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The Hip-Hop society dances onto Boston Cypher scene

The Hip-Hop society dances onto Boston Cypher scene

By Damica Rodriguez

February 21, 2019

A clunky concert speaker blasted music from an aux cord in the multipurpose room of the Piano Row residence hall on Tuesday night. About 10-15 people from Emerson and the Greater Boston area scattered around the room and danced to the rhythm. Some came to teach or share their newfound knowledge about ...

Alumna’s horror novel adapted for Netflix film

Alumna’s horror novel adapted for Netflix film

By Taina Millsap, Living Arts Editor

February 14, 2019

Eva Konstantopoulos’ ’05 dream came true last year when Netflix released her fictional story “Malevolent” into a film, eight years after the project started.  The horror film, adapted from Konstantopoulos’ book Hush, tells the story of two siblings tricking people into thinking they have paranor...

Alum remember Adam James McCarthy with “Tulips” film

Alum remember Adam James McCarthy with “Tulips” film

By Erin Nolan

February 14, 2019

Jordan Cipolla ‘18 and Adam James McCarthy ‘17 shared matching tattoos—stick and pokes done by Cipolla’s ex-girlfriend. The design depicted a tulip inside of a Bulleit Bourbon bottle next to a billiard ball. The billiard ball was a representation of the hours they spent playing pool togethe...

“Captain Jack” exposes dangers of trash and pollution in China

“Captain Jack” exposes dangers of trash and pollution in China

By Katie Redefer, Copy Editor

February 14, 2019

In a small village outside of Chongqing, China, freshman Jack Liu stood surrounded by garbage. The trash polluted a river in the village, and Liu decided to create the documentary short film "Junk Town" in 2017 to show the dangers the residents faced. “Junk Town” is a 15-minute short film th...

Former PA chair makes history at Hartford Stage

Former PA chair makes history at Hartford Stage

By Cassandre Coyer

February 11, 2019

Former Department of Performing Arts Chair Melia Bensussen received an unexpected interview at Hartford Stage the day before she left for Barcelona, Spain on sabbatical. Three months later, she flew back to the United States, and the following morning she walked in for her second interview with ...

Student launches conceptual clothing line from his apartment

Student launches conceptual clothing line from his apartment

By Melanie Curry, Deputy Arts Editor

February 7, 2019

Junior Henry Pew started printing tee-shirts in middle school. He cut plastic from folders to create a stencil and spray-painted his design onto the shirt. Pew did this long enough to print a milk carton and a gnome design, which he then sold, and temporarily gave up the hobby. The hobby neve...

Grad student becomes Boston’s newest poet laureate

Grad student becomes Boston’s newest poet laureate

By Melanie Curry, Deputy Arts Editor

February 6, 2019

Creative writing graduate student Porsha Olayiwola read one of her poems aloud for the first time in her senior year of high school. She used the story of Beauty and the Beast to construct a poem about domestic violence. Thirteen years later, Mayor Martin J. Walsh named Olayiwola as Boston’s Poet Laure...

Alumna Gaby Dunn tells all in new money memoir

Alumna Gaby Dunn tells all in new money memoir

By Dana Gerber, Assistant News Enterprise Editor

January 30, 2019

Gaby Dunn ‘09 first appeared in the public eye as a brassy YouTube comedian. After accomplishing the goal many strive for—building a following for her channel, making a career out of it—she felt she was still missing something. Despite a seemingly glamorous lifestyle, she wrestled with finan...

Senior starts digital gallery featuring hometown local artists

Senior starts digital gallery featuring hometown local artists

By Riddhima Dave

January 30, 2019

Senior journalism major Tay Thai discovered her purpose at Emerson during her Digital Storytelling class—to promote artists from her hometown of Brockton, Mass. As a person who considers herself connected to her roots, Thai wanted to give a platform for local artists to be discovered. Thai crea...

Alumnus film “Egg” cracks motherhood stereotypes

Alumnus film “Egg” cracks motherhood stereotypes

By Cassandre Coyer

January 24, 2019

Thirty years after graduating from Emerson, and after having starred in Sex and the City 2, Lipstick Jungle, and The Exes, David Alan Basche ’90 decided to give back to Emerson when it was time to produce his first feature movie, Egg. The satirical film, in which Basche produced and starred, w...

Professors’ digital museum tells the unknown story of the banjo

Professors’ digital museum tells the unknown story of the banjo

By Cassandre Coyer

January 16, 2019

When Associate Professor Marc Fields finished his documentary “Give Me the Banjo” after a decade of researching and gathering content on the instrument’s history, he knew he hadn’t told the full story yet.  In Fields’ earlier work, he completed several projects about early American cultu...

Producer-in-Residence’s film, “Leave No Trace” up for three Independent Spirit Awards

Producer-in-Residence’s film, “Leave No Trace” up for three Independent Spirit Awards

By Lilly Milman

December 26, 2018

If a tree fell in the woods of Portland, Oregon, would anyone be around to hear it? According to Linda Reisman’s latest film, Leave No Trace, the answer is yes. Reisman, who is currently Emerson’s Senior Distinguished Producer-in-Residence, said the heart of the movie is a father and daughter’s relationsh...