Month: February 2018

“Not Sorry”- A Poem

How are y’all always up in our face telling us how much you love our braids but when it’s time to talk about race y’all always telling us we’re such a disgrace
I’m tired of sitting around waiting for someone to stop this madness
So if no one will stand up and have the tenacity then I will…I’ll take it on and grab it straight by the throat and fight for my rights like I am the GOAT the same way my ancestors did
Regardless of who wants my people to fit in a DNA that doesn’t belong to them our skin ain’t ever gonna change all that matters is that I bleed blood and that I bruise the same way
Stop degrading my people and making them feel less than what they are ’cause we are stars baby and we shine bright because our ancestors are the diamonds in the sky that led us from slavery and they’ll set us free from the systematic oppression that these people currently have us trapped in
We’re all kin regardless of where we’re from because we all have two things in common our skin and our history
So don’t tell me we’re not related because you have no right to make that statement especially if you haven’t been through what we’ve been through that’s why me kneeling shouldn’t offend you but I’m sorry if it did boo it just means you’ll never understand the truth about you and who raised you
I’m not sorry for staying woke and realizing that y’all people are a joke I’m not sorry for being black & beautiful I’m not sorry for fighting for my rights with all my might I’m not sorry for being honest with you and expressing the ultimate truth
I’m not sorry, I’m not sorry, I’m not sorry but I am sorry that you can’t see how beautiful this world is with you and I even though we may not be able to see eye to eye. But that’s what’s so great about our world we can all see it in a different light even though it may not always be right it still shines pretty bright

 

Written By: Kimiya Watkins

Black History Month Show

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Tymia Hill (11th Grade)

Black Achievement Cultural Club (BACC) President

What is the Black History Month Show?

The Black History month show is black culture being shown [to] students at Lake Howell High school.

Why do we have the black history month show?

To demonstrate our culture.

What acts can students expect in the black history month show?

Great singing, amazing poets, and an overall lit experience!

Why should students watch the show?

Because we are letting you know about our black culture and why you should really understand and get a good grasp of who we are.

Besides watching these performances, what else do you think students can take away from this show?

They’ll get more educated in the black culture because a lot of people don’t know about our culture and what we really have to offer.

Why do you think this show is so important?

This show is important because, like I said, people don’t know about black culture and how amazing we are and how talented we are and how talented many students at this school are, so this show shows that.

Why do you think students should know about black culture?

You should know about every culture just because wherever you go you never know what you should know. You walk into a room and you need to know about these certain people, in order to know how to speak to them and in order to know certain things to become “woke,” if you will.

Any additional comments?

I hope you guys enjoy the show! That’s it!

This Is Us Review

This Is Us was the hit breakout show of fall 2016 and has not stopped. Giving the public two seasons, This Is Us has made its way in TV history by earning nominations for Best Television Series – Drama at the Golden Globe Awards and Best Drama Series at the Critics’ Choice Awards, as well as being chosen as a Top Television Program by the American Film Institute. Sterling K. Brown has received an Emmy, a Golden Globe, a Critics’ Choice Award, and an NAACP Image Award for his acting in the series. Mandy Moore and Chrissy Metz received Golden Globe nominations for Best Supporting Actress. In 2017, the series received ten Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Drama Series, with Brown winning for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. 

The series follows siblings Kate, Kevin, and Randall as their lives intertwine. Kate and Kevin were originally part of a triplet pregnancy, conceived in the bathroom of Froggy’s, a bar in downtown Pittsburgh, during Super Bowl 14. Their due date was October 12, 1980, but they were born six weeks early on August 31; their biological brother was stillborn. Their parents, Jack (who also has an August 31st birthday) and Rebecca Pearson, having expected to bring home three babies, decide to adopt another newborn: Randall, a black child born the same day and brought to the same hospital after his biological father abandoned him at a fire station. 

This Is Us is a definite tear jerker for most of the public and even the cast and crew get a little teary-eyed on set. I give myself credit for lasting as long as I did before the waterworks began. It was the sixteenth episode of the first season when — spoiler alert — Randall’s biological father, William, dies. That final scene of Randall holding on to his dying father’s face hit me right in the gut. I must have bawled for at least a good fifteen minutes before I got annoyed with myself. As someone who watches shows like The Walking Dead religiously, I know that at any minute someone could die on my favorite TV shows, and I’ve quickly learned not to get too attached to any character. But there’s something different about This Is Us. Maybe it’s the genius minds of the writers who craft impeccable story lines around sensitive topics like adoption, addiction, and body image, or the incredible actors who bring it every week as flawed, yet endearing characters who I’m now consistently rooting for. Whatever the reason, I’ve become invested in the Pearsons and their complicated family makes me an emotional wreck. 

 

Written By: Genna Rose

Image from NBC.com

2018 Women’s March

On January 21st, 2018 Women’s March Florida held a women’s march around Lake Eola. This march featured quite a few speakers who discussed many issues ranging the #MeToo movement, which was created for survivors of sexual assault, to DACA (the Dreamers). This was not the only march around the country. This was one of many in other places like Washington, New York, Chicago, and more. It would be easy to assume that this activity is taking place in order to speak out against current political tensions which envelop the nation, but that could not be further from the truth. This gathering was held to empower women of all kinds- cis, trans, women of color, and more. A wonderful step forward was including representation and recognition for the LGTBQ+ community. Nonbinary peoples, trans women, and all sexualities were very welcomed at the rally and incredibly accepted- in order to help others understand the struggles these individuals face, booths were set up in order to educate others on issues they may not be aware of.

There was a major push for voting with all voting parties having booths featuring information on the importance of voting and party details- “power to the polls” as it was called. There were 3+ booths set up for registering and pre- registering to vote. Pre-registering is a wonderful way to prep for the next election if you are not yet 18. As long as you will be 18 by the next election, you are eligible to pre- register.

Some of the positivity was met with negativity, however. There were some- not many, but some- less than kind protesters shouting at those attending the rally. The best way to combat hate is to spread love- which is exactly what went on at the 2018 Women’s March at Lake Eola in Florida.

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By: Hannah Baird

Golden Globes

Sunday night, January 7, the Golden Globe Awards—hosted by Seth Meyers—saw Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri emerge as a surprising Oscar frontrunner after winning four trophies, including Best Picture (Drama), at a charged ceremony dominated by discussion of Hollywood’s power imbalances and the #MeToo movement.  

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In the film categories, the big winner was Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri which took home four awards: Best Motion Picture — Drama, Best Screenplay, Best Actress in a Motion Picture — Drama (Frances McDormand), and Best Supporting Actor (Sam Rockwell). Lady Bird, directed by Greta Gerwig, was also a notable winner; it took home two awards, for Best Motion Picture — Comedy and Best Actress in a Motion Picture — Comedy (Saoirse Ronan). In the TV categories, HBO’s Big Little Lies came out on top, winning four awards, for Best Television Limited Series, Best Actress in a Limited Series (Nicole Kidman), Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series (Laura Dern), and Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series (Alexander Skarsgard). It was joined on the victors’ list by The Handmaid’s Tale, which won Best Television Series: Drama and Best Actress in a Television Series — Drama (Elisabeth Moss) and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, which won Best Television Series — Comedy and Best Actress in Television Series: Comedy (Rachel Brosnahan). 

Women in the entertainment industry made a statement at the 2018 Golden Globes on Sunday by wearing all-black dresses on the red carpet. Amid the #MeToo movement and as a protest against sexual harassment in the workplace, women expressed their solidarity through their fashion, transforming “MeToo” into “Time’s Up.” 

Earlier in the week, the hashtag #WhyWeWearBlack started to go viral as Hollywood’s A-list stars wrote on social media about the #MeToo movement. It began in late 2017 after movie mogul Harvey Weinstein was accused of sexual misconduct, harassment and rape by some of Hollywood’s elite stars. 

“Today, we wear black. Why? Nearly 1/2 of men think women are well represented in leadership roles and 1/3 of women think women are well represented in leadership roles,” actress Ashley Judd posted on Instagram Sunday. “The *reality* is, only 1 in 10 senior leaders are women. #TimesUp #WhyWeWearBlack 

Photos credit to: Paul Drinkwater/NBC, via Associated Press and ABC News

Multicultural Month

SGA has created an event called “Multicultural Month” where throughout the month they appreciate and acknowledge the numerous cultures. Each week is devoted a particular region of the world and SGA host numerous events and facts linked to the respective culture.

What is Multicultural Month?

Multicultural Month is an SGA event which appreciates and recognizes the various cultures throughout the world. We dedicate each week to a certain region of the world and host various events and facts related to the respective culture.

Why is each week different?

Each week, as I said before, is dedicated to a certain culture, which is why they’re different. We try to cover as much of the world as possible!

What activities are going on each week?
The activities vary from week to week, based on who is in charge of the week and how much planning is given. We try to incorporate the fine arts as much as possible, such as having dance, chorus, or theatre participate. We like to include cultural clubs too, such as BACC and Hispanic Honor Society to help in our preparations.

How can students participate in Multicultural Month?
Students can participate in Multicultural Month by contacting SGA or coming to the Leadership room to present any performances they could give. We love to see student involvement in SGA as we are the voice of the students and love to see people having fun and enjoying their Lake Howell experience!

What events can students can expect for Multicultural Month?
Students can expect a variety of events throughout Multicultural Month.

Why should students participate in activities?

People should participate in the activities in order to add some fun to their week. We host these events during lunchtime for students to hang out with their friends and enjoy. It ultimately is there for the students’ enjoyment, so they should jump on the opportunity

When does it start?

Multicultural Month starts in January and usually continues into February.

Any additional comments?

I think Multicultural Month is a fantastic event for students to participate in and to help [students to appreciate other] cultures. Students should really take advantage of the events SGA and other clubs sponsor to have some fun while they’re in high school and have some time to unwind!

Why do you  participate in multicultural month?
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Carlos Irizarry (12th Grade)

I would like to help support my school activities and provide funding to our other school activities and I thought it would be fun. I would like to help my friends who are also participating in leadership and provide funding.

 

By: Alexa Cavarlez

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