By Taleed El-Sabawi "Rap music is the most visible form of African American cultural expression in contemporary society." 1 Yet, as hip hop's popularity continues to grow, it ceases to be solely a means of creating African American identity. Scholar Halifu Osumare in his article "Beats Streets in the Global Hood: Connective marginalities of the hip hop globe" argues that hip … [Read more...] about Palestinian Conflict Bounces to a New Beat
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By Brenda Bower Rubbing the sleep from my eyes, I consciously refuse my body the stretch it desperately needs. I've been through it all before. The noise of the box spring under the mattress makes me cringe and echoes through the hallway filling my apartment with screaming noise, which, more often than not, wakes up my two roommates. Unfortunately, it's 5:30 am on a Saturday … [Read more...] about Regatta
By Natalie Beglau What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore-- And then run? Does it stink like rotten meat? Or crust and sugar over-- like a syrupy sweet? Maybe it just sags like a heavy load. Or does it explode? - Langston Hughes July 11, 1999. The streets were still glossy from a summer storm as we headed … [Read more...] about What happens to a dream deferred?
by Erik McKinney Taking a trip of a lifetime "I think Catalina": Jerry, Saturday, August 17th, 9:45 p.m. Funny? Yes. Drunk? Yes. Truthful? Incredibly. Contrary to popular and geographical belief, Catalina is not an island 26 miles off the coast of Southern California. Catalina is a state of mind, body and soul that very few places on this earth can touch. Catalina is … [Read more...] about The Catalina Experience
By Jed Bunkowski Good art inspires. Whether it encourages viewers to act, to think, to judge or to feel is up to the artist. Good art expresses the inexpressible. Where words fail, art steps in and shares speechless thoughts. Berlin's Jewish History Museum, designed by Daniel Libeskind, accomplishes both of these things. Formed as a piece of sculpture, the building proves … [Read more...] about The Sweetness of the Dark