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Raising Hell: A Comic Series by Brandi Payne

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017 in Arts/Entertainment | 0 comments

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The representation of racism and slavery is questionable in modern film

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017 in Arts/Entertainment | 0 comments

It is a cruel joke noticeable in Hollywood productions that the only roles for black actors seem to be that of the slave. Period pieces like “12 Years A Slave” AND “Django Unchained” present a reimagining of history in which cinema harbors a continual fascination with re-enslaving black bodies. It is not that movies exploring slavery are not important and necessary, but the fact that their ubiquity within a Hollywood landscape is still overwhelmingly white sets an unsavory precedent. Though many of these movies may stem from a progressive mindset and a desire for social change, slavery biopics are, in many ways, the “safe choice” in regards to examinations of racism. Few would attempt to argue that slavery did not exist or was not among the most exceedingly cruel and evil events in American history. Slavery is a known...

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Apollo Night at MC celebrates diversity on campus

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017 in Arts/Entertainment | 0 comments

The annual talent show, Apollo Night, was held in the Clayton Center for the Arts on Feb. 9. The event was hosted by the Black Student Alliance (BSA) as part of Black History Month. It has been 11 years since BSA first organized this event, which is intended to bring students together and celebrate the diversity of talents at Maryville College. An integral part of Black History Month, the show was inspired by “Showtime at the Apollo,” a music television show that had its start in September 1987. The event was open to the campus community and Aaron Solomon and Steven Harwell served as emcees. Friendly jokes between the two announcers kept the audience active and gave an encouragement to the participants. Eleven students participated in the event, and most of the performances consisted of songs and dances. By...

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“And they were Naked and Unashamed” explores nudity, the female experience and religion

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017 in Arts/Entertainment, Feature Slider | 1 comment

Senior art major Timela Crutcher is completing her senior project, entitled, “And they were Naked and Unashamed.” Her project is a re-interpretation of the Genesis narrative, specifically the accounts of human nudity and the female experience within Genesis 2:25. “I am inspired by the female body. I like the way it looks,” Crutcher said. Her artwork focuses on the inherited attitudes regarding nudity and female sexuality, specifically within the context of religion. “The female body is both adored and regulated by culture and religion. I wanted to portray the beauty of nudity through my mind’s depiction of the Garden of Eden,” Crutcher said. “Before [Adam and Eve in the narrative] ate of the fruit, nudity was not looked down upon. They were naked before God and proud. I want to bring to light what so many people try to...

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Misconduct in Hollywood may be treated differently based on race

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017 in Arts/Entertainment | 0 comments

Many of Hollywood’s biggest stars have siblings following in their footsteps, also trying to make it big. Ben Affleck—America’s worst Batman—has such a sibling, Casey Affleck. Affleck has been painted as Hollywood’s underdog since he started appearing in small, independent movies that counteract his big brother’s blockbusters. While he is a talented actor, his personal life proves he is not the perfect man from the movies. While making “I’m Still Here,” his 2010 mockumentary, Casey Affleck allegedly sexually harassed two women under his employment. Both women sued, and the two cases were settled out of court. It is still unclear what the settlement was and if the stories have truth to them—Affleck has carried himself like they do not. On Feb. 26, the Academy Awards will have its 89th show. Among the ranks of grand actors nominated is Casey...

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BSA’s annual Poetry Night provides comfortable outlet for student poets

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017 in Arts/Entertainment | 0 comments

Even a small stage can be a huge feat for some people, yet the atmosphere at the Black Student Alliance’s annual Poetry Night was calm and supportive. The event took place on Feb. 16. and included an hour filled with open-mic poetry followed by a performance of guest poet Jasmine Mans. During the first hour twelve students and one faculty member performed their own pieces of poetry. Topics ranged from institutionalized racism, the themes of diversity, and love in all of its forms. Liz Lane, sophomore, praised the nature of the event. “My favorite part was seeing my friends perform and have a chance to speak their mind about topics that don’t get the recognition they deserve,” said Lane. Some poets even requested audience participation and asked the audience to repeat words or answer questions during performances. Poetry Night...

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