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“Avengers: Endgame” shatters records, exceeds expectations

“Avengers: Endgame” shatters records, exceeds expectations

By Nijzel Dotson, Advocate Staff

May 5, 2019

“Avengers: Endgame” is the thrilling conclusion to a chapter of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) that has been nothing short of historic. It perfectly encapsulates everything the MCU has been over the past 11 years in a way that makes the viewing experience more than worth it for longtime Ma...

BTS gains worldwide success

BTS gains worldwide success

By Janet Lira, Advocate Staff

May 1, 2019

Over the past few years, international Korean boy group BTS has been skyrocketing in popularity and more recently the group’s fandom, or “ARMY,” has cemented the newcomers on top of the industry’s most influential charts. Their popularity has finally reached U.S. fans through collaborations...

Satire depicts Hispanic stereotypes

Satire depicts Hispanic stereotypes

By Xavier Johnson, Web Editor

May 1, 2019

The drama department has nailed it again for the second year in a row while continuing to bolster connections with the Latino community in the final production of the academic year “The Hispanick Zone.” Running the weekends of April 19 and 26, this hilariously irreverent play combines colorful...

Pop supergroup LSD tries too much in debut effort

Pop supergroup LSD tries too much in debut effort

By Xavier Johnson, Web Editor

April 17, 2019

Supergroups have an interesting history in music. Sometimes these collections of prolific musicians can produce stellar projects as in the case of rock supergroup Audioslave. However, getting three or four accomplished musicians together leads to supergroups struggling with focus. Each member brings...

Play depicts Latinx lifestyle

Play depicts Latinx lifestyle

By Luis Cortes, Advocate Staff

April 17, 2019

The Contra Costa College drama department will take on the Latinx lifestyle and the stereotypes faced by that community in the new production, “The Hispanick Zone, a Comedy Extravaganza.” “The Hispanick Zone” will run for two weekends, beginning this Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the John...

Duality exposes horror in “Us”

Duality exposes horror in “Us”

By Xavier Johnson, Web Editor

March 27, 2019

Social discourse inevitably inspires a discussion of class and poverty as the two issues most Americans agree are in a state of disrepair. These conversations often devolve into a “us versus them” dichotomy, making victims of poverty seem different or less worthy than those who are more fortunate. Under...

Getting lost in a digital world

Getting lost in a digital world

By Xavier Johnson, Web Editor

March 20, 2019

An all too common narrative in media is the way technology makes our society more connected than at any point in history while simultaneously making us emotionally detached from one another. As with any common message, the key is presenting it in an original, thought-provoking manner and the Contra...

Latino immigrant shares vulnerable stories of his life

Latino immigrant shares vulnerable stories of his life

By Jose Arebalo, Scene Editor

March 20, 2019

PITTSBURG ­— Audience members were treated to a journey of heartbreak spread throughout the trials and tribulations of a young gay Latino immigrant here Friday during the production “Mi Vida Loca.” The California Theatre opened a two-night showing of Contra Costa College drama department Chairperson...

Women, heritage inspire new art show

Women, heritage inspire new art show

By Daniel Hernandez, Advocate Staff

March 13, 2019

Style, power and uniqueness of tribal African women being captured with acrylic paint on canvas is the latest exhibit showcasing the work of art major Elishes Cavness at the Eddie Rhodes Gallery in A-5. Just ahead of International Women’s Day in the Art Building on Thursday, an art reception was...

Drama earns two national awards

Drama earns two national awards

By Jose Arebalo, Scene Editor

March 6, 2019

A weeklong celebration of the dramatic arts brought hopeful students across state lines to compete and celebrate in multiple disciplines providing an enriching developmental experience. The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival took place at the University of Oregon from Feb. 18-22. A...

Speech team prepares for national tournament

Speech team prepares for national tournament

By Jose Arebalo, Scene Editor

March 6, 2019

Any college campus is brimming with potential and excellence, but a hallmark of true greatness is delivering it consistently. The Contra Costa College speech team is preparing for its next competition on a national stage March 22 on the heels of an invigorating experience at a regional competition. The...

Ariana Grande shines through heartbreak

Ariana Grande shines through heartbreak

By Xavier Johnson, Web Editor

February 27, 2019

Once again, Ariana Grande has turned her much publicized heartbreak into a deeply personal album that, while struggling with authenticity, is a significant benchmark in her young discography in “Thank You, Next.” Grande’s fifth studio album was produced amid public breakups with late boyfriend...

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