Month: September 2016

SPOTLIGHT: Street Fare…

Photos by TOVI OYERVIDEZ and SARA MARSHALL/PLAINSMAN PRESS

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by SARA MARSHALL//Editor-in-Chief

Food on four wheels is the greatest thing since mac’n’cheese.

Food trucks are usually associated with metropolitan areas such as Dallas or San Antonio, where there are people on every corner at any given moment of the day.

The original idea for the modern food truck was born from 19th century Texas chuck wagons. Settlers moving west needed to have food as they traveled, so cooks would have wooden wagons filled with cooking utensils and food items to provide for those traveling.

Eventually, the chuck wagon evolved into little, unclean vans hauling ready-to-eat foods around major cities. These type of food trucks were known as “roach coaches,” known mostly for being unclean and cheap.

Next, the gourmet food truck scene became trendy. Food trucks began specializing in certain styles, exotic and even organic foods. These types of trucks typically can be seen in major cities such as Los Angeles, El Paso, New York City and Miami. But people are beginning to start up food trucks in metro and rural areas alike. The most successful food trucks in these areas tend to focus on a specific niche, such as hot dogs, tacos, gyros or donuts.

Today, these food trucks now make up a $1 billion industry. These mobile businesses have also become increasingly popular due to American’s wish to seek out faster, easier ways to grab food on the go, but still retain the quality of restaurant-style food.

These restaurants on wheels have become a culinary staple in today’s food culture in Texas and Cody Delgado has worked day and night to ensure Lubbock could have a piece of this trendy phenomenon.

“We organize the festival to let the city of Lubbock know that food trucks are here to stay and serve the community,” Delgado said.

The 2nd Saturday Food Truck Festival took place on Sept. 10 between the South Plains Mall and Home Depot near Slide road and the Loop 289 in Lubbock. It featured 19 food trucks participating in the festival, which is an improvement from the 15 trucks last month.

Many of these trucks were not just from the Lubbock area, but from all over West Texas. Some drove from the Odessa/Midland area, while others came from as far away as San Antonio.

These trucks included Mexican-themed food trucks such as Dos Hermanas, Guadalajara and Halo Penos, barbeque trucks such as J & D BBQ, Cookhouse Catering, Hank’s BBQ and Fire & Ice Grill, as well as food trucks selling sweeter treats such as Street Sweets, Cupcake Ave and Kurbside Sweets. American food choices were also featured by food trucks such as Zippity Doo Dog’s Burgers, Ms. V’s Homecookin’ and Cheese Chicks.

Street Sweets offered a selection of cotton candy, lemonade and other extremely sweet goodies out of their bright red food truck. Dos Hermanas offered a wide range of “street-style” tacos. Hank’s BBQ provided the usual barbecue fair of brisket, pork and sausage. Cheese Chicks had several types of gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches.

At the beginning of the day, vendors lacked large crowds due to cold, dreary weather. But by mid afternoon, people began growing hungry and lines grew longer with each passing moment.

Though there were several varieties of food trucks, some event-goers were still disappointed in the food choices presented.

“It was about what I expected,” said Cindy Walker Mcfaul. “I’m from Amarillo, so I kinda expected a little more mom-and-pop ethnic trucks. I would love to see more of that.”

Many people attending the event praised the food trucks for their hard work and good food.

“They had awesome selections of food,” said Lexie Renee, a Lubbock resident. “The street tacos were my favorite.”

Those who own food trucks dedicate their hearts, time and even their lives to providing the public with delicious food and drink items at any time of day.

“Food trucking isn’t for everyone, and it’s a hard job,” said Daniel Antonio Jimenez, owner of the Midland-based food truck Cookhouse Catering. “But when you have a passion for cooking, it’s a blessing. The festival was a hit, and we will definitely be back for the next one.”

All of the food trucks participating this month’s Food Truck Festival hope to return for October’s festival to experience more of Lubbock and the residents.

“Families and community can come together to relax and have fun food,” said Lisa Young Hill, owner of Street Sweets. “And the festival has a very casual and relaxed atmosphere. The families that own food trucks are your local neighbors and friends.”

The positive feedback from both vendors and event participants proves that Lubbock is slowly becoming a much larger hub for popular trends. Because of the popularity of food trucks, it allows Lubbock to grow and develop a new economic niche that was not present prior to this new trend.

Though Delgado has only been in the business of food trucks since March, he’s hopeful for the next 2nd Saturday Food Truck Festival.

“We would like to thank everyone for coming out and supporting our food trucks,” Delgado said. “This event was amazing, the food was amazing and everyone overall enjoyed themselves. Preparation shall now begin for the next festival.”

Yankees lore captivates family

by BRITTNY STEGALL//Staff Writer

The New York Yankees are a team that has experienced ups and downs throughout the year, causing fans to have mixed emotions with their performances.

In 1903, Frank Farrell and Bill Devery bought the Baltimore Orioles and moved them to Manhattan, New York, renaming them the Highlanders. But in 1913, they became the New York Yankees. Despite the franchise’s indecisiveness, the Yankees have built a reputation that is hard to keep up with and a legacy that will never be topped.

The New York Yankees have the most championships in Major League Baseball history, winning 27 World Series. It’s hard not to love them with that many wins. Although they have been to the World Series 40 times, with their first appearance being in 1921, they did not win their first World Series until 1923.

The Yankees have won an impressive number of awards, not only as a team, but individually as well. They have 45 Hall of Famers. The first one, Frank “HR” Baker, played with the Yankees from 1916-1919 and 1921-1922. They also have four Triple Crown winners. A Triple Crown winner is a player who leads the league in batting average, home runs, and runs batted in (RBI) during the same season. They also have had three managers of the year, eight rookies of the year, five Cy Young winners, 21 MVPs, eight League Championship Series MVPs, and 17 World Series MVPs. The Yankees are known for winning, and that makes for the best team in the league.

The Yankees pitchers have recorded 10 no-hitters and two perfect games. A no-hitter game is when a team has batted nine innings with no recorded hits, while a perfect game is when the pitcher does not allow any hits, walks, hit batsmen, or any other player to reach the base safely, or, as they say, “27 up, 27 down.” The Yankees’ best recorded season was in 1998, with a record of 114-48 losses. But the Yankees were not always up to par, as their worst recorded season was in 1908, with 51 wins and 103 losses. The Yankees have an impressive history from the number of wins, to their players. Legends such as Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantel, and Joe DiMaggio make the Yankees great.

The Yankees had a tough start to this season, but are making a major comeback after sweeping out the old players to be replaced by newcomers. At this writing, they are two games out of the playoffs with 76 wins and 67 losses. This year alone, they have traded more than eight players, with one major player retiring. Alex Rodriguez, “Arod,” announced his retirement on Aug. 7 and his final game was Aug.12. Although Arod did not have his best season this year, he was a major contributor to the team. With the “Great Bambino,” Babe Ruth, too legendary “Captain,” Derek Jeter, they have continued to impress their fans.

Growing up in West Texas, seeing a Yankee fan is odd. But for me, I’ve been a fan for as long as I can remember. My dad, his dad and even his dad were Yankee fans. I grew up falling in love with the Yankees while watching their games. You either love them or you hate them, but I definitely love them.

NCAA still avoiding real issues

by STEVEN GEHEGAN//Editorial Assistant

The National Collegiate Athletic Association has once again proved that it is incapable of doing what is right.

The NCAA is looking into recruiting violations that have taken place at the University of Mississippi, which are alleged to have occurred during the past several years. Several players including, Laremy Tunsil, an ex Ole Miss football player, are alleged to have received improper benefits for attending Ole Miss. What the players are accused of is against the NCAA rules, which are not as bad as what has happened at another university, one that has committed far worse crimes than students receiving gifts for going to a university. These are crimes that the NCAA seems to ignore while they chase student athletes trying to make money. Continue reading “NCAA still avoiding real issues”

Rio facing criticism of preparation for Olympics

by NICK ALVARADO//Sports Editor

Before the 2016 Summer Olympics began, the city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil was hit hard by questions that pertained to the topic of readiness for the games and the outbreak of the Zika virus.

To Rio’s credit, the security was smooth throughout the Olympiad, and no major issues were faced. Continue reading “Rio facing criticism of preparation for Olympics”

Kaepernick should honor flag during national anthem

by DOMINICK PUENTE//Staff Writer

Colin Kaepernick has responded to the troubling times many Americans are facing by sitting down or kneeling during the playing of the national anthem.

The quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers first sat down during the national anthem during the third week of the NFL pre-season when the 49’ers played against the Green Bay Packers. Continue reading “Kaepernick should honor flag during national anthem”

Hobbs settles in as new assistant track coach

by DOMINICK PUENTE//Staff Writer

The South Plains College track program has brought in a new assistant men’s coach to help keep the long-standing reputation going and growing.

Justin Hobbs recently was hired to coach multiple events throughout the track season, along with cross country. Originally familiar with hurdle events, Hobbs is striving to keep the winning tradition alive for the SPC track program and continue to develop quality athletes. Continue reading “Hobbs settles in as new assistant track coach”

Former player returns as new assistant coach

by STEVEN GEHEGAN//Editorial Assistant

Justin Brown returns to South Plains College to help obtain the same glory that the men’s basketball team had the last time he was here.

“I take a lot of pride in being here and carrying on the tradition that was built here,” said  Brown, who is the new men’s assistance basketball coach.  Continue reading “Former player returns as new assistant coach”

Kimball steps into new role as assistant coach

by NICK ALVARADO//Sports Editor

After having a successful season alongside women’s head basketball coach Cayla Petree, Brock Kimball is now the lone assistant women’s basketball coach at South Plains College.

“Coming from where I came from and being able to make that move up was satisfying, especially after the year we had last year and where we were headed but very satisfying.” Continue reading “Kimball steps into new role as assistant coach”

Tubb retires as athletic director after successful tenure

by NICK ALVARADO//Sports Editor

As the saying goes, all good things must come to an end.

Joe Tubb, who has served as the athletic director at South Plains College for 33 years, announced his retirement at the end of the spring semester, on May 31. For Tubb, it is bittersweet after the years he has put in. Continue reading “Tubb retires as athletic director after successful tenure”

Scott’s ‘Birds in the Trap’ soars above expectations

By RILEY GOLDEN//Entertainment Editor

Travis Scott’s “Birds” have finally landed, and the masterpiece is well worth the wait.

Following almost three months’ worth of delays, Scott’s highly anticipated second studio album, “Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight” released on Sept. 2 to an extremely eager fan base. Continue reading “Scott’s ‘Birds in the Trap’ soars above expectations”

‘Ghostbusters’ rendition exceeds expectations

By SARA MARSHALL//Editor-in-Chief

The famously funny “Ghostbusters” set the expectations of moviegoers extremely high, so many assumed this new take on a classic would be a total and absolute fail.

I believe the original 1980s film became so popular due to an amazing cast, including Bill Murray as the lead character, Dr. Peter Venkman, and iconic monsters such as the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, which will forever have a strange, happy place in our hearts. Continue reading “‘Ghostbusters’ rendition exceeds expectations”

‘Batman/TMNT’ comic melds two universes with success

By RILEY GOLDEN//Entertainment Editor

Batman has just gotten word that an army of ninjas in black and their unknown, “inhuman,” adversaries, in the form of red, blue, orange, and purple flashes, had something to do with a generator being stolen.

In “Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol. 1,” Master Splinter, his turtle-sons, and their adversaries have landed in Gotham City and it’s up to the Worlds’ Greatest Detective to find out who they are and what they’re doing in his city. Continue reading “‘Batman/TMNT’ comic melds two universes with success”

‘Suicide Squad’ falls short of hyped potential

By RILEY GOLDEN//Entertainment Editor

Task Force X.

That’s the official name given to the “Suicide Squad” by Amanda Waller, portrayed by Viola Davis, a high-ranking government official, insistent on ‘employing’ the world’s worst of the worst to defend it. They are an extremely dangerous and extremely expendable team of lowlifes. Continue reading “‘Suicide Squad’ falls short of hyped potential”

Jepsen releases EP featuring new material from previous album

By MATT MOLINAR//Opinion Editor

Carly Rae Jepsen has fulfilled the request of her fans by putting together music that was left out of her sophomore album, “Emotion.”

Although many agree that the album was a major pop flop, Jepsen has definitely succeeded in producing beautiful, new age pop music. Continue reading “Jepsen releases EP featuring new material from previous album”

Logic brings heavy beats to social issues

By DOMINICK PUENTE//Staff Writer

Six mixtapes and six years into his rapping career, Logic has released yet another mixtape labeled “Bobby Tarantino” in early July.

Logic has faced a lot of criticism throughout his career due to being half African American and half Caucasian.

With a pale white skin tone, many other rappers and labels have given Logic negative feedback for rapping, without going through the hardships of living in a poverty-stricken community and the hardships that follow along with that.

Throughout his multiple mixtapes, he has rapped about struggles that people face every day, along with the problems he faced in a run-down neighborhood with his parents when told he was not the real rapper.

As his music and career have grown and improved, Logic has rapped about the negative things going on in the world and his overall thoughts, instead of the norm that rappers sing about such as strip clubs, partying and women.

In “Bobby Tarantino,” I am amused by the types of beats Logic uses in most of the songs. It gives me a sense of smooth melodic beats in songs such as, “Slave,” “Slave II” and “44 Bar.”

Slave is my least favorite out of the three songs, but lyrically, it covers everything Logic usually covers in previous mixtapes.

Logic raps about how he always goes through with whatever he has his mind set on, along with not caring if he is labeled white or black by the outside world.

“Slave II” and “44 Bars” are, without a doubt, my favorite songs on the entire album because of his verses that cover his rise from rapping in the basement and overcoming the ghetto to making something of his career.

One reason that he is one of my favorite rappers is because he does not find himself to be above everyone just because he found a little bit of success. In “Slave II,” he explains that he will let the record sales show how good he is.

Being a down-to-earth rapper and not letting things get to your head is one thing I pay attention to when I want to listen to a solid album. If it covers only clubbing, “popping bottles” and getting women, there is no point to listening to the music.

A song can tell a story about hard times, good times or a simple life experience. Logic does a great job of incorporating that into all his songs, including this mixtape.

“44 Bars” pulls me into the song as a listener because he learned through experience about new perspectives of life over time, along with learning that the world will keeping going once everything is said and done and he isn’t able to walk the earth.

At the same time, Logic is not afraid to say he is helping change the direction of rap and proves it through his record sales in songs such as “Flexicution” and “Super Mario World.”

Everyone loves a rapper who can dish it out and even take some back. But Logic has done good in being confident in his songs, while saying he will prove why he deserves to be confident.

If the album was nothing but slow and melodic beats, I am not sure I could be happy throughout the album. However, “Deeper Than Money,” “Flexicution” and “Wrist,” featuring rapper Pusha T,” add another dimension with deeper and heavier bass beats, along with Logic’s relatively fast-speaking verses.

I am not sure I agree with the hook that “Deeper than Money” uses in the song, because it causes me to power through. But, overall, it is a solid song that has decent versus.

The track “Wrist” is my least favorite on the album because of the feature on it. I am a definite fan of Pusha T. However, I think someone else could have done a better job of rapping his part.

Logic is known for his relatively fast verses, which almost gives his lines a rhyming effect. But Pusha T is a slow-verse rapper who doesn’t help the song carry on smoothly. Beats can change throughout a song and have different directions, but it is rare for me to like a song that changes pace through verses, and “Wrist” is not one of them.

There are a few tracks that are not necessarily tracks but are more skits that today’s rappers are incorporating in their albums.

In the first song of the album, “Illuminator,” it has an orchestra theme sound with Logic talking in a distorted voice, which completely hit me by surprise. But it is not my album, so I cannot argue with it.

In the second skit, “Studio Ambience At Night: Malibu,” a portion of a song in the new album Logic is working on plays in the background, which gave me a sense that he is closer to releasing his actual album quicker than his mixtape-per-year method.

I was not disappointed with any song entirely, but was more dissatisfied with a section or two in a few songs. It is one of the best pieces of work Logic has released and is fairly solid throughout all the songs. I give “Bobby Tarantino” 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Shocking decision, newcomers cause stir during season 12 of ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

by BRITTNY STEGALL//Staff Writer

You don’t have to worry about a code blue, because Season 13 of “Grey’s Anatomy” is about to begin.

The first episode will air Sept. 22. This is exciting news for avid Grey’s fans, since the last episode of Season 12 ended in May. Season 13 is said to focus on the “original” cast, although this is only a rumor and has not yet been confirmed by Shonda Rhimes, the show’s creator.

Season 12 was a roller coaster full of emotions for fans, as well as those involved in the making of the TV series, for many reasons. With the loss of her husband, Derek, Meredith Grey has been trying to get her feet back on the ground with two kids and a new born, just to get knocked down again. Meredith has to fight for her life and her children’s love again after a mishap with a patient.

The season begins with Grey and her children moving into their old house, because the house she built with Derek becomes too much too bare. The new race for Chief of Surgery has also begun at Grey-Sloan Memorial Hospital. Miranda Bailey is introduced to a new-comer Dr. Tracy McConnell, which is Catherine Avery’s candidate for Chief of Surgery. Bailey withdraws from the race, due to the pressure put on by Dr. McConnell. But her husband Ben manages to convince her to fight for her position as Chief. After giving her speech mid-surgery, Bailey is elected Chief of Surgery.

Tension continues to rise between Jackson Avery and April Kepner when she comes home after serving as a trauma surgeon abroad.  Then, while a dinner party at Meredith’s house is happening, an unexpected guest shows up with Callie Torres named Penny Blake, also known as the woman who took Derek’s life. Dinner does not end well that night, with everyone finding out that the person sitting at their table killed their beloved doctor. Little do they know that she has accepted a position as the new resident at Grey-Sloan Memorial and will be working alongside each of them.

Later in the season, Grey-Sloan Memorial Hospital builds the “Dream Team” of Torres, Bailey, Avery, Grey, and Jo Wilson to be sent to a military hospital to perform a risky, but yet lifesaving surgery on a military veteran who is a father and husband.  Meredith tries to get back into the dating field with a new doctor from the military hospital, but soon she realizes she is not ready for that kind of commitment since the passing of Derek.

Three residents, Wilson, Stephanie Edwards, and Blake, vie for the Preminger Grant, which is a prestigious award given to one resident at Grey-Sloan Memorial. Blake wins, but with one catch. She has to move to New York in order to receive it. This leaves her torn to choose between her job and her girlfriend, Torres. Torres desperately wants Blake to ask her to go with her, and she finally does. This leaves Torres and Arizona Robins feuding about the custody of their daughter, Sophia, because Callie plans on taking Sophia to New York with her and Penny. The custody battle turns ugly, but there is a happy ending for one.

April realizes she is pregnant with Jackson’s baby, all while dealing with a nasty divorce. But she decides to keep it to herself until things settle down. Owen Hunt and Amelia Shepherd’s relationship sparked, reaching new levels of intimacy for each of them, which might cause problems later in Season 13 with another resident at Grey-Sloan Memorial Hospital. Tension levels also rose between Hunt and a new doctor, Nathan Riggs, at Grey-Sloan Memorial Hospital due to past events in each of their lives. This all occurred before things got steamy between Grey and Riggs.

With chemistry developing between Grey and Riggs a problem appears with Grey’s sister Maggie Pierce. While at the wedding Grey and Riggs lock eyes, in which Pierce thinks he’s looking at her. Maggie has been struggling all season to find a boyfriend, and she finally thinks she has a chance with Riggs. Little does she know that Grey and Riggs previously had sexual relations, which could cause problems between Grey and Pierce later in season 13.

Things are looking brighter at the end of season 12, with a wedding in play and the best woman in labor. A new marriage is born, as well as a baby under very stressful conditions. Season 12 was full of drama, both good and bad, which leaves many possibilities for Season 13.

‘The Cursed Child’ script brings new insight to wizarding world

by BRANDI ORTIZ//News Editor

One curse. One Legend. One family.

On July 3, the world went wild for the book version of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” the smashing play that debuted in London. Written by Jack Thorne, and based on the original Harry Potter series written by J.K. Rowling, the first of two parts of the play starts off 19 years later on Platform 9 ¾ at Kings Cross Station.

In the beginning, the Potter brothers, Albus (12) and James (16), are bickering about Albus’ possible placement in Slytherin. With both parents belonging to Gryffindor, the chance that Albus may be placed in the other is a big deal for young Potter.

For those who do not know, in the Harry Potter series, Rowling created four “houses.” Think of them as Greek houses, except instead of rushing a house, first years get placed by a magical hat called the “Sorting Hat.” Once the hat is placed on the head of the wizard or witch, it begins to read your thoughts, judging your actions and the way you think. Immediately, it will place you in one of the four houses: Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Slytherin, or Hufflepuff. Each house is known for certain characteristics.

Gryffindor, founded by Godrick Gryffindor, is commonly known for bravery and their great need for adventure. Ravenclaw, founded by Rowena Ravenclaw, are known best for their great academic skills and curiosity. Founded by Salazar Slytherin, the house of Slytherin is best known for seeking individual greatness, and tend to be more cunning and confrontational. Helga Hufflepuff founded the Hufflepuff house, which is best known for their love for family, tradition, and all living things.

After it is revealed that Albus is in fact a Slytherin, he begins going through what many of us have gone through, the awkward years. Like all of us muggles, non-magical people, even talented witches and wizards go through the “Middle school experience.” It’s a phase in our lives when we begin to figure out who we are, who we want to be, and who our friends are. With Albus being the second Potter child to attend Hogwarts, (James, who is in Gryffindor, being the first), the stakes are high.

Soon Albus and Scorpius, the son of Draco Malfoy, Harry’s arch enemy, begin a close friendship based on each other’s daddy issues. Since Albus absolutely hates being one of the sons of “the Chosen One,” and Scorpius is questioning his true identity due to a rumor that he is actually Voldemort’s secret son, they quickly bond and become outcasts.

Even though Potter fans would have loved to have had the endless details and the freedom of imagination, as was in the novels, Thorne keeps true to the dynamics of Rowling’s writing. He continues to recognize the continuous themes of the original series throughout: the clash between the characters’ destiny and their free will, how love and friendship can help defeat evil, and the constant battle between light and dark.

“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” brings back the journey of a group of kids who take on dark forces that may or may not be linked to the Dark Lord, Voldemort.  As in the novels, Albus and Scorpius are forced to meddle with time in order to save the magical world. So what are they going to use? That’s right. The infamous time turner.

In the play, the time turner is like a lost jewel, one that everyone and anyone are searching for.  In the novels, the Time-Turner that Hermione used during “The Prisoner of Azkaban” in order to squeeze in extra classes and save the kind-hearted hippogriff, Buckbeak, was destroyed, along with all others, after the Battle of Hogwarts.

Like all objects that could meddle with time, the Time-Turner has its consequences. Even the slightest misstep could alter the rest of time. Dumbledore gave the biggest “Use with caution” warning in “The Prisoner of Azkaban”: “The consequences of our actions are always so complicated, so diverse, that predicting the future is a very difficult business indeed.”

As in the Harry Potter series, the script is just as suspenseful and absorbing. Thorne also does a great job of basing the story around events that happened in the original Potter novels, involving scenes from the Triwizard Tournament, from the time Harry, Hermione, and Ron break into the Ministry of Magic, and times from their visit to Godric’s Hollow.

With that being said, I am not going to lie. I was a little disappointed. With all the media frenzy and constant talks with fellow Potterheads of what “Cursed Child” could be, it was a bit over hyped. (Please don’t hate me for not being absolutely in love with it.)

Even with Thorne’s amazing job of writing and directing the play, I really wish he would have transformed the script into a true novel, with details. I give “Harry Potter and the Curse Child”  4 out of 5 stars.

Ocean produces, new, memorable sound with ‘Blonde’

by AARON FLORES//Staff Writer

As  a  freshman in high school  in  2012,  one  of  my go-to albums  during  that  time  was “Channel Orange.”

Just  this  album  let  alone   helped  me  through  the  ups  and  downs  that  I  went  through  in  my  life  during  that  specific  time. I  strongly  related  to  Frank  Ocean’s album  when  he  told  the  public  that “Channel  Orange” was  meant  for  his  first  love  and  how  he  uses  the  method  of  synesthesia  to  represent  the  whole  album  in  one  word . For  those  who  don’t  know  what  synesthesia  is,  it’s  when  an  individual’s  perception  of  the  past  is  associated  with  the  experience  of  colors. Continue reading “Ocean produces, new, memorable sound with ‘Blonde’”