By Nailah Curry Jenkins '20
DJ Khaled - Father of Asahd
The notorious DJ Khaled has done it again with a smashing new album. The hip hop/ R&B album Father of Asahd, named after his son who is in fact is making money off being a producer of the album, is backed by familiar classic oldies. The masterful album has 15 tracks and over 20 performers and collaborations with some of our favorites such as Justin Bieber, SZA, Nippie Hussle, Lil’ Wayne, Drake and many more. Each song has a different message and vibe, but are all uplifted by the motivational words of DJ Khaled.
Jhené Aioko’s single “Triggered” gives us another taste of her soft-spoken moving voice. The singer-songwriter poetically expressed her emotions and created a classic breakup song. Her fierce, quotable and intense lyrics arrest her listeners. This has the perfect balance of undercuts and slow beats.
Cardi B’s song “Press” has finally been released after the snippet given to her fans back in December, which got millions of views and listens. It is safe to say that this song was made as a rebuttal to her husband Offset’s song “Clout” after much attention and drama between both of them. In this song, she fully takes an attack on her haters. In her lyrics, Cardi has sharpened her bars and gone into full intimidation mode.
By Dina Kawwa '20 and Mikayla Mainolffi '20
Dead to Me (series)
Dead to Me is a dark comedy television series that recently premiered on Netflix. This series is about Jen who recently lost her husband due to a hit and run and a kind-hearted woman named Judy whom she meets in a grief support group. As powerful as their friendship seems, Judy is hiding a shocking secret that can threaten the fate of their friendship and both of their lives.
My opinion: Dead to Me is personally one of my favorite Netflix originals yet. The writing always kept me at the edge of my seat with the many different plot twists the show contains. The two leads, Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini, did an amazing job portraying their characters perfectly and leaving viewers invested in the show. Both the acting and writing completely had me attached to this show.
Wine Country (film)
Wine Country is a comedy film that recently came out on Netflix. It is directed by Amy Poehler, who also plays the main character in the film. Abby, who is played by Poehler, decides to celebrate her friend Rebecca’s 50th birthday with a weekend getaway - even though Rebecca asked for a smaller celebration. Headed to this weekend getaway in Napa was Abby, Rebecca, and four of their other friends who have all met from being young waitresses at a pizza shop back in the day. This trip unravels many secrets the members of this friend group have been keeping from each other, leading these six women to question their friendships and futures.
My opinion: If you are looking for a light-hearted comedy to watch with guaranteed laughs, then this is definitely the movie for you. The humor and characters included in this movie made sure I never got bored while watching it. All the characters delivered their lines perfectly with the intent to make the viewers laugh - which they were very successful in doing. Any movie with both Tina Fey and Amy Poehler is guaranteed to make me laugh.
Extremely Wicked Shockingly Evil and Vile (film)
Extremely Wicked Shockingly Evil and Vile is a crime thriller film, telling the story of Ted Bundy from the perspective of his girlfriend Elizabeth Kendall. Liz and Ted meet a bar where he instantly charmed her and later on became a huge part of her and her daughter Molly’s life. We see her denying the fact that he is a rapist and murderer because of the love she has for him. Theodore Bundy goes through many trials where he is accused of raping and murdering multiple different young women. Liz tries to support Ted through many of these trials, but at one point beings to lose hope and doesn’t know what to believe about him anymore.
My opinion: This movie was brilliantly executed and shows the charm and charisma Bundy had that made it so easy for young girls to fall prey to him. I believe it was brilliantly casted with Zac Efron playing Bundy. Efron captures both the charisma that Bundy had on the outside and the damaged man underneath it all perfectly. He provides an excellent performance that keeps you on your toes wanting to see what he’s up to next.
The Society (series)
The Society follows a group of high school students who, instead of being taken to the Smokey Mountains like they were expecting, find themselves in an exact replica of their small Connecticut town. But when they go to their homes, the teenagers realize all of their parents, siblings, and even their pets are nowhere to be found. The teens are cut off from the rest of the world. The kids must figure out how to survive on their own or if they'll destroy each other before they can figure out how.
My opinion: I wasn’t sure about this show when I first saw the advertisements and trailers online, but I am really glad I watched it. This show tackles so many issues while also sticking to a narrative and developing character arcs. There is so much representation from so many different communities. I felt like the characters were relatable yet complex. There are also a lot of crazy plot twists that shocked me as I watched it. It is a little violent but only when it is necessary to the plot, and it really leaves an impression on viewers. The Society really played with my emotions and at some points angered me, but that was because I had grown to love the characters who are put into a bunch of crazy situations. I definitely recommend this show to any teen who needs a new show to binge watch.
Lucifer is based on the DC Comics character created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth, and Mike Dringenberg taken from the comic book series The Sandman. The series is produced by Jerry Bruckheimer Television, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television. The series revolves around Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis), the Devil, who abandons Hell for Los Angeles where he runs his own nightclub and becomes a consultant to the LAPD. The show was canceled by Fox in 2018 but it was picked up by Netflix. The fourth season is now available for streaming after being released in the beginning of May. No one believes Lucifer is actually the devil but he is. The show introduces a new outlook on our world and evil. Lucifer may be the devil but he is a lovable person who has a charming personality and is also a good person, which creates a dilemma for viewers.
My opinion: Lucifer is my favorite show. I know a lot of people may think it is an inaccurate depiction of Lucifer in the Bible, or that it is offensive for one reason or another, but it really isn’t. This show has so many layers and good qualities that make it what it is. It focuses a lot on the detective work Lucifer does and the relationships he has built on earth. The detective aspect is very enjoyable even when we see Lucifer struggle with who he is as a person. I appreciate being able to look at an aspect of the Bible in a different and fun way. Lucifer takes the ultimate villain in our world and makes you love him like a friend. We as the audience want lucifer to make the right choices and to be happy despite his reputation and past. The show is also a sort of love story. Lucifer accidently becomes a consultant for the LAPD and is partners with Chloe Decker, a headstrong detective who doesn’t believe in the devil. Lucifer is funny and entertaining and makes a lot of people happy. It is nice to see a new type of show that gives viewers a different perspective. A lot of girls in our school love this show and it’s nice to see how it can connect people.
Criminal minds (series)
Criminal Minds is a crime drama television series created and produced by Jeff Davis.It tells the story of a group of behavioral profilers who work for the FBI as members of its Behavioral Analysis Unit. The team focuses on profiling criminals and piecing together crimes. The show follows the team as they work various cases and tackle their personal struggles. It has been running since 2005.
My opinion: Criminal minds is a great show that really makes you think. I like seeing the process behind the FBI even if it is sometimes sad or scary. The characters are all interesting and complex. You will become attached to them and feel connected to them as the seasons go on. I know I did. Whenever you are bored, watch Criminal Minds. It will keep you entertained, that's for sure.
By Nailah Curry-Jenkins ‘20
Gunna, now becoming one of 2019’s certified rappers of 2018 after albums such as “Drip Harder” and “Drip Season 2” has wowed us once again. His album consists of his somewhat monotone delivery backed with intricate beats. Giving his typical Young Thug sound, Gunna gives his listeners many more bangers.
Singer/songwriter Kehlani makes a comeback in her 2019 mixtape “While We Wait.” Her mixtape fuses the ups and downs of being in a relationship, which she speaks about perfectly due to her experiences. This mixtape contains the vital roots of R&B sounds such as mellow tones. Her songs feature artists such as 6lack and Ty Dolla Sign. This album is great for anyone going through a breakup or looking for tranquil listening.
By Annie Villamarin '20
In addition to giving something up this Lenten season, why not consider watching the following movies with your family and having discussions on pro-life issues? I have pulled together a list of great films that will deepen your thinking on genocide, the death penalty, and bioethics.
Dead Man Walking (1995). Few people have worked as tirelessly to end capital punishment in America than Sister Helen Prejeen of the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph. The film is based on Sister Prejeen’s experiences with a murderer on death row. The movie explores not only the ill effects the death penalty has on the condemned person, but also on all those involved. Susan Sarandon, who played Sister Prejeen, won the Oscar for best actress in a leading role.
Gattaca (1997). This dystopian film explores how genetic engineering can go horribly wrong and create, not monsters, but genetic haves and have-nots. If you don’t have designer genetics, characters find themselves with little to no opportunities for employment or education. Unfortunately, the world of Gattaca may not be too far-fetched, since the world’s first gene-edited baby was reportedly created in China last fall. Watch the movie, get frightened, and then get outraged!
Hotel Rwanda (2004). During a horrific 100 days in 1994, the government of Rwanda encouraged ordinary citizens to kill Tutsis, an ethnic minority in the country. It is estimated the 200,000 people participated in the murders. This genocide was not kept secret and United Nations forces, which were on the ground in Rwanda, did not intervene. Hotel Rwanda tells the story of one brave man’s refusal to ignore the atrocities in his country, leading him to hide thousands of Tutsis in the hotel he manages.
Trending Movies & Mini Series
By Dina Kawwa ‘20
1. The Edge of Seventeen: The Edge of Seventeen was released on November 18, 2016, but was only released on Netflix recently this month.
Description: The Edge of Seventeen is a coming-of-age comedy about a high school junior, Nadine, whose life takes an unexpected turn when her all-star older brother starts dating her only friend Krista. Nadine feels more lonely than ever before until she befriends a boy named Erwin who shows her that life isn't actually as terrible as she may have thought.
My opinion on the movie: I personally loved this movie because it showed that although growing up comes with difficulties and hardships, it is still a very important part of life. I thought the acting was great and you can clearly see what the characters were feeling and how they felt during each situation. I would recommend this movie to anybody who enjoys coming-of-age movies or just comedies in general.
2. The Ted Bundy Tapes: The Ted Bundy Tapes were released for the first time on Netflix on January 24, 2019.
Description: Two journalists set out to investigate the exact story of an infamous serial killer, Ted Bundy, that raped and killed numerous women, as told by Ted Bundy himself. It is a look inside his mind and shows actual footage and audios made while Ted Bundy was on death row. It talks about his entire life, from his early life all the way until the moment he died.
My opinion on the mini-series: This mini-series kept me on the edge of my seat from the first episode until the last. I found it very interesting because it had given me an insight into the mind of a serial killer/rapist. What surprises me the most about this is that it is a first-hand series on the life of Ted Bundy. It took me on the journey of his life which many may find too creepy to watch. I would recommend this to anybody who enjoys crime documentaries. However, if you are scared easily, then I don't think this will be the right pick for you.
3. Abducted in Plain Sight: Abducted in Plain Sight was released May 26, 2017, but only came to Netflix recently this year.
Description: This crime documentary tells the story of Jan Broberg, who was kidnapped twice by a trusted family friend and neighbor Robert Berchtold. Her family fell prey to the manipulative charms of their neighbor, which is what led to Jan's abduction.
My opinion on the movie: This documentary had me glued to my screen because of how intense it was. The part that interested me the most was how easily manipulated the family was to Robert's charm. It teaches their viewers that not everybody is to be trusted, even people you think you know really well. Some may find this to be disturbing, but if you enjoy crime documentaries, this may be the movie for you.
Trending TV Shows
By Mikayla Mainolfi ‘20
1. The Umbrella Academy: Released February 15, 2019, on Netflix
Description: On one day in 1989, 43 infants are inexplicably born to random women who showed no signs of pregnancy the day before. Seven are adopted by billionaire industrialist Sir Reginald Hargreeves, who creates the Umbrella Academy and prepares his "children" to save the world. In their teenage years, though, the family fractures and the team disbands. Fast forward to the present time, when the six surviving members of the clan reunite upon the news of Hargreeves' passing. They work together to solve a mystery surrounding their father's death, but divergent personalities and abilities again pull the estranged family apart, and a global apocalypse is another imminent threat. The series is based on a collection of comics and graphic novels created and written by My Chemical Romance lead singer Gerard Way.
My opinion after watching the first season: I loved this show so much. It has everything you could want in a superhero show, including great actors in a quirky, dark, violent, comic adaptation. The characters in Umbrella Academy are each complex and intriguing. The storylines of each character are so well-written and intertwined with the story. Each character has a different ability and they all work together as a family. This show would be good to watch with your friends or families, or even just binge the show. If you love superhero TV shows or movies, this is definitely your new favorite show.
2. The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann: Released March 15th, 2019 on Netflix
Description: This Eight-part series details and investigates the disappearance of Madeleine Mccann, a 3-year-old girl from England who went missing in Portugal while on holiday with her family. Madeleine disappeared on the evening of May 3rd, 2007, from her bed in a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz. In Portugal, it is considered to be “the most heavily reported missing-person case in modern history.” Her whereabouts remain unknown.
My opinion: This show broke my heart. This story is so important because of how relevant it is. One major area the show explores is sex trafficking. Sex trafficking is growing in our world and it is important to be aware of this subject even if it is hard to watch. The series explores theories that have formed online and analyzes the evidence collected by the Portugal police. This series does such a great job of explaining the events that took place and how everything occurred. It was very interesting to see how the parents of Madeline were treated by the press. Some still have their own theories, some in which believe the parents were involved. Another thing I found interesting was that other kids who had gone missing in Portugal hadn’t given the same resources or attention. Please keep in mind while watching that Maddie is still missing after 11 years, and please say a prayer for her and all those who are still trying to get justice. I definitely recommend watching especially if you would like to know more about her disappearance.
By Emanuela Gallo ‘19
Ariana Grande currently holds the top 3 spots on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making her the first artist to do so since The Beatles in 1964. “7 Rings” sits at #1, with “Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored” and “Thank U, Next” following closely behind. The Thank U, Next album marks the first time that every track is co-written by Grande and doesn’t include a feature. With 361 million streams, Grande broke the Spotify record for biggest opening week for an album by a female artist.
The 4th spot on the Billboard chart belongs to Halsey, with her song “Without Me.” In January, the single had been at number-one, making it her first as a lead artist and her second overall, following 2016's "Closer.” This caused Halsey to become the eighth woman to achieve various number ones on the Billboard chart during the 2010s. In an interview with Zane Lowe on Beats 1, Halsey said, “It’s the most raw thing I’ve ever made … it’s just me- no wig, no colorful hair, no character- it’s about my life.”
“Sunflower” by Post Malone and Swae Lee holds the 5th spot on the chart. It was made for the soundtrack to the film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. The single marks the second collaboration between the two rappers, the first being a song from Malone’s 2018 album. “Sunflower” topped the Billboard chart in January, making it Malone’s third and Lee’s first as a lead artist to do so.
The 6th single on the Billboard chart is “Happier,” a collaboration between Marshmello and Bastille. Of the song, Marshmello stated, “When Bastille sent me ‘Happier’ for the first time, I was taken back. The amount of emotion that you could feel in the lyrics was crazy.” The song is the highest-charting track for both artists.
“Sicko Mode” by Travis Scott sits at #7 on the Billboard chart. It features vocals by Drake, Swae Lee, and Big Hawk. In December 2018, it hit #1, becoming Scott's first song to do so. The single marks the third collaboration between Scott and Drake. “High Hopes” by Panic! at the Disco follows it, holding the spot at #8. Regarding the song’s inspiration, Brendon Urie stated, “I spent too long not setting my expectations high enough, worried about how it felt to fail. I hit a point when I realized I had to aim high and fail, fail, fail in order to keep growing.” After peaking at #4, it became the band’s highest-charting song, exceeding 2006’s "I Write Sins Not Tragedies.”
The 9th spot is held by Post Malone, with his single, “Wow.” It is suspected to be the lead single off of his third album. “Eastside” by Benny Blanco, featuring Halsey and Khalid, sits at #10 on the chart. While it is technically Blanco’s debut single, the producer has had hits with notable artists including Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Kesha, Sia, The Weeknd, Selena Gomez, and Kanye West.
By Nailah Curry-Jenkins '20
Here’s a list of some hand-picked songs that are hot right now. There are some albums and songs from our favorite artists that we believe our fellow Bonnies need to hear. Everyone listens to music, and here we have music that’s perfect for every occasion and mood.
23-year-old Bronx rapper, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie’s Hoodie Szn was released December 21st and included 20 songs. The album marries hip-hop and R&B under romantic lyrics and addictive beats. The album includes a variety of today's top artists from Offset to Queen Naija. The album is on Apple Music, Tidal, and Spotify.
Rihanna has been asked by many to release another album since her long-awaited album, Anti. This album is very moody and filled with vibes. Anti embodies Rihanna's carefree, island girl attitude with new mellow, muted beats - which is different compared to her past works. We even get a taste of the Riri’s raw raspy voice in “FourFiveSeconds” featuring Kanye West and Paul McCartney. Give this 2016 R&B, hip hop soul album a listen. It can be found on many platforms.
J. Cole released his first single of the year “Middle Child” as a calling to King Cole, backed with regal horns and a steady flow. The lyricist King Cole has done it again, his song hitting top 3 on YouTube only a day prior to the release. It is hitting the charts in less than a week of being out.
Travis Scott’s album Astroworld hit the charts in 2018, and is perfectly summed up by the song “Sicko Mode.” Having the album depicted with an amusement park on the cover is perfect because “Sicko Mode” is rollercoaster with abrupt beat changes and surprising drops.