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‘Love, Simon’ coming out story impresses

Simon Spier
(right), played
by Nick
dreams of
kissing “Blue”
during a scene
of “Love,

By Michael Santone, Associate Editor

March 21, 2018

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

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

Xochiti, played by Stephanie Rivas, acts as she were being drowned with ribbons that signify water during a Monday rehearsal for

By Xavier Johnson, Scene Editor

March 20, 2018

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

Jelaine Maestas (left), Kamaria McKinney (middle left), Lissette Maravilla (center), Tayler Meulpolder (middle right) and Irena Miles (right) perform a scene set at a sleepover in “Emotional Creature” directed by Kathryn McCarty in the Knox Center on Friday.

By Jshania Owens, Staff Writer

March 5, 2018

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

“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...

Black Panther awes, redefines ‘super’

Black Panther awes, redefines 'super'

By Anthony Kinney, Associate Editor

February 28, 2018

Since 1993, Marvel Studios has enjoyed a successful run bringing its comic book superheroes to life on the big screen in ways that have always been thrilling, gripping and, of course, action-packed, for movie-goers Marvel’s newest installment to its cinematic universe “Black Panther,” directed b...

Valentine dinner serves romantics, raises money for department

Pinole resident Carol Jenning (right) enjoys conversation with a friend during the 2nd Annual Cupid’s Season Dinner on Feb. 11, 2016.

By Jessica Suico, Assistant news editor

February 20, 2018

For anyone still looking for a destination for their Valentine’s Day dinner, the culinary arts department is hoping to be their final decision. Aqua Terra Grill will be the location of the Cupid’s Season Dinner tonight from 5-8 p.m. where guests will be treated to a five-course meal with one gla...

Vocal ensemble to showcase talent at Carnegie Hall

Chamber singer Laura Krast (right) sings during a recent rehearsal. The Contra Costa Singers’ will perform at Carnegie Hall during Gotham Sings!, an annual performance series that showcases choirs, orchestras, bands and music programs.

By Gabriel Quiroz, Advocate staff

February 15, 2018

The Contra Costa Singers is one of three collegiate ensembles from across the country chosen to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City on April 1. The Contra Costa Singers, who come out of the CCC Vocal Chamber Music classes, are the only performers chosen from a community college to perform at Go...

Film screening sells out Knox, celebrates life

Director Jay Francisco Lopez shows off his shirt to the crowd filling up the Knox Center auditorium during the screening of

By Xavier Johnson, Scene Editor

February 6, 2018

Twenty-four years ago a young girl named Cecilia “Cecy” Rios was murdered in Richmond. After her murder the community at large came together to memorialize the ambitious girl who touched the lives of everyone she met. Now, two decades later, in the sold-out John and Jean Knox Center for the Per...

Theater festival selects five CCC students to compete

Umi Grant (left) and Oz Herrera-Sobal (right) perform a scene from “How We Got On.” The play is nominated for presentation at the Kennedy Center
American College Theater Festival in Spokane, Washington. The festival will take place Feb. 19-23.

By Gabriel Quiroz, Advocate Staff

February 6, 2018

Five students from the drama department have been selected to go to the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival later this month in Spokane, Washington. Umi Grant, Oz Herrera-Sobal, Xavier Johnson, Akilah Kamau and Cody Poehnelt will all be competing at the week-long festival after receiving...

Timberlake’s reinvention hindered by boring music

Justin Timberlake is set to release his fifth studio album, and first in five years, “Man of the Woods” on Friday. The album release is two days before Timberlake is scheduled to perform during the Super Bowl Halftime Show on Sunday.

By Xavier Johnson, Scene Editor

January 30, 2018

After several years of relative quiet in the music scene, Justin Timberlake is back with a whimper. Timberlake is gearing up to unleash his upcoming album “Man of the Woods,” with three unremarkable singles released over the past month. With “Man of the Woods,” Timberlake seems to be attempt...

Bay Area poets modernize ‘Romeo and Juliet’ to tell Richmond narrative

Dante Clark discusses the main concept of the documentary

By Anthony Kinney, Associate Editor

January 18, 2018

In a Bay Area city where families are torn apart by street wars between opposing neighborhoods, a talented young poet interprets his city’s conflicts with toxic gun violence and brings it to life on the stage with a modernized twist on the classic play, “Romeo and Juliet” by playwright William S...

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