COLUMN: On MLK and why the First Amendment matters

COLUMN: On MLK and why the First Amendment matters

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a paradigm for the effective and positive use of the First Amendment. While he may be gone, his legacy has endured and, in his time, Dr. King made great strides in bringing awareness to and speaking out against the racial injustice that plagued 20th century America. Growing up and continuing to live in highly segregated areas of the South, Dr. King was certainly no stranger to discrimination. At that time, the idea of separate but equal was largely ingrained and accepted within American culture until the overturning of the Supreme Court’s Plessy v. Ferguson case and by the landmark decision made in Brown v. Board of Education in 1954. After that, attitudes throughout the nation began to shift, but the roots that had been implanted within society would be slow to recede, leading to conflicts and protests in the years to come. In fact, about a year later, Dr. King found himself in the middle of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. He acted as the protest’s primary spokesperson, and by utilizing his rhetorical ability earned through his years of getting a doctorate in divinity, he declared a vocal and public opposition to the continuing problem of segregation. After Montgomery, Dr. King went for the heart of racial tensions in America: Birmingham, Alabama. In Birmingham, it was his act of civil disobedience towards an ordinance issued to delay protesters from gathering that led to his arrest. This arrest, however, would spark his classic penning of “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.” In it, he criticized passivity and the notion that the solution to segregation was time...
No place like home to see TPAC’s latest, ‘The Wizard of Oz’

No place like home to see TPAC’s latest, ‘The Wizard of Oz’

The classic characters of Oz come to life in the latest incredible performance of the Broadway musical adaptation of the hit film The Wizard of Oz. There really is no place like home to see this show, or at least no place like the Tennessee Performing Arts Center.  The production value is through the roof for this performance. Elaborate sets, extravagant costumes and some incredible special effects really let you know this was a serious production. You get the sense of being right inside the twister with Dorothy. Dorothy, the Lion, the Tin Man and the Scarecrow are all portrayed magnificently. The actors really capture the essence of each character and you feel a sense of real hatred towards the Wicked Witch of the West right from the start.  The horrendous witche’s laugh is still frightening just to think about. However, the show is stolen by none other than Toto. From his first appearance, the adoration of the crowd is palpable. The use of a real dog in an on-stage performance is always a risk, but the crew pulls it off thanks to the well-behaved Murphy, the dog who plays Toto. The other highlights of the performance are the musical numbers.  With such classic songs such as “Over the Rainbow” and “Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead,” it isn’t tough for the whole crowd to get on board and sing along. The show has something for the whole family. For the parents, there is the nostalgia of watching the story you know and love come to life on stage right in front of you. For the kids, it has all...
LU’s GQ: How to Stay Stylish in the Spring

LU’s GQ: How to Stay Stylish in the Spring

LU’s GQ is a new biweekly series from Lipscomb senior George Wong, who looks at stylish clothing options for men. Wong’s column alternates weeks with Rachel Pavelich’s blog, The Northern Southern Belle.  With January’s freezing-cold weather coming to an end, we transition to an unpredictable February. Every male college student has to decide whether to put on everything they have in their closet in to stay warm and disregard style, or risk getting hypothermia but still look fashionable. Stress no longer! The great aspect of clothing is that is completely personal, there are so many clothes to choose from, outfits to curate and people to impress. Fashion will always be timeless, but style is unique to every individual. Guys have it slightly easier than females in the sense we have a lot less to choose from. Here is a list of Lipscomb students who have displayed great style while still staying warm: Jordan Brumbelow: white sweater, Nike track pants, Vans A sweater is not only great for keeping you warm and cozy, but is also stylish and elegant. It’s definitely a timeless piece in every young man’s closet. I would recommend simple colors such as white and black. However, this is something you can make pop with trending colors such as earthy tones, or if you are wanting to be bold, with red, yellow or orange.             Dane Mortensen: denim shirt, band tee, black jeans, high-tops If it is a slightly warmer day that requires no knitwear, then Mortenson is the man to follow. No one can go wrong with a band tee accompanied with...
The Northern Southern Belle: Preparing for possible snow, chilly temperatures in the South

The Northern Southern Belle: Preparing for possible snow, chilly temperatures in the South

Featured image by Anna Rogers I know I’ve already done a column about winter in the South, but since there is a possibility for some snow this week, I thought it might be good to circle back to this topic. While my fellow Clevelanders and Midwesterners are preparing for negative double digit temperatures this week (shoutout to you winter warriors, and prayers that you stay safe and warm!), Nashville’s supposed to experience some snow and cooler-than-normal temperatures that might be causing some wardrobe worry. Therefore, I figured I would give some advice from a lifelong-Northern girl on how to conquer the snow and cold in style. Long sleeves are probably the best idea for when the temps plummet and the snow starts to fall. Even with my heavy red peacoat that I love, I still get cold outside. Wearing a long sleeved top or a sweater helps with that, allowing me  to stay warmer as I walk to class or spend time outside. If you do not like long sleeves or are worried you might get too hot, try some layers. I love cardigans and kimonos to wear over short sleeved tops, and they’re great for if you get hot because you have the ability to take the long sleeves off. Not only do layers keep you warm and give versatility to an outfit, but they also allow a few pieces to create multiple looks! I got a new floral cardigan over break that I just absolutely love. It has quickly become a staple in my wardrobe because I can wear so much with it. It’s floral, so it...
GLUTEN-FREE FRIDAY: Mojo’s Tacos really does have a magic charm

GLUTEN-FREE FRIDAY: Mojo’s Tacos really does have a magic charm

When a restaurant has a 25-person line during prime dining hours and a taco-centric menu that contains reasonably limited choices, you know there’s something magical going on in the kitchen. How fitting that today’s Gluten-Free Friday features Mojo’s Tacos, a “fresh and innovative taco shop” that wows me with its “magic charm” meals.  Mojo’s Tacos is located in the historic Factory at Franklin, which is prime real estate for a Franklin dining spot. Any restaurant that can afford to open shop in the Factory and actually fill the place, day-in and day-out, has my attention. After you eat at Mojo’s, I think you will understand why it is thriving in the Factory. Shockingly (please note my sarcasm), I have a regular at Mojo’s. I always get the Brisket Taco unless, on tragic days, it’s not available (the wizard must have captured it on those days), in which case I get The Old School without cheese. But the Brisket Taco is a lovely choice: The taco drips with an otherworldly, flavorful juice, the brisket is perfectly moist and rich, and the toppings add a Tinkerbell-style fairy dust on top.  Regardless of what you order, if you are sensitive to gluten, make sure you ask for a corn tortilla. The corn tortillas there are soft and flexible, so you won’t feel like you’re missing out on the traditional flour tortilla. Before you jump up to fly after your pixie-dust meal, hold those happy thoughts and remember Mojo’s generous portions: One corn taco stretches about six or so inches in diameter, and Mojo’s does not skimp on the fillings. If you are...
‘Glass’ will shatter your mind, and possibly your expectations

‘Glass’ will shatter your mind, and possibly your expectations

Glass is a movie full of thrill and shocking twists and turns, but does it live up to the hype? Many people have been anticipating this sequel to Unbreakable (2000) and Split (2017). Director M. Night Shyamalan, who also served as a writer for Glass, has been working on this film for almost two decades — 19 years to be exact. In this movie, we see the return of the hero and villain of Unbreakable, David Dunn (Bruce Willis) and Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson), who also goes by Mr. Glass. The overpowered hero and the brilliant mastermind meet Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy), who suffers from DID, and whom the audience was introduced to in Split. These three men are held in a psychiatric ward for their supernatural abilities, where psychiatrist Dr. Ellie Staple (Sarah Paulson) attempts to convince them that their “abilities” can be explained scientifically. She has each of them recall the first moments they felt like they were different than others, and explains how each of their miraculous feats were simply in their heads. The beginning of the movie starts out very slow, with odd pacing and a hard-to-follow storyline. The viewer is thrown into the movie and, unless the audience knows the storyline of the previous two films, it can be a bit confusing to watch. There are also several points with some very strange cinematography choices, as well as some plot holes that are difficult to look past. Towards the end of the movie, however, are when things get interesting. The story picks up, and the audience can’t help but sit on the edge...