The 'Old' Weeknd is back

The enigmatic R&B singer Abel Tesfaye, or more popularly known as The Weeknd, is notorious for

The mysterious R&B singer produces new album that resembles the dark, sensual sound of his older albums Trilogy and Beauty Behind the Madness. Photo courtesy of iTunes.

producing songs that have an alluring, soft and sensual sound. His songs carry an abundance of references to sex, drugs and other NSFW topics.

He’s also popular for showing a reserved and mysterious side in Hollywood by seldom revealing his true feelings and the trade-mark somber facial expression.

Even his start in the music industry remains a mysterious story as his career began by posting three songs to his YouTube channel under the title “xoxxxoooxo”.

In the span of two weeks, one of those songs, “What You Need”, was given the title “Best New Track” on an indie-music review site called Pitchfork (Business Insider).

Since then, The Weeknd has gained more attention with performances at Coachella, winning several Grammy-awards and creating hit-songs that top the charts.

On Mar. 29, The Weeknd released his newest album titled “My Dear Melancholy”.

I knew instantly by the title that this album would mimic his ‘original’ sound from previous albums like “Trilogy”, “House of Balloons”, and “Beauty Behind the Madness”. I also knew that he always released songs that had a somber, raw sound, especially when he talked about relationships, I knew this would fulfill my expectations.

Well, I was wrong. This album exceeded my expectations. If I were

The sound of this album is so raw and the passion in his voice is so intense that you will literally feel your heart ripped out of your chest over a relationship that you probably never even had. You’ll feel emotions and sensations that you didn’t even know you could feel. I mean, he literally had me thinking about that boy in second-grade who chose to partner up with another girl instead of me on a group project (I still think about you, come back please).

I was initially disappointed when I found out that there were only six songs on this album because I needed my soul to be content but some fans have speculated that there will be a total of fourteen songs on the album since it is an EP. However, these rumors have yet to be proven.

There is not one song on this album that I do not love, which is typically unusual for me even when it comes to The Weeknd. My personal favorite songs are Call Out My Name, which is rumored to be about his relationship with Selena Gomez as one of the lines is, “I almost cut a piece of myself for your life,” as she had been looking for a kidney donor last year, Privilege, and Try Me.

You really have to listen to the message that the artist is trying to convey through their music and the influences behind those messages before you can make a judgment. Although The Weeknd’s music may seem superficial with the sex and drug-references, there really is a deeper meaning to him as well as his music.

I highly recommend this album if you are a fan of his old sound or if you’re simply into music that tugs at your emotions. This album will make you feel alive. It will reach down into the depths of your soul and pull at the strings of your heart in the best way possible.

Former WEA officer speaks about abusive relationships

Women’s Empowerment Ambassadors (WEA) hosted a meeting at lunch on Thursday, March 15 with a former club officer, Tingyee Chang.

Chang is a junior at the University of Southern California and is currently studying public policy. She chose to discuss this topic, she said, because of a roommate who had recently gotten out of an emotionally abusive relationship. Her shock and anger in response to what happened caused her to share her roommate’s story with everyone she knew, Chang said.

Women’s Empowerment Ambassadors members listened to a former officer explain the differences between healthy, unhealthy, and abusive behaviors in a relationship.

“When I shared this story with people, I noticed that a lot of people had expressed that they shared similar experiences. Either they had realized the relationship was abusive and left or they had realized after they left the relationship,” Chang said. “The proportion of people who shared similar experiences was overwhelming and I knew I had to do something.”

WEA´s method of bringing awareness to certain topics inspired her to share the story of her roommate there, she said.

“This was the place that I had gotten my start as a young feminist and just simply as a young person and I thought that many students could benefit from this topic,” Chang said.

Her presentation included the story of her roommate and what the differences between a healthy, unhealthy and abusive relationship are. Chang continuously stressed the importance of communication, consent and power within any relationship, be it platonic or romantic.

Her presentation also included a short activity at the end where two pairs were given a slip of paper with a certain relationship behavior and had to identify whether it was healthy, unhealthy or abusive behavior.

In terms of why this topic is so important, especially amongst young people, Chang discussed the lack of education and conversation surrounding this topic.

“One thing that I always notice is that many people are not aware of what sexual assault or rape looks like and so they come out of these sexual experiences feeling bad about themselves, only to learn later on that that was rape or that was sexual assault,” Chang said. “If we can spread awareness about what the rules and parameters are, then we can prevent this behavior early on.”

WEA has constantly strived to educate and encourage discussion with their members when choosing their topics, Elena Kamas said. Officers Dan Cohen and Elena Kamas explained how they chose their discussion topics and what the club’s goal is.

“There are things that we know that we need to talk about as a feminist organization,” Cohen said. “Things that are happening in the media, big debates right now, things happening in legislation. But we also place an emphasis on things that have a viable application right now. We try to focus on things that are happening daily, and what we can do about it.”

Cohen participated in the activity and shared his thoughts about the presentation as a whole and what he got from it.

“I don’t think that half the world’s population is a monster and yet I do think that the entire world’s population is capable of doing really bad things and we have to be aware of that,” Cohen said. “Today we like to say that there are the good guys and the bad guys. In relationships, however, there is that funky gray area. Anyone is capable of being a perpetrator and we need to bring awareness to that.”

Kamas shared her feelings about why WEA is a special platform for topics of discussion.

“One thing that I always admired about WEA even before I was an officer is that they were never afraid to talk about anything,” Kamas said. “If a topic was deemed important, that we will bring awareness to it … With WEA, people are really supporting each other, they are caring for each other, and they’re listening to each other. Education and understanding is our main priority and the fact that we made that our foundation makes us different from other clubs.”

Kim’s night to remember

The girl’s varsity basketball team hosted “Kim Night” in memory of the honorable Kimberly Nuestro on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018.

A small table was set up in the student center with Kim’s basketball jersey, flowers and pictures of her. Blue and gold paper streamers decorated the entranceway of the gym.

The bleachers were full of students and staff members sporting Warriors apparel in support of Nuestro’s favorite basketball team. Her entire family also attended the event, seated in the front of the bleachers.

The event started with a brief introduction followed by a moment of silence led by an English teacher Steve Lavelle.

Nuestro’s teammates stood in a straight line, hand in hand and in silence, in honor of her time at HHS.

Nuestro’s basketball coach, Becky Chiu organized the event, alongside with several administration members and the girl’s varsity basketball team. Together they created t-shirts that followed the Warriors color scheme and said Play for Kimberly. In addition, the girl’s varsity basketball team commissioned patches on their jerseys with Nuestro’s initials monogrammed on the front.

Junior Yun Chuah, another close friend of Nuestro’s shared her feelings after the moment of silence held for Nuestro.

“The moment of silence brought back a lot of emotions that I had when she first left us.  Sometimes I find it hard to really accept that she’s gone and moments like these make it real. In that moment it made me miss her so much but in some weird way the night made me feel closer to her as well,” Chuah said.

Chiu said she was initially worried about the turnout, but she was overall happy with the event.

“That moment of silence was just so beautiful and heartwarming. I’m really glad that the staff was on board for this,” Chiu said.

Chiu said she is not certain whether this event will continue in future years.

“[Kim Night] was already a given,” Chiu said. “From the moment that she passed, we knew that we had to do something to honor her. I’m not so sure if this is something that will continue on, but it’s definitely a possibility. At the end of the day, it’s up to her family and whatever they feel comfortable with.”

One of Nuestro’s friends, junior Trinity Gao, explained the meaning behind the Warriors apparel.

“Basketball has always been such a huge part of Kim’s life and she was simply a huge fan of the Warriors team,” Gao said. “After everyone wore the Warriors gear the week that she passed and Steph Curry signed her shoes, it became symbolic.”

Humans of Homestead: November 2017 edition

Catherine Hansa, Junior and Ballet Dancer: “I’ve been dancing for 10 years, and I plan on continuing dance. I’m thinking of doing it professionally; my dream has always been to [dance] in Russia. They have these famous [ballet] companies, and it’s always been my dream. I’ve tried hip-hop, but it’s not really my thing. I’m pretty bad. This Saturday, I’m rehearsing for “The Nutcracker,” so that’s going to be like just seven hours straight of ballet.”
James Ratti, American Literature Teacher: “One of the best things about my job is that I don’t have to wear a suit! Because I am not a formal person. But I do enjoy the rewarding part of teaching. The routine may be the same but I will always have new experiences based on the clientele, shall we say.”

 

James Ratti, American Literature Teacher: “I’m trying to up my new look lately, so I’m rocking these fresh, new pair of glasses. I’ve also been wearing a lot of orange, or like I like to say, ‘Ah-range’ … Ah-range is definitely one of my favorite colors. Not everyone can rock it, quite frankly. It’s a very vibrant color.”

 

Stephany Orellana, Junior and Future Artist: “If I don’t take AP studio, I want to take AP 3D design. I didn’t even know that was a thing, but Ms. Dee, my teacher, told me about it. I actually want to go into an art-related major in the future.”

 

Stephany Orellana, Junior and Future Artist: “I’m working on some art right now for my class, 3D design. It’s my second year, the advanced class. Right now I’m just trying to figure out what I want to add to my portfolio for next year.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laia Menendez, Junior and Vintage Pins Enthusiast: “Oh, these pins are super cool. They were actually my mom’s from the 80s. This one is just a nice rose, and this one is a rocket ship from when she used to work at NASA.”
Laia Menendez, Junior and Vintage Pins Enthusiast: “I’m not really sure what we’re planning so far [for the weekend], but one of my friends is making waffles, which I’m really excited about.”
Laia Menendez, Junior and Vintage Pins Enthusiast: “My week has been going really well so far. I’m planning on just ending it on a really good note by spending it with some of my friends this three-day weekend.”

Students unite against bullying

Students and staff members came together for a group photo during brunch, all dressed in orange attire.

To celebrate National Bullying Prevention Month, students participated in the second annual Unity Day at HHS. Students and staff were encouraged to wear orange to school to spread the message of support, hope and unity.

The event started as a way to unite against bullying and for acceptance.

PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center sponsors Unity Day and founded National Bullying Prevention Month.

“More than one of every five school-aged children report being bullied. It’s important that these students know they are not alone and that they have the right to feel safe,” Julie Hertzog, Director of PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, said on their website.

HHS ASB helped increase student involvement by having students write thoughtful notes to anyone who’s been bullied and passing out orange ribbons.

ASB officer Anne He, who helped organize the event, also shared her thoughts on the importance of Unity Day and how it started at HHS.

“The reason why we are doing this is because we know that although Homestead is such a loving school, bullying still occurs and we really all need to try and come together as a school to help support people who do feel bullied,” said Anne He.

HHS FBLA also collaborated in the event, keeping up with the theme of unity.

Junior Ellilee Abebe participated in Unity Day by joining the group picture, writing a thoughtful note and talking with others about bullying.

“It’s good to promote anti-bullying since it’s not something that’s always talked about, especially in high school. A lot of people have asked me why I’m decked out in orange and I’ve explained to them all about Unity Day and what it means, so it’s good that this has brought up these kinds of conversations,” Abebe said.

Although a large number of students did participate in this event by wearing orange and joining in the small events, ASB officers said they see more potential for growth in student involvement and hope for a bigger turnout next year.

Humans of Homestead: Friday Nights are for Football

Photo by Nicole Fuller
“My favorite part of cheering for football games is performing at quarter breaks because we get to interact with the crowd.” -Oliva Sotir, Senior
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“It’s nice to have this one time where we can come together as a school and celebrate something we can do as a sort of a tradition. As a senior, I think it’s nice to make the best of your last year and cheer on our football team!” -Jonathan Angeles, Senior
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“Since I am an energetic person, football games are the best way to spend my Friday nights hyping the crowd and players up.” -Kathy Rodriguez, Junior
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“…football games are just another way to hang out with the people you love the most. When I’m performing with band during halftime, I’m so focused on doing something that I love and I kind of zone out.”
-Matthew Origel, Junior
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“There’s moments when I’m conducting when I’m just in the moment, not really focused on anything but the very beginning part of the show it gets really hard to establish tempo.” -Shani Zuniga, Junior
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“I have a lot of faith in our football team and I think we will definitely be able to bring it by the end of the year.” -Zach Gabrielson, Freshman

Senior Sunset Photo Gallery