UIC Brings First Female Headliner to Spark in the Park

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UIC’s annual Spark festival is coming up this Friday! Spark will be held this year in Granderson Field, doors open at 2:30. Tix are $10 for UIC students, $25 for staff and alumni, and $45 for non UIC guests. Ticket prices will go up at the door so buy them now!

Purchase tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/uic-spark-2018-tickets-49491523479?aff=erelexpmlt 

Line-Up:

  • 2018 DJ Battle Winner @ 3:30pm
  • 2018 Battle of the Bands Winner – New House @ 4:15pm
  • FemDot @  5:00pm
  • Jussie Smollett @ 6:15pm
  • Rich The Kid @ 7:30pm
  • 2018 Cultural Showcase Winner – EKC @ 8:30pm
  • H.E.R. @ 9:00pm

This year Spark is proud to announce we will be having our first ever female headliner!

H.E.R. (Having Everything Revealed) is a 21-year-old contemporary R&B artist, who surfaced into the music scene in 2016. H.E.R. offers both a vulnerable and assured sound through the production and writing in her music. The California native artist has collaborated with other prominent musicians such as Daniel Caesar, Khalid, and Bryson Tiller.

Spark is also excited to give a festival experience to attendees this year. We will be having multiple acts, great food options, face painting stations, out door games and more! Come find out for yourself!

Wanna get familiar with all the Spark artists before the show? Check out this playlist!

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All In’s Meaning

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Cody (Rhodes) and The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson) sold out 10,000 seats for their Indy show “All In” with many independent wrestling names appearing; such as Kenny Omega, Pentagon Jr., Fénix, Deonna Purrazzo, Brandi Rhodes, Kazuchika Okada, Nick Aldis (if he retains his NWA World Heavyweight Championship), Tessa Blanchard, Britt Baker, Jay Lethal, Rey Mysterio, and many more. This event is taking place at the Sears Centre in in Hoffman Estates near Chicago on September 1st. That week there will also be a Starrcast convention with a various wrestlers from the independent scene and retired wrestlers holding meet and greets, one is CM Punk. Continue reading “All In’s Meaning”

Bullet Club 5th Anniversary

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Bullet Club has come a long way in 5 years, since it’s inception in New Japan Pro Wrestling with various members and various championships in their ranks such as the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, Ring of Honor World Championship, IWGP World Tag Team Championship, Defiant Championship, IWGP Intercontinental Championship, among various other championships. They’ve also sold thousands of merchandise, including: shirts, hoodies, jackets, umbrellas, sunglasses, shoes, pajamas, and other things, and they keep coming up with more and is sold at ProWrestlingTees. Much of the merchandise is great. They opened the door for independent talent to sell their merchandise and come up with a lot ways to make money. They’ve also got a show called Being the Elite and Guerrillas of Destiny Vlog where they break kayfabe and have funny moments and build up storylines.

Bullet Club Rules the World!!

It’s Reeeeal!!

Too Sweet!!

“Bullet Club Is Fine!”

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The Bullet Club is one of the most polarizing wrestling groups in all of wrestling, because of the amount of star power they have in their ranks, and what they do outside of wrestling that ties into their wrestling. However, Bullet Club has been drifting apart since the since G1 Special in USA last year during NJPW: Dominion last year when Cody (wants to be leader of Bullet Club) almost threw in the towel when Kenny Omega (leader of Bullet Club) was facing Kazuchika Okada for the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship. Then last year at G1 Special in USA, Kenny almost threw in the towel for Cody when he was facing Kazuchika Okada for the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship. There has been tension between the two teased in their show Being the Elite for the remainder of 2017 through 2018. The dissension in the group has led to many problems.

At New Japan’s New Year Dash!! 2018, Cody attacked Kota Ibushi, and his old tag team partner Kenny Omega came out to save Kota. Then at The New Beginning in Sapporo, Kenny Omega was defeated by Jay White for the IWGP United States, and Jay White was confronted by Bullet Club stablemate Hangman Page, and Kenny made Hangman back off, then Cody came out with some other members of Bullet Club, and Kenny pushed one of the Young Bucks and most of the members left except Cody, Marty Scurll, Kenny and Hangman. Just when you thought they settled their differences Cody attacks Kenny and Hangman helps Cody attack Kenny; meanwhile Marty doesn’t know what to do, until Kota Ibushi saves Kenny. Kota and Kenny embrace and reform the Golden Lovers that haven’t been a tag team since late 2014. Then the Bullet Club went on a tour of Australia, where Being the Elite was being filmed and there was a meeting between the Elites and the OG Bullet Club members. Tama Tonga said they were cool, and when Kenny Omega and Cody came in they were about to brawl, but had to be separated and Cody threw a chair, and Tama Tonga just sat there all cool like he didn’t care what was going on.

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There Is Good Hip-Hop Out There

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As of recent, I have been seeing many individuals complain about Hip-Hop and how it is in a very bad state currently. As the genre continues to get bigger, of course there will a lack of diversity in most popular songs and can be easily shown by just looking at the Billboard Hot 100.

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Kendrick Lamar and Top Dawg Entertainment To Produce ‘Black Panther: The Album’

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2017 was easily a successful year for Top Dawg Entertainment.

With SZA’s rise to stardom with her debut album “CTRL” that as an album, showcased a woman’s growth throughout to becoming an individual that is more independent and requiring less validation from others. Many of the songs did very well on the charts and SZA is now on the forefront for the label with great potential to be a great artist. Also with legendary artist: Kendrick Lamar dropping his 4th LP: “DAMN.” that solidified the artist’s ability to delivery from all forefronts of Hip-Hop. “DAMN.” was easily his most successful album in terms of sales to date with many tracks such as DNA, LOVE, and HUMBLE charting very high on the Billboard Hot 100. The way Kendrick was able to appeal to a more mainstream audience without sacrificing his quality of music was incredible.

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Fact Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself: Part Two

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Mistakes can and do happen, in all fields and by all people. As you may have read in the previous “Fact Check Yourself,” many times these mistakes can be made due to pure miscommunication. Occasionally, this does happen, and while it could be something that’s easily correctable, it could also potentially change the public’s viewpoint in a possibly disastrous way. This counts for both stories and current events, and guests who appear on programs.

Take, for instance, the appearance of Guy Goma on BBC News.

Goma was at the BBC for a job interview in their IT department, but due to a mix-up in a waiting room, a producer who was tasked with finding a “Guy Kewney” who was scheduled to appear for a live interview accidentally found Guy Goma instead, and the rest is history.

But what happens when guests who are scheduled to appear aren’t who they even claimed to be to station staff?

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Stop Glorifying Drugs – Addiction Is Not A Joke

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Last night around midnight I was listening to, “The Brightside,” by Lil Peep when I came across a tweet that read, “RIP lil peep.” My initial thought was that this was just another media scam, but I refreshed my timeline and my feed was flooded with the news that Lil Peep had actually died.

It didn’t feel real to me. I was literally listening to his voice through my headphones when I found out that he had just lost his life.

For those who don’t know, Lil Peep (Gustav Åhr) was a SoundCloud rapper on the rise. He found a way to create an unique sound within his music by blending emo and hip-hop. Lil Peep had been recording in his bedroom from the skid row of Los Angeles –  making something out of nothing – Lil Peep was one of the most promising and influential artists emerging from SoundCloud. In addition to rap, Lil Peep was also a fashion icon who had just begun making runway appearances. He was only 21. Only 21 years old and lost his life due to an alleged overdose.

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The Englewood Fairytale

The most charming cliché graced my Sunday morning and I want to tell you all about it.

I showed up at Ogden Park at 8:30 AM to pick up my bib and aqua-blue t-shirt for the 3rd annual Englewood 5k. I was by myself and spent the 2 hours until race time reading, pretending I’m good at stretching, and watching the whole community turn out for selfies and hugs. It was equally heart warming and alienating for someone who showed up solo.

Come race time, everyone passed under the timing arch, jogging to the beat of the Legends Drumline, which is objectively the greatest running music ever created.

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Fact Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself: Part One

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In this day and age of social media and 24-hour news outlets, information can spread across the globe in minutes and reach massive audiences. If an event were to occur in another country far away from home, we have the ability to find out what happened, track the event as it unfolds and receive further updates in real time. We also have access to a vast wealth of information right at our fingertips, thanks to internet access on devices that nearly all of us are surrounded by each day.

Of course, much like the old days of a pre-internet era, mistakes can be made, and occasionally, these mistakes can get published or aired.

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