BrunoHe’s been around for years now, and his magnificent night at the Grammys this year makes him seem as if he’s on top of the world. He’s been able to make waves in the R&B and Pop realms and has even managed to work with some of the biggest Hip-Hop artists of our generation. To understand exactly how Bruno Mars became probably the biggest name in music today, one has to look at all aspects of his outstanding career.
Bruno MarsOne of Bruno’s first big hits dates all the way back to 2010, when he was featured on Travie McCoy’s “Billionaire”. This smooth, laid-back song about dreaming of being rich and famous put Bruno’s name on the music map. He struck gold later that same year with his own tracks, “Just The Way You Are”, “The Lazy Song” and “Grenade”, off of his historic album Doo-Wops & Hooligans. Fast-forward to 2012, Mars found success again when he released another album, Unorthodox Jukebox. This album came at a time when Bruno had almost left a lot of listeners’ minds. However this album gave listeners more of that vocal talent that we’ve come to expect from him. He brought tears and emotions to listeners with “When I Was Your Man” but also made listeners get up and dance to his hit “Treasure”.

Super BowlThe biggest hit from this album, “Locked Out of Heaven”, peaked at number one on the Billboard charts. While this album may not have been as iconic or successful as his other albums, it cannot be forgotten when discussing the success that Bruno Mars has had throughout the years.
Jump to 2017, Bruno Mars has one of the most successful years an artist can have after performing at the 2017 Grammys and releasing another album, 24K Magic. Becoming the biggest release of 2017, this album had numerous hits, from the amazing “24K Magic” to “Versace on the Floor” to the unforgettable and undeniable “That’s What I Like”, which peaked at number one on the Billboard charts and is still banging on the radio waves today. This album won Mars numerous awards at the 2018 Grammys, including “Album of the Year”, “Record of the Year”, and “Song of the Year”. Bruno actually won every single category that he was nominated in at this year’s Grammy Awards, which in itself is an impressive accomplishment.

Bruno Mars LaughMost recently, Bruno Mars gained success yet again by recording a remix to his song “Finesse” with none other than Cardi B. The remixed track quickly became a hit and has held one of the top spots on the Billboard charts for the past few weeks. Bruno also recently confirmed that he will bring Cardi with him on the last leg of his “24K Magic” tour. Bruno Mars has been taking the world by storm, adding even more credibility to his outstanding musical career. Whether this is the peak of his career or not has yet to be seen, but he is definitely making his mark in the world.

Mason McGalliard is the host of Keepin' It Real with DJ MB, which comes on every Tuesday and Thursday from 10 AM to 12 PM only on BlazeRadio

Aura and Real Life Poets host 2nd annual Spoken Truth Poetry Festival

Join us for a full day of artistry and workshops at the Spoken Truth Poetry Festival on April 14, 2018 from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at UAB’s Hill Student Center. Admission is free for all attendees. Aura Literary Arts Review (UAB) and Real Life Poets, Inc. have partnered to bring an array of activities to this year’s poetry festival, including a variety of workshops, a poetry slam, and a special poetry showcase highlighting spoken word performers in the region. Workshops begin at 1 p.m. with topics varying from the art of performing poetry, how to become a published author, and how to create your own handmade magazine.

Poetry slam participants must be between the ages of 15 and 21. The poetry slam begins at 5 p.m., followed by the poetry showcase at 6:30 p.m. We believe that art is a vital form of expression that develops independence, enhances creative and critical thinking, and encourages higher order thinking such as analysis, synthesis and evaluation. Art crosses cultural boundaries and breaks down social, religious and racial barriers. UAB’s Aura Literary Arts Review and Real Life Poets, Inc. aim to encouraging artistic expression, especially amongst the youth and young adults in our community who will someday help activate and bring about change in our world. So be prepared to enjoy a monumental day of truth and expression!

*To register to attend the workshops or participate in the poetry slam, visit For media inquiries only, contact 205.585.8271 or email

Spoken Truth Poetry Festival April 14 workshops begin at 1pm and continue until 5pm where the poetry slam and showcase will begin

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USGA to reign in new president: Candidates introduce platforms of their campaign to student body

pres pose 3 1 of 5Siddharth Srikakolapu

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Lauren Moore/Campus Editor

As a young and growing institution, UAB looks to student leaders to help shape the future of the university. USGA hosted their 2018 Presidential Debate Thursday, March 1.

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Black Panther Movie Review  

Jo Wright
Life & Style Reporter

The release of Black Panther over President’s Day weekend spurred plenty of excitement, evidenced by its immense success in the box office. The original estimate of $165 million was eclipsed by the $242 million made domestically. The film, directed by Ryan Coogler, features a nearly all-black cast and qualitative female-empowering roles.   

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How to survive to school shooting: Capt. Amy Schreiner shares with students how to live through an on-campus shooting

Sufia Alam
Campus Editor

According to the Center for Disease Control, roughly half of those who commit or attempt to carry out a homicide at a school usually present some type of warning sign, such as telling others about their plan or leaving a note before the event.   

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