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BY:DANIELL ESCOBAR

IT SEEMS LIKE EVERY CHANNEL HAS THERE OWN REALITY SHOW ABOUT LOVE OR MONEY. YOU GOT YOUR LOVE BASED SHOWS LIKE “FLAVOR OF LOVE”,WHERE FLAVOR FLAV HAD A SELECTION OF WOMEN THAT HE  COULD CHOOSE FROM, AND TRY TO FIND LOVE WITH, HE WOULD ELIMINATE  A WOMAN EVERY WEEK TO GET CLOSER TO THE ONE HE COULD POSSIBLY FALL IN LOVE WITH.. THE RUNNER UP OF THE FIRST SEASON, NEW YORK, GOT A CHANCE TO HAVE HER OWN REALITY LOVE SHOW. IT WAS CALLED “I LOVE NEW YORK” IN WHICH SHE ALSO HAD MEN WHO CAME TO FIND LOVE WITH HER. TWO OF THE CONTESTANTS WHO WERE ON HER SHOW CONSEQUENTLY WERE BROTHERS, AND THEY LATER GOT AN OFFER FOR THEIR OWN REALITY LOVE SHOW AS WELL.  THERE SHOW IS CALLED “A REAL CHANCE AT LOVE”IT’S CRAZY THAT THEY ALL CAME FROM ONE SHOW AND ALL HAVE NEW SHOWS ON VH1.

 THEN THERE ARE OTHER TYPES OF REALITY SHOWS THAT ARE KIND OF LIKE UNSCRIPTED DRAMAS SUCH AS “LAGUNA BEACH” AND “BALDWIN HILLS. THESE REALITY SHOWS TEND TO BE BASED ON WEALTHY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS.

 “REAL WORLD” AND “COLLEGE HILL” ARE SHOWS BASED ON   YOUNG ADULTS WHO ARE CHOSEN TO LIVE TOGETHER IN A HOUSE.

THEN YOU HAVE YOUR CONTEST OR MONEY GETTING SHOWS LIKE “SURVIVOR” OR “AMAZING RACE” WHERE THE CONTESTANTS ARE PLACED SOMEWHERE AND PUT INTO CERTAIN CHALLENGES WHERE THEY ARE ASKED TO GO BEYOND THE VIR LIMIT.

THEN THERE ARE SHOWS LIKE “TOP CHEF” “PROJECT RUNWAY” OR “AMERICAS NEXT TOP MODEL” WHERE CERTAIN SKILLS ARE TESTED FOR A POTENTIAL CAREER. THEY USUALLY HAVE TO FACE CHALLENEGES THAT TEST THERE ABILITY IN THAT CERTAIN FIELD OF WORK.

MY POINT BEING ITS GEITTNG A LITTLE OUT OF HAND, AND EVEN RIDICULOUS ON THE TYPES OF SHOWS THAT ARE OUT NOW,

 

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Television shows

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BY:ANDREA HILL

 

 

IT SEEMS MORE OFTEN YOU HEAR TEENS TALKING ABOUT THE LATEST EPISODE OF A REALITY SHOW OR A TEEN DRAMA. I ENJOY WATCHING A FEW TV SHOWS SUCH AS ONE TREE HILL AND GOSSIP GIRL. SOMETHING ABOUT THOSE PARTICULAR SHOWS INTRIGUE ME AND PULL ME BACK EACH WEEK. WHEN YOU HAVE A FAVORITE TV SHOW IT’S AN ESCAPE FROM YOUR LIFE TO SOMEBODYS ELSES, EVEN IF IT’S FICTIONAL. I MEAN WHEN WATCHING THAT TV SHOW FOR THAT HOUR IT IS LIKE YOU CAN GO FROM ALL YOUR DRAMA IN YOUR LIFE TO LIVING THE CHARACTERS FANTASTIC LIVES OF GOING TO PARTIES AND WEARING THE MOST EXPENSIVE CLOTHING. FOR EXAMPLE ONE OF MY FAVORITE CHARACTERS IS BROOKE DAVIS FROM ONE TREE HILL. SHE IS THE MOST DOWN TO EARTH CHARACTER BECAUSE SHE HAS THE MOST REALISTIC PROBLEMS THAT TEENAGERS CAN RELATE TO. SHE WAS NEGLECTED BY HER PARENTS AS A TEEN AND IT CAUSED HER TO HAVE PROBLEMS LATER IN THE SHOW. BUT AS SHE GREW UP HER PERSONALITY GREW STRONGER. THAT’S THE MESSAGE HER CHARACTER PORTRAYS. TO ME, SHE COMES OFF AS A STRONG WILLED YOUNG WOMAN WITH A GOOD HEART. I KNOW WHEN MONDAY NIGHT ROLLS AROUND NOBODY CALLS ME BECAUSE ALL MY FRIENDS KNOW THAT I‘M WATCHING MY FAVORITE SHOWS. FOR EXAMPLE FOR DRAMA THERE ARE SHOWS LIKE GOSSIP GIRL, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, AND GREY’S ANATOMY. FOR COMEDY THERE ARE SHOWS LIKE THAT 70’S SHOW, THE SIMPSONS AND FAMILY GUY. ALL IN ALL IT IS SAFE TO SAY THAT SOME PEOPLE HAVE ONE SHOW THAT THEY LOVE TO WATCH EACH WEEK, THEN GO TO THEIR FRIENDS TO TALK ABOUT IT. 

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LOSS OF CREATIVITY IN TODAYS MUSIC

              

LOSS OF CREATIVITY IN TODAYS MUSIC/TIYE BUCHANGO

 

IN MUSIC TODAY, WE DON’T HAVE VERY MANY POSITIVE RAPPERS TO LOOK UP TO. FOR EXAMPLE WE DON’T HEAR TOO MANY PEOPLE LIKE COMMON, MOS DEF, AND THE FUGEES INSTEAD WE LISTEN TO RAPPERS WHO TALK ABOUT GIRLS, MONEY, CARS, DRUGS, AND VIOLENCE. IM NOT GONNA LIE, MY IPOD DOES HAVE THESE TYPES OF SONGS BECAUSE THEY JUST SOUND REALLY GOOD. BUT MOST OF MY FRIENDS AND I DON’T LISTEN TO THE WORDS, WE LISTEN TO THE BEAT. IT SOUNDS CONFUSING BUT THE MESSAGE IN THESE SONGS DO NOT HIT US UNTIL WE’VE LISTENEND TO THEM A MILLION TIMES. BY THEN THEY ARE PROBABLY OUR FAVORITE SONG.  I FEEL THAT MOST KNOWN RAPPERS TALK ABOUT WOMEN IN DEROGATORY WAYS AND DISRESPECT THEM IN THE VIDEOS OR SONGS. I THINK BOYS FEEL LIKE IT IS NORMAL TO VIEW GIRLS AS SEX OBJECTS AND THINK THEY SHOULD ACT AND DRESS LIKE VIDEO CHICKS. WHEN GIRLS WEAR INNAPROPIATE CLOTHING SUCH AS BOOTY SHORTS AND SUFFOCATING TIGHT JEANS, BUT THEY ARE SIMPLY MIMICKING WHAT THEY SEE IN VIDEOS. I FEEL RAPPERS DO NOT HAVE TO PUT DOWN WOMEN IN ORDER TO BE SUCCESFUL AND TO  BE  LIKED IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY.  AS A FOURTEEN YEAR OLD GIRL WHO WANTS TO BE SUCCESFUL I FEEL THERE IS PRESSURE PUT ON US WHO DON’T FULFILL THOSE STEREOTYPES PUT OUT BY VIDEO GIRLS. THEY MAKE IT HARDER FOR US TO SUCCEED IN THE REAL WORLD.  BUT EVEN WITH THIS GOING ON, I’M NOT GOING TO LET IT GET IN THE WAY OF MY FUTURE AND THE GOALS THAT IM WORKING TOWARD. I KNOW IM HEAD STRONG ABOUT THIS MATTER SO I WILL STILL LISTEN TO RAP MUSIC BUT I WILL BE MORE CONCHUS OF WHAT IM SAYING AND WHAT IM LISTENING TO.

                         

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NBA SEASON SET TO START

By SANGAY DORJEE

OCTOBER 28 WILL BE A VERY EXCITING DAY FOR ALL THE NBA FANS. THE 2008-2009 NBA SEASON WILL START OUT WITH THREE GAMES ON OPENING NIGHT. THE FIRST GAME WILL TIP OFF AT 8 PM ET ON TNT, LEBRON JAMES AND THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS VERSUS THE BIG THREE, RAY ALLEN, KEVIN GARNETT, PAUL PIERCE AND THE REST OF THE BOSTON CELTICS. DESPITE LOSING TO THE CELTICS IN LAST YEAR’S EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS, THE CAVALIERS WOULD LIKE TO START THE NEW SEASON WITH A WIN OVER THE DEFENDING CHAMPS.

THE MILWAUKEE BUCKS WILL GO TO THE WINDY CITY TO FACE THE CHICAGO BULLS. NEITHER OF THESES TWO TEAMS WENT TO THE PLAYOFFS LAST YEAR BUT THIS YEAR THEY BOTH ADDED NEW PLAYERS TO THEIR ROSTER. THE MILWAUKEE BUCKS TRADED THE YOUNG YI JIANLIAN FOR RICHARD JEFFERSON FROM THE NEW JERSEY NETS. HAVING A 1.7 PERCENT CHANCE OF GETTING THE FIRST DRAFT PICK, THE CHICAGO BULLS DRAFT THEIR HOMETOWN PLAYER DERRICK ROSE FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS.

ON THE WEST COAST, THE PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZER WILL GO DOWN TO SOCAL TO GO HEAD TO HEAD WITH “THE MAMBA” KOBE BRYANT AND THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS AT THE STAPLE CENTER. THE TRAIL BLAZER WILL BE GOOD CONTENDER HAVING THEIR CENTER GREG ODEN BACK AFTER MISSING HIS WHOLE ROOKIE SEASON LAST YEAR. LOS ANGELES LAKERS WILL ALSO HAVE THIER STARTING CENTER ANDREW BYNUM BACK AFTER A KNEE INJURY DURING THE LAST SEASON.

IN OTHER SPORTING NEWS THE TAMPA BAY RAYS BEAT PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES TO KEEP THE SERIES TIED 1-1. TAMPA BAY SCORED TWO RUNS IN THE FIRST INNING ON GROUND OUTS, AND ANOTHER IN THE FOURTH ON A SQUEEZE BUNT BY JASON BARTLETT ON THE WAY TO BUILDING A 4-0 LEAD OFF

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Stereotypes in Basketball

BY: FANUEL ALEM

THERE ARE MANY STEREOTYPES IN THE NBA, FOR EXAMPLE AFRICAN AMERICANS ARE CONSIDERED TO BE MORE FLASHY AND AGGRESSIVE THAN OTHER RACES. SOCIETY HAS PUT THIS IDEA THAT AFRICAN AMERICANS ACHIEVEMENTS IN ACADEMICS IS LOWER THAN WHITE PEOPLE. THIS IS A COMPLETE STEREOTYPE AND GENERALIZATION AND NOW I’VE SEEN THAT AFRICAN AMERICANS ARE SEEN AS MORE ATHLETIC THAN WHITE PEOPLE. YOU CAN CONNECT IT BACK TO SLAVERY TIMES WHEN BLACK PEOPLE WERE USED FOR THEIR STRENGTH. IT PLAYS OUT IN TODAY’S SOCIETY WHEN WE HEAR THAT BLACK PEOPLE ARE ONLY TALENTED IN SPORTS THAN ACADEMIA. TO THIS DAY IT PLAYS OUT LIKE THAT AND YOU HEAR IT, BUT IN A DIFFERENT WAY.THERE ARE SOME STEREOTYPES ABOUT OTHER ETHNICITIES LIKE HOW THEY HAVE MORE DISCIPLINE IN THE GAME AND HOW THEY’RE GOOD SHOOTERS BUT ARE LESS AGGRESSIVE. ALTHOUGH AFRICAN AMERICANS CAN DO ENTERTAINING AND FLASHY TRICKS WITH THE BALL IT STILL DOESN’T MAKE THEM BETTER BALL PLAYER’S. SOME TEAMS IN THE NBA HAVE TROUBLE WINNING GAMES BECAUSE OF THEIR FLASHY PLAYERS TRY TO TAKE THE GLORY AS OPPOSSED TO PLAYING AS A TEAM. AS A DEMANDING AUDIENCE MEMBER I PREFER WATCHING LEBRON JAMES AND ALLEN IVERSON BECAUSE THEIR PERFORMANCES ARE MORE APPEALING TO ME. I’M BLACK AND AS A BASKETBALL PLAYER IT DOESN’T NECESSARILY MEAN I HAVE TO BE A FLASHY ALL-STAR PLAYER TO BE KNOWN. IN MY BASKETBALL PRACTICES, I’VE NOTICED THE PLAYERS WHO GET THE MOST RECOGNITION FOR THEIR GAME ARE THE ONES WHO PLAY TEAM BALL, THIS MINDSET IS SOMETHING THAT SOME NBA TEAMS ARE LACKING AND PREVENTING THEM FROM WINNING GAMES. WE COULD TALK ABOUT CHAMPIONSHIP TEAMS LIKE THE SAN ANTONIO SPURS OR THE BOSTON CELTICS AS OPPOSED TO THE 05-06 LAKERS WHEN KOBE HAD 81 POINTS BUT COULDN’T EVEN GET HIS TEAM PAST THE 1 ROUND OF THE PLAY-OFFS. WHAT I’M TRYING TO SAY IS THAT EVEN THOUGH THOSE TYPES OF PERFORMANCES ARE FUN TO WATCH, IT’S NOT THE BEST WAY TO WIN GAMES.

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Entertainer’s mother and brother murdered

BY:TATIANA TOLBERT

THE BODIES OF THE MOTHER AND BROTHER OF OSCAR AWARD WINNING ACTRESS AND SINGER JENNIFER HUDSON WERE FOUND IN THE MOTHERS CHICAGO HOME. CNN REPORTS THAT DEPUTY POLICE CHIEF JOSEPH PATTERSON SAID THE BODIES WERE FOUNDABOUT 3P.M. TODAY, FRIDAY OCTOBER 24, WHEN A RELATIVE ARRIVED AT HOME AND FOUND THE BODY OF A FEMALE SHOT TO DEATH ON THE LIVING ROOM FLOOR. THE RELATIVE BACKED OUT OF THE HOUSE AND CALLED POLICE, WHO FOUND THE BODY OF A MALE SHOT TO DEATH IN A BEDROOM, PATTERSON SAID. JENNIFER’S BROTHER, JULIAN KING, MAY BE TRAVELING WITH A SUSPECT IN A 1994 CHEVROLET SUBURBAN. THE WHITE SUBURBAN AND THE 7-YEAR-OLD WERE MISSING FROM THE SCENE. POLICE DID NOT IDENTIFY THE VICTIMS AND DID NOT MENTION HUDSON, BUT IT WAS PATTERSON WHO TOLD THEM JULIAN KING WAS THE GRANDSON OF THE FEMALE VICTIM. NEIGHBORS REPORTED HEARING GUNSHOTS EARLIER TODAY, HE SAID. AUTHORITIES FOUND NO SIGNS OF FORCED ENTRY TO THE HOME AND ARE NOT SURE WHETHER OTHER ITEMS ARE MISSING.

Corrections: Julian King is Jennifer Hudson’s nephew.

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School and Social Life

BY:ANDREA HILL

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 SCHOOL AND SOCIAL LIFE ARE TWO THINGS THAT ARE VERY HARD TO COMBINE. PERSONALLY, IT’S HARD FOR ME TO FOCUS ON SCHOOL WHEN I AM HAVING SOCIAL ISSUES. PROBLEMS ARE LIKE DOMINOS IF YOU HIT ONE DOMINO THE REST FALL DOWN. TAKE ME FOR EXAMPLE WHEN I CAN’T FIND A RIDE TO SCHOOL IT’S THE BEGNNING OF THE DOMINO AFFECT ENDING UP WITH THE TEACHER YELLING AT ME AND DIRTY LOOKS FROM ALL MY CLASSMATES. I AM A FIFTEEN YEAR OLD AND I AM STILL HAVING A HARD TIME FINDING ORDER IN BOTH MY SCHOOL LIFE AND SOCIAL LIFE. A COUPLE OF DAYS AGO I GOT INTO AN ARGUEMENT WITH ONE OF MY CLOSEST FRIEND. THEN THE NEXT DAY I HAD TO SHOW UP AT SCHOOL AND FACE HER. SINCE I HAD THREE CLASSES WITH HER I KNEW THAT IT WOULD ADD MORE TENSION. I GUESS I AM NOT ABLE TO PRETEND LIKE NOTHING HAPPENED AND STILL WALK WITH MY FACE HELD HIGH.

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