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The Lack of Diversity: A Growing Concern in Hollywood

As the most prestigious awards ceremony in Hollywood dawns tonight, there has been no secret as to the recent controversy concerning the nominee choices. In fact, in the first time in nearly twenty years, all of the actors nominated are caucasian. Among the most notable snubs are the cast members of the movie, Selma, which won praises from both critics and audiences everywhere. David Oyelowo, who plays Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, portrayed the legendary reverend with such fervor and accuracy that it seems almost outrageous that he was not considered for the Best Actor category in the Oscars. Also, with the unfortunate exclusion of Selma’ s director,  Ava DuVernay, the Academy missed out on the opportunity to nominate the first African-American female director in history. Although the movie was nominated for Best Picture, it was completely ignored in both directorial and acting categories. While 2014’s Oscars was highlighted by the monumental win of the period drama film, 12 Years a Slave,  and the heartwarming acceptance speech given by Best Supporting Actress winner …

Arctic Monkeys; Smooth Indie Melodies for Heartbreaks

Characterized by their signature traits of being cool, mysterious, and edgy, the Arctic Monkeys has slowly emerged to be one of the most hyped and influential bands of the 21st century. The band blew up the indie rock scene once again when they released their much-anticipated album, AM, in 2013. Combining a mixture of modern jazz and Hollywood rock, the Arctic Monkeys bring a sense of originality and uniqueness to a genre that is in desperate need of a contrasting sound to recent releases. Created as being one of the pioneer bands to become popular mostly due to web-based fan-bases instead of through promotion and marketing, the Arctic Monkeys have proven that self-boosting isn’t always necessary when the product itself is difficult to ignore. Credited as being one of the pioneer bands to become popular mostly due to web-based fan-bases instead of through promotion and marketing, the Arctic Monkeys have proven that self-boosting isn’t always necessary when the product itself is difficult to ignore. Led by the charming and enigmatic frontman, Alex Turner, the band has showcased its versatility and artistic prowess through its various …

The Inspiring Heroines of Film

Sadly, it has become a trend to label girls as “bossy” if they assert themselves. Whether it is in school or work, if a girl is “in charge” she is at risk of being labeled as bossy. The Ban Bossy campaign is ready to inspire girls to be leaders and to not be afraid of being in charge. You can visit the campaign’s website and make the pledge to Ban Bossy. Inspired by the Ban Bossy Campaign we have complied a list of some of the strongest and fearless women in film. Hermione Granger: Books and cleverness are not the only things that make up Hermione’s strong personality. Harry’s right-hand witch is also brave (duh she is in Gryffindor). She is willing to help her friends no matter what the cost. She never gives up on Harry and is always there to help him and save the rest of the wizard world. I love Hermione. She is strong and never gives up. She is a girl who uses her brains, and let’s face it, Harry would …

We Can’t Get Enough of Rixton

What’s your music playlist looking like right now? Ours? Well we are crushing major on Rixton and patiently awaiting the arrival of their debut album Let the Road on March 2, 2015. Currently touring the UK, the talented quartet are sure to gain even more popularity when they hit the road with Ariana Grande on her Honeymoon Tour in February of next year. Rixton finally released their much anticipated music video for “Wait on Me” this month. The charming gentlemen suited up for a steaming 1920s inspired affair with thrilling love triangles and mobster scenes. With a constantly busy schedule, from interviews to live performances, we are still playing catch up on all things Rixton. Since we last talked about them, Rixton has taken over the U.S. audience from their performances on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” to the Teen Choice Awards. We had no doubt that these four would be a mega hit with their smooth vocals that remind us of Adam Levine and dope beats that make us sway until the sun comes up. By …

4 Classic Horror Movies You Should Watch this Halloween

Halloween is right around the corner and its always fun to celebrate with a horror movie binge. When it comes to horror flicks, the classics can often be the best. Here are some old school horror movies to get you in the Halloween spirit! Psycho (1960): This movie caused a lot of controversy when it came out in 1960, and it is considered to be Hollywood’s first “slasher” movie. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, “Psycho” is as creepy as it gets; complete with a scary old woman and her weird, taxidermy-obsessed son. “Psycho” was remade in 1998 (starring Vince Vaughn) but, trust me, the classic 1960 version is better. If you like this Hitchcock classic, check out his film “The Birds.” Its almost as creepy! The Shining (1980): This Stephen King classic stars Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance, a struggling writer who is hired to oversee The Overlook Hotel (based on the real, allegedly haunted Stanley Hotel in Colorado) for the winter. He brings his wife and son with him, but soon things start to go very wrong. Jack …

Growing Up Duggar: A Look into the Life of the Duggar Girls.

The review! Imagine what it would be like to grow up in a family of 19 children. Pretty crowed, probably. For the four eldest daughters of the Duggar clan it involves house work, insecurities, and saving themselves for marriage. While I do not share the same religious or political beliefs as the Duggar Family (the Duggars are Independent Baptists) I have been known to binge watch a season when it marathons on TLC, and by the fifth episode I can recite all 19 names and guess if Jinger’s hair will be curly or straight during the episode. But the new book by Jana, Jill, Jessa, and Jinger (yup Ginger with a J), delves deeper into the lives of the Duggar family and the pressures that the girls face growing up in such a large family. “Growing Up Duggar: It’s All About Relationships” sheds light on their relationships with their parents, siblings, boys and with God. But the book doesn’t seem like it was written by the girls. Many Amazon users claim that it was written by …