Category Archives: Opinion

‘Get Out’ critiques racial relationships

By Monica Mitrovic
Copy Editor

Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures

A film that manages to combine components of different genres and weave them into a coherent and thought-provoking social critique with a dash of comedy deserves widespread recognition. “Get Out” flawlessly provide a daunting and true study of racial relations in an ever-divided America, while holding the audience’s attention hostage with its thrilling narrative, evocative screenplay and chilling cinematography. The horror film was released into theaters Feb. 24. Continue reading

Healthy grocery shopping tips

By Shamsa Rehman 
Contributing Writer 

SHOP THE PERIMETER 

The perimeter of the grocery store is where most of the healthy items, such as vegetables, meats, proteins and vitamins are found. These items help in reducing or maintaining weight. An individual’s plate should consist of five portions; vegetables, grains, dairy products, fruits, meat and beans, to stay healthy. Continue reading

Trump’s reign not end of world

Stephon Smith
Staff Writer

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Although he ran under the promise to make America great again, there have been tons of backlash and protests from around the country since President Donald Trump took office Jan. 20. Continue reading

Technology aids cheating

Evan Henry
Contributing Writer

Photo Illustration by Jubenal Aguilar

In a generation that sees young people carrying the knowledge of the universe in their pockets via smartphones and tablets, it’s no wonder some college students who take online classes look to the internet to find answers to their coursework. Continue reading

Netflix explores hip-hop history

By Monica Mitrovic
Copy Editor

Overshadowed by the sci-fi thriller hit series “Stranger Things,” Netflix’s original historical musical drama, “The Get Down,” colorfully retells the origins of hip-hop in the Bronx, the harsh reality of black exploitation, corrupt politics and minority youths struggling to follow their dreams and achieve success. Continue reading

Film analyzes racial tensions

By Stephon Smith
Staff Writer 

 

“The history of America is the history of the Negro in America, and it’s not a pretty picture,” James Baldwin, essayist, novelist and playwright, said. Baldwin wrote about racial tension and social issues in his many works. “Remember This House” was his personal recollection of the friendship he shared with three of the most prominent civil rights leaders, as well as his personal recounts of their deaths. Although unfinished at the time of Baldwin’s death in 1987, the 30-page manuscript became the basis of “I Am Not Your Negro,” a groundbreaking documentary film produced and directed by Raoul Peck, a Haitian filmmaker and political activist. Continue reading

X-Men plot draws on societal inequality

In 1963, Marvel Comics created some of its most iconic characters resembling civil rights leaders.

By Stephon Smith
Staff Writer

During the height of the Civil Rights movement, Stan Lee, writer, editor and publisher, had the idea to create a new superhero team along with Jack Kirby, writer and artist. But the duo responsible for iconic Marvel comic book characters including the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man and The Incredible Hulk, ran into a bit of a problem. They were running out of ways heroes and villains developed their powers. So Lee decided characters for a new comic would be born with their abilities, instead of receiving them by some extraordinary circumstance. Thus, mutants were born. Continue reading

President paints perverse picture of press

Despite an increasing array of attacks from the president of the U.S., the free press must perservere and continue to cover news with fairness and objectivity.

By Jubenal Aguilar
Managing Editor

The press is not the enemy of the American people. Contrary to what President Donald Trump may think or feel, the press is vital to the existence of a safe and secure democracy. Continue reading

Corchado covers Mexican affairs

REVIEW

By Juan Betancourt
Senior Staff Writer

Photo Illustration by Noel DeJesus

“Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter’s Journey Through a Country’s Descent Into Darkness” recounts the real-life events of Alfredo Corchado, a reporter who covers Mexico’s corruption, murders and drugs while seeking the truth of a hit placed on his life by Mexican cartels. Continue reading

‘Moonlight’ shines bright

CRITICAL REVIEW

Monica Mitrovic
Copy Editor

 

“Moonlight,” written and directed by Barry Jenkins, captivates audiences with its stunning cinematography, iconic cast and chilling soundtrack. The drama film clinched eight Academy Award nominations in 2017 with its somber narrative, depicting a boy’s rough journey to adulthood while he navigates the murky waters of love and life. Continue reading