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Kanye West performs at The Museum of Modern Arts annual Party in the Garden benefit in 2011. The rapper has recently taken to Twitter to express his support of President Donald Trump, warranting a mixed response from his fans. JASON PERSSE/FLICKR VIA CC BY-SA 2.0

Kanye West’s free thought deviates from reality

Thomas James May 6, 2018
Within the last month, Kanye West has made several statements that shun reality. It shouldn’t be a surprise that the two biggest narcissists in the country support each other.
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Verónica Peña, ‘The Garden Of Earthly Delights’, Performance Art, Month of Performance Art Berlin, Alexanderplatz, Berlin, Germany, 2015. © Copyright Verónica Peña 2015PHOTO COURTESY OF VERÓNICA PEÑA

Verónica Peña uses her art to empower herself and others

Thomas James February 18, 2018
As an interdisciplinary artist and a Stony Brook University MFA program alumna, Verónica Peña expresses through her art what is not right in her world as a way to empower herself.
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Migos performing at Veld Festival in 2017. THE COME UP SHOW/WIKIMEDIA COMMONS VIA CC BY 2.0

Review: Migos trap epic “Culture II” lacks flair

Thomas James January 27, 2018
Migos haven't discovered how to diversify their sound now that they have made it to the top of their field.
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Aziz Ansari back at a red carpet in 2012.

Perspective: “Master of None” parallels Aziz Ansari’s reality

Thomas James January 21, 2018
In the show, Ansari portrays a character who is unable to properly communicate in intimate scenarios in a way similar to Ansari’s publicized intimate night.
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Future, above, ended the show playing a mix of old and new songs. KRYSTEN MASSA/THE STATESMAN

Albums review: Latest trap collaboration reward with bangers

Thomas James November 13, 2017
“Super Slimey,” a collab between Young Thug and Future, dropped on Oct. 20 and, for the most part, felt like a compilation of standard songs for both artists.
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Review: Theatre Department Production “A Number” stirs questions of identity and choice

Thomas James November 5, 2017
"A Number," a 2002 play written by Caryl Churchill exploring the repercussions of human cloning and humanity itself, opened at the Staller Center for the Arts on Nov. 2 to begin a two-week run produced by the theatre arts department.
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Harvey Weinstein in 2015. The film producer has been accused of sexual misconduct by dozens of women. THOMAS HAWK/FLICKR VIA CC BY 2.0

Silence around sexual harassment pervades Hollywood

Thomas James October 29, 2017
In an industry that explores human nature through stories onscreen, it’s the offscreen actions by people with power in the entertainment industry that reveal its dark nature.
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drawing of two dogs made by junior biochemistry major Raeqa Mahmud. PHOTO COURTESY OF RAEQA MAHMUD

Doodles4change: penning art for the rich and giving to the poor

Thomas James October 5, 2017
After years of selling her sketches and artwork to friends, Raeqa Mahmud decided to use the profits to make a perceptible change when she founded doodles4change in March 2017.
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In 2017, Wolfieland attracted 6,000 students on Saturday, September 8.

Wolfieland draws 6,000 students at second annual carnival

Thomas James September 10, 2017
Back by popular demand, Wolfieland gave students a break from the monotony of campus life beneath flashing lights on Saturday, Sept. 9.
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Jay Leno, live theater highlight 2017-18 Staller season

Thomas James September 6, 2017
The upcoming 2017-18 season at the Staller Center for the Arts is complete with entertainers that run the gamut from musicians and comedians to cultural performers.
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Senior business management and marketing major Alec Simione owns Critic Clothing, an up and coming clothing line speacializing in streetwear. PHOTO COURTESY OF ALEC SIMIONE

Student-owned streetwear line Critic Clothing gains popularity

Thomas James March 27, 2017
Alec Simione is a Stony Brook student whose company, Critic Clothing, is rising through the ranks of the streetwear industry.
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Gianna Toboni, left, with Kai Shappley, right. Shappley is a transgender 5-year-old who spoke to Toboni for the VICE episode Trans Youth that airs tomorrow at 11pm. PHOTO COURTESY OF HBO

HBO’s ‘VICE’ returns with its fifth season

Thomas James March 2, 2017
"VICE," the Emmy Award-winning news program, has returned to HBO with its fifth season.
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