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Spartan Shield

The student news site of Pleasant Valley High School

Spartan Shield

The student news site of Pleasant Valley High School

Spartan Shield

Unauthentic portrayals of Indian-Americans on TV have normalized ignorant stereotypes and have left Indian-American audiences feeling misrepresented.

Poor execution: The misrepresentation of Indian-Americans on TV

Shobini Iyer, Opinion Editor October 18, 2021

  The representation of Indian-Americans in television has always been few and far between. On the rare occasion that a show starring an Indian-American gains traction, the ignorant stereotypes...

Chucky takes over television once again in “Chucky the TV series.”

REVIEW: Chuckys Return to Television

Heath Rice, Arts and Entertainment Editor October 18, 2021

Everyone's favorite 29-inch killer comes back to television this October. The Chucky franchise has millions of slasher fans worldwide at the edge of their seats.  “I think the intense scenes and...

The PV musicians selected to the 2019 Iowa All-State Music Festival pose for a photo.

Striking a new chord: The return to in-person All-State Auditions

Erika Holmberg, Copy Editor October 18, 2021

After its devastating cancellation last year due to COVID-19, the prestigious Iowa All-State Music Festival is making its return. With its return comes the renewed challenge of stressful in-person auditions.  The...

Pop Star Olivia Rodrigo posing with the President of the United States promoting Vaccines in teens.

The melodies of a broken heart : Olivia Rodrigos rise to stardom

Heath Rice, Arts and Entertainment Editor October 11, 2021

The 18-year-old star Olivia Rodrigo began her career like many singers before her – on Disney Channel.  Rodrigo, who was featured on the hit show “Bizaardvark” in 2016 and “High School Musical...

The musical Disenchanted is being performed at Circa ‘21.

REVIEW: Disney princesses shatter glass slippers and glass ceilings in “Disenchanted”

Chloe Isbell, Photo Manager October 11, 2021

Circa 21’s "Disenchanted" transcends the normal stereotypes given to Disney princesses as they shatter glass slippers. "Disenchanted" is a musical where Snow White is not so dainty and nice and where...

Rapper Playboi Carti is famous for delaying music releases.

Delaying releases: A growing trend in the music industry

Jayne Abraham, Editor-In-Chief October 11, 2021

Big rap names like Kanye West and Playboi Carti have amassed millions of supporters around the globe, but perhaps years of packed concerts and brand deals have detached these artists from their fans on...

A variety of Japanese Media are available and popular in the United States.

Bring on the subtitles: Foreign media surges in popularity

Heath Rice, Arts and Entertainment Editor October 4, 2021

   The popular manga Tokyo Revengers has now sold 16.5 million copies in the United States as of 2021. The popular fighting series has over 32 million copies in circulation and has crushed records...

Daniel Craig attends press tour ahead of the release of “No Time to Die”

Daniel Craig’s final outing in Bond 25: Replacement is not true representation

Mitchell Wood, Sports Editor October 4, 2021

The James Bond movies entertain audiences worldwide, and as one of the highest grossing franchises of all time, ushering in the new face of the franchise is a highly contentious topic. In 2005, when...

Most of the MCU content is on Disney+, where viewers can access the movies and shows at any time.

The history and evolution of the superhero movie genre

Kushi Maridu, Site Manager October 4, 2021

  Superhero movies currently reign at the box office with popular franchises like the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the DC Extended Universe. However, superhero movies were not always as common...

Netflix premieres its newest show “Squid Game.”

REVIEW: Netflix’s newest smash hit “Squid Game” really kills

Harper Clark, Student Life Editor October 4, 2021

What. A. Show. Netflix’s “Squid Game” is taking the platform by storm. Since its release on Sept. 17, the show has already reached Netflix’s most-watched show in 90 countries, setting it on...

 Junior Sumika Thapa listens to “Wildest Dreams (Taylors Version).”

More than just social media: How TikTok affects the music industry

Alyssa Smith, Social Media Manager September 27, 2021

Teens spend hours upon hours on the seemingly ever-growing social media platform TikTok, and the app is becoming a powerful force in the music industry. Influencers are not the only ones finding success...

JoJo Siwa performs in her highly anticipated first performance on ABCs Dancing with the Stars. She and her partner, Jenna Johnson became the shows first same-sex dancing couple.

Pride or ploy: “Dancing with the Stars” introduces first same-sex pairing

Harper Clark, Student Life Editor September 27, 2021

Jojo Siwa is a groundbreaking force. On Sept. 20, history was made during the premiere of this season of Dancing with the Stars (DWTS) on ABC. After 29 seasons and 336 contestants, there is finally...

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