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Pieces of Belmar: A Film to Inspire Gratitude for the Holidays

Imagine if this holiday season, you didn’t have your home—the place where you string up lights and decorations, pull out the tree ornaments, and enjoy delicious family dinners—to return to. Imagine if this year you spent the holidays in a motel after your family’s house was destroyed in a hurricane. In Zach Morrison’s short film, Pieces of Belmar, this picture is a reality for one family. The short film follows a young woman named Alyssa whose family has lost their home to Hurricane Sandy, the storm that ripped through New Jersey in 2012. As she journeys through her Jersey Shore town, Alyssa learns that home can hold a different meaning after tragedy strikes. Pieces of Belmar reminds us that we often forget how lucky we are to have our family, friends, and a place to come home to for the holidays. We take the little things for granted: having a Christmas tree, hanging ornaments every year, and keeping our belongings secured. Sometimes it’s only when you lose these things that you realize how much they …

Music Crush; NF an Authentic New Rapper To Love

When you find good music you share it. That is exactly what I did when I started listening to Nate Feuerstein. The Michigan native rapper/singer who goes by the title NF, is a must listen. Here’s why! It was about three in the afternoon and my morning coffee was starting to wear off. Instead of pouring another cup I headed straight for Pandora.com to re-motivate my brain to stay awake. After a few familiar hits, NF’s smooth vocals started playing up in his hit single “Wake Up” which was followed by some pretty edgy lines. Okay, you have my attention. I stopped everything I was doing immediately because I had to know who this was. Thanks Google and YouTube for your collective information on my new favorite artist. Rarely will you find YHM buzzing about upcoming rappers, but there was such a positive and thought-provoking aesthetic to NF’s music that I knew we had to share. He effortlessly transitions from rapping to singing in his songs like “All I Have” and “Face It.” Currently signed to …

The Girl Who Made It: The Rise of Tori Kelly

If you watched the 9th season of American Idol, you might have missed Tori Kelly. Eliminated before the show went to air, 16-year-old Kelly sang her heart out for the judges of American Idol, failing to impress Simon Cowell (shocking), while leaving a good impression on the other three to get her into the next round. Not too shabby for a girl who had already been on a record label at 12. In the 5 years since then, Kelly’s arguably become bigger and better than any singing competition show would have made her. She accomplished all of this with her one true desire: making real music the way she wanted. Her cover of Frank Ocean’s “Thinkin’ About You” got her massive attention from the public, and she would go on to gain over a million YouTube subscribers, as well as the attention of the record label Capitol Records. It would not be wrong to say Kelly is now more than ready to make her mark on music, but in reality, the 22-year-old has been doing this …

The New Generation of Inspiring Black Women

Since 1976, every February has come to be known as a month of celebration and remembrance of the many black Americans of the past along with the contributions and accomplishments with which they enriched history. Today is the last of that honorable month. As we continue remember great women like Rosa Parks, Coretta Scott King, Maya Angelou, and Audre Lorde of the past, we also want to highlight a few of the inspirational black women making waves throughout pop culture, politics, and fashion in the present. First off, if you haven’t seen Selma, you’re doing something wrong. DuVernay is the director and co-writer of the Martin Luther King Jr. film and is the first black female director to have their film nominated for an Oscar. Not bad for her second feature. And by the sound of her next project, a love story and murder mystery set during Hurricane Katrina, DuVernay’s a director you need to keep in mind for the future. The Academy Awards may have snubbed DuVernay herself for individual recognition (and the entire Selma cast for that matter), but we definitely won’t be. …

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 …