Author: Jaclyn Ysaquirre

Movie Review: Same Kind of Different as Me

If you plan on seeing this film at the theatres, be sure to take some tissues, because this faith-themed movie will tug your heart and your emotions. This tearjerker film is based on an autobiographical memoir written by Ron Hall, Alexander Foard and Michael Carney. “Same Kind of Different as Me” is about a wealthy Texas couple, Ron and Debbie Hall, who have a call to befriend Denver, a violent homeless man. Greg Kinnear stars as Ron Hall, a Texas art dealer, whose perspective on life is changed significantly by his wife. In a deteriorating marriage, Debbie convinces Ron...

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AVPA Presents: Letters Home

Do you ever get that giddy feeling when you open your mailbox? It’s especially urgent when you are expecting to receive a package from something that you bought online, isn’t it. We all feel a sense of eagerness, whether it’s a package, invitation or love letter. Well, how would you feel if you were anticipating a letter from a loved one who is serving in the military and stationed across the world? Would you feel that same level of excitement? For most military families, the answer would probably be “no.” A letter like that could cause anxiety, but it...

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Album Review: Meaning of Life by Kelly Clarkson

American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson has come a long way since her days on America’s most popular reality television singing competition. She has traded her pop-rock attitude for a soulful 14-track album with Atlantic Records Label.   Overall, it seems that her new album, “Meaning of Life,” is overproduced in parts, but it is still probably her best album to date. Her song “Love So Soft” is that perfect confident-woman-attitude classic, and “Cruel” is the new lip sync hit to be sung by an audience at a live concert. Clarkson expresses her individuality in “Whole Lotta Woman,” which is...

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Freedom Ain’t Free

The words “Let Freedom Ring,” from Samuel Francis Smith, evolved to hold a greater significance when repeated in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Dr. King, along with many other civil rights activists, played a pivotal role in ending the legal segregation of African-American citizens in the United States. However, long before Dr. King’s unforgettable acts, African-American citizens worked to progress the movement for racial equality. On November 3 and 4, the Brazos Valley African-American Museum is opening an exhibitions called “Freedom Ain’t Free,” which includes a reception with artist Burl Washington’s artworks. The...

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Album Review: Losing Sleep by Chris Young

Seven albums into his music career, Chris Young introduces his latest compilation “Losing Sleep.” As an established country artist, Young takes his career to a new level by co-producing and co-writing every song in his new album. Some of his past works include country hits “Tomorrow” and “I’m Comin’ Over.” With love being the most popular topic in his songs, Young has dug deep into his emotions with “Losing Sleep.” The album’s title track and lead single starts with a simple guitar note that leads into Young’s tender and tangy vocals. Overall, the album incorporates a mellow and relaxed...

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