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From Sepia to Selfies: Photography exhibit opens in State library


The Historical Society of Greater Lansing opened a photography exhibit on Sept. 18, at the State of Michigan Library. “From Sepia to Selfies: 150 Years of Lansing Photography,” showcases 150 years of Lansing and East Lansing history—including the history of Michigan State University.

Vice President of the Historical Society of Greater Lansing Bill Castanier said that the idea for the exhibit came from three different sources.

The first inspiration came from the amateur photographer Clara Heldemeyer.

“She was a very advanced amateur photographer, and (the Historical Society of Greater Lansing) was given three photo albums full of her works,” Castanier said.

Heldemeyer was born in 1891, and she lived in the Lansing area until her death in 1982.  She had photographs in the World Fair of 1939, and she won a national photography award.

According to Castanier, Heldemeyer specialized in salon portraits and you can see her work at the exhibit.

“(The Historical Society of Greater Lansing) was thinking the state capital has always been a gathering place for all types of groups: from the Klu Klux Klan to the Girl Scouts. Debates, protests, and meetings happen here, and we wanted to show that,” Castanier said.

This was another source of inspiration for the display.

According to Castanier, the final reason that the Historical Society of Greater Lansing decided to open the exhibit was because one of the members had over 100 cabinet cards. Cabinet cards are 3-inch by 5-inch photographs mounted on a board that is then attached to cabinets.

Photographs were submitted from Lansing area residents, as well as from private collectors. The Clarke Historical Library from Central Michigan University loaned an exhibit that shows the evolution of photography from the time it was created to modern day.

There are also photographs from Ginger Sharp, who worked in Lansing, and was the first full-time female photographer to work at a newspaper in the United States.

“(There are) over 300 photographs on exhibit, as well as 14 display cases that have artifacts and tools. The first digital camera is on display,” Castanier said.

According to Castanier, the photos portray moments in history that people tend to forget. There are pictures of a co-ed wedding from 1915. A co-ed wedding was a mock wedding when people of the same sex would dress up and form a whole wedding party.

The majority of the photos are vernacular, or taken by amateurs, but Castanier believes that adds a rare, unique and unusual aspect to the display.

“I think there’s some photos that will startle people, and some that will make them smile,” Castanier said.

The exhibit is on the  fourth floor of the library and runs until Dec. 31. The library is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the second Saturday of every month.

 

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Spartans on Spotify: Tailgate Tunes

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Spartans on Spotify: Tailgate Tunes


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Photo Courtesy of: Tanner Trombley

Hey everyone, Rene here! Spartans on Spotify is a monthly column in which I’ll be providing a themed playlist of songs across all genres and fit for any Spartan. In addition to posting the song list on here, you can listen along on The Big Green’s Spotify account. Follow us at TheBigGreenMSU to stay up to date with all of our monthly playlists!

This month’s theme: Tailgate Tunes the perfect mix to please all crowds at any tailgate or pregame.

1.  Type of Way – Rich Homie Quan

This one kind of speaks for itself. Nothing quite says “Spartan Football” like the anthem of our beloved team the year that we won the Rose Bowl in 2014.

2. 7/11 – Beyonce

Let’s face it – everyone can get down to some Beyonce Knowles. She’s a crowd pleaser and a must have in any pregame playlist.

3. Can’t Feel My Face – The Weeknd

Once you hear it, you can’t get it out of your head.

4. Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars

It might be overplayed, but that’s for a good reason: this song makes people want to move no matter how much they try not to.

5. Get Low – Lil Jon & The Eastside Boyz

Yes, we’ve heard it over and over again at any given gathering, but it’s still as great as it was when you were in the sixth grade and heard it for the first time.

6. Come On Eileen – Dexys Midnight Runners

It might not be as well known to the vast majority, but there’s something about this song that fits perfectly into any tailgate.

7. Roses – OutKast

Let’s be real, everyone loves a throwback.

8. I Don’t F*** With You – Big Sean

Not only is this song catchy, but it definitely gets the crowd hyped up about crushing whichever team the Spartans are about to defeat.

9. Ignition Remix – R Kelly

This is another one of those songs that we all heard in middle school, which is one of the reasons why this is an obvious crowd favorite.

10. Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond

Only the best for last. It’s remarkable that this song was released in 1969 and yet at any given pregame, you’ll find yourself singing the chorus at the top of your lungs – “Good times never seemed so good (so good, so good, so good).”

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Three Jackets to Wear This Fall

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Three Jackets to Wear This Fall


Fall has arrived! The first day of autumn was Sept. 23. It is now socially acceptable to be excited about fall holidays and activities. Halloween, hayrides, pumpkin patches and cider mills, but most importantly, fall fashion can make its way back into your wardrobe.

As the temperature drops, wearing a light jacket can keep you both fashionable and warm. There are a variety of fall jacket trends for this year. Recently, students have been wearing classic fall jackets, but with a twist.

Leather Jackets 

Leather jackets are a necessity when it comes to fall fashion. The classic, sleek black look will always be a go-to. Black goes with anything, so it is easy to wear a leather jacket with anything such as a pair of pants, jeans, dresses or skirts.

The twist: Colored leather jackets have become a trend for Fall 2015. Some popular colors for the jackets include burgundy and gray. The colored leather jackets are fun for fall, simply because you can style them like a normal leather jacket, just with a little more color. 

Denim Jackets

Denim jackets are another classic jacket that you will see around campus. In the ‘90s, people would wear over-sized jackets and pair them with denim jeans. The movie Dope featured many ‘90s styled outfits, including denim jackets. Movie-inspired outfits have been transitioning into fall fashion.

The twist: Taking style tips from the ‘90s, acid-washed denim jackets are making a comeback. Also, denim jackets with colorful patches sewn on are squeezing their way back into the style trend.

Trench Coats

When the weather is more chilly and rainy, trench coats come in handy. Just like leather jackets, they go great with any outfit, and come in a variety of colors.

The twist: The trench coat trend that is becoming fashionable this fall is the longer trench coat. This instantly adds a touch of class to any outfit.

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For the love of the game: MSU’s Super Smash Bros club

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For the love of the game: MSU’s Super Smash Bros club


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While many MSU students were busy watching the Super Bowl the first weekend in February, members of the MSU Super Smash Bros. Club were watching an entirely different competition: the Apex 2015 Super Smash Bros. Tournament.

Competitive Super Smash Bros. tournaments have been growing substantially in popularity in recent years. Over 1,600 people registered to play in the Apex 2015 tournament, which was held in New Jersey from Jan 30 to Feb 1.

Super Smash Bros. Melee, a game many might remember playing on their Nintendo GameCube back in the early 2000s, was the most popular game at the tournament, with 1,037 registering in to compete in the bracket. The Melee tournament was structured as a double elimination bracket, meaning that players who lost their first match were sent to the “losers bracket”. The winner of the losers bracket then played the winner of the regular bracket, determining the overall winner of the tournament.

But what draws people to tournaments like Apex? In some cases, it’s the money.
The grand prize for the Super Smash Bros. Melee tournament was $7,228. Also during Apex 2015, two of the most famous Smash competitors—who go by the names Mango and Leffen—competed in a money match game where the loser had to give the winner $1,000. Some spectators were thrilled to see something new at the tournament.

“That was just a cool added narrative to the game that you normally don’t have,” said sophomore Travis Conte, the MSU Smash Club President. “That was exciting, because Leffen, he’s a villain at this point, to be honest. It’s kind of great. It’s almost like an anime in real life. I mean, we’re taking something way more seriously than we should. You’ve got Yu-Gi-Oh and stuff where these kids are insane, and now it’s kind of like that in real life. Leffen even has the hair.”

Other fans were a little disappointed with the game’s outcome.

“It was heartbreaking watching Mango lose a thousand dollar money match,” said graduate student Justin Lietz. “It was heartbreaking. But I thought the top three all played really well.”

But not everyone who plays Super Smash Bros. has the chance to compete for $1,000. So why do so many players enjoy the game?

“I know the draw for a lot of people is that in traditional fighting games, you’re mostly memorizing series of inputs,” said Conte. “But in Smash Brothers, it’s more like a platformer, so you have all these different movement options that no fighting game really offers.”

Serious Super Smash Bros. fans, or “Smashers,” are especially interested in testing the limits of the game.

“There’s a ridiculous skill cap,” said senior James Brennan. “You can just get so good at it compared to other games. I actually play Starcraft 2, which is pretty similar, but Smash is the only other game that can match [real-time strategies] and how good you can get.”

But the big question when it comes to Super Smash Bros. is: where is it headed? Could Apex 2016 be broadcast on television like the World Poker Tournament? Or will fans have to be content with watching tournaments on websites like Twitch that live stream video game tournaments like Apex?

“Looking at League of Legends, they pull in a quarter million views just on a weekly basis on Twitch, but I actually don’t think Smash would ever get to quite that level just because it’s an older game,” Lietz said. “I think to get that kind of mass appeal you need something flashier—better graphics, a little bit newer. But I don’t necessarily think that’s a bad thing.”

Despite the lack of attention Smash receives outside of the fan base, the community is strong—and it’s growing. The MSU Smash Club meets every Tuesday at eight in the basement of Case Hall, and draws roughly 20 Smash enthusiasts.

And for many, that seems to be the biggest draw to playing Smash Bros.: the people.
“I mean, you play Wii or you play online, but I don’t think you get the same experience as going to tournament where you get to chill with [other players] like Smash does,” Senior Adontae Walter said. “And Smash has always been that way. From the beginning.”

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What to watch on Netflix: The Global Edition

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What to watch on Netflix: The Global Edition


1. Remembrance (Die verlorene Zeit) – Germanydie-verlorene-zeit-212518
Set in Nazi Germany, Remembrance is based on the true story of a Jewish woman, Hannah Sibberstein, and a Polish political prisoner, Tomasz Limanowski, who fall in love, then subsequently escape a German concentration camp. What makes this movie unique is its depiction of the couple’s life at the concentration camp in 1944 and Hannah’s life in New York in 1976 following her escape from Nazi Germany. Like any movie about the Holocaust, Remembrance is by no means uplifting. But Remembrance’s captivating plot twists and moving dialogue (in the form of subtitles) make it one of the best Holocaust movies I’ve seen.

crouchingtigerhiddendragon2. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Wo hu cang long) – China
This classic film is great for anybody who wants to see some good old-fashioned butt-kicking scenes. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon follows martial arts master Li Mu Bai’s quest to avenge the death of his master and reclaim his stolen sword. Though the plot is pretty unoriginal, the martial arts action scenes make this a must see movie.

likewaterforchocolate3. Like Water for Chocolate (Como Agua para Chocolate) – Mexico
If you’re in the mood for a good chick flick, look no further than Like Water for Chocolate. Based on a bestselling novel, Like Water for Chocolate tells the story of a young girl, Tita, who wishes to marry the love of her life, Pedro, but cannot because family tradition dictates the youngest daughter must stay single and take care of her mother. Though Tita suppresses her outward feelings for Pedro, her emotions manifest themselves through her cooking, influencing everyone who eats her food. The result is a fantastical story of love, betrayal and delicious Mexican cooking.

theattack4. The Attack (L’Attentat) – France
The Attack gives a unique and personal perspective of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Set in modern Israel, the movie is about an Israeli Palestinian man, Amin Jaafari, whose life is forever changed when his wife is accused of setting off a bomb in a restaurant killing 19 people including herself. This suspenseful drama will keep you guessing until the very end.

bliss5. Bliss (Mutluluk) – Turkey
Bilss tells the story of a young woman who is sentenced to death after she is accused of having sex before marriage. Before being killed, the young woman escapes with the man sentenced to kill her. This movie takes a provocative look at traditionalist Islamic laws and throughout the course of the movie shows the dire effects they can have on women. The acting is what sets this movie over the top and makes it a must see.

Dilwale-Dulhania-Le-Jayenge6. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge – India
If you’re looking for a classic feel-good Bollywood musical then look no further than Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (DDLJ). This romantic comedy is about a young couple that meets and falls in love against their parents’ wishes. The movie is packed full of the upbeat song and dance numbers that are crucial to any successful Bollywood film and to date, DDLJ is the longest running film in Indian cinema history, showing nearly 1000 weeks straight.

LesChoristes7. The Chorus (Les Choristes) – France
The Chorus is an uplifting movie about a world-renowned music teacher who takes a teaching job at delinquent boys boarding school following his mother’s illness. Though it has a fairly predictable plot (teacher takes job at a troubled school and ends up inspiring students), The Chorus is still well worth a watch, especially for music fans.

LIKE FATHER LIKE SON8. Like Father, Like Son (Soshite Chichi ni Naru) – Japan
Like Father Like Son is the perfect movie to watch if you’re looking for a real tearjerker. The movie is about two couples that discover that their now 6-year-old sons were swapped at birth. The couples then face a nearly impossible choice: keep the children they’ve been raising or switch back. The actors in this movie do such a great job that by the end, you’ll be completely invested in these families.

sidewalls9. Sidewalls (Medianeras) – Argentina
Sidewalls is the story of two neighbors who are a seemingly perfect couple but have never met. Though it can be cheesy at times, I often found myself yelling at the screen when the couple came close to meeting but one thing stood in their way. If love stories don’t appeal to you, this movie’s footage of Buenos Aires and its depiction of city life make it worth a watch.

the-hunt10. The Hunt (Jagten) – Denmark
Nominated for countless awards including a 2014 Oscar for best foreign language films, The Hunt is the story of a teacher, Lucas, who is wrongly accused of sexual assault by one of his students. Don’t watch this movie if you are looking for something uplifting. On the contrary, The Hunt will take you on an emotional rollercoaster that very rarely lifts you up.

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African Student Gala celebrates culture and heritage

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African Student Gala celebrates culture and heritage


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Hundreds braved the unwarranted snowstorm to gather at the Wharton Center on Saturday, November 15 for the 29th annual African Student Gala, hosted by the African Student Union (ASU).

The 2014 African Student Gala, “Afroexposure: The Awakening of African Culture,” was “a wedding of westernization and African culture,” said this year’s emcee, Dulo.

Students, faculty and culture lovers from all walks of life were welcomed to celebrate the diversities of African heritage. Weston McJames, a junior from Okemos, Mich., learned of the event from his professor.

“I’m a political science major with an African studies specialization. My Swahili professor mentioned [the gala] and I thought it would be fun to attend,” he said.

“I really enjoyed the dancing,” said junior Lindsay Strong.

From 5-7:30 p.m., spectators watched as actors performed a romantic play, models flaunted traditional African garb and musicians and dancers shined on stage.

Although the African Student Union is housed at MSU, the gala is a national and global collaboration.

“Two years ago we invited T-Boy, an African comedian from England. This year we brought dancers from Wayne State and flew Dulo in from Baltimore,” said ASU’s former Vice President, Ekenamolisa Ofili.

In years past, students attended the gala from other universities in Michigan and across the Midwest.

“The gala is a big deal,” Ofili continued, “It’s definitely the biggest event we host. We spend a lot of time organizing and planning who we want to invite.”

When ASU isn’t hosting events, it is the ultimate resource for an African student’s transition to Michigan State.

“I’ll never forget Brooke Cutler. She was an amazing lady in charge of bringing international students to MSU. She literally picked us up as soon as we arrived, took us out to dinner and told us about ASU,” Ofili said.

For more information about the African Student Union or upcoming events, visit ASU’s website at https://www.msu.edu/~asu/.

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What to watch on Netflix: The Halloween Editon

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What to watch on Netflix: The Halloween Editon


NETFLIX HALLOWEEN

It’s that time of the year again! No, not Christmas—All Hallow’s Eve is here. Whether you’re spending it partying in a costume that took you hours to put together, handing out candy, or spending it on your couch, Netflix has a perfect selection of TV shows and movies. It’ll get you in the spirit… and maybe scared out of your pants.

TV Shows:

Supernatural

The Supernatural series follows brothers Dean and Sam Winchester as they travel across the country hunting demons, vampires and spirits. After one episode, you’ll be binge-watching the all nine seasons.

American Horror Story

The writers of this show are by far some of the most creative (and disturbed) individuals on the planet. Season one, “Murder House”, centers around a family who moves from across the country into a mysterious home. Little do they know, the house is a host for several ghosts who cannot rest in peace. Season two, “Asylum”, takes a different path than murder house. It is set in the 1960s in an insane asylum that is operated by a church. It sheds light on how cruelly mental patients were treated in the past.

Bates Motel

The 1960s film Pyscho, known most for its infamous shower scene, quickly became a cult classic. “Bates Motel” is a prequel to the movie franchise, but is set in modern day, and follows the infamous Norman Bates as a teenager.

Dexter

This series follows Dexter, who specializes in blood spatter at Miami Metro Homicide. By day he solves crime, but at night he’s the one committing them. He struggles with leading a normal life and goes to extremes to hide his true identity. When Dexter says that blood is his life, he isn’t kidding.

 

Movies:

If you don’t want to invest in a TV show, Netflix has a variety of scary movies. Some people don’t know that there’s sub-genres to the Horror section on Netflix. A couple include Cult Horror, Teen Screams, Slashers and Serial Killers, Horror Comedy, and even Halloween Favorites.

Scream 1, 2, and 3

The 1996 slasher film Scream changed the horror movie industry. It gained a large following and is considered a cult classic. Netflix currently streams the first three movies of the series. The ghost face mask is terrifying—but I won’t go into too many details about it. Horror movies thrive on the element of surprise.

Insidious: Part 2

This movie is a sequel to the 2010 film, Insidious. Before deciding to watch this one on Netflix, it’s best to have watched the first movie. It features demonic spirits who possess people and crave only one thing: human life. These spirits will kill and destroy anyone and anything that gets in the way of them finally receiving a soul.

Carrie

What’s Halloween without a Stephen King movie? Netflix streams two versions of the classic novel turned film. The recent adaptation of Carrie is more suitable for those who value the art of cinema. If you get queasy easily, Carrie is not the film for you, as both versions contain lots of blood.

Silence of the Lambs

This psychological thriller is a classic must-see. It features a charismatic cannibalistic doctor, Hannibal Lecter. The film explores the minds of psychopaths. It does play with the mind using suspense, but is gory in certain scenes. There’s something frightening about a genius like Dr. Lecter who’s capable of committing murder with his bare hands.

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2014 Album Previews

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2014 Album Previews


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10 dope female artists you need to know

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10 dope female artists you need to know


BANKS

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Jillian Rose Banks—known by the mononym, BANKS—is a rising star in the world of alternative R&B. Her seemingly overnight success is due to her friendship with Phil Collins daughter, Lily Collins, who passed along her samples in the industry. BANKS’ bewitching voice and brazen love songs are a refreshing sound that caught the attention of The Weeknd, whom she opened for on his 2013 tour. Her song, “Waiting Game,” was featured in Victoria’s Secret’s 2013 holiday ad and in an episode of Grey’s Anatomy this month. She starts touring in Europe this November.

Lianne La Havas

Lianne La Havas

This British singer/songwriter has a voice that will make your hairs stand on end and lyrics that will tug at your soul. To date she has released three EPs, five singles and a debut album “Is Your Love Big Enough?” Her incredible voice has won the hearts of influential artists such as Bon Iver and Prince. If you’re looking for a good cry or just a sniffle or two, be sure to download “Lost and Found” and “Tease Me.”

FKA Twigs

FKA Twigs

The UK artist, born Tahliah Debrett Barnett, started her creative career as a backup dancer before she pursued music. Her name, which stands for “Formerly Known As Twigs,” comes from how her joints crack and pop when she dances. Twigs, well-known for her unique image and haunting experimental songs, has been very busy over the past year. Her debut album, LP1, was released in September. Earlier this month, she premiered a video collaboration with Google Glass entitled #throughglass, and she’s reportedly dating Twilight star, Robert Pattinson.

Little Dragon

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The Swedish electronic band, Little Dragon, is led by vocalist Yukimi Nagano. Their music is an eclectic mix of multiple genres. From digital jazz in, “After the Rain,” to chillwave in “Let Go,” this group will always keep you guessing. Their first EP, Nabuma Rubberband, was released in May featuring the ultimate pump-up song, “Klapp Klapp.” Since 2006, Little Dragon’s music has been reworked and remixed by big names like, Drake. They are currently wrapping up a European tour.

Alina Baraz

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It’s safe to say that Cleveland-based singer/songwriter Alina Baraz is flying way below the radar. Over the past year, the R&B songstress has released a handful of singles and an EP produced by Danish musician, Galimatias. Best classified as R&B, her slow, sultry songs—similar in sound to Jhené Aiko—will have you begging for more.

Doja Cat

Doja Cat

This Malibu raised, LA-based double threat came out of nowhere. Born Ami Zandile, Doja Cat is a talented rapper and singer with a smooth, colorful sound and cheeky flow. She has released a series of freestyles and tracks on Soundcloud including the trippy love song, “So High.” Doja Cat has started performing at venues throughout L.A. and is scheduled to perform in Paris next month. Her debut EP, Purrr!, is available now on iTunes.

SZA

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Solana Imani Rowe, better known as SZA, is the princess of rap label Top Dawg Entertainment—home to rappers Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q. Since 2012, SZA has been hard at work putting out a total of six singles, two EPs, a studio album and numerous collaborations. Her tranquil voice paired with melodious hip-hop beats is an addicting and wonderfully unexpected combination. Aside from her music, her hair has caught the attention of fashion magazines such as Vogue, Elle and W. SZA performed at Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago last summer and is currently on tour.

Delilah

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This London-based singer makes an awesome addition to your iTunes library if you’re looking for catchy pop tunes. Songs like “Hater,” “Love You So,” and “So Irate” are sure to make you sing along and get your body moving. Her debut album, From the Roots Up, was released in 2012 and there’s no news of any new music in the works. Nonetheless, her songs are oldies, but most definitely goodies.

Little Simz

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Simbi Ajikawo, better known by her stage name, Little Simz, is an up and coming rapper from north England. At the young age of 20, Simz has already released an EP and four mix tapes, the last of which was released via Jay Z’s blog, Life+Times. Often nicknamed “Barz Simpson” because of her hard-hitting lyrics, Simz writes bars in between taking classes at the University of West London. Her gritty delivery and slightly foreboding beats are similar to that of ASAP Rocky. Her EP, E.D.G.E., is out now.

Lion Babe

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Technically, Lion Babe is a band, but the duo is most known for its singer, Jillian Hervey. With the looks and a sound that channels, Erykah Badu, she is bound to be the soul diva of this decade. Paired with electronics provided by Lucas Goodman, Lion Babe delivers saucy vocals over killer baselines in “Treat Me Like Fire.” The twosome recently released “Jump Hi,” their latest single featuring Childish Gambino. Both of their singles are available on iTunes now.

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Movie Review: X-Men: Days of Future Past

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Movie Review: X-Men: Days of Future Past


In the wake of The Avengers, the X-Men franchise needed to release a movie that showed there was still some life in the team—besides the usual focus on Wolverine.

X-Men First Class, the franchise’s last effort was enjoyable. However, X-Men movies were few and far between since the wildly successful Avengers franchise was introduced in 2011. The only X-Men-related film released during that time was The Wolverine, which didn’t breathe new life into any role except Hugh Jackman’s character.

Thankfully, the newest X-Men movie, Days of Future Past, proves not only does the lasting life of the franchise still have life, but that Marvel films besides The Avengers can still be quality and enjoyable.

In the film, future, mutant hunting robots called Sentinels have taken over the world, and the last surviving X-Men need to send someone back in time to stop the event that caused the rise of the robots.

Before you say that you’ve seen the robots taking over the future plot over and over, it should be brought up that the movie is based on a comic book of the same name that came out before both the Matrix and Terminator. Also, a bulk of the movie takes place in 1973, so the war in the future is not main focus of the story, but provides a sense of urgency for the past X-Men to succeed in their mission.

The X-Men from the First Class were not overshadowed by the attention-grabbing charisma that is Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine. That was something that was never achieved in the original X-Men trilogy—even though the movies were called “X-Men,” all of the movies were really about Wolverine. All the X-Men from the First Class manage to stand out, and show that the future of the franchise might not rest solely on everyone’s favorite razor-clawed mutant.

Because of this, we get an X-Men movie that is, in fact, about the X-Men!

While on the topic of overshadowing mutants, there is one mutant who outshines everyone else, even though he is only in the film for 20 minutes, tops. This would be Quicksilver, played by Evan Peters.

The character is introduced to help the X-Men (a time-traveling Wolverine, Beast, and Professor X) rescue Magneto. Peters plays the character as a fast-talking, kleptomaniacal teen, and in the short time he is on screen manages to steal the entire show.

The now well-known “Time in a Bottle” scene that shows us what it’s like to move as fast as Quicksilver and is easily the best scene in the entire movie. It’s worth the price of a ticket or DVD on its own. Hopefully Quicksilver will return in future movies and have a larger role, because when he leaves the film it feels like he wasn’t there long enough.

As good as some parts of the movie were, there were still some problems. The biggest issue was that in the future, Magneto said that Wolverine would need his help on his mission in the past, but once they get Magneto, he almost immediately proceeds to screw everything up.

Was this because Future Magneto is still evil? Because it doesn’t look like it at the end. There was no explanation for this, but I think that Jennifer Lawrence’s star power might be the reason for the lack of focus on Magneto and the new focus on Mystique.

Another issue was the introduction of four entirely new mutants in the future, who have no character development at all. The mutants have several well-executed fight sequences, but we know nothing about these characters besides that they are the last of the X-Men.

Hopefully some of the mutants will return in future movies, because they all deserve at least a little character development. However, at least they are named in this movie, which is better than what happened to most of the mutants introduced in the other films, especially in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

The way Beast is treated in the film is also an issue. He still looks human, with the help of a serum he created in the last movie to hide his powers, but when he gets mad he turns into a monster with super strength. Does that sound familiar to anyone else? At least he doesn’t say he’s going to smash anything.

There are a few other nitpicky things—like Kitty’s surprising new power to send people back in time that no one bothers to explain how she got or why she has, and a severe underuse of Peter Dinklage—but these are just minor problems with a movie that is in general of very high quality.

I really enjoyed the movie, and I appreciated the fact that it went back and fixed the mistakes that the franchise made in the past without rebooting the entire thing. And even though I still love some Wolverine, it was nice to see an X-Men movie that focused on the other mutants in the X-Men universe.

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