Opinion

‘Harriet’: The incredible journey of an American hero

‘Harriet’: The incredible journey of an American hero

"Harriet," directed by actor-turned-director Kasi Lemmons, tells the legendary story of abolitionist Harriet Tubman (portrayed by Cynthia Erivo) and her journey in leading over 800 slaves to freedom. Originally named Araminta Harriet Ross, better known as “Minty,”...

Change Starts with Conversations

Change Starts with Conversations

As she was walking home from school, Camille Clay heard racial taunts aimed at her. Unfortunately for Clay, this type of behavior was nothing new. At school, kids made fun of her black skin tone. “I came back home from swim practice and saw the N-word spray painted on...

Movie Review: The True ‘Greatest Showman’

Movie Review: The True ‘Greatest Showman’

As I sat in the theater watching The Greatest Showman, I grew angry at the idealistic portrayal of the world of P. T. Barnum. While the plot-line does not promise to stay true to the accurate version of events, it is such a large part of the Barnum and Bailey’s...

Immigration & racial stereotypes

Immigration & racial stereotypes

What comes to mind when you hear the word 'immigrant'? For most people, it is a Mexican individual. Rarely do people think of the Dutch that come from the Netherlands. Here at Los Angeles River School, two students give their input into the adversity they have dealt...

Why we need to rebrand black communities

Why we need to rebrand black communities

The world is an uneven playing field, especially for African Americans. Many problems undermine their human rights; voter ID laws, underfunded education and excessive policing are some examples. However, those issues can be solved with public policy. What cannot be...

Confessions of a privileged black female

Confessions of a privileged black female

Imagine this: You’re sitting with your friends in the cafeteria. Everyone is laughing, complaining about the school lunches, and copying each other’s homework. Then you show your friends how you changed your Instagram profile picture to a parody of the Starbucks logo....

Opinion: #This IS Us

Opinion: #This IS Us

2017 is blood-washed sidewalks, tear gas streets, the furious glare of flashing phones. 2017 is not peace. 2017 is familiar territory, unsurprising, but somehow regrettable, even when we knew what would happen. 2017 is not justice. 2017 is hypocrisy bleeding out of...