Category: A&E

Fact, Fiction, First Fridays

Fact, Fiction, First Fridays

Wheels clatter down the hall, metal shelves carrying a forest of imagination. West Johnston is entering its second semester of the book cart, otherwise known as First Friday, hosted by librarians Yvette Davis and Anissa Holm. The book cart saw its debut as a West Johnston tradition during the second semester of the 2016-2017 school year. Every first Friday, the school’s […]

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Forty Years in the Making…

Forty Years in the Making…

The universe of Star Wars is one filled with lore created over the decades following the series’ release in 1977. Upon Disney’s acquiring of the franchise and Lucasfilm in 2012, the movie empire reset the Star Wars canon (factual in-universe events). In 2015, to celebrate the release of the first motion picture Star Wars film since 2005’s Revenge of the […]

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Humanz by Gorillaz

Humanz by Gorillaz

After more than half a decade since their last album, Gorillaz released their fifth studio album, Humanz. Before the release, they dropped six singles from the track, including “We Got the Power”, “Andromeda”, and “Let Me Out”. Gorillaz is one of the first virtual bands, a band consisting of fictional characters instead of a persona of an artist. The band […]

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One-Punch Man

One-Punch Man

Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a superhero?  In One and Yusuke Murata’s One-Punch Man, the world is covered in superheros with even more villains. The show was my first subtitled anime, and it has changed my perspective on the world of Japanese entertainment.   The anime follows the story of a man named Saitama and […]

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The Teahouse

The Teahouse

An arbor made of tired wood looms overhead, reaching to half the height of the trees surrounding it, as my car passes under it. It’s dark, but warm texture, welcomes visitors to a safe haven like area. Tires crunch against the gravel as I look out the window to catch a glimpse of the sign hanging from it. There, etched […]

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Challenges of a dancer

Challenges of a dancer

The crowd cheers as the young performer dances flawlessly across the stage.  The dancer and their team puts in countless hours in the studio working on technique and rhythm. Cheri Crabtree makes the choreography and corrects the dancers techniques in order to minimize mistakes.   On dance team the dancers face many challenges, including problems with school and injury. For […]

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13 Reasons Why Review

13 Reasons Why Review

A decade ago, Jay Asher’s 2007 novel, 13 Reasons Why was released; it eventually would grow to become a New York Times bestseller. This year, we see the debut of a Netflix original series, adapted from the novel and produced under the same title. The show follows the lives of Hannah Baker and Clay Jensen with the use of a […]

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The Ugly Mug

The Ugly Mug

Cozy hidden gem coffee shops are one of my favorite places to spend my time on a winter afternoon and the Ugly Mug with it’s unique design, interesting history and friendly atmosphere is the perfect place to do just that. After ordering an iced cafe mocha and a chocolate chip cookie I sat at a bar that was pushed against […]

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Raleigh Bluegrass Festival

Raleigh Bluegrass Festival

Raleigh’s bluegrass festival was filled with lively music, a plethora of food trucks, all different kinds of beer, and most of all- North Carolina pride. This festival is a result of a six year partnership with the city of Raleigh and the International Bluegrass Music Association. The festival lasted from Friday, September 30 to Sunday, October 1. There were over […]

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