What A Time To Be Alive Album Review

I couldn’t tell if GI’s blog was about WATTBA or Rick Ross’ Black Dollar mixtape, so I decided to write my own. GI’s blog showed two things: 1. His age (he’s old) and 2. Even though he is a deejay, he doesn’t appreciate great music.

WATTBA is pure fire and please let’s not forget that they made the album in only six days. Both Drake and Future are the top two artists in the game right now and for them to collaborate for a quick 11 tracks is just not fair to the other artists out in the game (especially Meek Mill #RIP).

30 for 30 is Drake at his best and it’s my favorite track on the album. Anytime he just raps for 3-4 minutes straight, he just kills it all the way from Say Whats Real to 6pm in New York. Aside from that, Scholarships, Change Locations, Plastic Bag, Diamonds Dancing, and Jumpman are all bangers!

I’ve been listening to the album nonstop. I do not feel sorry for any artists who have released anything before or after WTTBA because they should have know better, including Rick Ross and his “Black Dollar” mixtape. I don’t know about him, but my money is green so…

Anyway, both WATTBA and Black Dollar are available to stream now at WDKX.com, so I’ll leave it to you all to be the judge.WATTBA

Syracuse Kisses the ‘Kiss Cam’ Goodbye

Syracuse University Retires the Kiss Cam

It’s been a tradition in a lot of sport arenas and stadiums. The kiss cam has become a norm in the industry of sporting events today. The camera scans the crowd as a love song comes on while they find a couple to share their kiss on the big screen.

The question is it cute or awkward?

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The Orange men of Syracuse have put an end to the tradition that has spanned decades in the recent week. A recent Syracuse University football game kiss cam sparked the administration to eventually ban the camera all together.

A Manlius resident reported that the behavior associated with the kiss cam came off as disturbing and downgrading.

“The crowd was cheering and I instantly felt sick to my stomach. I mean it wasn’t a guess, it wasn’t a second thought, it instantly felt awful,” said Steve Port.

During the SU vs. Wake Forest game, Port said the camera closed in on students who were obviously not couples. He stated that once on camera it seemed that the male forced the female to kiss him as the crowd cheered on.

After the game, Port proceeded to write a letter discouraging the kiss cam. He sent it to the athletic officials and since then the kiss cam has been retired for now.

Port has many great ideas in why there should be a discussion about who they narrow in on and who they don’t because it causes a very awkward situation.

In a college setting where sexual assault is continuingly rising, kiss cams don’t help but display the reality of it with students who are forced to kiss.

A student stated that if the kiss cam does come back then their need to be a discussion among all parties to make it comfortable for all.

So for now Syracuse University has said goodbye to their traditional kiss cam.

 

Written by Sedria Thomas

Parties, Friends, and School

 

This student is always the first one to dance in the party, the one with the most friends, first one in class, last one in the library, and the one who has a job and an internship with a 3.8 GPA.

Who is this student you may ask?

It can be you if you put your mind to it.

College in essence has its spurts of difficulties but it is important to understand that you need a social life in order not to go insane.

Managing friends, going out and school work is not as hard as it looks it just takes time management and excellent organization skills. Without these skills, balancing all these factors becomes very difficult and hard to achieve.

While college is a learning institution it is also an institution in which an individual finds their internal self and begin making life choices. Partying and going out may be a stereotype of college but it is a great oppurtunity to give your brain a break from the extremities of your school work. Being with friends and going out will bring down stress levels and your work ethic will be better.

Before you decide to release the stress you have to get organized with your work and schedule for the week to come. In order to do this you need to organize all homework that needs to be done and split it up among the days. Then factor in any other extracurricular activities and now you have an agenda you can base your week off of. With this organization skill it gives you a pre-plan in case you want to take a break one day and go out.

On the other hand, partying and friends can also be a roadblock to your success in school work so make sure you make smart decisions. For example if you have a final on Friday it will not be the wisest choice to go out Thursday night if you don’t feel prepared for it.

Smart choices are key.

Employers look for well-rounded individuals so participating in extracurricular activities while maintaining a decent GPA will make you stand out in front of a student with a 4.0 who only focuses on school.

Just in case you still think it’s impossible to balance all the factors, take me as a prime example. In the spring semester I went out almost every weekend, have a plethora of friends, worked at the library and was still able to make Dean’s List with a 3.74.

Remember you only go to college once so make sure you enjoy it while achieving your goal.

 

Written by Sedria Thomas

Girlfriend Murdered in Altercation in Bedroom

 

WARNING: The details of this column are EXTREMELY graphic

The most important rule in moving on to a new relationship is not to mix up your current significant others’ name with your Ex. In many cases this accident usually causes arguments or break ups but unfortunately for a South Florida woman, it essentially lead to her death.

 

Fidel Lopez, 24, is being charged in the death of his girlfriend after he admitted to exenterating her intestines after she called out her ex-husband’s name during sexual intercourse.

In extreme details Lopez told the police the gruesome details of that night. Lopez said he was drunk and became extremely angry, Sunday morning, when his girlfriend called out another man’s name during sex in their Sunrise apartment. He then fessed up to destroying their apartment by punching a sliding glass door, punching holes in the wall and ripping a door off its hinges.

While his girlfriend, Maria Nemeth, was lying unconscious on the floor he then began to sexually mutilate her. He admitted to mutilating her with various objects including his entire forearm. While inside he proceeded to rip out part of her intestines.

In a crazy drunk realization that she wasn’t breathing, Lopez tried to revive her by going to the bathroom and splashing water on her face.

Around 4 a.m., 911 received a call saying that his lover was not breathing.

Police arrived to the house to find Lopez crying by Nemeth’s body and intestines.

 

I know that alcohol does a lot to a person but does it act in a way that one will have the nerve to act like an animal feasting on its prey? If that is so, whatever he was drinking needs to come off the market as soon as possible before there is another savage attack as this one.

Some people in this world have no appreciation for life on this earth but rather behind bars.

In essence, this situation could have been easily avoided without a death and a murder charge.

Individuals like himself are not mentally stable to be in any relationship because mistakes do happen and unfortunately this woman had to suffer from it.

 

Written By Sedria Thomas

Hispanic Heritage Committee to Honor Abuelitos

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the City of Rochester Hispanic Heritage Committee will hold this year’s Honoring Our Grandparents/Honorando Nuestros Abuelitos event. This event provides an opportunity to recognize grandparents who have set examples in the Hispanic community. This event is free and open to the public.

 

Date:  Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015

 

Time:  6 – 8:30 p.m.

 

Location:  Edgerton Community Center, Stardust Ballroom, 41 Backus St.

Contact: Press Officer Jessica Alaimo, 428-7135

GI’s Mixtape Review

Drake and Future’s mix tape may be leading the pack in downloads, but Rick Ross is dominating the streets.  With quality beats and lyrics, “Black Dollar” is outshining the overhyped collaboration of Drake and Future’s ” What A Time To Be Alive” mix-tape that seems to be a mockery of what it’s like to be extremely wealthy and famous. Drug infused lyrics over a bunch of throw away beats pretty much sums up this album.
Out of 11 tracks, one in particular stands out and ironically is the last track on the mix tape. 30 for 30 not only re-opens the battle wound of Drake and Meek Mill but also puts the nail in the coffin for Meek Mill solidifying Drake’s spot as one of todays greates lyricist.
SORRY GUYS!
Great idea…terrible execution. This mix-tape deserves a 4 out of 10. However, Rick Ross mix-tape “Black Dollar” keeps that maybach sound with banging tracks like Bill Gates, Geechie Liberache, Money Dance & Worlds Finest just to name a few.  Although I feel this album won’t receive the same recognition as Drake and Future, it is by far the superior.
We need to play some of the songs off these mix-tapes.

To Be A Noose Or Not To Be?

There is a story in the news coming out of Newark, Delaware that now has two different sides to what took place. So I decided I would post both for draw your own conclusion from them.

At the University of Delaware, nooses were found hanging from a tree Tuesday where a Black Lives Matter rally took place earlier Monday evening according to NJ.com.

Then I read another version of the story on nydailynews.com which said the apparent “noose-like” items were “remnants of paper lanterns left up from a previous event”, the University of Delaware released in a statement.

Normally, I would leave my opinion but today I challenge you to read and think call it Reign’s midweek mind up. #knowledgeispower