CULTURE


1/30/2020 8:27pm

Rachael Brooks is the author of the "Beads: A Memoir about Falling Apart and Putting Yourself Back Together Again." The memoir discusses her experiences coping with sexual assault. Photo courtesy of Hannah Turner. 

Memoir from UNC grad tells her story of survival

Rachael Brooks's memoir tells her survival story after being sexually assaulted soon after graduating from UNC. “Beads: A Memoir about Falling Apart and Putting Yourself Back Together Again” explores Brooks's battle with the justice system, and the support it took to overcome her trauma — an exploration she hopes will help other survivors.


1/27/2020 11:28pm

Michael "Lord Goose" Seethaler and Justis "Justis Ryan" Malker, members of the weekly freestyle group Cypher, rap-off in the Pit at UNC-Chapel Hill on January 15, 2020. “We don’t care if you’re Jay-Z or if you don’t even consider yourself a good rapper,” he said. “Like, there are times where the mission is not to be good. The mission is to be real, to be authentic.”

'The mission is to be real': Meet the student rappers who freestyle in the Pit

“We don’t care if you’re Jay-Z or if you don’t even consider yourself a good rapper. Like, there are times where the mission is not to be good. The mission is to be real, to be authentic.”  Members of the group UNC Cypher perform in the Pit every Wednesday night, lighting up the otherwise quiet campus with their little black speaker and freestyle rap. Almost six years after the campus group was originally formed, the rappers are moving beyond the Pit to record their own music for the first time.