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Taraji P. Henson taking over hollywood

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Imagine being in a world alone with dreams of your voice to be heard no one holding your hand, telling you it’s going to be okay. It’s just you. Now imagine being a minority and no one expecting you to rise above. You proved that not age, gender, racial, or anything of labels can define your success.

You may have seen Taraji on the most rated television show ” Empire” as Cookie Lyons. Perhaps you’ve seen her on screens as detective Carter on ” Person Of Interest.” Or maybe you’ve seen her in the movie “Hidden Figures.” She has been making headlines after headline in her appearances.  From all ages she has caught an audience. She has become one of the most top paying actresses in hollywood despite being African-American. She has broke a barrier for many women of color and women in the film industry. Taraji went to Howard University and pursued a theater degree. Not only is she educated in her career but she has a passion for what she does. Even after becoming pregnant in her Junior year of college, she still didn’t let that get in the way of her acting upcoming year. Whatever it was she was still getting it done. She is an excellent role model for many young girls and women out there. From being a recent university grad out in the world with a child and only $700 in her bank account. She still managed to make meets end. She worked at an office to provide for her son and her while auditioning acts. Ever since then she’s been making it on television. She is one of the most dedicated actresses in this era. Her love for theater has brought her so far and it’s only 2018. Just wait until a few years from now. Recently she worked on a movie ” Acrimony” filmed by Tyler Perry, one of the greatest script writers and producers ever. In just a matter of eight days she manage to film an entire film with her co-stars. Now in the three day weekend Acrimony raised about 17.1 million in theaters already. We all know Taraji is a phenomenal actress. Who wouldn’t want to see a movie she is starring in? Of, course! Wonderful women doi8ng what she loves doing the most is what got her so far. These past years been nothing but growth for Taraji. She’s only been ranking higher and higher each time. Taraji only is going to keep taking over hollywood unlike other actress who been trying for decades. You can’t beat talent! When you have a gift like Taraji, you only keep getting better and better.

Why There Are Trigger Warnings in  Season 2 of ‘13 Reasons Why’?

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Yup! You heard right, Clay himself will be addressing some the concerns that many viewers had about season 1. 13 Reasons why follows a young girl by the name of Hannah Baker who killed herself. She left behind 13 tapes and each tape describes a situation and why it influenced her to take her own life.

Topics like suicide, rape, and bullying are very touchy subjects and when discussed often result in discomfort from people who have endured scenarios like the character Hannah. Previously, Netflix did not include any type of warning before explicit scenes preparing viewers for what they were about to watch.

Soon after the release of the show, there were a few young girls who actually committed suicide and their parents made it seem as if it was due to the impact of the show. Situations like that resulted in the new season of ‘13 Reasons Why’ will have trigger warnings and disclaimers before the episodes.

Following the discussion of the debatable scenes in the show, Netflix conducted a study and they surveyed and asked about ways they could improve the show. Over two-thirds of the study thought that Netflix should have the cast talk to their viewers about suicide awareness and discuss how to get support.

The warning before the show is stated by different actors from the show like Katherine Langford, Alisha Boe, Dylan Minnette, and Justin Prentice. They speak to the audience out of character addressing their concerns for the viewers. Each of the actors say different versions of the following “If you’re struggling with these issues yourself, this series may not be right for you, or you may want to watch it with a trusted adult,”. This now gives viewers the option to continue to watch the show or have a trusted friend to watch along with them.

 

Do we even need art in our lives?

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Dateline: Delray Beach FL /March 29, 2018

“The art that we should be doing today in the 21st century is art that is not for the museum, it’s art for the street and people’s lives” -Tania Bruguera

I believe we can’t live without art because we are surrounded by it and it’s a big part of our lives.

Art is not a specific thing but it ranges on different levels on how people see the world around them. There’s the nature art, the imaginary art, and the art that’s within us.

There’s people out there who don’t really understand art or how to express the world with art and that’s sadden. You can’t see the world as blank sometimes because the world is not blank. If you’re truly confused on how to see art I will ask you to look at yourself because what people don’t know is we are art too.

Look up at the sky; don’t you see the beauty of it? Don’t be fooled however because there’s the ugly with art too.

You see some people use art as a way to express themselves and I feel like if someone took art away from them they wouldn’t know exactly how else to express themselves. I like fashion, makeup, and drawing etc. and without art I would be losing a part of something that I use to express myself. That’s why I feel like art is more important for it to be only for the museum aspect. Art should turn into something really meaningful that can change lives and inspire people because it can.

For the people who see art as a distraction, or forced, or not necessary like other subjects I will advise them to be open-minded. If you don’t understand other arts, be open-minded and think about the different ways people use art. Also be inspired because you might like a new idea of art that you didn’t like before.

Art is not specified it’s really not I could go on and on but there’s to much takes of art that it’ll be hard to.

Seeing all the art around us is the first thing to see. A human didn’t just create art because it was always there because of our God our creator who created us..

So if you’re still confused just look at yourself first.

Young Entrepreneurs: Sauce Supply Co.

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      During spring of 2016, Hansley Felix thought about multiple ideas and ways to promote his ideas, emotions and attributes towards others. One of those ideas was to promote self confidence with the self confidence he had that he wished others had. Hansely thinks of himself as a charismatic teen with ambitions and ideas that he wanted to display somehow. Hansley eventually came up with an idea that can combine multiple ideas and interests into one thing with an apparel line promoting self-confidence in an efficient way, a way where those can feel better about themselves and give them a boost of confidence. Hansley Felix created his apparel/company under the name “Sauce Supply Co.”  with the help of his friends.

      A person who organizes and operates a business or businesses while taking on greater than normal financial risks in order to do so is being an entrepreneur. Hansley can be considered as a young entrepreneur, something not most his age is doing. At his age he’s managing a business, turning hobbies into a profession through the perfection of the craft. Describing Hansley in one word would be the word “Smooth” which is also his nickname that he often goes by. I asked Hansley about the name he chose for his brand “Sauce” if there was any specific meaning behind it. Instead of the normal word of “sauce” like a condiment, in an urban sense the word “sauce” is used to describe someone who has a style, confidence, and attraction about them. This is something he wants most to have or feel when wearing his designs on a shirt or hoodie.

      Hansley isn’t the only person in Sauce Supply, he also is accompanied by his friend Fritzly. Hansley’s close friend he had help with making this business from the ground up their sophomore year of high school. Frtizly Beaubrun aka “Fritz” aka “Sauceman” is as goal oriented as Hansley, both aspiring to make a difference in the world and especially their generation. Fritzly being in the same age group as Hansley of 16-17 wants to make a change and a difference to the things in the world he grew up seeing. Fritzly wants to make a difference by speaking on political issues and topics that he personally feels needs to be heard and change if possible.

      These two juniors are becoming role models for the next generation after them at an early age. The two believe that the youth of today shall become the elders of tomorrow. The elders that the youth look up to as guides and examples in their lives. Fritzly has a mentor and he feels grateful by the fact he’s fortunate enough to have one makes him want to become one as he becomes older. He wants to be the guide for a lost kid as his mentor was for him when he was lost. Hansley and Fritz want to become a guide in a way for the next generation in the multiple talents and ideas they have to offer. They’re already guided because of Sauce Supply, 6 other apparel lines were made after.

      A person who organizes and operates a business or businesses, taking on greater than normal financial risks in order to do so. That is the definition of an entrepreneur, but to be one it really just takes ingenuity and an idea and also sticking to that idea until it becomes bigger than what you expected. Becoming an entrepreneur is only easy when you work and plan enough to see yourself going somewhere, “1 step forward, 2 steps back”.

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13 Reasons Why gets a second season on Netflix despite the controversy

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   The TV series “13 Reasons Why” seems to be a popular show among the students at Atlantic High School and teens around the nation. Since its release on March 31st, it has been the most tweeted about show in 2017. The show tells the story of a teen named Hannah Baker who leaves behind 13 cassette tapes after committing suicide; each tape is directed towards a person who’s responsible for her suicide. The series, which feels too close to real life, is based on a fictional novel written by Jay Asher. “The show is out there. Everyone is talking about it,” said Azmaira Maker, a licensed clinical psychologist with a practice in Carmel Valley. “It is scaring parents, and I think there is a lot of anxiety around it. The show raises alarms and creates awareness, but it doesn’t give us the tools to deal with it. It doesn’t educate parents about warning signs, and it doesn’t talk about what we can do to help.”

   Parents are becoming alarmed that the show may raise a negative influence among  vulnerable teens. In 2014, suicide was the second leading cause of death for children and young adults ages 10 to 24, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The show suggests that suicide was the only way for Hannah to deal with her struggles. “We do not recommend that vulnerable youth, especially those who have any degree of suicidal ideation, watch this series,” the National Association of School Psychologists said in its five-page “13 Reasons Why” guide for educators and parents. Besides this, Netflix has added warnings before every episode.

   

Source: popsugar.com
Source: popsugar.com

On the other hand, some psychologists say that conversation about mental illness is better than no conversation at all. “From my point of view, to get people talking about it is a good thing,” says Tylee Silva. When asking other students around campus most of them seemed to agree and support the show. Netflix also seemed to support the show by announcing it has renewed the show for a second season. Although there isn’t a specific date set for the release of the second season, many are already excited for what it has to bring.

 

Kawaii and the rising of cuteness

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The pleasures of sighting something so pleasing to the eye that you become so excited and flustered is exactly what the Japanese culture defines “Kawaii.” Kawaii has spread worldwide; it is well known considering it is used in context of art, entertainment, food, clothing, makeup, toys and even the way a person acts.

    The start of everything adorably “cute” all began in the 1970s. Most teenage girls discovered a new style of writing, using what we call mechanical pencils. These pencils in particular were very different from what the Japanese culture were used to; they made the handwriting much smaller and thinner which could  then be described as childish. Today, it can be identified as comic writing, round writing, kitten writing, or even fake-child writing. Between 1984 and 1986, a man named Kazuma Yamane examined the growth of the handwriting. It is said the handwriting was brought up female teenagers themselves.

    With Kawaii merchandise in the picture, the expanding trend of cuteness continued to grow. Hello Kitty instantly blew up when the innocent toy was released, a perfect example for the rising trend. Other figures such as Seiko Matsuda had women of the younger ages imitating the way she dressed and behave, portraying themselves as helpless and innocent. Not only is Kawaii influencing the younger people, but has been welcomed by people of all ages. Due to this, Seiko Matsuda has been titled the “Eternal Idol” by the Japanese. Kawaii has an impact all over the world. Women and children love it and stores such as Forever 21 widely accept the ways of the japanese culture.

kawaii clothing
kawaii clothing

kawaii handwriting source: www.pintrest.com
kawaii handwriting
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Girls Like Me by Tanya Savory; Relatable to teens

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  “Girls Like Me” is one of the books in the Bluford Series, written by various authors. Angel McAllister’s life is in trouble. Her mom is depressed, her dad just left her family, and her best friend, Sharice Bell, finds out her biggest secret; that she is a lesbian.

  This book does a very good job at showing some of the struggles of life. It shows the hardship of a parent leaving the family, a parent falling into depression, and the struggles of getting bullied. All the characters are very relatable to also. Many people may be the Sharice or the LaDonna of the book, the girls that are popular, and love to talk about boys and parties and clothes. Other people may relate to Win, because he is shy and smart, but also kind, fun to be around and loyal. Other people may relate better to Trey, who has girls falling all over him, yet wants nothing to do with it. Others may relate with Justice, who is confident, outgoing, and does not care what other people think of her. Many people can relate with these personalities, which makes this book even more enjoyable to read.

  Another reason that this book is so appealing is because it has aspects that almost everyone can relate with. One thing that people can relate to is having a parent leaving your family, or your parents separating. Many can also relate to being bullied during school, like Angel, which is more common nowadays. Many can also relate to having a parent suffering with depression. All these real life aspects incorporated in the book make the book even more relatable, which makes this book even more appealing.

  In the end, “Girls Like Me” is a very good book that shows some of the struggles of life, and is definitely worth taking the time to read.  It is on Mackinvia or on the Bluford Series website.

Book cover of Girls Like Me by Tanya Savory Courtesy of: townsendpress.com
Book cover of Girls Like Me by Tanya Savory
Courtesy of: townsendpress.com

Gorillaz: A celebration of music

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    Gorillaz's Demon Days Festival Art. Image courtesy of Reddit

   In 1998, when comic book artist Jamie Hewlett and frontman of the band Blur Damon Albarn were roommates sitting watching MTV, they had the brilliant idea of starting a virtual band. Damon Albarn stated in an interview to The Wire, “If you watch MTV for too long, it’s a bit like hell – there’s nothing of substance there. So we got this idea for a cartoon band, something that would be a comment on that.” Gorillaz was created to comment on the idolization of artists of the 90s: with the rise of “boy bands” from left to right there was less focus on music and more focus on the artist’s looks. Albarn added, “We’re the generation whose stars come from Pop Idol and celebrity-wrestling shows. And it’s all a bit like a cartoon, really.”

   In 2001, the band debuted the self titled album Gorillaz with global success. The album was home to hit songs such as “Clint Eastwood, 19-2000, Tomorrow Comes Today” and more, with the song “Clint Eastwood” topping in both the U.K and the United states. The thing with these songs is that they are all different genres but on the same album. “Clint Eastwood” is a song with a heavy boom bap instrumental and a rap verse from Del the Funky Homosapien. “19-2000” is a track that is influenced by trip-hop, and “Tomorrow Comes Today” has a similar boom bap beat as “Clint Eastwood” but joining it with instruments that deal with folk and rock.

This blend of genre became Gorillaz signature; they do not have any one sound. By not putting the band in a specific box, Albarn and Co. were able to collaborate with different artist from different genres. This made a Gorillaz song a blank canvas for Damon Albarn and whoever he was collaborating with.

   In 2005, this was made ever more clear with the release of the album “Demon Days,” which outsold their first album, selling over 8 million copies worldwide. The musical palette of “Demon Days” ranged from Hip-hop song such as “November has Come” to dance song like “Dirty Harry”, and “Dare”, to full on Gospel song like 14th track “Don’t Get Lost in Heaven.” Each and every song transitioned into one another perfectly. “Demon Days” is an album considered a classic in the mind of many because it tackled issues such as violence, war and poverty while using almost every aspect of music to get its point across.

The album “Plastic Beach,” released in 2010, is the perfect representation of Damon and Company’s love of every genre. The album consists of hip-hop, dance, country, rock, electronica, synth-pop and more. To understand Gorillaz (as a band) and how beautifully put together this album is, one has to listen to the song  “Empire Ants,” within this one song there is country, synth-pop and dance in only 5 minutes.

 

Gorillaz's seating down for an interview with Vice. image courtesy of Vice
Gorillaz’s seating down for an interview with Vice. image courtesy of Vice

Gorillaz has been a band who make music their main focus by use every aspect of it to create masterpieces. With a new album slated for April 28th called “Humanz,” they will without doubt continue celebrating music.

Review: Samurai Jack Season 5

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    A scene from the third episode of season 5. Image courtesy of Adult Swim
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    A scene from the first episode of season 5. Image courtesy of Adult Swim
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    Samurai Jack Meditating. Image Courtesy of IGN

   In 2001, Cartoon Network released a cartoon called Samurai Jack, telling the story of a samurai warrior who gets sent in a time portal into the future, trapped by Aku, the antagonist. Stuck in time, he now has to go back to the past to undo the villain’s actions that negatively affected the future.

  Samurai Jack had a big fan base and rightfully so; it was unlike any other cartoon at the time. While cartoons of the 2000s opted for characters that were funny, and were very “in your face” with their shows, Samurai Jack was different.  Samurai Jack was a character who barely said anything; at times the show would go on minutes without one piece of dialogue. Instead, the show told with beautiful art and action scenes.

Samurai Jack’s adventure did not have a proper ending, however, because the show was canceled after four seasons in 2004. Fans were really missing the show as a result. According to a statement by Genndy Tartakovsky, the producer of the show, “In America, or abroad, everywhere I’ve gone in the last decade, people just grab me and demand to know if I’m going to finish Jack’s story and if it’s going to be a movie.”

  At Comic Con 2016, Tartakovsky pitched his idea for the first episode of season five to an audience by showing them storyboards and sketches he had done. After the announcement, fans were excited because they would be getting more Samurai Jack; they were even more excited when they heard that it would be airing on Adult Swim (the cooler older brother of Cartoon Network).  Airing on Adult Swim meant that the show would have more artistic freedom because it would be geared towards an older audience.

    Although it is a mini-series, the fifth season of Samurai Jack, after airing on March 11, 2017 hasn’t been pulling any punches. With only four episodes in the show, it has already proven itself to be the best thing currently on television.

  The visuals of the original Samurai Jack stood the test of time still through today, and when it comes to that aspect, the current Samurai Jack is nothing but phenomenal, with each episode being well-produced and every frame being a display of the talent of the director and the artists. Colors are vibrant and also serve as symbols to further the storytelling.

  The current season maintains the zen state that the old seasons were praised for, but does it even better. Scenes often last around two or three minutes with no dialogue, no music, no action and nothing but beautiful scenery while Samurai Jack contemplates the solution to his problems.

  These long, quiet scenes allow the audience to get closer to Jack better than any other fictional character. Jack’s speechless, calm and weary state displays a lot of humanity in the character. Just like the audience (ordinary people), Jack is lost in his own story, and he does not know whether or not he will get to succeed in his adventures. He does not know what the future holds for him, and that makes him easier to connect with.

Just like its predecessors, this season’s action scenes are top notch. On television and even movies, fight scenes are often not fight scenes as much as they are a series of taunts being exchanged by the protagonist and antagonist. Samurai Jack has really long, well-choreographed  fight scenes and action scenes. Every frame is a masterpiece.

   Overall the new season of Samurai Jack is well-directed, beautiful and very well-paced, it is a definite must-watch for anyone who appreciates art. The show airs every Saturday at 11 p.m. and is definitely worth the time. Episodes are also streamable on Adult Swim’s website, with episode one and two being free.

13 Reasons Why captivates audiences

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  In a society flooding with social media outlets such as Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, it has become increasingly more difficult for teenagers to maintain a healthy mental lifestyle. The new Netflix original series 13 Reasons Why, based on the best-selling YA novel from Jay Asher, calls to many of the issues caused by the hectic and emotional time that is commonly referred to as “our adolescence.”

  While for entertainment purposes, the themes are magnified; the emotions portrayed through the characters are real and raw emotions many high schoolers deal with.

  The show is definitely not for those who cannot handle serious topics, given the show’s main plotline is carried on the fact that a teenage student committed suicide. The show covers heavy themes such as the most obvious, suicide, but others such as rape, drunk driving and drug use.

  The show follows a high school student, Clay Jensen, who viewers come to find out has struggled emotionally in the past. The story picks up a couple weeks after a victim of bullying, Hannah Baker, took her own life. Clay comes home one day and finds a package full of cassette tapes from his former friend Hannah, which she recorded before her death. The first tape explains that these tapes are meant to give insight into why she took her life.

  The series goes on to show the contrast between her “truth” and beliefs of how things happened versus the way the people on the tapes remembered things to have happened.

  13 Reasons Why takes the viewer on an emotional journey, due to how real the issues faced are. Many moments throughout the season were solely driven on the emotions it would draw from the viewers. 13 Reasons Why is far from the typical psychological thriller. Though it is a planned and fictional storyline, the viewer becomes so invested in these characters. As many tend to do while watching a TV series, viewers start to pick their “favorites” and characters that they want to succeed. However in this case, unfortunately the character many want to see succeed has been gone since the pilot episode. Instead of being a show that helps viewers escape from their reality, the show forces those who watch to reevaluate their reality and hone in on how the choices they make can affect others, which is a lesson many can and should learn.

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