BOOKS: Racial Dynamics in Toni Morrison’s “Sula”

By Aaron Jackson In her 1973 novel, Sula, Tony Morrison made it her business to infuse her work with as many racial overtones and allusions indicative of African American struggles during the Jim Crow era as possible.  Morrison, writing fiction in the wake of Dr. Martin Luther King’s public civil rights battles and hard won victories of […]

MUSIC REVIEW: Logic’s New Rap Single is all the Rage

 By Karla Davis Logic is back in the public eye with a fiery new single and some exciting news! He has officially shared his new album title Everybody, that will be released on May 5th.  In addition, he has leaked the title track of the project.     Enhancing the announcement with visuals, Logic shared […]

BOOK REVIEW: A Tale of Modern Day Slavery

By Chelsea Rahiman Hidden Girl: The True Story of a Modern-Day Child Slave         By Shyima Hall (with Lisa Wysocky) Simon & Schuster,  240 Pages Nonfiction Memoir Hidden Girl: The True Story of a Modern-Day Child Slave is a compelling and eye opening memoir about Shyima Hall, a former child slave. When […]

ART: The Studio Museum’s 2016 Exhibition Makes Us Reflect Upon African History

By Karla Davis   Observant eyes roamed around a space filled with the buzzing sounds of the 1970s.  Paint and African history creeped into the cavities of my nose.  The newly installed Circa 1970 exhibition greeted me as I opened the doors of the Studio Museum. The Studio Museum recently added a new set of […]

MUSIC: Do You Know Keny Arkana?

By Carol Cooper Even though American rap and hip hop went international as soon as reps from the Bronx-based Zulu Nation toured Europe during the early 1980s, contemporary pop radio in the USA seldom supports rap records from other countries.  When you remember how many early rappers were inspired by tapes of Jamaican toasting deejays–or […]

MUSIC: Revisiting “Lemonade”

      By Aaron Jackson As I’m typing this, it has been about 5 months since Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter  single-handedly ended every single social injustice ever to plague this disgusting earth. With just the simple swing of a bat and the flip of her middle finger, Beyoncé sent misogynoir along with its lackeys –scuttling […]

MOVIE REVIEW: Bollywood’s “Ek Villain”

  Editor’s Note:  This year, as a part of MCSM’s new freshman writing curriculum, students in Mr. Powell’s and Ms. Cooper’s 8th period English class were asked to experiment with writing formal movie reviews, just like those you might read in any daily newspaper.  Students chose to watch and analyze many different types of film, […]

MUSIC REVIEW: “See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth (From the “Furious 7” Soundtrack)

By Musfika Moshahid   On April 6, 2015, “See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth was released on YouTube. Since then, the song has reached over 55,000,000 views within 2 weeks. The track has become a huge hit. This song  broke two records on Spotify. First the song had 21.9 million streams from […]

MUSIC REVIEW: J.Cole’s “Forest Hills Drive”

By Anthony Rivera On December 29th, J.Cole released his third full length album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive. The album begins by creating a soft, down-tempo mood, accomplished through the use of a slow piano loop over a low, simple electronic sound. This gives the lead track, called “Intro,” a very relaxing effect. This feeling is distributed throughout most […]

MUSIC REVIEW: A Look Back at Kendrick Lamar’s “good kid m.A.A.d city”

By Anthony Rivera With last fall’s release of the advance single “i”, (an uptempo number introduced with a live band on TV’s Saturday Night Live) and Kendrick Lamar’s new album coming out soon, I think it’s a good time to look back at Lamar’s previous album, good kid, m.A.A.d city (GKMC). On his major label […]