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Every year, one of the most highly anticipated University of North Alabama events is the spring concert. This year, Florida-born singer, songwriter and producer, Blackbear, will be headlining. But how was he selected? What do UNA students think of this choice? 

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It is no secret that I am an avid fan of everything Taylor Swift, but one of my proudest moments as a fan was the recent release of her music video for her single, “The Man,” on Feb. 27. 

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“The Witcher,” the Netflix original series, was released on the streaming service on Dec. 20, 2019. The characters and their world are much older, but the show definitely does the story justice.

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I’ve always thought that when an artist creates a self-titled album they have either honed their craft, healed from past situations or have made peace with the universe or their version of God. For Jhené Aiko, it may be all three. 

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Justin Bieber’s fifth studio album, “Changes,” embraces his new life as a married man while remaining true to his typical pop sound. It serves as an autobiographical account of the last few years of Bieber’s life, since his 2015 release, “Purpose.” 

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Billie Eilish, an 18-year-old singer making waves in the music industry, was announced to be performing the theme song for the next James Bond film in January. The upcoming movie, “No Time to Die,” will be the latest installment in the franchise that is more than 50 years old, and the song b…

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Style is defined as a distinctive appearance and can vary from person to person. According to a survey of business leaders published in 2012 by the Center of Professional Excellence at York College of Pennsylvania, two thirds of the respondents stated that when it comes to getting ahead, ima…

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“Just Mercy” was released in theaters on Dec. 25, 2019, to high critical acclaim. Based on the memoir of the same title that was released in Oct. 2014, it is based on the true story of Bryan Stevenson and the founding of the Equal Justice Initiative and one of the first cases the EJI handled…

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Every year, the University of North Alabama showcases its sororities and fraternities through song and dance. This year the Greek organizations of UNA did so through movie-inspired performances. Organizations showcased their talents to songs from movies such as “High School Musical,” “Scream…

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Within the film industry, women experience discrimination and underrepresentation on a daily basis. Often, primarily male directed movies are nominated for awards and showcased on big screens. Today, women are still extremely marginalized within a male dominated field. 

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This year UNA celebrates its third annual Tournées Film Festival hosted by the Department of Foreign Languages. During the Tournées Film Festival, UNA students, faculty and Shoals community members are welcome to attend several French language movies. Each movie will be accompanied by Englis…

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The name “Taylor Swift” rings true as one of the biggest names in music and in the world over the last decade. In 2019, on the brink of turning 30, Swift was awarded the title of “Artist of the Decade” at the American Music Awards. To open the next decade and to kick off election year, Swift…

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Ashley Frangipane, better known by her stage name, Halsey, released her highly anticipated, third solo album on Jan. 17, 2020. “Manic” is a 16-song tour through the psyche of one of America’s biggest pop stars. This album takes its listener on a wildly intoxicating trip as Frangipane navigat…

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Back for one more hilarious and thrilling adventure, veteran actors Will Smith and Martin Lawrence return with a third rendition of the “Bad Boys” franchise, “Bad Boys For Life.” In classic “Bad Boys” fashion, the movie opens with a fast-action car-chase scene to reel viewers in from the beg…

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“Circles,” Mac Miller’s sixth studio album and first posthumous album is a 12-song collection that explores Miller’s mind with sorrowful optimism. 

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Rap God has done it again. Marshall Mathers, better known as Eminem, released another surprise album. “Music To Be Murdered By” dropped at midnight Jan. 17.

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Being from a small town may not feel so small for those who were born and raised in the “hit recording capital of the world.” Now, roughly a 10-minute drive from campus is the new Muscle Shoals Song Rooms created by UNA junior Lillian Glanton. 

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 “The Grudge,” directed by Nicolas Pesce, was released on Jan. 3. It stars John Cho, Lin Shaye, who was also in the “Insidious” movies, and Andrea Riseborough. This film is a part of the on-going “Grudge” franchise. The American remake of “The Grudge” in 2004, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar,…

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The long-awaited return of Bieber has arrived in the new decade. Over 4 years after the release of his 2015 album “Purpose” a lot has changed for one of the defining artists of the 2010’s. A great deal of hype was generated for this release both by Bieber himself and his fan base. Towards th…

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Disney is a multimillion-dollar corporation, owning everything from amusement parks around the globe to movies and TV shows. Disney has created characters that are known to generations and are still prevalent in today’s society. For example, Mickey Mouse has been a household name since it wa…

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           The new year is finally here, and along with it will come varied new content on the TV and movie streaming giant: Netflix. Over 100 shows and movies will be available in January alone. Of course, some must go, but not all is lost. Here are a handful of great new options on Netflix…

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            New music of the new year awaits its listeners; however, some have had their hopes and dreams shattered by the one person they wanted music from the most. 

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On Nov. 2, 2019 Kyle Bragwell, also known as Space Tyger, and his band took the stage of Singin’ River Live in Florence to celebrate the release of Space Tyger’s new album, “Bittersweet.”

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On Nov. 1, 2019 country super-star Miranda Lambert released her seventh studio album, “Wildcard.” This fourteen-track album features a decent hand of songs.

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Based on a novel of the same name, written by John Green, “Looking for Alaska,” released in October of 2019, is a captivating Hulu mini-series that follows the life of Miles Halter and his urge to seek “The Great Perhaps.”

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One thing that never fails to unite people is food. It even inspires new holidays like national pancake day. People tend to have their palettes set to specific tastes for the brands or items they know and love, but sometimes there can be a need to try something outside of routine.

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A year ago, North Alabama guard Jamari Blackmon became a fresh arrival to the men’s basketball team with a start to a new portion of his playing career. After going through his first year, one thing was certain that Blackmon could score. But in year two, the goal is to become the best all-ar…

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New music from various artists has hit all major music and streaming platforms recently. From hip-hop to pop to country and more, records of various genres have been released in the past week, and there is even more to look out for over the next month.

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Coming from a generation obsessed with self-expression, and rightfully so, we have more freedom to express ourselves than we ever have. It has never been a question to me whether or not I should or shouldn’t let my thoughts, feelings and personal ideas display in and around my life. At least…

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You may not know the name Dermot Kennedy, but recently the Irish singer/songwriter has burst onto the scene with his hit songs “Outnumbered” and “Power Over Me.” His debut album “Without Fear” was released on Oct. 4, 2019. In styles that range from alternative rock, to pop, to folk, to hip-h…

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During the finale of the sixth season of ABC’s “Bachelor in Paradise,” fans of the show were left disappointed after the announcement of the newest bachelor. It is no secret to anyone familiar with the Bachelor universe that there have only been two racially diverse love interests: Rachel Li…

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On Sept. 20, 2019, the American punk-rock band Blink-182 released their ninth studio album, entitled “NINE.” This album is the second the band has released since front man Tom DeLonge’s departure in 2015. Blink 182 is currently composed of original members Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker as we…

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The Culture Fest returned to UNA on Tuesday, Sept. 24.Office of Diversity and Institutional Equity (ODIE), Diversity Student Ambassadors (DSA) and the University Program Council (UPC) sponsored the event.

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I was so excited for this album. Brittany Howard, frontrunner for Alabama Shakes, released “Jaime” on September 20th, 2019. Her band’s last album “Sound & Color” had awakened in me a love for music that is still thriving. Unfortunately, this work did not have as great of an impact.

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“IT Chapter Two,” released on Sept. 6, is nothing short of a satisfying sequel to its infamous predecessor. However, be forewarned, this movie is nearly three hours long. For a movie at such length, I really expected more. The movie has many good things going for it, such as the characteriza…

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“Hollywood’s Bleeding” is the follow up to Post Malone’s highly successful album “Beerbongs and Bentleys” that released in the spring of 2018. In this album, the Utah native discusses being a new resident in the city of angels.

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Festival lit up the Shoals at McFarland Park. From 9 a.m. to just after 2 p.m., people from different organizations, schools, churches, and other groups formed teams and took to a day of food, fun and friendly competition.

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In her newest music video, Melanie Martinez highlights sub-par coping methods and the dysfunctional behaviors of modern day schools. This month, Martinez released her newest album entitled, “K-12,”but she did not simply release thirteen tracks. After writing and directing her own hour and a …