Author: Sam Mwakasisi

2017 Coming Together in Skokie: The fascinating facets of Chinese culture

Diversity: it’s what makes the world go round, what makes the world so interesting, and what helps bring different parts of the human race together through the multitude of cultures encompassing it. Even without addressing this in a broad manner, Skokie stands as one of the most diverse places in all of Chicagoland. To honor this, it hosts an annual celebration of a different culture to help celebrate, kindle understanding for, and appreciate the melting pot that exists in the Skokie/Niles Township area, and this year’s celebrations are just around the corner. “Coming Together seeks to build knowledge of and...

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The Emoji Movie: Is it really a bad apple?

There’s no denying that technology and the culture it has fostered are a cornerstone of modern society, a society that runs on constant connection and communication. Companies can use this to their advantage by advertising through these societal facets to appeal to a young target audience; sometimes it works well, and other times it comes across as petty and cringe-worthy. However, in the most extreme of cases, there can be the moment where they just go too far, and The Emoji Movie seems to have stemmed from that moment. This film seemed to face trouble from the public right out of...

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A globe more golden: Meryl Streep’s political statement

With the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards occurring this past Sunday, as well as this year’s Grammy and Oscar ceremonies just around the corner, the award season seems to be in full swing for this new year. It was a night of celebrating achievements and artistic expression in both film and television. However, it ultimately ended up making news headlines and even gaining controversy for another memorable expression from an award recipient. 2016 was a year that contained one of the most intense and emotionally charged presidential elections in American history, and the post-election fallout has more than carried into 2017....

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Samuel Gwamaka Mwakasisi

Ever since I was a child, writing was always a gift of mine. I was consistently prolific in the creative aspects of my English classes, and I’ve used the creation of stories as a vessel for my young, bustling mind to this day. After I excelled in creative writing in my freshman year, both my creative writing teacher and my counselor recommended that I join North Star News for my sophomore year. Since the newspaper’s broadcasts had won my curiosity for NSN, I decided to take the leap into uncharted territory. I never really saw myself fitting the shoes of a journalist, but I saw my already-existing knowledge of writing and video editing being exercised and at times challenged in a very healthy way with the work I did for NSN. My status as a natural introvert gave me a lot more trials that were far out of my comfort zone when it came to gathering information from a wide variety of people for both written pieces for the site and my media package. Additionally, I grew to understand, respect, and take interest in the art of journalism, which I had never really given much heed to before. I plan to apply these skills in a way that builds upon my already present understanding of writing and editing, since I have seen these same tools applied to a new medium....

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The wrong ghost in the shell: How does casting affect a film?

There are few factors that can impact the outcome of a film as much as casting, and choosing the correct actors for a project can make all the difference in the world. As a result, people are known to get upset when a casting decision is made that doesn’t reflect how they perceive a character, and we were reminded of this when the upcoming live-action adaptation of the Ghost in the Shell manga series received large amounts of hate and backlash for casting Scarlett Johansson, a white actress, into the role of an Asian character. It seems like Ghost in the Shell has brought up...

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