The Student Voice of Fordham Lincoln Center

The Observer

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

Hollywood is Out of Ideas, and We Are in Trouble

January 28, 2016
Seven of the highest-grossing films of 2015 were based on pre-existing content.
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 at the same time.
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
We rarely hear the phrase “white community” employed with any legitimacy. That is precisely because we recognize the diversity in this group, and with that, recognize that such a term cannot capture the differences within the group in question.
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
Battling has been part of hip-hop since its origins in the South Bronx in the late 1970s.
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.”

Iggy’s Voice Is No Biggy

September 16, 2014
The assumption then could be made that Azalea’s rapping voice sounds a certain way because she learned the technique in a location that has a distinct sound. However, this conclusion is too simplistic and does not give her enough credit as an artist.
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