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When you think of October, what pops into your mind? Is it candy, scary movies, or yellow leaves? For me, October is based around costumes and fun music that inspires my creative side. Last October, during quarantine, I was scrolling through YouTube searching for some music videos to bring me out of the complete boredom of sitting indoors all day. After sifting through indie bands, dance collaborations, 70s hair bands, and 90s hip-hop, I finally landed on “Desco” by Queen Bee. Queen Bee, also known as Ziyoou-vachi, utilizes bright colors, creative themes and costumes, octave changes, and diverse discography completely enraptured me. Recently, I was once again scrolling through YouTube to find the best playlist. Half paying attention to homework, while also trying to find something unique to dress up as on Halloween, I once more came across Queen Bee.
Welcome back fellow witches to another season of The Coven! This episode, Ball State Journalism professor, Kate Elliot, discusses what it like to be a woman in the journalism industry today with our host Shwetha! How are women faring in the journalism industry today? What are some new challenges arising? What can aspiring journalists expect once entering the workforce?
The reign of Michael Myers has been ongoing for more than 40 years now in the classic Halloween movies, featuring Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode, and now Michael has once again come home to Haddonfield, Illinois to wreak vengeful havoc. It takes not even two minutes for the dead bodies to start piling up and to see Michael’s characteristically slow-paced walk carry him across the screen in his mask, although it has been terribly damaged. Just as early as characters begin to die, the audience is reunited with previous victims of Michael's such as: Tommy Doyle and Lindsey Wallace (played by her original actress), the little boy and girl Laurie babysat in the first movie, and a few other key characters from the past.
Welcome movie-watchers to another season of Input 2! At the start of the season, Nintendo directors, Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic, announced the voice acting cast of the new Mario movie set to release December 2022. While some of the castings started fans, others enhanced the excitement for the new video game movie. What are some concerns for the movie? How will it fare in comparison to other video game movies? Tune in for all this and more on this week's episode of Input 2!
Landen and Graham break down the new Batman movie trailer and the reveal of Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman.Checkpoint is Byte's video news series, reporting on recent events in the world of entertainment, tech, and pop culture. Whether its video games, film, television, or music, we've got you covered!Anchors: Landen Norton, Graham Harding Executive Producer: Aaron DwyerVideo Editing: Landen NortonAudio Editing: Shwetha SundarrajanGraphics: Taylor SheridanMusic: Jack McGinnis
Who would beat who in a fight? Would Superman beat Batman? Would my dad beat your dad? A lot of these questions will never be answered (except my dad would totally beat your dad for sure). The point is, these questions that turn into full-blown arguments exist across pop culture, and one group of people who champion their icons more than most are horror fans. Now you have the chance to help decide who would win in a fight in the metaphorical boxing ring. Your votes directly relate to who moves on in the bracket, but I took the liberty of making this list for you so that your support is, at the very least, educated.
The leaves are changing, temperature levels are slowly dropping, and autumn is officially here. It’s just like any other year where pumpkin spice is met with anticipation and the perfect football weather is right around the corner.
The first Venom movie was not a hit with critics, but was more popular with audiences, or at least the audience members that know how to have fun. Those who enjoyed Venom were eagerly awaiting a continuation of Eddie Brock and his strange symbiote partner's escapades.
Homecoming 2021 had its annual Talent Search competition on Oct. 19. Ball State students and Muncie community members sang, danced, and performed music in hopes to be the overall winner.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings was not predicted to be a box office hit in the wake of movies releasing simultaneously in theaters and onto streaming services. Furthermore, it features a lesser-known Marvel protagonist that had a lot of people doubting the movie’s potential. Despite this speculation, Shang-Chi was a smash hit. Bringing in $94 million over Labor Day weekend, it was even breaking Marvel records. There could be a great deal of reasons for its success, but taking into account the fact that nearly 60 percent of the world is Asian and this is the first Marvel film to boast a cast that is as high as 98 percent Asian, that is a win for representation. The numbers in the United States were boosted in cities with a larger Asian population such as San Francisco and New York City. It has grossed over $257 million despite not being released in China, where Simu Liu is from.
Graham and Landen break down the final huge update to Animal Crossing: New Horizons and all the new features it adds.Checkpoint is Byte's video news series, reporting on recent events in the world of entertainment, tech, and pop culture. Whether its video games, film, television, or music, we've got you covered!Anchors: Graham Harding, Landen NortonExecutive Producer: Aaron DwyerVideo Editing: Landen NortonAudio Editing: Shwetha SundarrajanGraphics: Taylor SheridanMusic: Jack McGinnis
Shawn James, an American singer-songwriter born in the South Side of Chicago, is not an artist many know or have heard of. Though recently, he collaborated with popular video game studio Naughty Dog, leading to his song "Through the Valley" to be covered in "The Last of Us: Part II" by lead actress Ashley Johnson. This obviously began to garner fans to his folk, blues, and rock melodies and lyrics.
Who would have thought that a middle-aged British pop group and a much younger Korean pop group would team up and produce a song together? Not me, I was surprised to say the least when the collaboration between Coldplay and BTS was announced. The two groups together seem like an odd, unexpected combination, especially because of the language gap. However, their passion for music transcended language and they were able to produce a song with both English and Korean lyrics.
This one trick pony broke barriers for what listeners thought was just a “one hit wonder.” Country artist turned global pop/rap star—publicly known as Lil Nas X—has finally opened the floodgates and released his long-awaited and highly anticipated debut album, MONTERO. Nas achieved this status of success back in 2019 when “Old Town Road” became the anthem of the summer. This hit featuring Billy Ray Cyrus immediately threw Nas on the music map after it went viral on TikTok, then went 14x platinum, and became the highest certified song in Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) History.
Riley and Landen break down the new musical based on the life of Princess Diana and the conflicting opinions surrounding it.
Riley and Landen break down the new musical based on the life of Princess Diana and the conflicting opinions surrounding it.Checkpoint is Byte's video news series, reporting on recent events in the world of entertainment, tech, and pop culture. Whether its video games, film, television, or music, we've got you covered!Anchors: Riley Nower, Landen NortonExecutive Producer: Aaron DwyerVideo Editing: Riley NowerAudio Editing: Shwetha SundarrajanGraphics: Taylor SheridanMusic: Jack McGinnis
Landen and Riley break down the premiere of wildly popular anime Demon Slayer's second season and mini-arc.Checkpoint is Byte's video news series, reporting on recent events in the world of entertainment, tech, and pop culture. Whether its video games, film, television, or music, we've got you covered!Anchors: Landen Norton, Riley NowerExecutive Producer: Aaron DwyerVideo Editing: Landen NortonAudio Editing: Shwetha SundarrajanGraphics: Taylor SheridanMusic: Jack McGinnis