• 2018-2019,  Arts & Culture

    Rappers spar in the public eye

    The quick-talking, blunt persona of the hip-hop artist Cardi-B is well-known and respected by millions. The star is known for her refusal to be silenced and is epitomized by her thick New Y–ork accent. Although her attitude is applauded by many, controversy swirls around the artist, as her social media persona serves as an example of violent and aggressive behavior, drawing negative attention from fans. Feuds in hip hop are nothing new, but with the influence of social media at an all time high, drama spreads faster than ever and reaches millions all over the world. Most recently, at a New York Fashion Week Party, Cardi B and fellow artist…

  • 2018-2019,  Arts & Culture

    Led Zeppelin faces a lawsuit

    Famous rock band Led Zeppelin has recently been called into court over their iconic song “Stairway to Heaven.” The band has been accused of copying the intro from the song from little-known 1960s band Spirit. Spirit claimed that the string intro of “Stairway to Heaven” was lifted from their instrumental piece “Taurus”. While the two songs do indeed sound similar, the strings played are used in many songs– to the point where they’re often not considered stolen when used. However, a San Francisco appeals court has overturned a 2016 ruling that vindicated Led Zeppelin of plagiarism, mandating that the bands return to court to settle the issue. Members of Led…

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    Reporting from Moscow: Yeltsin to Yanukovych

    When General Secretary Gorbachev  announced the policy of perestroika and the floodgates of glasnost opened in March 1985, the press, and the Western press in particular, suddenly became a functioning unit of Russian civil society. This is not to say that a reporter could not report prior to liberalization, but the deep and intimate research required to understand the anguished Russian situation had been largely impossible. David Remnick, now editor of The New Yorker, arrived in Moscow as a reporter for the The Post in the late 80’s. His time there would become the subject of his Pulitzer Prize winning book, “Lenin’s Tomb: The Last Days of The Soviet Empire.”…

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    Book Review: what is East and what is West?

    In Mathias Enard’s novel “Compass” the elusive specter of the East is fully exposed. However, not in a way that would satisfy the obsessed orientalist. From the opening lines of the follow-up to Enard’s masterpiece “Zone,” “Compass” thrills the reader lyrically and incites debate over the true homogeneity of both Western demography and culture. “We are two opium smokers each in his own cloud, seeing nothing outside, alone, never understanding each other we smoke, faces agonizing in a mirror…” With this exposition, Enard exposes us to his Proust-like prose, while forcing the reader to consider: is the cultural divide between East and West a smoky, impenetrable wall, as many xenophobic…

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    75th Golden Globes

    The Golden Globes has been home to many iconic fashion moments, but this year celebrities put aside their captivating wardrobes to dominate the event by one color: black. A-list actors and actresses traveled to Beverly Hills to attend the annual ceremony which is a major part of the film industry’s awards season, but this year, it was about more than just receiving awards. The entire event was recently revealed to be funded and organized and campaigned by Time’s Up which is an organization with a new initiative to eradicate sexual harassment and gender inequality in the workplace. Celebrities used the 75th Golden Globes as a platform to demonstrate their protest…