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The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

The odds were in Suzanne Collins favor when she released the prequel, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, to her hit trilogy The Hunger Games. Despite the skeptical nature of many long-term fans, due to its focus on the psychotic villain, President Snow, the prequel does the series justice.  The …

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The Mr. Rogers Movie we Didn’t Know we Needed

“It’s funny, sometimes it’s hardest to forgive the ones we love,” Fred Rogers said. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, a film about the unexpected friendship of beloved children’s TV host Fred Rogers, and a hardened journalist, hits viewers hard with a simple yet emotional  opening scene about forgiveness. Just …

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He leads with his heart: Alpha Film Review

“He leads with his heart, not his spear”. Alpha- the leader of a wolf pack, the elite, and conveniently the title of  the 2018 film independently directed by Albert Hughes and written Daniele Sebastian Wiedenhaupt. This equally eye catching and thought provoking story, set in tribal times, schools the audience …

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Burn the stage

I’m not going to preface this article with a “Why the world should respect K-Pop” rant or anything, because, as goes for all music industries, this one has its ups and downs. A machine-like production process often describes the formation of an idol group and the creation of their music. …

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Rich Brian’s Amen

Brian Imanuel, known by his musical pseudonym, “Rich Brian,” came onto the rap scene in 2016 with his debut single “Dat $tick.” The song was an instant hit, taking the number four spot on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. The music video went viral for its eccentric style and the praise …

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Wonderspaces: A museum for all

During the summer, social media websites have been full of videos of teenagers frolicking with air dancers and pictures with people peering into mirrored light images, after looking into this Instagram phenomenon more, I found Wonderspaces, a pop up modern art gallery full of interactive activities  at the corner of Russel Parkway …

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A new style

After four straight hours of Los Angeles traffic, I had to pee. Entering the parking lot to the Greek Theatre in Griffith Park, my first stop was the never-ending line to the girls’ restroom. Taking a look at the completely empty boys’ restroom, my quick urge to just go use …

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Fresh Bread: 85°C Bakery Review

On a Saturday night around 11 o’clock, 85°C was still buzzing with people. This little known bakery is actually a massive chain that started in Taiwan and has since expanded to major cities in the US. The bakery itself is a different concept from its American counterpart like Panera. You …

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Go Set a Watchman

Acclaimed author Harper Lee’s recently released novel Go Set a Watchman proved to be the publication that launched a thousand ships this past summer. Lee is known for authoring the American classic To Kill a Mockingbird, a book read by millions of students and literary lovers worldwide. The announcement of …

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