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Kanye or Shakespeare: Who is more relevant?

Kanye or Shakespeare: Who is more relevant?

Liam Beyerle,
Contributor

December 8, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Kanye Omari West is a larger than life global figure in pop culture. West has won 21 Grammys, released seven platinum solo albums and designed shoes for Louis Vuitton, Nike and Adidas. He made Taylor Swift famous and is the head of the GOOD Music record label. He also works on his YEEZY fashion line....

From the outside looking in: Oakland’s First Friday Review from a Southern California native

From the outside looking in: Oakland’s First Friday Review from a Southern California native

Britney Yarbrough,
Contributor

December 8, 2017


Filed under Opinion

As a Southern California native, Oakland’s First Friday is one of my favorite Bay Area events. I’ve been living in the Bay Area going on five years now, and I do my best to take part in anything that originates in the Bay. Although, it’s not far from home the Bay feels like an entirely different...

Solange at the Greek

Solange at the Greek

Sarah Williams-Cain,
Contributor

November 9, 2017


Filed under Arts & Life, Showcase

I had first seen Solange perform live at a country fair in 2009. This is around the time people solely knew her as “Beyonce’s sister.” While the vocals seemed to be there, she had an unbridled sense of awkwardness on stage that she just could not shake throughout the entire performance. 6/10 at...

Afro-Cuban culture visits East Bay

Afro-Cuban culture visits East Bay

Erika Martinez,
Staff Writer

November 9, 2017


Filed under Arts & Life

Playing music as a form of resistance Drumming resonated throughout CSU East Bay’s Recital Hall on the Hayward campus on Monday afternoon. Dr. Peter Marsh from the Music Department brought in Afro-Cuban musician, dancer and teacher Roberto Borrell to introduce traditional African and Cuban rhythms ...

Selena Day carries on legacy

Selena Day carries on legacy

Joana Arambula,
Contributor

November 3, 2017


Filed under Arts & Life

Selena Quintanilla, also known as the “Queen of Tejano Music” has inspired me and many other women. Growing up Quintanilla died two years before I was born, and I didn’t know much about her till the age of ten. I never knew why people made such a big deal about her, or why my sister was sad...

Chuy Gomez: Iconic voice of the Bay

Chuy Gomez: Iconic voice of the Bay

Oscar Torres,
Contributor

October 19, 2017


Filed under Features

Longtime Bay Area radio host Jesus “Chuy” Gomez works the hardest on Sundays. He hosts a show called Sunday Night Oldies, which focuses mainly on Motown classics, cruising classics, oldies but goodies and runs from 6 to 9 p.m. He pitched the idea to his bosses at HOT 105.7 FM in the summer of 2016 t...

Touring, not what we imagined

Touring, not what we imagined

Eduardo Gonzalez,
Contributor

October 19, 2017


Filed under Campus, Features

To the average spectator it may seem like traveling bands appear to music venues at a magical flick of a wrist or even through a secret portal hidden behind the curtains. The truth is usually a lot messier than that. Getting from one show to another usually consists of cramming, eating out of cooler...

Remembering Charles Bradley, 1948-2017

Remembering Charles Bradley, 1948-2017

Sarah Williams-Cain,
Contributor

October 5, 2017


Filed under Features

I remember the first Charles Bradley song I ever heard. “Victim of Love”, one of his best selling songs and albums, immediately struck me with its genuine sound and even more authentic lyrics. His raspy voice coupled with that old-timey Motown sound fit together like two peas in a pod. I was instan...

Local band has Cal State East Bay influence

Local band has Cal State East Bay influence

Daniel McGuire,
Contributor

October 2, 2017


Filed under Arts & Life, Campus, Features

When I walked into Jupiter Pizza in Berkeley, it looked like a small, underwhelming restaurant. However, inside was a spacious venue and a large outdoor section accompanied by a stage for live music. The rustic setting was accompanied by the sounds of the West Grand Brass Band. With half of its members h...

Promoting music shows a learning process for student

Promoting music shows a learning process for student

Eduardo Gonzalez,
Contributor

October 2, 2017


Filed under Arts & Life

It is 1 a.m. on a Saturday, the fans are gone, and I am cleaning up as quickly as possible so that I can distribute the earnings and get the bands back on the road. After a month and a half of hard work, the show was a success. It may not be evident to everybody, but there is a lot of work involved i...

Daniel Arevalo

Daniel Arevalo

Daniel Arevalo,
Contributor

August 24, 2017


Filed under Blogs

Expression of love and emotion From fifth grade to junior year of high school, I played the alto saxophone for the symphonic and jazz classes. I never loved it, however. I was always too timid to solo, too scared to risk being vulnerable in front of an audience.  My teachers always pushed me to t...

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