The Weeknd releases anticipated Reminder music video

By Andrea Buenrostro, Courier Staff Writer

The Weeknd celebrates his 27th birthday by releasing a star-studded music video for his track Reminder.

Abel Tesfaye decided to surprise his fans with a visual for the fourth single off of his recent album Starboy. The video features cameos from a handful of artists including Drake, A$AP Rocky, Bryson Tiller, YG, Travis Scott, and French Montana. Although these rappers don’t actually come out in the song, you can find them partying with Abel or riding around in lambos.

The Reminder video has already gained more than 2 million views after being on YouTube for less than 24 hours. It is also, currently, number 3 on the top “trending” list. XO fanatics are obviously not only going insane for a new music video, but also loving the celebrity cameos.

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For Honor impresses upon release

By Matthew Wong, Courier Staff Writer

For Honor was released on February 14, 2017. It is a third person video game that involves a lot of melee combat. It has both multiplayer and single player campaigns.

In the game, there are three factions which are the vikings, the knights and the samurais that are at war with each other. Each of the faction has four heroes, so there are twelve heroes in total. The combat system in For Honor is called The Art of Battle which is key to the success of the game. This system gets the character in stance to fight an enemy. It helps with blocking the enemy attack, but it is not that. You could parry, from combo attacks, and there is the bleed effect. While the combat system seems simple, there are plenty of ways to fight your opponent. Also, when you are surrounded, there is revenge mode to give you a fighting chance. There is a single player campaign that tells the story of why these three factions are at war with each other. Unfortunately, the enemies, AI, in the single player campaign, are challenging, but they are not enough to compare to the multiplayer in which you can’t predict the players movement.
I say that this game is worth playing because it is intense and it involves strategy. Ubisoft is following the Rainbow Six Siege model of giving out dlc, meaning they will have a new map and two new heroes each quarter in a year.   Give For Honor a shot, you won’t regret it.

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Beyonce Announces Her Pregnancy

By Margarita Garcia, Courier Staff Writer

On February 1st, the 35 year-old Beyonce announced that she was pregnant with twins!

Since then, her pregnancy photos have gone viral through Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. One picture depicts the famous star with a drape over her head, holding her stomach.

In the most viral photo, Beyonce is on her knees and shins, wearing a dark red bra with blue short. Her body is faced like a head-shot, but her face is looking directly at the viewer of the photo. In the background, different colors and flowers brightly outline the her body.

According to TMZ, Beyonce does not want her pregnancy to stop her from performing at Coachella (Cali Music Festival), but her doctors are more hesitant about clearing her to go. Reportedly, they said that as long as she is healthy, she WILL be performing.

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Celebrities celebrate Valentine’s Day on Twitter

By Margarita Garcia, Courier Staff Writer

Celebrities have been posting a lot of things on social media, especially on Valentine’ Day. Many were posting memes showing their pride of being single, and finally others directed their love to their pets or just simply sending their love to there fans.

Former first lady Michelle Obama posted a picture of her and what seems to Barack Obama with the caption “Happy Valentine’s Day to the love of my life and favorite island mate, @BarackObama. #valentine’sAnother celebrity that spend time with her mate is Kim Kardashian. Kim posted a photo on twitter of her and Kanye West kissing in the corner of a dark picture.

Celebrities like Mindy Kaling had a more humorous valentine’s day by putting a meme on her twitter saying “So I received my first valentine from a secret admirer” with an image under it that says the poem was from her ‘secret admire’ saying “Roses are red. Violets are blue. It’s time for your dental cleaning. And maybe a check-up too.” Mindy Kaling captioning the picture “Happy Valentine’s Day to those with unrealistic expectations.

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Why climate change and global warming need to be heard

Isaiah Bayardo, Courier Staff Writer

climate-cold-glacier-icebergWherever you live, whether it be obvious or subtle, the effects of our continually changing climate cannot be ignored anymore. Do fires around your area seem to get worse every year? Do you wonder why it seems warmer than usual? That’s because an obvious pattern has been forming over the span of several decades. If you think that scientists and their followers are fear-mongering dunderheads spreading infectious hullabaloo to easily impressionable people, then you need to think again. It might be hard to change your mind if you believe otherwise, but planet Earth is currently and continually heating up, and it’s primarily because of us. This phenomenon affects every corner of our planet and trends us in the wrong direction. It could take a long time before everyone realizes how urgent and crucial this is to take seriously. By that point in time, it could be way too late to save the Earth and our children. Yes, you might not be alive to have much of this affect you, but if you have children or plan to have them, you are going to want them to live, right? (more…)

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Burglary shocks the tech company Razer

By Molly Troxclair, Courier Copy Editorflrazervaleriestill

Tech giant Razer has recently had its newest innovations stolen at the Consumer Electronics Show this past week. Two of its Project Valerie laptops, valued at more than a thousand dollars each, were thankfully the only things stolen. An official statement details that the theft happened at 4 P.M, right around the end of the show. This is not the first time Razer has been robbed. In 2001 burglars broke into their main headquarters and stole two other prototype laptops. Now the company is offering a $25,000 reward for information that will lead to the arrest of these suspects. (more…)

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Bruno Mars electrifies Sunday night with his Grammys performance

By Adriana Elias, Courier Features Editor

On Sunday, February 12th, the Grammys aired and the performers did not fail to put on an amazing show, especially Bruno Mars.

Many will remember Bruno Mars from his 2010 hit, “Grenade” that swept the nation. Since then he has remained in the spotlight and made his most recent performance one to remember. Mars performed his recent hit “That’s What I Like” at the 2017 Grammys and had every woman at the edge of her seat. He was accompanied by 2 back up singers who executed beautiful harmonies alongside Mars. Mars knows how to play towards the people and please the ears and eyes. His voice hit every high note perfectly and his dancing, although there wasn’t much, was just enough to go perfectly with his song.  

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Logan hosts an informative assembly regarding science electives

By Leslie Sanroman, Courier Staff Writer

IMG_7240The science department of JLHS hosted an assembly to inform students of the wide range of sciences that the school offers in hopes of getting students interested.

On Thursday February 9th, the head of the Logan science department, Emily Panico, hosted an assembly for all students enrolled in a science to attend. The assembly took place at the James Logan Performing Arts Center (PAC). The speakers in this assembly gave information about all the different science electives offered on campus such as AP and regular Chemistry, AP and regular Biology, Forensic Science, Marine Biology, Human Anatomy and Physiology, etc. The intent was for students to find and choose a science elective that they would like for the following years.

Selected students from each of the science electives went up to speak and give information on what they do in their classes and what the workload is like. Many students also gave visual examples of  labs and experiments that they do in class to give an even more detailed explanation of the class. For example, the AP Chemistry class did a science experiment where they put water into dry ice into a large test tube, capturing the audience’s attention immediately. All of the student speakers did a great job of representing their science electives and motivating other students to pick them as well.

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Beyoncé transcends from a queen to a goddess

By Tiger Zhong, Courier Co-Editor-in-Chief

During last night’s 2017 Grammy, Beyoncé took the stage to perform two of her lesser-known songs from the Grammy-nominated Lemonade, “Love Drought” and “Sandcastle.”   With the help of holograms and projections, she transformed the stage into a dream-like palace where she transformed herself into a goddess.

She started the nine-minutes performance with an interplay of herself in the flesh with film footage of her pregnant form projected onto a scrim.  With dancers mixed with holograms, lights mixed with falling flower petals, she walked among multiple projections of herself and sat on gravity-defying chair, drawing similarities to various goddess iconographies.

Then the dancers surrounded her, presenting her as the center of a blossoming flower, both physically with their choreography and figuratively reminding people of Beyoncé’s pregnancy.  Nurturing twins inside of her, Beyoncé utilized voiceover to deliver a speech on motherhood and healing.

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Club Spotlight: Black Student Union

By Harleen Kaur, Courier Staff Writer

IMG_6983The Black Student Union is a club at James Logan High School. This club meets up at room 529 in Ms. Allen’s room every Thursday starting at 3:45 pm and usually last about 40 to 50 minutes. All students in the school are welcome to join and there about fifteen or more members in the club. One of the motives of the club, according to Jessica Vasquez, a long lasting member is to “unite students or build up interconnectedness through socializing.” The club has many discussions regarding various topics such as the prevailing prejudice being done to those in the society, especially African Americans and how they feel about it. Another member stated that the club also tries to “promote or expose others to African American history”. At times, they make and perform cultural skits to present a historic event or person in front of other club members. Relating to this, they even complete assigned projects on the themes of cultural topics. Recently, they had a Kwanzaa presentation held during December for an ethnic event. This school has great diversity and reaching out to others to share cultural values is what this club does overall. Many members of the club are African American themselves, and they have joined to learn further in depth about their own traditions. The club even chills out and plays games on days they want to take a break from the usual routine.

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