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CTVA Chair recounts personal experiences, highlighting importance of accurate media representation

Dianah Wynter with her dad.

Natalie Miranda, Assistant Arts & Entertainment Editor

August 20, 2020

As Dianah Wynter sat in front of her family’s television set as a little girl, a newly aired sitcom transformed the screen into a mirror. For the first time, Wynter, CSUN’s department of cinema and television arts chair, saw her mom in Diahann Carroll’s character, Julia Baker, in the 1968 NBC series, “Julia.” The show was the first weekly...

The Real Influencers – Nipsey Hussle

The Real Influencers – Nipsey Hussle

Michaella Huck, Andres Soto, and Tiago Barreiro

August 15, 2020

“The Real Influencers” is a series that highlights important figures whose ideas and work continue to be relevant to younger generations. Every episode is released to coincide with the figure’s birthday. In this episode, Daily Sundial’s arts and entertainment editor, Michaella Huck, and spo...

Movie review: ‘Host’ brings horror to a zoom call

Alex Behunin, Assistant Arts & Entertainment Editor

August 13, 2020

It feels like Zoom and Skype have become a way of life during the COVID-19 pandemic. Well, we got our first movie that was shot on a Zoom call. “Host” was directed and co-written by Rob Savage and released exclusively on Shudder on July 30. The premise of the movie is straight forward; six...

Fourth annual San Fernando Valley Drive-In Nights moves to the Westfield Fashion Square Mall in Sherman Oaks

Poster of San Fernando Valley Drive In Nights

Alex Behunin, Reporter

August 10, 2020

Movies from “Back to the Future,” “Harry Potter” and “Home Alone” were some of the many films shown at the Lake Balboa Complex during San Fernando Valley Drive-In Nights, an annual event organized by My Valley Pass for families from all over the Los Angeles area for the last three years. ...

Beyoncé’s love letter to Black people: “Black is King” visual album review

Beyonce in

Michaella Huck, Arts & Entertainment Editor

August 8, 2020

“We have always been wonderful. I see us reflected in the most heavenly things. Black is king. We were beauty before they knew what beauty was.” On July 31, Beyoncé released the long-awaited visual companion to her 2019 album, “The Lion King: The Gift.” The visual album, only available o...

United Teachers storm Twitter demanding Cal State L.A. to appoint Melina Abdullah as Ethnic Studies dean

Black Lives Matter L.A. co-founder Melina Abdullah.

Natalie Miranda, Assistant Arts and Entertainment Editor

August 3, 2020

United Teachers Los Angeles launched a “Twitter Storm” on Friday to demand the appointment of Melina Abdullah, co-founder of Black Lives Matter Los Angeles and professor of Pan-African Studies at Cal State Los Angeles, as the inaugural dean of the College of Ethnic Studies at Cal State L.A. Twitter...

The Real Influencers – James Baldwin

The Real Influencers - James Baldwin

Michaella Huck, Arts & Entertainment Editor

August 2, 2020

The Real Influencers is a series that highlights important figures whose ideas and work continue to be relevant to younger generations. Every episode is released to coincide with the figure's birthday. In the premiere episode, A&E editor Michaella Huck explains why author James Baldwin is still rel...

2020 Emmy Awards Nominations Announced

The Emmy Awards nominations were announced yesterday, setting the stage for the event scheduled on Sept. 20.

Natalie Miranda, Assistant A&E Editor

July 29, 2020

Although the 2020 award season faced ceremony postponements and cancelations, the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards show must go on — well, maybe with a few adjustments. The Television Academy announced the nominations for the 2020 Emmy Awards Tuesday, substituting their annual in-person ceremony for a...

Celebrity women take to social media to empower and uplift each other

Celebrities like Ava DuVernay, Gabrielle Union and Vanessa Bryant have all participated in the new social media photo challenge that encourages women to support other women.

Alex Behunin, Reporter

July 28, 2020

Celebrity selfies can be seen as superficial by onlookers, however, a new social media photo challenge, “Women Supporting Women,” has gone viral resulting in women uplifting each other through selfies. Instagram photo challenges come around every month or so. Some popular ones that have come and...

Daily dose of artists supporting the Black Lives Matter movement

Daily dose of artists supporting the Black Lives Matter movement

Alex Behunin, Reporter

July 18, 2020

Art, whether it be music, movies, or drawings, has the power to heal and educate. People are able to document movements and as time goes on, we look at it and interpret it through our lens.  As the world continues to fight for justice for George Floyd and others affected by police brutality, arti...

CSUN queer studies class brings in the community with their zines and playlists

Zine pages put together by students in professor Matthew Clements' Pop culture Queer studies class, QS 204.

Michaella Huck, A&E Editor

July 10, 2020

Four in 10 LGBTQ youth don’t feel accepted in the community they live in, according to a study conducted by the Human Rights Campaign. A CSUN Pop Music Queer Studies class, QS 204, led by Matthew Clements, a professor of Queer Studies, set out to help LGBTQ youth find themselves and remind them they...

Carter Ace performs live at Vanalden Park in Northridge

Chris Torres and Michaella Huck

June 28, 2020

Carter Ace performed live at Vanalden Park in Northridge on Friday. The group consists of lead singer O’neil Carter Noah, back-up vocalist Alexus Andrade, bassist Daniel Durant, drummer Gio Alford, guitarist Fahem Erfan and keyboardist Jon Redwood.  The lead singer, who goes by Carter, met...

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