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Written by Bria Thurman

Kenneth Bivens, the creator of the artwork, told me his art was to represent the forgotten stories, the stories that have been thrown away and given up on. His art shows the mix of black culture that doesn’t get enough respect.
In The NEW GENESIS, WE’D ALL BE KINGS BY Kenneth Bivens. This was my favorite piece from the gallery.

The Myths of KUTULIZA GHASIA. I was blessed to go see a friend’s artwork on December 5th at The Union. It was nice to see the world through a friend’s eyes. His use of superheroes and 90’s basketball references seem like a good representation of his personality. I have never been so lucky to see a friend’s art exhibit so when I heard about this opportunity I jumped at it. His use of city and environment was organic and elevated the fiction of black heroism.

The Omega Beams Next Time by Kenneth Bivens. I am a big fan of The Flash so I especially enjoyed what this means.

I am not sure how many art pieces there were but I enjoyed all of them. As a fan of comic books and comic book movies and tv shows, the importance of black superheroes weighs on my mind. I am pretty new to the comic book world and I am always looking for new comic books to read and I rarely am able to find comic book characters that look like me. There were photos inspired by The Flash and the rainbow bridge in Asgard, the superhero Thor’s home.

Show us the Way by Kenneth Bivens

I was able to speak with the artist about why he made the decisions to use wooden boards for his different works. He told me it was to look like the art had been discarded; as if the stories were “not good enough.” I thought that was an interesting choice and I am happy I asked about these choices because it gave great insight into the entire purpose of the art and into what he was trying to achieve. It seemed as if he was a historian for stories of the past and brought them to light for those who were unable to see there existence.

Becoming a Modern Day Journalist

Learning to Be a Well-Rounded Journalist 

Over winter break this past year, I had the pleasure of meeting with a long-time WGN broadcaster, Dave Eanet. Eanet has been a broadcaster for Northwestern athletes and the Chicago Cubs for a little under 20 years. One piece of advice that really stuck with me was that to be a successful modern day journalist you can’t just have one set of skills. He said you can’t only be a good writer, or only know how to video edit. With all the multimedia today, you need to have knowledge on how to edit, write, produce, etc. your segments. The goal of this course was similar to what he said. Coming into this class I was a bit nervous because I had a very limited knowledge on how to use my camera, edit, or write a well-scripted package. Thanks to our last eight assignments and instruction over the past few months that nervousness has gone away.

WGN Broadcaster Dave Eanet gave similar advice as Professor Collins on how to be a successful journalist in today's culture.

WGN Broadcaster Dave Eanet gave similar advice as Professor Collins on how to be a successful journalist in today’s culture.










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Spring Break Send Off: The Pre-Spring Break Party

To relief stress for students before their mid terms and papers, the Illinois Union Board organized their first annual Spring Break Send Off. The intent of the event was to get students excited for Spring Break, and try to give them a quick break from their studying. The event included games, spring break themed give aways, and everyones favorite: FREE FOOD.



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