Beyoncé’s ‘Formation’ delivers a real message

By: Zenab Saeed ~Staff Writer~ Following the release of Beyoncé’s newest single and its music video on Feb. 6, “Formation” became the subject of controversy. Initially, the controversy surrounding the music video stemmed from accusations that the video borrowed footage from a 2013 short documentary titled “That B.E.A.T” about New Orleans and the city’s culture without permission. Filmmakers Abteen Bagheri and Chris Black took to Twitter to accuse “Formation” director Melina Matsoukas of using footage from their film despite the fact that they did not grant permission. In response to these accusations, a representative for Beyoncé stated that the consent … Continue reading Beyoncé’s ‘Formation’ delivers a real message

‘SNL 40’ prompts guffaws and awkwardness

By: Grant Vance ~Staff Writer~ No one sitting in the audience of Studio 8H of Rockefeller Plaza on Oct. 11, 1975, could have ever predicted the importance of that Saturday night in New York City. Not only was it the premiere of “Saturday Night Live” — one of the most influential comedy shows in television history — but also the origin of a number of the most influential actors and comedians of today. The weekly alternative sketch comedy show is still kicking after 40 years, and Sunday night viewers appreciated the magic it has brought to Saturday nights since its … Continue reading ‘SNL 40’ prompts guffaws and awkwardness

Hammond to announce “SNL”

By: Zenab Saeed ~Staff Writer~ Comedian and actor Darrell Hammond is set to replace Don Pardo as the announcer on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” (SNL). Pardo, a notable radio and television announcer who had a successful career for the past 70 years, died in his sleep at the age of 96 on Aug. 10. In his time, Pardo served as the announcer for many NBC shows including “The Price is Right,” “Jeopardy!” and “NBC Nightly News.” His most notable job, however, was his role at “SNL,” where, beginning with the show’s debut in 1975, he was the announcer for 39 … Continue reading Hammond to announce “SNL”