Tommy Gillespie

Tommy Gillespie is an Arts & Living editor at the Tufts Daily. He is a junior majoring in English. Tommy can be reached at

‘Drag Race’ hits midseason stride

Hey, kitty girls! We’ve officially reached the midpoint of the 11th season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” It feels like just yesterday Branjie was just a twinkle in VH1’s social media marketing eye, and ‘opulence‘ was only an SAT word. So far, season 11 has exceeded this writer’s expectations, delivering sickening looks, a new injection of […]

All charges against Jussie Smollett dropped

On March 26, one of 2019’s most confounding news stories took another abrupt and dramatic turn when the Cook County State Attorney’s office in Chicago announced that all charges against Fox Network’s “Empire” (2015–) actor Jussie Smollett would be dropped. In a statement, the office declared, “After reviewing all of the facts and circumstances of […]

The quotidian brilliance of ‘Gloria Bell’

Gloria Bell always sings along. Julianne Moore, the titular star of Chilean filmmaker Sebastián Lelio’s reimagining of 2013’s “Gloria,” made in his home country, seems to know the words to every song that comes out of the speakers. She might be in her car on the way to work, doing laundry or dancing along to her namesake […]

Top 5 international films to watch now

After “Roma” (2018) won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, worldwide releases that premiered last year on the festival circuit and in their home countries are steadily flooding the U.S. market. Here are five that critics and audiences have branded must-sees. “Everybody Knows” (2018), Spain/Iran Two-time Oscar-winning director Asghar Farhadi has teamed up […]

Tufts’ first POC comedy group, ‘Comic Relief,’ makes its public debut

“Comic Relief,” Tufts’ first POC-centered comedy group, held their inaugural show, “Speculation: is the Sriracha Diluted Here?” on Friday evening. The hour-plus show featured acts ranging from a stand-up compare-and-contrast between French monarch Louis XIV and a mock talk show to a TED talk on how to use Tinder to scam free rides off men. The […]

‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ debuts its 11th season

Hey, cysters! Less than two weeks removed from the finale of “All Stars 4” (2018) “RuPaul’s Drag Race” (2009–) is back on our TV screens for its 11th season. The clownishness of that finale and jam-packed schedule for “Drag Race” have led some to (convincingly) suggest that it’s time for the show to slow down a […]

Highlight reel: Top 5 arts articles of the semester

Disclaimer: Although Tommy Gillespie’s “Drag Race Recap” is featured, he had no part in the writing or editing in the description of his article. As part of Daily Week, the Arts & Living section will be revisiting five of our most popular articles from the semester. Written by a cross section of editors, contributing writers […]

‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett arrested, faces felony false police report charge

On Thursday, “Empire” (2015–) actor Jussie Smollett turned himself into the custody of Chicago Police, marking a stark turnaround in one of the year’s strangest news stories thus far. Smollett, who checked himself into a Chicago hospital in the early hours of Jan. 29, had alleged that two attackers had beaten him outside a Subway […]

‘All Stars 4’ concludes with unprecedented, hollow twist

Hey, kitty squirrels! After Latrice Royale’s not-so-shocking elimination last week, we are down to the final four queens of “All Stars 4.” Going off track records, Trinity the Tuck is the frontrunner with four challenge wins. Monét X Change and Monique Heart both have three wins, while Naomi Smalls has one. However, as proven by […]

Weekender: Fawzia Mirza’s ‘Signature Move’ brings love and lesbian wrestling to Tufts

Defining a genre for any film can be tricky, but actor-filmmaker Fawzia Mirza has a very specific one in mind for her 2017 feature-length debut “Signature Move,” which was screened at a lecture organized by the Program in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and co-sponsored by the LGBT Center last Friday. “It’s definitely, to this day, the […]