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Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

Talon Marks

Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

Talon Marks

Silas Bravo

Silas Bravo, Arts & Entertainment Editor

Silas Bravo is the Arts & Entertainment Editor for Talon Marks. This is Silas’ third semester at Talon Marks. Silas plays football for the Cerritos Falcons and hopes to transfer to a University on an athletic scholarship. Silas loves everything sports and spending time with friends and family.

All content by Silas Bravo
Baseball thoughts and takes

Baseball thoughts and takes

Roman Acosta and Silas Bravo May 22, 2022
Baseball experiences, and takes on being a Dodger fan and our favorite players and movies with Roman Acosta and Silas Bravo.
Artist Yeu Q Nguyen stands proudly in front of her piece “Weaving Hope” right outside Porto’s in Downey.

[Photo] Local artist brings one-day interactive art display in Downey

Silas Bravo, Arts and Entertainment Editor May 19, 2022

The definitions of hope written on feathers by local Downey residents on Nguyen’s art piece.

Elizabeth Lopez’s grandpa, Ramon “Monchis” Lopez, standing in front of the food truck that is honored in his name.

[Photo] Mariscos Don Monchis spotlight

May 19, 2022

Elizabeth Lopez’s grandpa, Ramon “Monchis” Lopez, standing in front of the food truck that is honored in his name.

Elizabeth Lopez’s grandpa, Ramon “Monchis” Lopez, standing in front of the food truck that is honored in his name.

Mariscos Don Monchis spotlight

Silas Bravo, Arts and Entertainment Editor May 19, 2022
A local food truck business is on the rise in the city of Paramount- but young and ambitious owner Elizabeth Lopez doesn't plan on settling.
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - JANUARY 01: Matt Corral #2 of the Mississippi Rebels throws a pass against the Baylor Bears during the first quarter in the Allstate Sugar Bowl at Caesars Superdome on January 01, 2022 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Matt Corral: The biggest steal in the draft

Silas Bravo, Arts and Entertainment Editor May 8, 2022
Despite being one of the best quarterbacks in college football the past two years, Matt Corral fell a lot deeper in the draft then he should have.
Chairs were set up at city hall to hear officials speak on behalf of Downeys One Day of Service and announce the tree giveaway as a new service for the program every April. Photo credit: Silas Bravo

[Photo] Drive-thru tree giveaway in Downey

Silas Bravo, Arts and Entertainment May 4, 2022

Chairs were set up at city hall to hear officials speak on behalf of Downey's One Day of Service and announce the tree giveaway as a new service for the program every April. Photo credit: Silas Bravo

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - JULY 20: Natalie Portman of Marvel Studios Thor: Love and Thunder at the San Diego Comic-Con International 2019 Marvel Studios Panel in Hall H on July 20, 2019 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

Thor Love and Thunder trailer breakdown

Silas Bravo, Arts and Entertainment Editor May 2, 2022
Thor Love and Thunder's first trailer was filled with old and new characters, amazing visuals and plenty of easter eggs.
Freshaman third baseman, No. 3, Brooklyn Bedolla strikes a pose in right field at Nancy Kelly Field at Cerritos College on April.1, 2022

COVID-19 strikes out

Roman Acosta, Silas Bravo, and Alfredo Menjivar April 28, 2022
After missing an entire year due to the COVID-19 pandemic softball and baseball get back to business at Cerritos College.
PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 26:  Dwayne Haskins #3 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on during the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on September 26, 2021 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

Remembering Dwayne Haskins

Silas Bravo, Arts & Entertainment Editor April 21, 2022
Dwayne Haskins was an excellent football player his entire life but his positivity and personality are what he will be remember for.
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01:  Actor Benedict Cumberbatch attends the screening of Marvel Studios Doctor Strange at AMC Empire on November 1, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Matthew Eisman/WireImage)

Dr. Strange multiverse of madness…what to expect

Silas Bravo, Arts and Entertainment Editor April 18, 2022
It is unsure exactly what the plot for this highly anticipated film will be, but fans should expect a wild and fun storyline with lots of action and cameos.
GLENDALE, ARIZONA - MARCH 22: Freddie Freeman #5 of the Los Angeles Dodgers walks to the dugout against the Cincinnati Reds during a spring training game at Camelback Ranch on March 22, 2022 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

Breaking down the Dodgers’ new roster

Silas Bravo, A & E Editor April 4, 2022
The Dodgers had a lot of losses and additions this offseason, but still have the talent to compete for a World Series this year.
Police officers have become too overweight to where it slows down the way they work and becomes too difficult to perform well. Photo credit: Instant Vintage

Cops need to be fit.

Silas Bravo and Alfredo Menjivar March 31, 2022
Police officers have become too overweight, which makes it difficult for them to do their job.
INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 12: Allen Robinson #12 of the Chicago Bears runs for yards during the first half against the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium on September 12, 2021 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Rams reloading by signing Allen Robinson

Silas Bravo, Arts and Entertainment Editor March 28, 2022
The Super Bowl champs have made their receiving room much deeper and their roster much more talented with the signing of Allen Robinson.
DENVER, CO - FEBRUARY 10: Jarrett Allen (31) of the Cleveland Cavaliers eyeballs a loose ball as Michael Porter Jr. (1) of the Denver Nuggets, Will Barton (5) and Jamal Murray (27) defend during the third quarter at Ball Arena on Wednesday, February 10, 2021. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Cavaliers take huge blow as Jarrett Allen rules out indefinitely

Silas Bravo, Arts & Entertainment Editor March 28, 2022
The Cleveland Cavaliers currently sit at the sixth seed but with all star center Jarrett Allen fracturing his finger time will tell if the Cavs will drop in the East.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 01: Robert Pattinson attends The Batman World Premiere on March 01, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

Spoiler free Batman review

Silas Bravo, A & E Editor March 23, 2022
A mix of great acting, excellent storytelling and comic book accuracy Matt Reeves, Batman, is one of the best comic book films in recent years.
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 27: Stanford Cardinal forward Harrison Ingram (55) posts up USC Trojans guard Drew Peterson (13) during the college basketball game between the Stanford Cardinal and the USC Trojans on January 27, 2022 at Galen Center in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Pac-12 Basketball is most competitive after years

Silas Bravo, Arts & Entertainment Editor March 3, 2022
The Pac-12 conference has not been the most competitive conference over the last few years in any sport, but in 2022 a good amount of teams look to do damage come March.

Jalen Ramsey is best cornerback in the league

Silas Bravo, Arts & Entertainment Editor March 3, 2022
People can nitpick Jalen Ramsey's most recent performance all they want, but all season Ramsey was lock down.
WINTERHAVEN, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 21: Star Wars cosplayer Lisa Lower as Boba Fett poses for photos at Buttercup Sand Dunes on February 21, 2021 in Winterhaven, California. (Photo by Daniel Knighton/Getty Images)

The Book of Boba Fett finale recap

Silas Bravo, Arts & Entertainment Editor February 17, 2022
The long anticipated battle for Tatooine finally happens bringing all of Boba Fett's allies against the Pikes in an epic showdown.
INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 13: Head coach Sean McVay of the Los Angeles Rams and Matthew Stafford #9 celebrate after Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium on February 13, 2022 in Inglewood, California. The Los Angeles Rams defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 23-20.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

The Rams’ Super Bowl journey

Silas Bravo, Arts & Entertainment Editor February 16, 2022
Through draft picks, trades, and big signings the Rams made all the right moves to get their second Super Bowl win in franchise history.
DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 24: Devin Booker (1) of the Phoenix Suns drives on Nikola Jokic (15) of the Denver Nuggets during the second quarter on Sunday, November 24, 2019. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

NBA all-star roster review

Silas Bravo, Arts & Entertainment Editor February 15, 2022
Every year comes February fans and critics that have a lot to say about the NBA all-star teams; this year's roster only has a few snubs and some fresh faces.
Marvel unveiled its Moon Knight logo for its upcoming Disney+ series that releases March 30, 2022.

Who is Moon Knight?

Silas Bravo, Arts & Entertainment Editor February 2, 2022
The new trailers for the antihero Moon Knight show are causing a lot of hysteria for Marvel fans - many wondering who this character is.
INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 30: Matthew Stafford #9 of the Los Angeles Rams speaks to Terry Bradshaw while holding the George Halas Trophy as Cooper Kupp #10 looks on after defeating the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game at SoFi Stadium on January 30, 2022 in Inglewood, California. The Rams defeated the 49ers 20-17. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Matthew Stafford trade proves well worth it

Silas Bravo, Arts & Entertainment Editor February 2, 2022
After many unsuccessful years in Detroit, fans wondered if Matthew Stafford was worth all that the Rams gave up, now a win away from a ring Stafford has proved doubters wrong.
Stetson Bennett relishes the moment as the confetti flies, winning the College Football Playoff Championship game on Monday, Jan. 10, 2022, in Indianapolis. Photo credit: Curtis Compton/The Atlanta Journal-Constitution/TNS

Stetson Bennett’s improbable journey isn’t over yet

Silas Bravo, Arts and Entertainment Editor January 31, 2022
Having dealt with plenty of obstacles and setbacks on his road to success, Stetson Bennett is looking to continue his Georgia legacy.

Off The Field: Worst NFL coach Urban Meyer

Silas Bravo, Staff Writer December 19, 2021
The Jacksonville Jaguars finally let go of legendary college football coach Urban Meyer after only couple games.
USCs hire of Lincoln Riley proves beneficial for the University. Photo credit: Ken Lund

Lincoln Riley hire proves beneficial for USC

Silas Bravo December 16, 2021
It is evident USC is tired of losing, they went above and beyond to get Lincoln Riley on staff and it seems to be paying off so far.
Philadelphia 76ers Seth Curry guards his brother, Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry, during the fourth quarter at the Wells Fargo Center on Monday, April 19, 2021 in Philadelphia.

Off The Field: Warriors are unbeatable force this season

Silas Bravo December 14, 2021
Led by Steph Curry, the Warriors are currently the best team in the league excelling both offensively and defensively.
The Los Angeles Lakers Anthony Davis has the ball knocked away by the Miami Heats P.J. Tucker, right, with help with Kyle Lowry, left, in the second quarter at Staples Center on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021, in Los Angeles. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Off The Field: Lakers early struggles are nothing to worry about

Silas Bravo, Staff Writer December 2, 2021
The Lakers have dealt with some obstacles so far in the 2021 season, but with some time and better coaching things will improve.
Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Robert Woods (2) runs out of bounds after making a catch against the Detroit Lions at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, on  Oct. 24, 2021. (Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Off The Field: Odell Beckham to the Rams is a smart move

Silas Bravo, Staff Writer November 25, 2021
Despite the controversy and the other weakness of the Los Angeles Rams, OBJ upgrades their team.
Manager Dave Roberts (30) of the Los Angeles Dodgers argues a call with umpire Angel Hernandez (5) during the eighth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at American Family Field on April 30, 2021 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images/TNS)

Off The Field: Dodgers’ failure is result of Roberts’ stupidity

Silas Bravo, Staff Writer November 17, 2021
As seen in the 2021 NLCS Dave Roberts' coaching decisions are the main reason for the lack of the Dodgers' success.
Student athlete Angel Hernandez in a good mood after weight room.

Cerritos College recognized for Latino representation

Silas Bravo, Staff Writer November 9, 2021
The Latino community is thriving at Cerritos College and many students are appreciative of the school efforts.
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Max Scherzer walks off the the field after being relieved during the fifth inning in game two in the 2021 National League Championship Series against the Atlanta Braves at Truist Park on Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021 in Atlanta. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

NLCS predictions & NFL Power rankings

Matthew Ramirez and Silas Bravo October 28, 2021
The Dodgers are down bad currently battling the Atlanta Braves and the NFL is having one of the most wild seasons in years.
Embassy Jakarta Teams Up with the NBA to Grow Basketball Interest in Indonesia. NBA coaches and Golden State Warriors power forward, Marreese Speights, at an NBA Cares event at the Embassy Annex on Aug. 27, 2015. Photo Credit: U.S. Embassy, Jakarta/Creative Commons

Youth coaches influence on players can have negative lasting effects

Matthew Ramirez, Silas Bravo, and Roman Acosta October 27, 2021
Youth coaches have an huge impact on children, if they push too hard, it could lead to children dropping out of an activity they love.
Freshman Jayda Hamete goes up for a spike against East Los Angeles on Wednesday October 20th. Cerritos went on to sweep ELAC in three games. Photo credit: Courtesy of Jayda Hamete

Women’s volleyball looks to finish conference strong

Silas Bravo, Staff Writer October 27, 2021
Despite some obstacles the girls have gone through, the team is confident they can make a playoff push.
Los Angeles Lakers Lebron James, left, and Anthony Davis share a laugh during media day at the UCLA Health Training Center in El Segundo, California on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Off The Field: Big Off-season for Lakers, will it work?

Silas Bravo October 6, 2021
The Lakers completely changed their roster this offseason, it’s only a question if some of these questionable moves will benefit them.
Sony is planning to release the Spider-man 2 game featuring Peter Parker, Miles Morales, Kraven the Hunter and Venom. The game will be out sometime in 2023 there has yet to be an official release date. Photo credit: Jesse Väisänen/ Flickr

PlayStation showcase leaves fans in awe

Silas Bravo, Staff Writer September 22, 2021
Sony's 2021 PlayStation showcase revealed the debut of up and coming games as well as new trailers for iconic series'.
Drakes Certified Lover Boy arrives later this month. Photo credit: Gonzales/Samy Khabthani/Avalon/Zuma Press/TNS

‘Certified Lover Boy’ lives up to the hype

Silas Bravo, Staff Writer September 10, 2021
Drake’s highly anticipated sixth album is finally here, and it lives up to the hype.
Canelo Alvarez punches Billy Joe Saunders during their fight for Alvarezs WBC and WBA super middleweight titles and Saunders WBO super middleweight title at ATandT Stadium on Saturday, May 8, 2021 in Arlington, Texas. (Al Bello/Getty Images/TNS)

Off The Field: Why Boxing is slowly dying

Silas Bravo, Staff Writer September 2, 2021
A mix of the top fighters avoiding each other and celebrities leaching of the easy money of boxing has lead to the decline of it's popularity.
The Buffalo Bills Josh Allen (17) and Jon Feliciano (76) celebrate during the second half of a 38-9 win against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, on December 28, 2020. (Adam Glanzman/Getty Images/TNS)

Off The Field: NFL pre-season power rankings

Silas Bravo, Staff Writer August 26, 2021
A lot of teams made some moves this offseason which will lead to an exciting and competitive year for football fans.
Since closing most facilities on campus in March, Cerritos College has reported a number of positive cases. President Fierro has announced a 50% reopening in the fall 2021 semester. Photo credit: Edgar Mendoza

Cerritos College students & staff deserve transparency and a say in return to campus

Sean Davis, Silas Bravo, and Vincent Medina May 20, 2021
While many are excited by a (partial) return to campus in the fall, students and staff should hold the primary decision making power on the plans to reopen.
Photo credit: 2009 NBA Playoffs by RMTip21 is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

NBA Playoffs holds matchups that’ll keep you on the edge of your seat

Silas Bravo, Staff Writer May 20, 2021
With the addition of play-in games, superstar teams and a wild Western Conference, this year's NBA playoffs will be one fans won't want to miss.
Some parents believe that a spanking or other physical punishment may be necessary to best discipline their child. These parents shouldnt be judged for trying to parent differently from others.

Physical discipline does not always mean abuse

Samuel Carey and Silas Bravo May 19, 2021
Parents have the right to choose whether they vaccinate their children, where they go to school and what they eat. Parents should be free to discipline their children as they see necessary as long as it is in an effort to raise better children.
Arlington, Texas, Tuesday, October 6, 2020. Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Dustin May (85) pitches in relief of Walker Buehler in the fifth inning against the Padres in game one of the NLDS at Globe Life Field. Photo credit: Robert Gauthier/ Los Angeles Times/TNS

Despite loss of Dustin May and slow start, the Dodgers are in a good place

Silas Bravo, Staff Writer May 13, 2021
Few teams in the league have the roster to deal with and bounce back from what the Dodgers have gone through so far.
New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) makes a catch against the Houston Texans during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, in Houston. Photo credit: The Providence Journal/TNS

Julian Edelman isn’t Hall of Fame worthy, despite remarkable career

Silas Bravo, Staff Writer April 22, 2021
The New England Patriots star has had an incredible career and has fought tremendously to be in the place that he is. However, does his transcript speak enough to be Hall of Fame induced?
The Los Angeles Clippers Serge Ibaka (9) passes while being defended by the Washington Wizards Russell Westbrook, right, and the Washington Wizards Rui Hachimura in the first half at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021. The Clippers won 135-116. Photo credit: Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times/TNS

Russell Westbrook deserves praise, not hate

Silas Bravo, Staff Writer April 15, 2021
The positives of Westbrook's game heavily outweighs the negatives. Critics and haters need to focus on the ridiculous stats he's still putting up and not worry about the mistakes he's made.
Joshua Belvin goes up for a between-the-legs dunk while playing basketball at his local gym. Belvin is excited to start conditioning on campus and is more than prepared for the upcoming season. Photo credit: Courtesy of Joshua Belvin

Basketball star uses quarantine to his athletic advantage

Silas Bravo, Staff Writer March 26, 2021
Cerritos College basketball player Joshua Belvin has used quarantine to improve his skill set at what he does best.
NLMUSD plans to send students in grades K-2 back to in-person learning on March 29. There is no set plan for middle and high school students to return to campus. Photo credit: Norwalk La Mirada Unified School District

Norwalk-La Mirada School District reopens in-person learning for grades K-5

Silas Bravo, Staff Writer March 19, 2021
NLMUSD will reopen in-person learning for elementary students on March 29. There is no set plan for middle and high school students to return to campus.
Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) prepares for the game against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind. The Colts defeated the Texans 30-23. (Sam Riche/TNS)

NFC West holds title of ‘best division in NFL’ with newly acquired stars

Silas Bravo, Staff Writer March 4, 2021
With stars Matthew Stafford and J.J. Watt entering the NFC West, all four teams look to contend for a title run.
Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Yu Darvish works against the Miami Marlins in the seventh inning of Game 2 of the National League Wild Card series at Wrigley Field in Chicago on Friday, Oct. 2, 2020. Photo credit: Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune/TNS

Wild offseason for MLB reshapes the league

Silas Bravo, Staff Writer February 18, 2021
With all of the moves teams have made this offseason, the MLB is in for an exciting year.
Blxsts No Love Lost has proven to be a big album for the Southern California rapper. The album features other well known artists such as Dom Kennedy, Tyga, and Ty Dolla Sign. Photo credit: Jazmin Taha

Los Angeles rapper Blxst is destined for greatness

Silas Bravo February 18, 2021
This new rapper from South Central LA is poised to make a big impact as he continues to drop new music.
Star Wars game fans have voiced issues with Entertainment Arts with their previous releases. The return to Lucasfilm Games may draw fans of older games and classic gamers. Photo credit: https://geekculture.co/who-should-disney-consider-for-future-star-wars-games/

Gamers can feel good about the future of Star Wars games

Silas Bravo February 17, 2021
With Disney not renewing the license with EA, the future for Star Wars games is uncertain, but gamers might be happy at the change.
Health and Wellness Complex is vacant as Cerritos College nears one year of virtual schooling. Fitness and Weight Management program continues to provide planned workouts and meals for students at home during quarantine.

Cerritos College Fitness and Weight Management Program thriving during quarantine

Silas Bravo, Staff Writer February 3, 2021
Despite the difficulties COVID has brought, Cerritos College's health programs have become more accessible for students and is very beneficial.
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