by ANDRE DREW and ALEXANDRIA COLEMAN
Co-editor and staff writer
The hashtag #OscarsSoWhite has been trending in protest of the Academy Awards’ lack of diversity this year.
On Jan. 18, Jada Pinkett-Smith and Spike Lee criticized the nominations on their social media and called for a boycott of the awards.
This is not the first time this issue has been brought up about the Academy Awards. According to CNN, “the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has faced years of criticism that its 7,000-plus members who vote on the Oscars are mostly older, male, white and out of touch with today's moviegoers.” The academy awards did not start the problem. The problem lies within Hollywood in general. Spike Lee posted on Instagram, “As I See It, The Academy Awards Is Not Where the "Real" Battle Is. It's In The Executive Office Of The Hollywood Studios And TV And Cable Networks. This Is Where The Gate Keepers Decide What Gets Made And What Gets Jettisoned To "Turnaround" Or Scrap Heap.”
Rihanna's 'Anti' is not a Rihanna album in a traditional sense... but that's not a negative attribute
by NICK BUCHANAN
Like a stranded tourist lost in the bowels of dark city, it seemed as if Rihanna had made every wrong move possible in the past year.
Tease a cryptic album once a month for over a year? Wonderful. Release three singles without a defined direction or clear promotion plan? Super. Pretend the first three singles just didn't happen because two of them failed to reach an expected commercial peak? Cool. Release a "new" lead single that clearly ponders to radio listeners to recoup the ground lost via the last two singles? Amazing. Announce a tour to accompany the album and then wait dangerously close to the start of said tour to drop the album? Awesome. Release the album randomly for free via Tidal, omitting every song teased up to release? Fantastic.
Rihanna's hopes of making an impact with this album seemed slim to none -- but then I listened to the album; her eighth, titled Anti. A breath-taking effort, it is not. An admittedly fascinating one, it is: and that's all she needs to make some waves.
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