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What’s Poppin’ With K-Pop?

Popping KPopIf you drove by Citi Field in Queens, New York last Friday, you probably haven’t seen so many tents since last year’s abysmal Fyre Fest.

About 300 fans camped out ahead of a concert for BTS that was held last Saturday night, so they could get the closest possible spot to their favorite band.

BTS, which stands for Bangtan Sonyeondan, or Bulletproof Boy Scouts, is a Korean pop boy band that consists of seven members.

Their latest album, Love Yourself: Tear, released last May, reached Number One on Billboard’s 200 Chart.

They’re currently on the North American leg of their international Love Yourself Tour, which started in Los Angeles on Sept. 4 and concluded last Saturday night at Citi Field.

Everywhere the band travels, thousands of adoring fans follow.

But how did BTS and K-pop become so popular in a country where Korean isn’t the dominant language?

It turns out, K-pop has been permeating the U.S. for a while.

The first K-pop convention, known as KCON, took place in October of 2012 at Atlanta, Georgia’s Verizon Wireless Amphitheater.

KCON supports the world of Hallyu, which directly translates to the “Korean Wave.”

At KCON, Korean culture is demonstrated through music, panels for food, TV shows, makeup and other popular workshops.

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Dust Off the Cable Box: The Resurrection of Classic TV Shows

Cable Box Classic TV ShowsRemember those days of staying up late at night in elementary school past 10 to catch an old episode of Full House on Nick at Nite?

Yes, it was daring to see Danny Tanner on the screen at such a late hour, but it was so worth it; especially when he butted heads with Uncle Jesse.

We see Uncle Jesse in those steamy Greek  yogurt commercials, but now when you browse through Netflix, the character appears next to a reboot of the show we all loved: Fuller House.

Recently, many shows from decades ago have had reboots on TV and Netflix for the main reason of intellectual property.

Is there a serious case of writer’s block sweeping throughout the country?

Is there a panic spreading throughout Hollywood?

What could be the reasoning behind all of these TV rejuvenations?

Associate professor of communication, Chad Dell, Ph.D., shared his thoughts on the trend with, “I have mixed feelings. As someone who is a boomer and watched those shows, it’s interesting to see them but on the other hand, I’d much rather see new stories about new characters.”

Dell continued,“What they’re doing is taking characters with a track and sales record and trying to sell them to us again which I find disappointing.”

Variety reported that multiple shows from the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s are making their returns.

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Lil Wayne’s Triumphant Transformation

default article imageThere’s no greater trademark in rap music than Lil Wayne’s lighter flick, and I’m happy to report that he’s back.

Wayne’s twelfth album, Tha Carter V, finally dropped on Sept. 28.

This was Weezy’s first album in five years, and it might be his most ambitious project yet in terms of emotional connection, musical experimentation, and featured collaborators, which include Snoop Dogg, Ashanti, Kendrick Lamar, and much more.

The album was supposed to be released in 2014, but tensions between Wayne and his surrogate father-figure and mentor, Birdman, caused the album to be pushed back several times.

What ensued was a lengthy battle of lawsuits and even violence between Birdman’s Cash Money Records and Wayne’s Young Money Records.

One incident involved a shooting at Wayne’s tour bus in 2015.

At one point, Wayne sued Birdman for a $51 million breach of contract lawsuit and threatened to take his Young Money signees with him, most notably Nicki Minaj and Drake. 

Wayne and Birdman settled the lawsuit back in July for “an undisclosed dollar amount.”

After all the disputes and lawsuits, we’ve finally made it to the Tha Carter V.

The first song, “I Love You Dwayne,” is a recorded phone call from his mother.

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Writer Odie Lindsey Visits Monmouth

Writer Odie LindseyWriter and military veteran Odie Lindsey read pieces from his most recent story collection, We Come to Our Senses, in front of a crowd of students, faculty, alumni and community members at Pollak Theatre as part of the school’s Visiting Writers Series last Wednesday, Oct. 4.

Lindsey is currently a professor of practice at the Center For Medicine, Health, and Society at Vanderbilt University.

The stories and pieces of polemic prose Lindsey shared with those in attendance included a selection from We Come to Our Senses titled “Colleen,” in which he offers a unique and daring, yet fresh war story on a female war veteran back at home, rather than the typical war story trope of a male serviceman in battle.

Like a modern William Faulkner, who was unafraid of sticking his fingers in particular wounds in American culture, Lindsey’s message and presence in Pollak Theatre focused on an in-depth discussion of what qualifies a story as a “war story.”

Some of the concepts include intersectionality among individuals, along with a necessary insight into how people audit the truth in order to trick others and, more often than anyone, themselves.

In an informal Q&A in Rechnitz Hall, Lindsey gave advice to inspiring writers.

The author said, “just sit down and try for 3 to 4 hours. And if you only write one word, or not any words at all, you’re still involved in that process. Which you have to love.”

But besides “Colleen,” We Come to Our Senses is filled with unique kinds of war stories focusing on the soldiers, military veterans, and heroes of all genders, race, and cultures whose stories don’t get the value or attention they deserve for the priceless sacrifice they make.

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A Star Is Born Hits: All the Right Notes

A Star Is BornWe have all experienced that one concert.

It awakens your spirit and makes you want to run away and escape the pressures of societal norms.

It makes the night feel everlasting and the impending morning schedule nonexistent.

Now imagine the lead vocalist of this scenario.

In the case of A Star is Born, that soul-awakening entity is none other than Jackson, played by Bradley Cooper.

I know, it surprised me too.

A Star is Born follows the exhilerating rollercoaster of fame and love.

Jackson is a hard-headed guitarist wrapped up in the world of sex, drugs, and rock and roll.

On the other hand, Ally, played by Lady Gaga, is a determined waitress that spends her evenings belting out french ballads in a nightclub alongside spunky drag queens.

After a wild show, Jackson stumbles into his limousine and spots a bar.

Jackson’s interest is peaked immediately as he enters the eccentric scene, meeting a friend of Ally’s.

Shortly after, Ally steps onto the stage, clad in risqué garments, and drawn on eyebrows, performing the French ballad “La Vie en Rose.”

Jackson is instantly intrigued, and the moment they lock eyes, both know their lives will change forever.

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Everything I Know, I Learned from My Mother

Everything I Know MotherAs cool and as interesting of a concept it would be, we aren’t born with any kind of knowledge. Everything we know, whether it’s knowledge on life or our formal education, we’ve learned from somewhere.

In some cases, someone close has been a life teacher and showed us the ropes of life. In other cases, it could be someone famous, one that there is no physical connection to, that has had an influence on our lives.

Those who we learn everything in life from become a major part of us. Not only do we forever have their wise words etched into our minds, but we also hold a very special place for them in our hearts. Their words become our words to pass along to others in life.

For senior communication student, Ellie Scano, everything she knows she’s learned from her mom. “Whether it was something I liked or didn’t, I took it and applied it to my life in the best way it could be for me,” Scano said.

Personally, I’d have the same response. My mother is the one who gives me extreme amounts of love but also knows how to deliver tough love when I need it. When I become frazzled with the splash from the water balloons life throws at me, she’s there to help clean me off. Or sometimes, she joins in with a laugh and throws another water balloon at me.

Senior communication student, Samantha Rivas, said that she has learned the most from her mother as well. “Most of the life lessons I’ve learned, good and bad, she’s always been there to explain it to me,” Rivas said.

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Last Man Standing Stands Tall in its Season Premiere

Last Man StandingTim Allen’s hit TV show Last Man Standing premiered on FOX Friday night, Sept. 28, after its cancelation from ABC last May.

On its seventh season, Last Man Standing follows the life of Mike Baxter, played by Tim Allen, and his family.

Mike is the marketing director at the outdoor sporting goods store Outdoor Man, and is married to his wife, Vanessa, played by Nancy Travis.

The couple has three daughters, Kristin, Mandy, and Eve.

Mike is known for his conservative views, which leads to disagreements with his wife, and two of his daughters.

Eve is the youngest and most like Mike because she’s athletic, in the air force, and shares his conservative beliefs.

The family has differing views on several topics and issues, which makes for humorous banter.

Last Man Standing had been on ABC for six years, airing from its premiere, Oct. 11, 2011, to May 2017.

On May 10, however, ABC announced the cancellation of the sitcom, following comments made by Allen on an appearance he made on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

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The Memoirs of Melissa Febos

Memoirs Melissa FebosMelissa Febos, an associate professor of English and creative writing, is a widely admired author. Febos is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir, Whip Smart and the essay collection, Abandon Me, which received prestigious praise from Newsweek and O, The Oprah Magazine, among others.

Her work has also appeared in many popular publications, including: Glamour, Vogue, Elle, and The New York Times.

This summer, I stumbled upon an Instagram post from Manhattan’s iconic Strand Book Store that recommended Abandon Me to its customers. When I saw it, I naturally stopped to think that my professor is pretty cool.

While she is a master of her craft now, Febos started as a college student, similar to those who are currently studying creative writing at Monmouth. The lessons she learned as a student still stay with her as she writes today, and one professor made a particular influence on her.

“As a college student, I was a terrible procrastinator. Even though writing was my passion, I still believed I ought to sit around waiting for inspiration to strike. Which meant that I wrote in binges, late at night, and rarely revised,” Febos said.

“A wise teacher told me that I could learn to summon inspiration if I just sat at my desk and made myself do it, even when it didn’t feel romantic or convenient or easy. She was right. Writing rarely looks like my fantasies of it did, but I have learned to summon inspiration by creating and protecting the space for it to emerge,” Febos added.

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The World is Yours at Monmouth is World Cinema Series

The World Is Yours 1The World Cinema Series, a passion project of history professor Thomas Pearson, Ph.D., celebrates its fifth year at the University this semester.

The theme of this year’s films is “Thirty Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall (1989-2019): Hopes Abandoned,” and seeks to invoke discussion about the influence of democracy, or lack thereof, on international events.

Pearson began featuring films in 2008 with the start of his Provost Series, which continued until he stepped down from the position in 2014.

Since its genesis, the series has undergone an immense growth. Pearson commented that he now has about 15 board members who work to determine the theme, pick films, and ensure that each event runs smoothly.

Each year, the movies center on a certain theme that encourages discussion about worldly topics.

After each movie, Pearson brings in a commentator who will lead discussion and answer questions about the film.

Pearson believes that this aspect is the most valuable of the series. “You get caught up in the story, but the film is actually chosen to focus on a particular theme, and intended to get the audience to think and ask questions,” he said.

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The Lifespan of a Fact in in Fact Worth Checking Out

Lifespan Fact 1Taking place in the iconic space of Studio 54, The Lifespan of a Fact is a new play, starring Daniel Radcliffe, Cherry Jones, and Bobby Cannavale.

If Radcliffe’s name looks familiar, it’s because he also played the little-known role of Harry Potter.

Radcliffe is not a stranger to the stage; he has been in several New York and London productions.

I have previously seen him in the musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, as well as the play The Cripple of Inishmaan.

Both performances were triumphant, and this play is no exception from Radcliffe’s superb acting skills.

In The Lifespan of a Fact, Radcliffe plays Jim, a young Harvard graduate who is now a fact-checker for a magazine.

The play opens with a meeting with his editor, Emily, played by Jones, in which she asks him to look for any inaccuracies in an essay before it is published.

Emily warns him that the essay is by a popular author and the job is not a small undertaking.

This play is based on the true story of John D’Agata’s, played by Cannavale, essay “What Happens There,” about the Las Vegas suicide of teenager Levi Presley.

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Sea.Hear.Now Festival Rocks Asbury Park

Sea Hear Now FestivalAsbury Park’s First Annual Sea.Hear.Now Festival packed in 20,000 fans. It was a wonderful display of music, art, and Jersey Shore culture that took place last weekend on Sept. 29 and 30.

The festival was made up of three stages: Surf Stage on the north beach, Sand Stage on the south beach by Convention Hall, and Park Stage in Bradley Park.

The Battery Electric kicked things off on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m.., followed by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band at 1:30 p.m.

The headliners on Saturday were Blondie, Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals, and Incubus, who played on the Surf Stage.

On the other hand, The English Beat, Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls, and Brandi Carlile were on the Sand Stage. Finally, on the Park Stage, Deer Tick and Highly Suspect played for thousands of fans.

On Sunday night, the headliners were Jack Johnson, Social Distortion, and Twin Peaks.

When Social Distortion closed their act for the night, Bruce Springsteen made a surprise guest appearance and joined along, playing three songs – one of which being Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire” (if only he played “I’m on Fire.”)

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