Arts & Entertainment


Coco dazzles musically and visually

December 7, 2017

We live in an era were people of color are able to become more and more intertwined with relevant popular culture events. We have Ta-Nehisi Coates writing for the Black Panther comic book, Jordan Peele giving us the racial horror film Get Out and Guillermo Del Toro still serving us some nuanced — but still weird — characters in his productions.


 COURTESY OF JIMMIE THOMAS FROM CURATORS OF HIP HOP Alpha designs and sells his own clothing under the brand Melted Butter.

Local rapper and designer has an exciting future

December 7, 2017

Even before I met Alpha Johnson I sort of knew who he was, sort of. I knew Alpha as the rapper Joey Bricks, who I was introduced to when a friend showed me the video for his song “No Love.” The general wavy quality of that song, as well as the fact that I see Alpha almost everyday — on-campus, at work, everywhere — made an interview with him a must.


J. Magazine hosts fall reading at Bird in Hand

December 7, 2017

J.Magazine, the student-run literary arts magazine, is published biannually and features student prose, poetry and art. On Wednesday Nov. 29, the magazine held a reading of a variety of works that will be published in its Fall 2017 issue. The authors had the chance to showcase their writing at Bird in Hand.

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J. Magazine held their fall reading at Bird in Hand Cafe in Charles Village.

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BeatClub is a monthly event organized by Lineup Room Recording Studios.

Bmore BeatClub is a gateway into the Baltimore rap scene

December 7, 2017

This past Thursday, I found myself wandering down a rainy, vacant Baltimore street trying to find an event I had long been interested in attending: the Bmore BeatClub, a monthly event which is organized by Brandon Lackey, the owner of Lineup Room Recording Studios.


Hasan Minhaj uses humor to tackle tough topics

December 7, 2017

Considering that we’re in the middle of gearing up for finals, a.k.a. impending doom, I was surprised at the massive and honestly pretty diverse segment of our student body that was assembled in Turner Auditorium. The crowd waited, anxiously cramming in those last few calc problems.

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Hasan Minhaj showcased his comedic skill at MSE’s final event of the year.

Binge-watching Sex and the City in 2017

December 2, 2017

I first tried watching Sex and the City (SATC) a couple of years ago. As a fan of Darren Star’s latest fun, if at times oddly-paced, show Younger, I figured I was likely to enjoy its fashion-forward and more mature cousin even more.

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The shoegazing band Slowdive reunited in 2014 after nearly 20 years.

Slowdive and Cherry Glazerr’s show lights up Rams Head Live!

November 30, 2017

On Nov. 17, British shoegaze veterans Slowdive and Los Angeles garage-rock band Cherry Glazerr played at Rams Head Live! as part of Slowdive’s North American tour. The band skipped over Baltimore in their original tour dates for the United States, instead hitting D.C. in May. But, two weeks ago, they managed to make their way here, and the show was great.


Dear Evan Hansen is an emotional look at adolescence

November 30, 2017

Ever since I first heard the Dear Evan Hansen soundtrack by Benji Pasek and Justin Paul, I’ve wanted to go see this musical. Even the first few times I listened to it, when I had no idea what the storyline was, the music somehow made me cry.

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Ben Platt and Rachel Bay Jones won Tonys for Dear Evan Hansen.

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Barbara Kruger’s piece Who Owns What? is on display in the Tate’s Media Matters exhibit.

Escaping into art at London’s Tate Modern Gallery

November 30, 2017

This Thanksgiving break, I had the chance to visit the Tate Modern, one of the most prominent contemporary art museums in London. Located on the South Bank of the River Thames, Tate Modern is a massive building that houses many different themed galleries and art installations.


Jadakiss and Fabolous live on as icons

November 30, 2017

The late 1990s and early 2000s were an interesting time for hip-hop. Labels like Bad Boy, G-Unit and Ruff Ryders had essentially come to define the New York sound, which had become far more melodic and polished.

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Brooklyn rapper Fabolous teams up with Jadakiss on Friday on Elm Street.

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Saoirse Ronan played the titular character in Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut Lady Bird.

Lady Bird is one of the year’s strongest films

November 30, 2017

In a year where we, as an audience, have been treated to some spectacular directorial debuts in the form of Jordan Peele’s horror film Get Out and Tyler Sheridan’s thriller Wind River, it is only suitable that the next big name directorial debut is also an incredible work of art.


Black activists celebrated in HBO’s documentary "Baltimore Rising"

November 22, 2017

More than two years have passed since his death, but Freddie Gray still lives on in Baltimore. Just last week, one of the officers involved in Gray’s death, Lieutenant Brian Rice, was cleared of administrative charges. Rice, along with three other officers complicit in Gray’s death, beat the case against him, in what many Baltimoreans saw as a gross miscarriage of justice.

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Activist Kwame Rose is one of the films principal subjects.

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Student hip-hop dance group SLAM invited several other groups to join them at their showcase.

SLAM’s showcase dazzles audiences at the Rec Center

November 16, 2017

On Sunday afternoon SLAM hosted their 10th Annual Hip-Hop Showcase and Benefit. The showcase featured the group itself as well as 12 guests, including Hopkins’ Eclectics. The lineup brought together a variety of dance troupes from across the region to perform on the temporary Goldfarb auditorium stage setup in the Ralph S. O’Connor Recreation Center.