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‘White Boy Rick’ introduces Detroit street legend’s life to Hollywood

‘White Boy Rick’ introduces Detroit street legend’s life to Hollywood

By Efrain Valdez, Sports Editor

September 19, 2018


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Films are supposed to either put audiences in fictional worlds that expand imaginations or offer viewers a better understanding of real life situations. The film “White Boy Rick,” which is based on a true story, takes the audience to 1984 Detroit, Michigan in the midst of a crack cocaine epidemic. This...

El Sobrante Stroll energizes community

El Sobrante Stroll energizes community

By Joel Umanzor, Staff Writer

September 18, 2018


Filed under Scene, Showcase

EL SOBRANTE— The early weeks of September bring about a familiar sight of local families and inquisitive visitors sampling local wares and happily walking the streets of the sleepy East Bay town of El Sobrante. The El Sobrante Stroll is an annual event held every second Sunday of September. The stroll...

Original cuisine reveals ability, tickles tastebuds

Original cuisine reveals ability, tickles tastebuds

By Gabriel Quiroz, Staff Writer

September 11, 2018


Filed under Scene, Showcase

The Aqua Terra Grill was filled with culinary arts students eager to share their work Thursday as they stood proudly behind their group’s dishes for their competition event the Culinary Clash. Culinary Clash, the new name given to the previously titled Iron Chef competition, is held at the beginning of eac...

Animated series tickles with medieval irony

Animated series tickles with medieval irony

By Reggie Santini, Staff Writer

September 11, 2018


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“Disenchantment” is an enchanting Netflix series that brings sword-and-sorcery drama into a comedic cartoon fantasy world full of lovable well-written characters. The series’ first 10 episodes premiered on Aug. 17 on Netflix and has a 75 percent user approval rating on the movie ranking site ...

Law celebrates 50 years of ceramics work

Law celebrates 50 years of ceramics work

By Kit Duckworth, Staff Writer

September 11, 2018


Filed under Scene, Showcase

Entering the Eddie Rhodes Gallery in A-5, pottery lines the walls neatly and visitors are met with the warmth of an intimate party. The windows are high and show a soft breeze ruffling the trees outside, making the area seem bigger and more open. The center of attention is Mary Law, who is showcasing...

Theater schedule for 2018-19 finalized

By Xavier Johnson, Scene Editor

May 16, 2018


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Two world premieres bookend next year’s supernatural-themed 2018-19 theater season continuing the momentum built from this past season’s successful final production “The Cries of La Llorona.” The first world premiere is an original horror play written by Contra Costa College drama department ...

Talents collide at Campus Center Plaza

Talents collide at Campus Center Plaza

By Xavier Johnson, Scene Editor

May 15, 2018


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Rapper Mi’Jae “Vision” Wilson won a $200 scholarship award after taking first place for her performance in the inaugural Battle of Talents in the Campus Center Plaza Thursday. The biology major performed three songs, two being original, called “What They Gon’ Do (W.T.G.D)” and “Know.”...

J. Cole offers new high

J. Cole offers new high

By Efrain Valdez, Social Media Editor

May 15, 2018


Filed under Scene

In the modern era of hip-hop, driven by the use of Xanax, Percocet, cough syrup and cannabis, rapper J. Cole has become this generation’s conscience with his new album “KOD.” The three-way acronym meaning “Kids On Drugs,” “King Overdose” and “Kill Our Demons” are the issues he tackles ...

Art exhibit analyzes society

Art exhibit analyzes society

By Dan Hardin, Staff Writer

May 1, 2018


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People question if life imitates art or if those roles are reversed. But in the works displayed currently in the Eddie Rhodes Gallery in A-5, the impression visitors leave with will transform the way the sky is viewed. The fine and media arts department exhibit entitled “Messages: Material Matters...

Students to compete in first ever ‘Battle of Talents’

Students to compete in first ever ‘Battle of Talents’

By Anthony Kinney, Associate Editor

May 1, 2018


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In an effort to earn a spot in Contra Costa College’s upcoming “Battle of Talents” competition, students showcased their talents for judges during auditions Thursday and Friday. Performers sang, danced and entertained onlookers in preparation for next week’s talent show. Hosted by the Associated ...

Four useful apps students don’t know about

Four useful apps students don’t know about

By Xavier Johnson, Scene Editor

April 17, 2018


Filed under Scene

With near limitless options in the app store, it’s overwhelming sifting through what’s good and what’s a waste of time, storage space and potentially money. There is a set of popular apps like Spotify and Waze that have a solidified place in the public conscious. However, there are a plethora ...

Cardi B shuts down critics with lyrical prowess

Cardi B shuts down critics with lyrical prowess

By Anthony Kinney, Associate Editor

April 17, 2018


Filed under Scene, Showcase

Hip hop’s newest female act Cardi B bares all for the world to hear while effortlessly turning skeptics into believers with her debut album “Invasion of Privacy.” Once one of those skeptics, I tried to drown out the praises of Cardi-crazed fans and ignore her insanely successful single “Bodak ...

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