Over the summer, and indeed, most of the spring, there has been a plurality of issues that the United States has had to deal with, from a largely preventable and massive death count from COVID-19, loss of faith in public institutions, a large and growing movement for racial justice, and a demand for accountability when it comes to police violence.
I’m sure by now that many of you are familiar with that recent op-ed that appeared in the New York Times about how New York City is dead, that all the scenes and places that used to be so vibrant are now empty, and people can’t go to their favorite brunch places. All the clubs are closed, nobody is out anymore, it is a ghost town.
If you’ve been keeping up with the news recently, you would know that there have been almost non-stop protests for the Black Lives Matter movement, protesting police murders of black men and women. On September 3rd, a car drove through a crowd of protesters in Midtown. The recent protests in Manhattan were in response to the death of Daniel Prude, who was killed by officers in Rochester, N.Y.
The protests that have rocked the United States since the May 25th murder of an unarmed black man, George Floyd, by an officer with a history of abuse complaints, stand as testimony to the ceaseless and unending horror of police violence towards African Americans in this country.
Last evening I finally took it upon myself to watch Whiplash, the 2014 Oscar winning film about an obsessed jazz drummer and his borderline psychotic music conductor. I realize I’m a little late to the film game here but I have a lot more free time now as it so happens. One of the biggest lines from the movie that sticks out to me is J.K. Simmons’ character’s line: “The two most harmful words in the English language are good job.”
Two days ago, the paper got an email from firstname.lastname@example.org, detailing a day of action going on today, April 1st, at the corner of Willis Avenue and East 139th Street in the Bronx. At 2pm, the tenants in the South Bronx will converge to demand rent freezes as well as better living conditions during this international pandemic.
Well ladies and gentlemen, and those who do not identify with either gender, we’ve reached the apex of hell. The rest of the semester will be conducted from the privacy and loneliness of our respective homes. I’m not happy about it, you’re probably not happy about it, but nonetheless this is the situation we’ve found ourselves in. My heart truly goes out to the seniors, both those in high school and those at Fordham who are really getting screwed over by this. We love and appreciate you, and we wish you the best. That being said, we’ve got to get to the meat of the issue.
Those of you who know me are probably aware of the fact that I’m a massive Batman fan. I grew up watching the animated series, dressing up, and reading stories about Batman. So naturally one of my favorite villains, if not my favorite, has been the Joker. Completely devoid of morality or any sense of human decency, the Joker causes chaos and mayhem wherever he goes, pissing off Batman and driving him ever closer to the edge. One of the reasons I think the Joker makes such a good villain is that he has no redeeming qualities whatsoever. He is just this being of pure evil that has no regard for any of his actions and how they affect people.
On Tuesday, President Donald Trump issued a series of 7 pardons and 4 commutions. Despite the president’s own legal trouble with impeachment and numerous accounts of sexual assault or harassment, the president did not hold back when exercising his presidential power to pardon. According to CNN, the reasons for said pardons were extremely vague. The president is quoted as saying “These are all people that you have to see the recommendations. I rely on recommendations, very importantly.”
I wasn’t sure how I’d react to this album. After all, it’s been about 20 years since Ozzy’s last solo album and the guy hasn’t been in the best of health. Not to mention trying to understand him speak is incredibly difficult. I have to say, however, that I was pleasantly surprised when I gave the album a listen. It’s a nice blend of metal, classic rock, ballads, and even a little rap and pop. Collaborations from popular artists like Post Malone and Travis Scott make it all the more interesting and timelier.