What BTS’ American Music Awards performance means to a K-pop fan

Korean pop boy group BTS left me as a proud Army as they finally held their American TV debut performance at the American Music Awards on Sunday. Seeing the seven-member group transition from walking out of a school bus in ...

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Hmong author discusses the ‘bride price’

Mai Neng Moua, a pioneering Hmong author, read from her new nonfiction book last Friday, which questions a common Hmong tradition. Moua said her book, “The Bride Price: A Hmong Wedding Story,” is a memoir of her “journey from trauma,” ...

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Have you seen the ‘incredible’ surprise Disney just put out?

My eyes lit up as I watched that lowercase “i”  turn into Roman numeral number “ii”. And yes, it was totally “WICKED!” The teaser to the trailer that is 13 years in the making finally graced all Disney media platforms ...

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Why ‘Wonder’ appeals to all ages

Unlike other coming-of-age films, “Wonder” is different. While the film may center around the life of one character, its focus on the separate storylines of each person makes for an engaging watch that is relatable for viewers who can identify ...

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How ‘Justice League’ just missed the mark

Following the events of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” the new movie, “Justice League,” tells the story of a grief-stricken world coping with the death of Superman. Meanwhile,  Bruce Wayne hunts for heroes to form a team to stop ...

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‘Last Flag Flying’ actors give excellent performance

The Iraq War remains one of the most trying and divisive times in this nation’s history, and Richard Linklater’s latest film, “Last Flag Flying,” tries to encapsulate those emotions through its three main characters. The film is based off the ...

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This week in entertainment: author readings, film screenings, dance performances

‘Valentine Road’ screening The Cross Cultural and Gender Center’s LGBTQ+ programs and services will host a screening of “Valentine Road,” a documentary about Larry King, a gay eighth-grade student who was shot and killed by his classmate. The screening will ...

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Track-by-track review of Taylor Swift’s ‘Reputation’

Last Friday, Taylor Swift released her sixth album, “Reputation” — possibly one of the most anticipated releases of 2017, and certainly one of the most talked about whether you’re a fan of Swift or not. Three years ago, Swift ditched ...

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Seth Rogen and Josh Hutcherson talk ‘Future Man’

Hulu’s newest television series, “Future Man,” brings together comedy and science fiction as it tells the story of a janitor who is suddenly tasked with saving the world. The project, which was created by Ariel Shaffir and Kyle Hunter, has ...

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Trans artists take to the stage to voice oppression

The Cross Cultural and Gender Center’s Poetry Jam provided a way for transgender artists to voice oppression they face and to listen to other cultural perspectives. Performances encouraged transgender people to stand up for their rights and challenge those who ...

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Experimental Theatre Company does murder mystery

While Halloween may have passed, the theatrical nature of the holiday lives on in “And Then There Were None.” The upcoming Fresno State Experimental Theatre Company’s production takes the celebrated novel by Agatha Christie and transforms it into an immersive ...

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CineCulture screens ‘Menashe’

CineCulture, in collaboration with Jewish studies, held a screening of “Menashe” to expose students to the Hasidic Jewish culture that persists in South Brooklyn. Dr. Ed EmanuEl, a host who filled in for director Joshua Weinstein, discussed the century-old community ...

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Reading series brings Shawn Wen to campus

The fall 2017 Fresno Poets’ Association Reading Series concluded last Thursday with a final reading featuring multimedia artist and radio producer Shawn Wen. The reading series, which is hosted by the creative writing program, brings creative writers to campus every ...

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The latest ‘Thor’ film is not worth your time. Here’s why.

“Thor: Ragnarok,” directed by Taika Waititi and written by Eric Pearson, Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost, is the third movie focused on Thor, played by Chris Hemsworth, and his adventures as Asgardian royalty.    In this go around, Thor faces ...

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‘Nailed it,’ says ‘The Rock’ to Fresno State student’s costume

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is better known for his time as a WWE wrestler and as a movie actor. But a particular outfit he once wore caught on with his followers and became a popular outfit for many to wear, ...

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Fresno celebrates 20 years of ‘Selena’

Students and faculty honored award-winning producer Moctesuma Esparza last Wednesday at Campus Pointe during the 20th anniversary of his film “Selena.” The event was not only a celebration of Esparza and “Selena,” but a fundraiser for Fresno State students who ...

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‘Native Son’ is ‘disorienting, but purposefully so’

Fresno State’s University Theatre premiered “Native Son” last Friday in the Dennis & Cheryl Woods Theatre to a full audience eager to get immersed in Chicago’s cold winter of 1939. The play is an adaptation of the novel by African-American ...

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He’s the man behind the undying love for ‘Selena’

The presence of Latinos in Hollywood today is nearly nonexistent. And to Moctesuma Esparza, veteran filmmaker and activist, Latinos are “worse off in representation and employment in Hollywood than they were in 1950.” On Wednesday, during an event celebrating the ...

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