Tuesday, January 23

UCLA alumnus Raymond Mai, known as MACKmai on stage, released his first mixtape “Second to None (220)” Saturday on SoundCloud. Mai, who grew up in a black- and Latino-dominated community area in southeast San Diego, became aware of other Asian-American students at UCLA. He realized the hardships his immigrant parents went through and decided to preserve their legacy through his mixtape.
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Alumnus preserves immigrant parents’ legacy through rap, mixtapes

Raymond Mai’s foray into rap was motivated by a pretty girl sitting next to him in class. Determined to catch her attention, Mai scribbled in his notebook a love poem, which he rapped to her during break. Read more...

Photo: UCLA alumnus Raymond Mai, known as MACKmai on stage, released his first mixtape “Second to None (220)” Saturday on SoundCloud. Mai, who grew up in a black- and Latino-dominated community area in southeast San Diego, became aware of other Asian-American students at UCLA. He realized the hardships his immigrant parents went through and decided to preserve their legacy through his mixtape. (Shelby Scoggins/Daily Bruin)

UCLA alumnus Raymond Mai, known as MACKmai on stage, released his first mixtape “Second to None (220)” Saturday on SoundCloud. Mai, who grew up in a black- and Latino-dominated community area in southeast San Diego, became aware of other Asian-American students at UCLA. He realized the hardships his immigrant parents went through and decided to preserve their legacy through his mixtape.
(Shelby Scoggins/Daily Bruin)

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Album Review: ‘Anti’

Rihanna, Jay Z’s million-dollar pop product, turned trite demos into golden radio hits. The recipe required no lyrical profundity or vocal artistry. She hummed repetitive phrases like “umbrella, ella, ella, eh, eh, eh,” sang over EDM-based melodies like Calvin Harris’ “We Found Love,” and profitable radio hits were born. Read more...

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Fourth-year film student Clinton Brägger created the quirky romantic comedy “Gorilla-Mädchen,” which is one of two films by UCLA students at the Student Filmmaker Awards (Tehya Faulk/Daily Bruin)

Student filmmaker directs focus to relationships, self-reflection

BY SUZIE PAPANTONI A&E contributor [email protected] A reserved German exchange student in America, the peculiar land of stretchy pants and preservative-filled junk food, resorts to a full-body banana costume to charm his host’s daughter, a nonchalant girl in a gorilla suit. Read more...

Photo: Fourth-year film student Clinton Brägger created the quirky romantic comedy “Gorilla-Mädchen,” which is one of two films by UCLA students at the Student Filmmaker Awards (Tehya Faulk/Daily Bruin)

Fourth-year film student Clinton Brägger created the quirky romantic comedy “Gorilla-Mädchen,” which is one of two films by UCLA students at the Student Filmmaker Awards (Tehya Faulk/Daily Bruin)

Ethnomusicology professor Timothy Taylor's perception of music as work and discipline was shattered during a night of watching men in a Northern Ireland pub playing Irish flutes while laughing, drinking and enjoying themselves in the music. Now, Taylor plays the Irish flute for his personal fulfillment and said the sound of the flute reminds him of his time in Ireland. (Jiahui Zhou/Daily Bruin)

Music professor uses Irish flute to relive travels, revive traditions

Each week, Daily Bruin A&E will explore the instruments of the World Musical Instrument Collection and their performers that all contribute to the musical landscape of the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. Read more...

Photo: Ethnomusicology professor Timothy Taylor's perception of music as work and discipline was shattered during a night of watching men in a Northern Ireland pub playing Irish flutes while laughing, drinking and enjoying themselves in the music. Now, Taylor plays the Irish flute for his personal fulfillment and said the sound of the flute reminds him of his time in Ireland. (Jiahui Zhou/Daily Bruin)

Ethnomusicology professor Timothy Taylor's perception of music as work and discipline was shattered during a night of watching men in a Northern Ireland pub playing Irish flutes while laughing, drinking and enjoying themselves in the music. Now, Taylor plays the Irish flute for his personal fulfillment and said the sound of the flute reminds him of his time in Ireland. (Jiahui Zhou/Daily Bruin)

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Book Review: ‘My Life on the Road’

Women are not allowed to own a car, let alone travel, in Saudi Arabia. Traveling is a revolutionary act for women, wrote Gloria Steinem in her autobiography “My Life on the Road.” It’s no wonder, then, that the famous feminist has led a nomadic life. Read more...

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(Random House)

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2,” the final installment of “The Hunger Games” series film adaptations, will premiere Friday, bringing the series to an end as Katniss Everdeen and the rebels fight to end Capitol rule. (Courtesy of Murray Close)

Second Take: ‘Hunger Games’ premiere to stand out in trend of dystopian teen movies

Katniss Everdeen is making her comeback Friday: bow and arrows in tight grip, hair in an effortless braid and unflinching spark in her eyes. “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2″ will provide a resolution to the rebellion against the Capitol and bring the series to an end. Read more...

Photo: “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2,” the final installment of “The Hunger Games” series film adaptations, will premiere Friday, bringing the series to an end as Katniss Everdeen and the rebels fight to end Capitol rule. (Courtesy of Murray Close)

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2,” the final installment of “The Hunger Games” series film adaptations, will premiere Friday, bringing the series to an end as Katniss Everdeen and the rebels fight to end Capitol rule. (Courtesy of Murray Close)