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10 days in with my PS5: Excellent console, but not essential just yet

Ryder Martin, Staff Writer November 24, 2020

As a lucky individual who was able to get their hands on a PlayStation 5 during the initial launch window, I’ve had 10 days of hands-on experience with Sony’s latest home console, and there’s plenty...

Illustration by Ethan Gullett

Between the Lines: ‘My Year of Rest and Relaxation’ by Ottessa Moshfegh

Paris Cantu, Staff Writer November 6, 2020

         The unnamed narrator of Ottessa Moshfegh’s 2018 novel, “My Year of Rest and Relaxation,” is painfully cringey as she drifts in and out of sleep for one year. The narrator is an Upper...

Illustration by Ethan Gullett

Roadrunner Films: ‘The Lodge’

Mason Hickok, Staff Writer November 3, 2020

“The Lodge” sets the stage for a slow, stylized descent into a Christmas nightmare. Set to a backdrop of hymns, madness and repentance, the film conjures an interesting foray into fanatical religious...

Illustration by Max Aguirre

Roadrunner Films: ‘Glory’

Santiago Elizondo, Contributing Writer September 18, 2020

“Glory” is a historical war film about the 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, the second African regiment in the Union Army during the Civil War. The film stars Matthew Broderick as Colonel Robert...

Illustration by Ethan Gullett

James Baldwin’s ‘The Fire Next Time’ is a guide for the Black Lives Matter movement

Paris Cantu , Staff Writer September 4, 2020

Reading James Baldwin is always a good idea, but lately, his words have proved to be a lifeline for a new era. He emerged as a writer from Harlem: a voice for the people, a chronicler of the wreck that...

Illustration by Triston Simpson

I dare you

Jansen Bean , Staff Writer August 25, 2020

Dear Racists, I dare you to watch “If Beale Street Could Talk.” I dare you to watch the Black characters in this film compare the white man to the devil. I dare you to watch the Black men in this...

Film Review: ‘Selma’

Jansen Bean, Staff Writer August 25, 2020

On March 25, 1965, Martin Luther King Jr. led 25,000 people to the steps of the Alabama state capitol of Montgomery. They marched for four days all the way from Selma, Alabama — a 54-mile hike — to...

Illustration by Robyn Castro

Film Review: ‘A Ghost Story’

Mason Hickok, Staff Writer August 25, 2020

“A Ghost Story” is a metaphysical study of loss, grief and the passing of time. Written and directed by David Lowery, the film chronicles a white-sheeted ghost’s journey back home in an attempt to...

Illustration by Ethan Gullett

Between the Lines: ‘We Should All Be Feminists’ by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Paris Cantu, Staff Writer April 21, 2020

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s manifesto, “We Should All Be Feminists,” struck such a chord that, in 2015, Sweden distributed a copy to every 16-year-old to facilitate feminist dialogue within the youth...

Illustration by Ethan Gullett

Musician of the week: Giveon

Adrianne Kristianto, Social Media Coordinator April 8, 2020

From collaborating with Sevn Thomas and Snoh Aalegra to being featured on Drake’s “Chicago Freestyle,” the emerging R&B singer Giveon has swooned the ears of many listeners with his ardent vocals....

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Baby Keem is destined to be a staple in hip-hop

Alex Hanks , Opinion Editor April 8, 2020

Rapper Hykeem Jamaal Carter, Jr., better known under his stage name “Baby Keem,” has had a swift rise to fame in the hip-hop industry. His hit song “ORANGE SODA” from his second studio mixtape,...

Illustration by Ethan Gullett

Between the Lines: ‘Sister Outsider’ by Audre Lorde

Paris Cantu, Staff Writer February 25, 2020

Thirty-six years have come and gone since Audre Lorde, a self-proclaimed “black lesbian feminist warrior poet,” graced us with her prose in “Sister Outsider,” a 1984 collection of essays and speeches...

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