A shoutout to the Golden Age

Posted on May 4, 2020 by in Entertainment, Features, Op-Ed


America Flores-Hernandez
Chronicle Editor and Reporter

In Ryan Murphy’s new Netflix series “Hollywood”, viewers get a glimpse of the glamour and excitement that buzzed in the still growing Hollywood entertainment industry. Taking place post-WWII during the golden age of filmmaking, the story follows Jack Castello, a young army veteran who moves into Los Angeles with his expecting wife, hoping to make ends meet for his future family by participating as an extra in films made by ACE Studios, which is a call out to all the successful studios of the time period.

Alongside the Jack, the series follows the lives of other aspiring actors and filmmakers willing to do almost anything to make their showbiz dreams come true.

The show tackles both sides of the struggles a person would take on to survive and flourish in an industry that was not very accepting as it seemed. Alongside that the writers take into account issues that people in our everyday lives would face: understanding our needs, acceptance of sexuality, the slow validation of mental health, and learning how to believe in yourself when you think it’s you against the world.

From a personal perspective, I think it’s quite the time to be alive knowing that there’s a series that explores how Hollywood could have managed to create a film where even the most hopeless dreams became a reality when the person on the highest pedestal of the hierarchy of film entertainment understood the power of his and her privilege – and used it for something positive and uplifting.

With a diverse cast, stunning and accurate visuals, and as well as a thrilling plot, viewers should consider watching Hollywood as something to watch during this quarantine, given that the series’ plot at times makes us question the what-ifs of human ambition.

UC postpones admitted student webinars

Posted on April 4, 2020 by in Uncategorized


America Flores-Hernandez
Crimson Chronicle Editor/Reporter

With college acceptances (and rejections) now sent out, many seniors may have already had some options to figure out where they want to go for the Fall of 2020. With social distancing rules being enforced for people to become aware of how risky the containment of COVID-19 is, the University of California system had planned virtual accepted day events for admitted students of any UC campus.

Unfortunately, the live webinar was cancelled due to the constant crashing of the links being used, overcrowding on servers, and other technical difficulties.

For many accepted students, this would have been the chance for them to get to know the campus they would attend as new undergradute students later in the year. Plus, they would gain insight on what to expect for their first year in college, campus culture, and lifestyle.

For now, the webinars have been postponed, giving the UC system time to figure out a new date to hold these events.

Billionaire pays off student loans

Posted on May 22, 2019 by in Features, News


America Flores-Hernandez
Chronicle Reporter

Billionaire Robert Smith announced last week that he would pay off the student debts for the Morehouse College graduating class of 2019, a class that includes the son of Dean Essick Allen.

Smith was the commencement speaker at its recent graduation ceremony, when he announced he would pay off the student loan debt of the graduates.

“It came as a shock to all of us present at the ceremony, I can recall seeing a few students crying out of joy because once you get your degree and credentials to work in the field within it, you start preparing to pay off those debts, which usually take years to complete,” said Dean Allen.

According to close relatives, “Many of us assumed you would need an application for this sort of thing, but no it was real and not just your regular fantasy.”

Based on this experience, Allen noted the impact of historically black colleges/universities, and how they’ve shaped the progress of the black community in terms of educational, economical, social, and political purposes.

“This wouldn’t happen at UCLA would it? Now that’s the distinction between how giving back to your community no matter what, with nothing holding you back from doing so,” he said.

Known for his philanthropic and investment efforts to organizations that serve under-represented communities, especially those for people of color, Robert F. Smith has a net worth of $5 billion, and is among the group of Forbes’ individuals who rose up from humble beginnings. He has founded his own private equity and venture capital firm, Vista Equity Partners, which serves to assist individuals in times of need. 

Hollywood Sheiks slay the Bernstein Dragons 3-0

Posted on April 11, 2019 by in Sports


Stephanie Starks and Guadalupe Huerta 
Copy Editor and Sports Editor

Boys volleyball have spiked their way to the top, placing them in first in league after defeating the Bernstein Dragons in Wednesday’s home game 26-24, 26-4 and 25-21.

 The Sheiks showed their hard work by winning the title Central League Champions for two years in a row.

On Apr. 10, Hollywood fought in their last season game against Bernstein which proved to be the match of the season. Taking vengeance for the 3-1 loss on Mar. 18, the Sheiks slayed the Dragons in three sets.

The sets were tight. Passing the traditional ‘25’ marker, both the first and the second set went up to 26-24 in favor of Hollywood. The last set was less stressful for Hollywood, winning 25-21 as the Dragon momentum went down.

This was the last home game of league, which means that it was senior night for the Sheiks. Celebrating the seasons of Julian Berzonetti, Matthew Gudiel, Korey Valentine, and Ethan Kong. Gift bags were handed out to both Hollywood and Bernstein seniors in between the JV and varsity sets.     

Leaving any sport as a senior is very bittersweet. Matthew Gudiel, varsity middle blocker, told The Crimson Chronicle his feelings on leaving our Sheik’s volleyball team. “All of them helped me individually,” he said, “I’m going to miss them. Yeah, it sucks.”

Youth Ambassadors for Queer History

Posted on April 9, 2019 by in Announcements, News


America Flores-Hernandez
Chronicle Reporter

Students who are interested working in professional research, project development skills, and ways to include a voice of LGBTQ history/culture in their communities, should take this opportunity. The ONE Archives Foundation is currently accepting applications for potential youth ambassadors for their Queer History Program for high school students. Through this program, individuals are mentored by the foundation’s members by involving groups on hands-on research projects and interactive discussions.

The program includes LGBTQ history presentations by community organizers, group discussions on queer topics, research and workshops, and field trips to affiliated organizations and landmarks throughout Los Angeles. Ultimately, these activities will guide each student to create a personal passion project that shows off their knowledge of LGBTQ history and culture. The culmination of these individual projects will be showcased as a collective exhibition at ONE Gallery, West Hollywood.

In addition, being an ambassador also shows you’re capable of being an advocate for others, plus it looks good to colleges when you send off applications. It can also be way to earn community service hours. Also, a recommendation from a teacher is a necessary part to the application as well. The deadline to submit applications is Friday, April 26th.

CAST testing for juniors

Posted on March 25, 2019 by in News


Chronicle Reporter
America Flores-Hernandez

While the majority of the school week consisted of three periods (only four days), most juniors were required to take the California Science Test during their science classes if they had one or not which on average took about one to two hours. Those who completed it before the end of the period were instructed to leave the room they took the test in and report to rooms meant for students that had already finished it. The CAST itself is among the few assessments juniors will take to ensure district and graduation requirements for the majority of the next senior class are met.

“I thought the test was alright, what I thought was surprising was how much I knew about the biological aspects of the test,” said So Hwi, SAS junior. According to most juniors, the test proved interesting based on the fact that they’re used to being evaluated on English and Math only. Thus, it’s affirmed that Science is also a critical part to our learning, no matter the age range.

Roma: A Changing Perspective

Posted on February 25, 2019 by in Op-Ed


Chronicle Reporter
America Flores-Hernandez

Receiving 10 nominations for the 91st Academy Awards, Alfonso Cuaron’s cinematic reflection of a troubled childhood not only has broken barriers between typical film plots, but also opens a new door for underrepresented cultural groups. Winning three more Oscars in his directing career, Cuaron focuses this thought provoking family drama through Cleo, an indigenous domestic worker (of Oaxacan-Zapotec descent) who goes through many problems while working for a family who’s relationship grows apart.

With great effort from the cast and crew, the film won in three categories within the most important for the Oscars: foreign language film, cinematography, and directing.

Cuaron’s view towards this year’s awards show was targeting the actors in their selected nominated films and how they make a difference based on the roles they partake, “as artists, our job is to look where others don’t.” Roma is also a personal journey for the director himself going back to a metropolitan Mexico City in the 1970s, an enclave in which he grew up. In which comes the distant memory of the housekeeper who raised and cared for him while dealing with problems of her own.

Watching the film is something else that even I felt I could relate too, and so did my mother. Yalitza Aparicio, the film’s leading actress represents the Academy putting a step towards diversity based on the selection of movies they choose. Having an indigenous individual make it to the ranks of other well known actresses also reminds other aspiring young females who are in that sector that they can make anything they put their mind to. Even if it seems impossible.

Book Recs with a purpose

Posted on February 4, 2019 by in Features


America Flores-Hernandez

Chronicle Reporter

With the new year in full swing, authors within the thrillers and fantasy genre have caused a spurge in fresh titles that reciprocate to their readers needs in the unexpected. According to the New York Times Best-Sellers, the following list is categorized based on the author’s notoriety and impact in the list:

Where the Forest Meets the Stars by Glendy Vanderah

After the loss of her mother and her own battle with breast cancer, Joanna Teale returns to her graduate research on nesting birds in rural Illinois, determined to prove that her recent hardships have not broken her. She throws herself into her work from dusk to dawn, until her solitary routine is disrupted by the appearance of a mysterious child who shows up at her cabin barefoot and covered in bruises.

The girl calls herself Ursa, and she claims to have been sent from the stars to witness five miracles. With concerns about the child’s home situation, Jo reluctantly agrees to let her stay—just until she learns more about Ursa’s past.

Freedom Road by William Lashner

Instead of willing to live out his final years in despair, Oliver Cross is fresh out of jail. However, he finds out his granddaughter, a wild child who reminds him of his late wife, has vanished, thus Oliver jumps parole. With a sketchy teen and an abandoned dog, he hits the blacktop to find her.

On the road and on the run from a vengeful Russian drug dealer, he finds himself on a trip across America and into his own past, fueled by fumes from a Ford F-250 plus a reason to live. It’s a journey that could all end in redemption or a hail of bullets. And either’s okay by him.

An Anonymous Girl: A Novel by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

Looking to earn some easy cash, Jessica Farris agrees to be a test subject in a psychological study about ethics and morality. But as the study moves from the exam room to the real world, the line between what is real and what is one of Dr. Shields’s experiments blurs.

Dr. Shields seems to know what Jess is thinking… and what she’s hiding.

Jessica’s behavior will not only be monitored, but manipulated.

Caught in a web of attraction, deceit and jealousy, Jess quickly learns that some obsessions can be deadly.

Overall, what makes these three books stand out besides the subject matter they tackle, the authors themselves are persistent, thoughtful, and cunning when adding on symbolic and thematic elements into the stories which leads on the reader into questioning their own stances in a fixated arc of doubt. In turn, this revolves unto making the protagonists realize not only their right to self-satisfaction, but giving up personal happiness so that those in vulnerable positions can attain and understand the true meaning behind togetherness with others, and individually.

Top 10 Movies to Watch Over The Christmas Break

Posted on December 6, 2018 by in Entertainment, Features

Top 10 Movies to Watch Over The Christmas Break

Karina Olivera

Chronicle Reporter


Christmas is all about spending a wonderful time with family and friends. These are the top 10 movies you can watch on Christmas and New Year’s.


The Elf  ( Fantasy / Romance )

Buddy (The Elf ) was accidentally transported to the North Pole as a toddler and raised to adulthood among Santa’s elves.


2 ) Home Alone ( Comedy / Adventure )

An 8-year-old Kevin acts out the night before a family trip to Paris, his mother makes him sleep in the attic.


3 ) Miracle on 34th Street ( Drama / Fantasy )

In this Christmas, an old man going by the name of Kris Kringle fills in for an intoxicated Santa in Macy’s annual and people find out Santa Claus is an actual person.


4 )  Gremlins ( Fantasy / Horror )

A salesman is looking for a special gift for his son for Christmas and finds a store in Chinatown.


5 )  The Muppet Christmas Carol ( Fantasy / Drama )

The Muppets perform a show with Christmas Spirit and find the meaning of Christmas.


6 ) A Christmas Story ( Comedy )

A young boy that dreams about his ideal Christmas gift


7 ) The Nightmare Before Christmas ( Fantasy )

The misadventures of Jack and who gets bored frightening people in the real world so he plans out a Christmas plan.


8 ) Frosty the Snowman ( Fantasy )

A discarded magic top hat that brings to life the snowman that a group of children made.


9 ) Christmas Vacation ( Farce )

Clark the main characters wants to have a perfect family Christmas so he pesters his wife.


10 ) The Santa Clause ( Drama )

Two characters are transported to the North Pole.


Best Apps Available on the App Store

Posted on December 4, 2018 by in Features

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America Flores-Hernandez

Chronicle Reporter

With the year almost out of the way (and finals approaching), this month’s trending apps in the App Store and on Google Play will help to organize yourself for a new clean preface on social media and on your daily routines for the following year:

  • Slack
    Used for group messaging and great for class team/group assignments, the app is known for its unique format for clear communication throughout every level of document organization. Slack instantly syncs across all devices and is compatible with dozens of other apps and services (like Dropbox) to make your job simpler and easier.
  • Uber Eats
    With Uber Eats, ordering food is simple — especially if you’ve used Uber before. Browse the menu of available restaurants to order from and pay straight through the app by linking your credit or debit card. You’ll then be given an estimated delivery time and you can track the location of your order in real time.
  • Nintendo Switch Online
    While it may not be the perfect solution — forcing you to use your phone in addition to your Switch console for voice chat — Nintendo’s just-released Online app offers the most convenient way to play Splatoon 2 with friends, and thus earns a spot on this list. Currently, Splatoon 2 is the only game the app supports, though this is sure to change over the coming months. Next year, Nintendo will begin charging a $20 yearly fee to use the Switch’s online features — but until then, the app remains free.
  • Calm
    Calm is a meditation app that offers guided sessions for beginners, along with programs for those on intermediate and advanced levels. You can choose from different breathing exercises, adult bedtime stories, or soothing nature sounds to use during yoga.
  • Spotify
    Spotify is changing the game for the entire music industry. It’s free on PCs and tablets, but $10 a month if you want to fully use it on iPhone. It’s worth it. You can listen to full albums and create playlists.

As of this month, the following apps are not only popular within their respective app categories, they’ve also reached a new high in downloads and rankings online. Keep in mind that starting towards the end of this year, many apps within the gaming and food genres will be starting to add new deals following New Year’s Day on in-app purchases.

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