So into ‘You’: a Netflix original series

     Have you ever loved anyone so much you were willing to do anything for them? On the other hand, have you ever felt as if you were being followed?

     If you have, then maybe you could relate to Netflix’s new series, ‘You.’

     ‘You’ stands out from many other shows because it is unique. Part of its uniqueness comes from being told in the second person as the title suggests.

     The show is a thriller television series similar to ‘Riverdale’ or ‘Pretty Little Liars,’ but for an adult audience. It is a show that will keep you on the edge of your seat and begging for answers. Many viewers even say that it is binge-worthy.

     The show is sure to interest fans of the thriller, mystery or drama genres since ‘You’ tends to fall somewhere in between all of these.

     Joe Goldberg is a normal guy with a normal life. He works in a bookstore and lives in an apartment. However, he falls in love rather easily.

     When he meets Beck while working at the bookstore, he immediately takes interest in her and is determined to make his feelings requited.

     He begins to follow her and constantly checks her social media. He becomes obsessed with her which leads him to a series of questionable decisions.

     The show is based on the book written by Caroline Kepnes. The series premiered Dec. 26 on Netflix though it originally aired on Lifetime on Sept. 9.

     The series has been renewed for a second season. Joe is played by Penn Badgley, who some may know from the show ‘Gossip Girl’ as Dan Humphrey and “Easy A” as Woodchuck Todd.

     Badgley’s acting is phenomenal and he makes the audience care for Joe, even though he is a rather dark character. The scenes are also made more intense with the dramatic lighting and cinematography.

     ‘You’ is sure to be an instant favorite among many of its viewers. Those who are trying to find a new show to get excited about should definitely check it out.


ABAC’s Band captivates Tifton

It comes as no shock that ABAC’s band draws an audience and blows them away. On Tuesday Nov. 13 Tifton residents gathered at the Tift Theatre to enjoy the ABAC Band’s Concert. The Fall Concert managed to draw such a crowd that the theatre was packed to the point that some audience members were standing in the back of the theatre just to hear the performance.

The performance started with a short introduction by choir director and Dr. Susan Roe, head of the Fine Arts department. Afterward, the band began to play the Star-Spangled Banner. The band then played seven unique songs each with a meaningful history that they managed to portray.

ABAC’s band is composed of music majors and non-music majors alike. Director of the concert band, Johnny Folsom, made sure to recognize each student for their hard work and the effort that they put into the program, as well as letting everyone know that they are a valued member of the band.

The songs played included Burn, Visions of Flight, Filum Vitae, The Gallant Seventh, Ammerland, And the Mountains Echoed: Gloria! Intrada: Adoration and Praise. Each song played by the band brought emotions to the audience and kept them on the edge of their seat.

During Filum Vitae, a video showed ABAC as students went to class, seasons changed and snow fell. Seniors at ABAC said the video accompanying the music made them sad that they would be graduating and leaving ABAC.

Due to its compelling, emotional and uplifting songs, the concert was enjoyable for everyone, regardless of whether they were interested in music. Those that missed the opportunity to see the Fall Concert and that are interested in hearing ABAC’s concert band can catch their final performance of the semester, “A Christmas to Treasure,” on Dec. 4 at 7 P.M at the Tift Theatre. Tickets are $10 at the door.


Seeking asylum is no longer safe

Say it with me: It is not illegal to seek asylum. This is a fact. The literal definition of asylum is, “the protection granted by a nation to someone who has left their native country as a political refugee.” The United States recognizes the right of individuals from other countries to seek asylum. This is specified by not only a federal law but also international law.

Another fact people like to overlook is that most individuals that are being called “illegals” are asylum seekers. Once again, it is legal to seek asylum. However, it is not being treated as such.

According to CNN, the daily average number of people being held in ICE detention centers during the fiscal year of 2017 was 40,500. On top of this, 16 immigrants held in custody have died while in ICE’s custody between Dec. 2015 and April 2017.

And these numbers will only continue to grow. While most deaths seem to be from little or no medical care while being detained, the most recent case is different. A transgender woman by the name of Roxsana Hernandez Rodriguez died in May while in ICE’s custody.

A recent autopsy revealed that she was beaten then denied medical treatment. She died from dehydration.

She was fleeing Honduras and seeking asylum in the United States so that she could create a better life for her family.

Recently, President Trump and his administration sent the military to the Mexico-U.S. border to await the caravan made up of migrants seeking asylum.

Trump called this a “grave security threat.” Due to the attitudes towards migrants, a small portion of those seeking asylum began throwing rocks. The United States military then fired tear gas and pepper ball rounds, which seems like a drastic measure in comparison to rocks.

No matter what, all of this could have been avoided if asylum seekers were not treated as criminals or as a “security threat.”

The fact this has become a left vs. right issue is devastating. This should not be a political argument. This should not even be considered an issue if there are migrants coming to the United States and legally seeking asylum.

There should be no reason for the detainment, the deaths or the military at our southern border.


GMA Presents Native American Experience

Native Americans have been portrayed unfairly and inaccurately in Hollywood productions which have caused many Americans to have stereotypical ideas of them.

This is the case according to Chris Adams, a member of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians from Atmore, Alabama. The inaccurate pop-culture depiction of Native Americans is one of the many reasons he is part of the Mvskoke Demonstrators.

The Mvskoke Demonstrators travel the Southeastern United States in hopes of educating others on real Native American history and culture.
On Nov. 18, ABAC’s Georgia Museum of Agriculture (GMA) hosted the Native American Experience, an event put on by The Eastern Mvskoke Demonstrators. The event lasted throughout the day starting at 9 a.m. and lasting until 4 p.m.

The Native American Experience brought a crowd to the GMA with over 500 individuals attending, including school groups.

The Experience consisted of stomp dancing demonstrations, canoe making, bow making, basket weaving, twining, blow gun, candle dipping and pottery. Museum visitors were also able to experience the Muskogee culture by visiting the 1750s fishing encampment.

Members of the audience were encouraged to participate in many of the activities.

The stomp dancing demonstration in particular allowed for audience inclusiveness as they repeated words from the Muskogee language and even had the opportunity to be involved with the dancing. Many children in the audience were more than happy to join in.

This was The Mvskoke Creek Demonstrators second year working with the GMA. The Mvskoke Creek Native Americans are found in the southeastern united states across the states of Alabama, Georgia, Florida and South Carolina.

In the previous Native American Events held by the GMA, they held pow-wows, a more western style dance that was not introduced to the area until Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show.

Traditional dances from local Native tribes had been lost for a time as they were not allowed to practice their beliefs or speak their language. However, now with public educational events like the one held at the GMA, the Muskogee Nation is keeping their traditions alive.


It’s not your ‘90s Sabrina

Even though Halloween is long over that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy the new series “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.” The long-awaited show finally made its premiere on Netflix on Oct. 26. Made by the same creator that brought us “Riverdale,” it is safe to say this is not the “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” that we all grew up with. Just like with “Riverdale,” this is a refreshing and new spin on a classic. This makes sense due to “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” being based on the comic books by the same name.

If you are someone that was once obsessed with “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” then this may be a series that will take a little getting used to. A teenage witch who lives with her two aunts is where the similarities end.

The story begins with fifteen-year-old Sabrina preparing for her sixteenth birthday where she will be forced to sign her name to a book which means she will serve the Dark Lord and begin her life at a new school only for witches. This means that because she is a half mortal, she will be forced to choose between leaving her mortal life behind or losing her powers.

“The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” is darker than one might expect from Sabrina as it deals with demons and the Dark Lord. The series is also quite progressive as it implements multiple themes such as feminism, racial diversity and LGBT representation. This also makes for a diverse cast of characters. Sabrina’s very relatable cousin, Ambrose is pansexual but the show does not make that the character’s most defining trait. One story arc of the first season deals with one character’s gender identity as well. The series takes its time to develop its characters rather than just chalking them up to a one-dimensional being.

The only downside to this series and too many viewers’ disappointment, is that Salem the cat does not speak. Instead he is Sabrina’s familiar with no world domination backstory, however, he is still very cute.

If you enjoy “Riverdale,” have always liked Sabrina’s story or just like witches, this is a show that you will definitely want to check out.