Beyond the Braids

Beyond the Braids

When Makeda Neavill ’21 was in middle school, she associated straight hair with professionalism and maturity. With the texture of her hair suppressed, she believed that she would be treated more favorably by the individuals whose opinions mattered, she said. Though she stopped straightening her hair in ninth grade to prevent further heat damage, her […]

Are you for Euphoria?

Are you for Euphoria?

As society has evolved and diversified over the last decade, the entertainment industry has also made great strides with the content it presents to teens in television shows. This movement toward less censorship is evident in the new teen drama “Euphoria,” which is meant to provide a raw and uncensored depiction of the high school […]

Tall Girl: from the perspective of two minorities

Tall Girl: from the perspective of two minorities

After watching an embarrassing number of viral TikToks centered around the new—and highly controversial—Netflix film, “Tall Girl,” we were confused about the phrase “men’s size 13 Nike’s” and why it was significant. We decided that it was time to investigate. For those unfamiliar with the new release, “Tall Girl” follows high school junior Jodi Kreyman […]

A Whole New World: Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” recasted

As movies begin giving black women a more prominent voice in Hollywood, students comment on how the change impacts them. Most Disney fans envision Ariel as the mermaid princess with red hair, blue eyes and white skin, but in an era that is pushing for more inclusion, Disney is beginning to diversify its casting. In […]

Sketches of Summer- Evan Rappaport ’22

Students spent their summers attending programs to help further develop their skills in various art forms. Evan Rappaport ’22 took part in a jazz program at Stanford University over the summer to explore the the world of professional music and develop his skills in preparation for the upcoming school year. During the program, Rappaport took […]

Sketches of Summer- Lilah Weisman ’20

Students spent their summers attending programs to help further develop their skills in various art forms. Lilah Weisman ’20 spent her summer studying theater at the National High School Institute Theater Arts Division, more commonly known as Cherubs, at Northwestern University. During the seven-week intensive, Weisman took voice, movement and acting classes. Students also performed […]

Hot Girl Summer Playlist

Hot Girl Summer Playlist

Senior staff members share their quintessential “Hot Girl Summer” playlist picks, along with a reason why they love each song. 1.Fake ID (Riton and Kah-Lo) “Blast it with your friends.”– Sarah Reiff 2. Friday Night Big Screen (GIRLI) “The feeling of being a teenager.”– Jeanine Kim 3. Hot Girl Summer (Megan Thee Stallion) “Summer mood.”– […]

Former Upper School English teacher publishes fiction

Former Upper School English teacher publishes fiction

After retiring last June, former Harvard-Westlake English teacher Jeff Kwitny released his first book, “Desolation Lake.” “It’s a small press and it’s a first start and I feel very proud of the book,” Kwitny said. “I realize that the book is going to be controversial because it has to do with a scandal in a […]

Music in the making

As Ben Beckman ’19 sat down to film a last-minute audition tape for one of the most prestigious music programs in the country, he made sure to position the camera so his pajama pants would not be seen. At that moment, Beckman had no idea that this last minute video would get him the opportunity […]

A Complex-ion Issue: Colorism

A Complex-ion Issue: Colorism

As Lauren Mc Gee ’20, the only African-American girl in her 6th-grade class, sat at her desk having a conversation with a friend, a classmate came up to her and called her the n-word out of nowhere. In that moment, McGee said she felt both shocked and hurt. “I’ve always heard the word in movies […]