The Student Voice of Fordham Lincoln Center

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The Student Voice of Fordham Lincoln Center

The Observer

The Student Voice of Fordham Lincoln Center

The Observer

JALEN GLENN, Staff Writer

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Racial diversity on the big screen has little to do with combatting racial injustices in our society. (CAROLINE JOHN VIA FLICKR)

Why On Screen “Diversity” is a Misguided Attempt at Social Justice

March 10, 2016

One of the central tensions of Spike Lee’s 1989 film “Do The Right Thing” is the lack of black individuals on the Wall of Fame in Sal’s Pizzeria. Instead, said wall is largely filled with white...


Hollywood is Out of Ideas, and We Are in Trouble

January 28, 2016

One of the more humorous moments of “Back to the Future Part II” occurred when the (holographic) shark from “Jaws 26” “eats” Marty McFly in 2015. Through this scene, director Robert Zemeckis...

Only two students, in a room of 30, raised their hands when I asked them if they knew what a Pell Grant was.  Jalen Glenn

The Overlooked Socioeconomic Divide At Fordham

December 4, 2015

Over the past three years, Fordham has become my home. Yet, I have felt unsafe in this home during the same time. This is not simply the result of my racial identity, but also because of my socioeconomic...

Kendrick Lamar performs during the BET Experience at Staples Center on June 27, 2015 in Los Angeles. (Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

When “Black Culture” Can Be a Problematic Term

November 7, 2015

There were two incidents that led me to write this piece. The first occurred when I was reading a article about how “white people blatantly appropriate black culture.” The aspect of culture...

Hip hop recording artist Meek Mill performs at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, N.J., on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015. (Yong Kim/Philadelphia Daily News/TNS)

The Return of Battle Rap: More Than Just Music

August 28, 2015

2015 has been a great year for hip-hop. Big name artists such as Big Sean and Kendrick Lamar have released albums, newcomer Fetty Wap dominated the charts, and Kanye West continues to tease listeners with...

Rapper Waka Flocka Flame.
(Courtesy of Jason Jiron via Flickr(

Did Gangsta Rap Make Them Do It?

March 25, 2015

In 2008, Ice Cube forcefully (though ironically) rapped, “I can say what I want to say ain’t nothing to it, gangsta rap made me do it.” These lyrics, and the rest of the song “Gangsta Rap Made...

Iggy’s Voice Is No Biggy

September 16, 2014

  Without a doubt, Iggy Azalea was the biggest name in music this past summer. Her mega single “Fancy” reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and her guest appearance on Arianna...

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