• Arts & Entertainment,  News

    Attack on the Empire: Update on the Jussie Smollet Attacks

    The alleged attack on actor Jussie Smollet continues to be investigated by the Chicago Police Department as a possible hate crime. The reported Jan. 29 attack happened early in the morning in Streeterville, Chicago. In an interview on “Good Morning America” with Robin Roberts, Smollet recounted that he was out to grab a bite to eat at a local Subway when he heard an individual yell “racial and homophobic slurs” at him.   According to TMZ, an article posted in Vulture magazine says the individual continued, allegedly shouted “this is MAGA country,” birthed from the slogan President Donald Trump coined during his presidential campaign. According to a statement from the…

  • Arts & Entertainment,  News

    A Bittersweet Ending?

    Holidays have always been a time of year where everyone can pig out on indulgent foods and sugary treats. Whether it’s having some hot cocoa and candy canes during Christmas, jelly beans during Easter, or trying to find your favorite candy in a huge pile of other treats during Halloween, candy has found a way to somehow root itself into becoming a part of the holiday celebration. Now that the time to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah and both the solar and lunar New Year is over, it’s time to have our sights set on Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day is that time of year where we get to shower our loved ones…

  • Arts & Entertainment,  Op-Eds

    Everything is NOT Awesome in The Lego Movie Sequel

    “The Lego Movie” was a truly unique and game changing film when it debuted back in 2014. It showed that a film that shilled a product didn’t necessarily have to be a sad, cynical cash grab. Under the helm of Chris Lord & Phil Miller, the men behind MTV cult hit, “Clone High,” the “21 Jump Street” films, a version of “SOLO” we will never see and the recent smash hit, “Into the Spider-Verse,” the film boasted top notch animation, an unbearably catchy theme song and a nice moral about embracing your own creativity and what makes you special. Sadly, ‘special’ is not an adjective I can use to describe…