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Rapper Kanye West met with then President Donald Trump at the Oval Office in October 2018. His open support stirred up a lot of controversy among his fans.

Art cannot be separated from the artist

By Ally Formeller, Columnist | January 20, 2022
Because of the past problematic actions of some celebrities, separating the art from the artist becomes a murky impossibility. 
Barbra Streisand and Michael Jackson at the Scopus Awards Dec. 14, 1986 in Los Angeles. The late king of pops reputation has been demolished due to accusations of child molestation.

Michael Jackson Estate fights HBO following Jackson docuseries

By Peter Zemeske | March 24, 2019

In the wake of HBO’s “Leaving Neverland,” the two part docuseries containing sexual abuse allegations against Michael Jackson from Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who stayed at the titular Neverland Ranch as children, the Jackson estate is struggling...

Alumnus writes about media’s influence in perpetuating stereotypes and terrorism

By Northern Star Staff | February 22, 2018

An NIU alumnus plans to release a book that mentions his experience of the Feb. 14, 2008, shooting and the media’s response to acts of violence and terrorism.NIU alumnus John Maszka, began writing his upcoming book, Washington’s Dark Secret: The Real...

Animations dance group performs to Michael Jacksons hit song Beat It on Tuesday night at the Tribute to the King of Pop in OConnell Theatre.

Student Association sponsors Michael Jackson Tribute

By Logan Love | March 27, 2013

The Student Association’s Michael Jackson “HIStory” tribute concert was a real thriller, paying homage to the life and legacy of the “king of pop.” The tribute concert featured singing, dancing and skits, all featuring Jackson’s legendary...

Student Association to host Michael Jackson tribute show

Student Association to host Michael Jackson tribute show

By Terrance Bullock | March 26, 2013

Michael Jackson fans wont want to beat it after hearing the moon walker’s tribute concert today. The Student Association is hosting History: Michael Jackson Tribute Concert at 7 p.m. in the Stevens Building’s O’Connell Theatre. The tribute will...

Music charts dont always tell the full story

Music charts don’t always tell the full story

By Sarah Contreras | October 9, 2012

This week, catchy English folk band Mumford & Sons became the first band in since 1964 to have more than six singles on the Billboard Hot 100. The last band to achieve this? The Beatles. This tidbit spawned countless headlines and even prompted Billboard...

Flash mob aims to raise awareness for Feed ’em Soup

By Kelly Bauer | April 29, 2012

Friday was thriller night. Or day, seeing as how Feed ’em Soup’s flash mob took place at 10:50 a.m. in the MLK Commons. About 10 students danced to various Michael Jackson songs, including “Thriller,” as part of an awareness event for the organization....

FILE This Saturday Aug. 15, 2009 file photo Britains Robin Gibb performs in the park of Ledreborg Castle near Roskilde, Denmark. (AP Photo/Polfoto,Jens Dige) 

Who’s next in line to die?

By Connor Rice | April 23, 2012

The third time is a charm. Well, sometimes. On April 18 and 19, American culture took a big hit with the passings of TV’s Dick Clark and The Band drummer Levon Helm, respectively. If you’re anything like I am, you were a bit saddened by the news....

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