Hip Hop fires at President Trump

By Tristian Villegas, Courier Staff Writer

Yes, that’s right. The president of the United States is having beef with popular old school artist,  Snoop Dogg. Lots of artist such as Mac Miller, YG, and Lil B are throwing shots at the president. Snoop recently came out with a video called “Lavender” featuring The Weeknd and Kaytranada. What seemed to have made the President infuriated has stirred controversy with its mock execution of a clown dressed as President Donald Trump. In the video Snoop Dogg is seen firing a fake pistol at Trump. It also takes on the hot topic issue of police shootings.

At least one member of Congress is not thrilled about the rapper’s creativity. Senator Marco Rubio made headlines during his run for the presidency when he revealed he was a lover of West Coast hip hop. The politician told TMZ Snoop Dogg shouldn’t have taken aim at Trump in the video. Snoop on the other hand told Billboard he has several issues with the new president. Everything from his election to the proposed travel ban.

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Logan students starts a creative writing club

By Mary-Kay Floyd, Courier News Editor

After the many failed attempts of getting Creative Writing to become a class, someone decided it should become a club.

Roxanne Ramos, a sophomore here at Logan, wanted to start a Creative Writing club after the class kept on getting dropped due to the lack of students.  Many people, including Ramos, wanted to take the class, only to get disappointed once they heard it’s been dropped.

Mr. Seaton, who was Ramos’ Honor English I teacher, proposed making a Creative Writing club.

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Logan Cheer Team Prepares for Nationals

By Stephanie Ramirez, Courier Staff Writer

Before going to Nationals, the cheerleaders attended a showcase at Irvington High School on Friday, March 17. James Logan, American, Washington, and Irvington had the chance to complete the same routine as the one performed in Nationals.

Every year, the showcase is held to perform the routine for family and friends who can’t make it to the big competition. All the teams did 2 full outs, and as each team performed, we supported each other on the mat.

Nationals are held in the Anaheim Convention Center and the Logan Cheer Team will be competing on March 25th. As for the Fremont high schools and Union City, we all have the opportunity to take these routines out there. The showcase was another practice for us before we actually take the mat at Anaheim.

After all the improvements they made, the Logan Cheer Team pulled off their routine successfully. The team has grown and is competitive as any other sport at Logan; everytime they get a chance on the mat, they take advantage of it.

The Cheer Team gives it their all on the mat for their school. I do believe as a team we can pull off this routine at Nationals, as we have progressed through the season and it is time to take it to Anaheim and show them what we are capable of.

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Getting the most out of symbolism

By Sarah Chawla, Courier Staff Writer

Jordan Peele, an American actor, comedian, film director, and screenwriter, recently broke records with a thriller titled “Get Out”.

In the movie, which is riddled with symbolism, the main character Chris is visiting his girlfriend Rose’s family. He seems to worry about how her parents will react to their interracial relationship, but easily dismisses this concern. In the beginning of the movie, on the drive up to the family’s country house, Rose hits a deer while driving. When they stop and call the cops, the cop asks for Chris’ drivers license even though Rose was driving. Rose seems to defend her boyfriend against the cop, saying there’s no reason they need Chris’ license. While in the moment it seems like Rose is simply not giving in to the racial bias that the cop had, it’s actually an insight into Rose’s real motivations. She wanted to avoid a paper trail showing she was with Chris before his disappearance that she planned. Additionally, Chris was empathetic enough to check on the deer that they hit while Rose showed no regard for the deer, hinting that she wasn’t as kindhearted as she seemed in the earlier scenes. (more…)

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Bioware Releases Mass Effect: Andromeda

By Matthew Wong, Courier Staff Writer

The fourth installment of the Mass Effect series, Mass Effect: Andromeda, was released on March 21, 2017.

This time we won’t be following Commander Shepard; instead, we will go to to the Andromeda Galaxy with the Ryder twins. The game was built on the Frostbite 3 software, and several aspects have improved from previous versions.

With the addition of jet packs, players will have significantly more mobility in combat. Multiplayer still follows the same format as the Mass Effect 3, except it will not be connected to the game. In addition, the Nomad is the new and improved version of the Mako.

The best thing Bioware has changed is the removal of the Paragon/Renegade system, replacing it with four different styles of speeches for a more natural feeling. Nevertheless, there are many other features in the game which I haven’t tested yet.

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The Furious are Back

By Karina Patel, Courier Staff Writer

The Fate of the Furious, alternatively known as Fast & Furious 8, is the eighth installment of The Fast and Furious Franchise.

The film, which comes out this April, is directed by F. Gary Gray and written by Chris Morgan. The film will star Vin Diesel as Dominic, Dwayne Johnson as Luke Hobbs, Jason Statham as Deckard Shaw, Michelle Rodriguez as Letty Ortiz, Tyrese Gibson as Roman Pearce, Chris Bridges as Tej Parker, and Charlize Theron as Cipher– the newest villain who torments Dominic and his crew.

The story starts with Dom and Letty, who are on their honeymoon in Cuba; Brian and Mia have also retired from the “game”. When a mysterious woman seduces Dominic into the world of crime that he can’t seem to escape, he betrays the people he most cares about: his family.  The family that he has fought so hard to protect will now fight for the man that made them a family. With the help of Deckard Shaw and Mr. Nobody, the team travels to the icy plains of Barent Sea to bring Dominic home and restore their family.

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Frank Ocean drop’s new single ‘Chanel’

By Andrea Buenrostro

After releasing his sophomore album last summer, Frank Ocean is back with a new single titled ‘Chanel’.

Fans were pleasantly surprised to hear a new song by Ocean, last Friday, on his “Blonded” radio segment on Beats 1 (an exclusive Apple Music radio station). Considering fans had to wait 4 years for his second album to release, 7 months for any news seemed like a miracle. Although Ocean typically produces his own music, he teamed up with Swedish productive duo “Jarami” to create ‘Chanel’. On the radio show, the remix of the song featuring American rapper, ASAP Rocky, was also aired. After the single was released, Ocean headed to his tumblr to post a picture of the cover alongside of the lyrics.

‘Chanel’ is a 3 and a half minute piano sombered track with a mellow hip-hop beat. Frank takes turns singing and speaking more rapidly throughout it. Fanatics have already started to dissect the lyrics, and have come to the conclusion that theme might be about his bisexuality. Right off the bat, the chorus reads, “I see both sides like Chanel, I see on both sides like Chanel,” which refers to the French high end fashion brand but can also be interpreted as he sees both sides of his sexuality, homo and hetero. He compares his duality to the Chanel logo, that has two C’s facing the opposite direction.

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Colts Gearing up for the Big Game

By Jordan McGlory, Courier Sports Editor

The Logan Boys Basketball is preparing for a big game. This Friday, they will play Roosevelt High for the State Championship, in the Sacramento Kings new arena, Golden 1 Center.

Although the team fell short of an NCS title, they have since bounced
back and gone strong in the state championship run. The boys have netted wins against Modesto Christian, San Leandro, and their most recently, a talented Palo Alto squad.

This marks the first time in over 30 years that Logan Basketball has reached the state championships. The last time they achieved this feat, in 1985, the Colts fell short. Now, the team has different plans and hopes to make history by putting Logan basketball on the map.

Shooting guard Ryan Parilla stated,”It’s a blessing getting to where we are now […] To be honest, I didn’t think we would make it this far. People say we had a Cinderella story, but that’s not true. We’ve been doing work right after the season ended last year, we set goals, and we achieved most of them. We won the league, made it to NorCal, but fell short. Now we have the opportunity to win state, and no one believes in us but ourselves. Our drive to prove them all wrong fuels our fire and makes us desire the title even more.”

Logan plans on bringing three fan buses to the game so the team can have the maximum support. This Friday, come to Sacramento to cheer on the Colts in a final game to an exciting season.

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Shameless and its dysfunctional family

By Michael Morales, Courier Staff Writer

When I was browsing for a new show to binge watch on Netflix my uncle introduced me to Shameless. This show is kind of like The Office because a British version of the show exists but besides that they’re total opposites. I definitely do not recommend anyone under the age of 18 to watch this show because the vulgarity and nudity will be too much to handle. Currently season 1-7 is available on Netflix and a season 8 although not officially announced will be coming soon. Here is a review of what I believe is Showtime’s best show to date.

To understand the show we must first understand each character and the family as a whole. Currently there are 7 members in the Gallagher family Frank, Fiona, Lip, Ian, Debbie, Carl and Liam. Frank is a widowed substance abuser who has failed to raise his 6 children for the past 2 decades, Fiona is the real head of the household who has raised all the children inevitably sacrificing her own childhood. Fiona is constantly falling in and out of relationships with criminals and junkies when she is not using the families saving to fund her business ventures. Lip is a MIT drop out who is struggling with alcohol himself after having sexual relations with his married professor. (more…)

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Logan Punjabi Club hosted the annual Logan Lohri last month

By Harleen Kaur, Courier Staff Writer

Logan Lohri is a cultural event, which recently occurred at James Logan High School on Friday, February 10, 2017. It was held in the little theatre and sponsored by Punjabi club. The purpose of the event was to celebrate a Punjabi holiday, known as Lohri. Tickets at the door were $12, whereas, pre-sale tickets cost $10. Logan Lohri lasted from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m.

More than 50 people went to the event, earning the club around $500 to $600. The event first got kicked off with presentations about the history of the holiday itself. Students were also taught about how and why Lohri is celebrated. Several students, including Noor Gill and Angie Dhillon learned that Lohri is celebrated to commemorate the birth of a newborn, a newly wed couple, the passing of the winter solstice, and that the most profit earning crops have now been harvested in Punjab.

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