BSU’s First Apollo Night

by VERNA GIBSON

BSU held their first Apollo Night on Friday, a change from their usual Thursday night juke joints. Students rapped, sang and performed spoken word as usual, but there were three judges who gave each act feedback after each performance. The performers were accompanied by a live band and the event was held in Hoff Theater instead of Nyumburu. The judges were UMD alums Damien Pinkett, ’13, Jewell Briscoe and Wendell “DJ” Alston, both from the class of 2014.

The change was well received.

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Jack Ü’s “Skrillex & Diplo Present Jack Ü” combines electronic music’s two biggest names in the best way imaginable (REVIEW)

by AARON MEGAR

There are few names in the past five years that have been hotter and more prominent in the entire electronic music scene than Skrillex and Diplo. Skrillex, the king of dubstep and master of the drop, and Diplo, the mind behind Major Lazer and some of my favorite hits, like “Boy Oh Boy” and “Pon de Floor,” formed as Jack Ü in the summer of 2013. Before last night, they only released one single, “Take Ü There,” in September. But with their debut album, Skrillex & Diplo Present Jack Ü, released as a surprise around 8 p.m. EST on Thursday night, the superstar duo satisfies the long anticipation, supplying a record that cannot be better described as anything other than “really f**king awesome.”

Courtesy: dubstep.net Diplo introduces Jack Ü, 2013
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Diplo introduces Jack Ü, 2013

Jack Ü creates a unique and new sound that resembles both Skrillex and Diplo in a way where the two, who began on far different sides of the electronic music spectrum, mesh perfectly, as if it were one entirely new artist. After the album’s introduction, “Don’t Do Drugs Just Take Some,” the first musical track, “Beats Knockin,” features the build-up of your common Skrillex song with a Diplo-style rap flowing through it by Fly Boi Keno and a more energized version of a drop that one would hear in Skrillex’s most recent solo-album, Recess, or in most of Diplo’s recent work. It’s a jam, as Skrillex and Diplo tell the world that they have no boundaries, no genre. Continue reading Jack Ü’s “Skrillex & Diplo Present Jack Ü” combines electronic music’s two biggest names in the best way imaginable (REVIEW)

Why Is #TheDress Trending?

by JESSIE KARANGU

A day which started with random llamas roaming the streets of Phoenix got even weirder late Thursday night after a dress stole the Internet’s attention.

No, there is nothing fancy about this dress. It wasn’t worn by a major celebrity. It’s not worth a $1 million and it’s not the trendiest look in the world either. Believe it or not, the world has been arguing about the color of this infamous dress.

The trend began on Tumblr, a social media site which is known for random stories from everyday people blowing up as well as the GIFs posted by so many of its users.

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And then it took off from there. The question of whether this dress is white and gold or black and blue stole the hearts and minds of a generation.

Tumblr users started tweeting about this brain teaser but it didn’t really blow up until BuzzFeed posted a story about this trending topic together with a poll surveying readers about what they thought the color of the dress was.

BuzzFeed’s story has been viewed more than 12 million times and helped the site make history. For the first time ever, the trendy news source had over 670,000 users simultaneously reading the site which is also the number of viewers who watched the season finale of HBO’s Girls in 2014.

Websites don’t usually have the same number of simultaneous viewers as television series often so this was a major feat to accomplish and shows how big the story has become.

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The dress also has over 380,000 likes on Tumblr and has helped the original poster of this trend, ‘swiked,’ gain more than two thousand new followers on her page.

In an interview with BuzzFeed, ‘swiked’ aka Caitlin McNeill revealed that the dress is indeed black and blue in reality. Two of McNeill’s friends were getting married and the bride’s mother sent the soon to be newlyweds a picture via text message of the dress she would be wearing on their wedding day. The bride and the groom argued over the colors of the dress and posted the same picture on Facebook to see what their friends thought.

McNeill was one of the individuals engaging with this debate on Facebook and decided to share the debate with her Tumblr followers by reposting the photo.

“Then it went absolutely mental,” she said. “Some friends tweeted it, and within the hour I had tens of thousands of notes, tweets, messages.”

Here is more proof that the dress is in fact black and blue.

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Empire Review: The Lyon Roars

by MYA GREEN

Hello Friends!

It’s everyone’s favorite time of the week – or mine anyway – time to gush about this week’s Empire! The plot is definitely thickening and this week’s episode definitely set the stage for whatever scandalous surprises there are to come in the last three episodes. So let’s dive in!

So last week’s ending went a little something like this:

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Students for Sensible Drug Policy Seek To Change Laws in the DMV

by VERNA GIBSON

Yesterday, D.C. Initiative Measure #71 legalized the possession of less than two ounces of marijuana in the Nation’s capital for those over 21. Maryland’s Students for Sensible Drug Policy, otherwise known as SSDP, came together to discuss the D.C. Initiative on Wednesday as well as the state of Maryland’s marijuana policy.

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Students for Sensible Drug Policy is a club at the University of Maryland that meets twice a month to discuss different aspects of U.S. drug policy. Past meetings have covered the War on Drugs especially dealing with race and incarceration, the use of psychedelics and planning for lobbying the state senate on its marijuana stance. The group says on their website they are not advocating drug use but instead want to take a critical look at the drug war. Continue reading Students for Sensible Drug Policy Seek To Change Laws in the DMV

Parks and Recreation Says Goodbye to Producer Harris Wittels

by MAYA DAWIT

On Tuesday night, we said goodbye to Leslie Knope, Ron Swanson and the rest of the gang from Pawnee. And while we settled in to watch the series finale of Parks and Recreation, the show’s cast and crew were saying goodbye to one of their own. Harris Wittels, one of the producers, writers and frequent guest star on the series, died on February 19th from a suspected overdose.

News of Wittels’ death quickly spread over social media and lead to an outpouring of condolences from his former co-workers. Parks and Recreation star Amy Poehler, who played Leslie Knope, received word of Wittels’ death during the Unite4: Humanity award ceremony honoring her and eight other celebrities for their charity work. During her acceptance speech, Poehler said, “Today, I lost a friend. I lost a dear, young man in my life who was struggling with addiction and died.” Continue reading Parks and Recreation Says Goodbye to Producer Harris Wittels

Selena Gomez Bares It All For V Magazine!

by BIBI AJAYI

Selena Gomez is baring it all!

Gomez posses topless on the cover of V Magazine’s 94th issue! The 22-year-old pop star graced the cover in high-waisted shorts, big red hoop earrings, a matching polka-dot bow, as well as a head full of lustrous curls.

With this being said, the cover has been the topic of controversy because Gomez is styled to appear much younger than she is. In other shots in the spread, Gomez appears provocatively while she sports big doe eyes, bright pink bows, and a cowboy hat, which intentionally make her look like a young girl. Continue reading Selena Gomez Bares It All For V Magazine!

11 Thoughts We All Had About The New Cast of Dancing With The Stars

by MARYAM OUTLAW

ABC announced who the new contestants will be for the upcoming season of Dancing With The Stars on Tuesday. While we couldn’t be more ready to watch another cycle of uncoordinated celebs try their hands at the rumba, here are a few reservations we had about the contenders. Continue reading 11 Thoughts We All Had About The New Cast of Dancing With The Stars

Why Chipotle is Making You Fat

by JULIE PODCZASKI

While we already know that guacamole at Chipotle is extra, most people don’t know that the burrito or bowl they’re eating has over 1,000 calories.

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What has turned into a phenomenon (cue: “I’m in Love with Chipotle“) has also turned into monstrous levels of sodium and saturated fat.

In a recent article by The New York Times, the author points out that Chipotle offers a wide variety on its menu. You could easily walk in the restaurant everyday of the week and order something different. But, while you can mix up your order, a typical burrito including a meat, cheese, salsa, lettuce, rice, sour cream, and beans can easily reach or surpass 1,000 calories. Continue reading Why Chipotle is Making You Fat

Fashion Police Hosts Want Giuliana Fired After Zendaya Comments

by DALLAS JORDAN

The hosts of E!’s Fashion Police aren’t known for being the nicest bunch, but after Giuliana Rancic’s controversial remarks towards actress-singer Zendaya Coleman, the backlash has become so bad that her co-hosts want her fired!

According to a source that spoke to Radar Online, the entire cast of Fashion Police is done with Giuliana and hope that she will not only be kicked off the show, but off of E! entirely.

Her Fashion Police co-host Kelly Osbourne took to her twitter on Tuesday afternoon to reveal that she was disgraced by the comments, and confirmed that she’s considering leaving the show. Continue reading Fashion Police Hosts Want Giuliana Fired After Zendaya Comments