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The student news site of Pleasant Valley High School

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The new Max logo is almost identical to previous with the exception of the HBO branding.

HBO Max rebrand to “Max” sparks concerns among customers and industry experts

Alex Banerjee, News Editor May 24, 2023

In a surprising move that has left industry experts scratching their heads, HBO Max recently rebranded itself as "Max," dropping the iconic HBO name. However, this decision has raised skepticism and concerns...

Based on 1970s blaxploitation film Sweet Jesus, Preacherman, the cover is a nod to Black culture.

Review: JPEGmafia and Danny Brown go against the music industry with album “SCARING THE H*ES”

Alex Banerjee, News editor May 22, 2023

As the world entered the streaming era, a new problem emerged: bloated albums that drag on longer than they should, stuffed with mediocre tracks added only to increase streaming numbers and, consequently,...

Sam Smith’s spicy 2023 Gloria tour sparked heated debates among internet users about how they portray themself to the public eye.

The attack on Sam Smith’s new persona: Are we really dancing with a stranger?

Cheyenne Meeks, Arts & Entertainment Editor May 22, 2023

Deviating from their earlier celebrity image, Sam Smith has adopted a more lively persona by incorporating bold fashion statements and new movements in their performances. Smith has gradually built their...

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 released on May 5, 2023 to positive audience and critical reviews.

REVIEW: “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3:” A perfect sendoff to the beloved Guardians

Kushi Maridu, Co-Editor-in-Chief May 22, 2023

Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3,” which released on May 5, 2023, proved a fitting conclusion to one of the most treasured superhero duology due to its cinematography, acting and character...

Delivering audiences with a frolicking fantasy adventure, “Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves” (2023) embodies the cinematic masterpiece executed by D&D players in a real game.

REVIEW: ‘Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves’ unites generations of dedicated role-playing gamers

Cheyenne Meeks, Arts & Entertainment Editor May 22, 2023

Prior to the age of digitized entertainment, kids would spend all weekend in their friend’s basement whipping up action-packed storylines and embodying diverse roles that can range from a spellcasting...

Popular South Korean movies and shows in the US tend to be rooted in dark social commentary and unrealistic love stories, leaving international fans with an inaccurate perception of everyday life in South Korea.

Mainstream South Korean films distort reality for global audiences

Cheyenne Meeks, Arts & Entertainment Editor May 19, 2023

Death, poverty and love affairs — just a few of the everyday struggles of your average South Korean depicted in popular movies and shows. But when viewers are peeled away from the screen and immersed...

The Amazon Prime mini-series “Daisy Jones & the Six” has touched the hearts of many harnessing dedicated watchers.

REVIEW: “Daisy Jones and The Six” Takes Prime Viewers By Storm

Sumika Thapa, Feature editor May 9, 2023

Throughout time, the “Rock n Roll” genre and its accompanying lifestyle has repeatedly proven its relevance as it continues to intrigue generations past and present. The era proved to be a cultural...

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City holds the coveted Met Gala annually. Each year celebrities gather to show off their fashion and raise money for the Museums Art Costume Institute.

Fashion statements creating controversy surrounding the Met Gala

Sarah Abdullah, Social Media Manager May 9, 2023

Celebrities constantly find themselves in the media’s spotlight. Through runways and other popular events, fashion has become a huge aspect of celebrities' identities and reputations in society. One...

Many artists turn to alter egos as a form of creative expression that facilitates growth in their artistic development.

Alter egos are revolutionizing the music industry

Shobini Iyer, Co-Editor-in-Chief May 3, 2023

As figures who spend their entire professional careers basking in the limelight, artists cannot always control the way they are perceived. To better shape their public identity, many artists have turned...

BTS Suga marks the final chapter of the music trilogy for Agust D with D-Day.

Agust D’s final chapter: BTS’ Suga finds liberation with ‘D-Day’

Leila Assadi, Lead Editor May 2, 2023

For over a decade, BTS’ lead rapper and producer Min Yoongi, more commonly known as Suga, has been under public scrutiny. Living in the epicenter of BTS and K-pop craze, Suga turned to solo music to...

Initial excitement surrounding the release of a new live action Lilo and Stitch continues to decline as Disney makes controversial casting choices and catastrophes continue to plague the film.

Live action ‘Lilo and Stitch’ loses hype as controversies plague the film

Megan McKnight, Copy Editor May 1, 2023

Online controversy surrounding the casting of Disney’s new live action Lilo and Stitch is steadily growing as the company is being accused of erasing traditional Hawaiian culture from the film. Hype...

The host city, Indio, California has a large economic benefit to the largest musical festival Coachella.

Music festivals making an economic impact

Grace Sherman, Student Life Editor April 26, 2023

Indio, California is home to Coachella, the largest music festival in the United States and one that continues to grow every year as a result of its popularity. As the host city, Indio’s economy is directly...

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