Category Archives: Opinion

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


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


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

Teen Vogue tries new style in politics

By Stephanie Salas-Vega
Associate Layout Editor



Teen Vogue, the magazine known for beauty tips and celebrity gossip, has recently impressed many news publications with passionate political coverage, rivaling that of traditional news outlets. Continue reading

Campus Carry law raises questions

With Senate Bill 11 taking effect at Brookhaven College Aug. 1, concerns about the safety of students, staff and faculty rise

By Stephanie Salas-Vega
Associate Layout Editor

Illustration by Eriana Ruiz

The thought of anyone, who is not a police officer, carrying a handgun around a college campus could raise fears and questions. Concerns over the safety of Brookhaven College students, staff and faculty lingered in my head after I learned of the new campus carry law that will affect Texas public two-year colleges starting Aug. 1. Continue reading

Dallas rallies for equality

Marilyn Velazquez
Staff Writer

Photo by Willie R. Cole


As I sat silently on the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Green Line on my way to the Dallas Women’s March, a surge of fear washed over me. I was alone in my train car with three older men. I had never been on the train by myself. Men have catcalled me before, and I was scared it would happen again. Continue reading

‘Arrival’ hits big screen with style


By Monica Mitrovic
Contributing Writer

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“Arrival,” directed by Denis Villeneuve, appears to be a Best Picture contender at the 2017 Academy Awards with its memorable screenplay and thrilling narrative. Continue reading