Review: Kendrick Lamar, company deliver on ‘Black Panther’ soundtrack

first_imgBernice Ogbondah Facebook Bernice Ogbondah Editorial: Students returned to campus. Cases surged + posts printIf you thought you were excited about “Black Panther,” just wait until you hear the official soundtrack.The soundtrack for the highly anticipated movie brings even more hype to the experience.Co-Produced by hip-hop superstar Kendrick Lamar, industry icon, CEO and founder of Top Dawg Entertainment Anthony Tiffith, and “Black Panther’s” director Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station, Creed) the “Black Panther” soundtrack delivers 14 phenomenal, extremely black tracks.The album spotlights artists from all over the world. From Toronto to California, Texas, London and all the way down to South Africa; the project puts the artists’ blackness at the forefront.Lamar really outdid himself on this album, but so does everyone else.The album hails back to back hits with features from hip-hop heavyweights like 2 Chainz and Schoolboy Q on the absolute banger “X.”The caliber of the featured artists shows in their lyricism. On “X,” Schoolboy Q’s presents himself with the very cocky line, “not even Kendrick can humble me.”House music reminiscent “Opps” allows Johannesburg’s relatively unknown rapper Yugen Blakrok to shine. Blakrok, who’s alternative flow sounds similar to that of Azealia Banks, is mind-blowing throughout the song, but most specifically she standouts in her line, “spit slick, attack is subliminal. Flowers on my mind, but the rhyme style sinister. Stand behind my own bars, like a seasoned criminal. Gotham City Streets, I’ll play the *****. Crushing any system that belittles us.”  This one line shows her lyricism and proves that she is equal to the other big names on the project.The incredibly black “Paramedic!” is an echo to the supreme black excellence that is bound to be portrayed in the movie. The song’s standout line, “They ain’t wanna see me win ’cause I’m black. So I pulled up in that all black Benz in the back,” just reaffirms the blackness of Sacramento’s SOB X RBE.“Bloody Waters” is a refreshingly slow down album break that highlights Ab-Soul and Anderson Paak’s smooth soothing voices.Of course, the entire album isn’t perfect.The more mainstream artists just didn’t bring it as hard as the lesser known artist. Most of their tracks just don’t have the same it factor as the others. You can skip SZA and Lamar’s “All The Stars” and not feel any guilt because it is an extremely skippable song.Both of Lamar’s last two tracks, “Big Shot” with Travis Scott and “Pray For Me” featuring The Weeknd fail to astonish the listener in the same way that he does on earlier tracks.This is not saying that both songs are bad. “Big Shot” is a perfectly acceptable club banger radio bound hit, but it just doesn’t match the tone of the album nor does it correlate with the narrative of T’Challa’s struggle in “Black Panther.”Verdict:8.9/10Kendrick and his colleagues are explosive on this project. The album helps present the conflict that T’Challa will face in “Black Panther.” With hip-hop, R&B, and Africana electro-pop vibes throughout there is a song for everyone. This album does not disappoint and hopefully, neither does the movie. Bernice Ogbondah Bernice Ogbondah Bernice Ogbondah is a junior journalism major from Fort Worth, Texas. When she’s not reporting you can find her curating playlists or furiously retweeting foreign affairs, political pundits and anything social justice. Listen: Frogflix (Season 2): Episode 13 Listen: Ball Don’t Lie: The Closer Linkedin Bernice Ogbondah Second annual Fortress Fest comes to the Fort this weekendcenter_img Twitter Listen: Ball Don’t Lie: Parting Shots (Photo courtesy of Interscope Records) ReddIt ReddIt Linkedin Listen: Ball Don’t Lie: Clutch Factor Facebook Twitter Previous articleTCU ‘resetting to zero’ in pursuit of fifth straight CWS appearanceNext articleTCU looks to students to shape potential campus diversity initiatives Bernice Ogbondah RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Review: Fortress Fest was a success TAGSmusic reviewReview last_img read more

Shannon Airport soar as they experience busiest weekend of 2018

first_imgLinkedin Brother and sister in arms…….Mary and Connell Hogan from O’Gonnelloe, Co. Clare taking a walk down the Shannon Airport departures loungePicture: Arthur Ellis.Brother and sister in arms…….Mary and Connell Hogan from O’Gonnelloe, Co. Clare taking a walk down the Shannon Airport departures lounge as the summer season kicked off in earnest at the weekend – it’s busiest summer in ten years.Pic Arthur Ellis.The summer is officially underway and was duly reflected at Shannon Airport as its busiest weekend of the year so far kicked-off what will be its best season in a decade.With almost 150 weekly departures, Shannon’s expanded summer schedule for 2018 includes new transatlantic, European and UK services and is set to deliver more passengers at the airport since it separated as an independent.This weekend alone saw Delta Air Lines recommence its daily JFK service and with Air Canada to kick off its new Toronto service in four weeks’ time, Shannon will have its busiest transatlantic schedule for 17 years, with eight services operated to seven destinations.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Taking a rest……Mary Hogan and her brother Connell from O’Gonelloe, Co. Clare take time out at Shannon Airport’s departures loungePicture: Arthur Ellis.With passenger numbers already up by 5% in the first quarter, the gains are being felt across all markets. The UK, also up in the first quarter, is showing its resilience despite Brexit concerns and is set to grow further as Ryanair launches Liverpool and Bristol services, as well as increase its Manchester frequencies, later this month.The big new addition this year on European services is Barcelona-Reus – the twice weekly service bringing passengers into a region that not alone offers the excitement of Europe’s third most visited city, Bareclona, but also the stunning Costa Dorada region, including Salou and Cambrils, as well as one of the continent’s top theme parks, Port Aventura.Said Shannon Airport Managing Director Andrew Murphy:  “The May Bank Holiday weekend is one we look forward to for different reasons than most people as it really signals the start of the summer holiday season, our busiest time of the year. This year it’s going to be the busiest in a decade thanks to the additional services.“We’ve worked very hard to get these new services. It’s a priority for us to enable people use Shannon to get to all these destinations rather than having to travel long distances for their flights. What we need now is to spread the word about these services. The more Shannon services are supported, the more services we get.” Mr. Murphy concluded.More about transport here. Advertisement Twitter Print WhatsApp Previous articleLimerick to Cork Public Transport morning services very poor says Limerick TDNext articleLimerick teen hospitalised over assault at wildlife sanctuary Staff Reporter Aer Lingus opt for Shannon New York winter route over Boston Liverpool and Bristol take-off as new services launched at Shannon TAGSAir CanadaBristolDelta AirlinesEuropeanJFKLiverpoolRyanairShannon AirporsummerTorontoUK center_img New York winter flights welcomed Seven years on a motorbike A bronzed JFK comes home to Bruff Email NewsTransportShannon Airport soar as they experience busiest weekend of 2018By Staff Reporter – May 8, 2018 1310 JFK had more ancestral links to Limerick than anywhere else Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Utah State’s John Hartwell Named 18th-Best Athletics Director in the Nation by Stadium Network

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah – Utah State University Vice President and Director of Athletics John Hartwell has been named the 18th-best AD in the nation by Stadium Network, it was announced Tuesday.Hartwell, who was also listed as the fourth-best non-Power 5 AD by Stadium Network last week, is the only Mountain West AD recognized in this ranking. A listing of each of the top 20 Athletic Directors according to Stadium Network can be found at the following link: College Insiders Brett McMurphy and Jeff Goodman graded the football and men’s basketball hirings of the current Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) athletic directors. These grades are based on the success of the coaches hired, difficulty of opponents in their respective conferences, bowl appearances, NCAA Tournament trips, conference titles and national championships won. The grades do not take into consideration any fundraising or building of facilities by the athletic directors. Also, each athletic director gets credit for a coach’s hiring at each school — even after the AD moves on to another university and the coach remains at the original school.“I cannot think of anyone more deserving of this recognition,” said Utah State University President Noelle E. Cockett. “John reflects integrity in everything he does and leads by example. He understands the value of the collegiate model of athletics and works hard to implement that model, both to the benefit of the individual and the larger institution. He also recognizes why we reference student first when we talk about the student-athlete and you see that in his personal care and concern for every Aggie athlete. John is a highly respected member of our executive committee, and through his leadership and fiscal stewardship, makes us better as an institution.”Since assuming the duties of Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at Utah State University on June 2, 2015, Hartwell has established a pattern of growth and stability that would rival any athletics department in the country and is unmatched in the history of Aggie Athletics.Under Hartwell’s leadership, Utah State Athletics has seen unparalleled success, led by a 54-15 record and consecutive Mountain West Tournament titles and NCAA Tournament berths in men’s basketball the last two seasons under head coach Craig Smith, who was hired by Hartwell. In all, USU has claimed five Mountain West regular season championships and four more postseason titles during Hartwell’s tenure, to go along with four bowl game appearances in football, while five total coaches have been named its Conference Coach of the Year.Even more impressive is Utah State’s continued successes by its student-athletes in the classroom as they have a 93 percent graduation success rate, which is the highest in the Mountain West, and a cumulative 3.36 grade-point average, which is the highest in school history. During the 2019-20 academic year, USU had 186 student-athletes earn academic all-Mountain West honors, while 106 were named MW Scholar-Athletes. Additionally, USU recognized 212 student-athletes at its annual Joe E. and Elma Whitesides Luncheon for earning a 3.2 or better GPA.In his time at Utah State, Hartwell has rebranded the fundraising arm of the athletics department with the creation of Aggies Unlimited, which puts all giving under one umbrella. He has also focused his time on maximizing and increasing the department’s revenue streams, along with planning for future facility renovations to both Maverik Stadium and the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. Additionally, Hartwell oversaw the completion of the $36 million, 85,000-square foot West Stadium Center on the west side of Maverik Stadium.Hartwell’s strong business background has also proved to be valuable at Utah State as he negotiated a new footwear and apparel deal with Nike in 2020, in addition to a new partnership with the Larry H. Miller Sports & Entertainment Group to be its flagship radio station for Aggie Athletics.During the 2019-20 academic year, Utah State men’s basketball won its second-straight Mountain West Tournament title, while the USU men’s cross country team won its first-ever MW Championship, followed by a 16th-place finish at the NCAA National Championships. In fact, USU’s men’s cross country team has advanced to the NCAA Championships twice in the past three seasons, its first two appearances in school history. Furthermore, Aggie gymnastics notched its first winning season since 1999, which included a pair of victories against top-20 opponents, as it finished the year ranked 29th in the nation. In all, the 2019-20 academic year marked just the fourth time in school history that football advanced to a bowl game and men’s basketball qualified for the NCAA Tournament, including for the first time in back-to-back years. Additionally, head men’s cross country coach Artie Gulden and head gymnastics coach Amy Smith were named its conference’s Coach of the Year, both of which are Hartwell hires.The 2018-19 Utah State academic year saw both its football and men’s basketball teams nationally ranked as USU was one of just five institutions to have both programs ranked in the final Associated Press polls. Collectively, USU produced a combined 39-9 record between football (11-2) and men’s basketball (28-7), which is a single-season school record. That 39-9 mark was also tied for the fourth-best winning percentage and seventh-most wins nationally. Furthermore, football tied the school record for wins with its 11-2 record, while men’s basketball went 28-7 to tie for the third-most victories in program history. At season’s end, both program’s head coaches were named Mountain West Coach of the Year.Not to be outdone, the 2017-18 academic year was arguably the best in school history under Hartwell as Aggie Athletics ranked 78th nationally in the Learfield Director’s Cup Standings, which is by far the best finish for USU in the Cup’s 25 years, while its 375-plus student-athletes achieved a school-record 3.25 grade-point average.In 2017-18, Utah State’s men’s tennis program won its third-straight Mountain West regular season championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in as many years. Additionally, USU’s track & field/cross country teams had their best seasons in school history, highlighted by the men’s programs finishing the year ranked 10th nationally by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. During the 2017-18 seasons, the Aggie men placed 27th in their first-ever appearance in the NCAA Cross Country Championships, followed by a 28th-place finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships and an 18th-place finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, as its student-athletes combined to garner 12 All-America honors. On the women’s side, USU’s cross country program finished 14th in its first-ever appearance at the NCAA Championships, while its student-athletes combined to garner three All-America honors.Hartwell came to Utah State after spending three years as the Athletics Director at Troy, where he laid the groundwork for the future of Trojan Athletics. Troy’s athletics programs have also seen vast improvement on the fields of play due to Hartwell’s leadership and oversight, including the football program posting a 31-8 record during its last three seasons under Neal Brown, who Hartwell hired, not to mention the Trojans being the first Sun Belt Conference team to ever appear in either the Associated Press or Coaches Poll. Another Hartwell hire, Mark Smartt, led Troy baseball to a 42-win season and an at-large NCAA bid in 2018. June 30, 2020 /Sports News – Local Utah State’s John Hartwell Named 18th-Best Athletics Director in the Nation by Stadium Network Tags: John Hartwell/Utah State Aggies Robert Lovell Written bylast_img read more

New Dates for Fed Cup S’final Matches

first_imgThe semi final matches of this year’s men Federation Cup competition will now take place on 28th September and 9th October respectively.The NFF wednesday announced that the first semi final, between Nigeria National League side, Crown FC of Ogbomosho and NPFL side FC Ifeanyi Ubah, will hold at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna on Wednesday, 28th September. The second semi final, an all-NPFL clubs affair, between Nasarawa United of Lafia and Enyimba FC of Aba, will take place at the Adamasingba Stadium, Ibadan on Sunday, 9th October.The women’s semi finals retain the original date of Wednesday, 21st September. Rivers Angels go up against Nasarawa Amazons at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu while the Dan Anyiam Stadium, Owerri play host to the clash between Delta Queens and Bayelsa Queens.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more