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The Foreword Book Club: Aseroe by Francois Dominique

Bella Crum

October 19, 2020

The Foreword Book Club is back! The first reading recommendation of the year is a fresh and offbeat novel as atypical as the circumstances of today, perfect for those looking for an immersive escape. Dominique’s novel, Aseroe, is a highly unusual work that leaves the reader with a bizarre outlook on life...

Mulan in 2020: Worth a Watch?

Hannah Schwartz

October 19, 2020

The new version of the beloved 1998 animated film Mulan was released on Disney+ last month, for a $30 fee. With a $200 million budget, the film has been widely anticipated, even as the chances of seeing it in theaters vanished.  The tale opens with Mulan as a child, chasing a chicken around ...

‘folklore’, Ranked: a Careful Dissection of Each Track on Taylor Swift’s Soft New Record

A scene from Taylor Swift's

Luke Chinman and Abigail Segel

September 17, 2020

While promoting her seventh studio album Lover in the summer of 2019, Taylor Swift told British Vogue, “I sort of equate my twenties with walking into a costume shop and trying on all these different costumes, and then walking out of the costume shop in my regular outfit and being like, ‘I'm cool...

7 Albums to Listen to During Quarantine

Dakota Castro-Jarrett

June 19, 2020

During this time where we are stuck in our houses 24/7, it’s important to do things that bring you joy and can help take you out of that depressive slog that many of us are feeling. One way I have done this is by listening to a lot of music: both new projects released this year and older favorites t...

“Miss Americana” Shows Taylor Swift’s Human Side

Taylor Swift and Lana Wilson at the premier of Miss Americana at the Sundance Film Festival on January 23 //

Abigail Segel

March 12, 2020

  On January 23, Lana Wilson’s film about Taylor Swift, Miss Americana, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. The next week, it was released on Netflix, bringing it to a massive audience of all types: fans, haters, neutrals, and everyone in-between. The documentary offers a remarkable look int...

Parasite: A Class-Conscious Masterpiece

Parasite: A Class-Conscious Masterpiece

Jane Carpenter and Dakota Castro-Jarrett

January 29, 2020

Parasite is an extremely unique experience with the beginning of the movie carrying a relatively funny, lighthearted tone, but as the movie progresses, you start to get stressed. The movie is very good at making you feel like everything will go wrong. The feeling starts with the worry that their plan w...

Best of Albums of 2019

Best of Albums of 2019

Dakota Castro-Jarrett

January 19, 2020

This was one of the first years that I actively followed the current music scene and because of that I feel compelled to make a top ten albums of the year list. It's important to note that this is my personal list and doesn't reflect the opinion of the Foreword as a whole or the opinion of an actual mus...

#OscarsSoWhite…AGAIN (It’s Getting Old)

Oscar-nominated films Little Women, Star Wars: End of Skywalker, and 1917 showing at local movie theater. Uncut Gems didn’t receive any nominations.

Luke Chinman

January 19, 2020

On the morning of January 13, the world (but mostly Film Twitter) geared up for the 2020 Academy Award nominations. And as John Cho and Issa Rae read off lists of actors on a Good Morning Ame, writers, and films, the results were far from surprising. The common sentiment was, as Issa Rae put it after a...

The True Message of Kanye’s ‘Jesus Is King’ Album

The True Message of Kanye’s 'Jesus Is King' Album

Emma Brown

December 2, 2019

Kanye West’s new album Jesus Is King finally came out on October 25, 2019 after multiple push backs on it’s release date. Many fans thought the album would drop when the documentary Jesus Is King: A Kanye West Experienced was announced, but it did not. Since then, Kanye has been making lots of app...

‘Over It’: Summer Walker’s Highly-Anticipated Sophomore Album

'Over It': Summer Walker's Highly-Anticipated Sophomore Album

Mya Grant

December 2, 2019

New artist Summer Walker released her highly-anticipated sophomore album Over It on October 4, 2019, including tracks with Usher, Drake, Jhene Aiko, Bryson Tiller, 6lack, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, and PARTYNEXTDOOR. London on Da Track produced the entire album.  Walker will begin a tour for this a...

‘Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost Part 2’: Returning to the Heaviness of ‘What Went Down’

Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost - Part 2

Jane Carpenter

December 2, 2019

Earlier this year, Foals released the first part of Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost, and it was marketed as a call back to their earlier albums. It broke away from the heaviness shown in What Went Down and introduced the “danciest” songs they had ever made. The second half was finally dropped on...

The Foreword Book Club: Ink Knows No Borders

Ink Knows No Borders, edited by Patrice Vecchione and Alyssa Raymond

Bella Crum

November 3, 2019

If you have recently conversed with me, chances are you had to endure my rambling about how much I adore this book, or my hopefully fruitful attempt to get you to read it. I promise this is for a good reason. A precise poetry collection 50+ immigrants and refugees, Ink Knows No Borders is the very manifestation ...