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Run The Jewel’s newest album “RTJ4” tackles racial injustice

Killer Mike and El-P of the hip hop duo, Run the Jewels.

Ashley Fairchild, Journal Contributor

September 22, 2020

“F*** it, why wait?” These four words would serve to catapult the rap group Run the Jewels, better known as RTJ, from an underground indie group with a cult following to the voice of a social movement.  Killer Mike and El-P of RTJ serve as the “murder rappers,” whose music is the perfect background to...

“Cuties” and #CancelNetflix: Is it worth the controversy?

Three girls dance in front of a sunset.

Caitlyn Green, Journal Contributor

September 22, 2020

On Sept. 10, #CancelNetflix was the number-one trending hashtag on Twitter. For once in our increasingly polarized country, the left and right picketed digitally against the same problem: “Cuties,” the debut film of French-Sengali director Maïmouna Doucouré.  “Cuties” premiered at the 2020 Sundance ...

Helpful hints to succeed in online school

Torre's organized desk that is used for online classes and schoolwork.

Morgan Torre, Assistant Copy Editor

September 22, 2020

Every college student who is living off-campus or back in their parents’ house can agree that this is not an ideal situation. In fact, getting your college education through a computer screen seems like a horror movie.  By now, however, we’ve developed some sort of a routine and accepted this as...

Sea wall murals are bringing color and environmental awareness to East Boston

Silvia Lopez Chavez's mural titled

Julia Ahaesy, Opinion Editor

September 22, 2020

The Boston Harbor Shipyard and Marina came to life as the summer ended with a collection of four vibrant, story-telling murals decorating the exterior of several brick buildings in the area. Linda Cabot, in partnership with HarborArts and PangeaSeed Foundation, hosted the first “Sea Walls: Artists for Oce...

The show must go on(line): Boston musicians share how COVID-19 impacted them

Boston-based singer, Alissa Musto performing on her piano at home.

Sarah Lukowski, Arts & Culture Editor

September 22, 2020

Singer-songwriter Alissa Musto’s last routine live show was on March 13 aboard a cruise ship in Mexico before the long months of quarantine began. Musto performed to a packed crowd that night and had no idea that the next time she would perform in person would be at the end of August to a socially...

Charlie Kaufman’s “I’m Thinking of Ending Things” will leave you overthinking its elaborate plot

David Thewlis as Father, Jessie Buckley as Young Woman, Toni Collette as Mother, and Jesse Plemons as Jake in an unsettling dinner scene in Charlie Kaufman's

Sarah Lukowski, Arts & Culture Editor

September 22, 2020

“I’m Thinking of Ending Things” is yet another surrealist and experimental film written and directed by Charlie Kaufman that will leave you thinking about its long-winding roads of conversation and an overzealous amount of references to poems, books and other films for days. Kaufman, who is kn...

Taylor Swift is no longer a pop princess with her new alternative album “Folklore”

Taylor Swift in a photoshoot for

Sarah Lukowski

July 29, 2020

Taylor Swift’s surprise quarantine album “Folklore” has proved that the former country darling and pop princess is also an indie queen, with the 16-track album that transcends into something magical and nostalgic.  Swift, who is known for huge fanfare and celebrity drama surrounding her albu...

Black-owned businesses to support in Boston

Hats sold by Boston lifestyle brand, Black Girl Magic Apparel.

Sarah Lukowski, Arts & Culture Editor

July 13, 2020

Boston residents are supporting Black-owned businesses to help fight racial injustice as protests and discussions about police brutality – and Black people who have been killed by police, including George Floyd, Elijah McClain, and Breonna Taylor – continue to happen around the country.  Partic...

Suffolk photojournalism students document the pandemic

A sports field left vacant during quarantine, but the Boston spirit still continued on.

Sarah Lukowski

June 3, 2020

Students in Ken Martin’s photojournalism classes have been on the front lines of history by photographing the coronavirus pandemic as part of their final projects.  Martin had students in both his Photojournalism and Creative Innovation: The Extended Photo Essay classes photograph the pandemic w...

Rick Riordan announces plans for a Percy Jackson series on Disney+

Rick Riordan, author of the

Madison Suseland

May 21, 2020

On Thursday, May 14, author Rick Riordan announced that his bestselling young adult book series, “Percy Jackson and the Olympians,” will be adapted into a live-action television show that will be available to stream through Disney+. The collection of books follows Percy Jackson, a young New Yorker with a single mot...

Suffolk alum Jillian Ann’s debut EP is truly romantic

The cover of Jillian Ann's debut EP

Sarah Lukowski

May 19, 2020

Suffolk University alum and 2020 Berklee College of Music graduate, Jillian Ann, recently released her debut EP “Truly, Madly, Deeply” that is ultimately honest in navigating the complicated feelings that come with a romantic relationship.  The five songs on the album were written and composed over the s...

Netflix Needs More Rom-Coms Like “The Half of It”

Leah Lewis and Alexxis Lemire in Netflix's new teenage rom-com

Sarah Lukowski

May 5, 2020

Netflix’s new coming-of-age film “The Half of It,” directed by Alice Wu, needs to be celebrated for its honest take on high school friendships, Chinese-American identity and most importantly, what it means to be queer.  “The Half of It” is full of authenticity and heart as the school outcast ...

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