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A decade is defined by its popular culture at the time. The 1980s were musically defined by artists like Michael Jackson, Madonna and Prince. But there are hidden gems, events and forces in every decade that many don’t know about. People overlooked and still don’t fully realize the massive impact of one of the most influential albums of the decade, which came near the end: Public Enemy’s “Fear of a Black Planet.”
The Rutgers Institute for Women’s Leadership, Department of Women and Gender Studies and Rutgers School of Communication and Information came together to host a phenomenal event last night at Alexander Library on the College Avenue campus. Renowned author and scholar Sarah Banet-Weiser discussed her latest book, “Empowered: Popular Feminism and Popular Misogyny.”
Every year, the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met) hosts one of the most acclaimed events in pop culture: the Met Gala. In an effort to commemorate the grand opening of the Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibit, the banquet takes place in the museum itself. Musical luminaries and Hollywood big-names are invited to participate in an evening in which they can show off their unique style while donating money in support of art.
Growing up nearby in Franklin Township, I’ve been around Rutgers all my life. Of course I attended a football game here or there, and like any kid living close enough, have a few Rutgers t-shirts that mysteriously appeared in my closet by way of giveaways and community outreach from the University. My understanding of Rutgers was vague in many ways, but there was an event that I would continually hear about: Caribbean Day.
The monoculture is dead, or maybe it never even existed. Of course, I'm referring to the perception that even though we are all individuals, we all experience the same culture. This system is of a bygone era, before the internet created the niches we all live in. Back when television had three channels, when the radio was the best way to listen to music, when movies sold out — not only for the Avengers — and everyone seemed to be on the same page.
With more shows on television than any other point in history, it can be hard to decipher the good from the bad. An ever-growing number of streaming platforms featuring premium shows, when combined with cable networks, makes for a crowded TV schedule. To help catch up, here’s a breakdown of some notable new shows and returns for the binger in us all.
The Muslim Feminists for the Arts hosted an Artist Career Panel on Tuesday, April 16 at the Kathleen W. Ludwig Global Village Living Learning Center on Douglass campus. The event included a guest panel of three Muslim artists that taught the attendees various skills from how to make your own web-series to the basics of Arabic calligraphy. When I walked into the room, I felt a candid and amicable atmosphere wash over me. People laughing, talking and encouraging each other to eat made me feel welcomed.
YouTube sensation Lilly Singh recently revealed that she will be taking Carson Daly’s slot on the NBC late-night lineup with her own show, “A Little Late with Lilly Singh.” Since the beginning of her entertainment career, Singh fell in love with YouTube, since it's a diverse platform and creative space where anyone can produce content.
The 2020 presidential election is in full swing. President Donald J. Trump has ramped up his attacks on minorities, and socialism, while scrambling to devise a campaign message around immigration and a healthy economy. Democrats, meanwhile, are making the rounds attempting to develop a fundraising base before primaries begin. The media coverage centered around the primary candidates would make an onlooker believe Election Day was in one month — when the Iowa caucus is not until February 2020.
Every year, there’s a song that just seems to encapsulate the cultural moment so well that it almost feels scripted, too good to be true. Last year Childish Gambino’s “This Is America,” inhabited that space, in large part due to its provocative, spellbinding video. With too many interpretations to count, the themes present in the cryptic, meticulous short film propelled the fairly simple song to both Record and Song of the Year honors at the Grammy Awards this past February. This year, the song that has most closely followed the pattern of incessant criticism and evaluation has been Lil Nas X’s newly crowned Billboard No. 1 hit “Old Town Road.”
By my very unscientific estimation, the actual athletic feats on display only account for roughly 30 percent of the near-religious fervor surrounding the world of professional sports. The other 70 percent is the never-ending editorialization, narrative-building and dialogue that surrounds the various leagues. The world's greatest athletes, in order to sustain their place in history, need a character arc, a story.
Screens are all around us. We carry them in our pockets, wear them on our wrists and stare at them in a content binge. Our lives revolve around our devices. We use smartphones for seemingly every task we encounter. Whether that’s reading a news article, endlessly scrolling through photos of acquaintances, messaging a loved one, finding a date, listening to music – oh, and getting to our destination. We have become tethered to our phones. They are an extension of human capability, aiding us through daily tasks but also shifting the entire human paradigm. Should we be staring at our glass displays all day, every day or should there be some limits?
The internet is the epicenter for comedy in 2019. Social networks like Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram thrive off of user-generated content. As with all of modern civilization, the best way to garner popularity is through two things: hot takes and comedy. People, television and films have all been able to harness the visceral reactions of human laughter through threading the needle between both.
When it comes to personal brands, it used to be about who you know. And social circles still matter, but for the social media generation, the places you’ve been are a reflection of your image just as much. Trendy concept stores and pop-up museums in major cities are booming in popularity because of the experiences they offer.
The era of Big Tech may soon be over. Well, that’s if presidential hopeful Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has her way. A few weeks ago Warren, who has been the policy table-setter of the Democratic primary thus far, unveiled a massive regulatory plan aimed directly at Silicon Valley.
The Rutgers Muslims Feminists for Arts club hosted an event on Tuesday called "Feminist Conversation: Gender Roles in Islam.” Multiple professionals were invited to speak at this event, opening the table up for conversation not just between Muslims or feminists, but for everyone willing to learn more.
When it comes to spring break destinations, it seems like an obvious choice to travel south to a warm resort. Cancun, Cabo and Miami are all popular spots for college students. If you’re from New Jersey, you are probably desperate to get away from the cold. Here, while spring has technically sprung, the temperatures are still sub-40 degrees and the winds are harsh. Every Rutgers student is yearning to strip off that winter jacket and replace it with shorts and a crop top.
After being celebrated by Forbes for her estimated net worth of $900 million last year, Kylie Jenner reached a new milestone last week when the magazine declared that the 21-year-old TV star and makeup mogul had become the world’s “youngest self-made billionaire.”
Like the movies show us, a line out the door usually indicates that whatever is going on inside is incredible. That was just the case this past Friday, when the Douglass Diversity and Inclusion Program held its very first Women’s Day at Douglass.
When flashy becomes fashionable and “logomania” floods our feeds, French designer Simon Porte Jacquemus stands out in a social media era where Fendi monogram prints and chunky Balenciaga trainers dominate. The designer clearly takes a cheeky, satirical approach to fashion, and has achieved a sort of notoriety for it.