Odessa Gaines is the co-chair of the Intentionality & Inclusivity Committee and an arts editor at The Tufts Daily. She is a sophomore studying cognitive and brain science and film and media studies. Odessa can be reached at [email protected]

K-Weekly: ‘Indigo’ – the portrait of Kim Nam-joon

“From the colors of nature, human, etc. … the last archive of my twenties.” These words live on the front cover of “Indigo” (2022), RM’s (also known as Kim Nam-joon) newest album released on Dec. 2. This album is not only a collection of his experiences and feelings of the past several years of his […]

Pop culture moments in 2022 that altered our brain chemistry

RaiAnn Bu’s most memorable arts moments of 2022: Julia Fox From “Uncut Jauyems,” to enigmatic and weird hottie dating he-who-shall-not-be-named to internet cool girl, Julia Fox has definitely been one of the “it” girls of 2022 and not always for the right reasons. Julia Fox seemingly emerged out of nowhere in early 2022 following a […]

K-weekly: End-of-year awards season

As fall finally changes into winter and the weather starts to drop (unless you live in New England, unfortunately), the end-of-year Asian award shows start to announce their nominees. One of the biggest shows, the Mnet Asian Music Awards, has been eagerly anticipated by fans around the world. This year’s MAMA theme is “K-POP World […]

‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ and legacy

Disclaimer: This article contains spoilers for “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” (2022). What is a legacy? Who is a legacy? Director Ryan Coogler was tasked with doing the impossible: give the people a story with a purpose that honored a legacy and gave the audience a chance to say their final goodbyes. And he did just […]

K-Weekly: BTS

Okay, everyone, it’s time to get real. When I first applied to be a columnist for The Tufts Daily Arts section way back in the fall of 2021, I had three big ideas: musicals, books and (obviously) K-pop. When asked to choose one of the three, I immediately knew my decision would be K-pop. I […]

K-Weekly: A week of mourning for South Korea

This week’s K-Weekly will cover a much more serious and heavy topic out of respect for the events that occurred in Seoul on Oct. 29.  South Korea has entered a week of mourning after the tragic events that took place in the Itaewon district of Seoul this past weekend that resulted in the death of […]

K-Weekly: Are idols getting younger?

On July 22, 2022, a five-member girl group called NewJeans debuted under All Doors One Room, a HYBE label. It quickly cemented itself as a competing group in the world of K-pop with its unique debut style and ear-catching music, breaking several records such as having the best-selling girl group debut album on the Hanteo […]

K-Weekly: Black appropriation in K-pop (Part 2) 

Let’s talk about CocaNButter. This new girl group debuted on Oct. 6, 2022, under MLD Entertainment. Made up of Ri.hey, ZSun, Gaga and Bicki, the group made an immediate impact with its eye-catching concept: Black cultural appropriation. What exactly is cultural appropriation?  Britannica defines it as “when members of a majority group adopt cultural elements […]

K-Weekly: What are the Bangtan Boys up to?

On June 14, just four days after dropping their anthology album “Proof,” BTS (방탄소년단) announced that they would be taking a break from group activities.  Since then, group activities have been minimal, but not completely halted. They took home seven awards (six for the group, one for Jin), including the Grand Prize (Daesang) at the […]

K-Weekly: BLACKPINK makes comeback after nearly two years

After a nearly two-year and greatly anticipated wait, BLACKPINK has finally made its musical comeback with its new album, “Born Pink” (2022). BLACKPINK, a four-member girl group made up of Rosé, Jisoo, Lisa and Jennie, first debuted on Aug. 8, 2016, with their single album “Square One” (2016) under YG Entertainment.  Since their debut, the […]