In honor of Black History Month, several of Byte’s feature writers have compiled a group of trailblazing Black artists who have impacted the music scene in profound and exciting ways. These artists push the envelope and dare to create within an industry that often fails to recognize their innovation and creativity.
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Attention all cinephiles and fashion enthusiasts alike, we are currently entering into the era of Taylor Russell, who has managed to keep her name buzzing in a sea of Hollywood nepo babies. The 28-year-old was recently announced global brand ambassador for Loewe and has done an exceptional job promoting the brand since the release of the cannibal romance-meets-wholesome road trip Bones and All in November.
Survivor: a cultural phenomena in the early 2000s and one of the longest-running reality TV shows of all time. For 21 years, viewers have watched host Jeff Probst challenge different groups of strangers to provide food, fire, and shelter for themselves; win challenges for rewards and immunities; and ultimately survive 39 days in an isolated location. With the release of season 43 of Survivor, many people may feel overwhelmed with the plethora of available series content. Now, after binge watching all the fully released seasons, I feel like I can break down what newcomers need to know when starting Survivor.
Growing up in the early 2000s, I watched a lot of Disney Channel. I lived, ate, and breathed Kim Possible, That’s So Raven, and The Suite Life of Zack & Cody. One show that stood out to me was Wizards of Waverly Place. For most fans of the show, the family dynamic, magic, or romantic relationships kept them tuning in each week but for a niche group of devoted fans–it was Harper Finkle and her unique style. Harper Finkle, while just a side character, who always debuted show-stopping outfits that fully encompassed her quirky and extraordinary personality. I have always loved Harper and her sense of style , but there will always be a best and a worst. Today, I will be ranking Harper’s outfits from best to worst based on aesthetic, uniqueness, and functionality/movement.
If you are looking for a new artist over the holidays, why not give December’s Artist of the Month, Ashe, a try! Ashe is a singer songwriter from California, known for her song, “Moral of the Story,” released on Valentine’s Day in 2019, and featured in the Netflix movie To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You. Even though many people might know of Ashe because of this song, she has gone on to create a successful music career, with two albums under her belt. Ashe started her ‘Fun While It Lasted’ world tour in November of 2022, and will finish out the tour in March of 2023.
Special Interest is a sonic sucker punch to the stomach. Quickly barreling out of the New Orleans DIY music scene is knockout vocalist Alli Logout, guitarist Maria Elena, bassist Nathan Cassiani, and sonic soundmaker Ruth Mascelli. Together, the group deftly crafts an explosion of dance grooves and post-hardcore noise into complementary waves of glitzy sound. These artists are hot off the release of their 2022 album Endure which cemented their influence as revolutionists of a new sound and social consciousness.
“Let’s have a parade!” are the iconic words spoken as the ribbon is cut, indicating the beginning of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. Big helium balloons, floats, celebrity performances, Broadway stars, clowns, and the New York Rockettes. The parade is a New York tradition not only for the city but for family and friends all across America.
Nothing says Thanksgiving like family, friends, and good food to fill the soul. What better way to enjoy this time of year, than with some classic and new Thanksgiving television specials? Here are 10 Thanksgiving-themed episodes that will get you and your family in the holiday spirit.
With October well on its way, the change of seasons can trigger the infamous phrase—out with the old, in with the new. While we don’t need to get rid of anything old, there is always room for the new, especially in discovering new music and sounds. As their world tour Manifesto is in full swing, there is no doubt that Enhypen brings a fresh new sound to those not entirely familiar with the genre of K-pop, which has been taking the world by storm in recent years. So, who are they?
Spooky season has officially commenced. It’s time to bust out the comfy sweaters, and a warm pair of boots. Perhaps your stomachs are full of fall treats like hot apple cider and pumpkin spice lattes. But the most important part of the season is Halloween. Halloween is a holiday of excitement, dressing up, and consuming loads of candy. Regardless of age, Halloween can make anyone feel like a kid. One easy way to tap into the nostalgia and spooky spirit of the season are to gather a group of friends for a terrifyingly delightful Halloween movie marathon. This list is a compilation of all the best Halloween movies. Whether you’re looking for something scary, romantic, or comedic, these movies have something for everyone.
Monster High is certainly a film. Acting as the second reboot to the popular doll line, the film does very little for its source material. With poorly developed characters, a half forgotten plot, and abandoned themes, Monster High: The Movie falls short of its popular legacy.
Smile, written and directed by Patrick Finn, is a horror film hiding overused horror tropes and poor character development behind a toothy smile. Despite inspired cinematography, Smile is nothing short of an empty grin.
This is a fantastic game, full stop. It might not be doing anything groundbreaking or revolutionary, but it’s still crafted with a level of polish I don’t often see in games.
Episode 12 presents a masterclass in what a finale should be. With action and character, Vox Machina hits every box worth checking.
Episode 11 features the climactic battle between Vox Machina and the evil, yet hot, Briarwoods. The party has to come together and help Percival De Rolo defeat his childhood demons.
The Star Wars sequel trilogy is a major point of contention for many people myself included. I can go on and on about the many problems littered throughout: abysmal world building, clumsy storylines, the imaginary tug-of-war between J.J. Abrams and Rian Johnson, etc. Thankfully, this article will not dwell on those things. Instead I am going to center my attention on the focal point of this trilogy—Rey Skywalker. While I have great issues with how Rey’s family was handled, I find her overall arc to be fascinating, especially when I consider the elements of it that actually work.