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The Student Newspaper of Jackson-Reed High School

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How to wow your mother this Mother’s Day

Josephine Caplan, Spread Editor May 3, 2024

The most complicated and exhausting day is coming up once again: Mother’s Day. Most of them work hard to help us live our best lives, but they are undoubtedly the worst people to go gift shopping for....

Stop letting Black horror movies fall into the cliche of Black trauma

Zahirah Battle, Contributor May 3, 2024

Ever since the release of Jordan Peele’s horror film “Get Out”, Black horror has been trending. Up to this point, Black characters in horror films have famously lacked representation, so much so...

REHEARSING IN STYLE - Adrian Belmonte strikes a pose with the Kit Kat Girls. The cast rehearses the musical “Cabaret” that is set to go on in late May.

Willkommen! JR Theater brings ‘Cabaret’ to Black Box

Jacob Gagosian, Contributor May 3, 2024

Preparations for Jackson-Reed’s ‘Cabaret’ are well underway. The musical will open May 16, with performances on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday over two weekends. The show will explore life in the...

Stories, seders, and the origins of Passover traditions

Stories, seders, and the origins of Passover traditions

Maya Roskes, Spread Editor May 3, 2024

With spring comes Passavor, a holiday many Jews all around the world prepare for and celebrate. Passover is an eight-day event that Jews choose to celebrate in many forms. While Jewish holidays often include...

Beacon’s Spring Playlist

Beacon’s Spring Playlist

Sasha Pala, Junior Editor May 3, 2024

Get ready for warmer weather and pollen allergies with this selection of spring tunes!

Beyonce’s country creation: ‘Cowboy Carter’ review

Simon Holland, Editor-in-Chief May 3, 2024

“Genres are a funny thing, aren’t they?” country legend Linda Martell asks at the start of “Spaghettii,” the twelfth track on singer-songwriter Beyoncé Knowles-Carter’s latest album, “Cowboy...

Dune Part Two: Does it live up to Dune Part One?

Riley MacClellan, Contributor May 3, 2024

“Dune: Part Two” is a complex film that explores the feat of self-acceptance and survival; however, publicity surrounding the movie may have overhyped the end product. The film picks up right where...

Bob Marley: One Love movie review

Bob Marley: One Love movie review

Elizabeth Block, Contributor March 29, 2024

Jamaican artist Bob Marley was a cultural icon in the 1970s whose music and message brought people together by advocating for world peace. Bob Marley: One Love, the latter half of the title coming from...

What’s in and out this spring?

What’s in and out this spring?

Adler Amolsch, Director of New Staff March 29, 2024

The groundhog has spoken; early spring is on the horizon and with it comes the 2024 spring fashion forecasts. At last, it's finally time to switch out our frumpy winter wardrobe and welcome all things...

Best festivals this spring season

Best festivals this spring season

Padget Bowers-Shreve, Junior Editor March 29, 2024

April showers bring May flowers, and what do May flowers bring? Cherry blossoms! The DMV has several colorful ways to celebrate the spring, ranging from feasts to flowers and films to fests.   The...

Meet local student band: Unknown Artist

Meet local student band: Unknown Artist

Kira Mitchiner, Contributor March 29, 2024

Unknown Artist, a local band made up of five DC students, debuted “When Pigs Fly”, on February 17 of this year. Two members of the group are students here at Jackson Reed, while the rest attend various...

Epic pranks for April Fools

Epic pranks for April Fools

Lila Chesser and Katherine Hilditch March 29, 2024

If you want to be cool and make your friends look like fools, then follow along, and pull these pranks at school:  Parking Police: Scour Chesapeake Street for your friends’ illegally parked cars,...

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