New Album: The Off-Season J.Cole

North Carolina rapper, J.Cole is back with his new album The Off-Season and we couldn’t be more excited.

On Friday, May 14, Cole released his latest album “The Off-Season” following his 2018 album “KOD”. “The Off-Season” comes with 12 songs including his previously released “Interlude” and includes features from Cam’Ron, Lil Jon, Lil Baby, Morray, Damian Lillard, 6lack, Bas, Diddy, and James Fauntleroy.

Photo Credit: J.Cole on Instagram

J.Cole first announcement came on May 4 via his Instagram and Twitter that “My new album The Off-Season available 5/14. Just know this was years in the making.” The artists shared in the caption for this artwork of the album; which includes the artist standing in front of a burning basketball hoop. 

In 2020, J.Cole released tracks “The Climb Back” and “Lion King on Ice” At the time, he shared the two tracks would appear on his next album, then titled “The Fall Off”. We see “The Climb Back” on “The Off-Season” but not “Lion King on Ice” so could another album be in the works?

Prior to releasing “The Climb Back” and “Lion King on Ice”, J.Cole released “Snow on the Bluff”, which dropped in the middle of last summer, uprising against police brutality and systemic racism. The song appeared to be a diss track aimed at Chicago rapper Noname, who in turn responded with a track named “Song 33” which she admitted later she was not proud of releasing, and Cole walked back his criticisms of noname. 

You can stream the new album “The Off-Season” by J.Cole now on music streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music now.

Let me know your favorites from the album, by hitting me up on socials @MikeStarkCA on Twitter and Instagram.

Written By: Mike Stark | @MikeStarkCA

San Diego County Fair Alternative Coming this Summer

An alternative version of the San Diego County Fair is coming to the fairground this summer.

In a statement released on the fair website, “The 22nd District Agricultural Association is getting back to our roots to present HOME*GROWN*FUN, a four-week celebration of community and agriculture offering a taste of what San Diegans have grown to love about the annual fair.” 

Last summer, officials canceled the San Diego County fair due to the Coronavirus pandemic because gatherings of any size were prohibited.

The cancelation was detrimental to the fair because it’s the largest annual event in San Diego County every year (next to Comic-Con).

Photo Credit: @sandiegocountyfair on Instagram

While we are still in a global pandemic, things are improving. This year, the fair will operate; with modifications.

Capacity limited with timed entry required (to prevent overcrowding) and parking passes purchased in advance online. Tickets for parking will go on sale beginning May 1, 2021, on their website.  

The fair, “HOME*GROWN*FUN will offer famous “fair food favorites,” shopping, food concessions, Ferris wheel, a carousel, and various agricultural-themed exhibits. 

The modified fair event will run from June 11 through July 4 (Closed on Mondays & Tuesdays).

Admission is $10, with children 5 & younger are free. All guests heading to the fair will be required to wear masks and practice physical distancing from other guests.

For more information regarding the fair, please visit their website at sdfair.com

Photo Cover: San Diego County Fair by Israel Palacio on Unsplash

Written By: Mike Stark | @MikeStarkCA

Disney Sets Opening Date for Avengers Campus in California

With the upcoming reopening of the beloved theme park, Disney announces the arrival of their new Marvel-themed land coming to California Adventure on June 4.

After being closed for over a year, Disneyland is welcoming guests with new safety measures, new capacity rules, and most notably–a new land. Originally planned to open in the summer of 2020, plans for the Avengers Campus were delayed due to the coronavirus. Now that the parks are reopening, Disney announced the long-awaited extension just in time for the summer.

Until further notice, California residents are currently the only ones who are permitted to enter the park and will be the first people to experience Disney’s latest attraction.

The area will feature two main rides–Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout and Web Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure. The former is an exhilarating drop tower dark ride (converted from the Tower of Terror ride in 2017), with the latter being a newly built Spider-Man interactive screen ride. 

Park goers can also look forward to immersive activities and entertainment from their favorite Marvel movies. We can expect to see the Sanctum, a walk through site that will incorporate ancient ruins, orbs, and mystic elements from Doctor Strange.

The Campus’ most notable building will be the Avengers Headquarters, donning the classic logo and a Stark Industries’ jet on the rooftop. Both of these attractions will likely feature entertainment and performances by park cast members.

Additionally, the featured restaurant, Pym Test Kitchen, will be based on the popular Ant Man series where guests can dine on futuristic snacks and food.

For more information on the Avengers Campus, you can visit Disneyland’s website here.

Written by: Nathalie Lum, Entertainment News Correspondent

Protecting Your COVID-19 Vaccine Card

As of April 15, 2021, every Californian 16 & up will be eligible for vaccination.

When you’re fully vaccinated, you’ll receive a 3-by-4 inch vaccination card.

You want to hold on to this cardstock because it is your ticket back to normal life. Airlines, concert venues, and more are considering whether or not proof of vaccination will be required. If it is, this card will be crucial.

Should I get my COVID-19 vaccine card laminated?

Yes!, however, if you are getting a two-dose vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna), make sure you have completed your second dose before laminating your card.

I also recommend you make a copy of your card and store it with your important files wherever that may be in your house.

Photo Credit: Markus Spiske on UnSplash

OfficeMax and Staples are both offering a promotion where individuals can have their vaccination card laminated for free. OfficeMax will laminate your vaccination card for free through July 25, 2021

Photo Credit: OfficeDepot Office Max

For even more peace of mind, I recommend scanning the front and back of your vaccine card, emailing a copy to yourself, and storing the digital copy in your cloud drive.

If you’re not getting the vaccine from your primary care doctor and getting it from a superstation or third party, I recommend sending a copy to your doctor; that way, a copy of your vaccine added to your immunization record.

Cover Photo: H-E-B

Written By: Mike Stark | @MikeStarkCA