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Poetry's power: U. students share spoken-word works

(11/13/19 5:00am)

When people ask me why I write, I tell them it’s because that’s the only way I know how to make sense of the world. When people ask me what poetry means to me, I tell them it’s family. Poetry, and especially slam poetry, has long been a cathartic form of expression and an emotional release for many poets that I’ve run into in my time at open mics and other poetry events. 

Overlooked: Underrated aspects of history, moments we miss

(04/30/19 9:30pm)

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.” 

How social media, consumer culture dilute feminist movements

(04/25/19 4:00am)

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.” 

Making space: Muslim artists hold panel on creative careers

(04/18/19 4:00am)

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. 

Moving beyond brief music videos extends artistic reach, message

(03/12/19 4:00am)

A line of people wearing black suits, with their hands stuck to their sides, slowly lifted their arms in unison while the music transitioned from the ending of one song to the first ambient whispers of the next in Solange’s musical film: “When I Get Home.” The compelling visual was the beginning of the segment for her song “Almeda” in the musical film. The short film accompanied the release of her latest album, also entitled “When I Get Home,” on March 1. 

Consolidation of media companies elicit business, artistic concerns

(03/07/19 5:00am)

This past Tuesday, the federal government lost another effort to unravel AT&T’s billion-dollar merger with Time Warner that was officially announced in June of 2018. Merger mania has plagued the telecommunications industry as service providers are seeking to heavily expand their consumer bases and put out quality content at the same time. This historic merger between AT&T and Time Warner is already on its way to reshaping the media industry from the inside out.

Echo effect: How online personal bubbles shape perspective

(01/29/19 5:00am)

Scrolling down your newsfeed, you might be amazed at how many people agree with your latest post. You feel seen, even if just for a second. You feel understood. Your online world is yours alone. With the touch of a button, you don’t have to see anything you don’t want to. Having the option to customize your newsfeed and timeline is important, and it creates a virtual world of comfort.