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‘Brandy Hellville’ exposes true colors of teenage fashion brand


Brandy Melville — or according to the recent documentary, “Brandy Hellville” — is a popular clothing brand that has dominated teenage girls’ wardrobes since they opened their first U.S.

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The need for gender-inclusive award categories in Hollywood


Since the first Academy Awards in 1929, the categories for leading or supporting actors have been separated by gender. In a typical year, men vie for the award of best actor, while a woman gets best actress.

BHS drama and stagecraft collaborate on dynamic production of

BHS drama and stagecraft collaborate on dynamic production of 'Urinetown'


The Berkeley High School Florence Schwimley Little Theater was filled with color, song, dance, and applause as the cast of Urinetown performed their second of five shows on Saturday, Feb.

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Opportunities for young artists in the Bay


For years, the Bay Area has been a place of artistic opportunity for many budding artists. Yet while it’s common enough to see adults on the local theater stage or sharing their work in galleries, it’s also important to offer these opportunities to young people.

Looking back on some of the greatest books of the 2023 year


A book that takes place very close to home is “Accountable: The True Story of a Racist Social Media Account and the Teenagers Whose Lives It Changed” by journalist and writer Dashka Slater.

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Spotify enacts new regulations, harms independent musicians


Spotify is the biggest music streaming corporation in the world with over 500 million users. As of January of 2023, around 48 percent of the U.S. use massive corporations like Spotify or Apple Music to find the songs and artists they love.

Lack of new popular Christmas music draws varying reactions


Christmas is right around the corner, and with it comes the annual arrival of holiday music. Songs like “White Christmas,” “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” and “Jingle Bell Rock” make a recurrence every year, bringing a familiar touch to the holidays.

BHS Talent Show performers gather on stage.

Students perform in dynamic talent show


The 2023 Berkeley High School Talent Show was filled with laughs, song, dance, and surprise original raps. Families, friends, and students arrived at BHS’s Little Theater on Thursday, Nov.