Archive for December, 2008

Rallies and Events highlight Gay Rights

NEWS

BY:MARCIA FLORES

 

“DAY WITHOUT A GAY” WAS A DAY TO RECOGNIZE HOW GAY PEOPLE ARE IMPORTANT TO OUR SOCIETY JUST LIKE ANY OTHER PERSON IN THIS WORLD.  THE SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS REPORTED THE GOAL OF WEDNESDAY’S RALLY WAS TO STAND UP AGAINST PROP 8, A PROPOSITION THAT BANNED GAY MARRIAGE. ONLY 20 STATES HAVE LAWS TO PROTECT WORKERS FROM BEING FIRED FOR BEING GAY. PARTICIPANTS OF A “DAY WITHOUT A GAY” WERE ENCOURAGED TO NOT SPEND MONEY OR AT LEAST PATRONIZE AT A GAY FRIENDLY BUSINESS, THEY WERE REQUIRED TO CALL ABSENT TO WORK AS “I AM GAY”. PEOPLE WHO WERENT PARTICIPATING OR WERE STRAIGHT HAD TO STOP HOMOPHOBIC JOKES IF THEY HEARD THEM. THERE WERE PEOPLE WHO BELIEVED IT WAS A VERY USELESS IDEA AND THAT IT WASN’T GOING TO MAKE A CHANGE. THE WAY THAT I SEE THIS IS LIKE IF THEY GOT THE SAME CONCEPT OF A “DAY WITHOUT AN IMMIGRANT”. THIS WAS A VERY GOOD IDEA BUT NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE WERE INFORMED ABOUT THESE RALLIES AND A LOT OF PEOPLE DID NOT ATTEND THEM. THE NEXT TIME THEY DO SOMETHING IMPORTANT LIKE THIS, THEY SHOULD HAVE MORE ORGANIZATION AND PUBLICITY.

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Braiding

Commentary

By:Angel Butler

One thing I love doing is hair. I started doing hair when I was about 12 or 13 years old. One of the styles I love doing is cornrows in creative directions like, zig zag or spiral. I usually do my little sisters hair or friends at school. I do get paid to do it sometimes, but its something I enjoy doing, so most of the time I do it for free. When braiding hair there lots of steps you have to do. The first thing you do is get all of the hair supplies you need. You need a small tooth parting comb, a brush, some rubber bands, hair gel or something to keep the braids held together and a wide tooth comb. Second, you make sure the hair your braiding is washed and blow dryed. Third, you comb out the hair and then part it with the small tooth comb, in which ever direction you’re going to braid it. After that you take three pieces of hair in the area you parted and lay one over the other over and over while grabbing the hair underneath it. Last but not least, you take a rubber band and tie it around the end of the braid. Then you’re done. To keep your hair neat for as long as possible you need to make sure to keep it wrapped in a head scarf or bandana when you’re sleeping, and those are the steps for cornrows.

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Life Goals

ROUNDTABLE

BY: RAVEN ATKINS

 

GOALS HELP YOU STRIVE FOR WHAT YOU WANT OUT OF LIFE.WHEN YOU OVERCOME THEM YOU BECOME CLOSER TO WHAT YOU’RE STRIVING FOR, IN MY  OPINION ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. LIFE GOALS DON’T NECESSARLY HAVE TO BE JUST ABOUT YOUR LIFES FUTURE ; YOU CAN HAVE WEEKLY, MONTHLY AND YEARLY GOALS TOO. BUT NONE OF THEM CAN BE ACHIEVED UNLESS YOU STRIVE FOR THEM. A FEW MOST COMMON GOALS FOR YOUTH ARE GRADUATING FROM HIGH SCHOOL AND GOING TO COLLEGE. BUT IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE THEM YOU NEED STEPS AND ALONG THE WAY THERE WILL BE OBSTACLES. PERSONAL PROBLEMS AND STRESS CAN BECOME DISTRACTIONS IN THE WAY OF YOUR GOALS. HAVE YOU EVER TRIED TO MAKE SOMETHING LIKE MATERIAL THINGS, FOOD, OR ACESSORIES USING STEPS? GOALS ARE JUST LIKE THAT EXCEPT THERE ARE NO WRITTEN OR POSITIVE STEPS, ITS HOW YOU MAKE THOSE STEPS.HERE ARE SOME YOUTH WHO HAVE SOME OPINIONS ON THIS ISSUE. 16 YR OLD KHADEJHIA KASSENBACK, 16 YR OLD KWAME GRANT, AND 15 YR OLD LAREA PULLEY.WE’LL BE BACK AFTER THESE MESSAGES.

 

1. DO YOU THINK GOALS MAKE A BIG MEANING IN YOU LIFE IF SO

HOW?

2. WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR LIFE GOALS?

 

3. DOES STRESS AND PERSONAL PROBLEMS COMPLICATE YOUR STRIVE FOR ACHIEVING YOUR GOALS?

 

4. DO YOU GUYS BELIEVE GOALS ARE SOMETIMES EASY TO ACCOMPLISH IF YOU HAVE THE SUPPORT OF YOUR FAMILY?

 

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Illinois Governer Scandal

NEWS

BY:LUIS FLORES

 

ACCORDING TO SFGATE.COM, ILLINOIS GOVERNOR ROD BLAGOJEVICH WAS ARRESTED ON TUESDAY FOR ALLEGEDLY SEEKING MONEY OR OTHER FAVORS TO INFLUENCE HIS DECISION ABOUT THE REPLACEMENT FOR PRESIDENT-ELECT BARACK OBAMA’S SEAT IN THE STATE SENATE. THE GOVERNOR HAS THE RIGHT TO PICK HIS SUCCESSOR, BUT SINCE BLAGOJEVICH WAS TAKING BRIBES, ILLINOIS LAWMAKERS WANT TO BRING IN THE LEGISLATURE TO HELP SET UP A SPECIAL ELECTION TO CHOOSE OBAMA’S REPLACEMENT. OBAMA HAS JOINED OTHERS WHO ASKED HIM TO RESIGN, BUT IT DOES NOT SEEM THAT HE WILL BACK DOWN. TO ME, THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING OF THE REVEALING OF A GREAT DEAL OF POLITICAL CORRUPTION THAT EXISTS IN OUR GOVERNMENT. IN THIS CASE, IT WAS A GOVERNOR WHO GOT CAUGHT, BUT THERE ARE ALSO MANY MORE IN POSITIONS OF HIGHER POWER WHO ARE CORRUPT. ALSO, I THINK THIS SHOWS HOW A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE GOING TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE PROFIT THAT CAN BE MADE FROM OBAMA’S RECENT RISE IN POWER. IT COULD RANGE FROM A NAPKIN USED BY OBAMA ALL THE WAY TO MORE SERIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES, LIKE A SENATE SEAT, AS IT WAS IN THIS CASE.

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Stage Performer

COMMENTARY

BY:KWAME GRANT

IF YOU ARE A PERFORMER, LIKE ME, THAN KNOWING HOW TO PERFORM ON STAGE IS VERY IMPORTANT AND ESSENTIAL TO A GREAT PERFORMANCE. HERE ARE SOME KEY RULES YOU NEED TO KNOW, WHILE ON STAGE. THE FIRST RULE IS BEING ABLE TO MOVE. IT’S NOT FUN OR ENTERAINING TO SEE A PERFORMER WHO STANDS THERE WITH THE MIC IN THEIR HAND. BUT TOO MUCH MOVEMENT WILL MAKE YOU LOOK CRAZY SO, I AM SAYING MOVE EASY AND FLOW WITH YOUR SONG.THE SECOND RULE IS HAVING EYE CONTACT. MAKE SURE YOU ARE CONNECTING WITH YOUR AUDIENCE. YOU WANT THEM TO FEEL LIKE THEIR PART OF YOUR PERFORMANCE. DON’T FOCUS ON ONE AREA OR ON ONE PERSON. YOU HAVE A WHOLE CROWD TO PLEASE. KEEP A GOOD CONNECTION WITH HE AUDIENCE.THE THIRD RULE IS TO KEEP ENERGY UP. MAKE SURE THE CROWD IS HYPED AND FEELING IT. DON’T BE BORING. KEEP IT LIVE AND DON’T LOSE THEIR ATTENTION. TO BECOME A GOOD STAGE PERFORMER, THESE ARE SOME KEY RULES TO FOLLOW. KEEP IT COOL LIKE KWAME AND YOU TOO CAN BE A GREAT STAGE PERFORMER.

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Leadership

commentary

by:derek williams

 

There are many parts to being a leader. there are certain standards and values that you have to uphold to even call yourself a leader.here  are some steps  i think that you have to do in the process of becoming a leader .one of the first steps is that you must have integrity,  integrity is what makes people like you and  respect you. you can’t be a leader without the respect of your peers .secondly its about your VISION, YOU need a VISION THAT you believe in and a plan to make sure you are doing all you can .the third step is HAVING CREATIVITY, be creative, think outside the box, being a leader means having orginalility you have to have something new and exciting to captivate your peers with. step four is about your personal concern about the issue.concern is a huge part of being a leader ,being able to show your concern shows people you truly care.being able to take the issue at hand and find a solution shows great leadership and initiative. step five is having results. results orientation is a term that means taking everthing that you learned and putting them to work.using your integrity and then coming up with an effective vision, make it creative then listen to the concerns of your peers, and finally trying your best to make it HAPPEN. courage is the foundation of being a leader without it you can’t be a leader, it takes courage to be able to speak and deliver the message of your vision and being able to perservere .i believe that being a leader takes strength and with these steps i believe you can achieve  being an effective leader. IT’S just how you apply yourself.

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