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Palestinian students CVHS junior Lamar Qaddami and senior Ammer Qaddami speak out at a recent protest for Palestinian equal rights.

CVHS Students Speak Out on Israeli-Palestinian Conflict; Blame Miseducation

By Ash Brown, Staff Writer June 1, 2021

For the past two weeks, the 11-day dispatch of air strikes and projectiles on the Gaza strip have strained Israeli and Palestinian relations, and resulted in nearly 300 deaths on both sides. The death...

Bruce Springsteen and Barack Obama hold a spotify podcast titled, Renegades: Born in the USA.

President Obama juggles scholarly discussion with political trepidation in podcast Renegades: Born in the USA

By Ash Brown, Staff Writer April 30, 2021

Race is a delicate subject in the United States. Since the end of the explosive Civil Rights and other social justice movements of the late 60’s and early 70’s, American society has grown hesitant...

The Rauch Twins, Ronnie (left) and David (right), have won first place at the Regional National History Day Competition

The Red Scare, Enlightenment, and Sibling Telepathy

By Ash Brown, Staff Writer April 9, 2021

      A rehearsed monologue, a revised paper, or a riveting documentary? These are just three of the five project styles that National History Day Competition participants undertook...

Side by side comparison of two different events with completely different motives.

The Criminal Contradiction in the Capitol Chaos

By Ash Brown and Ashley Becerra January 22, 2021

“Insurrection,” “coup,” “attack on Democracy.” are all terms that have been used to describe the recent surge of Trump supporters that raided the United States capitol in Washington DC. It...

Fat Tonys album Exotica is now available on all music streaming services.

Album Review: “Exotica” by CVHS Alum Fat Tony

By Ash Brown, Staff Writer December 17, 2020

2020 has taught us many lessons, but there are two in particular that are common for most of us.  The first: things are different. Everything around us is changing, our experiences, our attitudes,...

Adjoa Asare working as a high school tech Electronic Support Specialist at a Harris County polling site.

‘Work that poll!’ Senior Adjoa Asare Recounts Her Experience as a Poll Worker for the 2020 Elections

By Ash Brown, Staff Writer November 12, 2020

Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church in the Heights neighborhood of Houston, Texas: long lines, hundreds of people, and flag-flying protestors from either side, standing the mandated 100 feet...

Black Lives Matter protests have inspired students all over the country to demand racial justice in school curriculum and policing.

Students Demand HISD Promote an Anti-Racist Curriculum and Environment Following Summer of Black Lives Matter Protests

By Ash Brown and Emma Pierce October 14, 2020

  Following a summer of protests in the name of racial justice, students and teachers are now informing themselves, and taking up the gauntlet to bring demands for racial justice to HISD schools. Integrating...

The virus that doesnt discriminate has disproportionately affected black communities.

Race and Coronavirus in America

By Ashton Brown, Staff Writer May 13, 2020

COVID-19 and it’s rising death toll have become matters of concern for every person on Earth, after achieving pandemic status. Unfortunately, in America, the concern is greater for some groups of people...

The flyer for The Perfect Remix event by DJ T-Brown of LFLS Production.

“The Perfect Remix” Live- How a Father and Son Work to Beat the Instagram Algorithm

By Ashton Brown, Staff Writer April 28, 2020

Among the many things our society has lost because of COVID-19--including the ability for some to go to work, and black lives at a disproportionate rate--one aspect of life we have had to improvise is...

A view of my goal-setting wall during the pandemic keeps me motivated to use this time productively.

Quarantined for the Better

By Ashton Brown, Staff Writer April 16, 2020

There’s a soft bang that comes from my bedroom. Then there’s another. My mom calls me from her room downstairs, probably to ask what all the noise I’m making is, but I ignore the call. Frustrated,...

This picture shows Kaitlin Bennett on a school campus interviewing students.

Political Discussions Need to Be Regulated on School Campuses to Prevent Hate Speech

By Ashton Brown, Staff Writer March 6, 2020

Free speech is heavily discussed in our country today. Of course, we are well versed with our First Amendment Rights. Our First Amendment gives all people the right to freely express themselves without...

The Black Film Canon is the list of the most influential movies in Black culture

My List of the Top 5 Most Influential Movies to Watch During Black History Month

By Ashton Brown, Staff Writer February 27, 2020

As you may know, this month, February, is America’s Black History Month, where we honor the struggles and accomplishments of Black people in America and in the world. This month stands to appreciate...

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