Riley Hoag reflects on her time in Lipscomb’s IDEAL program

Riley Hoag reflects on her time in Lipscomb’s IDEAL program

Lipscomb seeks to hold in-person orientations in the upcoming summer

Lipscomb seeks to hold in-person orientations in the upcoming summer

REVIEW: Justin Bieber explores faith in ‘boundary pushing’ new album

REVIEW: Justin Bieber explores faith in ‘boundary pushing’ new album

Lipscomb falls in weekend series against North Alabama 1-2

Lipscomb falls in weekend series against North Alabama 1-2

Taylor Swift takes control over her own story with Fearless (Taylor’s Version)

Taylor Swift takes control over her own story with Fearless (Taylor’s Version)

Bison baseball defeats No. 4-ranked Tennessee Vols

Bison baseball defeats No. 4-ranked Tennessee Vols


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Lipscomb seeks to hold in-person orientations in the upcoming summer

Lipscomb seeks to hold in-person orientations in the upcoming summer

The upcoming class of future Bisons now have the option of attending their Lipscomb orientations in person. The decision to resume in-person orientation came from university officials after carefully considering the trends in positive COVID cases and the increasing number of vaccinated members in the Lipscomb community. “Pandemic or not, the New Student Orientation program is committed to providing a holistic onboarding experience to our new students and their families,” said Megan Johnson, assistant director of student wellbeing. In addition to orientation sessions, QuestWeek will resume in-person experiences as well. This announcement has not changed the focus and aim of those who work to make the summer programs possible. “While the delivery method and some particular events had to be adjusted, the important content that we covered last year remains just as vital to the student experience this upcoming year,” said Johnson. New students and their parents, regardless of which NSO session they attend, will have the opportunity to learn about academic expectations, student involvement opportunities and begin creating connections with their peers and professors. Though there will be in-person sessions offered, a virtual orientation will be offered on June 25. The option seeks to accommodate students and parents who are not yet comfortable with the legal gathering sizes or are unable to be physically present. This flexibility is something that Johnson said she believes works in favor of students’ preferences as things return to “normal” a year after COVID severely altered summer orientation activities. “We believe that a virtual option caters to a group of students who feels more comfortable engaging with new people through a chat feature rather than in-person large group settings,” Johnson said. “We will help these students...
BREAKING: Lipscomb announces new immersive music program with MercyMe’s Bart Millard

BREAKING: Lipscomb announces new immersive music program with MercyMe’s Bart Millard

Tonight, during IMAGINE “The Soul of America Today”, President Lowry officially announced a new opportunity for those pursuing a future in the music industry.  The lead singer of MercyMe, Bart Millard, has joined forces with Lipscomb’s George Shinn College of Entertainment & the Arts. This partnership will create the Imagine House.  According to Lipscomb’s press release, “Imagine House is the only initiative of its kind in the country that offers students with varying artistic interests, an innovative education, real market entertainment experiences and a nation wide mentoring network.”  Imagine House will serve as a teaching facility and place for students to get hands-on experience in their field.  The branches of the program will include an opportunity for online degrees, a production studio with a house band, and ways to create contacts and relationships with experienced musicians.  Some of Lipscomb’s own will contribute to the leadership team. Both Brown Bannister, the director of the School of Music, and Steve Taylor, the director of the School of Theatre and Cinematic Arts, will work closely with Imagine House.  Millard reached out to Lipscomb with this idea and after much planning and energy, the initiative will launch this fall. Many members of the Lipscomb community are excited about the potential of this new program.  “Imagine House is the place where you can dream about your future, ignite the wonder of your faith, apprentice under successful pioneers that have blazed a trail ahead of you and collaborate with other multifaceted artists to create what’s next,” said Mike Fernandez, dean of the College of Entertainment and the Arts. ...
Students hope for the return of ‘impactful’ Global Learning experience

Students hope for the return of ‘impactful’ Global Learning experience

Global Learning is among the Lipscomb programs that took the hardest hit as a result of COVID closings and restrictions. When borders closed and airlines halted, many students were forced to postpone or altogether cancel their plans to live and study abroad. Since the initial shutdown, all Lipscomb global programs, including study abroad and overseas missions, have ceased operation. As this spring season draws to a close, many students are left wondering whether their upcoming summer and fall plans of global experiences will come to fruition. “I remember when I first got accepted into study abroad last fall of 2020. Traveling and exploring is a big passion of mine,” said study abroad hopeful Brooke Baise. “I want to experience this beautiful world and see God’s creation. I believe that he didn’t create all of this for us to just stay in the same spot for the rest of our lives and not go and see and explore. “I was really disappointed when it was canceled not only once for me but twice due to COVID,” she said. “But I know and trust that God has a plan and reason for everything that he does.” Baise now looks forward to participating in the abroad program in Florence, Italy, for the fall semester of 2021, if circumstances allow. Along with the semester abroad program, Lipscomb offers short-term trips to places such as Israel, Germany, Italy and England during the summer. “I am hopeful in view of the trip actually happening, but I also know COVID issues change rapidly,” said Emily Jones who plans to study in Italy on a short-term trip....
Lipscomb announces fall semester plans regarding COVID-19

Lipscomb announces fall semester plans regarding COVID-19

Over the past weeks, Lipscomb has begun to announce the precautions that will be in place involving COVID-19 for the fall semester. According to the new plans, many restrictions that were in place during the 2020-2021 academic year will be lifted in hopes that many things will return to normal. According to President Randolph Lowry, this is due in part to how well the Lipscomb community was able to follow the guidelines in place for the past two semesters. “We have not missed a beat as together we have turned challenges into opportunities, thriving in a way that will set the tone for our future in this new world,” said President Lowry in an email to Lipscomb students, faculty and staff. Not only will the upcoming fall 2021 semester see Lipscomb return to a regular in-person model for classes, but class capacity will be fully restored. Additionally, capacity will be increased for on-campus dining, residence halls and sporting events. As of April 22, face coverings are no longer required outdoors or when alone indoors. Masks are still required in all buildings on campus when there are others around and social distancing is highly encouraged. These guidelines will likely continue into the fall semester, but all plans are subject to change as governmental and CDC regulations are updated. Some questions remain as to what the return to campus may look like in the fall, particularly regarding COVID testing and vaccinations. According to Lipscomb’s Incident Management Team, these plans are being made and will be communicated to faculty and students as soon as they are finalized. “We are consulting with our...
Team quarantine cancels weekend softball series

Team quarantine cancels weekend softball series

Another COVID team quarantine forced a weekend doubleheader between the Lady Bisons and North Dakota Fighting Hawks to be canceled.  This is not the first time that the Lady Bisons have had games cancelled due to COVID-19 precautions.  There are currently no updates as to if the games will be rescheduled. Considering the season is coming to a close soon and the conference tournament starts on May 7, its tough to find room for rescheduling this late in the season. The team sits at .500 with a 16-16 record, and a 5-7 conference record. There are four games remaining on the Lady Bisons schedule.  The team has a one-game stop at Tennessee State University at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 28, provided it’s not canceled. To close out the season, the team will is scheduled for a three-game home series against Bellarmine with a doubleheader at 4 and 6 p.m. Saturday, May 1, and a single finale at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 2.   Lumination will have more on the cancellations and team schedule once more information...
Lipscomb falls in weekend series against North Alabama 1-2

Lipscomb falls in weekend series against North Alabama 1-2

After a rocky start to the weekend, Bison Baseball closed out their series against North Alabama with a strong 14-5 victory. The series kicked off Friday afternoon with the Lions’ making early progress as Bison pitcher junior Max Habegger allowed four runs in his inning and two thirds of work. Meanwhile, offensively the Bisons could not get anything going, until the Lions had already extended their lead to five.  Finally, in the fifth inning junior center fielder Maddux Houghton brought home a run with an RBI-triple and scored off of a wild pitch bringing the Bisons back within striking distance.  Senior infielder David Graves added to the Bisons score with a home run in the bottom of the sixth, but a North Alabama insurance run in the seventh and four runners left stranded by the Bisons clinched the game one victory for North Alabama, 6-3. Saturday, the Bisons looked to bounce back and were able to take the early advantage with sophomore infielder Robbie Merced’s run brought home by freshman outfielder Tiger Borom.  North Alabama evened the game at 1 in the fifth inning before Houghton added to his RBI total and Merced scored another run.  The Lions would not stay at bay, however, and once again the game was tied.  Lipscomb thought they had the winning run in the bottom of the sixth when sophomore catcher Chaz Bertolani hit an RBI single, but the back and forth trend continued, and the game was tied at 3.  Sophomore closer Tyler Guilfoil, who came in during the fifth inning, was tasked with finishing the game for the Bisons, but struggled...
Bison baseball defeats No. 4-ranked Tennessee Vols

Bison baseball defeats No. 4-ranked Tennessee Vols

The Bisons baseball team traveled to Knoxville on Tuesday and defeated No. 4-ranked Tennessee 4-1. The Bisons were able to hold the Volunteers scoreless through the final eight innings to record the victory. The game marks Lipscomb’s first win against a top five opponent since 2015. This is the first time the Bisons have beaten Tennessee since 2008, as well as their first win ever at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. Tennessee has been held to two runs only two other times so far this season. The game got off to a quick start. Freshmen outfielder Tiger Borom showed off his speed by beating out an infield grounder to lead off. With two outs, junior Malik Williams blasted an RBI double to give the Bisons an early 1-0 lead. Redshirt freshmen Ike Buxton would get the start for the Bisons. Tennessee was able to record a run to tie the game at 1-1. However, Buxton was able to strike out the last batter to strand a runner on third. Lipscomb continued its offense in the top of the second with a leadoff single by Carter Smith. Sophomore Robbie Merced would reach first on a fielding error, advancing Smith to second. Freshmen Trey Ham hit a sacrifice fly to advance both runners into scoring position. After a pitching change by the Volunteers and with two outs, Borom singled up the middle to drive in both runners and give the Bisons a 3-1 lead. Borom was able to show off his speed once again by stealing second and putting himself in scoring position. Junior Maddux Houghton would single up the left side and drive...
Team quarantine cancels weekend softball series

Team quarantine cancels weekend softball series

Another COVID team quarantine forced a weekend doubleheader between the Lady Bisons and North Dakota Fighting Hawks to be canceled.  This is not the first time that the Lady Bisons have had games cancelled due to COVID-19 precautions.  There are currently no updates as to if the games will be rescheduled. Considering the season is coming to a close soon and the conference tournament starts on May 7, its tough to find room for rescheduling this late in the season. The team sits at .500 with a 16-16 record, and a 5-7 conference record. There are four games remaining on the Lady Bisons schedule.  The team has a one-game stop at Tennessee State University at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 28, provided it’s not canceled. To close out the season, the team will is scheduled for a three-game home series against Bellarmine with a doubleheader at 4 and 6 p.m. Saturday, May 1, and a single finale at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 2.   Lumination will have more on the cancellations and team schedule once more information...
Lipscomb falls in third installment of the Battle of the Boulevard 11-2

Lipscomb falls in third installment of the Battle of the Boulevard 11-2

After splitting the doubleheader at E.S. Rose Park earlier this month, Lipscomb hosted the Bruins for the third and final game of the season between the Bruins and the Bisons where Belmont came out on top with a dominating 11-2 win.  Lipscomb struggled from the first pitch in finding the strike zone, which resulted in Belmont easily reached base off of the walk. For the afternoon, the Bisons’ eight pitchers combined for a total of 13 walks. Of these 13 walks, five resulted in the batter who reached base eventually scoring a run, and two were RBI-walks bringing home two Bruin runs.  In addition, Lipscomb allowed four Bruins to reach via the hit by pitch. Offensively, the Bisons were kept at bay by the Bruins starter freshman Will Jenkins, who struck out four and did not allow a run, a hit, or a walk in his four innings of work. In addition, the Bisons relied on a different alignment as they were without starting second baseman senior Haddon Adams and starting catcher sophomore Chaz Bertolani, two of the Bisons’ hottest hitters, who both rested in today’s matchup.  Adding to the already thin Bisons’ order, injury from a pitch that hit junior designated hitter Chris Bashlor’s hand kept him out of most of the game.  The Bruins scored first putting up three runs in the second and four runs in the fourth off of five singles from five different batters. Despite their offensive holes, the Bisons did finally get on the board in the bottom of the sixth with two RBI doubles from freshman infielder Ethan Stamps and senior infielder...
Commentary: Nashville Soccer Club return features ‘good job’ on COVID protocols

Commentary: Nashville Soccer Club return features ‘good job’ on COVID protocols

Major League Soccer started back up this past weekend after an awaited return. Nashville Soccer Club kicked off the first game of their second season playing against FC Cincinnati. Fans were able to attend with a limited capacity of 40 percent in the stadium. Not only were there smaller crowds but Nissan Stadium also required mobile ticketing and parking, face coverings, credit card transactions only, a bag policy and seat spacing. Based on my experience at the game I thought that Nissan Stadium did a good job of creating and enforcing the protocols. However, the mask policy could have been enforced better.  There were employees sitting at the end of each section holding a sign saying “mask-up.” This didn’t stop people in my section from getting away with keeping their masks down throughout the game. I only saw one worker get onto people for not compiling with the mask policy.  After a singer performed via video, the announcers called for a moment of silence to remember everyone who passed away from COVID-19 in a kind period of reflection and grief.  When the match began the fans roared and waved their Nashville SC scarves high. Every person in the stadium was chanting their support for the team. Nashville SC and FC Cincinnati ended up tying the match, and it was an exhilarating game to watch. It was a great start for the Nashville Soccer Club. Photo courtesy of Nashville...
Lipscomb men’s soccer takes down soon to be conference opponents Central Arkansas 2-1

Lipscomb men’s soccer takes down soon to be conference opponents Central Arkansas 2-1

The Lipscomb men’s soccer team took down non-conference opponents Central Arkansas by a score of 2-1 on Tuesday afternoon. The midweek matchup pitted the Bisons against future Atlantic Sun rivals in the UCA Bears, who also played a fall season in the Sun Belt Conference this year. Despite the fact that this match didn’t count in conference play for either team, both sides wanted the win and fought hard to earn a positive result. It was the home side who would take the initial advantage, though, when Trinidad and Tobago native Tyrece Spicer tucked a shot into the near post, beating the keeper in the 7th minute. Spicer, a freshman left-winger, scored his third goal of the season to put Lipscomb ahead 1-0. In a statistically rare moment, goalkeeper Michael Sibley picked up the assist. It’s the sophomore keeper’s first–and likely only–assist this season. Lipscomb dominated possession of the ball and controlled the midfield from then on, but couldn’t find the net on their other six shot attempts of the half.  The Bears capitalized on the opportunities Lipscomb left behind when they scored an equalizer on the stroke of halftime. Substitute Masood Porsa scored against the run of play in a quick series of passes that left the Lipscomb backline undone, leveling the score at 1-1 after the first 45 minutes. The Bisons continued the narrative of controlling the game early on in the second half, but in the 59th minute, it looked as though Central Arkansas was going to nab another fortunate goal. Junior defender Louis Robinson bundled over his opponent inside the penalty box on a cross...
Breakout night from freshman Will Pruit aids Lipscomb basketball in win over Kennesaw State

Breakout night from freshman Will Pruit aids Lipscomb basketball in win over Kennesaw State

For the second time this season, Lipscomb men’s basketball has swept a conference opponent. Much like Friday night, the Bisons used a strong second-half performance to take down ASUN bottomfeeder Kennesaw State 77-63 in Allen Arena. Lipscomb is 15-10 and 9-5 in the ASUN and sitting at third place, while Kennesaw State has already clinched the No. 9 seed and will participate in a play-in game in the ASUN tourney. Four Bisons dialed in double-figure nights, with graduate transfer Romeao Ferguson leading the herd with 24. Sophomore guard KJ Johnson scored 20, freshman guard Will Pruitt had 18 (a career-high), and redshirt-junior center Ahsan Asadullah posted 12. Pruitt’s performance was most notable. A local 6-3 guard out of Mount Juliet, Pruitt was making his second consecutive start and just his third overall this season. Don’t be surprised if the Bisons keep him there, as he cashed in on the opportunity by going 6-of-7 and 5-of-6 from range while leading the team with seven rebounds. The Owls’ top two scorers this season were their top two scorers Saturday night. Leading scorer and junior guard Spencer Rodgers led the way with 21, and second-leading scorer and freshman guard Chris Youngblood followed suit with 12. Nobody else cashed in double digit points. Offensively, Lipscomb played a dismal first half. Lipscomb led 12-6 with 15:50 left in the first half before giving up a 14-2 run that lasted for over nine minutes. The Bisons did not score a field goal during that run and were down 20-14, eventually ending the first half down 31-29. But much like Friday night, Lipscomb broke away in...
Bisons rally in second half for big win over Kennesaw State 76-62

Bisons rally in second half for big win over Kennesaw State 76-62

Coming off of a weekend split against Jacksonville last weekend, the Bisons sat at 7-5 coming into their last home weekend seeking a win in the first game of the series against Kennesaw State. The Bisons won, 76-62. Kennesaw coming in with their first conference win of the season the previous weekend against Stetson was looking to keep their momentum against Lipscomb. The first half was an even duel for both teams with nearly identical stat lines through the first 20 minutes of play. In the first half, Asadullah hit solid from the field and the free-throw line. A healthy performance from Jake Wolfe and Mr. Consistent, Romeo Ferguson helped the Bisons in the first half. However, it was Kennesaw who was up at the half 35-36. Backed by solid play from #3, Youngblood, with 12 points that matched Asadullah’s first-half mark. 11 first-half turnovers are what kept the game as close as it was. After the halftime break, Lipscomb came back out re-energized and looking fired-up. With a pristine night’s finish for Asadullah (23 points) and continual effort from Johnson, Ferguson, and Wolfe — the Bisons finished the game out handily, 76-62. Lipscomb finished the game seeing 4 players score in double figures — Johnson (16), Ferguson (13), Wolfe (12), Asadullah (23). It was just the win Lipscomb needed to move the Bisons to 8-5 in Conference play.  Lipscomb and Kennesaw State will finish their series matchup on Saturday night in Allen Arena at 7 PM. You can stream the game through ESPN+ or listen along through our own, Bison Radio through our website, or iOS app. Photos courtesy...
Gallery: Snow blankets campus and moves classes fully online on Monday

Gallery: Snow blankets campus and moves classes fully online on Monday

As the winter storm moves across the country, Nashville began to feel its effects. Saturday night’s cold temperatures caused roads to freeze and made travel difficult, but when the sleet and snow began Sunday, roads began to close, and Nashvillians were encouraged to stay home. The university made the decision to move all classes online for Monday and decisions about subsequent days are pending. Students got out to enjoy the snow with sledding and snow ball fights, while maintenance crews tried to clean the sidewalks and keep campus...
Lipscomb defeats Bluefield State in a late addition to the schedule as ASUN games are postponed

Lipscomb defeats Bluefield State in a late addition to the schedule as ASUN games are postponed

Lipscomb’s men’s basketball team was supposed to play at Stetson this weekend, but since the Bisons had played more conference games than most of their ASUN opponents, the conference announced Lipscomb would get a bye week to allow other teams to fill in the gap. Luckily, Lipscomb was able to snag a non-conference opponent in Bluefield State, a Division II independent out of West Virginia, for a Saturday matinee game. The Bisons used 41 bench points and limited the Big Blue to just 21 second-half points to win 89-56. “First off, we’re real [sic] thankful for Bluefield agreeing to come in and play,” Lipscomb head coach Lennie Acuff said during a postgame interview on ESPN+. “We found out Tuesday afternoon that we weren’t gonna be going to Florida.” Redshirt junior center Ahsan Asadullah paced Lipscomb (11-8, 5-3 ASUN) with 19 points, followed by 13 from sophomore guard KJ Johnson and 11 from sophomore guard Carson Cary. Junior Marquez Cooper and sophomore Taj-Maal Toney dialed in 13 apiece for Bluefield State (1-4), while junior guard Brandon Anyanwu had 11. The bench only contributed seven points for the Big Blue, who were without the top rebounder in Division II Alex Nunnely due to injury. “I thought our bench did a really good job, and I was really excited to see those guys get a chance,” Acuff said. “Cause they’ve played well in practice. I’m not surprised by how well all those guys played.” Lipscomb had a sluggish start and was down 15-7 at the 14:41 mark and then 27-19 with under seven minutes left in the first half. But Bluefield State could only...
REVIEW: Justin Bieber explores faith in ‘boundary pushing’ new album

REVIEW: Justin Bieber explores faith in ‘boundary pushing’ new album

The formerly pre-pubescent boy known for crooning in his falsetto and making 14-year-old girls swoon, proves in his new album Justice that growing up in the spotlight is not always as glamorous as it seems. Justin Bieber shares as much in his hit “Lonely” that detailed the dark place he inhabited as a result of his young fame. However, the so-called “Beliebers” — fans who have been with him throughout his entire career — have recently seen him become a believer himself: In God and true love. Faith and marriage have become his new brand and are reflected in his newest album, titled Justice, with song lyrics that suggest remorse for his actions and thankfulness for forgiveness. Throughout his new music, he credits his wife, formerly Hailey Baldwin, and God for giving him a new perspective and second chance. His once booming music career seems to be revived amid these dramatic life changes. Though, along with success he has also met more controversy. Some have criticized his “inauthentic” references to social injustice within his album. “Rolling Stone” even referred to his use of Martin Luther King Jr., speech samples on his album as “a jarring musical misstep”. In response to these criticisms Bieber responded: “I’m not trying to make a connection between me and Martin Luther King. That’s why I never try to talk about social injustice, or I didn’t want to be the one to talk about it. “I just have so much more learning to do. But I have this man who was ready to die, and what he believed to be true. If I’m not willing...
Taylor Swift takes control over her own story with Fearless (Taylor’s Version)

Taylor Swift takes control over her own story with Fearless (Taylor’s Version)

Unless you have been off the internet for the past month, you have probably heard a lot about Fearless (Taylor’s Version), the first release of Taylor Swift’s re-recorded first six studio albums. If you are unfamiliar with the situation, in 2019, Taylor Swift’s original record label, Big Machine Records, sold her masters – original completed recordings used to make physical copies and digital files of music to be distributed – without her permission or knowledge. Essentially, this means that she has no control over what the original recordings of her songs are used for and will see only a small fraction of the profits from their sales. Due to the loss of her masters, Swift has planned to re-record each of her first six albums — 2006’s Taylor Swift, 2008’s Fearless, 2010’s Speak Now, 2012’s RED, 2014’s 1989 and 2017’s reputation. Fearless (Taylor’s Version) is the first of Swift’s re-recorded albums to be released. In addition to all 13 of the tracks included on the original record, the re-recorded album also includes six songs from the platinum version of Fearless, “Today Was A Fairytale” off the soundtrack to the 2010 film Valentine’s Day as well as six “From The Vault” songs written around the recording of Fearless that didn’t make it on to the original album. I don’t think it is a reach to assume that I’ll probably be doing quite a few of these “Taylor’s Version” album reviews in the foreseeable future, so I’m going to plan on giving out a few superlatives of sorts for each. For each, I will select a song that was a single...
BREAKING: Lipscomb announces new immersive music program with MercyMe’s Bart Millard

BREAKING: Lipscomb announces new immersive music program with MercyMe’s Bart Millard

Tonight, during IMAGINE “The Soul of America Today”, President Lowry officially announced a new opportunity for those pursuing a future in the music industry.  The lead singer of MercyMe, Bart Millard, has joined forces with Lipscomb’s George Shinn College of Entertainment & the Arts. This partnership will create the Imagine House.  According to Lipscomb’s press release, “Imagine House is the only initiative of its kind in the country that offers students with varying artistic interests, an innovative education, real market entertainment experiences and a nation wide mentoring network.”  Imagine House will serve as a teaching facility and place for students to get hands-on experience in their field.  The branches of the program will include an opportunity for online degrees, a production studio with a house band, and ways to create contacts and relationships with experienced musicians.  Some of Lipscomb’s own will contribute to the leadership team. Both Brown Bannister, the director of the School of Music, and Steve Taylor, the director of the School of Theatre and Cinematic Arts, will work closely with Imagine House.  Millard reached out to Lipscomb with this idea and after much planning and energy, the initiative will launch this fall. Many members of the Lipscomb community are excited about the potential of this new program.  “Imagine House is the place where you can dream about your future, ignite the wonder of your faith, apprentice under successful pioneers that have blazed a trail ahead of you and collaborate with other multifaceted artists to create what’s next,” said Mike Fernandez, dean of the College of Entertainment and the Arts. ...
Lumination’s staff predicts who will win at the 2021 Academy Awards

Lumination’s staff predicts who will win at the 2021 Academy Awards

Reporting provided by Camryn Given, Jayme Foltz and Hannah Cron Despite the COVID-19 pandemic shutting down most movie theaters, 2020 still brought us some amazing films. Three Lumination staff members, Camryn, Jayme and Hannah, share who they think will win Oscars at the 93rd Academy Awards.   Actor in a leading role  Riz Ahmed (“Sound of Metal”)  Chadwick Boseman (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”)  Anthony Hopkins (“The Father”)  Gary Oldman (“Mank”)  Steven Yeun (“Minari”)   Camryn’s choice: Steve Yeun  The Walking Dead favorite really proved himself as an incredible actor as the ambitious and determined father in Minari. Yeun’s ability to immediately turn from a caring father to an enraged husband showed his depth and should earn him this award.  Jayme’s Choice: Chadwick Boseman Chadwick Boseman has played many amazing roles in his career and I can’t help but think that this was one of his best. It was an exceedingly passionate and heart-wrenching performance as he gave life to Levee, a young troubled man looking to make a name for himself in the music industry.  Hannah’s Choice: Chadwick Boseman Throughout his scenes, you could feel Boseman’s every emotion through the screen. He was a phenomenal talent and by all accounts, an even more phenomenal human being, and this award would be a fitting tribute to his life and legacy.     Actor in a supporting role  Sacha Baron Cohen (“The Trial of the Chicago 7”)  Daniel Kaluuya (“Judas and the Black Messiah”)  Leslie Odom Jr. (“One Night in Miami”)  Paul Raci (“Sound of Metal”)  Lakeith Stanfield (“Judas and the Black Messiah”)   Camryn’s Choice: Daniel Kaluuya  Since Kaluuya didn’t walk...
Nashville’s newest museum pays tribute to African American contributions in music

Nashville’s newest museum pays tribute to African American contributions in music

Planted in Nashville’s honky-tonk district on Lower Broadway, the National Museum of African American Music offers tourists and Nashvillians the chance to easily visit the nation’s musical diversity. Located on Broadway, the museum is in the heart of Music City, right across from the Bridgestone Arena and just a couple of blocks from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and the Convention Center, where easy parking is available. The new museum is part of the “Fifth + Broadway” development, a business park that features a 31-story luxury high rise, restaurant options, clothing stores and event space.  Of course, the main element is the long-awaited exploration of African American Music. When visitors enter the museum to begin their tour, they will first be guided into the Roots Theater. In the theater, an introductory film is shown guiding the visitors through the story of African American history and the musical traditions that were developed over time. Genres such as spirituals, blues, jazz, gospel, R&B and hip-hop are included. The film also emphasizes the different historical periods in America and how they shaped the music made by African Americans.  After the presentation in the Roots Theater, visitors can enter into the Rivers of Rhythm Pathways. This central corridor features touch-panel interactives with headphones to listen to music through African American history. Along the walls, there are animated timelines projected and historic moments in African American music displayed as well. From the pathways, visitors can access any one of the five major genre galleries. Museum officials suggest visitors start with the “Wade in The Water” gospel gallery and end with “The...