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Embracing ‘losing control’ through female rap

(10/31/19 4:00am)

My first exposure to female rap was Lauryn Hill’s “MTV Unplugged No. 2.0,” which my mother had on vinyl and would play most evenings after school. I remember feeling that there was something inherently different about Hill, that she held some kind of secret that could only be revealed by letting each interlude play its course — that this kind of music came from a different planet than what I heard on the radio, which at that point consisted of mostly Top 40 Disney hits and the occasional Christmas carol. Even as a kid, I felt something in Hill’s acoustics, something rich in the rasp of her voice. And while she became the first woman to be nominated in 10 categories in a single year of the Grammys, her success did not absolve her from the cultural backlash that female artists have come to know all too well. Because she challenged the basic structure of the music industry and refused to fit the pre-established mold of an up-and-coming star, she was incredulously torn down by the media.

Karsh depictions of Africa and the Middle East prove that stories can be dangerous

(10/31/19 4:00am)

The recently opened Karsh Alumni Center just changed its portrayals of African and Middle Eastern countries. The portrayals were perpetuating stereotypes of Africa and the Middle East, using images  of people in huts and riding camels in the desert—meanwhile, these regions are home to some of the largest and most advanced cities in the world. For an institution that touts diversity as an ideal, these portrayals were hypocritical.

The Chronicle's Duke men's basketball 2019-20 season preview

(11/01/19 4:00am)

It seems like just yesterday when Zion Williamson and company were flying through the rafters of Cameron Indoor Stadium. However, the seasons have changed, and it's almost that time for the 115th season of Blue Devil basketball. Duke is once again in the conversation for a national championship and ranked No. 4 to start the year.

Surviving as a punk band in the post-punk era: Third Eye Blind and Jimmy Eat World’s new albums, reviewed

(11/01/19 4:00am)

Writing music can be seen as a systematic, routine process: Artists take popular styles of the time, add personal flair and go on to incessantly promote their product of the music-making machine. Typically, artists can rely on one system for a few years, maybe a decade if they’re extraordinarily innovative. But how do bands maintain a following — fans of their new music — 20 years after their biggest hits?

‘Jesus Is King’ is a refreshing change of pace for Kanye West

(11/01/19 4:00am)

After over a year of work, four missed release dates and an entire stylistic overhaul, Kanye West’s highly-anticipated ninth studio album, “Jesus is King,” has finally arrived. Complete with gospel choirs, no expletives and an emphasis on spirituality, it’s clear that this album is vastly different than the work we’re used to hearing from West. It is these exact changes, however, that have resulted in a refreshing album that skillfully executes gospel rap while combining the “old Kanye”’s flow and style with the “new Kanye”’s more spiritually-oriented lyrics and production.

Escape artists: Duke Sleight Club promotes magic mindfulness on campus

(11/01/19 4:03am)

In fostering holistic wellness within the Duke community, the Duke Sleight Club has a magic touch. Founded in April 2018 by junior and current president Wesley Pritzlaff, Duke Sleight Club facilitates performance and teaching sessions every Monday from 5 to 5:50 p.m. at the Student Wellness Center as part of the center’s “Moments of Mindfulness” series, as well as performing bi-weekly on the BC Plaza.

‘Shaun of the Dead’ has its brain and eats them, too

(10/31/19 4:00am)

The Halloween spirit is in the air — and in my stomach, seeing as I’ve already eaten enough peanut M&Ms to warrant an intervention. As we look forward to gorging ourselves on even more candy during this year’s festivities, it’s the perfect time to reflect on the thrilling, bloody and witty zombie horror-comedy that is “Shaun of the Dead.” 

Wealth and environmental disasters are at the forefront of ‘Parasite’

(11/02/19 4:02am)

If the Palme d’Or and 99% Rotten Tomatoes rating didn't tip you off already, Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite” is a masterpiece. At once hilarious, thrilling and heartbreaking, “Parasite” packs intricate social commentary about class division and wealth inequality into 2 hours and 11 minutes of brilliance.

North Carolina, Duke, Brody Theater? They’re all haunted by ghosts

(10/31/19 4:02am)

Duke is haunted. You can find ghosts everywhere you turn: there’s talking statues, whatever Brody Theater is and the spook-tacular Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium (what else could be filling all those empty seats?). With this in mind, I decided to go on an exploration of the supernatural here at Duke and in Durham. I’m Jonathan Pertile, and this is my story. 

Artist Daniel Aguilar Ruvalcaba has a philanthropic challenge for David Rubenstein

(10/30/19 4:40pm)

It is a normal Tuesday evening commute — until, as I stare out the smudged windows of the C1, I notice something peculiar: A man is watching me. He’s seated squarely, unmoving, behind the second-floor windows of the Rubenstein Arts Center, looking out onto Campus Drive and whoever goes past.