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Tiffany Haddish makes history on SNL

Tiffany Haddish makes history on SNL

Isabel Fowler, Contributor

December 7, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Showcase, TV/Movies, Uncategorized

Saturday Night Live is a predominantly liberal satirical show that has been known to push boundaries. With this in mind, it was rather shocking that after 43 years, the show just had their first black female comedian host.

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“Orange is the New Black”: Fact or fiction?

“Orange is the New Black”: Fact or fiction?

Isabel Fowler, Contributor

November 15, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Showcase, TV/Movies, Uncategorized

“Orange is the New Black," the popular Netflix show based on a true story, follows several women who are serving time in Litchfield Penitentiary.

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ABC’s ‘Black-ish’ is more than just your average sitcom

ABC’s ‘Black-ish’ is more than just your average sitcom

Sifa Kasongo, Writer

November 6, 2017


Filed under Current Affairs, Entertainment, Multimedia, Politics, TV/Movies

We can count on this show to tackle complex topics in a meaningful way that other shows shy away from.

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‘Blade Runner 2049’ a stunning film that demands attention

‘Blade Runner 2049’ a stunning film that demands attention

Jon Decker, Writer

October 18, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Showcase, TV/Movies

With a run time of two hours and 45 minutes, it demands your attention, but rewards you with a truly stunning, thoughtful and beautiful experience.

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Sex and violence: A hardwired love story?

Sex and violence: A hardwired love story?

Jon Decker, Writer

October 17, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Showcase, TV/Movies

We are traumatized when we witness or experience violence in real life. So why do so many love watching it so much in entertainment? A researcher explains.

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‘AHS: Cult’ finds inspiration in 2016 election

‘AHS: Cult’ finds inspiration in 2016 election

Cassidy Kotyla, Writer

October 10, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Showcase, TV/Movies

“AHS: Cult” preys on the deepest fears the 2016 election brought out in American citizens.

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‘Blade Runner’: A revisit before 2049

‘Blade Runner’: A revisit before 2049

Kevin Rogers, Contributor

October 9, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Showcase, Technology, TV/Movies

Let the ominous noir world of this cyberpunk film consume you.

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‘Grace and Frankie’ offers a new take on comedy

‘Grace and Frankie’ offers a new take on comedy

Alexa Rockwell, Writer

September 25, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Showcase, TV/Movies

Grace and Frankie are living lives as fulfilling and exciting as the most youthful of protagonists.

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‘From Mambo to Hip-Hop’ gives voice to music lovers from Amherst to New York City

‘From Mambo to Hip-Hop’ gives voice to music lovers from Amherst to New York City

Brita Turner, Contributor

September 21, 2017


Filed under Around the Valley, Entertainment, Music, Showcase, TV/Movies, Uncategorized

Mambo music from the Caribbean merged with American disco-funk beats into a new genre: hip-hop.

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’13 Reasons Why’ is a haunting and worthwhile show

’13 Reasons Why’ is a haunting and worthwhile show

Thomas Calautti, Video Editor

April 27, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Showcase, TV/Movies

If you watch or read only one thing about depression, this show is your answer.

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‘John Wick: Chapter 2’ plays its strengths

‘John Wick: Chapter 2’ plays its strengths

John Coakley, Contributor

March 21, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Showcase, TV/Movies

While the sequel is perhaps inferior to the original, it is a genuinely fun adventure that sets up an intriguing premise for another sequel.

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Logan is the best superhero movie since ‘The Dark Knight’

Logan is the best superhero movie since ‘The Dark Knight’

Thomas Calautti, TV Editor

March 20, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Showcase, TV/Movies

It trades in bombast and spandex in exchange for simplicity and intimacy.

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