The 5 Best Shows of Summer 2018

In the era of peak T.V., it is to feel lost in the deluge of new and returning shows. Whether it’s basic cable, premium channels, or streaming services: great television and greater stories are everywhere. I considered making this list double, and even triple, its final length, but I’ll keep it short. These are the…

Who Had the Best Performance at the 2018 VMAs?

The VMAs were especially lackluster this year, but there were still some memorable moments. Here are the best performances of the night:   14. Juice WRLD, “Lucid Dreams” This was kind of awful. Like, really awful. He sounded like drugged, angry toddler.   13. Bazzi, “Beautiful” Bazzi, who performed his breakout single, “Mine,” at the red-carpet…

Movie Review: ‘Sorry to Bother You,’ but This Film Is Kind of Incredible

Boots Riley’s rambunctious and otherworldly film, Sorry To Bother You is succinct, poignant, and brash. The film stars Lakeith Stanfield and Tessa Thompson, two actors who are well versed in the film’s niche crossover-genre of afro-futuristic comedic social commentary. Stanfield’s most recent work is on Donald Glover’s Atlanta, a black surrealist comedy that is quite possibly the…

The 10 Worst Snubs at the 2018 VMAs

Now that we’ve had about a day or two to digest and dissect the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards nominations, here are the 10 worst snubs this year. 1. Janelle Monáe Janelle Monáe in the “Pynk” (left), “Make Me Feel” (center), and “Django Jane” (right) music videos. Along with releasing the best album of 2018 so…

Movie Review: ‘Ocean’s 8’

Ocean’s 8 is the perfect summer movie. Given the cast (Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Rihanna, Mindy Kaling, and Awkwafina) and the iconic franchise (this is an all-female remake of the original in which George Clooney starred), this movie had no choice but to be enjoyable at the very least. *Mild…

Every Performance at the BBMAs Ranked!

Last night, the 2018 Billboard Music Awards took place. As usual, it was an unnecessarily long awards show where more lackluster performances were showcased than awards given out. I still believe that the Billboard Music Awards are the single most pointless awards ceremony; it’s just three laborious hours of shameless promotion for Billboard, Pepsi, and…

Every Ex-Act Album Ranked!

Note: The following is a ranking of every ex-act studio album from the generation of Disney Stars of the late 90s to mid-2010s. Meet Miley Cyrus was excluded due to its attachment to the Hannah Montana character brand as part of a double disc album, and Nicholas Jonas was excluded due to the general dismissal of it…

Movie Review: ‘Black Panther’

WARNING: Slight spoilers ahead. Generally, it is hard to live up to the hype. When an entire subgenre of film and the mainstream representation of young boys and girls rides on living up to the hype, it is easy to crash and burn. Black Panther did the exact opposite; the movie took all of the hype…

You Should Be Hearing These Songs Everywhere This Spring

Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton, “Say Something” As Chris rises slowly and steadily with his own single, “Broken Halos,” “Say Something” will be the song that saves Justin Timberlake’s Man of the Woods era. The lead single, “Filthy” failed to make an impact, but this country-pop has the potential to conquer pop and country radio and…

Normani & Khalid Drop “Love Lies”

Normani has arrived. Her first official solo release, a joint single with Khalid for the Love, Simon soundtrack, is gorgeous. The track is standard alternative R&B/pop fare with luscious harmonies. Normani’s enunciation does need improvement but her harmonic intuition is truly top notch. Khalid’s voice also sounds more mature and more natural than on any track…