Archive for Society

By: Jose Montoya

In every generation of Hip-Hop the dancing changes. In the 8o’s the dancing was more jumping around side to side with some style. Vanilla Ice and Mc Hammer for example had their own crazy dances that I don’t think I could keep up with. That style is considered old and out of style but it’s a classic, I like it at least. But even if that Vanilla Ice and MC Hammer were competing they had the same style of dancing but it was different. In the end every one knows who won that some what of a beef.

So this is a video of MC Hammer at the 1991 Grammy awards with Vanilla Ice in the audience and i think we all know how that went. not such a good time for Vanilla Ice. But anyways MC Hammer is crazy for his dancing!! Who goes up in front of thousands of people in a silver futuristic suit and sing Cant Touch this!!! He is Crazy!! but i have to give it up to him, he did his thing and loved every second of it, and thats what counts.

HAHA anyways besides those two guys beefing. Now here is the part where the dancing changes just about a year or two later it changed big time. In this video we see will smith hitting those 90’s moves. which are still sort of the same as the Vanilla Ice and MC Hammer ones but with a more flamboyant style like the color of the clothes haha.

So i was chilling the other day and i was you tubing and i realized the similarities and thought of blogging about it.

Leave a Comment

Soy Chicano

Commentary

By: Jose Montoya

Being a first generation immigrant, I often feel that people don’t see me for what I am. There are times I feel like I don’t belong. I am Mexican, I know I’m Mexican but I just don’t feel Mexican. When I’m at school people often tell me that I’m Mexican or that I act hella Mexican. When I think about being hella Mexican I think about Mexican dancing, and listening to Mexican music. When I go to Mexico it seems I’m the opposite of what they tell me I am at school. In Mexico, they say I’m an American and they always seem like they’re mad at me. They ask me questions about America, like why we spend so much money on clothes. They think I’m a show off and that I’m ignorant. I really don’t know why America does things, because I’m just another person living in America.

I love where I’m from and I love my culture but I’m living the American lifestyle. I feel that first generation kids are losing their culture because I know I am. My house doesn’t look like a typical Mexican house. It looks like a house straight out of Ikea or a Martha Stewart magazine. Spanish and the food I eat are the only reasons I still feel connected to my culture. Your culture is your roots and what you are, and very important to have. Living the American lifestyle is cool because you get to express yourself by the way you dress and you get to throw your own style in it, and you get to do what you want. As a Chicano I understand I am a Mexican and American. I represent my Mexican heritage while living my American lifestyle.

Leave a Comment

No Wrestling Team In My High School

Head Dip

Head Dip

By Fernando Bustos

Commentary

I am passionate about wrestling. I remember watching it on TV and on the Olympics. By seeing these athletes toss and grapple each other I developed an interest in the sport. Since then I have started to wrestle with my brothers and then gotten yelled at by my mom for making too much noise in the house. I have always liked sports with physical contact I like using my body as a way to perform moves that seem impossible to do. It’s the rush and contact you get that gets me pumped up and ready to wrestle. I started out with wrestling in the 8th grade. When I came to high school I was so excited about getting onto the wrestling team, since I heard competition is more serious there and people are more committed to becoming better. I knew that that’s the place I wanted to be so that I could grow and become a better wrestler. Unfortunately when I talked to the director of athletics at our school I found out that we didn’t have a wrestling team, and we haven’t had one in a long time. I was disappointed that there was no team because I was really pumped up to start a higher level of sports where I would become a better wrestler.

My high school has not taken any actions to bring back the wrestling team. I think it’s really important to have a bigger variety of sports in high school since its one of the reasons why students are in involved in school. There are many students who have a passion for sports and use high school sports to become better and develop skills in life.

Leave a Comment

Youngest Father at 13 years old!

News

By: Tony Shavers III

Photo: KellyB./ creative commons/ attribution

Photo: KellyB./ creative commons/ attribution

13 -year old Britain father Alfie Patten has impregnated 15-year old girlfriend Chantelle Steadman. She gave birth to a 7lb 3oz- girl named Maisie Roxanne. Patten said that he did not know how people would react to his situation but he wanted to have this baby anyway. According to the sun news, Alfie Patten said, “When my mom found out, I thought I was going to get in trouble. We wanted to have the baby but were worried how people would react.” While he is in a tough situation, he is determined to take care of this baby. “I didn’t know what it would be like to be a dad. I will be good though and care for it.” Patten said. Alfie is showing this world that being a father doesn’t mean to get a girl pregnant, but also own up to the situation and do what is right. Chantelle Steadman said Alfie has been really good with their new born child “Alfie has been really good with her. He made the first bottle and then we took it in turns feeding her. He did the first bit with me. We didn’t need any help from mum.” She said.

Both the father and the mother are going to stay in school, to ensure that the family has a great future.While teenage pregnancy is a big issue in today’s society, Alfie and Chantelle are working towards making sure that their child had the  best future ever.

Leave a Comment

Cynthia Maxwell: Youth radio presentation of sound

2/20/09

BLOG

Today at youth radio we, the winter core class, were introduced to Cynthia Maxwell who works at Apple to create applications and specializes in sound development.  During the presentation she mentioned that with every sound there’s a specific equation to make that tone. I’m only in the 11th grade and my favorite subject is math, but when she showed me what that equation looked like, I didn’t have a clue about what it meant. Luckily I was interested enough to ask if she could break it down and explain it to me after her presentation had ended.  Another thing that she mentioned in the presentation was that she used to work for NASA, and for anyone that’s a pretty huge accomplishment. She inspired me to apply for mathematics in college, something I’d never even thought I would ever consider.

Leave a Comment

WHAT IS FAMILY?

By Esteban Olague

Commentary

What is the real definition of family? Is family a word that can be defined from the dictionary? Is that the real definition just because it’s in a dictionary? My definition of family is a group of people that you trust with your life, a group of people that have your back till the end and not the ones that just say, “Yea blood, I got yo back.” Most people that just say it don’t really mean it. Through out my life I’ve learned that people aren’t justified by their words or promises, and not by their ability to speak or what people think of them. People are only justified by their actions and defined by what they do in the worst situations. I have family that I don’t consider to be my bloodline; I refer to those people by their first names instead of calling them my uncle, auntie, or grandparent. My real family has always been there for me. I’m the only son with only one little sister, but I got 6 brothers and 2 other sisters, 2 dads, 2 moms, and only a few aunties and uncles. My 2nd pair of parents are my dad’s brother and his wife. My brothers and sisters mostly consist of people who started out as just my friends, but I believe that family doesn’t end by blood.

l

Comments (2)

ATTACK of the CHIMP

by: Esteban Olague

News

According to daily news.com a woman was attacked by a 200 pound chimpanzee in Connecticut. The victim’s name is Charla Nash who is actually a close friend to Sandy Herold, the owner of the chimpanzee. The 200 pound chimp, also known as Travis, has always been reported as a nice, gentle and calm animal, which makes the news of this gentle creature so surprising to those who actually knew Travis. During the encounter between Charla Nash and Travis, the owner, Sandy Herold made a 911 distress call that lasted 15 minutes where she repeatedly stated “Help, he’s attacking my friend, send someone with a gun, they need to shoot him!” As the call went on she described the attack as it happened. By the time police had arrived, Charla Nash was lying on the floor struggling for her life as police tried to subdue the 200 pound chimp. Police reports state that Travis the chimpanzee climbed into the patrol car and was shot in the front seat. Later as the police tried to identify Charla they said that her face was so badly beaten that they couldn’t tell if she was a man or woman. As of right now Charla is under professional care but is still hanging on to her life by a thread. After hearing this story and knowing how territorial apes are, I figured that maybe Charla got too close or did something to sandy that Travis wasn’t comfortable with. He did what every child does when they feel like their mother is in danger which is to protect her, and in this case sandy was probably like a mother to Travis.

photo: ucumari/ creative commons- attribution- non-commercial- no derivatiove works

photo: ucumari/ creative commons- attribution- non-commercial- no derivatiove works

Leave a Comment

Older Posts »