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Beauty Behind the Madness Singer is No Sell-Out

Beauty Behind the Madness Singer is No Sell-Out

By Saeed Mohammed Scarborough’s very own Abel Tesfaye—or The Weeknd as he is more popularly known—has made conscious choices of the new direction of his career. The goal is simple, as he states in a New York Times article, to become the biggest pop star on the planet. The Weeknd sings in representation of the

#MyNorth subway advertisement in Lawrence West station.

#MyNorth: Sportchek and the Raptors attempt to co-opt Toronto’s basketball culture

by Michael Romandel On October 29, 2014, Sportchek in a partnership with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (the Raptors owners) launched an advertising and publicity campaign called #MyNorth asking Torontonians to share stories about local basketball culture in the various Toronto ‘hoods. The campaign builds off of Drake’s re-branding of the Toronto Raptors earlier this

For Ferguson, Missouri

By: Jeff Tanaka  He looks straight into the broken night sky and whispers almost silently “there are prophets on every corner. They come alive when flares light up the night. There are prophets in every suburb. They find their voice when police hurl death sentences into megaphones. There are prophets in every tragedy. They present themselves

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Street Voices Launch Poem

A Poem by Joel Zola Written for the founding of street voices magazine We live in the modern day world of cellphones, wikipedia, and social media Sexual messages are sexually transmitted like gonorrhoea to our subconscious The masses are asleep to reality like we’re unconscious The voices of the streets will be the alarm clock,

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Capitalism and the degeneration of Kanye West

by Hassan Reyes  While the jury is still out on Kanye West’s statement that he is the “most influential artist” around today, it goes without saying that he is one of the most talked about artist-celebrities out there and has been for sometime. Unfortunately however, the conversations provoked by his music and especially his statements,

I Hope Neil Young Will Remember: Don’t Play Apartheid Israel!

by Jordy Cummings In May 1970, National Guardsmen in the U.S. were called in to respond to a highly militant anti-war protests taking place at Kent State University in Ohio.  The protests were an immediate, emergency response to then President Richard Nixon “spreading the war” from Vietnam itself into Cambodia.  On May 4, these armed

New documentary on the Quebec Student Strike

by M. Cooke A year after the largest student strike in Canadian history, a new documentary “Carré rouge sur fond noir” (Red square on black background) provides a unique perspective into the events of the “printemps d’érable” (Maple Spring). For those of us not in Quebec during the course of the student strike, the documentary


‘Made You Die’ Can Make Us Live Again

by El Machetero Political music, at its absolute best, does more than just posture and appropriate militant imagery and rhetoric: it offers a revolutionary program and guides and directs the investment of energy born from a place of oppression and frustration. The song “Made You Die,” feat. Yasiin Bey, dead prez and Mikeflo, more than