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East coast lyricist Flee Lord impresses

East coast lyricist Flee Lord impresses

By Joel Umanzor, Sports Editor

May 16, 2019

With minimal content in 2019 in terms of hip-hop, Queens, New York lyricist Flee Lord has released three projects in as many months with “Later is Now” debuting May 5 on all digital platforms. A Far Rockaway native and understudy of the legendary Prodigy of Mobb Deep, Flee Lord has showcased his u...

“The Mister” fails to address human trafficking

By Cindy Pantoja, Opinion Editor

May 15, 2019

E.L. James new book, “The Mister” said goodbye to her previous story line of sadomasochism and welcomes the trivial love story between Lord Trevethick, a wealthy bachelor who falls in love with his undocumented virginal maid Alessia Demachi. James is the author behind the popular "50 Shades Gray" ...

“Avengers: Endgame” shatters records, exceeds expectations

By Nijzel Dotson, Advocate Staff

May 6, 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 performs a choreographed group dance routine and sings during one of its concerts.

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

Diego Loza (left), Jelaine Maestas (middle front), Gregory Lee (middle back) and Andrea Flores (right) raise a glass of champagne during a scene from “The Hispanick Zone.”

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

Sia, Labrinth, and Diplo teamed up as a pop supergroup LSD.

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

Joshua Saephan (second from left), who plays Fidel Castro, is questioned by Sydney Smith (left), Jelaine Maestas (second from right) and Melissa Velasquez (right) in a skit during a dress rehearsal of “The Hispanick Zone” on Monday.

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

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

Mrs. Gottlieb, played by Nicole Matthews, first meets Jean, played by Miranda Lenore, in “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” in the Knox Center.

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

Carlos-Manuel Chavarria, playing himself, re-lives past experiences during a scene from his one man show “La Vida Loca” at the California Theatre in Pittsburg on Friday.

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

Here are some of the pieces on display at “Adornment,” the art exhibit currently playing at the Eddie Rhodes Gallery in A-5. The collection opened Thursday and will remain on display until March 31.

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

From left to right: Asha Alvarez (far left), Xavier Johnson (bottom left), Erin Forman (center left), drama department Chairperson Carlos-Manuel Chavarria (back center), Nino-Angelo Lastimosa (center), Joshuya Saephan (bottom center), Tyler Nguyen (right center), adjunct professor Angelina LaBarre (back center) and Diego Loza (far right) celebrate their award-winning showing.

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...

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