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Although cinema in 2018, and across the latter half of the past decade, was dominated by women and people of color masterclass directors from across the world, 2019 featured significantly less diversity across the international cinema stage. Domestically, notable films such as Joe Talbot’s “…

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While much of the American cinema scene in the 2010s was filled with comic book movies breaking box office records and Disney’s monopolistic tendencies slowly turning its overwhelming monetary success into a tight control on blockbuster films, a boom among independent films took place in the…

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Winter break has come and gone, and although the winds of winter continue to send a chill down our spines, the spring semester has arrived. Ready or not, Texas A&M is back in session, and in the next four months, our lives will have changed forever.

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The homework is completed, the papers have been written and the exams have been turned in. All that waits now is the rest of my life, out in the real world – just that.

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What can I even say? How can I begin to describe the most wonderful, intense, transformative experience of my life so far? I guess I can start by saying thank you.

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In the past decade, the queer struggle for equality has seen many victories. Most significant of them being the landmark U.S. Supreme Court verdict that legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states. India abolished a Victorian law outlawing homosexual intercourse only last year. Australia le…

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As the song goes, video killed the radio star, but it appears nothing ever actually kills the artist. Or at least, nothing truly buries the debris left in their back catalog. In an age where relatively inexpensive digital remastering can work unprecedented magic, record companies can package…

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This past weekend, seven members of The Battalion’s staff took a road trip to Louisiana to cover the Aggies’ matchup against the LSU Tigers and all the chaos of game day. Now, grateful to be back in College Station, those staff members offer a few vignettes from #BATTonRouge2019.

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If you have ever seen a television ad from the 1950s, you’ve likely experienced the dysphoria that comes with being told directly that “x product is good” and “you should buy it.” Advertising has evolved over the decades from these once extremely pointed commercials and continuously adjust t…

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I don’t know about you, but usually the first thing I do when I wake up is turn on the TV, always set to CNN. Something about the warm company of Anderson Cooper and friends as I brush my teeth and prepare for the day is beautiful. Plus, I get caught up on the start of the day’s news. Betwee…

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The days surrounding Thanksgiving have long been some of the busiest travel days of the entire year. The holiday is a time for families to unite, often travelling long distances to meet with their loved ones. In honor of the yearly Thanksgiving travel scramble, here are the top five travel a…

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How do you consume news and obtain information about current events? Do you scroll through social media posts, turn on the television, peruse a magazine or newspaper, tune into the radio or download a smartphone app?

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"Knives Out" is a hilarious take on the classic whodunit genre of days old, as the film takes a fascinating approach to its murder mystery. The follow-up film from "The Last Jedi" director Rian Johnson, the film moves at a fluid pace, as it unravels the mystery for the characters and audienc…

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Hootie & the Blowfish is a touchstone of the very best of 90s joy and nostalgia, and the last thing I wanted to hear from their latest album “Imperfect Circle” was something that was a pale reflection of their former selves. To my utmost pleasure, from the very first track I knew this wo…

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Whenever I have a busy week, packed with due dates and exams, I tell myself, “I just have to get through this week!” When the weekend finally arrives, I decide to rest, until I remember the mundane tasks I didn’t get done during the week like cleaning, grocery shopping and doing laundry. Onc…

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The recent popularity of the phrase “ok boomer” has launched a slew of viral meme content, memorable clapbacks and even professional journalists declaring the start of an “all-out generational war.”

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Vyvlecka is an agricultural communications & journalism sophomore. Eppright is an agribusiness sophomore. Both students have grown up around beef cattle production and are students in the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences.

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Before there was Jack Ryan there was Robert Gates. To listen to Gates speak, as students had the opportunity to do last Wednesday, is to listen to an old record of your parents for the first time. It at once feels new yet foundational, a reminder that, as real and as visceral as our own time…

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Caste has been one of India’s biggest social evils. Enshrined in ancient Hindu texts, it has created hierarchies of power and inequality for thousands of years. This classification decides access to jobs, quality of education, matrimonial prospects and, in some cases, access to drinking wate…

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English R&B singer/producer FKA twigs, Tahliah Barnett, is a mad scientist of the genre, throwing vitalizing electricity at a track until it lives. Her approach is avant-garde but not difficult to access, even for a casual listener. Her latest album “Magdalene” is the first recorded musi…

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Rodney Reed was sentenced to death in 1996 after being convicted of rape and murder. The State of Texas was initially scheduled to execute him on Nov. 20. However, the Texas Court of Appeals has decided to stay the execution indefinitely.

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A period piece which explores the Ford Motor Company’s venture into the racing scene, the film follows a group of men who are determined to push beyond the limits of practicality. With phenomenal emotion and heart, “Ford v Ferrari” takes the audience along for the ride, giving them the excit…

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Streaming services are one of the most important advancements of cinema in recent years. They have revolutionized the way we consume films. No longer do audiences have to travel to the theater for every new release due to fear of missing out. They can rest easy knowing it’ll be on Netflix or…

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On this Friday, neatly nestled between Veteran’s Day and the 20th Anniversary of Bonfire’s collapse, consider the two most prominent and purported memorials on campus: the Memorial Student Center and the Bonfire Memorial. If you winced while reading the word “purported” you probably know wha…

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Who among us never underwent the emotional throes of a teenage emo phase? Even if only for five minutes and eleven seconds of “Welcome to the Black Parade,” I would venture to say we’ve all been there.

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Since starting college, my diet has evolved into a steady stream of instant noodles, granola bars, packaged snacks and pizza, or a burrito bowl when I feel like leaving my dorm. With a busy schedule and no access to a kitchen, what more can you expect? As in my case, the main reasons most st…

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Fox News would have you believe “Democrats are quickly becoming the party of Karl Marx and Che Guevara, not John Kennedy.” I hate to burst Fox’s bubble, but the Democrats aren’t becoming anything like the 20th Century communists. To understand the Democratic Party’s new direction, we need to…

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In the tumultuous political climate of today, nothing is more comforting during the holiday season than to be able to sit down with your family and have a warm, respectful discussion about an issue we can all definitely agree on: abortion.

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Spoiler alert: Harriet Tubman (Cynthia Erivo) escapes from bondage, saves 300 slaves during successive trips to the South and frees 750 more during the Civil War. Hopefully one learned all that in middle school. But therein lies “Harriet’s” central problem: As a critic once said after readin…

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Rex Orange County is the indie pop artistic output of English 21-year-old Alexander O’Connor, whose popularity has grown exponentially since the release of his debut project “bcos u will never b free” on Soundcloud in 2016. O’Connor built an audience from his lo-fi production and down-to-ear…

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In my experience, whenever I have heard Americans speak about India, they always talk about its vibrant culture, the milling crowds and the warm hospitality they received from their obliging hosts. Movies and books like “Eat, Pray, Love” also reinforce the image of a welcoming yet mysterious…

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“Motherless Brooklyn” is a decent detective story revolving around Edward Norton’s Tourette’s- afflicted private eye, Lionel Essrog, as he investigates New York City corruption and his partner’s killer. However, many flaws make “Motherless Brooklyn” a less-than-quality film.

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Whatever else one might say of Rick Perry, he could at times be quite charming. Recall a brief exchange between him and then-Senator Al Franken at the former’s Senate confirmation hearing. Franken greeted Perry: “Thank you so much for coming into my office. Did you enjoy meeting me?” Perry, …

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If you have strong political views, at some point you have probably gotten into a heated discussion with someone who holds opposing views. Most likely, at the end of the conversation, you both walked away feeling exasperated and angry, and neither of you were ready to consider the other’s pe…

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Facebook is a reputable social giant that sustains a massive influence on millions of active users. Despite new social media platforms gaining attraction, Facebook continues to be the most popular media site. According to recent statistics, 2.45 billion active users were documented in Septem…

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Of all of the obstacles I have faced in life, none have been more challenging than moving away from home. Don’t get me wrong, having my own space is incredible, but when you’ve grown up in one place for the last fifteen years, adjusting to life in a new setting can become overwhelming.