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Rappers Take a Turn down hill

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By: Tony Shavers

Through the years we have had the most famous rappers of all time. For example: Too short, Melle Mel, 2pac, Snoop Dogg, Biggie Smalls, as well as Run Dmc. These were the days where rap was exceptional. We have entered the new millennium and rappers such as Lil Wayne, d4l, DLO, and the most famous Souljia boy, have turned the tables upside down. This line is from biggie smalls “umbilical cord’s wrapped around my neck, I’m seein my death and I ain’t even took my first step. I made it out, I’m bringing mad joy, the doctor looked and said, “He is going to be a bad boy. “What happened to those lyrics, the lyrics that made sense? Now we have to listen to “so im back on da scene and da fame getting closer. Squads burning up man we hot as a toaster. Like a toaster”. Are you serious? What is this? The mainstream media seems to pull out the negative songs so that it can generate an un-constructive vibe in our youth’s lives. How shall we make the mainstream understand that they are destroying our youth’s mind?




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1984: the Power of Words

Last year around this time, I was reading the book “1984” by George Orwell. I was on a school science trip in Costa Rica and the beautiful scenery made me feel more insightful and gave me time for reflection. Normally in a relaxed tropical setting people tend to lose themselves to an airy, lighthearted mindset.  I tend to retreat further and further inward to think. So during this deep period of thinking and reading 1984, I realized just how much language controls the way we think and our ability to be able to think deeply or analytically. The novel is basically about a dystopian society and a civil servant, Winston, who works at editing and producing the government’s propaganda. Well, in the novel, they use a language called “Newspeak” where they basically get rid of all the words they deem superfluous. Essentially, they make everything simplistic and by reducing vocabulary, they begin to put boundaries on how an individual can think. By converting to this, it makes it so that the citizens won’t be able to realize what is going on around them. If one is angry they say something along the lines of “I’m doubleplus mad.” There is no infuriating, or enraged, or any of the numerous words expressing anger that could have a different nuance and produce a different level of meaning for a certain sentiment. Reading about this made me more appreciative of words. I usually never think about it, but I’m so glad that our language allows us to express ourselves in so many different, multidimensional ways. But these many open nuances leave space for a lot of interpretation and can lead to misunderstandings in the way something was meant to be read. I guess this could be one downside to language, but in the end it’s better than being confined to simple feelings.

-Margaret Daly

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Family Matters

A sitcom that i truly enjoy is called Family Matters. Even though  it is a very old show, it is still interesting. It always finds someway to make me laugh. There is a character named Steve Urkle, Jaleel White. He is the irritating neighbor. He is also in love with Laura Winslow.I’ve beem watching this show for about 5 years. I do recommend that you watch it. It will help you get over numerous problems. It has helped me in countless times.

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90s nickelodeon shows

We all going to take a trip back to the 90s yeah nickelodeon classics were the best around that time they had different shows like All that, My brother and me, Doug Are you afraid of the dark and more nickelodeon inspired teens to be what they wanted to be nickelodeon changed around 2003 where they played newer models of shows like drake and josh, ICarly, Zoey101 and Band brothers and what viewers don’t understand is that its good to mix old with new. It will be good if someone could put the time in the effort to have reruns of those great classics funny old 90s shows we miss the old nick shows please bring them back memories.

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Romeo and Juliet

So this week I’ve decided to write about Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy “Romeo and Juliet.” I’m not going to get too deep or anything but I’d just like to address everyone who gets depressed about how they both die in the end. Personally, I believe that this was the perfect ending for this novel. Sure, they exchange many pretty words and they go through so much trouble in the effort to be together, it seems a terrible travesty that they’re unable to be together in life. Truth is, in their death, they preserved their image of a pure, beautiful, ideological love. Don’t get me wrong, I’m just as much of a hopeless romantic as anyone, but what really would happen if they had been able to stay together? Since they died they didn’t have to suffer the consequence of rushing into things. We don’t have to see Juliet’s breasts sag or Romeo cheat on her. Of course, if they had survived the book could have just ended with something along the lines of “and they lived happily ever after..” but that would just be…I don’t know…not the same, especially since those type of endings are over done. All I’m really trying to say, in less words, is that Romeo and Juliet’s death allowed their love to persevere, rather than spoil with age.

The balcony scene, yielding some of the most popular lines of the play.

The balcony scene, yielding some of the most popular lines of the play.

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Ron Dellums Inspiration!!!


By: Tony Shavers III

March 18th, 2009 a day out of the ordinary. When I came to youth radio, I thought that it was going to be just another session, but I was in for a surprise. When I walked into the office, the director told my class that we were going to have a discussion with Ron Dellums. When I heard his name, I was transferred back to when I was a part of his campaign 3 years ago. Now getting to meet him again in the year of 2009 was going to be amazing. As he headed to his seat, he shook my hand and stared, as if he remembered who I was! He talked about how he lived in the time where people had to fight for their freedom, and now 50 years later we are still fighting the same struggles. When he said that, I could feel he was very serious about the mind-set for change. “Does 50 years of work mean nothing?” Dellums said the answer is no. the reason we had people like: Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., Frederick Douglass and Malcolm X, fighting for equal rights was so there would be progress in later years. Douglass once said: “if there is no struggle there is no progress.” are we re-living the problems of yesterday? Although we have made progress there are still complications that we are facing. Throughout his speech, his message was “change is coming and conflicts will soon be over.” hearing how life changed from 50 years ago, gave me the inspiration that writing poems about change is the right path to follow. “Don’t challenge violence with violence,” he said. Ron Dellums on March 18, 2009, made a tremendous impact on how I view my community. People move in their own self interest not yours. Make them by communicating your position in the world. For youth radio, I am Tony Shavers. To hear commentaries and more, go to http://www.youthradio.orgstruggle

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Farewell Natasha Richardson


By: Marlon West

Natasha RichardsonNatasha Richardson actress and mother of 2 kids passed away March 18, 2009. According to people .com, Natasha Richardson was at Quebec’s Mont Tremblant resort in Canada when she had a ski accident. While falling she suffered severe brain injury and died to days later. She is leaving behind her career and more importantly her husband and two sounds. She played a Broadway in 1993 Anna Christie. She also made a starring act in the Parentrap with Lindsey Lohan in 1998. Since then she has been in several movies. Her recent movie was wild child in 2008. Her husband says that she still looks incredibly beautiful in her casket and she will be missed as well as loved. Medical experts added that 1.4 million people in the U.S. suffer from brain injuries each year or it could have been suffered a subdural memotomna the breaking of the blood vessel inside the brain. I’ts unpredictable how young actors and actresses keep dying, everyone should have their right to live their life. Unfortunate stories like this reinforce that you don’t really know what you have until it’s gone

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