Experiencing The Outer Space That Was Built For You

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Science has always been an integral part of human society and continues to be the foundation of progress. And while, for centuries, it has been associated with stereotypical nerdy white men (think Bill Nye or Ben Stein), that isn’t the case anymore. “Hidden Figures”, for example, dismantles this image by showcasing the revolutionary African American women who contributed to placing man on the moon–a historic triumph for the human race. Even more heart-warming is that the box-office-hit film was co-produced by Pharrell Williams who utilized his love affair with science to contribute to this important story. Also, in case you haven’t noticed, Drake is currently performing in front giant projections of Pluto and Mars. Both artists bring forth a fresh perspective on science to a new audience–something that we desperately needed for a long time–and the timing couldn’t be more perfect.  Continue reading “Experiencing The Outer Space That Was Built For You”

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The Challenge of Separating Art from the Artist

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Between the rape case returning to haunt actor Nate Parker and Kodak Black’s derogatory lyrics aimed at dark-skinned women in a song posted on Instagram, one is left to wonder–is it possible to separate an artist from his or her craft when deciding to support them? Continue reading “The Challenge of Separating Art from the Artist”

What ‘DOPE’ Reveals About the Current Generation and American Society

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DOPE could not have arrived at a better time. Whilst the murder and/or harassment of unarmed black youth make headlines across the nation, this film serves as an escape from the injustice—even just for an hour in a cool movie theater on a humid summer evening. Following a “geek” named Malcolm from Los Angeles, California, the film takes a look into the life of the “other”, according to mainstream media; a black teenager who is highly intelligent, awkward, well-mannered, in a rock band, and obsessed with old-school hip-hop. Not to mention, he is a true African-American by definition since his “father is from Nigeria” as he explained in the movie. Instead of being the token kid of color in a sea of suburban whiteness however, he is the leader of his own brown pack, defying stereotypes of people like him who exist in every inner city school you can think of in 2015. Continue reading “What ‘DOPE’ Reveals About the Current Generation and American Society”