“You are pretty for a dark skin girl” is the bane of my existence.
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'Room 25' sees Noname and Co. successfully transitioning from mixtape to album with flying colors. The root of what makes Noname such a captivating figure in the rap scene right now is still intact; it’s just been polished and elevated to the point where it’s worthy of being the debut album from an artist as promising and intriguing as Noname. There are still some aspects that could be improved upon, but 'Room 25' sounds like a big step towards even greater things.
Suicide is something that is talked about so often in today’s society, but never seems like it can be talked about enough. We know suicide is a very sad and serious problem. We know that it is an issue that plagues our nation and world.
In this week's episode of How It's Played, we are discussing the epidemic of open-world games. This includes the many issues that plague these games and some of the major benefits of the genre.
While 'The Predator' suffers from unexplored ideas it is still a enjoyably fun and entertaining movie. Packed with 80s action movie tropes, black comedy, and catchy dialogue, it’s one hell of a ride from beginning to end. All in all, it provides a lot of entertainment value.
'Cry Pretty' shows what Carrie Underwood is all about. Talking about sensitive topics, drinking and heartbreak coping, this album will surely capture the interest of country fans. Country music seems to be overlapping with pop recently, but this album is a symbol of what has stood against the test of time. Her depictions of faith never go out of style. The stories behind the music are touching and will leave listeners replaying for pleasure.
Growing up, I always felt like everyone had a safe place.
With ‘Live at the Royal Albert Hall,' Alter Bridge has crafted a live album that will please both hard-core and casual fans. The Parallax Orchestra gives the songs a new life and sound that I will never get tired of. The production gives all members a part of the spotlight and is a huge improvement from the band’s last live album.
The 70th Annual Emmys have come and gone, and here we are left with some... disappointing, but not unexpected results.
'Dragon Quest XI' is a simple yet effective piece of entertainment. It gives the veteran 'Dragon Quest' player exactly what they have expected from the franchise over the past 30 years: a fun, simple adventure. However, it also gives the newcomer something incredibly digestible. For those who have played 'Pokémon' or something of the like, it should be an easy transition to pick up and play 'Dragon Quest XI.' Though the music is not varied, and voice-acting is somewhat intrusive, 'Dragon Quest XI' is a worthwhile, enjoyable experience. However, as noted before, this likely will not change the mind of anyone who is JRPG averse.
'Kin' is a movie that is aided by its strong performances, fantastic score, and interesting visual aesthetic. However, its shortcomings of tone and pacing issues, as well as wasted potential that comes with its ending, drag it down. All in all, it’s a movie that’s best saved to watch on Netflix on a lazy Saturday.
I was in Target when I got the news. I feel my phone vibrate, and I see a text that contains a sentence I won’t soon forget: “Mac Miller is dead.”
‘The Messenger’ is an absolutely incredible platformer. It utilizes both styles of retro platformers, with linear ‘Ninja Gaiden’-esque stages at first, and then ‘Super Metroid’-esque exploration later in the game. This, along with tons of different movement tools, creates a fast-paced and satisfying platforming system. Combine that with an interesting narrative that justifies the existence of both styles of game in one, and the game really is a new peak for the genre. ‘The Messenger’ might even be better than ‘Shovel Knight,’ taking the crown as the modern-retro platforming king.
This has been her most solid piece of work so far and every new release gets better. She is a solid artist with the energy and talent to make amazing music time after time. Everything she makes is good and every song on this EP is executed perfectly.
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On Aug. 3, Ball State University’s Board of Trustees released a statement regarding alumni John Schnatter’s - more popularly known as Papa John - use of the N-word during a meeting.
The movie is boring, unoriginal, and manages to make a once creepy monster feel completely unintimidating. The acting is laughable at best and a drag at worst. Nothing about the writing is coherent or offers any sort of satisfying conclusion.
'The Meg' is one of the more flat out fun movies of this summer, even if it’s also incredibly scary at times. It manages to strike an excellent balance and plays into its clichés very well. While this film may lack depth, it’s stellar cast and generally good acting makes up for the lack of originality that pierces the film.
It's the first night of the last year of my time here at Ball State University. Tonight, I'm alone. I felt that that needed to happen, so I drove.
'Teen Titans Go! To the Movies' is a caped comedy that tries its’ hardest to stand alongside the rest of this summer’s tentpole features, and to an extent, it succeeds. While it’s still weighed down by the trappings of its’ source material and tonal issues, it’s great for kids who are still new to the superhero genre and their parents who long for a bit more in the entertainment they share with their kids. There’s still a lot of better choices out there, but you’ll have a good laugh or two with this one.