

What you should learn from the death of Kobe Bryant

Miles Richardson | Staff Writer Sunday, Jan. 26, a tragedy took place. Legendary NBA basketball player Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna lost their lives to a helicopter crash. There were, unfortunately, seven other victims: Alyssa Altobelli, Gianna’s teammate; and her parents, John and Keri Altobelli; Payton and Sarah Chester; and pilot Ara Zobayan.  When TMZ dropped the news, a lot of us were filled with feelings of denial and devastation. It felt unreal to hear that Kobe Bean Bryant, our hero, the mogul, was gone forever, and there’s a reason for that. Most of us are aware that people … Continue reading What you should learn from the death of Kobe Bryant

The death of a celebrity: What does it mean for us?

Ryland Staples | Staff Writer Photo Credit: Associated Press | Matt Sayles Sept. 7, 2018, I was sitting at the front desk of Wilder Hall scrolling on Twitter, taking a break from doing my homework. It was a Friday afternoon, and I was relieved to be done for the week and offered to work an extra shift at the front desk. As I was scrolling on my phone, I came across something that completely shocked me: TMZ had reported that Mac Miller had died of a drug overdose.  I was in denial and convinced myself that the story was fake, but … Continue reading The death of a celebrity: What does it mean for us?

Ricky Gervais calls out Hollywood stars at Golden Globes

Jordan Sheppard|Staff Writer The 77th annual Golden Globe Awards were Jan. 5, and the biggest highlight of the night came from the opening monologue of the award ceremony’s host, comedian Ricky Gervais. In an eight-minute, witty, cutting speech, the three-time Golden Globe recipient and five-time host of the gilded event took the stage to dismantle the hypocritical nature in Hollywood. Gervais created jokes that took shots at a range of topics and people, including the college admissions scandal involving Golden Globes winner Felicity Huffman, disgraced financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and the lack of diversity in the nominees. However, the most notable … Continue reading Ricky Gervais calls out Hollywood stars at Golden Globes

Why This Is Us is the best thing on TV right now

Jamaija Rhoades| Staff Writer Photo Credit: Unsplash photo by Diego González In the era of “I’m good love, enjoy” and “delete that paragraph and just say OK,” a visual of individuals being given the space to be vulnerable and to simply breathe is necessary. No other show currently on television beautifully displays vulnerability and how difficult life can be like This Is Us. NBC’s This Is Us follows the life of the “Big Three,” Randall, Kate and Kevin, who are triplets and have had their fair share of problems and continue to face new hardships daily. This show highlights the struggles … Continue reading Why This Is Us is the best thing on TV right now

Where do we go from here? The lack of diversity in Democratic candidates

Ryland Staples | Staff Writer Photo Credit: Associated Press As the Democratic presidential nominee race comes closer to an end, registered Democratic voters have a tough choice ahead of them. They have to choose who is going to represent their party to go against the likely Republican nominee, President Donald Trump. However, with the recent news of both Secretary Julián Castro and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker suspending their campaigns, as well as Sen. Kamala Harris suspending her bid to the nomination a few months ago, the remaining nominees are severely lacking in diversity. In the years after the Obama Administration, … Continue reading Where do we go from here? The lack of diversity in Democratic candidates

You stream, I stream, we all stream!

Staff Writer: Ryland Staples With the arrival of the highly anticipated exclusive streaming service Disney+, streaming services across the web are vying for their users’ attention by trying to make their service stand out.  From new streaming platforms such as AppleTV+ and Peacock, NBC’s new exclusive streaming platform, to not-as-new players in the game like Netflix and Hulu, everyone’s gearing up to create groundbreaking content.  So, with the ever-growing popularity of streaming services, many people have decided to “cut the cord,” which refers to deciding to not pay for basic cable anymore.  It’s crazy to think about how much things … Continue reading You stream, I stream, we all stream!