Archive for March, 2008

The Effects of HIV

HIV, THE COMMON SEXUAL TRANSMITTED DISEASE EVERY ONE TALKS ABOUT. AROUND THE AGE OF 14 IS WHERE MOST TEENAGE YOUNG WOMEN, AND MEN START HAVING SEXUAL RELATIONS WITH EACH OTHER, AND AS THEY HAVE IT THEY’RE NOT CAREFUL AND DON’T USE PROTECTION THIS IS WHY MOST OF THEM END UP WITH HIV AND OTHER TYPES OF SEXUAL TRANSMITTED DISEASES. RIGHT NOW AT LEAST 25% OF YOUNG WOMAN AROUND THE COUNTRY HAVE ONE TYPE OF SEXUAL TRANSMITTED diseases WHICH AS MANY PEOPLE KNOW, IT CAN LEAD US TO DEATH. ACCORDING TO NEW YORK TIMES HALF THE AFRICAN AMRICAN TEENAGERS BETWEEN THE AGES OF 14 TO 19 WERE INFECTED WITH EITHER HIV, HPV, CHLAMYDIA, GENITAL HERPES, OR TRICHOMONAISIS. IMAGINE HOW THE MOTHERS OF THESE YOUNG WOMAN FEEL ONCE THEY KNOW WHAT THEIR DAUGHTERS HAVE, AND WHAT THEY ARE PASSING THROUGH. ONE FRIEND OF MINE WHICH NAME I CANNOT MENTION, TOLD ME THAT SHE WAS HAVING SEX WITH HER BOYFRIEND, WHO SHE ONLY knew for TWO MONTHS, SHE TOLD ME SHE STARTED FEELING THAT HER PRIVATE PARTS FELT A LITTLE AbNORMAL FOR HER AND THAT SHE EVEN STARTED LOOKING PALE, I TOLD HER tO GO GET TESTED FOR AN HIV TEST, SHE SAID THAT I WAS CRAZY AND THAT SHE DIDN’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT ANYTHING BECAUSE SHE DIDN’T HAVE ANYTHING, AFTER THAT TALk SHE DIDNN’T TALK FOR ME FOR LIKE THREE WEEKS BUT I DID NOT GOT MAD AT HER . THE NEXT TIME I SAW HER WAS IN THE MALL, SHE APOLoGIZEd FOR BEING MAD AT ME AND TOLD ME THAT AFTER ONE WEEK after our DISCUSSION she went to get CHECKed, SO I ASKED HER WHAT HAPPENED AND SHE SADLY TOLD ME THAT SHE WAS HIV POSITIVE I TOLD HER NOT TO WORRY BECAUSE I WAS HERE BY HER SIDE AND SHE JUST CRIED AND SAID NOTHING ELSE. TO ALL THOSE YOUNG WOMAN THAT ARE LISTENING TO ME, RIGht NOW, I WANT TO TELL YOU TO HAVE PROTECTED SEX BECAUSE YOU COULD GET A LOT OF SEXUAL TRANSMITTED DISEASES THAT YOU CANNOT IMAGINE AND SOME OF THEM CAN CAUSE YOUR DEATH.

For Youth Radio I’m maria fletes. You can hear this commentary and more on the web at www.youthradio.org

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Takeover of Farwest

Today, I heard some bad news. Hillcrest Elementary School is trying to come and take over Far West High School. They say that they are doing this so that they can have a better space to learn. I have thought about this all day and I keep coming to the point how can they keep them safe when they are trying to be enclosed between Oakland technical high school and Claremont middle school. When I first heard this, I thought to myself maybe this is a huge racist attempt to kick a whole lot of African American kids out of a school that’s small, where we are trying to learn out of a small community. Some of the student who goes to far west even has joined the CCA program across the street. The Hillcrest parents association has gone behind all of the far west students and parents backs with this attempt to take over our school. The hillcrest parents have made lies stating we don’t take care of our school and have a lot of fights and other sorts of school violations. I also think that they are doing this because they have money and we don’t. far west Is holding a meeting about this unacceptable behavior to this issue and HAS a very big meeting on Thursday march 20, 2008 at 7 pm. in my own beliefs, out of all the schools they chose, why choose far west. Another solution to this problem is why won’t you just stay where you’re at. I feel that all parents that have or have had children go to or graduated form far west should come together to stop this issue that’s going on to help kids continue their education so if you want to come help the far west student then come to our meeting at the school and if you want to know more info about this event you can call far west at (510) 879-1580.

 

 

For youth radio, I’m DJ Barnett and you can hear more about this commentary at www. Youthradio.org

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Taking a Step Back

 

How many times during the day do we interact with strangers? And how many times during the day are we judged by people who think they know who we are, but actually have no real idea? From getting on the bus, to walking to school, it’s easy to wonder how many people have judged me and how many I have already judged.  The musty man on the bus must not have many friends, or the homeless looking person on the street will just ask me for money so I’m going to avoid them. Fact is, within five seconds of meeting someone; an opinion has already been formed based on stereotypes. Obviously, it’s wrong to simply assume things about people, but it seems like such a natural part of human nature that people just get used to it and don’t pay attention. For example, I almost assume any time I enter a Chinese restaurant the waiters will speak to me in English and hand me forks rather than chopsticks because they look at me and think that in some way or another, I’m not “Asian” enough. It barely bothers me now because it’s become such a normal thing. But should it bother me that they only see one side to someone who is really culturally both Asian and American? Sure, they’re misjudging me, but that’s just it, they don’t know me anyway. So when i see someone, it’s easy to assume that the boy in glasses is a nerd, but it’s important to see past that. The next time, you find yourself making assumptions, take a step back and remember you don’t really know them. Just because it’s natural to judge doesn’t mean its okay to. For Youth Radio, I’m Connie Phu and you can hear more about this commentary at http://www.youthradio.org

 

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Young Teenagers Being in Jail

Teenagers are always following what other people do that isn’t necessarily positive, like selling drugs and committing violent crimes. That’s why most of them end up in jail. Ultimately, I don’t follow what they do. For example, one of my friends, whose name I cannot mention, ended up in jail a week ago because he was selling drugs, many of his friends including me knew that he was doing this and we told him to stop but he did not listen. He said that his older friends were doing it too and that’s why he decided to do it, and also because it made him look cool. We told him this kind of stuff might make people seem cool, but there are many other different things that would make you cool without having to do illegal activities, but he did not care and now, he has to pay the price. Before this happened I was thinking about doing this too to support him, but now that I have seen what happened to him, I know that I would never want to do this type of stuff and even though he’s my friend and I feel bad because of what happened to him this is what he gets for following other peoples’ steps. To all the teenagers all over the world I’m telling you guys to always be yourself and never be what another person wants you to be because one day what happened to my friend might happen to you too. For Youth Radio, I’m Maria Fletes and you can hear more about this commentary at http://www.youthradio.org.

 

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Transitions

February is the shortest month of the year. Even so, it seems as if it flew by so much faster than most of them. March and April are approaching, and for most kids, it means we’re one month closer to summer, another month closer to warm days and no school. But for high school seniors, it’s a different story. Even though I’m excited to graduate, sometimes it seems unreal that I’m actually graduating and becoming an independent individual. Well, hopefully I’m going to. In late March and early April, colleges will send letters basically deciding my future. I have mixed feelings, I can’t wait to graduate, but somehow I have to get through rejection from colleges and figuring out what to do in the future. Even just thinking about decision letters from college makes me nervous. I’m fighting senioritis and some school days seem longer than ever, but if there’s one thing I know, it’s that the rest of the school year will fly by and along with this will be the rush of acceptance or rejection letters, sharing news with friends, and trying to get through this chapter of life before moving on to the next. Sometimes I wish I could just skip through these times. Instead, just go to senior prom, go on senior trips, graduate, and have the tough decisions already made without having to live through them. Unfortunately, I can’t, but what kind of life would it be if I never learn how to deal with rejection or how to make tough decisions, right? For Youth Radio, I’m Connie Phu and you can hear more about this commentary at http://www.youthradio.org.

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Maturing at an Early Age

MATURING AT AN EARLY AGE IS A ROUGH THING THAT’S HAPPENING TO ME RIGHT NOW. I STARTED WAS FORCED INTO THE ADULT WORLD WHEN I WAS 8-YEARS-OLD, MY FATHER WANTED TO MOVE HERE TO THE UNITED STATES IN HOPES OF A BETTER LIFE FOR MY FAMILY. SINCE MY FATHER MOVED IT WAS JUST ME AND MY MOTHER I DO A LOT OF ADULT CHORES LIKE COOKING, CLEANING THE HOUSE, AND PICKING UP MY BROTHER FROM SCHOOL BEFORE I GO TO MY AFTER SCHOOL CLASSES. NOW THAT I’M IN HIGH SCHOOL, I THOUGHT THAT EVERYTHING WAS ALRIGHT UNTIL I STARTED THINKING OF WHAT I DID DURING MY CHILDHOOD TIMES. AND MANY PROBLEMS CAME AFTER I’VE ASKED THAT QUESTION TO MYSELF. I’M 15-YEARS-OLD GOING ON  TURN 16 SOON AND I’M STILL ASKING MANY QUESTIONS TO MYSELF: WHAT DID I DO WHEN I WAS A KID. I HAD NO FOND MEMORIES OF DEVELOPING FRIENDSHIPS WITH OTHERS. SO AS FOR THE OTHER PEOPLE THAT ARE MATURING AT A YOUNG AGE AND TURN OUT DIFFERENT THAN MINE,  I HOPE THAT I TURN OUT FINE AFTER MATURING AT VERY A YOUNG AGE. I TRY TO KEEP UP WITH THE OTHER TEENS AND THE THINGS THAT ARE HAPPENING AROUND ME. FEELING SORRY FOR THE FACT THAT I BARELY HAD A CHILDHOOD IS NOT GOING TO HELP ME IN THE FUTURE AND MY LIFE. AND PEOPLE DO MATURE IN DIFFERENT TIMES AND WAYS. I’M NOT REGRETTING THAT I’VE MATURE AT AN EARLY AGE BECAUSE I EVENTUALLY CAME TO REALIZE THAT IT HAD BENEFITTED ME IN THE LONG-RUN. NOW THAT I’VE GROWN AND DONE MANY THINGS, I STILL ENDED UP HAVING A GOOD LIFE AND HAVING GREAT FRIENDS. AS FOR MY FIRST FRIENDS HERE AT UNITED STATES, THANK YOU MICHEAL LAU AND SHINGO BRAND. FOR YOUTH RADIO, I’M NAZARENE DELOS REYES AND YOU CAN HEAR MORE ABOUT THIS COMMENTARY AT WWW.YOUTHRADIO.ORG.

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Judgment of Music

THE HIP HOP I’VE GROWN UP WITH IS DIFFERENT FROM THE WAY MUSIC OLDER GENERATIONS BETWEEN AGES OF 40 AND 50 ARE USED TO. BACK THEN ALL THEY LISTENED TO WAS CLASSIC ROCK AND SOUL MUSIC, AS TO WHERE IN TIME TODAY WE CHOOSE TO LISTEN TO ROCK AND RAP MUSIC. BUT THE QUESTION THAT CONSISTENTLY RUNS THROUGH MY MIND IS WHY DO THEY CHOOSE TO CRITICIZE THE MUSIC WE CHOOSE TO LISTEN TO? PEOPLE I KNOW THAT LISTENED TO MUSIC IN THE LATE 60’S AND EARLY 70’S; SAID THE SONGS DEALT WITH DEPRESSION AND SPEAKING FROM THE HEART. NOW-A-DAYS WE SPEAK WHAT’S ON OUR MINDS, NO MATTER THE SUBJECT MATTER IT CAN BE ABOUT ANYTHING; KILLING, DRUGS, SEX, OR ANYTHING IN THAT NATURE.  PEOPLE FROM OLDER GENERATIONS SHOULD UNDERSTAND WE LIVE IN A NEW DAY AND AGE AND WE CHOOSE WHAT WE WANT TO HEAR. PEOPLE FROM THOSE GENERATIONS ALL THINK THAT WHEN WE SAY SOMETHING IN A SONG WE ACTUALLY HAVE THE INTENTIONS TO GO OUT AND KILL ANOTHER PERSON WHEN THEY SHOULD ACTUALLY UNDERSTAND THAT TO MAKE THEMSELVES LOOK GOOD FOR THE MEDIA, THEY HAVE TO USE PUBLICITY. MAYBE INSTEAD OF THEM LOOKING AT IT FROM A NEGATIVE PERSPECTIVE THEY SHOULD LOOK AT IT FROM JUST A YOUNGSTA’S POINT OF VIEW AND WE JUST LISTEN TO IT BECAUSE WE LIKE THE SOUND OF THE MUSIC. AND IT’S WHAT’S POPULAR TO US. IF THEY UNDERSTOOD WHAT’S POPULAR TO THEM WASN’T POPULAR TO US THEN THEY COULD SEE HOW WE FEEL FOR YOUTH RADIO I’M DJ BARNETT. YOU CAN HEAR THIS COMMENTARY AND MORE ON THE WEB AT WWW.YOUTHRADIO.ORG.

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