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The importance of humanity in 'Judas and the Black Messiah'

Complete with gorgeous cinematography and stellar performances, King expertly crafts the film narrative in a way that is extremely relevant to contemporary conversation, while stressing the importance of humanization. In a roundtable discussion with college journalists, the main actors of “Judas” each shared their experiences working on the film and why they believe it’s important to view the film now. 

THE PROSPECT | 02/10/2021

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Jay Katsir ’04, Colbert comedy writer, wants to make some noise post-pandemic

Features Staff Writer Anna Salvatore sat down with Jay Katsir ’04, a head writer for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, to talk about writing amidst chaos and trying to elicit laughs on a muted Zoom, and to discuss his hopes for a return to in-person ‘explosion[s] of joy.’

Features Writer Anna Salvatore sat down with Jay Katsir ’04, a head writer for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, to talk about writing amidst chaos and trying to elicit laughs on a muted Zoom, and to discuss his hopes for a return to in-person ‘explosion[s] of joy.’

FEATURES | 02/09/2021

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Cultural resilience amidst diasporic fragmentation in the music of System of A Down

Officially formed in 1994, System of a Down is an Armenian-American heavy metal band founded in Yerevan’s (unofficial) twin-city capital of Glendale, California. With their international success, the group has bolstered a distinct Armenian musical heritage that has seeped into the ears of billions of foreign fans worldwide.

THE PROSPECT | 12/20/2020

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The surprising poignancy of futuristic football: Jon Bois’ ‘17776’ and ‘20020’

What will football look like in the future? Jon Bois explores this question and much more in his long-form multimedia speculative fiction narratives “17776” and “20020.” Staff writer Molly Cutler ’23 reviews these works and reflects on their surprising power, even for those who aren’t sports enthusiasts.

THE PROSPECT | 11/11/2020

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons is not the stress reliever I thought it would be

When Animal Crossing: New Horizons came out this past March, I thought the game would be a perfect counterbalance to the stresses of a wildly uncertain year. I cannot stress this enough: I absolutely love this game. But instead of becoming an outlet for my stress, I found that the New Horizons allowed me to repackage it under the facade of playing a video game. 

THE PROSPECT | 11/02/2020

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From folk to hip-hop: protest music through the years

Increasingly political content in entertainment is quickly becoming an epochal, cultural trend. But despite its increasing frequency, it continues to be accompanied by staunch, resolute objection: people continue to dislike the invasive nature of today’s politics, and especially its invasion into entertainment and media. But perhaps those voices are forgetting that entertainment has always been political and nowhere is this more clearly seen than in the rich history of protest music in the United States of America.

THE PROSPECT | 10/28/2020

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What Netflix’s ‘Indian Matchmaking’ gets right — and wrong

The tradition of arranged marriages, its toxic ideologies, and its regressive trends still exist in Indian society, putting pressure on women to compromise, instructing young adults to prioritize societal expectations, and preaching class divisions. These burdens are real and still unapologetically true, as depicted in “Indian Matchmaking.” However, they are certainly not representative of all of South Asian culture.

THE PROSPECT | 10/22/2020

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How Disney’s “Mulan” (2020) fell short of both Western and Eastern audiences’ expectations

The live-action remake of “Mulan” tries to incorporate many new elements with good intentions, but ultimately, the movie is poorly executed. It doesn’t work as a film that elicits nostalgia, it doesn’t work as a historical drama that explores Chinese culture, and it doesn’t even work well as a standalone film considered completely separate from the original. 

THE PROSPECT | 10/20/2020