Black on Black Rhyme (April 25)

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Black on Black Rhyme is an open mic night hosted by Keith Rodgers and the Back Talk Poetry troupe. The event encourages participants to express any number of talents from spoken word to stand up. Food is available for purchase and the vibes are always positive. The next event will be on April 25 at Nefetari’s Fine Cuisine from 8-11 p.m. You can save a spot in advance for $7 or pay $10 at the door. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/blackonblackrhyme/.

Time Management Tips with Professor Scalzi

TCC Talon’s Natalia Areas sat down with Professor Melissa Scalzi to discuss some time management tips that may help students become more efficient. Professor Scalzi is the Assistant Professor of College Success and Career Planning at Tallahassee Community College.

Melissa Scalzi, college success assistant professor. (Photo courtesy of tcc.fl.edu)

NATALIA

How can students learn to manage their time more effectively?

PROFESSOR SCALZI

“Time management can help students succeed in their professional lives because building habits now will create habits that students could use in their future careers. In school, students start developing fundamental soft skills needed in the professional world like being on time and turning things in on time. If students do not start creating habits now, or if they do not develop strategies to help them with their daily tasks, they might struggle in the professional world.”   

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The Russell Review: Kong: Skull Island

Minor Spoilers Ahead: You’ve Been Warned!

Few movie monsters are as iconic as King Kong. Originally introduced in 1933, this gigantic ape has been a mainstay in Hollywood cinema, popping up in some sort of reboot or remake every couple of decades. There were the mostly unenthused 1976 and 1986 versions, the wonderful 2005 portrayal directed by Peter Jackson, and now the latest movie, Kong: Skull Island which takes the most drastically different approach. One of the most interesting changes is the setting. While essentially every King Kong movie so far has taken place in the ‘30s, Skull Island changes it up and places the story right after the end of the Vietnam War. Being someone who enjoys the style and music of this era, this instantly made me more excited for the film.

This movie has one of the largest ensemble casts I’ve seen in a long time, and some problems come with this. While some characters are intriguing and very well done, such as Tom Hiddleston’s Conrad and Brie Larson’s Weaver, others just seem there to raise the death toll, including most of the soldiers that accompany the scientists on their expedition. One character who comes to mind is Toby Kebbel’s Chapman, who just seemed to be there to break up the action at parts. There is one scene in particular where he watches on as Kong battles a giant squid, and it’s obvious that he’s just there to be the audience’s eyes into an action sequence.

Tom Hiddleston as Conrad, Brie Larson as Weaver, and John C. Reilly as Marlow in Kong: Skull Island. Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Entertainment
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3731562/mediaviewer/rm316645043.

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The Russell Review: Logan

Minor spoilers ahead. Consider yourself warned!

Having been a comic book and superhero fan my whole life, I have always been invested in the “X-Men” franchise, through the good (X2, Days of Future Past) and the bad (I’m looking at you X3 and X-Men Origins: Wolverine). One of the consistencies through the whole series, however, has been Hugh Jackman’s performance as Logan, the Wolverine. Knowing that Logan was his last performance, I already went into the movie with a flood of emotions. I must say, those emotions didn’t stop through the whole 2-hour runtime.

I think one of the most enticing things about Logan is that it can still be enjoyed without having a knowledge of the X-Men universe. While having seen the other movies increases the emotions felt throughout the film, it can truly be enjoyed as a standalone piece. It also transcends the label of “superhero movie,” becoming a great movie in the process.

Hugh Jackman as Logan/The Wolverine in Logan. Photo credit: Ben Rothstein http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3315342/mediaviewer/rm2077504256

One of the most jarring changes in this movie when compared to past X-Men movies is the change from a PG-13 rating to an R. There’s something strange but also entertaining about hearing Patrick Stewart as Professor Xavier drop the f-bomb. But the most glorious part about the new rating is finally seeing Wolverine (and Laura, a young girl with very similar abilities) maim, butcher and brutalize anyone in his path. One of the biggest complaints about the past films is that Wolverine didn’t get to show off the true bloodthirsty rage that he is known for. This is not the case in Logan, as the titular character goes on a tour de force through countless enemies, treating them as obstacles on what is clearly his last mission.

One of the most touching moments early on is when Logan visits Charles Xavier, the closest thing he ever had to a father figure, in a bunker made of what appears to be a fallen water tower. Mutant-kind has all but disappeared from Earth, and it’s clear early on that Xavier possibly had something to do with it. They make a point of addressing that the telepath’s mind is considered a “weapon of mass destruction,” which makes the audience intrigued as to why it has been classified as such. We see a Charles Xavier we’ve never seen before, beaten and delusional. This movie has better performances than any “superhero” film has a right to have, and they really contribute to the emotional weight of the film.

Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart and newcomer Dafne Keen (playing the quiet, but fierce Laura) truly allow this film to break the bonds of the genre. This shows that superhero movies truly can tell tough, real stories that can be enjoyed by anybody, a trend started by Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight in 2008. While Laura remains quiet for most the film, her body language and ferocity when fighting showcase an actress who hopefully has a bright future ahead of her.

Dafne Keen as Laura in Logan. Photo Credit: IMDB http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3315342/mediaviewer/rm2647012096

While this movie doesn’t have many things wrong with it, I believe that the villains leave a bit to be desired. While Boyd Holbrook’s “Pierce” was entertaining as a mutant fanboy working for the wrong people, two villains introduced later in the film feel very hollow. One barely gets any time at all, and the other just seemed brought in for the express purpose of giving Wolverine something just as fierce and unstoppable as him to allow for exciting fight sequences.

It was bittersweet to see Hugh Jackman’s run as Logan end, but I don’t think it could have ended any better than it did. It will be interesting to see the X-Men franchise live on without his presence there, as he has been in every movie so far, whether starring or cameo. I also believe it would be a shame to never use Laura again in the movies, but I’m not sure how they would incorporate her into the future movies with how the timelines are set up. However, I don’t think they should ever try to recast the character. Jackman has played the character for 17 years, and I think that it’s time to hang up the claws.

Final Verdict

Logan is an emotional tour de force that had me on the verge of tears for the majority of its runtime. It was a bittersweet end to an iconic character, but it’s just great to know that it broke the curse of bad Wolverine movies to give him the proper sendoff he deserved.

I am going to be changing my rating system now, as I feel that a grading scale seems quite arbitrary and that it compares them to other movies that really aren’t comparable. From now on, I’ll simply be recommending if people should see the movie or not.

Logan is a must see for all, not just superhero fans. Go watch it!

TCC to FSU: A Helping Hand

Nicolaus Lopez is a senior at Florida State
University who’s majoring in Information Technology. Lopez is also the acting president of Transfers Helping Transfers.

The Talon: What does Transfers Helping Transfers do?

Nick Lopez: “This organization is here to help transfer students transition into Florida State University. I myself was a transfer from the University of Central Florida, and when I came to Florida State, I was basically two years behind the average freshman. When I transferred I didn’t have those friend groups you develop as a freshman when you’re in the same general education classes as others. So this organization is here for the people that transfer in and don’t have anyone.This club is a way for you to meet new friends and people, but it’s not an end all be all.”

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Student Spotlight: Kerven Joseph

Name: Kerven Joseph

Year at TCC: Second-year

Hometown: North Miami, Fla.

Field of Study: Business Entrepreneurship and Fashion

Career Goals: To own a fashion line and create fashion shows.

Favorite Musical Artist(s): Kid Cudi, Travis Scott, Asap Rocky, Wiz Khalifa, Isaiah Rashad, Kendrick Lamar, Coldplay, Raury, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, Van Halen, Alicia Keys, Jill Scott, and Erykah Badu.

Favorite Movie: The Pursuit of Happyness

Favorite TV Show: The Office

Favorite Food: Haitian and Italian

Favorite Book: The Road by Cormac McCarthy

Hobbies: Playing sports, outdoor activities, going on adventures, and photography.

If you could dinner with anyone in the world, what would it be: Tupac

Favorite Quotes: “May the bridges I burn light the way”

Student Spotlight: Maria Fernanda Araiza

Name: Maria Fernanda Araiza

Year at TCC: First-year

Hometown:  Brawley, Calif.

Major: Undecided

Career Goals: “I want to love my job and get excited every time I go.”

Favorite Musical Artist: Romeo Santos

Favorite Movie: The Notebook

Favorite TV Show: Jersey Shore

Favorite Food: Enchiladas

Favorite Book: Sky by Emily Wilson

Hobbies: Going out to dance to Latin music with my friends, spending time with family and friends, meal prepping, working out, and having fun at the SLICE office with Natalia and peer leaders.

If you could have dinner with anyone in the world (living or dead), who would choose? Grandmother

Favorite Quotes: “Don’t stress the small things; worry about your own well being.”

TCC Student Affected by the Immigration Ban

Fatemah Seyfi, a student at Tallahassee Community College, is an international student from Iran. Photo courtesy of

Fatemah Seyfi was at home when her roommates informed her of President Trump’s executive order. The order banned all refugee admissions for 120 days, while banning citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries for 90 days.  Citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, refugee or otherwise, were all denied entry into the U.S. temporarily.

Seyfi was planning to return to her home in Iran in a few months time. Her roommates, who are Iranian as well, told her not to go.

“I was so shocked, and I didn’t know what was going on,” Seyfi said. “I didn’t know if the ban would stay this way or would it change.”

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