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Unformatted text preview: A&E Brightestand stars T.V. of the shows 2020s: K-pop foot in America Movies set insetsOrange County 6 April 23, 2021 February 12, 2021 By Yejin Heo Staff Writer Whether it’s Korean skincare products in the cosmetics industry or Korean dramas on Netflix, Hallyu, the South Korean wave which describes the global popularization of Korean culture, has exploded globally in the last 10 years. At the heart of the Hallyu wave is the evergrowing popularity of K-pop, known for its blend of catchy melodies, synchronized choreography and high production value. The popularity of K-pop has piqued the interest of many American artists, leading to the production of many international artist collaborations. Blackpink: Since their 2016 debut, Blackpink, which consists of members Lisa, Rosé, Jennie and Jisoo, became the first girl group to top the Billboard Artist 100 chart, has held the record for biggest music video debut BY RYAN WU in YouTube history and was the first Staff Writer female K-pop group to perform at Coachella in 2019. Recently coming It is always exciting to recognize with anlocation original Netflix aout familiar in yourdocumenfavorite tary “Blackpink: the Sky,” movie or televisionLight show,upespecially if Blinks, which is the fanit’s the place where youBlackpink live. Although dom of name, get not a more look most us may haveintimate heard about into film the South girlnear group’s any crews Korean gathering our successes and hardships. neighborhoods, Orange County is Over the years,away Blackpink has only around 40 miles from Holcollaborated with sense manythat American lywood, so it makes some of artists, the productions most recent occasionally being with the biggest Selena which released roll theirGomez filminginover to they the place we their highly anticipated collaboracall home. tion single titled “Ice Cream” for the group’s Iron Man:first complete album. Blackpink has2008 also blockbuster been featured in a song This marked the called “Sour Candy”ininthe Lady Gaga’s very first installment expansive album,Cinematic Chromatica. The girl group Marvel Universe. In “Iron also collaborated with Dua Lipa in her album, Dua Lipa (Complete The Northwood Howler Edition), on a song called “Kiss and Make Up.” BTS: BTS, which stands for “Bangtan Sonyeondan,” has been translated to “bulletproof boy scouts,” a name fit for the 7-member powerhouse. The group emerged from Big Hit, an underdog agency which granted the group creative freedom with their music and media presence. Because BTS is heavily involved in the writing, choreography and production of its music, they have gained credibility and popularity among fans, especially in America where many feel that many K-pop groups are more manufactured products than artists. Their fandom group, called Army, is famous for being devoted fans, streaming the band’s songs and videos all day on as many accounts and devices as possible so their idols stay at the top of the music charts. BTS recently released an all-English single called “Dynamite,” which was nominated for the Man, ” billionaire Tony2021 StarkGrammy (Robert Award for PopoffDuo/Group PerDowney Jr.)Best faces against Obadiformance. ah Stane (Jeff Bridges), his father’s old business partner, to stop him from usTwice: ing Stark Industry weapons to commit Twice’sterrorism. viral hits are optimistic, international In perhaps the cheerful andscene colorful songs’ most iconic from inthethe Iron Man melodies, stage trilogy, Tonymembers’ Stark reveals hispresence superheand choreography, itro identity in a press establishing conference with selfunforgettable as one of the top“IK-pop his line, am Irongroups Man.” by embracing feminine, This conference aroom setting youthful was shot Their Nikken fans, who are referredin atimage. the former headquarters to as Once, support the group’s 9 Irvine members: Jihyo, Nayeon, Jeongyeon, Momo, Sana, Mina, Dahyun, ChaeyAccepted: oungDirector and Tzuyu. 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During one crucial nal line-up included an college interview aboutwere the collaboration, themselves penniless Taeil, after Taeyong, their for the campus shot at Occiscene, the team steals a physics device NCT College 127 said, “This project is the Yuta, successful Jaehyun, real Winwin, and dental merly estate Mark business in Los Angeles. called a “pinch” to create an electromagHaechan, who started their U.S. pro- perfect example of how music is a netic pulse that would block out power motion by becoming the first K-pop global language.” Improving the SNAP of your Raya and the shot Last Dragon BY ASHELY LEE Staff Writer The new Disney film “Raya and the Last Dragon” is their latest, overly ambitious attempt at blending more characters and Southeast Asian cultures than a two hour film can possibly process. Yet despite these flaws, it presents a sincere story full of enchanting animations, captivating action scenes and profound messages. The film begins with an intricate storyline about how the last dragon left a Dragon Gem to save the kingdom of Kumandra from Druun, a plague that is able to turn the entire world to stone. Coco Tsaur The Northwood Howler Though the gem originally located DETAIL: Junior Irene Lee captures a breathtaking snapDOWN TOwasTHE FINEST inshot Heart (a of the kingdom), disofregion something something something something something something at someplace. putes cause the gem to crack, and each ly about lighting and angles. Find and realized I wanted to a my friend laughing at a joke I told tribe of Kumandra steals a piece of the percussion BY DIMAANDAL ByMATTHEW Arya Bhattacharjee good time in the day and make sure them, rather than telling them to say do music as a career. gem due to their mistrust towards each Staff Writer Staff Writer the light source is in front of you, not ‘cheese’ before taking the picture.” other and greed to claim its power. The memories that can be made sideinstruments or behind. do If you this, — junior Vera Vlasova TH: What you do play? Raya, the next Guardian of the DragWhile many stay up late listening to to the while learning new things priceon Gem and daughter of for theare Chief of you won’t have to edit as much and chill beats while studying their next less, senior so why not together snap a photo the I authenticity themusical photo family, is en- Tip #5: grew up in a of very Heart, must piece the cracked test, Sean Kawanami isevery hard SK: now and then in order to make sure hanced.” — junior Irene Lee “Just have fun with it! Take picbut I didn’t play instruments until I parts of the gem to save everyone who at work composing the same beats youalready never loseto.turned these precious tures of small things and moments has been tosoon stone, instudents listen While tomobe was in third grade. I started playing ments. her With these five tips, you can piano Tip #3: that you like regardless of whether or when I was eight but also know cluding father. studying music at UCLA, Kawanami be sure that every photo you take is “Keep the camera straight and not they seem insignificant. My camhow to play drumset and a little bit of So she embarks on her journey with discussed in-depth about how his pasone that you will want to keep. experiment with angles! Make sure era roll is full of random things I’ve violin and cello. her friend Tuk Tuk (a part pill-bug and sion for music began and revealed his part last dragon Sisu that all horizontal areas in the shot seen, and those are some of my favorown armadillo), process for the composing different Tip others #1: suchWhen as tables, thestart horizon, fences, ite photos because they are unfiltered did you composing and thatranging join along way. styles of music, from the classic to TH: “The first thing you need to etc. are parallel to the ground. I would other memories.” EmmaasLifull of optimistic ones. Due to a childhood tribes — aresenior criticized and what type of music do you like Raya’s team is ready to support her hip-hop. know her is that you don’t able needto any advise turning on the betrayal that caused the“grid” gem tosetting break, crime and clearly unable to save the despite claims of being ac- composing? fancy equipment to get started. I usuon your cameratrusting or phone, whichever that you’re armedcurrent with regrets Namaari, the worldNow from harm. This mirrors complish her task alone, showcasing a Raya The Howler: When did you start getally shoot on my smartphone camera you decide to use.” — junior Vera these wonderful tips, from here onof daughter of one of chiefs, but Sisu arglobal affairs, where a flawed point SK: I started composing about a year group of people fighting for the same ting into music? it’s than always me. I rarely Vlasova out you alwayspeople makefrom sure movthat gues should beagiven another view oftencan prevents a Namaari half ago. Probably little bit cause rather anwith individual hero and because ever Kawanami: use my the expensive digital slr more. thetowards photos ayou take no longer feel chance as she maydifferent want tovarieties save Ku- ing compromise. I enjoy using coming to save Sean I day. lovedHowever, music allwith my camera, as it’s better to start experiTip #4: mediocre and half-baked. the mandra just like Raya. Additionally, Disney madeAsseveral of instruments and ensembles in my such a large cast, there is not enough life. I grew up with parents who loved menting with whatever you have than “Focus on capturing the moquarantine continues to stretch out, Not only does the film carry a heartefforts to represent Southeast Asians pieces. I also like making a lot of hip character development nor enough different genres of music: My dad worrying about best picment. Think about having yourhelp intent with we are the surecrewmembers that there areofplenty of felt message about toNTV take the among the film. jazz and sometimes background established the beginwas interested inhaving classic atthe rock and my hop, ture quality.” — senior Emma Li whattheir exactly you want to portray with small memories first step towards someone else in or- For one,moments the mainand character, Raya,that was music. ning to help explain each character’s mom was interested in pop and funk with yourtophotograph, andbut focus what could by be Kelly cherished the future, so establish trust, in aonway, the voiced MarieinTran, an Amerimotives andWind actions: like Earth, andThe Fireonly andconnecthe Bee der Tipthey #2: feelsIsparallels most For example, go actress ahead of andVietnamese capture the story The of film currentfor global conflicts can descent. there aimportant. process different tion all hold lost their Gees. I didn’t takeis ithaving seriously until TH: “When I take photos, it’s most I find of itmusic morethat valuable tobycapture your quarantine! where countries are divided factions screenplay was written by Adele Lim, you compose? families to Druun. middle school, when I started doing genres While even Raya’s character is who prioritize their needs and wants who was born in Malaysia, and Qui somewhat difficult to understand, the above those of others. Because the sto- Nguyen, who is of Vietnamese descent ry is told from the perspective of Raya, as well. Nonetheless, there has been pragmatic expectations and Sisu’s Disney.com plenty of controversy surrounding Disney’s representation of the Southeast Asian cultures, as the various backgrounds of all those countries were lumped under the label of “Southeast Asian” and East Asian actors were casted for some of the important roles such as Sisu voiced by Awkwafina and Namaari voiced by Gemma Chan—who are Chinese- American and British Chinese respectively. Others suggest that Raya’s cutural identity should have had a more integral role in guiding her on her on her quest like “Moana.” Although Disney has been criticized by its viewers for its cultural inaccuracies and lack of representation, with recent films such as “Coco,” “Moana” and now “Raya and the Last Dragon,” the company is moving in the right direction in creating films with relevant messages for its audience while representing diverse cultures. For those interested in watching the film, it is currently playing in theaters and will arrive to Disney Plus on June 4. Until then, it is also available for $29.99 underVictoria Disney’s Premier Access. Ta The Northwood Howler ...
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