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“Cyclopedia Exotica” is Dhaliwal’s second full-length graphic novel.

Arts & Culture

“Cyclopedia Exotica” looks at microaggressions, marginalization from a one-eyed perspective

June 1, 2021 1 comment

From the one-eyed point of view of the Cyclops, Aminder Dhaliwal’s graphic novel “Cyclopedia Exotica” examines topics ranging from relationships and community building to microaggressions and casual bigotry, all planted in a world where Cyclopes and human “Two-Eyes” live among one another.

Rodrigo’s first studio-length album, “Sour,” was released May 21 to widespread acceptance and popularity amongst Gen Z-ers.

Arts & Culture

Olivia Rodrigo’s ‘SOUR,’ the onset of the TikTok Era of Music

May 27, 2021 0 comments

Olivia Rodrigo has become a name that everybody recognizes — whether you’ve spent hours watching TikTok videos to her debut single ‘drivers license,’ released earlier this year, or you’ve heard the song playing on the radio. 

From semi-autobiographical family dramas to feature film debuts with throwback pizzazz, here are four movies and a TV show that celebrate AAPI heritage.

Arts & Culture

Five films, TV series celebrate AAPI heritage

May 23, 2021 0 comments

Sasha Tran (Ali Wong) and Marcus Kim (Randall Park) are childhood best friends who drifted apart after an awkward falling-out as teenagers. Fast-forward 15 years, Sasha has garnered culinary fame as a chef renowned for elevated Asian cuisine.

"Godzilla vs Kong" delivers epic fight scenes between legendary rivals. The conclusion of the Monsterverse series packs a punch.

Arts & Culture

“Godzilla vs. Kong” showcases feel-good fisticuffs extravaganza between legendary rivals

April 8, 2021 0 comments

As the fourth installment in Warner Bros. and Legendary Entertainment’s MonsterVerse franchise — a shared cinematic universe which began with the 2014 “Godzilla” — “Godzilla vs. Kong” is an incredibly fun watch.

"Chemtrails" is Del Rey's seventh studio album.

Arts & Culture

Lana Del Rey’s outdated image of America

April 7, 2021 13 comments

If Phoebe Bridgers is the Twitter music star — outwardly moody and unsatisfied; “ghosting” friends and effusively crying; favoring words over decoration — Lana Del Rey is the alternative darling of Instagram.

Tom Holland's compelling performance is not enough to save the film that fails to go deep enough.

Arts & Culture

‘Cherry,’ a failed American epic despite sincere performances

April 1, 2021 0 comments

In Part One of the film “Cherry,” adapted from Nico Walker’s semi-autobiographical 2018 novel of the same title, Tom Holland plays the titular character in a college setting.

Bieber seems to fall into the celebrity-fueled practice of treating social justice as part of his brand, or a trend, rather than an actual political commitment.

Arts & Culture

‘Justice’ as injustice: Bieber’s newest album’s disconnect between message, content

March 31, 2021 0 comments

In his sixth full-length studio album, “Justice,” Justin Bieber reveals vulnerabilities and maturity in a way we have not yet seen from him, but he falls short in making the connection between the album’s purported message of social justice and its actual content. 

The acting, writing and cinematography fail to impress in "Operation Varsity Blues." It instead relies on a bet that most viewers will flock to stories about the dealings of the American elite.

Arts & Culture

“Operation Varsity Blues” documents our fascination with elitism

March 23, 2021 0 comments

On a fateful March day two years ago, Lori Loughlin, Felicity Huffman and a number of other established professionals were implicated in an elaborate college admissions scandal.

If "The Bachelor”’ is about love, then "The Bachelor”’ is also about politics

Arts & Culture

“The Bachelor”: the politics of desire

March 16, 2021 0 comments

Matt James, the first Black man to lead the dating show “The Bachelor,” started the 25th season with a record number of contestant applications and love. The fantasy was cut short, however, when pictures of contestant Rachael Kirkconnell at an “antebellum-themed party” in 2018 surfaced. 

“Raya and the Last Dragon,” spectacular addition to Disney’s pantheon of non-princesses

Arts & Culture

“Raya and the Last Dragon,” spectacular addition to Disney’s pantheon of non-princesses

March 16, 2021 0 comments

Since 2013’s “Frozen,” Disney has demonstrated a conscious attempt at steering toward material with greater socio-political significance, shedding the archetypal characters of Western medieval romances and diversifying their stories.