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

The National Museum of African American Music is one of the latest additions to the growing downtown Nashville experience. Located on Broadway, the museum is in the heart of Music City right across from the Bridgestone Arena. The 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.  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 Rivers of Rhythm pathways, visitors can access any one of the five major genre galleries. Workers suggest visitors start with the “Wade in The Water” gospel gallery and end with “The Message” hip hop gallery.  The five genre galleries include:  Wade in The Water — An experience that portrays gospel music as a spiritual medium for black expression in spite of the adversity of slavery and post-civil war hardships. Wade in The Water takes visitors...
Human Docs ties “Soul of America” to decisions and mistakes in history

Human Docs ties “Soul of America” to decisions and mistakes in history

The “Soul of America” has been constructed by decisions, often by leaders learning from past mistakes and righting the course. That was the theme of the Human Docs film by that name shown during the Office of Intercultural Development’s “Welcome to the World Week.” In the documentary, historian John Meacham looks for patterns in history to identify society’s better accomplishments and worst instincts. Sometimes his examination found that when steps were made toward justice in one area, justice moved further from reach in another. The documentary concludes with three characteristics that Meacham said are imperative for good leadership, but equally as important for citizens: Curiosity,  humility and empathy.  “The country was built by people who were willing to learn from their mistakes,” he said, adding that former U.S. presidents provide many examples. As examples of such “learning,” he cited Lyndon Johnson’s picking up where Kennedy had failed and pushing aggressively to get the Civil Rights Act of 1964 made into law. Other presidents who learned and changed the course of history include Lincoln’s successful push for the Emancipation Proclamation, Nixon reversing course and engaging China and Ronald Reagan’s change in his regard for the Soviet Union, viewing them as colleagues on the world stage rather than enemies. “Human Docs is grounded in the conviction that faith means working for a more just world, and that people of faith are called to a critical awareness of their times,” said Lipscomb Political Sciences Professor Richard Goode, as a way of introducing the panel after the screening. Sophomore biochemistry major, Audrey Tsague and freshman acting major Shelby Smith were on the panel...
Disney redefines heroine in new princess film “Raya and the Last Dragon”

Disney redefines heroine in new princess film “Raya and the Last Dragon”

Like the more recent Disney Princess films, Raya and the Last Dragon follows the story of a daring and adventurous heroine who embarks on a journey to save her world. Raya’s tale is one of empowerment as an independent young woman embraces change and modernity. The storyline is familiar in some ways, but what is unique to the film is the Southeast Asian representation. Kumandra, the film’s fantasy world, is heavily influenced by Southeast Asian culture, and in fact, Raya is Disney’s first princess from that region. Raya and the Last Dragon was directed by Disney veteran Don Hall and Carlos López Estrada and written by Qui Nguyen and Adele Lim. The film featured the talented voices of Kelly Marie Tran and Awkwafina as Raya and Sisu, respectively. In Kumandra, humans and dragons lived united in peace until shapeless monsters referred to as Druun began to ravage the land and turn everyone to stone. To save their world, the dragons sacrificed themselves and left only a remnant of their magic behind inside the Dragon Gem. 500 years later, a young girl named Raya (Tran) is tasked with protecting the gem, but a dramatic betrayal leaves the gem shattered and lost, allowing the Drunn to escape. A few years after the monsters have returned to her world, Raya with her hybrid pet Tuk Tuk, seek out the last dragon, Sisu (Awkwafina), to help her destroy the monsters yet again. She must travel to the other kingdoms to find the stolen pieces of the Dragon Gem. Along the way, the duo will assemble their own ragtag crew. After all, what better team is there...
2021 Grammy Awards preview: who will win and who should

2021 Grammy Awards preview: who will win and who should

It is almost spring, which can only mean one thing: it’s time for the Grammy Awards! I know most people don’t care that much about award shows, but I am a music enthusiast and I love to see my favorite artists perform and be recognized for the amazing work they have done in the past year. For you sports people, I’d say this is the musical equivalent of March Madness. Of course, awards are not the only indicator of success, and there are certainly plenty of artists every year who are “snubbed” (most notably The Weeknd this year), but it is fun to watch regardless. For each category included, I will list all of the nominees and then my picks for who will win and who should win. For some of these categories, the award goes to the producer or writer as well as or instead of the artist. For sake of ease, I have only listed the artist, but you can check out the full details on the Grammy Awards website. Without further ado, here are my predictions for the 2021 Grammy Awards.   Record of the Year “Black Parade” – Beyoncé “Colors” – Black Pumas “Rockstar” – DeBaby featuring Roddy Rich “Say So” – Doja Cat “Everything I Wanted” – Billie Eilish “Don’t Start Now” – Dua Lipa “Circles” – Post Malone “Savage” – Megan Thee Stallion featuring Beyoncé Who will win: I think there are a few ways this could go, but I think Beyoncé’s timely “Black Parade” probably has the best chance of winning. However, I can also see “Say So” or “Savage” taking home...
5 heartwarming Netflix films to warm up your snow day

5 heartwarming Netflix films to warm up your snow day

Five Netflix Films to Stream during your Snow Days Coming off Valentine’s Day, this list should continue your Valentine’s Day mood. With COVID-19 many people’s options for how they spent Valentine’s Day were limited. And now that the Nashville area is locked inside because of the snow it’s the perfect time to catch up on Valentines Day themes movie you might have missed. Whether you’re spending your snow days with your partner, your friends, or all by your lonesome, here are five Netflix films that will help you enjoy the snow days. So, grab your favorite snack, some hot chocolate and curl up with a blanket somewhere because these films are sweetly heartwarming and sure to warm you up in this chilly weather.   Always Be My Maybe  This rom-com is all about reunions and rekindling an old flame. When two childhood friends, Sasha and Marcus (Ali Wong and Randall Park), reunite 15 years after a serious fall out they realize that while their lives have seriously changed, their feelings for each other haven’t. As they get swept up in the romance, the lovers realize that adjusting to each other’s lifestyles is harder than they initially thought. Always Be My Maybe is flawless with its characters, pleasing with its story, and positively witty with its jokes. The film will leave you with a smile on your face long after the credits roll. Oh, and did I mention Keanu Reeves makes an appearance?   My rating: 3 ½ out of 5 hearts   To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before Based on the YA fiction series, To All the Boys...