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If one thing is clear, it’s that the Red Hot Chili Peppers aren’t done yet. With the "kid" in the band (guitarist Josh Klinghoffer) being 37 years old, it’d be tempting to think the band has resorted to greatest hits tours to fund retirement homes in the Caribbean. But what prevailed in the Chili Peppers’ Friday show at KeyBank Center all but put that notion to sl…

Change. That single word is the main focus of Girl Up, an organization partnered with the United Nations Foundation dedicated to educating, encouraging and empowering girls around the world. With famous supporters like Cara Delevnigne and Victoria Justice, Girl Up has an impressive reach that spans the globe with currently more than 1,000 registered clubs in 43 states an…

"Cracking the Cube" introduces the world of competitive Rubik’s Cube solving to the public through the eyes of author and avid speedcuber Ian Scheffler. The book describes Scheffler’s journey with his Rubik’s Cube in an attempt to learn about its history while meeting many people associated with it. While traveling across the world, Scheffler competed in multiple R…

The year was 1980. Arcades were filled with youngsters hoping to play a round or two of Pac-Man or Space Invaders. NFL star Joe Montana was receiving praise from all around the world as the best to ever play the game. Music stars like Queen and Michael Jackson captivated everyone who heard them. As great as these were, one invention stood out as an iconic symbol of the …

The self-proclaimed Top 5 Detroit rapper is back again with his latest work, "I Decided." After three exceptional albums, Big Sean Anderson has come prepared to reintroduce himself to his fan base despite already having an eight-year tenure in the music industry. "I Decided." is an attempt by Big Sean to develop his persona into something more than the "kid-wonder" that …

Eric Holder, former attorney general under President Barack Obama, was in Buffalo on Feb. 16 as part of UB’s Distinguished Speaker Series. Holder gave a short speech followed by a question-and-answer period in which he discussed some of the major issues he faced as attorney general and commented on current issues facing America. Holder was asked why he took the attorne…

"The Lego Batman Movie" is a spin-off of sorts to 2014’s "The Lego Movie" and revolves around the titular Batman once again saving Gotham City from a colorful rogues gallery of villains, led by The Joker. I was a fan of "The Lego Movie," so I expected I would at least like "The Lego Batman Movie," but from the very first scene I was floored. The animation which, yes, i…

Language is the basis of society – it unifies entire countries and promotes the many unique cultures found across the globe. But it also seems that the many languages of the world have managed to build barriers that most Americans have yet to break. About 1.5 billion people worldwide speak English, of which only 375 million are native speakers, according to Statista.c…

As Katherine Johnson scribbled complex mathematical equations across a chalkboard in the Space Task Group of NASA, more than 200 girls from around the City of Buffalo watched intently, seeing themselves in the mathematician and feeling inspired by her brilliance. Last Saturday, Western New York STEM Hub, Girl Scouts of Western New York and AT&T teamed up to host a fre…

By Emily Bingham NeXt Correspondent "How do I know I’m in love?" It’s the question that nags at young adults. At holidays, family parties, or anytime they can, relatives will ask, "How’s your love life?" How do we even know what love is? Love isn’t only on the brains of adults, love has been in the minds of us all from our birth. "Even babies love," said Dr. C…

Netflix released its new retelling of Lemony Snicket’s "A Series of Unfortunate Events" in early January, more than a decade after the publication of the original book series and the 2004 film adaptation starring Jim Carrey. The trailer surprised many fans, as the series hadn’t been touched in years and was being dusted off with the star power of Neil Patrick Harris a…

Martin Scorsese has always favored religion-based stories. Scorsese’s filmography includes several religious-themed movies, from 1988’s "Last Temptation of Christ," known for its notoriously humane depiction or Jesus, and 1997’s Dali Lama picture, "Kundun." Scorsese’s passion project, "Silence," is one of his most ambitious films yet. Maybe it’s a test of his v…

Everywhere I looked there were people. The sheer magnitude of it was staggering. It was more people than I ever have, and likely ever will see, in my life; all like-minded, passionate individuals, willing to stand in solidarity for hours to make sure their voices did not go unheard. Our alarm went off at 6 a.m., but it did not feel like an ordinary day. The day before, In…

One day before their first show in November, the members of St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute Swing Choir rushed to get their set together. Emotions ran high as they stumbled over lyrics, stepped on each other’s feet, and rushed through songs. As the six-hour day raged on, the toll it was taking on each of the kids was becoming more visible. Their dances were a little…