‘Judas and the Black Messiah’: This Panther portrait pulls no punches

Hollywood has a problem with portraying history on film. What we know to be real struggles involving real people, typically get washed down to trite melodrama and diluted politics. Shaka King completely subverts that expectation with his explosive new movie, “Judas and the Black Messiah.” Uncompromising in its message and majestic in its form, Judas recounts the true events leading up to the assassination of the young Black Panther chairman Fred Hampton, played by Daniel Kaluuya, and the psycho

The “Recall Newsom” movement is a wolf in sheep’s clothing

The effort to recall California Gov. Gavin Newsom is a partisan GOP con job that exploits legitimate concerns about the state’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is a waste of time and resources, and even worse, a wolf in sheep’s clothing that packages an explicitly right-wing agenda with faux-concern for the working class. Efforts to recall Gov. Newsom actually began back in 2019, when the idea of a now year-long pandemic that has claimed 500,000 American lives was just a gleam in the eye

The Latino Vote: Not the Monolith the Media Thinks

Watching NBC’s coverage on the night of the election, I could not help but think about how disconnected these anchors were from the attitudes of the Latino voting block of the United States. Mouth agape and vocally surprised, Chuck Todd and company hemmed and hawed about the results coming in from Miami-Dade County, Florida. The demographic that the media was so sure to come out in numbers against Trump, had actually voted in favor of the incumbent in a hefty turnout. Now, since this was the ni

Zoom Out of Doom: Alternatives to “Doomscrolling” On Twitter

If you’re familiar with the social media landscape of 2020 at all, you are surely aware that Twitter is a giant pool of dread, with an algorithm designed to either disillusion you into a cynical pit of confusion, or radicalize you into a survivalist conspiracy theorist. It depends on who you follow really. For every golden nugget of positivity, the world finds a way to spit some of the worst, and occasionally weirdest, news straight from your phone screen into your face. Luckily, there are nearl

No on Prop 22: Give Rideshare App Exploitation the Red Light

California’s Proposition 22 is a movement of power directly from the hands of working people and into the offices of tech company giants. The initiative, with funding that has reached over $180 million by DoorDash, Instacart, Uber, and Lyft, seeks to reverse California’s move to classify these gig-workers as employees and have them remain independent contractors. This would result in a major cutback of potential benefits, workers’ right to unionizing, and concession of sovereignty over to Silico

ICE Hysterectomies Come as No Surprise

Multiple women have now stepped forward to claim that ICE medical officials at Irwin County Detention Center in Georgia have operated on their reproductive systems without their consent. As of yet, the Office of the Inspector General has not concluded its investigation into the alleged forced hysterectomies executed. Spokespeople at the Georgia prison in question, along with ICE’s top brass, have feigned concern at the revelation, but quickly encouraged the public to remain “skeptical” about ano

Penny Pinching Platter Previews 3: Frugal Frappuccino Frenzy

Unlike most college kids I know, I’m not a coffee drinker. I’m especially not a Starbucks regular customer. However, I heard Starbucks was having some weird “happy hour” deal with their frappuccinos. I’m pretty familiar with their popularity among the white women in my life, and I knew that they are basically coffee milkshakes, so I decided to give them a shot. They’ve got weird flavors though, more than just coffee, so I thought that I’d give those a shot. What a mistake!

Penny Pinching Platter Previews 2: Five Dollar Fast Food Feasts

I’m almost always hungry, and almost always broke. If I’m neither eating nor disposing of what I just ate, chances are that I’m thinking of the next cheap place I want to visit for a bite. Fast food is the champion of that arena. Fast food is cheap; it’s tasty, and duh, it’s fast. In an effort to help you, the reader, I went out and found the best deals for around five dollars at a few well-known fast food chains and proceeded to mercilessly shovel these meals into my gullet.

Penny Pinching Platter Preview

Whether it’s because you’re broke or you’re too busy with schoolwork to sit down and cook, college is a good time to adopt a pretty unhealthy diet. Ready-made food, from instant ramen noodle cups to dollar menu burgers, is right there, hot and waiting for you. TV dinners are a good example of that. You know, the packaged-up in a cardboard, pre-prepared meals ready to stick in the microwave for a minute-and-a-half, and consumed while catching up on the 20 executive orders Donald Trump signed in t

Comments and complaints regarding our administration

With so much political vomit perpetually streaming out of Washington these days, it gets a bit hard to focus on what’s going on. It’s been busy lately, and it’s becoming hard to write entire articles on every separate incident, so here are a few observations on what exactly is happening in the politi-sphere at the moment: In a moment void of self-awareness, Trump praised noted hater of Native Americans and slave owner Andrew Jackson as he laid a wreath upon his grave. In a bizarre speech sprink