Annika Joy



‘Nepo babies’ carry the responsibility to credit their privilege


“Nepo baby” is a modern term used to describe people who owe their success more to nepotism, which is family or personal connections, than to skill or merit.

Crunch culture in animation industry impacts work conditions


Animation, as an industry, has faced a lot of change since the early days of shows like “Steamboat Willie.” These changes have manifested due to advances in both technology and, for better or for worse, workplace standards.  The animation and VFX industry is a very lucrative one, currently valued at $181.3 billion with projected growth,

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Controversy of the Blaxploitaiton genre


The 1970s saw the rise of an entirely new movie genre, quickly capturing the public’s attention. Movies from this genre began to feature Black casts and protagonists, challenging Hollywood’s history with predominantly white casting.

Photograph of Charlotte Lee

What’s your favorite place to hang out in the Bay Area?


Berkeley High School senior Charlotte Lee mentioned her love for nature in Berkeley. “Up behind the Claremont, there’s this grove of eucalyptus trees,” she said, “It’s great.” She also shared her appreciation for the Berkeley Hills, “It’s really pretty up there, it’s a great place to go on hikes and stuff like that,” Lee said.

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The timeline of  J.K. Rowling’s controversy


In 2007, J.K. Rowling had just released “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” the massively successful seventh and final installment of the Harry Potter series.

Dance production performing

'A Night at the Movies': The Dance Production Winter Showcase spotlights choreographic talent


Families, friends, and fans of dance gathered in the Little Theater on Dec. 9 and 10 to watch Berkeley High School’s 2023 Dance Production Winter Showcase.

Family YouTube channels: Unethical and require regulation


Of the many categories available on YouTube, family channels have consistently been one of the most popular. Channels like “The Ace Family,” “Family Fun Pack,” and “The Labrant Fam” all have over ten million subscribers.

Ashby BART station, where new affordable housing is planned for the parking lot.

Ashby BART’s new energy substation plan harms locals


South Berkeley locals may have heard of plans for new affordable housing units, which are to be built in the space that is now the parking lot of the Ashby BART station.