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In the zone

In the zone

Taralynn Gates and Jackson Posey

March 8, 2019


Filed under Entertainment, News

The room is black. Standing in a circle, connected by hands. Eyes closed, ears open, listening to the director’s words and feeling his hands on their shoulders as he speaks to them. The fate of the work that was put into the show over the last two months is about to be decided as they prepare to s...

Top 10 Sitcoms

Top 10 Sitcoms

Skylar Butts and Emilee Johnson

March 4, 2019


Filed under Entertainment, Showcase

American comedy is a lot of things. Immature, light hearted, stupid, raunchy, and sometimes just plain blustering. But one thing is for sure, a good laugh is just what someone needs to make their day brighter. Sitcoms are a tradition, their legacies lasting for years and their jokes never getting old....

“And the Oscar goes to…”

“And the Oscar goes to…”

Daniel Lackey, Staff Writer

February 26, 2019


Filed under Entertainment, Showcase

The 91st Academy Awards witnessed laughs, tears, excitement, and surprises on Feb. 24. Usually, one can predict the outcomes of who will be victorious for each category, yet the Academy's known to spice things up in unexpected ways. Were my predictions correct, or were they miles apart from what actual...

Oscar picks and pans

Oscar picks and pans

Daniel Lackey, Staff Writer

January 29, 2019


Filed under Entertainment, Showcase

Amid the yearly buzz of the entertainment industry award season shines a ceremony synonymous with acknowledging the year’s best-of-the-best in film. The Academy Awards (a.k.a. the Oscars) is the pedestal actors, directors, producers, designers, composers, editors (and everyone in between) drool over, ho...

New superhero movie swings in with a twist

New superhero movie swings in with a twist

Laney Rendon, Editor-in-Chief

January 14, 2019


Filed under Entertainment, Showcase

The last Spiderman movie left us all in awe of young and talented Tom Holland. Even if older generations were already growing tired of yet another new actor taking on what is rightfully Tobey Maguire's role, "Spiderman: Homecoming" was good. Its score on rotten tomatoes is even 92 percent with an audience's...

Top 10 Christmas movies

Top 10 Christmas movies

Skylar Butts and Emilee Johnson

December 19, 2018


Filed under Entertainment, Showcase

December is upon us, meaning a wave of Christmas-themed. From tree-shaped cookies to gold and green wrapping paper, no one can deny Christmas is prominent in our everyday culture. Although families have grand traditions, much of the most joyful Christmas nostalgia stems from the movies watched almost ...

Rapper’s postmortem album leaves fans wanting more

Rapper’s postmortem album leaves fans wanting more

Hudson Murphy, Entertainment Editor

December 14, 2018


Filed under Entertainment, Showcase

Last June, Jahseh Onfroy (XXXTENTACION) was shot and killed in his home state of Florida, leaving his fans shocked and confused on how it all happened. Following his death XXXTENTACION, or X, was in the news for many reasons. Not only was he one of the hottest charting artists in the past year as he ...

“Some Rap Songs” gets some praise

Joseph Romano, Staff Writer

December 10, 2018


Filed under Entertainment, Showcase

Some Rap Songs is the follow-up to 2015’s critically acclaimed I Don’t Like ****, I Don’t Go Outside. At the beginning of 2018, Earl promised to release more music on Twitter, which would soon bring an end to his almost four year hiatus from releasing music. If it feels as if Earl is underselli...

Round 2 of Creed hits hard

Round 2 of Creed hits hard

Hudson Murphy, Entertainment Editor

December 7, 2018


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In 2015, the classic “Rocky” series made a return from a new perspective with the movie "Creed", which was instantly a huge commercial and critical success. Upon the movie’s release, despite suspicion that it was just an easy way to play off of “Rocky’s” popularity and do big in the box office, i...

Rapper’s new album refuses to slump

Rapper’s new album refuses to slump

Julian Fernandez, Staff Writer

December 6, 2018


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Ski Mask the Slump God dropped an unexpected album after his last full length project was stripped of commercial success by leaks, label problems, and many delays. The project, titled Stokeley, encompasses all the elements of Ski mask the Slump God that made him popular and shows his new talents. S...

Real life issues translated to the big screen

Real life issues translated to the big screen

Taralynn Gates, Staff Writer

December 4, 2018


Filed under Entertainment, Showcase

The Hate U Give, written by Angie Thomas, was published on Feb. 28, 2017, and has sold more than 1.5 million copies in North America. This novel has touched the lives of people who read it, by sharing a reality or by opening the eyes of those far from the situation. This book tackles an issue prevalent in the ...