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‘This is America’ Song Review

By Lauren Rayman

    Donald Glover, also known as Childish Gambino, released a new song on May 5, 2018, the same day he hosted Saturday Night Live.

    Gambino’s new song, “This is America,” was released with a music video. In just over a week, the video has already scored 109 million views on YouTube.

    Many people have posted the music video itself and clips from it on Twitter. “Childish Gambino,” “This is America” and “Donald Glover” have all trended on Twitter in the time since the song has been out.

    Although many people have been raving about the song and hyping it up, many other people have been hating on it.

    Memes, parodies, remixes, medlies, covers and mashups of “This is America” have also surfaced the internet in the short time the song has been out.

    Many artists have been releasing new songs and albums recently, and some have not been that great. Unlike some of these songs, Gambino’s “This is America” is actually good.

    The song has many different aspects to it. The beginning vocals of the song seamlessly transition into a different beat, and continue to do so throughout the song.

    This gives the song depth and keeps listeners interested. The lyrics of the song are also very well written and thought out.

    Young Thug, Slim Jxmmi, BlocBoy JB, 21 Savage and Quavo are all featured in the background vocals of the song.

    Since Gambino has not released new music since 2016, his new song grabbed many music lovers’ attention. Gambino did not disappoint with his release of “This is America.”

    Overall out of five I would easily give this song five stars. I would highly recommend this song to anyone who likes Childish Gambino and similar artists’ music.

Shamrock run returns for the fourth season

By Abby Kuhns

   Summit County Running Club held the Shamrock 5k and 15k run on March 11 this year. This event is their 4th annual Shamrock run.

   The race started and finished at Woodridge Middle School. This course is mostly flat meaning fast times for competitors.

   Between the 5k and 15k there were 316 competitors that came out and ran on Sunday morning.

   Athletes were rewarded with hot soup, fruit, donuts, cookies and more after running their race.

   Trophies were awarded to the top three females and males, along with the top three places in each age group for both the 5k and 15k run.

   This year’s top three female competitors in the 5k were Mackenzie McCarthy, Isabelle Best and Meagan Varga. The top three male finishers were Charles Novak, Curt Bachus and Bill Braden.

   In the 15k run the top female finisher was Kristinia Reilly and the first place male finisher was Jeff Wilson.

   There were plenty of volunteers at the race and every one of them was so kind.

   This was one of my favorite races in which I participated because it was not overly crowded, and the course was amazing. The food afterwards was better than most 5k runs, and the people were also very nice.

   Overall this event ran very well and it was a great way to bring runners from all over Northeast Ohio together for a community event.

   

‘Black Panther’ review

By Oliva Alesnik

‘Black Panther’ is the newest Marvel superhero movie everyone is flocking to theaters to see.

‘Black Panther’ first made an appearance in the July 1966 ‘Fantastic Four’ comic book #52 and the ‘Captain America: Civil War’ movie in 2016. After positive remarks, producers Kevin Feige and David J. Grant decided to give Black Panther his own movie.

The storyline is fairly generic: After the death of his father, T’Challa, played by Chadwick Boseman, returns home to the African nation of Wakanda. An imposter by the name of Erik Killmonger, played by Michael B. Jordan, comes to steal T’Challa’s throne.

With the help of his sister Shuri, played by Letitia Wright, love interest Nakia, played by Lupita Nyong’o, and bodyguard Okoye, played by Danai Gurira, the Black Panther is unstoppable.

The whole movie leads up to the last fight between T’Challa, aka Black Panther, and Erik Killmonger.

Kendrick Lamar produced the soundtrack for this movie and worked with various artists including SZA, Khalis, Swae Lee, Travis Scott, and The Weeknd. This album is available on Spotify, App Music, YouTube and Soundcloud.

I personally loved this movie: Cultural representation has been increasing lately, and with this movie, it really hit home. Growing up, the girls in superhero movies were white, and society sent the message that you are only beautiful and powerful if you look like them.

Marvel used their resources to make a masterpiece. Young black girls all over America are drawn to this film. I was captivated because the movie shows black women as powerful, beautiful and graceful.

This movie encompassed my culture on many levels. My ancestors are from Africa, and Americans don’t often address this side of culture. The movie shows how you can be any color, come from any part of the world and be any age to be a hero.

My personal rating is a 9.5/10.