Zakiya Jamal

Swords, Debts, and Dragons, Game of Thrones  returns

Swords, Debts, and Dragons, Game of Thrones returns


After a yearlong hiatus, Game of Thrones finally returned with their season four premiere on Sunday night. The show started off with a bang showing many fan favorites including the two Stark sisters, Sansa and Arya, the Lannisters, Daenerys Targaryen, and Jon Snow. The premiere also brought in new characters, including the younger prince of…

ABCFamily’s Finales leaves fans wanting more

ABCFamily’s Finales leaves fans wanting more


Last Monday ABCFamily shocked and surprised fans with the spring finales of Switched at Birth and The Fosters. Beware the spoilers! First, many Switched at Birth fans finally got what they have been waiting for since the first season: the reuniting of “Bemmett”, the relationship between main characters, Bay and Emmett. After being suspicious of…

Glee hits the big 100

Glee hits the big 100


Five seasons, over 1000 songs, a lot of drama, and multiple fights and Glee has finally reached 100 episodes. And they definitely pulled out all the stops for their centenarian. Beware: there will be spoilers. The high school musical drama, celebrated its 100th episode this week with a bang. All the old Glee Club members…

Critical Voices: Justin Timberlake, <i>The 20/20 Experience</i>

Critical Voices: Justin Timberlake, The 20/20 Experience


There will always be something a little seductive about the prince of pop, and Justin Timberlake fully capitalizes on this magnetism to bring a heavy dose of hype to his new album. The former ‘N Sync singer brings sexy back in full force with The 20/20 Experience, which features an eclectic variety of songs that vary from R&B, pop, Latin, Eastern, and even a little slow rock. One may think the selection might make the record messy, but Timberlake makes every transition flawless.

Critical Voices: Mindless Behavior, <i>All Over the World</i>

Critical Voices: Mindless Behavior, All Over the World


It’s not difficult to imagine the kind of drunken scenario in which teen band Mindless Behavior was named, and their latest album fails to indicate any deeper thought. Though promising addictive tracks that perfectly fit the definition of “ear candy,” All Around the World offers the kind of forgettable music that we see flit across pop charts on a daily basis.

Beautiful Creatures magically makes teen angst appealing


Supernatural forbidden romance has probably never seen better days. Undoubtedly left hungry after the conclusion of the Twilight films, the powerful demographic of teenage girls can look forward to the screen adaptation of yet another young adult series fitting this remarkably marketable description. Beautiful Creatures, though certainly designed for that target audience and following a familiar formula, is a respectable guilty pleasure.

Critical Voices: Bad Religion, True North


After almost two years of rumors and speculation, Bad Religion has finally released their 16th album, True North. Since their start in 1979, the punk rock band has become known for their three-part harmonies, intellectual lyrics and religious commentary and their latest opus is no different. As in the past, they continue to use their music to tell a story. For this album, the narrative is all about finding one’s way in the world, using an internal compass to find the way to “true north.”

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