Arts & Entertainment

No Pressure: Logic Review

Image Courtesy of TheBlast.com  By Katie Van Lew In a Tweet released on July 16, rapper Logic announced his retirement from the music industry.  Logic wrote, “Officially announcing my retirement with the release of ‘No Pressure’ executive produced by No I.D. July 24th… It’s been a great decade. Now it’s time to be a great Read More …

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Legends Never Die: Juice WRLD Posthumous Album Review

Image Courtesy of Billboard.com  By Katie Van Lew Rapper Juice WRLD rose to fame in 2018 with his single “Lucid Dreams.” He set himself apart from other rappers in the industry, as his music was an expression of his innermost, vulnerable feelings. His music was less about the lavish lifestyle that most artists rap about Read More …

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Taylor Swift’s Surprise Album folklore Brings Hope to 2020

Image courtesy of of Vulture By Noelia Veras Just as 2020 was seeming to be a time of unrelenting fear and hopelessness, Taylor Swift announced the launch of a brand new new album, folklore. Swift’s eighth studio album was announced on social media on July 23 and was released at midnight on July 24. Fans Read More …

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Singers Write Congress on Behalf of the National Independent Venue Association

Image Courtesy of Saveourstages.com By Katie Van Lew From chart-topping artist to up-and-coming artists, the pandemic has taken a severe toll on the music industry. The coronavirus has forced artists to postpone shows and live performances to as late as 2021. Because of artists’ postponement of events, as well as the COVID-19 safety precautions, independent Read More …

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Phase 2: Reopenings for Washington’s Arts and Entertainment District

Image Courtesy of Washington.Org By Katie Van Lew On Monday, June 22, 2020, Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington, D.C. announced that Phase 2 of the COVID-19 safety procedures had been initiated. Since the start of the pandemic’s rampage throughout the District, 10,000 residents of the nation’s capital have tested positive for COVID-19. Bowser announced her Read More …

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Hamilton: From Broadway to the TV Screen

Image Courtesy of Hollywood Reporter By Katie Van Lew Hamilton, written and created by renowned playwright and composer Lin-Manuel Miranda, is dedicated to the Founding Father, Alexander Hamilton. Since the premiere of Hamilton on Broadway in January 2015, the musical has been highly praised by many critics, and applauded by many public figures including former Read More …

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COVID-19’s Effect on the Music Industry

Courtesy of Bandsintown.com  By Katie Van Lew COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on many businesses and industries. Along with the food, sports, and entertainment industries, the music industry stands at the forefront of industries that have taken one of the greatest hits during the pandemic. The music industry relies heavily on ticket revenue from live concerts Read More …

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13 Reasons Why Series Finale Released on Netflix

Photo Courtesy of Radiotimes.com By Katie Van Lew On June 5, 2020, Netflix released the final season of the controversial yet gripping series, 13 Reasons Why. The first season of the series closely follows the storyline of author Jay Asher’s novel, 13 Reasons Why. The book introduces Clay Jensen, a student at Liberty High School, Read More …

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Normal People: A Portrayal of Modern Intimacy

Photo courtesy of Deadline By Noelia Veras In 2018, Sally Rooney released her novel Normal People, which BBC has recently made into a television series that is now streaming on Hulu. The show has been labeled “BBC’s raunchiest drama ever” by The Sun, authentically capturing the painstaking romance between Marianne Sheridan (played by Daisy Edgar-Jones) Read More …

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The Hate U Give: “Black Lives Matter” in Film

Photo Courtesy of Collider.com By Katie Van Lew  The Hate U Give is a 2017 novel by Angie Thomas that addresses the prevalence of police brutality in the black community.  After Oscar Grant’s death in 2010, Thomas was fueled by the injustice committed against the black community and decided to write a novel that depicted Read More …

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