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As with all art and media, television has a great capacity to vary widely in its quality. Some shows are universally loved and revered, a la “Breaking Bad” or “Mad Men.” However, as unfortunate as it is, it is a lot more likely for a show to be just straight up awful. And not the good kind of awful that makes you want to watch it to see how bad it can get, like “Sharknado.” I mean awful in the sense that it takes itself very seriously when nobody watching it will do the same. Now, having grown up, I realize that it was probably pretty hard to distinguish between  good and bad television shows. At least in my case, I didn’t have a solidified taste yet, so I couldn’t tell the difference.. For that reason, I think it would be interesting to take a look at some shows that…

The first anime of 2017 are well underway, and all have had a chance for their respective openings to demonstrate the show’s best qualities and draw an audience to watch it. So all of the openings can be compared to each other to determine which is the best of the season. As with previous top anime opening lists, the only anime considered are new shows in their first season. Ongoing shows like “Naruto” and sequel, prequel or reboot shows like “Rewrite 2nd Season” are not eligible because the opening may rely on information from the previous season or seasons. If an opening changes during the run of the show, the changes will not be considered for this list. This list does not judge the content of the anime, only the quality of the opening. elDlive elDlive’s opening has two main positive points: the song and the…

“I Am Not Your Negro” will make you wish James Baldwin was still around to witness and challenge the racial divide in our nation. Director Raoul Peck, cinematically completes the unfinished story by James Baldwin, “Remember This House.”  The book, which was only 30 pages long by the time Baldwin died in 1987, told the stories of his closest friends, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr. and Medgar Evers. With the approval from the owners of Baldwin’s estate, Peck refashioned the story, while keeping the same plot line, into a narrative documentary that eloquently syncs Baldwin’s words and archived interviews narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, into a historical and present day context of what it means to be Black in America. “I Am Not Your Negro” proves that Baldwin addressed the issues of civil rights not just in writing but in peaceful demand. The film, which is nominated for an…

Star Wars: Rogue One is amazing. Though the reshoots had me and many other Star Wars fans nervous, the end result does an incredible job of jump-starting the tradition of “Star Wars stories,” while creating a cinematic experience to rival The Empire Strikes Back that takes a meaningful look at the people behind the rebel alliance. While Star Wars: The Force Awakens was a step into unfamiliar territory –– attempting to create a meaningful story and characters that would justify further installments –– Rogue One is the first of Disney and Lucasfilms Star Wars spinoff films and it needed to succeed, and does. The movie sheds light on the alliance that viewers of the original trilogy met just as they were about to attack the Death Star. Rogue One tells the story of Jyn Erso (played by Felicity Jones), and the group of rebels that fought to steal the…

It’s official. New episodes of the cult classic comedy Arrested Development will grace the Netflix binge-watching experience by next summer. As a big fan of the Bluth family’s misadventures, I’ve been anticipating this continuation of season four’s uncharacteristically dark, silent ending. These days, it’s always a relief to hear that AD isn’t dead, especially since its future is perpetually uncertain. However, I’ve felt my share of discontent with the latest installment.   Since its untimely broadcast demise in 2006, after only three seasons, many adoring fans were dying to know what would become of it. The last second of season three teasing the possibility of a film left audiences insatiably hanging for seven years (or about two if you binged the DVDs in high school like I did). When we could finally know what became of the Bluths in a new Netflix-exclusive season, it was finally time to see if…

When I saw the theme of the 2015 Met Gala, “China: Through the Looking Glass,” I was so excited to see American celebrities dressed in an oriental style, thinking it would be eye-catching for blondes and brunettes to wear cheongsam dresses. But this is a really challenging theme even for those of Chinese ethnicity because “Chinese Style” is so hard to define. China has a long and profound costume history that has been greatly influenced by various foreign cultures throughout the lengthy development of its civilization. In the Manchu Qing Dynasty, the popular clothing among the upper social class was called tangzhuang, which is the cheongsam in English, including changshan for men and qipao for women. It is probably the most representative Chinese clothing in Western culture, since it was introduced to European and North American society as an expensive and exotic style in late 20th Century. It soon became…

Rutgers Professor Kevin Allred, who teaches a course titled Politicizing Beyoncé: Black Feminism, U.S. Politics, and Queen Bey, has a beanie, tattooed knuckles that read “Wild Seed,” and a whole lot to say about Beyoncé. “People assume I’m teaching Beyoncé dance moves in class, but this is a women’s studies course,” Allred said. When Stony Brook University’s Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance club invited Allred to teach the students what his course is all about, Allred found Humanities room 3018 was a room with only seven students in it, not a full class like the ones he is used to. Despite having two members of the Audio and Visual Services inform them that they did not have prior approval to use the room, the FMLA was allowed to continue hosting the lecture. Although Allred uses Beyoncé as a subject of study to help him attract students, what he really wants them…

There’s a secret underground map found online. Within its pages are lists upon lists of different and sweet concoctions made up of sugars, creams, liquid sweeteners and artificial flavorings. The secret is found inside the local Starbucks. Legend has it that years ago, Starbucks employees came together at their own individual shops and created their own drinks using the ingredients available to them behind the counter. With the power of the Internet, employees all over the world have begun to post their creations to the web. “I know that the secret menu was created by other Starbucks baristas with way too much time on their hands,” Nicky Ramdeholl, a former barista said. “The most bizarre I’ve heard of is the Raspberry Cheesecake Latte… Just Google it and you’ll understand.” Although this idea of specially made shakes may seem amazing for sweet tooth lovers out there, employees of the coffee chain…

Although you may not be a makeup pro, I bet you have noticed that there are always some girls, sometimes boys, wearing makeup that may be out of place on some occasions. I know how you feel, trust me. Calvin Klein once said “the best thing is to look natural, but it takes makeup to look natural.”  I say it’s not only makeup but also skills and tricks because makeup is supposed to be about harmony. No matter what your social life entails, there’s nothing wrong with creating a look that suits you and the occasion. Here are some suggestions!   Go-to Daily Look Keywords: Easy, Quick, Natural All you need: Sheer coverage foundation/tinted moisturizer One or two matte to satin finish neutral eye shadows A little bit of mascara Warm-toned blush Pinkish lip balm/lip gloss Tips: This is the easiest way to refresh a sleepy face in a busy…