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A graphic illustrating the Ghostbusters Frozen Empire film being screened at a movie theater. ILLUSTRATED BY JERRY WEINTRAUB/THE STATESMAN

“Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire”: when a franchise cannibalizes itself

Joshua Lee April 28, 2024

This review contains spoilers. Hollywood just can’t let go of its beloved 1980s blockbusters. Whether it’s “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” (2023), the “Star Wars” prequels and...

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The impact of Avril Lavigne’s debut album “Let Go” on modern music

Clare Gehlich, Assistant Arts and Culture Editor April 21, 2024

From baggy clothes to skate shoes, Avril Lavigne’s debut album “Let Go” (2002) remains as timeless as ever with the recent resurgence of 2000s culture and pop-punk music. As the aesthetic regains...

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2024 Sex and Relationships photoshoot walk-through

Brittney Dietz and Stanley Zheng March 24, 2024

For this year’s Sex and Relationships Special Issue, The Statesman chose the theme “Healthy Relationships.” We had multiple models step in front of our cameras to show what their version of a healthy...

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TikTok-defined: A new generation of transactional relationships

Aisha Diomande March 24, 2024

Social media is influential in shaping adolescents' decision-making skills. With the rise of relationship gurus, teenagers' perceptions of love are morphing into unrealistic and hard-to-achieve standards....

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The joyful, horrifying and toxic experience of winning an Oscar

Joshua Lee March 19, 2024

On Sunday, March 10, television host and comedian Jimmy Kimmel hosted the 96th Academy Awards, and for an event known for its gold, sweat and tears — for better or worse — it didn’t disappoint. Predictably,...

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The importance of poetic art in history

Sarah Chaudhry March 17, 2024
Poetry can be defined as an intense way to express ideas and feelings by using rhythm and writing conventions such as stanzas, writing styles, syntax and grammar. It can also be defined as symbolic visual art because of how unique the writing genre is. 
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“Madame Web” is a disaster of indescribable proportions

Joshua Lee March 1, 2024
Following my viewing of the $80 million trainwreck that is Sony Pictures’ “Madame Web,” I was genuinely gobsmacked.
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The good, bad and surprising moments at the 2024 Grammys

Laura Ladekarl February 17, 2024
On Sunday, Feb. 4, comedian Trevor Noah hosted the 66th annual Grammy Awards ceremony, which was filled with exciting wins and even some drama. 
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Is #BookTok creating fast fashion books?

Katherine Kimes February 13, 2024

The TikTok hashtag #BookTok, raking in 224.5 billion views and counting, has enraptured the app’s book-loving community. BookTok has mirrored other communities on platforms such as Instagram’s...

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It’s time to welcome AI in the kitchen and here’s how

Justin Lee January 28, 2024
The future of artificial intelligence (AI) is upon us, so why not welcome it into the kitchen? Softwares such as ChatGPT can do way more than cripple academic honesty. It can be a useful tool in the kitchen, offering insights and smoothing the cooking process.
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A graphic showcasing the different elements of Spotifys 2023 Wrapped theme. ILLUSTRATED BY BRITTNEY DIETZ AND JERRY WEINTRAUB/THE STATESMAN

It’s Spotify Wrapped season: let’s review its new categories

Patrick Larkin December 12, 2023
It is that magical time of year once again: a time of showing off your superior taste and judging the habits of your closest friends. It is Spotify Wrapped season. 
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How gender bias plays a role in orchestra

Amen Ruth Galinato December 7, 2023
In the world of orchestra, no role is more crucial than the conductor. Under their leadership, instruments no longer clash but collaborate to transform the inked notes on the music sheet into moving performances. However, a recent study found that women are still underrepresented within this prominent position. 
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