by Ernest Rayford
Claude McKay was an influential Harlem Renaissance poet whose work focused on the black experience in America. It was during his early years in America that he realized he lived in a deeply racist and segregated society, prompting him to join civil rights groups and radical black political movements. McKay set the tone for the Harlem Renaissance and gained the deep respect of the younger poets of the time, including Langston Hughes.
For over ten years, Apple has dominated the competition with their most successful product: the iPhone. This year, Apple has decided to change it up and release the iPhone X for the iPhone’s 10th Anniversary. The iPhone X introduces a completely new, sleek design with a 5.8 inch OLED screen. Some have an issue with the “notch” at the top of the screen that makes space for the camera. Apart from the larger display size, Apple has also introduced the all-new Face ID feature, which allows you to unlock your device with just your face.
Black Panther, directed and co-written by Ryan Coogler, is the break out film of the year. Similar to the Black Panther Party of 1966, Marvel’s Black Panther and the Kingdom of Wakanda have themes of Afrocentricity and Black autonomy. Viewers entered the theater with high expectations for Chadwick Boseman’s performance as T’Challa. After his first appearance in Captain America: Civil War, fans got a glimpse of Wakanda.
This year’s senior summer reading book was Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. A graphic memoir, Satrapi captures the essence of the Iranian lifestyles through simplistic imagery and vivid storytelling. Persepolis covers a young Satrapi’s life story as she deals with mass societal change, war, prejudice, and governmental injustice. Through these life experiences, Satrapi aims to eliminate the negative connotations and stereotypes associated with being Iranian.
On April 5th, 2017, 17 Cardinal and Gold students went to see The Lion King at the Minskoff Theatre on Broadway. This was not the first play I have seen, and the same is true for at least half of the Hayesmen I went with, but it was most certainly the most entertaining one I have attended. The main reason my class went on this trip was to broaden our cultural experiences, and we are lucky to be able to do that easily on Broadway in New York City
For a while now Marvel has been releasing movies that are fun and energetic. The first Guardians of the Galaxy was no exception. Guardians of the Galaxy was a hilarious movie and unlike other films, Guardians of the Galaxy found creative ways to get the shot instead of just getting the shot. During the non-action scenes there were a variety of angles, movement, and depth that made the scenes feel more alive.