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Hip Hop and TikTok: a match made in Heaven?


Matthew Nebenzahl, Entertainment Editor

May 28, 2020

Hundreds of millions of people across the world are using the booming social media platform TikTok. TikTok users are able to do many things; however, a very popular feature is creating or following already established dances to songs. Because there are so many people listening to the songs played in these da...

Battlefront II reaches the finish line with final update

Battlefront II reaches the finish line with final update

Nicholas Tramazzo, Staff Writer

May 27, 2020

Star Wars Battlefront II was a revolutionary game for Star Wars fans, but with the most recent update EA Sports and DICE announced that this will be the final update for the game. This news brings hope for the possibility of a Battlefront III, but also sadly ends the three-year run of a game that just recentl...

For Jonas Brothers fans, happiness abounds

With two full-length feature documentaries and new music released over the past year, the Jonas Brothers are back at it with a vengeance after their hiatus.

Emily Nomberg, Staff Writer

May 26, 2020

Happiness has continued to prevail for the Jonas Brothers throughout the past two years!  March 1, 2019, was a special day for the Jonas Brothers as it was the day that their six-year split officially came to an end with the release of their Number 1 Billboard Hot 100 song, “Sucker.” Soon aft...

Once a member of 4992, always a member of 4992

Once a member of 4992, always a member of 4992

May 21, 2020

As the 2019-20 school year comes to its unusual close, Social Media Editor and member of the Olympic Heights Drama Troupe 4992 put put together this video featuring past, current, and future Troupe 4992 presidents sharing their memories and hopes regarding their time as troupe presidents. They are all...

Celebrities going online to entertain and raise pandemic relief funds offer a welcome quarantine distraction

The  iHeartRadio Living Room Concert for America that raised over $10 million for pandemic relief, featured (from left to right); Elton John, Billie Eilish, Billy Joe Armstrong, Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey, and a host of other celebrities.

Emily Nomberg, Staff Writer

May 7, 2020

As people have begun to adjust to the life of staying inside during self-quarantine, many celebrities have taken their talents online in order to bring joy to their fans during these tough times. As America continues to deal with the current pandemic, celebrities have stepped up, trying to make the ...

MUSIC REVIEW: Drake’s Dark Lane Demo Tapes mixtape will suffice as a precursor to his anticipated summer album

Drake's Dark Lane Demo Tapes, which dropped last Friday, has its moments, but also comes up short at points.

Matthew Nebenzahl, Entertainment Editor

May 5, 2020

Phew! We finally have new music from a rap legend. It was rumored on social media that a Drake mixtape was set to drop upon midnight on Friday. Rumors were confirmed hours before midnight from Drake himself. Quarantined fans can finally relax and listen to his latest release Dark Lane Demo Tapes. From prev...

Predicting XXL Magazine’s 2020 Freshman Class

NLE Choppa (left), Lil Tecca (center) and Doja Cat (right) have earned the right to claim XXL Magazine's Freshmen Class status.

Matthew Nebenzahl, Entertainment Editor

April 27, 2020

XXL magazine annually chooses around ten upcoming artists in the world of music to preview to the world. Although most of these artists are already very well known, the nominee as a Freshman is an accomplishment held very high in pop culture. XXL attempts to choose artists who can use the fame or those ...

Missing the personal drama of high school fake relationships? Check out The Circle on Netflix

Missing the personal drama of high school fake relationships? Check out The Circle on Netflix

Arianna Wigodner, Staff Writer

April 7, 2020

How far would you go to be popular on social media if there were $100,000 at stake? Released the first day of the new year, the Netflix original series The Circle instantly became a hit. This series is a game and reality show proving that anyone can be anyone on social media.  The show is so popula...

Need music for your social distancing? Look back to the Valentine’s Day releases of A Boogie’s Artist 2.0 and others

A Boogie's Artist 2.0, which dropped on Valentine's Day, is worth a revisit.

Matthew Nebenzahl, Entertainment Editor

April 4, 2020

On Valentine's Day of 2020, the music culture was blessed with an unbelievable amount of releases. From A Boogie wit da Hoodie’s Artist 2.0 to a single collaboration from Migos, Young Thug, and Travis Scott, fans were treated to a weekend filled with listening to new projects and singles. A Boogi...

MUSIC REVIEW: Lil Uzi Vert drops two versions of Eternal Atake, and both are amazing

Lil Uzi Vert's latest album, Eternal Atake, debuted at number one on the Billboard 200.

Matthew Nebenzahl, Entertainment Editor

March 16, 2020

Eternal Atake has finally arrived! Lil Uzi Vert’s long awaited studio album is available to fans on all platforms and has received fantastic judgement from many so far. Fans have been waiting for around two years for the project, and after record label drama and other shenanigans, the wait is...

Olympic Heights Fine Arts Department to showcase talent in The Mane Event on Thursday, Feb. 27

Olympic Heights Fine Arts Department to showcase talent in The Mane Event on Thursday, Feb. 27

Isabelle Eisenberg, Social Media Editor

February 26, 2020

The Olympic Heights Fine Arts Department will be presenting The Mane Event, a collaborative showcase that features performances from Band, Chorus, and Theatre with insightful works of Art on display from the creative minds of the art students. The wide-ranging showcase of talent will take place on Thu...

With the revival of The Clone Wars, another new series, and three new films in the works, Star Wars is far from over

The animated Star Wars series The Clone Wars is back on television after a six year hiatus with a new season debuting Feb. 21 on Disney+.

Nicholas Tramazzo, Staff Writer

February 21, 2020

The Star Wars saga has been around since 1977, and it has inspired people of all ages. Games, TV shows, books and songs have been made, and because of this, people devote their time and life to Star Wars.  Since its creation in 1977, over 32 percent of men and 18 percent of women around the world ...

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