February 21, 2019

Highlights from the 61st Grammy Awards

Posted on February 10, 2019 by in Entertainment

Highlights from the 61st Grammy Awards

Maria Alfaro

Chronicle Reporter

Childish Gambino was awarded four Grammys including record of the year for “This Is America.” Unfortunately, he was not present to collect his awards. The 61st Grammy Awards was hosted by Alicia Keys on Feb.10 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Many artist were recognized in one of the 84 categories. Females dominated the ceremony, winning for the first time, and some even made history.

The night started off with Camila Cabello who performed “Havana” along with Ricky Martin, J Balvin, and Young Thug. After this came host, Alicia Keys, on stage with four other women introducing them as her sisters. The “sisters” were Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett Smith, Michelle Obama, and Jennifer Lopez, who each gave a speech about how music has inspired and helped them throughout their lives. Many people were excited upon seeing Michelle Obama, erupting in applauses. She shared how music helps “us share ourselves, our dignity and sorrows, our hopes and joys.” The first award was awarded to Lady Gaga for best pop duo/ group performance, for “Shallow” with her partner, Bradley Cooper, from their movie “A Star Is Born.” Later into the night she was awarded for best pop solo performance, “Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?).”

Many women were awarded during the ceremony. Cardi B was the first female solo artist to win for be rap album “Invasion Of Privacy.” Not only was she the first woman, but it was her first Grammy of her career. Kacey Musgrave won four awards including album of the year for “Golden Hour.” Ariana Grande won her first Grammy for best pop vocals for “Sweetener,” but was not present to collect her award. Women weren’t the only ones who were awarded, men such as Drake and Childish Gambino took home a Grammy award. Drake was awarded for best rap song “God’s Plan” and gave a speech about how people don’t need an award to know that they have won or to measure their success.

The night progressed with many more awards. Dua Lipa won for best new artist and threw shade at Recording Academy President Neil Portnow after he criticized women last year saying they needed to step it up if they wanted more women to be nominated. Among the nominated, “This is America” (Childish Gambino) was the winner for record of the year and song of the year. Donald Glover made history at the Grammy awards despite not being there. Album of the year went to “Golden Hour” (Kacey Musgraves). The best score soundtrack for visual media went to “Black Panther.” The night was memorable for many artist who got the chance to leave their mark.

For the list of all the winners and nominations:


Photography apps that are snap worthy

Posted on January 29, 2019 by in Features

Photography apps that are snap worthy

America Flores-Hernandez

Chronicle Reporter

On the App Store and Play Store, most of these applications are within the categories of Lifestyle and Productivity, and are mostly aimed towards the adolescent groups which have a tendency to use them. Photography is no exception since the rise of editing, photoshop, and aesthetic backgrounds has increased in the last decade, with our advances in technology itself. The following apps are recommended based on personal and widely reviewed qualities.


A mobile app for iOS and Android devices made by the US Visual Supply Company. One of the great things about VSCO is that it offers a one of a kind experience for users to alternate and edit their photos however they wish. Partly due to the wide arrange of filters that enhance the appearance of digital photography. Users can publish their photography through a journal for the public to see.


Having a wide array of choices in filters and background icons with fading highlights, there’s a lot of reasons as to why this app’s simple perspective even has professionals hollering. The majority of the editing work is done within the Tools section of the app itself. Other tools include filters for head poses, portraits, lens blur, double exposure, and text. It’s also very addictive by the moment you begin wandering from the tools to make adjustments, after all nothing is permanent until you decide it is.


Taking your photos to the next level, especially in terms of its manner of shooting and editing, while beautifully doing it. One unique feature in Afterlight is white balance lock. This feature can be accessed directly to the right of the grid button and can be used to lock your white balance on the fly. This is especially helpful when shooting in dark environments.

Huji Cam

An app that’s inspired a cult following among a lot of influencers for taking photographs as if you’re “back in 1998.” One of the varying reasons as to why it’s a major jewel within the photographic scene is that not only does it offer tons of filters, perspective changing angles, and a vintage tone that gives off an ancient vibe, it truly makes you feel as if you’re entering another era.

Teachers Strike Update

Posted on January 13, 2019 by in News

Teachers Strike Update

Maria Alfaro

Chronicle Reporter

The Los Angeles teachers’ union and school district failed to reach an agreement these past days. Teachers rejected the last offer that was made to them from the nation’s second-largest school district. Teachers from Los Angeles Unified School District have set to go on strike Monday, Jan. 14 to have their voices be heard. It is unclear on how long it will last, since the strike of 1989 lasted nine days.

According to USA Today, teachers are going on strike because they want an increase in salary, lower class size, less standardized testing, and more money for counselors, nurses, and librarians. LA Unified Schools, led by Superintendent Austin Beutner, has declared that they cannot meet all the demands from United Teachers Los Angeles or else they would go bankrupt. Since they could not come to an agreement, teachers have decided to go on with their plans of striking on Monday.

LAUSD schools will be open for all students to attend. The district has let parents know that students are expected to go like any other day. They will be offered breakfast and lunch and have instructional time. However, things won’t be the same without teachers. Although the strike has not started it has already started to have an impact on students schedules.

Students in Hollywood will have a different schedule than they normally do. They will have a special four-period block schedule and be divided by SLC. Throughout the day, each SLC will take turns in being placed in the gym, auditorium, cafeteria, and track and field. Jaimelee Belisle, a senior from the New Media Academy said, “They’re too long and how can they teach if everyone is learning something different.” The teacher strike will leave an impact on many people. However, teachers want their voices to be heard and will go through with this despite the rainy days ahead.

10 Tips for Finals Week

Posted on December 9, 2018 by in Features

10 Tips for Finals Week

Maria Alfaro

Crimson Chronicle

Winter break is right around the corner, which many students are looking forward to. However, before they can go on a break they must get through finals. Finals week can be stressful for students because it can either bring up their grade or lower it causing stress and anxiety. Here are 10 tips to make it through finals without being overly stressed.

#1 Study 

Study every day, but not all at once. Try to study in your free time and not procrastinate. Study in a quiet place to avoid getting distracted.

#2 Time Management 

Manage your time well by studying for the hardest things and then the easiest. Try to study in the order you have your finals each day that way the information is still fresh. Don’t cram everything in one day.

#3 Stay Focused 

Avoid distractions and focus on studying for what might be on the exam. Give it your full attention and take breaks to not overwhelm yourself.

#4 Quiz Yourself 

Quiz yourself on the topic with flashcards. You can also ask one of your friends to quiz you which would help remember things easily.

#5 Different study methods

Use different study methods to find out which one works best for you. This would help you memorize information better.

#6 Color Code 

Color code your notes by what’s most important.

#7 Have a good night sleep

Get a good night sleep by getting at least eight hours of sleep. Don’t stay up too late trying to remember everything because it won’t work.

#8 Have a good breakfast 

Have a good breakfast every morning because taking an exam with an empty stomach can be distracting.

#9 Motivation 

Motivate yourself by putting a goal. Don’t give up if you feel frustrated after studying for a long time, take a break and remember that this will benefit you in the end.

#10 Stay Positive 

Remember that exams do not define your level of smartness. Always try your best and stay positive.


Wildfires in California have caused great destruction

Posted on November 11, 2018 by in News

Wildfires in California have caused great destruction

Maria Alfaro

Chronicle Reporter

Certain counties in Southern California have been under evacuation because of the fires that started on Thursday afternoon. The fire has threatened and destroyed many homes and businesses. Also being the cause events were canceled. 

The fires also caused many streets and highways to be closed down. The fires affected Students Run LA Lake Balboa 15k, which was going to take place on Nov. 11. It was canceled because of the air quality relating to the fires. 

Thousands of residents fled their home in Paradise, north of Sacramento, on Thursday, Nov. 8, escaping the blazing fire. According to NBC News the Camp Fire burned more than 20,000 acres and has destroyed the town. 

The largest fire is called Hill Fire, which started on Thursday afternoon in Ventura County. It started near the Santa Rosa Valley, about 10 miles northwest of Thousand Oaks. The fire kept growing and had reached 15 square miles by Friday morning. This caused the 101 Freeway to be closed down and have mandatory evacuations for California State University, Channel Islands campus. 

The other fire that started in Ventura County is called the Woolsey Fire near Malibu, which started at Woolsey Canyon and spread into the community of Oak Park early Friday, burning homes and forcing residents to evacuate. The strong winds and dry conditions caused the fire to burn about 12.5 square miles on Friday morning. The fire moved into Los Angeles County late Thursday, causing evacuation to take place in Westlake Village. Firefighters have done everything they can to stop the fires and continue to do so.


We Can Survive Concert helps raise awareness

Posted on October 21, 2018 by in Entertainment

We Can Survive Concert helps raise awareness

Maria Alfaro

Chronicle Reporter

97. 1 AMP Radio’s 6th Annual We Can Survive Concert was held at the Hollywood Bowl on Oct. 20. The concert was held to support and help raise awareness for young women who are diagnosed with breast cancer. At the concert, many artists attended such as Shawn Mendes, Marshmellow, Khalid, Charlie Puth, and much more.

All the artist that showed up teamed up to support the Young Survival Coalition (YSC), which is an organization that is dedicated to help support young women who are diagnosed with breast cancer. They raised funds for this organization. Throughout the event, people were having fun and showed their support for breast cancer by wearing pink T-shirts, pink feather boas and dying pink streaks into their hairs. The event became a place for women and men to gather around to celebrate life, survival, and remember those lost in the fight.

The Hollywood Bowl along with LA City Officials had the streets closed from 5 pm to 10 pm since the concert began at 6:30 pm. Once the streets opened up, there was a traffic jam. The traffic began from around Sunset and Highland and continued until reaching the Hollywood Bowl. The concert was beneficial and helpful to many people in different ways.





Introducing Students To New Books

Posted on September 28, 2018 by in News


Maria Alfaro

Chronicle Reporter

     Hollywood High School had their first Book Tasting at the library on Sept. 28.  According to the graphic organizer, “A book tasting is a chance to sample different books to see if you might like to read them.” The books that were used touched on one of the STEM subjects. In this exercise, Ms. Whitham told the students that they would, “read informational texts that give them background information and a foundation of knowledge.” 

     Book Tasting can be done with any subject, but on this occasion it was done with science, more specifically chemistry and physics. Students were to read five books, each for seven minutes and complete a graphic organizer for each book they read. In the graphic organizer, they would write their impression of the book and rate it. After reading the first book, they would rotate and repeat the same process until they reached the fifth book.

     The librarian, Ms. Whitham, had thought about doing this and when she shared her idea, the principal, Mr. Colacion, helped make it happen. They decided to do it with books touching on one of the subjects of STEM to expose students to this knowledge. The number of students interested in STEM is low and they want to increase it. The point of this exercise was for students to think about joining STEM.

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