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NBA superstar LeBron James stars with Bugs Bunny and other Looney Tunes characters in Space Jam: A New Legacy.

Summer movies offer plenty of action-packed sequels

Nicholas Tramazzo, Staff Writer June 18, 2021

Summer of 2021 is here and with it comes a big lineup of movies coming to theaters. Here are a few of the most exciting movies coming out these next few months: The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It,...

Chloe Zhao is the first woman of color to win an Best Director Academy Award. She won for her film Nomadland.

Chloe Zhao’s Best Director Academy Award for Nomadland should open doors for other women of color

Alexis Rejouis, Opinions/Managing Editor June 18, 2021

Chloé Zhao, an up-and-coming director from Beijing, China, recently became the first woman of color to win an Academy Award for Best Director and the second woman overall to win the award in the 92 years...

Grey's Anatomy, starring Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey, has been renewed for an 18th season by ABC.

Grey’s Anatomy renewed; fans excited for 18th season

Emily Nomberg, Staff Writer June 17, 2021

For the past 17 years Shonda Rhimes, the creator, head writer and executive producer of Grey’s Anatomy has accumulated over 37 million viewers worldwide. The audience has celebrated the ups and mourned...

Twenty One Pilots' (Josh Dun [left] and Tyler Joseph) recent album Scaled and Icy ushers in a new era for the group.

Twenty One Pilots’ new album offers a “feel-good” vibe

Lauren Albano, Staff Writer June 16, 2021

On Friday, May 21, Twenty One Pilots ushered in a new era of alt-pop with their sixth studio album, Scaled and Icy. The musical duo, consisting of frontman Tyler Joseph and drummer Josh Dun, blessed fans...

Singer Billie Eilish revealed her

Billie Eilish reveals new look ahead of July 30 album release

Brooke Smurlick, Staff Writer June 15, 2021

American singer Billie Eilish announced that she’s dropping a brand new album on July 30th. Along with the album, titled Happier Than Ever, Eilish revealed that she has changed her style from the iconic...

Ellen DeGeneres recently announced that the upcoming 19th season of her daytime comedy talk show will be its last.

The Ellen DeGeneres Show entering final season amid allegations of a toxic workplace created by its star

Emily Nomberg, Staff Writer June 11, 2021

Ellen DeGeneres has been a recognizable name to most people over the past two decades. Recently, she decided that the upcoming 19th season of her daytime comedy talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show will...

Netflix’s documentary Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal delves into how actors Lori Loughlin (left) and Felicity Huffman (right) relied on  William “Rick” Singer (center) to get their undeserving children admitted to top universities.

Netflix documentary Operation Varsity Blues explores how the wealthy subvert the college admissions process

Brooke Smurlick, Staff Writer June 8, 2021

Netflix’s documentary Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal takes on the 2019 college admissions scandal in a new light by showing it from the perspective of William "Rick" Singer,...

Pod seating at concerts is the latest step in a return to live-concert performances.

Pod seating, drive-in concerts allow for a return to live music

Eva Woods, Staff Writer June 4, 2021

Like most industries during the pandemic, the music business was hit hard. Most concerts were cancelled and touring was brought to a stop. Most musicians' lives revolve around the road and this changed...

Antonia Gentry (left) and Brianne Howey star as Ginny and Georgia in the Netflix series that examines the mother/daughter relationship.

Netflix’s Ginny and Georgia tackles serious issues with humor

Emily Nomberg, Staff Writer May 27, 2021

Netflix Originals are known to be somewhat controversial as sometimes they address sensitive and controversial topics. Ginny and Georgia, for instance, is one of the many Netflix Originals that tackles...

Rachel Zegler (left) plays Maria and Ansel Elgort plays Tony in the Steven Spielberg  remake of West Side Story, scheduled for release in December of 2021.

West Side Story fans eager for remake’s December release

Brooke Smurlick, Staff Writer May 26, 2021

The incredible, award winning musical West Side Story, is being remade nearly 60 years after it originally hit the silver screen. Steven Spielberg, the mastermind behind classic movies like Jaws, Jurassic...

SoundCloud offers upcoming artists a shot at recognition

SoundCloud offers upcoming artists a shot at recognition

Pedro Lagoeiro, Staff Writer May 23, 2021

With numerous music streaming services scattered around the world, Eric Wahlforss knew he had to be unique to join this market. Little did he know it would affect the way an entire genre is perceived today.  Wahlforss...

The Off-Season by J. Cole highlighted the numerous hip-hop projects that were released May 14.

Hip-hop fans get a mid-year Christmas with May 14 releases

Matthew Nebenzahl, Editor-In-Chief May 20, 2021

Almost five months into 2021 and hip-hop has been ultimately pretty quiet. Although Young Thug’s highly anticipated Slime Language 2 and 24kGoldn’s El Dorado were released, the year has been subpar...

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