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Previewing XXL’s 2019 Freshman Issue: the Best of the New Hip-Hop Artists

Previewing XXL’s 2019 Freshman Issue: the Best of the New Hip-Hop Artists

Jack Berenzweig, Entertainment Editor

January 6, 2019


Filed under Entertainment, Showcase

Hip-hop magazine XXL magazine annually selects 10 artists who are growing in popularity and features them in a late March issue. XXL’s past lists predicted the careers of Kendrick Lamar, Trippie Redd, Wiz Khalifa, and so on. Now that the 2019 XXL Freshman issue looms around the corner, we can attempt...

Netflix’s The American Meme Examines the Effects of Fame

Netflix’s The American Meme Examines the Effects of Fame

Jennifer Geller, Staff Writer

December 31, 2018


Filed under Entertainment, Reviews, Showcase

In an age where it seems nearly everyone has a chance at obtaining their fifteen minutes of fame, being a celebrity seems fun, exciting, and profitable. However, the documentary, The American Meme, recently produced by Netflix shares a much different side of stardom. Ten different celebrities recount their ...

Travis Scott’s ASTROWORLD the Best of the Best of Hip Hop’s Many Great Albums of 2018

Travis Scott’s ASTROWORLD the Best of the Best of Hip Hop’s Many Great Albums of 2018

Matthew Nebenzahl, Staff Writer

December 28, 2018


Filed under Entertainment, Showcase

From continued legacies, forms of remembrance, and debut albums for artists on the rise, 2018 brought plenty of albums impacting the hip hop genre. They all have consisted of popular hits and a certain message in them that have made them so popular. Artists such as Travis Scott, Juice Wrld, Post Malone,...

Olympic Heights Drama Shines at Districts, Will Be Staging Fall Play at State Festival

Olympic Heights Drama Shines at Districts, Will Be Staging Fall Play at State Festival

Isabelle Eisenberg, Social Media Editor

December 14, 2018


Filed under Entertainment, News, Showcase

The Olympic Heights theatre department wowed the judges at the District X Thespian Competition on December 1. Out of the 59 participants, the Mighty Lions’ Troupe 4992 won 16 Excellents, 17 Superiors, five Critics’ Choice Awards, and had troupe member Brian Araujio named an alternate district representative....

REVIEW: South Park’s 22nd Season Rebounds from a Lackluster Season 21

REVIEW: South Park’s 22nd Season Rebounds from a Lackluster Season 21

Jack Berenzweig, Entertainment Editor

December 5, 2018


Filed under Entertainment, Reviews, Showcase

South Park has proven time and time again to be a respectable platform for creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone to speak their minds through satire and humor.  The “Osama Bin Laden Has Poopy Pants” episode was necessary in rebuilding the nation after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in both providing a...

REVIEW: Lil Yachty’s Latest Album Nuthin’ 2 Prove Is Nothing to Get Excited About

REVIEW: Lil Yachty’s Latest Album Nuthin’ 2 Prove Is Nothing to Get Excited About

Matthew Nebenzahl, Staff Writer

December 5, 2018


Filed under Entertainment, Reviews, Showcase

With relatively little hype, Rapper Lil Yachty released his third studio album album, Nuthin’ 2 Prove, on Oct. 19, a follow-up to his previous two releases Teenage Emotions and Lil Boat 2. Whereas, QUAVO HUNCHO, Quavo’s first solo album, and Juice WRLD and Future’s duet album Wrld on Drugs, both rele...

Can We Hate the Artist but Love the Art?

Can We Hate the Artist but Love the Art?

Jack Berenzweig, Entertainment Editor

November 6, 2018


Filed under Entertainment, Showcase

The entertainment industry - the music genre specifically - has been polluted by a new wave of drug obsessed, drama queens hungry for attention.. While these types of antics have been around since Tupac was loving California; the more recent divas they have been glamorized and made easily accessible due ...

Olympic Heights Drama Stages Tony Award Winning Play

Olympic Heights Drama Stages Tony Award Winning Play

Isabelle Eisenberg, Social Media Editor

October 17, 2018


Filed under Entertainment, Olympic Heights' News, Showcase

Olympic Heights Drama Troupe 4992 is prepared to wow its audiences with its first performance of the school year with Simon Stephens’ The Curious Incident of the Dog in The Night-Time. The 2015 Tony Award winner for Best Play, based on Mark Haddon’s novel, follows the story of the lead characte...

The Hot Summer of 2018 Brought Out the Blossoming of Several Celebrity Romances

The Hot Summer of 2018 Brought Out the Blossoming of Several Celebrity Romances

Emily Nomberg, Staff Writer

September 18, 2018


Filed under Entertainment, Showcase

Just as with flowers and weeds, the summer is a great time for relationships to bloom. Over the course of the summer many celebrity relationships came out: some surprising, others not so much! One of them being the engagement of Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson. The two first met in March of 2016...

Kanye, Drake, Travis Scott Summer Releases Greeted With Mixed Reactions

Kanye, Drake, Travis Scott Summer Releases Greeted With Mixed Reactions

Matthew Nebenzahl, Staff Writer

September 5, 2018


Filed under Entertainment, Music, Reviews, Showcase

Many students have had all summer to listen to newly released music albums from trending artists like Drake and Travis Scott and others released in the summer of 2018. One popular album that came out this summer was a Kanye West effort that was released on the last day of the 2017-2018 school year ...

Solo, A Star Wars Story Satisfies Despite Shortcomings

Solo, A Star Wars Story Satisfies Despite Shortcomings

Marie Preuss, Features Editor

June 7, 2018


Filed under Entertainment, Showcase

The arrival of Solo: A Star Wars Story in theaters has been met by relatively unenthusiastic responses from fans. The new film was released on May 24, and it centers on the life of a younger Han Solo. It has received a 7.2/10 score from IMDb and a 70 percent rating from Rotten Tomatoes, with the Crit...

Summer 2018 Brings a Plethora of Big Name Musical Acts to South Florida

Summer 2018 Brings a Plethora of Big Name Musical Acts to South Florida

Lauren Shapiro, Managing Editor

June 1, 2018


Filed under Entertainment, Showcase, Uncategorized

As sure as there are to be lazy beach days and afternoon thunderstorms, South Florida summers also promise a steady stream of premier musical acts hitting the various venues offering a wide variety of choices for music lovers. Here are a few of the acts scheduled to visit South Florida during the summer...

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