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Addison Rae and Elvis Presley are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to white artists that claim and profit off of the work of Black people.

The theft of black art

Tommy Glennon, Copy Editor September 27, 2022

Art crosses boundaries and brings people together. It transcends literal interpretations and acts as a medium to express the thoughts and feelings of the artist. Rather, it’s supposed to express the...

“Don’t Worry Darling” hit theaters September 23, 2022.

REVIEW: don’t worry darling

Luci Patel, Innovation Manager September 26, 2022

The highly anticipated film, “Don’t Worry Darling”, released on September 23, 2022. This psychological thriller proved to be a riveting movie despite the cast drama and mixed opinions on social media. The...

This new movie can be streamed on Amazon Prime and is in Theaters.

REVIEW: the invitation

Quinn Russell, Design Manager September 26, 2022

Most-awaited horror film, “The Invitation'' hit theaters on Aug. 26, 2022. This new horror and mystery movie proved to be a mediocre film for this fall season.   The film follows Evie, played by...

Good advice or virtue signaling? the difference between our Leaders’ words and actions

Good advice or virtue signaling? the difference between our Leaders’ words and actions

Isaiah Steele, Site Manager September 23, 2022

With the appearance of COVID-19 and the ever-present topic of the earth’s climate, government officials are giving plenty of advice.  Some call it welcome; a necessary reminder if the country is...

The casting of Halle Bailey in the new Little Mermaid (2023) has been consumed by controversy with disproval of the racial portrayal of Ariel.

The role of race in casting

Sarah Chen, Copy Editor September 19, 2022

Throughout the history of Hollywood, white actors have dominated film and consistently been selected for non-white roles. Cases of this include actress Emma Stone in “Aloha” and actress Scarlett Johansson...

The poster for the final film in the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series shows Lara Jean wandering the streets of New York during her visit to NYU.

Romanticizing rejection and other college application myths created by film

Gretchen Highberger, copy editor September 19, 2022

Beach bonfires. Extravagant house parties. Luxury yachts. Night swimming. Summer romance.  The Amazon Prime series “The Summer I Turned Pretty” was undeniably the most discussed teen drama series...

Fans struggle to purchase tickets due to the unethical business practices of Ticketmaster.

A ticket monopoly: ticketmaster’s unethical business practices and the capitalist mindset

Leila Assadi, Opinion Editor September 19, 2022

The dream of experiencing concerts and events is often overshadowed by the nightmare of purchasing tickets. Ticketmaster is the perpetrator of these nightmares.  The merger between Live Nation, the...

Much of Marvel Studio’s 3D animation involves motion capture technology, which employs complicated 3D modeling and sophisticated body tracking, leaving an incredible amount of work for animators.

The real superheroes of marvel: vfx artists call marvel studios out for poor working conditions

Tommy Glennon, copy editor September 19, 2022

Marvel Studios, the long-revered producer of favorites like “Spiderman” and "The Avengers", is facing recent backlash from fans and artists alike. Through the interconnected storytelling of the...

Monroe made her Hollywood breakthrough in the 1950s, when she was just in her 20s.

“Blonde”: A poor attempt at capturing the life of marilyn monroe

Rupika Jai Ganesh, Feature Editor September 19, 2022

Marilyn Monroe was, and still remains, one of Hollywood’s most iconic stars.  And at the end of this month, Netflix will release the long awaited movie “Blonde,” starring Ana De Armas. “Blonde”...

The Quad Cities now has access to art that 
is usually only seen through a screen. Recently, artwork such as Kehinde Wiley’s has been displayed locally.

New wave of art present in the quad cities

Luci Patel, Innovation Manager September 9, 2022

Many notable art pieces are now being displayed in the Quad Cities. From talented artists such as John Leslie Breck to newly renowned artists like Kehinde Wiley, there is lots to see. Recently, art...

Both “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” have garnered large popularity and viewership with American audiences.

The exploitative nature of reality TV

Rupika Jai Ganesh, Feature Editor September 8, 2022

Personal conflicts, dramatic music and large reactions. These are factors present in many of the popular reality TV dramas today.  Especially with the plethora of streaming platforms available,...

The resurgence of older music

The resurgence of older music

Lydia Sommer, PV Only Editor September 8, 2022

Known as a song that would save you from Vecna, Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God)”, first released in 1985, became a hit this past summer. Surging to the top of the charts, the...

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