September 20, 2021
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Spotlight on films, TV, books and music by Black creators

The backbone of the Life & Culture section at The Ithacan is pop culture — and, by extension, Black culture that has influenced pop culture.


Review: Late artist travels the world in drill album

By | Jul 13, 2020

Bashar Jackson, known as Pop Smoke, died five months before the release of his debut album. Fans lamented the artist and career that could have been.


Review: The Weeknd delivers emotional synth-pop album

By | Apr 4, 2020

Returning from a four-year album hiatus, R&B icon The Weeknd has released his latest project, “After Hours.” From start to finish, The Weeknd uses an array of synthesizers, auto-tune and echo to complement emotional lyrics about different aspects of his complicated life. 


Rap music must focus on quality

By | Feb 26, 2020

I listen to an abundance of music every day, and I have noticed one overarching theme in the music I listen to: a significant drop-off in the energy and focus of recently released rap albums.


Men’s basketball extends winning streak to six

By | Feb 25, 2020

The Ithaca College men’s basketball team defeated the St. Lawrence Saints 98–71 Feb. 15 in Ben Light Gymnasium.


Review: NBA 2K20 video game is a slam dunk

By | Oct 22, 2019

Returning with the 21st installment in its franchise, the NBA 2K series continues to push the envelope and redefine what a quality basketball video game is.


Review: The Goo Goo Dolls return with emotional album

By | Sep 24, 2019

Hailing from Buffalo, New York, the pop-rock duo the Goo Goo Dolls has maintained a high level of success over the last two decades.