From flicker to flame: Former One Direction bandmate takes the stage as a solo artist
BY EMMA FRANZ The lights grew dim and the cheers from the crowd increased in volume as fans stood to welcome Niall Horan to the stage. Even the horrid 90-degree weather could not stop these dedicated concert-goers from attending the Flicker World Tour, which had its last show at... Read more
Shoe-throwing fight: Cardi B vs. Nicki Minaj
BY SABRINA WONG No other genre of music has as many feuds as hip-hop. Famous rappers Cardi B (Belcalis Almanzar) and Nicki Minaj (Onika Tanya Maraj) have not been on good terms lately- the stars broke out into a fight on Friday, September 7. The physical altercation occurred as... Read more
2K goes for a slam dunk with “NBA 2K19”
BY RYAN MERARD One of the most highly anticipated sports video game has made its annual comeback. Available for pre-order September 7 and officially released September 11, NBA 2K19 was released on PlayStation, Xbox and PC through gaming company 2K. This year’s copy of the game marks its 20-year... Read more
“Sierra Burgess Is a Loser”: There’s more to movies than meets the eye
BY KAREN SUROS “Sierra Burgess Is a Loser” seems to be the latest and greatest in the teen rom-com movie craze. It follows the story of Sierra Burgess, played by Shannon Purser, a smart yet unpopular high school student who receives a wrong number text that spurs a whirlwind... Read more
Hollywood and drug abuse: The correlation between drugs and popular culture
BY JOSEPH STURGEON In previous months, various headlines have appeared about celebrities falling victim to drug addiction. On July 24, it was revealed that pop singer and former Disney actress Demi Lovato had a nearly-fatal overdose on heroin. In late 2017, rapper Lil Peep died of a fentanyl and... Read more
Put on blast because of the past: Offensive tweets hurt celebrity reputations
BY KAREN SUROS Recently, a number of old, offensive tweets have resurfaced from the past, damaging the careers of social influencers from all walks of life. From YouTubers like beauty-guru Laura Lee to prominent Hollywood directors like James Gunn, it seems just about everyone has a controversial past. Some... Read more
Travis Scott and Nicki Minaj: A royal rap feud
BY ELENA VALDEZ Travis Scott is coming for the rap crown, or, at least, he made an attempt. After the release of his newest album “Astroworld,” he managed to overthrow the self-proclaimed queen of rap, Nicki Minaj, on the charts. “Astroworld” dropped on August 3 and immediately climbed the... Read more
LeBron James scores again, collaborating with HBO to debut in “The Shop”
BY RYAN MERARD LeBron James, three-time National Basketball Association (NBA) champion and holder of four Most Valuable Player (MVP) awards, is mainly known for his actions on the court. But James has recently been making major moves off the court. He has performed many actions in our society from... Read more
Introducing Netflix rom-coms: Bringing back new-wave John Hughes and Nora Ephron films
BY ANNABELLE ROSA In the modern digital age, various streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu have come to be known for their original series. Shows like “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “Stranger Things” have captivated audiences by depicting fantastical, frightening stories and making use of a platform that allows... Read more
Muppets, murders and Melissa McCarthy
BY GENNA NORDLING “The Happytime Murders” is a raunchy spin on the beloved “Muppets” franchise. Starring Melissa McCarthy, Elizabeth Banks and Maya Rudolph, the crime comedy cracked some good jokes, but the rest of the movie was too dirty to actually laugh. Phil Philips (a puppet) and Connie Edwards... Read more