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Same-Sex marriage legalized in Alabama! So, why are some judges denying couples their marriage license?

Being someone who supports all human, equal rights, it pains me to see that persons who love each other are finally allowed to get married in a state that has been against same-sex marriage for so long and somehow, still can’t. Same-sex marriage was, at last, legalized in Alabama by a federal judge’s rulings, making […]

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Blink and You’ll Miss It: The Papal Visit 2015 Edition

January 19 was the last day of Pope Francis’s visit to the Philippines. Upon arriving at the Villamor Air Base with my family and walking to the main road, I was hardly surprised to see that as early as at five in the morning, there were rows and rows of people standing and waiting to […]

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To Pimp A Butterfly: a Musical Landmark

With Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar’s last release good kid m.A.A.d. city being one of the best hip-hop records since the 90’s Golden Era, I admit that I was a bit nervous about the release of To Pimp a Butterfly. In all honesty, his hit single “i” that dropped in the fall last year did not impress me […]

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Grading the 2015 NBA Trade Deadline Week’s Deals

The last week in the NBA featured a series of trades which shook the league as we know it. Stars and role players alike were dealt either in hopes of rebuilding or making a push for the playoffs. Here is a retrospective on last week’s moves. New York to Dallas (Buyout): Amar’e Stoudemire Grade for […]

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Sweden office chips employees; Are we walking on the path to becoming cyborgs?

We’ve all seen a few movies with half-human, half-machines, are we ready to be involved in a plot like that? The Epi-center hi-tech office in Sweden has found a way for employees to never lose their ID cards or badges so as to not cause inefficiencies in their work. They’ve started implementing radio-frequency identification computer […]

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An Entire Weekend of “Doing Nothing”

I am bombarded with schoolwork all day, every day. But not today. This weekend, I had absolutely no deadlines to meet; no essays, tests, readings, projects that I know will painstakingly be added up to create my final second semester grades. While my ideal reaction to this type of situation would be to rejoice and […]

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After 55 years, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Fans Will Finally get Sequel

With the novel published in 1960, only about 50 years later will the author, Harper Lee, release the sequel that has been around all along? Reports have said that the ‘sequel’ was found attached to an original typescript off ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ in fall last year. I would do a quick recap of the […]

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Fixed vs Growth Mindsets: As Illustrated by GIFs

I just received my first semester grades. While there are some things I could have done better, I’m generally pleased with my performance and I think I owe most of it to the times I embraced a GROWTH mindset over a FIXED one. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, psychologist Carol Dweck published […]

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4 Essential Hip-Hop Albums of the 90’s

With the release of Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly, a new standard has been set for the rest of the genre. No longer is rap limited by their production or subject matter, a beautiful revelation for the old-school hip-hop fans who are tired of the commercialized, club/gangster songs of the early 00’s. Finally, a […]

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Misogyny in Music

Things are not looking good for Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke, who are being forced to pay 7.2 million dollars to Marvin Gaye’s estate for copying the soul singer’s 1977 hit “Got to Give it Up” on their extremely successful 2013 single “Blurred Lines.” However, lurking under the lawsuit and copyright violations is a more important […]

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3 Tips for Dealing with People You Don’t Like

We have all been there. Everyone has had a study partner, roommate, co-worker or teammate that they just DON’T like. That person may not even be all that awful, they just simply don’t gel well with you. I’ve had my fair share of awful encounters with people I don’t get along with and each time […]

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Racism, Rap and Why White America Does Not Want to Think About Them

Fox News is known to make thoughtless and harmful statements on contemporary American politics and culture, and this week it was Geraldo Rivera’s turn to spurn controversy over the popular news network. In an interview, he discussed his strong feelings against the hip-hop genre, claiming that it has “done more damage to black and brown people than […]

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Predictions for the NBA Western Conference’s Playoff Teams

To prefix this blog, I would like to make not of the fact that all this information was gathered on March 6th. Considering the fact that NBA games are played practically every game of the season, these numbers will change as time goes on. With that in mind, here are my predictions for the Western […]

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Predictions for the NBA’s Eastern Conference Playoff Teams of 2015

To prefix this blog, I would like to make note of the fact that all the team stats were gathered on March 6th. Considering the fact that NBA games are played practically every game of the season, these numbers will change as time goes on. With that in mind, here are my predictions for the […]

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The Power of the N-Word

Although Allen Kingdom, a flame thrower, and the heavily censored version of Kanye West’s new song “All Day” were the main attractions at the Brit Awards last week, a bigger issue was resurfacing for the Chicago native and a majority of the hip-hop community. Images and video footage of Lionel Richie at the award ceremony […]

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That Kanye West Moment You Missed at the Grammys

By now, everyone has voiced their opinions – relevant or not – on Kanye West’s opinion regarding Beck taking home Album of the Year at the Grammys on February 8. However, in the midst of that media frenzy, viewers may have missed an emotional connection regarding West’s performance of “Only One”.

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Keep an Eye on: Eye Candy

Once in a while, MTV releases a show that just beats all the others. This time around, that show is Eye Candy. It stars Victoria Justice and trust me when I say this, her Nickelodeon past has nothing to do with her career now. I’ve seen a lot of people say that they won’t watch […]

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REVIEW: Fifth Harmony – Reflection

“I struggle to contain the love that’s in my veins and how it circulates.” Young and still finding their way, Fifth Harmony tackles representation, independence, and the importance of female friendship in their debut LP. Taking on selfies and self-love in a way that only a teenage girl can do, former X-Factor contestants Ally Brooke […]

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The Black Key’s Turn Blue: Turning the Heads of Fans and Critics Alike

The Black Keys, a two-man rock group that hails from Akron, Ohio, have had quite a string of commercially successful and critically-acclaimed albums the past few years. The popular duo released Brothers in 2010 and El Camino the following year to high praise. These two albums, especially the former, also put the band on the […]

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This Is All Yours: alt-J’s Greatest and Worst Album yet?

The music from 2014 doesn’t seem to make much sense for popular rock outfits of that year, with many groups deciding to make quieter, more introspective albums than ever. Coldplay’s Ghost Stories, The Black Keys Turn Blue, and alt-J’s sophomore album This Is All Yours all fit into this category. However, unlike The Black Keys, […]

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An Ode to Social Awkwardness and Café Mistos

Saturday afternoon. I walk into my local Starbucks. After 10 minutes of scrolling through all of my imaginary texts while glancing at the hot guy to my right, I remember thinking he looks distinctly like a professor I may have had in another, not so awkward life. I decide to order. “Can I have a […]

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Red Band Society is FOX’s Most Recent Tantrum Starter.

Even shows with large fan bases, great ratings and hashtags trending over Twitter are eventually crossed of from FOX’s production schedule. Around fall last year, FOX premiered what quickly became one of those shows that I grew to appreciate thanks to good writing, characters that aren’t perfect and humorous dialogues. Red Band Society, despite having […]

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Michael Phelps Leaked Photos

Michael Phelps could be in hot water – not the cold bathtub he appears to be in – for his recent photo shoot with the French luxury house Louis Vuitton. Photos of Phelps taken by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz were leaked on the internet late last week, violating the International Olympics Committee’s controversial Rule 40, […]

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