Lorena Alvarez-Valencia

  • February 23, 2018By Lorena Alvarez-Valencia

    Disappearing on a well-deserved break in 2015, Australian pop-punk band, 5 Seconds of Summer has returned! Gifting their fans with an entirely new concept, their new single serves an abundance of maturity in the lyrics and sound they’ve captured. “Want You Back” caters to the kindred soul. It whimpers through the very real premise of … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/5-seconds-of-summer-announce-their-return-to-the-spotlight-with-want-you-back/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read

  • January 20, 2018By Lorena Alvarez-Valencia

    After almost more than a year of anticipation, Camila Cabello’s self-titled album, Camila, sees the light of day and a prosperous performance on the charts. She embraces her creative control and manages an album where we drift from heartbreak to the everlasting reminder that we are capable of growing out of our skin and managing … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/camila-cabellos-album-debuts-simply-to-rise-above-expectations/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read

  • January 6, 2018By Lorena Alvarez-Valencia

    Without question, 2017 was a triumph for music. The year started off with new albums from Kehlani and Migos, while Kendrick Lamar have us the subtle reminder that he holds the rap scene in the palm of his hand; the year was then finished off with the three part album debut of the world’s greatest … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/10-albums-to-look-forward-to-in-2018/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read

  • January 5, 2018By Lorena Alvarez-Valencia

    Francis Farewell Starlite’s musical project known widely as Francis and the Lights, etches way into the new year with Just For Us, released December 29. While this album is completely new, it brings us back to his old work where the listener is coaxed into the nostalgia of his own heart. Perfectly layering over stories about … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/francis-and-the-lights-rings-in-new-year-with-just-for-us/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read

  • December 4, 2017By Lorena Alvarez-Valencia

    No one imagined that the six-year-old co-star of The Pursuit of Happiness would be taking over as the face of a generation. But now, it would be hard to deny that Jaden Smith is becoming a leader amongst teenagers — and that he’s doing so in the most charming way possible. As the years have droned on, Jaden … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/jaden-smith-is-climbing-the-throne-of-our-generation/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read

  • November 8, 2017By Lorena Alvarez-Valencia

    Orion Carloto is a YouTuber from Atlanta who gained fame through a joint channel that she ran with a friend. Eventually, Carloto began writing on the online publication Local Wolves. There, she began to showcase her work, confessing to Twitter back in 2013 that she wanted to write a book. https://twitter.com/orionnichole/status/909745151903436801?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw   Prior to the release announcement … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/a-review-of-orion-carlotos-new-book-flux/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read

  • November 7, 2017By Lorena Alvarez-Valencia

    Beginning as an expansion of frontman, Dustin Payseur’s solo project Beach Fossils was formed in 2009. With very major changes to their lineups, the Beach Fossils came to be the familiar three-piece known now to the fans. With Payseur remaining as the front man, Tommy Davidson came to reign on the guitar and Jack Doyle Smith … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/heres-why-beach-fossils-should-be-your-favorite-band/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read

  • September 19, 2017By Lorena Alvarez-Valencia

    Maria Sherman is a freelance journalist, known to the world for her articles critiquing Katy Perry’s feminism and calling out “The Bachelor” for its facade of diversity. She has written for Rolling Stone, MTV, Complex, NYLON, Glamour, PaperMag, and Alternative Press. But apart from her journalism, she can often be found tweeting knuckle tattoo ideas to … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/an-interview-with-freelance-journalist-maria-sherman-the-journalist-we-need-but-dont-deserve/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read

  • August 31, 2017By Lorena Alvarez-Valencia

    While we dwell on how her man is her man and another woman’s man, SZA took the time in-between to collaborate with pop-rock band Maroon 5 and released “What Lovers Do,” Maroon 5’s third single since the release of “Cold”, which features Future. Parting with her usual, broken-hearted melodies, SZA comes together with Adam Levine’s … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/maroon-5-collaborates-with-sza-for-new-single/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read

  • July 15, 2017By Lorena Alvarez-Valencia

    After first hearing about the wildly controversial Netflix film To The Bone, I thought there was hardly anything good to expect from it. However, my dismissive first impression turned out to be quite wrong. To The Bone is a raw, emotional adaptation written and directed by Marti Noxon that showcases an inspirational journey loosely based on her … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/to-the-bone-gives-getting-better-a-new-meaning/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read

  • June 14, 2017By Lorena Alvarez-Valencia

    Last binge-watching season of Orange Is The New Black, viewers found the show mirroring the harrowing events of Eric Garner’s police officer caused death with Poussey Washington’s correctional officer caused death and Daya’s sudden possession of a gun. It’s hard to place what kind of theme the show could follow after that — especially since … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/orange-is-the-new-black-season-5-proves-to-be-a-living-and-breathing-reminder-of-todays-injustices/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read

  • Challenging Hollywood’s ever-present gender problem, DC film, Wonder Woman debuts with a domestic gross of 100 million dollars from 4,165 theater locations. This makes the film the highest scorer for an opening weekend according to Forbes. Being directed by a woman, the film hits historic records in terms of its box office sales. Wonder Woman … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/wonder-woman-takes-over-box-office-sales-earning-223-million-globally/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read