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‘Donda’ experience in Chicago pushes musical boundaries

Jacob Baker, Lifestyle Editor September 1, 2021

Rapper Kanye West took the album rollout of his seventh studio album “The Life of Pablo” to another level when he decided to make various updates to the album post-release. The ever-evolving album rollout for West’s new album “Donda” has taken...

Film review: 'The Green Knight'

Film review: ‘The Green Knight’

Jacob Baker, Lifestyle Editor August 5, 2021

Based upon a 14th-century Middle English chivalric romance, “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight,” whose author is still unknown, sees a big-screen adaptation by multi-faceted filmmaker David Lowery in “The Green Knight” released July 30. This adaptation...

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Film review: ‘The Woman in the Window’

Madelaine Vikse , Lifestyle writer July 27, 2021

“The Woman in the Window'' is a mystery thriller film based on the novel by Dan Mallory, who writes under the pseudonym A. J. Finn. The film is slow moving and the acting is dry in the first half, but the second half  makes the film worth viewing because...

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Lifestyle’s weekly Spotify playlist #15

Northern Star Lifestyle Staff July 18, 2021

Weekly Spotify playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7dIqIbPP6oab6YzuGDORF8  Jacob’s picks Kacy Hill - “Just To Say” Jarhead Fertilizer - “Life is a Prison”  Tyler, The Creator, YoungBoy Never Broke Again, Ty Dolla $ign...

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Film review: ‘Army of the Dead’

Jacob Baker, Lifestyle Editor May 19, 2021

The zombie genre has seen visible fluctuation both in terms of quality and popularity since the early 1930s. Many directors have come and gone, some with little success and some who revitalized the genre back into massive popularity. Director Zack Snyder...

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DeKalb Public Library to host virtual Grey’s Anatomy Trivia Night

Jamie O'Toole, Columnist May 13, 2021

DeKALB —The DeKalb Public Library is hosting a virtual Grey’s Anatomy Trivia Night May 13 at 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. via Zoom using Kahoot, according to the DeKalb Public Library calendar. Attendees can sign up for the event through a form here.  After...

2021 Oscars recap

Brandon Montemayor , Lifestyle writer April 28, 2021

Awards season officially came to an end Sunday after the conclusion of the 93rd Annual Academy Awards ceremony. Presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the coveted ceremony gives praise to the year’s best films and those involved...

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Five best submissions of Reality Bytes night one

Jacob Baker, Lifestyle Editor April 26, 2021

The 2021 Independent student film festival Reality Bytes premiered April 12 on Vimeo. The festival lasted for three nights with submissions from every category of filmmaking from across the world. Each night showcased six or more films. Here are the five...

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Interesting new shows coming soon

Jack Baudoin April 14, 2021

Some people might be beginning to feel as if there is nothing new on streaming services to entertain them on these anymore. Thankfully, there are a couple new shows to steam premiering soon that sound very entertaining. One show is called “Sasquatch,”...

The annual WGGA Empowerment showcase begins

Northern Star Staff April 8, 2021

DEKALB -- The annual WGGA Empowerment showcase begins at 5 p.m. via the WGGA Facebook page. NIU’s art community has curated poems, songs, paintings and visual art presentations.  “It is such a fun event for WGAA to hold, especially back when we...

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Album review: ‘Haram’

Jacob Baker, Lifestyle Editor April 7, 2021

Dangerous duo of rappers ELUCID and billy woods known as Armand Hammer, link with one of rap’s most dynamic producers, The Alchemist, on “Haram.” Released March 26, Armand Hammer and The Alchemist further solidify the brilliance of the underground...

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Film review: ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’

Jacob Baker, Lifestyle Editor April 2, 2021

For such a massive pop culture rivalry, “Godzilla vs. Kong” marks only the second meeting between Godzilla and Kong in nearly 60 years. Seeing Godzilla and Kong duke it out is as entertaining as expected, but even two of the mightiest titans can’t...

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