Odessa is a first-year studying Child Study and Human Development. Odessa can be reached at [email protected]

K-Weekly: How to enjoy comebacks

K-groups make their musical comebacks throughout the year, but these next few months are going to be extra exciting with groups like Monsta X (April 26), TXT (May 9) and BTS (June 10) all confirmed to come back with new albums over the next few months, with others rumored to make 2022 comebacks and debuts. […]

K-Weekly: BTS gives a stellar Grammy performance, again

BTS once again showed the world why it’s on top on Sunday night with its performance on the Grammy Awards stage. The seven-member boy band has seen overwhelming amounts of success since it debuted back in 2013, breaking records with regularity in South Korea and abroad. The band members are known not just for their […]

Putting a twist on ‘Cheaper by the Dozen’

In the year 2022, viewing audiences are intimately familiar with reboots, sequels and spinoffs of dearly loved TV shows and movies. By March of this year alone, Hulu released “How I Met Your Father” (2022–), Peacock released “Bel-Air” (2022–) and Disney+ has released “The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder” (2022–) and “Cheaper by the Dozen” […]

K-Weekly: What’s in your K-pop album?

One small difference I feel goes overlooked in the K-pop community is, to put it simply, the albums. And by this, I mean the actual, physical album that you can purchase from a store, or — more likely — Amazon. While many Western acts sometimes release a CD and sometimes a vinyl along with their […]

K-Weekly: Black appropriation in K-pop (Part 1)

I happen to be a firm believer in the idea that you can enjoy things that are criticized, and that it’s kind of impossible to not enjoy things that are criticized. Everyone has skeletons in their closets as well as mistakes they made when they were young and ignorant, so I believe in forgiving but […]

K-Weekly: The Big Three

One thing many people fail to remember about the K-pop industry is that it is different from Western music industries. There are definitely some overlaps, like how both industries may put together groups via music competition shows (i.e., X-Factor and I-Land), but there are clear differences between both industries. One of these is the foundation […]

K-Weekly: The beauty of PLT’s ‘Planetarium Case#2’

One of my favorite K-groups is, hands down, PLT. PLT is unique because it is not technically considered a K-pop group. PLT is labeled a project group: a few solo artists who come together every so often to make music every so often under one record label. PLT is made up of six members: Villain, […]

Are theories killing our film and TV experiences?

In the era of social media and creation platforms, it has become significantly easier to discover communities of people with common, loved interests. From niche topics like different types of soups to extremely popular Disney movies like “Encanto” (2021), platforms like TikTok and YouTube make it possible for individuals to broadcast their own thoughts and […]

K-Weekly: How do K-pop groups work?

If you’re new to the world of K-pop, chances are you’ve given one look at a performance or group photo and been left confused. A typical comment Western listeners have to the world of K-pop is: Why are there so many members?  Most Western music groups have between three and five members — think Little […]

K-Weekly: K-pop, an acknowledgment of Black culture

This Black History Month, I felt the need to shine a light on the Black American influence on K-pop and the industry as a whole. It is no secret that Black creatives have constantly made significant impacts on the world we live in now. With inventions like the toilet paper holder, scientific leaps like landing […]