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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


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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 ...

Hayley Kiyoko’s debut album delves into hardships of love

Hayley Kiyoko’s debut album delves into hardships of love

By Jshania Owens, Staff Writer

April 10, 2018


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Most people either remember Hayley Kiyoko from her performance in the live-action Disney flick “Lemonade Mouth” or from her catchy hit single “Girls Like Girls.” Soon they’ll know her better from her new debut album “Expectations,” with its bouncy pop tracks balanced out by euphoric instru...

Play explores feminist arc through cultural folklore

Play explores feminist arc through cultural folklore

By Michael Santone, Associate Editor

April 10, 2018


Filed under Scene, Showcase

Bringing the centuries old Mexican folktale to the stage, “The Cries of La Llorona” captivates with a dazzling set design, vibrant lighting and an enchantingly modernized feminist slant. Closing out the Contra Costa College drama department’s 2017-18 season, “The Cries of La Llorona” is an or...

‘Love, Simon’ coming out story impresses

‘Love, Simon’ coming out story impresses

By Michael Santone, Associate Editor

March 21, 2018


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Before “Love, Simon” came out in theaters I was already a bit hesitant about seeing it. As a mixed gay male, the trailer depicted a storyline of a white boy from a well-to-do family coming out to love and acceptance. But for me and many others around the world, this scenario isn’t always the norm ...

Realness, sexuality warrant recognition

Realness, sexuality warrant recognition

By Xavier Johnson, Scene Editor

March 21, 2018


Filed under Scene, Spotlight

Hip-hop has given people from all walks of life a platform to tell their stories without a filter, as long as they have a mic and the willingness to be vulnerable. And women of color are no exception. Rappers like MC Lyte, Queen Latifah and Lauryn Hill flexed their lyrical skills while giving a voice to ...

Original play brings old story to life

Original play brings old story to life

By Xavier Johnson, Scene Editor

March 20, 2018


Filed under Scene, Showcase

Folklore lives on in cultures by each passing generation relaying these stories to their children. With any longstanding story, individuals put twists on these childhood tales applying their own values mixed with influence from other people’s interpretations. Now, a world premiere of an original w...

Women’s diverse struggles told through ‘stunning’ performances

Women’s diverse struggles told through ‘stunning’ performances

By Jshania Owens, Staff Writer

March 5, 2018


Filed under Scene, Showcase

The emotional intensity and the reality of being a woman in today’s world is highlighted in “Emotional Creature”, the drama department’s first production of the spring semester. The play is directed by Kathryn McCarty and was written by playwright Eve Ensler. Ensler also wrote “The Vagina Monolog...

Riveting beats energize Black Panther soundtrack

Riveting beats energize Black Panther soundtrack

By Efrain Valdez, Social Media Editor

February 28, 2018


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“Black Panther: The Album” will be remembered as one of the best hip-hop movie soundtracks ever and it currently sits at the top of the Billboard 200 charts. This album will leave a deep cultural impact because of what the film means to the African-American community and the impact of Kendrick L...

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