The End of an Era: Billie Eilish and Her New Sound

By: Anna Burggraff

Who is Billie Eilish? Billie Eilish is a 19 year old singer and songwriter from Los Angeles, California. She began her music career at the young age of 14 when she released Ocean Eyes, which quickly went viral and gained her a huge fanbase. People loved the unique sound of her voice and how new her style was. With this rare and beautiful sound, she began to release more music, which eventually led to her winning 5 Grammy Awards. 

Eilish has been known for rocking baggy clothes and fun hair colors, creating her own trademark look. Eilish also has created serious music discussing death, depression, and other serious topics. Some found this quite dark, but others, such as myself, found it quite beautiful. She was writing from the heart about issues many don’t even want to think about.

After witnessing the many recent changes in Eilish’s life, it is not a huge surprise she is changing up her music style as well. Coupled with her recent public appearances in more form fitting clothing and new hair, the announcement of a new album which has a brighter and softer sound has upset many.

Many fans have stated that they fell in love with the “old” Billie Eilish, saying that it is difficult to listen to her new music when it is so different from what she has previously created. 

Personally, I’m proud of Billie. None of us have seen her genuinely happy and confident like this before, and artists change and grow as people too. If one decides she wants to create something new, it is completely up to her. I’m eager to hear all of the new songs and am excited to see what this new chapter in Eilish’s music will bring. 

Eilish’s new album Happier Than Ever will drop on July 30th.

Support Black-Owned Businesses in the Triangle

By: Johanna Ramirez-Perez

Want to support black-owned businesses around the area? Invite some friends to catch a nice meal and show love and care to the black community. 

Here is a list of places you can go or book appointments of your interests.


-Your Pie Pizza 

at 685 Cary Towne Blvd

-Dame’s Chicken and Waffles 

at 823 Bass Pro Lane

-Better Body Essentials 

at 1105 Walnut Street

-Live in Color Fashion and Lifestyle Magazine 

at 964 High House Road

-The Fotoshoppe 

at 2072 Kildaire Farm Road

-Lowery Smiles

 at 110 Preston Executive Drive

-Araida Fitness Cary

at 8420 Chapel Hill Road


-Corner Boys BBQ 

at 2201 S Wilmington Street

-Cocoa Forte Desserts 

is a travelling dessert truck available for rent, or you can buy online

-Oak City Fish and Chips at the Morgan Street Food Hall

at 411 W Morgan Street

-ORO Restaurant and Lounge

at 18 E Martin Street 

-Pure Juicery & Vegan Food Bar 

at 716 Slash Pine Drive 

-Social Status Men’s Clothing

at 308 Parham Street

-Nail Yeah 

at 22 Glenwood Ave, Suite #1


-Ashley Squared Salon

at 2232 Page Road #104

-Aura Salon and Boutique 

at 3742 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd

-Beyú Caffè

at 341 W Main Street

-Big C Waffles 

at 2110 Allendown Drive

-Crissy Shined Nails

at 1910 Sedwick Road

-Ego Barber Lounge 

at 3823 Guess Road, Suite K

-Empower Dance Studio 

at 109 W Parrish Street

We would love for you to come and support the black community.

Cary Celebrates 150 Years of Tradition, Growth, and Life

By: Alexis Cope

April 3 marked the Town of Cary’s 150th anniversary, a landmark in any city’s life.

In the early 1850s, Allison Francis (Frank) Page and his wife, Kate, purchased and settled 300 acres of land surrounding a vital railroad track between Greensboro and Charlotte, creating a stop for weary passengers traveling on this line. As the town grew–and it did so with alarming speed–a second line, which ran from Raleigh to Chatham County, was built. The now historic Page-Walker Hotel was later built by Frank to provide the increasing number of travelers with somewhere to stay.

In addition to the Hotel, Page also built and owned a dry goods store, a saw mill, and a tobacco warehouse. Intent on helping his little town flourish, Page also served as its first mayor, postmaster, and railroad agent and specialist. 

Page named his town “Cary” after the prohibition leader Samuel F. Cary, whom he greatly admired. When Cary, its boundaries measuring only one square mile, was officially incorporated on April 3, 1871, the name was kept, and, per Page’s wishes, Cary became a “dry” town. This meant that the town forbade the selling, consumption, or other use of alcohol. This was, however, later abolished.

Page, along with Adolphus and Rufus Jones, created Cary Academy, a private school for their children to attend, after the town was official. This is not to be confused with Cary High School, also built with help from Page in 1871. In 1907, the high school was purchased by the Wake County Board of Education and became one of the first public high schools in North Carolina. Cary High’s original building now serves as the Cary Arts Center, and the current buildings now sit on Walnut Street. 

In the 1920s, Cary’s population grew by 64 percent, and this growth redefined Cary completely. The town thrived, new roads were built, new neighborhoods established, new businesses were created, and new technologies, such as the telephone, were introduced. After World War II, Cary became an incredibly industrial town with a swelling population; in the 1950s, Cary’s population doubled. 

This pattern of growth has continued even through to the present day: Cary proper now covers nearly 60 square miles and boasts over 166,000 residents. With new revitalization plans in place, other continued development, a vibrant downtown, and rich history, Cary certainly is staying at the forefront of change. Listed several times as a desirable city to live in, Cary continues to thrive, even 150 years later.

Nutcracker Performances Cancelled This Year? Here’s How You Can Still Watch the Ballet at Home

By: Ruby Schweitzer

With dance classes having to reduce their sizes or go online to prevent the spread of COVID, many ballet companies have had to forego their Nutcracker usual performances for live audiences. If you’d still like to keep up your yearly winter tradition and watch a Nutcracker performance from home, there are a number of options available that vary in cost and accessibility. 

Watch Carolina Ballet’s performance live on WRAL

Carolina Ballet puts a lot of effort into making their dances unique, while still sticking to the traditional story. Their Act I is especially entertaining, with multiple magic tricks involving dancers that seem to float in midair with no strings attached and climb out of suitcases and presents after being flattened into pieces of paper. Act II shines with its Tea dancers that jump over each others’ heads and Candy Cane dancers that spin in the air with hoops. If you’re looking for a performance that will keep a younger audience entertained while still serving beautiful choreography, tune into WRAL on Christmas day at 7pm for the exclusive TV showing, and get the chance to support a local ballet company.

Pay for an online performance 

If you’ve always wanted to watch a specific ballet company’s performance of the Nutcracker, but never happened to be traveling in their state during winter break, you’re in luck this year. New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, and many other famous ballet companies are streaming their performances online this year. The Hip Hop Nutcracker, which is a fun reimagining of The Nutcracker with contemporary choreography and costumes, is also online this year. Most companies are charging $25-$50 to gain access to the stream, but since you can watch with your whole family and don’t have to pay for multiple tickets like you would in person, it’s much cheaper than a normal show would cost. 

Watch your favorite dances on YouTube

The Nutcracker may be an acclaimed ballet, but there are still some parts that can drag, especially if you’ve watched them dozens of times before. If you don’t feel like sitting through a whole performance this year, you can find your favorite scenes on YouTube. The Moscow Ballet and Royal Opera House Ballet channels are both very thorough in posting clips of their dances online. For those who are watching The Nutcracker more out of an appreciation for the choreography than for entertainment, this can be a fun way to compare how different companies change up the dances and what different performers can bring to a role.

Watch the narrated 1993 New York City Ballet Nutcracker for free

The 1993 New York City Ballet Nutcracker, starring Macaulay Culkin, is available on Amazon Prime for free as long as you have an Amazon account. This version was produced to be watched like a movie, so it has much closer camera angles than a typical ballet recording and can put more emphasis on the facial expressions of the performers. It also includes narration in some parts, which makes it a good introduction to the ballet for younger audiences, who may have a hard time following the story otherwise.

Watch a movie inspired by The Nutcracker

Instead of watching the actual ballet, you could also watch a movie inspired by The Nutcracker. Barbie in The Nutcracker and Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms are two of the most popular movies based on the ballet. Neither received particularly good reviews, but they could still be fun for a family movie night. The Four Realms features Misty Copeland and a more diverse cast than typical performances, and Barbie has a nostalgia factor for teenagers and young adults who may have watched it in the early 2000s when it came out. Both movies place less emphasis on the actual dancing, and more on their own variations of The Nutcracker’s story.

Holiday Traditions of The Page Staff

By: The Page Staff

Sarah Govert: On the first weekend after Thanksgiving, my mom and I always go to a Christmas tree farm to go buy a tree and bring it home. We decorate it that night and listen to Christmas music, and we always start with putting the angel and bird ornaments at the very top. (The baseball player ornament we have is my favorite, for obvious reasons.) We also have an Advent calendar that my grandma made, and we do it every night from December 1st to December 24th. I also tend to convince my mom to drive around and go look at Christmas lights with me almost three times a week, and I especially love driving around downtown Cary and looking at the tree, the wreaths, and the lanterns lining the streets. 

Amarah Din: On Christmas Eve, my family reads the book “The Night Before Christmas” that my aunt recorded a voiceover with.

Alexis Cope: A tradition we have is making my great grandmothers spritz cookies – a German sugar cookie. They are so good and the entire family loves them, and they remind us all of our her and our family from the past.

Lindsay Gorman: Something my family does every year is the Austrian tea ceremony. We each get a cup of tea and a spoon with rum and sugar on it. Then we each light our spoon and a blue flame appears and you make a wish for the new year and then dunk the spoon in the tea. Then we drink the tea and eat cookies.

Johanna Ramirez-Perez: My traditional Mexican Christmas is a Mexican punch that is warm and filled with apples, pears, cinnamon, tamarind, and many other things. We usually open gifts around 12 am as a family with relatives. Sometimes we do posadas that start from December 16-24, which is a representation of the journey between Joseph and Mary so that Mary could give birth to baby Jesus.

Celia Pope: We always drive around looking at the houses with cool Christmas lights in the Triangle area.

Comfort Movies

By: Anna Burggraff

What are Comfort Movies?

A Comfort Movie is a movie that you find joy and peace in while watching. Some comfort movies are sad, some happy, and some funny. With comfort movies, you have typically seen them numerous times and never get tired of them. Many comfort movies are established as a child and continue to bring you joy in some of your worst times. They turn that frown upside down.

What are your comfort movies?

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Bella Swan is a teenager who never really fit in anywhere. She loves to read and keep to herself. Bella’s step-dad is handed the opportunity to go on tour with his baseball team, and her mother decides to go along. With her mom going on tour, she’s left to live with her dad in a small town in Forks, Washington. Bella finds herself in a very different world: a small town, rain, and not a lot of people. Bella meets a series of people that change her life forever. Why? They’re supernatural. Throughout the series, we see Bella struggle with staying safe and deciding between two boys. 

This is tied for my favorite series. The music is incredibly chosen and composed. The atmosphere of the town she resides in is full of interesting people, it’s quiet, and rainy. Everything is incredible. These are my favorite comfort movies of all time. They provide me with such a warm feeling and are the perfect movies for a rainy fall day.


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Harry Potter is a young boy who lives with his aunt, uncle, and cousin after the tragic death of his parents. Harry is invited to Hogwarts, a school of magic, and learns that he is special. Hogwarts is a magical school hidden in England where only invited people are allowed. Throughout the series, we as viewers are able to watch the main characters face hardships and Voldermort, a wizard gone bad. Along with trouble, we see the character’s growth from age and education. The 3 main characters, Harry, Ron, and Hermione, are very well loved because of their kindness and strength towards the people around them and the troubles they face throughout the series. This is one of the most famous sets of movies, and for good reason. If you find yourself enjoying the movies as much as many people have, check out the incredibly well written books by J.K. Rowling.

I love these movies. I watched this series for the first time when I was around 8 years old and have continued to watch them since. These movies provide me with a safe feeling and are perfect for fall, in my opinion. If you are looking for a series that explores the wizarding world and are perfect for curling up by the fire with blankets and tea, these are the movies for you. 

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Mia Thermopolis is a teenage girl who lives in San Francisco, California with her mother. Mia was picked on by the “popular” crowd at her school, and this causes her to be envious of those girls and the lives they have. With a visit from her grandmother, whom she had never met before, she learns that she is a princess. Throughout the movie, we see Mia struggle with the decision she holds whether or not she wants to be crowned Princess of Genovia or continue to be an average teenage girl. 

I watched Princess Diaries many times when I was a little girl and to this day, I can probably quote the whole movie. Mia is a great character who finds herself facing a difficult situation and learns what the value of true friendship and a loving family can hold.

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The movie begins with a new student named Cameron James. Cameron meets a boy who shows him the way of the campus and attempts to explain that there are cliques. Cameron is stuck on the pretty, popular girl, at this school and attempts to be seen by her. The popular girl is Bianca Stratford, and her father does not allow her to date anyone unless her sister, Kat Stratford does. Kat doesn’t like the labels of high school and likes to do her own thing. She is seen as a rebel and scary to boys; she’s basically a boy repellent, as Bianca would describe. Cameron, persistent to date Bianca, tries to find someone that would pair up perfectly with Kat. 

This movie is so cute and makes you cry at times. Learning about each character and the differences they all hold that make them humans are beautifully created in this movie.            

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Cady Heron, a new student, finds herself meeting a boy and a girl named Damian and Janis, who show her the different cliques and the problems with each. The group of mean girls at her school attempt to invite her into their friend group because she’s new meat for them to prey on. Damian and Janis come up with a sneaky plan to encourage Cady to join the popular group in attempts to destroy them and their “wrath” over the school. The audience watches as Cady gets wrapped up in the popularity and becomes a horrible person to her former friends and family. 

This is such a popular movie because it’s truly hilarious. Whenever I’m feeling down, I find myself watching this movie for a good laugh. I highly recommend this movie to the people who just want something lighthearted and funny, while also holding an interesting story line.

Police Brutality in Nigeria

By: Jack Chrest

Nigeria is in the midst of a national crisis pertaining to police officers in the country. For years, Nigerians have been taking to the streets in protest of a controversial branch of the Nigerian Police Force known as SARS (Special Anti Robbery Squad). In the past, SARS have harassed citizens, made unlawful arrests, and even carried out unjust killings. This month, tensions boiled over as Nigerian forces opened fire on hundreds of peaceful protesters in Lagos, killing several.

Since the formation of SARS in 2017, the branch has repeatedly abused the human rights of every-day Nigerians. Tweets under the hashtag #ENDSARS show footage of forces torturing, sexually harassing, and humiliating protesters during previous demonstrations. Further, SARS officers are not mandated to wear police uniforms or badges while on the job. Effectively, street goers have no way of knowing whether they are being violated by an officer or a complete stranger. Regardless, SARS forces have not been held back by the Nigerian government over the past several years.

On October 20, hundreds took part in a peaceful protest outside of the Lekki toll gate in Lagos, Nigeria. That evening, military forces opened fire on protesters, killing and wounding several. Prior to the massacre, demonstrators were gathered together, singing the Nigerian national anthem and waving green-and-white flags. Sadly, many of them were subsequently killed by SARS.

While it is hard to determine exactly how many lives were lost from the Lekki massacre, at least 12 deaths have been reported. The governor of Lagos, Babajide Sanwo-olu, claimed that at least one person died during the protests. However, he initially denied all reported deaths, and some have claimed that even more protesters died at the hands of SARS. Many have reason to doubt the Nigerian government, as President Muhammadu Buhari is first on the list of those facing accusations of negligence. Both him and the governor of Lagos should have been aware of the order for Nigerian forces to charge into the crowd of peaceful protesters on the night of October 20. Even so, these leaders still sat back and watched innocent people perish.

Police Brutality: Modern-Day Lynchings

By Amarah Din

TW: This article recounts the event of George Floyd’s murder.

A scene from the protest in Downtown Raleigh on May 30th, 2020

Every week a new video is posted on social media revealing an encounter between police officers and black people. These police officers use excessive force against black people, even when the victims show little to no resistance of arrest. Oftentimes, these cases involve victims who are wrongfully accused of a crime they did not commit. There are even instances where white people will take matters into their own hands and murder black people on the street. Too many of the videos result in the death of an innocent black person.

George Floyd was a 46-year-old man, a father to his six-year-old daughter, Gianna, and the boyfriend of Courteney Ross. On May 25th, he went to a convenience store to buy some cigarettes. The clerk believed that Floyd was paying with a counterfeit twenty dollar bill, so the cops were called. Multiple cop cars showed up, and the infamous police officer, Derek Chauvin, took it upon himself to place his knee on the neck of Floyd, even though Floyd wasn’t resisting arrest, nor was this a violent crime. For 8 minutes and 46 seconds, Chauvin dug his knee into the neck of Floyd. Recordings of the event capture Floyd’s cries for help. He cried, “My stomach hurts. My neck hurts. Everything hurts.” He called out for his mama. He stressed, “They’re going to kill me.” The most saddening plea: “I can’t breathe.” Chauvin continued to kneel on Floyd’s neck, even after he was found to be unconscious. George Floyd died at the hands of a man who swore to protect people, not kill them. Derek Chauvin murdered George Floyd. 

It’s important to note that the bill was found to not be counterfeit, but regardless, no force of this kind should ever be used on civilians. If George Floyd was not a black man, many can assume that this murder wouldn’t have taken place. White privilege has been prevalent since the beginning of time throughout the world, yet some people choose to deny its existence. White privilege is what causes a white man, Brock Turner, to serve only three months in jail for rape while a black woman, Cyntoia Brown, was sentenced to life for defending herself from a rapist. George Floyd doesn’t have the pleasure of experiencing the life he deserved simply because of the racism within law enforcement and in America.

I am frustrated. I am half white and fully benefit from the color of my skin. I know that my white privilege will grant me opportunities that my black brothers and sisters will never have the pleasure of seeing. I am angry. The first police officers would patrol runaway slaves, and today they are used to watch over black neighborhoods. The justice system in America was not created to serve the people, but to silence them. I am done. The American government has always sat back during conversations of advancing the rights of African Americans. Now is the time to demand justice.

Protesters in Downtown Cary on June 6th, 2020

To Trayvon Martin, to Tamir Rice, to Michael Brown, to Eric Garner, to Sean Reed, to Yassin Mohamed, to Breonna Taylor, to Ahmaud Arbery, to Tony McDade, to George Floyd, and to the entire black community: we see you, we hear you, and we will fight with you.

Here is a link to petitions, donation sites, protest information, numbers and emails, etc. to help support the Black Lives Matter movement today:

Influential Women of the World


Every year on March 8th, people from across the globe come together to discuss the issues that women face and how society can progress in caring for women. This day is known as International Women’s Day. In order to further commemorate and honor the contributions of women in history and society, beginning in the 1980s, March was declared as Women’s History Month. Instead of waiting for others to make change, there are women who spark movements themselves. These women have crossed boundaries and broken glass ceilings to help their communities and the world. In the spirit of Women’s History Month, here are some extraordinary women you should get to know.

Malala Yousafzai

Yousafzai is an activist for girls’ education. She’s been advocating for a girl’s right to education ever since the terrorist group, the Taliban, banned women from attending school. After speaking out against the injustices in 2012, she was shot by a member of the Taliban; fortunately, she survived. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize at the age of seventeen. She now attends Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. Get to know about her current activism:

@Malala on Instagram and Twitter

Nadya Okamoto

At sixteen-years-old, Okamoto co-founded the organization, PERIOD, to provide menstrual aid to girls in need after experiencing homelessness in herst years of high school. The organization distributes pads, tampons, and menstrual cups to people experiencing period poverty. PERIOD has served over 850,000 periods globally and hopes to destigmatize the topic of menstruation. In 2018, Okamoto wrote the book, Period Power: A Manifesto for the Menstrual Movement. She has sparked dire conversations about the reality of menstruation and has helped so many girls with their struggles. Take a look at the organization’s goals and find a chapter near you:

@NadyaOkamoto on Instagram and Twitter

Greta Thunberg

Thunberg is widely known for her environmental concerns and protests. The seventeen-year-old from Sweden started the movement, #FridaysForFuture, to promote the creation of climate policies regarding the crisis affecting the earth right now. She has faced much backlash from climate change-deniers, but persists in raising awareness and rightfully demanding climate action. Get to know about her movement:

@GretaThunberg on Instagram and Twitter

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Ocasio-Cortez is the U.S. House Representative for New York’s District 14. Majoring in International Relations and Economics, AOC graduated from Boston University in 2011. She has proposed legislation like the Green New Deal to combat climate change. Her goal as a congresswoman is to provide justice for people of all races, genders, economic backgrounds, etc. Get to know about her goals for America:

@AOC on Instagram and Twitter

Helena Gualinga

Gualinga lives in Sarayaku, Ecuador, a part of the Amazon Rainforest. The indigenous people that make up her community have faced oil companies taking over their land and destroying everything in sight. At the 25th annual United Nations Climate Change Conference, Gualinga called out world leaders for not doing enough to combat the lasting effects of environmental injustice against native people. She speaks for indigenous groups all over the world. Learn about activism within the indigenous community:

@HelenaGualinga on Instagram / @SumakHelena on Twitter

Yara Shahidi

Shahidi is a model, actress, and activist. She inspires black girls through her role in the shows, Black-ish and Grown-ish, and many others; she has shown continuous support for the Black Lives Matter movement. Shahidi co-founded an organization called, Eighteen x 18, which encourages the youth to vote and also started Yara’s Club through the Young Women’s Leadership Network of New York to tackle poverty through education. She currently attends Harvard University where she is double majoring in sociology and African-American studies. Get to know about her organization:

@YaraShahidi on Instagram and Twitter

Roxane Gay

Gay is the author of best-selling books, such as, Bad Feminist, Hunger, and Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture. She often discusses the importance of girls breaking societal standards. She mainly writes fiction, but a lot of her work is about the struggles of being a queer black woman and dealing with eating disorders. Her work is eye-opening and inspirational to many readers. Learn more about Gay’s past and her literature:

@roxanegay74 on Instagram / @rgay on Twitter

Meghan Markle

The Duchess of Sussex is known for her acting career and relation to the Royal Family, but Markle has been an activist since her youth. Early on, she protested against the Gulf War and sexist television ads, and she volunteered at soup kitchens in her teenage years. As a growing actress, she began speaking out against sexism within the industry and in foreign countries. She regularly visits and donates to struggling communities. She is an inspiration to young girls around the world. Take a look at the organizations and charities Meghan Markle supports:

Emma Gonzalez

After surviving the 2018 Parkland school shooting, Emma and her classmates have continuously fought for gun control in Florida. They started the March For Our Lives movement, which sparked a nation-wide school walkout. Students all over the United States have hosted protests, marches, and walkouts since then. Emma has called out the National Rifle Association for their blatant disregard of the death by gun violence statistics in America. Her outspokenness inspires students to demand change. Learn more about the movement:

@emmawise18 on Instagram / @Emma4Change on Twitter

Bored? A List of Things to DO

By Amarah Din

Bored? A List of Things to Do

By Amarah Din

Wake County has cancelled school at least until May 15th, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, which means students get to stay home and de-stress, while also navigating the new waters of online instruction. But what do you do when you’re bored out of your mind after the first couple days of break? Here are a few fun activities you can do while practicing safe social-distancing:

  1. Draw or paint the view from your window
  2. Learn a magic trick and perfect it
  3. Reorganize your room
  4. Write and send a letter to a family member
  5. Sort through your clothes and make a donation pile
  6. Read a book series
  7. Listen to a new genre of music
  8. Find a recipe with the ingredients you already have at home
  9. Deep clean a room in your house
  10. Knit a scarf
  11. Write a short story
  12. Learn a new language
  13. Treat yourself to a day of self-care and relaxation
  14. Complete a 15-minute stretch every day
  15. Dye your hair!
  16. Watch a documentary on Netflix
  17. Clean your white shoes
  18. Do some research on an unsolved mystery
  19. Learn how to play a song on an instrument
  20. Organize your binders and bookbag
  21. Reach out to an old friend
  22. Play an Olympics-style competition on iMessage games with your friends

These next few weeks are going to feel like an eternity, but we’ll get through it!