Minaj shows versatility on new album Reply

On 'Pink Friday; Roman Reloaded," Nikki Minaj's sophmore album, the artist displays her ability to both sing and rap.
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By Zac Vierra — Copy Edtor

Nikki Minaj’s second album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, shows the audience a few different styles of the artist. Minaj raps in some songs, while only singing in others. She blends rapping in verses and singing on the hooks of other songs, as these different styles make Roman Reloaded two albums in one.

In the first few songs on Roman Reloaded, such as “Come on a Cone” and “I Am Your Leader,” Minaj strictly raps with a style that, although unique, is similar to Lil’ Wayne. More…

bocca bella offers delicious plates Reply

bocca bella café & bistro features delicious food for special occasions.
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By Briana Nestor — Managing Editor

Tucked away on Lexington Street is bocca bella café & bistro, a quaint, Italian-style restaurant that offers familiar favorites for lunch and delicious, elegant entrees during the evening.

Dim lighting sets the bistro’s intimate tone and pictures of scenes from Italy adorn the muted gray and brown walls. Black fixtures hang above the tables and the bar. More…

Novel powers through love, illness, strength Reply

"The Fault in Our Stars," a 2012 novel by John Green, is a beautifully crafted story of triumphing against all odds.
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By Natalie Kfoury — A&E Editor

Time and time again, young-adult author John Green has proved that he has an amazing ability to craft heartwarming, beautiful works of literature. The Fault in Our Stars is no different. The novel, which was published in January, tackles the subject of terminal cancer patients finding hope, love, and the strength they did not believe existed.

Green introduces the reader to Hazel Grace Lancaster, a 16-year-old with terminal thyroid cancer who has been medicated by a miracle drug that will keep her alive for an indeterminable amount of time. Green tells the story from Lancaster’s eyes, making her the first female narrator that Green has written about. More…

“Wrath of the Titans” brings drama, action Reply

"Wrath of the Titans" stars Sam Worthington and is an exciting sequel to 2010's "Clash of the Titans."
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By Alex Ferri — Photo Editor

For the Greek mythology lover, “Wrath of the Titans” was a much-needed break from the more lackluster movies this spring season. The sequel to the 2010 movie, “Clash of the Titans,” focuses on Perseus, played by Sam Worthington and the demi-god son of Zeus, played by Liam Neeson, almost a decade after defeating the Kraken.

The film begins with Perseus, who is now trying to live a quiet life as a fisher¬man with his son, Helius. Meanwhile, the struggle for power between the Gods of Olympus and the Titans continues to rage on. The Gods are losing control of the Titans due to humanity’s lack of devotion. More…

Cupcake shop serves delectable sweets Reply

By Alex Ferri — Photo Editor

Sweet Cupcakes is an attractive shop with windows decorated with pink and red paper heart chains. Brown boxes made tiers for little pink cupcakes and the word “Sweet” is printed on the window. From just a mere glance, a Newbury Street passersby is just dying to go inside and try a cupcake or two.

I walked into a quaint little store with one of the most beautiful cupcake display cases I had ever seen. I was a kid in cupcake heaven. Along with their everyday lineup of cupcakes like Dark Chocolate, Organic Karat, and the Sweet Cake, they have different sets of seasonal cupcakes. More…

“Hunger Games” presents action, grit Reply

“The Hunger Games,” which opened on March 23, featured a fantastic cast, including Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson, and a strong plot that appeals to all audiences.
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By Natalie Kfoury — A&E Editor

Suzanne Collins’ post-apocalyptic world of Panem came alive when “The Hunger Games” was released in theaters on March 23. The film, directed by Gary Ross, is an adaptation of the first in a trilogy of the same name, and earned between $25-30 million during the midnight and 3 a.m. showings, according to Variety. More…

Debut Novel filled with intrigue Reply

By Cait Fitzgerald — 1851 Staff

Alexandra Monir’s premiere novel, Timeless, begins with a reoccurring dream, a ruined romance, and a fatal car accident that leads main character Michele Windsor from sunny California to New York City.
As Michele settles, she discovers secrets of her family’s past, including why she has never met her father. The mystery dives deeper as Michele learns more about her family rivals, the Walkers, and begins to travel back to 1910.
Monir’s idea for a mystery and fantasy novel is original, and her storyline is a breath of fresh air to the avid reader. However, Monir’s style of writing is that of a 14-year-old girl, which contradicts Michele’s age of 17. Her choice of wording is clear and concise, making her storyline easy to follow, but she is slow to elaborate on emotions and the setting. More…

“21 Jump Street” offers laughs Reply

“21 Jump Street” shines as a hilarious comedy starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill.
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By Zac Vierra — Copy Editor

“21 Jump Street” stars Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum as two police officers fresh out of the police academy. The movie is a re- make of the 1980’s show with the same title, starring Johnny Depp.

When Schmidt, played by Hill, and Jenko, played by Tatum, start their job, it is not as exciting as they expected. They roll around on bikes searching for crime in a park. When the duo finally busts a man for drugs, they celebrate comically, as if scoring the winning touchdown in the Super Bowl. More…