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Rapper’s postmortem album leaves fans wanting more

Rapper’s postmortem album leaves fans wanting more

Hudson Murphy, Entertainment Editor

December 14, 2018

Last June, Jahseh Onfroy (XXXTENTACION) was shot and killed in his home state of Florida, leaving his fans shocked and confused on how it all happened. Following his death XXXTENTACION, or X, was in the news for many reasons. Not only was he one of the hottest charting artists in the past year as he ...

“Some Rap Songs” gets some praise

Joseph Romano, Staff Writer

December 10, 2018

Some Rap Songs is the follow-up to 2015’s critically acclaimed I Don’t Like ****, I Don’t Go Outside. At the beginning of 2018, Earl promised to release more music on Twitter, which would soon bring an end to his almost four year hiatus from releasing music. If it feels as if Earl is underselli...

Round 2 of Creed hits hard

Round 2 of Creed hits hard

Hudson Murphy, Entertainment Editor

December 7, 2018

In 2015, the classic “Rocky” series made a return from a new perspective with the movie "Creed", which was instantly a huge commercial and critical success. Upon the movie’s release, despite suspicion that it was just an easy way to play off of “Rocky’s” popularity and do big in the box office, i...

Rapper’s new album refuses to slump

Rapper’s new album refuses to slump

Julian Fernandez, Staff Writer

December 6, 2018

Ski Mask the Slump God dropped an unexpected album after his last full length project was stripped of commercial success by leaks, label problems, and many delays. The project, titled Stokeley, encompasses all the elements of Ski mask the Slump God that made him popular and shows his new talents. S...

Real life issues translated to the big screen

Real life issues translated to the big screen

Taralynn Gates, Staff Writer

December 4, 2018

The Hate U Give, written by Angie Thomas, was published on Feb. 28, 2017, and has sold more than 1.5 million copies in North America. This novel has touched the lives of people who read it, by sharing a reality or by opening the eyes of those far from the situation. This book tackles an issue prevalent in the ...

Havin’ a good time

Havin’ a good time

Chloe Presley-Gundaker, Staff Writer

November 30, 2018

The lights dim as the awaiting film starts with an impatient audience waiting to see the ups and downs of the story that is Queen. They watch eagerly as the flamboyant rock singer named Freddie Mercury, portrayed by Rami Malek, dazzles the stage yet again, even after his death. "Bohemian Rhapsody,"...

Top 5 songs of November

Top 5 songs of November

Hudson Murphy, Entertainment Editor

November 29, 2018

For the month of November, many artists have released new music that are a must add to your playlists and are no doubt songs you’ll be listening to for a long time. These are my personal top five new songs I’ve been listening to this month, and I’m sorry if you don’t share my opinion on music becau...

Teenager’s guide to trick-or-treating

Teenager’s guide to trick-or-treating

SVHS Media Team, Staff Writers

October 31, 2018

Trick or treating as a teenager can be risky business, with the desire for candy and treats balanced by skeptical homeowners who see anyone older than 10 as too old for a holiday meant for children. Media team members collaborated to build a guide for teenagers looking to pound the pavement tonight i...

Controversial topics confronted in indie movie

Controversial topics confronted in indie movie

Chloe Presley-Gundaker, Staff Writer

October 23, 2018

Movie director Desiree Akhavan knows what loneliness feels like as a teenager. "My life was in New York City but I would sleep in the suburbs and I didn’t know anyone there," Akhavan said in an interview. "I didn’t have friends and I didn’t have a life, other than watching television and movies." The...

Our Town: A celebration of life, love, moments missed

Our Town: A celebration of life, love, moments missed

Jackson Posey, Staff Writer

October 22, 2018

Smithson Valley Theatre presents the American classic "Our Town" by Thornton Wilder.

Spooky season is here

Spooky season is here

Laney Rendon and Jack Mobley

October 15, 2018

Other than the typical scary movie nights with your closest friends, this year, (pumpkin) spice up your October plans with spookier options such as: -Adopt a black cat (even with the intention of returning it on Nov. 1) -Buy a new broom stick. -Attend Fall Fest Tuesday, Oct. 23. in the main...

Venom lacks poison

Venom lacks poison

Hudson Murphy, Entertainment Editor

October 11, 2018

Marvel’s newest superhero movie “Venom” released in theaters on Oct. 5 and did reasonably well in the box office, earning $10 million on opening night. However, critics have been harsh on the film with 28 percent rating for Rotten Tomatoes. The movie is based on the origin of the comic book ch...