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Student athlete Brianna Smyth

Athlete Profile: Brianna Smyth


Brianna Smyth, a senior in Academic Choice, had never even heard of water polo before she got to Berkeley High School. When her close friend Krithi De Souza, Class of ‘22 graduate and last year’s captain, recommended she try it, she did.

Rap Culture Impacted By Queer Celebs


Rising hip hop artist Isaiah Rashad broke his silence on the highly publicized controversy over his sexuality at his performance at the 2022 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.  In February, a sex tape was leaked, allegedly depicting Rashad with other men, intended to ‘tarnish’ his reputation.

Recycling Plotlines: Has It Gone Too Far?


Journalist Christopher Booker famously said, “There are only seven basic plotlines in all stories in the universe.” Most of what we see in books, movies, and all forms of stories is a derivative of something else.

Questlove Helps Redefine Untold History


The highly anticipated soundtrack to Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson’s film debut Summer of Soul was officially released on January 28, 2022. The documentary, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in July 2021, became an instant hit and was quickly dubbed as “the best concert film ever made.” With the awards season on the horizon, many

Does SNL Honor Its Liberal Reputation?


Saturday Night Live is a sketch comedy show hosted by a celebrity guest each week. It first aired in 1975 and was created by Lorne Michaels, who is the show’s executive producer to this day.

Taylor Swift Explores Age Gaps


On November 12th, 2021, Taylor Swift re-released her immensely successful third studio album Red. After losing the rights to her own music, Swift decided to re-record all her previous albums up to her album Reputation, which was released in 2017.

Romanticism of Art Museums Leads to Disconnect With Youth


Generation Z has a different relationship with art museums than prior generations. Art museums have recently become a site for teenagers to take Instagram photos and film TikToks instead of appreciating the artistry around them.

‘Squid Game’ Probes Humanity


Korean TV series Squid Game has taken the world by storm. The show follows a group of poverty-stricken, financially-challenged people as they are given the opportunity to compete against one another in simple playground games for 38 million dollars.

Celebrities Wear ‘America’ In Contrasting Ways at Met Gala


The Met Gala’s annual display of the rich and famous took place last week on September 13. The theme? “In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion,” hosted by actor Timothee Chalamet, poet Amanda Gorman, musical phenomenon Billie Eilish, and tennis champion Naomi Osaka.

Gen-Z Humor in Film Misses the Mark


What is this Gen-Z Humor? Contrary to what you might think, Gen-Z Humor is not what young people find funny; it is better described as what adults think young people find funny.