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The Student News Site of Sonoma State University

Sonoma State Star


“Dear White People” demands a conversation

Alexis Austin, Staff Writer May 8, 2017

The recently released Netflix series “Dear White People” is a drama-comedy following students on a fictional ivy league campus, Winchester, a predominately white institution.  They navigate through similar issues centered around race, sexuality and class. The series is adapted from the 2014 critically acclaimed film of the same name and picks up where it left off, in the midst of a controversial blackface party.


Netflix gets funky with season two of “The Get Down”

Alexis Austin, Staff Writer April 24, 2017

What’s happenin’ party people? Meet the GetDown brothers, Ezekiel “Books” Figero, Curtis “Shaolin Fantastic” Caldwell, Ronald “Ra-Ra” Kipling, Miles “Boo-Boo” Kipling and Marcus “Dizzee” Kipling. This crew is doing something revolutionary; spinning the disco hits and switching em’ up, even freestyling over the beats.


Alumni talent fills Schroeder Hall

Alexis Austin, Staff Writer April 17, 2017

On Saturday at Schroeder Hall, the stage was scattered with an array of instruments; the grand piano at the center. An eclectic performance was inevitable.


“All Amerikkkan Bada$$” highlights institutional injustice

Alexis Austin, Staff Writer April 10, 2017

While Hip-hop has evolved since the days of Biggie, Tupac and Nas, at least one artist remains true to these roots and he is only 22-years-old. Jo-Vaughn Scott, a Brooklyn raised rapper known as Joey Bada$$, persists to set himself and his music apart from others in his genre and generation. His latest album “All Amerikkkan Bada$$” was released last Friday as a testament to this notion as well as a social and political commentary that is more than relevant.


Khalid releases “American Teen”

Alexis Austin, Staff Writer March 7, 2017

When Khalid released his hit single “Location” last summer, he became regarded as an upcoming R&B newcomer with some serious potential. Sadly this potential was not exactly reached in the long-awaited release of his full album “American Teen” last friday.


“Get Out” a modern day horror story

Alexis Austin, Staff Writer February 28, 2017

It’s a sunny day just like any other and you are on your way to visit your girlfriend’s parent’s home for the first time. You are a part of an interracial relationship, and you just happen to be black and she just happens to be white, but this can’tbe a big deal; it’s 2017… right? But when you arrive, her parents seem friendly, they seem normal, yet the groundskeeper and housekeeper are a black man and woman,  give you a concerning glare and establish the prospect that something is not quite right.


Chance the Rapper wins three Grammy Awards

Alexis Austin, Staff Writer February 20, 2017

The music world operates alongside a myth: to achieve the highest level of success and recognition, one must sign on to a record label and sell a ton of records. It has always been generally understood that a “big” record deal equated to a “big break” in the music and entertainment industry. At the 59th annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 12, this myth was shattered when the young Chicago-native artist and producer Chance the Rapper brought home three awards: Best New Artist, Best Rap Album and Best Rap Performance, signifying universal acclaim, without having sold a single record.


“Forever in a Second” captivates audiences

Alexis Austin, Staff Writer February 14, 2017

The dance concert “Forever in a Second: New and Renewed Dances by Kristen Daley” was performed on Friday and Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon in Ives 119. The show was a good length, giving audiences a full evening of interest and enjoyment. Each piece featured very precise and liberated movement, while brief pauses between numbers allowed the audience to feel relaxed. Only five dances were performed, making each very focused and meaningful. 


Sampha releases “Process”

Alexis Austin, Staff Writer February 7, 2017

Sampha Sisay is known for his collaborations with other artists. His vocals resonate on Drake’s tracks “The Motion” and “Too Much,” in Solange’s recent “Don’t Touch My Hair” and Kanye West’s “Saint Pablo.” The South London native has shared his distinct sound with the world through these and more, combined works and a few EPs, but under the surface he has been conjuring up a complete work of his own. Last Friday, he released his first full-length album “Process,” through his label Young Turks.  


The Weeknd channels Michael Jackson in “Starboy”

Alexis Austin, Staff Writer December 6, 2016

At the age of 17, Abel Tesfaye dropped out of high school with his best friend LaMar Taylor and left his mother’s home in Toronto, taking only his mattress with him. His mother, Samra, an Ethiopian immigrant who fled to Canada from civil war and drought, sought a better life for her son. Nine years later, Tesfaye, more commonly known as The Weeknd, is a world-renowned alternative R&B artist and has just released his fourth ultra successful album “Starboy” with 32.8 million daily streams on Spotify according to


A Tribe Called Quest releases final album memorializing Phife Dawg

Alexis Austin, Staff Writer November 15, 2016

Last year on Nov. 13, A Tribe Called Quest members Q-Tip, Jarobi, Ali and Phife performed on the Tonight Show together. It was their first TV performance in 18 years. This performance sparked what Q-Tip called “an energy that we hadn’t experienced on stage together in some time” and a mutual desire to “get back to the studio and start that cookup!” This year on Nov. 11, the group released their new and final album titled “We Got It From Here… Thank you 4 Your Service” through Epic Records.


Alicia Keys gets real with “Here”

Alexis Austin, Staff Writer November 8, 2016

In her first full-length recorded album released in four years titled “Here,” Keys pushes the boundaries of composition, conveying her passion for social and political activism with a resilient voice and adventurous musicality.

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