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Archive for January, 2014

New Fulton Street, Good Or Bad?

BY JUSTIN ELLIS On Fulton Street, Armani Exchange, Starbucks, and Sephora have all set up shop in the past year. An outdoor plaza has been renovated. And in the shadow of LIU, two gleaming, newly-constructed towers are reaching for the sky. This isn’t the gritty Downtown Brooklyn of years past found in the lyrics of […]

One Year On, Tracking The Barclays Effect

BY PETER PISCITELLO As the transformation of Downtown Brooklyn continues, the borough’s latest symbol as a trendy hot spot—the Barclays Center—recently marked one year in business. The $4.9 billion arena is the official home of the Brooklyn Nets and has played host to some of the biggest names in the music business—including Beyoncé, Rihanna, The […]

News In Brief: Avonte Oquendo’s Remains Found

BY NOELANI Montero Despite search efforts, Avonte Oquendo’s remains were found on Jan. 21 along the East River in Queens, NY. The 14-year-old disappeared after leaving his Long Island City school unattended on Oct. 4 of last year. In response to the string of events, New York Democrat Sen. Charles Schumer advocated a bill that […]

For LIU Brooklyn Grad, It’s Lights! Camera! Action!

BY YANA NADELYAEVA Meet Curtis Caesar John—screenwriter, producer and director whose work has been presented at the Cannes Film Festival. He’s also director of film programming and festival director of New Voices in Black Cinema at the ActNow Foundation, a non-profit group in Ft. Greene that runs an annual showcase on films about the black […]

Live From New York, It’s Jimmy Mcmillan

BY NOELANI MONTERO He’s been the subject of regular sketches on “Saturday Night Live” and the source of endless parodies on television – based on his colorful appearance and catch-phrases—including, most famously, “Rent Is Too Damn High.” But now more than ever, Jimmy McMillan, who resides in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn wants to be […]

Weekly Wrap Up

BY KAREN MILLER The Real Housewives of Atlanta Phaedra Parks’ husband, Apollo Nide was reportedly arrested for bank fraud last week. According to the Daily Mail, the reality star stole the identity of several people and deposited fake checks into various bank accounts. Apollo is currently on a $25,000 bond and will face a preliminary […]

Is There AnybOdy Out There?

BY KABRAUN DIXON After departing a year that helped them attain pop glory, thanks to their breakout single, “Say Something” with Christina Aguilera , A Great Big World is ready to release their debut album Is There Anybody Out There?. A Great Big World starts the album off with “Rockstar,”an ode to dreaming big. Although […]

Sampha Tranforms An Accident Into A New EP

BY ADRIENNE BLACK Many people have become familiar with Sampha’s voice from his work with SBTRKT or more recently with Drake. But the British singer has begun to branch out on his own. This past summer he released his debut solo EP titled, Dual which received positive reviews from fans as well as critics. Sampha […]

The 56 Annual Grammys

BY SHANNON THOMAS CBS broadcasted the 56th annual Grammys on Sunday Jan, 26. The star -studded event was held in Los Angeles. 28.12 million viewers tuned in for music’s biggest night. With a dimly lit, fog filled rotating stage 17- time Grammy winner Beyonce, opened the show. In a Nicholede Carle body suit and St […]

The New Swag On Flatbush

BY JUSTIN ELLIS The Brooklyn Nets are finally beginning to take playoff form. After acquiring 36-year-old Paul Pierce and 37-year-old Kevin Garnett from the Boston Celtics in the off-season, Brooklyn anticipated a championship parade down Flatbush. The team’s total payroll – including taxes – is $190 million. But for the first three months of the […]