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Rotten Bananas: ‘What are award shows all about?’

Each year, millions of Americans tune in to award shows for various mediums, be it musical theatre at the Tony’s, audio-based works for the Grammy’s, or the more recent Emmys for television. Award shows can provide great entertainment in their own right, but in the modern era, as James Brown …

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Communities need to invest in ‘walkability’

There is an insidious concept that has crept through America’s cities and towns over the past half century. It is not the rise of violent crime or drugs. It is the fetishization of the automobile. In today’s modern world, having a car is a ticket to society. Lacking a car …

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Rotten Bananas: The Met Gala

In many ways, the Met Gala has become something of a show in and of itself: the world’s most famous actors, musicians, and celebrities always attend, the fashion and costuming are often the most talked about feature of the event, and unlike most film, the goal of the event is …

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Smooth Bananas: ‘Lo the full final sacrifice’

Like many of the greats of classical music, Gerald Finzi is no longer with us. He left behind a dreadnought of choral music filled with intense emotions. “Lo the full final sacrifice” was composed by Finzi in 1946 and the piece was commissioned by the Reverend Walter Hussey for the …

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America’s international empire must crumble

The United States’ removal from Afghanistan was a long time coming. One can argue about the consequences of this removal, namely the Taliban’s caretaker government swooping in to take over the country, but the primary takeaway should be this: The United States needs to keep their hands out of other …

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Smooth Bananas: The Career of Willow Smith

American rapper and singer Willow Smith has received a resurgence in popularity due to songs going viral on TikTok. Her career is only beginning to take off. Smith, the daughter of actors Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, began her career in acting alongside her father in the 2007 film “I …

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Rotten Bananas: ‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has a new hero, and he brings all the force of 2008’s “Iron Man” in a package that highlights the great talents of Asian-Americans. The film, directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, stars Simu Liu as the titular hero Shang-Chi, a seemingly mild-mannered valet with a secret …

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Rotten Bananas: Disney vs Shang Chi

The next Marvel Cinematic Universe offering is upon us. “Shang Chi: Legend of the Ten Rings” releases in theatres today, but vigilant fans have noticed something odd in contrast to other MCU films: there has been almost no marketing done for Shang Chi by official avenues at Disney. Let’s lay …

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Smooth Bananas: ‘If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power’

Since her debut album in 2015, Halsey has become quite the superstar. One might even say she’s grabbing for more power with their most recent album, “If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power.” The album, produced by film composers Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, and released by label “Capitol,” …

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Most useful topic you can learn about: philosophy

Regardless of your degree or career path, there is a subject that is directly applicable to your daily life and it’s probably something you’ve already used; you’ve probably used it this very day. This grand topic you’ll want to invest some time in is philosophy. Philosophy is not so much …

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