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Collegian Album Reviews Graphic (Katrina Clasen | The Collegian)

Jhene Aiko takes a spiritual route on ‘Chilombo’

Isabelle Rayburn March 11, 2020

Jhene Aiko is bringing audiences on her chakra healing spiritual journey with her third studio album, “Chilombo,” titled after her last name. Aiko has been in the music industry for a long time. After...

Jaquikeyah Fields is a third-year student studying Ethnic Studies, and Womens and Gender Studies. (Courtesy of Fields)

CSU artists reflect on Black History Month

Isabelle Rayburn March 1, 2020

Art is something that can be expressed in many different ways, whether it comes to personal style, photography or graphic design — the possibilities of self-expression are endless. Since Black History...

Collegian Album Reviews Graphic (Katrina Clasen | The Collegian)

Russ shakes up the hip-hop scene with new album

Isabelle Rayburn February 5, 2020
Russ, also known as Russel Vitale is an American rapper, singer and songwriter releases his awaited album "She the Snow Globe"
Collegian Reviews (Illustration by Caleb Carpenter | Collegian)

‘The Hate U Give’ brings insight on the impact of police brutality on youth of color

Isabelle Rayburn October 25, 2018
Police brutality is something that affects people of color on a daily basis, especially black youth. This movie brought the light to this situation that it needed by the protagonist being a young woman of color herself.
This past week, Omega Psi Phi fraternity hosted a seminar between CSU and UNC black students to discuss black love in a predominantly white area. (Photo courtesy of Henry Cooper)

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity explores Black love

Isabelle Rayburn October 10, 2018
The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity hosted a seminar to discuss black love on Tuesday night. The purpose of this seminar was to have a healthy conversation between students of color at CSU and UNC about what black love is and how these students of color feel about black love at predominately white institutions.
Ricardo Valentine, aka 6lack, performs at Grandoozy Sept. 15. 6lack played his set despite orders to be on vocal rest. (Ashley Potts | Collegian)

6lack’s “East Atlanta Love Letter” shows a more emotional side of rap

Isabelle Rayburn September 20, 2018
Throughout his musical career, the Grammy-nominated artist has broken down barriers of masculinity by describing his feelings and emotions throughout music, which is exactly what he did in his new sophomore album, “East Atlanta Love Letter.”
J. Cole preforms at the Pepsi Center on Sept. 10, 2018. Cole is currently on tour for his album KOD which dropped in April this year. (Isabelle Rayburn | Collegian).

J. Cole connects to the community during his ‘KOD’ tour

Isabelle Rayburn September 13, 2018

There are hundreds of artists worth seeing in concert and J. Cole is just one of the many. Luckily the tour of his latest release, "KOD" hit Denver on Sept. 10 at the Pepsi Center.  Cole had a surprise...

B/AACCs Real Talk opens conversations around diversity at CSU

B/AACC’s Real Talk opens conversations around diversity at CSU

Isabelle Rayburn September 5, 2018

The Black/African American Cultural Center's Real Talk provides a platform for students to talk about the reality of cultural and personal identity in a modern and divided world. The B/AACC is...

Collegian Reviews (Illustration by Caleb Carpenter | Collegian)

“To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” addresses difficult aspects of adolescent relationships

Isabelle Rayburn September 5, 2018
“To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before” first a novel by Jenny Han is now an original movie on Netflix that is catching everyone’s attention. This movie explores young love, interracial relationships and double standards between men and women when it comes to intimacy in a relationship
J. Cole performs during the Power 105.1 Powerhouse Concert at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on Oct. 30, 2014. (Donna Ward/Abaca Press/TNS)

Rayburn: reflecting on J Cole’s conscious new album

Isabelle Rayburn August 20, 2018
When I first decided to write the KOD album review, at first I was just excited that J. Cole was releasing new music. When I heard the message behind KOD, I knew I had to find a way to share this work and message with other people.
Twenty three year old London native, singer and songwriter Ella Mai performs for a crowd of people in the LSC North Ballroom during the Colored Souls Spring Concert presented by Colorado State Universities United Women of Color organization April 28, 2018. (Matt Begeman | Collegian)

Ella Mai performs at CSU for the Colored Souls Concert

Isabelle Rayburn April 30, 2018

Ella Mai was “Boo’d up” with the crowd Saturday night.  The United Women of Color had their Colored Souls spring concert Saturday night which featured Colorado-based artists Kayla Rae, Rachel Bailey...

Collegian Reviews (Illustration by Caleb Carpenter | Collegian)

Track by track: J.Cole tells fans to Choose Wisely with ‘KOD’

Isabelle Rayburn April 23, 2018

The artist who wrote “Born Sinner” confessed his sins in his new album “KOD.” J.Cole is known as the artist who went platinum with no features on his album "2014 Forest Hills Drive." Fans got...

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