Linkin Park Releases Album Hybrid Theory (20th Anniversary Edition)

When you think of Linkin Park, one thing that comes to mind is Chester Bennington, the lead singer. Bennington was 41 years old when we lost the talented singer to suicide; however, his legacy lives today through music with the band Linkin Park. Their music provides the tools in dealing with trauma; both fans and Chester benefited from it.   


Screenshot of Chester Bennington from Instagram: @chesterbe

On October 24, 2000, rock band Linkin Park released their debut album “Hybrid Theory,” which changed the rock music world. Twenty years later, the band releases their highly anticipated “Hybrid Theory: 20th Anniversary Edition” via Warner Records.

The anniversary edition includes original songs from the album and unreleased tracks, including the highly demanded track “pictureboard,” which fans have requested for the past twenty years. The anniversary album also includes never before heard demos from twenty years ago, rarities, B-sides, DVDs, and 95 minutes of never-before-seen footage and other extras. Band member Mike Shinoda did an unboxing of the twenty-anniversary edition, which can be viewed here.

Extras in the limited-edition box set include an 80-page book containing contributions from the band and unseen photos, a cassette reproduction of the original 2-track street team sampler, a poster of Chester Bennington, three lithographs, and replica tour laminate. Purchase of the box set, which includes these items if in stock are at linkinpark.com


Screenshot of Linkin Park Hybrid Theory 20th Anniversary Box Set Contents from linkinpark.com

Linkin Park launched nonprofit 501 (c)(3) Music For Relief in 2005 to support and aid victims of natural disasters and prevent such tragedies. Music For Relief has raised over $9 million for victims worldwide, ranging from disasters including Hurricane Katrina, Wenchuan Earthquake in China, the cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe, and the two 2010 earthquakes in Haiti and Japan, and Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. 

Linkin Park Hybrid Theory defined a generation by incorporating alternative rock, hip-hop, and electronic. The album officially certified 12 times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), reports sales of at least 12 million copies. Singles for the album included “Crawling,” “In the End,” and “One Step Closer” with single “In the End,” reaching a milestone of 1-billion views on YouTube this past summer, following the music video for “Numb.” Awards from the album include a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance for Crawling, and then Best Rock Video for “In the End” at the MTV Video Music Awards.

You can stream “Hybrid Theory 20th Anniversary Edition” on Spotify and Apple Music.

Written By: Mike Stark @MikeStarkCA on Twitter and Instagram





5 R&B Artists That You Need to Be Listening to Before the Year Ends

The past year has seen some great releases in the R&B world. Since spending the past 7 months in quarantine, I’ve gotten the chance to listen to and soak in the newer, promising acts within the industry. Let’s dive into some artists that you need to add to your playlist before the end of 2020.

Mariah the Scientist

Since releasing her label debut album Master with RCA Records in late 2019, the Atlanta singer-songwriter is a budding artist to keep an eye out for. Mariah the Scientist, who derives her name from once being a biology major, dropped out of college in 2018 to pursue music full-time. Despite being a newcomer, Mariah is one of the more interesting artists that I’ve listened to. She has had some interesting collaborations, including songs with Lil Baby and Trippie Redd, but her voice somehow makes it mesh. I’m excited to see how her career grows in the coming years.

Song recommendation: Beetlejuice

Lucky Daye

With his first studio album Painted earning him four nominations at the 2020 Grammy Awards, Lucky Daye has quickly made a name for himself in the industry. Since then, he has collaborated with platinum-selling artist Kehlani and has been featured on the fourth season soundtrack of HBO’s hit show Insecure. His smooth-as-butter voice is either coupled with bouncy production or slow ballads, showcasing how versatile his sound can be. In a DJBooth interview, he cites his musical influences from greats such as Prince, Lauryn Hill, Stevie Wonder, and Rick James. Lucky has shown that he knows how to navigate his sound, giving him great potential to develop as an artist.

Song recommendation: Late Night

Victoria Monét

Monét stepped into her debut project Jaguar already with a decorated list of songwriting credits for the likes of Nas, Ariana Grande, and Kendrick Lamar to name a few. Her light voice over groovy bass lines put her in a category of her own. You can hear the influences of disco and funk in her Khalid collaboration “Experience,” in which she sings “I’m all out of love, you gave it away / I’m hoping that experience can get you to change.” Her lyrics are playful yet demanding, which is what makes her music so fun to listen to. Victoria Monét’s confident and sensual songwriting will leave you wanting more.

Song recommendation: Big Boss (Interlude)

Kiana Ledé 

Hailing from Arizona, Kiana Ledé is not from your typical R&B-influenced region. Nevertheless, the 23-year old singer thrives in creating raw, emotional music that has successfully found its way onto the charts. What I admire about her is that she isn’t afraid to wear her heart on her sleeve, and it’s reflected beautifully through her songs. In an interview with Elle, she speaks on her ability to share these emotions through her music, saying, “I’m able to be open about them because I’m talking from a healed place, a very removed place; I’ve already processed all those emotions.” Ledé takes ownership of her feelings and is very self-aware, which is what compelled me to dive further into the rest of her discography. Her album KIKI is a project that I highly recommend listening to from start to finish.

Song recommendation: Forfeit

Leven Kali

Leven Kali is definitely the most underrated artist on this list (in my opinion), but that doesn’t stop him from creating absolute bangers. I was first introduced to him through his song “Do U Wrong” featuring Syd, the lead singer of The Internet. He has released music reminiscent of the early 2000’s R&B sound–which can be heard in tracks like “MADE 4 U,” also featuring Syd. If Leven stays this consistent with releasing quality music, he’s bound to gain the recognition he deserves.

Song recommendation: Joy



Written By: Nathalie Lum

Photo Sources: Pitchfork and Lab.fm



The West Wing Original Cast Reunites for Special with Voting Mission

President Barlet and his staff are back for a reunion special, and I could not be more excited. The special, A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote is the first time in 17 years, the original cast reunites with the creator and executive producer Aaron Sorkin for a theatrical stage performance of the episode “Hartsfield’s Landing” from season three of the series.

The original cast, which includes Martin Sheen (President Barlet), Allison Janney (C.J. Cregg), Rob Lowe (Sam Seaborne), Dulé Hill (Charlie Young), Richard Schiff (Toby Ziegler), Bradley Whitford (Josh Lyman), and Janel Moloney (Donna Moss), will all reprise their roles for the special, to raise awareness about voting in the upcoming general election. The special will also have guest appearances from Michelle Obama, President Bill Clinton, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Elisabeth Moss, Samuel L. Jackson, and Sterling K. Brown. The special, filmed over a couple of days at the beginning of October inside the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, California, followed all COVID-19 safe protocols.


Screenshot of original cast photo of The West Wing from NBC.

In the trailer, we see President Barlet (played by Martin Sheen) start us off by asking, “What’d I miss?” A lot Mr.President. We also see the same scenes from the episode re-created beautifully on stage, emphasizing how important it is for us to vote. In the clip, we see Sterling K. Brown sign on for the special in replacing the late John Spencer character Leo McGarry. Spencer died of a heart attack in December 2005.


Screenshot of A West Wing Special When We All Vote title card from HBOMax.

From 1999 – 2006, on Wednesday nights at 9 PMThe West Wing took viewers inside the west wing of the white house, the oval office, and senior staff offices’ location for the fictional Democratic administration of Josiah Bartlet. You can watch The West Wing reunion titled “A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote” beginning Thursday, October 15, 2020, on HBO Max’s streaming service (subscription required). You can binge all seven seasons on Netflix before watching the special for those who haven’t seen the series during its original run. For those who have seen it before, you can catch reruns of popular episodes every Friday morning on TNT until the general election.

After watching the trailer, I am so ready for the special as this reunion is overdue. Will you be watching The West Wing special? Let me know on socials @MikeStarkCA on Instagram and Twitter.

Written By: Mike Stark

First Photo Source: Screenshot of President Bartlet from A West Wing Special When We All Vote Trailer on YouTube.

Vegan Collagen Facial Serum is a game-changer for a more desirable, younger-looking skin

I’ve recently discovered on Tik Tok, a vegan serum that seems to be known for achieving a better-looking skin. Usually, serums can be quite expensive, and we might not know what type of ingredients it could have. However, Truly Beauty has this anti-aging Vegan Collagen Facial Serum that works wonders! I bought mine at Ulta for $35 or you can also purchase it on their website at Trulybeauty.com

After only 2 weeks, I’ve seen an improvement of a tighter, glowy, and clear skin. I was worried, at first, about using a serum and how it would react to my skin. My skin is a combination of oily and dryness. Nevertheless, with their fragrance-free, cruelty-free, and Vitamin C boost ingredients, there were no harmful reactions. 

How to Apply

After washing your face, before applying moisturizer, with only 2-3 drops you can apply it to your face. I usually place the drops on both my cheeks and my forehead. I then start massaging my skin in an upward motion, and down my neck. After spreading it, I pat down with my fingers to really get it on my whole face. Lastly, I put on my moisturizer to finish off. 

Should You Buy It?

If you want to have younger-looking skin, then yes! It’s never too late to start on a skincare routine that works best for you. Although this serum might not work best for everyone, there are always others that can help based on your skin type. You also don’t have to be a girl to care about your skin, anyone can care about feeling good about themselves. I recommend this serum and would definitely buy it again once I finish it. I may not be Skin Care by Hyram, but take my word for it! 

Written By: Ariadna Rodriguez

Photo By: Ariadna Rodriguez