Category: Entertainment

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Summer Albums

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It’s All About [You]Tube

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YouTubers

My experience as a YouTuber has been positive since I began making videos. I have had several channels, starting in the 5th grade where I would make pointless videos with my friends and on my own, and upload a few videos a week. I started my first channel (that has since been deleted) after I discovered the iMovie app on my computer and taught myself how to edit videos. I never garnered more than 500 subscribers on that channel, but for a middle schooler, I thought that was pretty impressive. After posting random content on that channel for the next few years, I stopped making YouTube videos for a number of reasons, in...
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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Since elementary school, I have heard many things about  “Pirates of the Caribbean,” and have seen dozens of my fellow classmates dress up as Jack Sparrow for Halloween. During those past few years, I have never actually harbored an interest in the series. So, for the longest time, the only three things I knew of the subject were: pirates, Sparrow and a creepy-looking octopus-man, whose name I later learned to be Davy Jones. Because of my fairly limited knowledge regarding the “Pirates of the Caribbean” series, I was skeptical about being able to understand the events of the fast-paced, fifth movie of...
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13 Reasons Why

The first scene of “13 Reasons Why” pans out on a high school locker, decorated with condolence cards and memorabilia. Brief flashbacks and glimpses of the characters’ lives reveal that Hannah Baker, the narrator, has committed suicide, leaving both her apparently pristine family and her school community searching for answers. Then, the music suddenly stops and we hear Baker say the show’s most infamous line:  “And if you’re listening, you’re one of the reasons why. Welcome to your tape.” After the recurring line is uttered for the first time, viewers lear...
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Lil Yachty “Teenage Emotions”

Miles McCollum, more commonly known as Lil Yachty, is on the more serious end of the spectrum of new teenage Soundcloud rappers with nonsensical lyrics, name brand clothes and impressive Instagram pages. At just 19 years old, Lil Yachty, who describes his music style as “bubblegum trap,” has developed two drastically different personalities through his music: Yachty and Lil Boat. In an interview with Genius, Lil Yachty described Lil Boat as “a ruthless dude” and Yachty as “a nice dude.” Both personalities were introduced on his 2016 debut mixtape “Lil Boat,” and are introduced again...
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Marz Ferrer

Characterized by her raspy and sensual voice, repetitive phrases and melancholy songs with the universal themes of love and death, Lana Del Rey is an artist very difficult to duplicate. Each of her three, soon to-be four albums have explored a different aspect of her multi-layered style, with changes in both tone and pace in each.  As an avid fan, it has been difficult to find a singer or band that matches the tone and themes of Del Rey, and I’ve been left to listen to subpar alternative bands as a way to satisfy my craving for her music. But after much searching and dedication, it seems like I’ve foun...
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Lil Uzi Vert

Lil Yachty, the rapper behind hit songs like “One Night” and “Minnesota,” represents a rising new type of hip hop the genre has never seen before. At just 19 years old, Lil Yachty has worked with artists like Quavo, Young Thug and Skippa Tha Flippa and has even managed to make it into the Billboard Top 200 at number 113. Yachty has established himself as a main figure in the emerging wave of hip hop and has managed to grasp the attention of teenagers and millennials across the nation. His simple lyrics, which sometimes sound like elementary school-level rhyming (but featuring a lot more expletiv...
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Double Happiness

After walking the sunny streets of Del Mar, I took a turn toward the Chinese restaurant Double Happiness. The restaurant was small and there were only three parking spaces to make things even more complicated. Nonetheless, I made my way inside and found a colorful restaurant setting with everything from bamboo poles and zodiac themed table mats, to pictures of blooming cherry blossoms. And while Double Happiness seemed like a hole-in-the-wall with limited seating,  a quick glance around made it obvious that there was ample seating inside. A polite waitress led me to my table, passed out menus and brough...
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China Cafe

At first glance, China Cafe is easy to miss; placed adjacent to an apartment complex, the restaurant could easily be mistaken for an old house. The decor in the restaurant and the name were clear indications that the food served would be authentic Chinese, but unfortunately China Cafe was lacking even in the most basic Chinese food staples. Upon entering the restaurant, I stood at the door for several minutes until I thought to ring a hidden bell to call a server. We were seated on the outdoor patio, but despite the beachside location, the most noticeable aspect of the restaurant was the unfortunate decor. Plastic tabl...