The Renegade Rip

Queen & Slim runs away to a beautiful outcome

David Portillo, Reporter

December 11, 2019

“Queen & Slim” is a 2019 film that acts as a social commentary for police brutality, social justice, and racism in America. The film is directed by Melina Matsoukas and was distributed by Universal Pictures. The two main characters of the film are queen and slim, played by Jodie Turner-Smith and Daniel Kaluuya. The movie is seen as an African American take on the...

Op-Ed: O Ramen

Luis Rojas, Reporter

December 11, 2019

When it comes to Japanese food there are only a few places that I have visited in Bakersfield for a good bowl of Ramen. I’m not a big fan of Japanese food but when I first saw or heard about Ramen it was in one of those food shows of Anthony Bourdain on Netflix. I have been to a couple of Japanese restaurants and usually, I go there for Sushi but it turns out I don’t...

Op-Ed: My bitter-sweet emotions of K-Mart closing in Tehachapi

Bianca Cacciola, Reporter

December 11, 2019

The K-Mart in Tehachapi is closing in December. While it was an anticipated closing, due to Walmart opening in town this past August, it is a bittersweet reality my family has to face. While I was growing up, my parents both worked so my grandma would take care of me in the mornings until one of their shifts ended. She would put some lipstick on my cheeks, grab my hand and...

Changes made to season 28 of “Dancing with the Stars”

Bianca Cacciola, Reporter

November 30, 2019

Season 28 of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” has come and gone with a new champion crowned. The most recent star of “The Bachelorette” Hannah Brown, and her partner, professional dancer Alan Bersten, were named the winners of the 12-week dance competition on Nov. 25.  While the new champion has faced backlash on her win, the majority of complaints have been wi...

Op-Ed: Ways to get over a breakup

Isabel Enciso, Reporter

November 18, 2019

We have all been there. If it was being cheated on or a relationship that just ended out of the blue. Having the feeling of being lost and hurt and not knowing what to do after the break-up. Now in my perspective going through a break-up can be the saddest but the best thing to happen to anyone. But there are so many ways to get over a break-up then reinventing yourself. I...

Op-Ed: Living with siblings with disabilities

Jacqueline Aquian, Reporter

November 18, 2019

Having siblings isn’t easy for anyone. Having siblings with disabilities is different than most but it isn’t a bad thing. I am in a family of five with two my parents and two brothers. One of my brothers is the oldest, I am the middle child and then there is my little brother. With the three of us, we are each five years apart. My older brother is in college studying...

Will Smith’s “Gemini Man” is predictable

David Portillo, Reporter

November 4, 2019

A duo of Will Smiths star in the 2019 action flick “Gemini Man.” The film, directed by Ang Lee, is a real visual marvel. Although the film is an absolute joy to look at, the plot drags it down in the most cliché ways. The film follows Henry Brogan (Will Smith) and his sudden targeting of a mysterious operative who looks very similar to him, a clone also played by Smith...

Jonas Brothers are back and never been better

Jonas Brothers are back and never been better

November 4, 2019

It feels like 2008 all over again. After experiencing the Jonas Brother’s “Happiness Begins” tour at the Hollywood Bowl on Oct. 20, I certainly...

Op-ed: Stop victim-shaming sexual abuse survivors

Jocelyn Sandusky, Reporter

November 1, 2019

Two years ago, the MeToo and Times Up movements catapulted women’s sexual harassment and assault stories to the forefront of social and political activism.  The immeasurable amount of brave women who told their stories created an environment where speaking up isn’t as scary and pointless as it once was because there is comfort and strength in numbers. But even still...

Op-ed: Pros and cons of growing up in a small community

Bianca Cacciola, Reporter

November 1, 2019

Tehachapi is a small town in California that I am sure most people don’t know actually exists. The population is approximately 12,000 people and growing up in Tehachapi has been an experience that I wouldn’t change. Let’s face it, every small-town shares common characteristics and have their pros and cons.    Pro: A small-town community is a tight-knit community in...

The Clean Beauty Industry and The Harsh Chemicals Found in Cosmetics

Bianca Cacciola, Reporter

October 21, 2019

Many people who wear makeup or use skincare don’t put much thought into what actually makes up the products that go on their face or body. Many companies use harsh chemicals to preserve and keep the product smelling fresh. One of the harshest and most potent chemicals found in cosmetic and skincare products is parabens. Parabens are found in any product that has water...

Op-ed: Why fat is not a bad word

Haley Duval, Senior Photo Editor

October 21, 2019

Fat. The scary f-word to society's beauty standards. Much too often, people associate the word fat with ugliness, being unlovable, worthlessness, and a feeling of disgust. On social media, I constantly hear phrases like, “Ugh, I feel so fat today,” “I can't believe I ate like a fatty today,” or “Do I look fat?” and almost every time these phrases are said by non...

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