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Category Archives: Twitter
From President Obama to Miley Cyrus: selfies tell a story
Posted in art, fads, fashion, Hair, School News, Technology, Trends, Twitter, West Oakland, Youth
Tagged Beyonce, helfies, Kim Kardashian, Lil Kim, Miley Cyrus, Obama, Rihanna, selfies, welfies
School’s out, but Mack students still angry over Trayvon Martin
McClymonds students (left to right Jacob Miles, Lee Benson and Anthony Beron) take part in National Hoodie Day in support of Trayvon Martin.
by Anthony Beron
School’s out, but McClymonds students are closely following the Trayvon Martin trial, now in jury selection.
Several students, including juniors Jacob Miles and Lee Benson, took part in a National Hoodie Day, in support of the 17-year-old Florida high school who was murdered after buying Skittles and Arizona iced tea inside a gated complex in Sanford, Florida.
“I feel that what the man (George Zimmerman) did was out of pocket and the court should give him (Trayvon Martin) justice at least,” says Jacob Miles, a junior.
Zimmerman argued that he was in imminent danger of being attacked by Martin, who was at the time unarmed and pleading for his life, according to CNN.
“I’m angry. After all, this is just another example of how Black and Latino youth are targeted because of their skin color,” said Rafael (who would not give his last name), a Hispanic male in his 20’s from East Oakland, who was the apparent organizer of the rally. Rafael added, “We need a revolution!”
“I think George Zimmerman should serve a long sentence in jail, because he killed an innocent person. It was racial profiling: he just killed Trayvon since he was an African-American male, wearing a hoodie, just walking around,” argued Kardel Howard, a sophomore.
Zimmerman claimed to have been attacked by Martin before shooting him, and later took photos of himself with a broken nose and several cuts and bruises. The slug of the fatal round Zimmerman fired at Martin was lodged in the teen’s left chest before paramedics arrived and attempted CPR on him. Martin was later pronounced dead at the scene of the shooting.
Zimmerman’s defense team allegedly tried to form a jury with the least number of minorities as possible. They denied the allegating: “Absolutely not, but if there isn’t a black juror, that doesn’t mean anything either. It just means that we chose the best people based on their answers to their questions,” according to the New York Daily News.
“I feel like it’s not fair to choose people that are not minorities who can’t relate as much to Martin,” said Howard. “With more minority jurors, they can relate to racism and oppression better; it should be more balanced.”
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From Stewie to Springer: Curse Words Pollute
by Sana Saeed
Little kids imitate. That’s just what they do, all day long. So when they hear curse words at an especially early age, they repeat those words, to anyone, everywhere, all day long, ad nauseum. Ask any parent. It’s embarrassing.
So why print curse words in our student blog macksmack, even if uttered by an outstanding athlete after a heated game? Why air them on network comedies (even out of the mouth of Stewie from Family Guy) ? Why stultify a nation?
Curse words represent the lowest level of intellect and the most limited vocabulary. Easy to use, shocking and emotional, they discourage children from developing a more extensive vocabulary with which they could communicate eloquently with other members of society. Curse words make us all lazy.
Should we condone the use of curse words because we want to be progressive or liberal (and feel sorry for those who don’t use a thesaurus). I say NO.
Should we allow the use of curse words because we can only use 140 characters on Twitter and want to make a BOLD statement. I say USE CAPS INSTEAD.
The use of curse words is destroying our culture, limiting our horizons, reducing our grey matter. And I find it sad that the last protectors happen to be government agencies like the Federal Communications Commission.
Television shows have been using the beep sound to block the cuss word out and block inappropriate images with a black line or by making them blurry.
Watch any episode of Family Guy: as it comes on, the FCC makes it mandatory to place a message that says ” viewers’ discretion is advised.”
This allows mothers to scoop up their children before they end up learning curse words like “female of some carnivorous mammal” or “a lewd and immoral woman” (you know the word) and blurt them out to grandma on weekends. That’s why we need media censors.
Without the FCC, programs like the “Jerry Springer”, which should be completely removed from public broadcasting, would give kids an early human anatomy lesson.
Even on the radio, many stations have to bleep lyrics to explicit songs.
It is completely inappropriate for us to be exposed to the foul language that seems to be taking over our lives — on the screen and airwaves, in our schools and gyms.
The use of curse words is the first sign of a drop in morals and ethics. If you can disrespect someone with words, you dehumanize that person. So what stops you from shoving that person, robbing that person, or shooting that person?
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Tagged censorship, family guy, fcc, federal communications commission, jerry springer, twitter
Mack Earns Home-Field Advantage But Has To Play At Its Rival’s Gym
by Anthony Beron
The victory dance should have taken place HERE last Thursday. The championship game should have been in the McClymonds gym.
Yes, the McClymonds Lady Warriors made history by winning the Oakland Athletic League for the first time in 38 years. And the boys team, the Warriors won and were undefeated in the OAL.
So what is the pay-off for their hard work and higher seeding in the CIF playoffs: WE HAVE TO PLAY AT OAKLAND TECH, our rival school, instead of playing in our OWN GYM.
And the school is abuzz with that sad reality. “If I had an option,” said boys’ basketball coach Brandon Brooks, “I’d definitely have our team play here because of our strong, enthusiastic fan base.” He thought it was moved to Oakland Tech because of the smaller size of our gym.
Colleen Piper, Spanish teacher, called the move to have McClymonds play at its rival’s gym “unfair” and “uncool.”
Teacher Relonda McGhee, who favored playing at Laney College, where the Silver Bowl was played, said that “Playing at Tech is risky, because it’s our rival.”
Most students agreed. “We should play here, on our home field, because we are the champions,” said Danny Sola, a senior.
But some expressed caution. “Playing here can be dangerous,” said Luckie Lovette, a junior. “In the past, the fans have caused a lot of problems.”
While McClymonds students mentioned the unfairness of the situation, the athletes just practiced for the game.
“As long as we have a court and a hoop,” said Lady Warrior Romanalyn Inocencio, “I’m cool.”
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Mack freshman launches her Twitter novel
With a blue-ink pen in her left hand, she glides it across the page leaving behind strange squiggles as her dozen metal bracelets scrape against the worn, wooden table.
The sound is amplified when students drift out of the room like a stream flowing downhill after the first rainstorm. She is left alone. Hunched over the desk, Janaya Andrews, 14, freshmen, composes the first 140 characters of her first twitter novel.
“I’m an observer. Anything that pops into my head I’ll write a story about it,” says Andrews.
Andrews carries a black handbag on her right shoulder. From there, she pulls out out an old purple composition notebook with pages hanging loose. She opens it up to the next blank paper and begins to write.
“While I’m in my room listening to Escape The Faith, I’ll write about celebrities, but mix it with fiction.”
And so the twitter novel begins at McClymonds High School:
“As I walked into Mack, MC Hammer was demonstrating the Hammer Time but Destiny dragged me up the littered stairs, away from the joy & chaos”
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Tagged freshman, high school, McClymonds, twitter, Twitter novel, west Oakland, writing, youth
How I Write My Twitter Novel
I never really liked twitter nor used it, but one day it all changed when the chief editor of Mack Smack presented an idea: That I write a novel.
Not on paper, not on the computer, but on twitter.
Yes, I said Twitter. I am to write 140 charaters a day. Two sentences a day about my story.
We all know that the school’s wifi doesn’t allow twitter. I also don’t have access to the internet at home and my phone is so old that is doesn’t even show twitter mobile.
So I borrow a teacher’s phone and tweet away.
Follow me @Twitnovel19
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Why Censorship is F****ng Stupid
by Khristan Antoine
Like any other art work, journalism has its own beauty and language. But what happens when that language is simply not enough? As student journalists, we are handcuffed by rules that say we can’t use certain words like sh*t, p*ss, f*ck, c*nt, c*cks*cker, motherf*cker, and t*ts.
We resort to using words that tame the real, strong emotion behind a significant quote even if it was uttered in the heat of the moment: just last week, an ecstatic Lady Warrior, who recently won the OAL championship after 37 years of deadends, said “We f***ing go.” And we had to use asterisks. In some school newspapers, we couldn’t even use the asterisks or the word.
For f*ck’s sake, we can’t even write a review of a rap album because we won’t be able to quote verbatim a decent lyric that portrays the meaning of the song entirely or precisely.
And there are myriad other examples. In an interview with a student for another story, the student talked about how her parents told her to wash the dishes and she sat on her butt and continued watching TV. After a while, they began to lose their patience and resorted to the language we all know as authoritative. She heard a loud bang and a scream that pierced the atmosphere. “Get your fu***ng a$$ up and do the God da*n dishes!” As she told us, “sh*t just got serious. ”
Cuss words carry the emotion of the person speaking them. They don’t necessarily harm or insult anybody but they make a strong impression. They change the tone of the conversation.
Words were never meant to be “bad.” Who gets to decide what is acceptable or not? I fuc**ng think words, all kinds of words, are just that: words. They were designed to fulfill their purpose to communicate and express emotion. If a word achieves its purpose, does it cease to be a good word? What a silly thing to suppose that words are bad or good.
A word is only as good or as useful as its context. As some may argue, cuss words detract from the eloquent nature of language, allowing for a lazier approach to social intercourse (you can SAY intercourse, but not the F word).
What censorship fails to address is inequality: not everyone has access to an education that provides the tools necessary to develop a more extensive vocabulary fit for use in society or even fit for a high school journalism blog.
I s**t you not, sometimes words unify and make it easier to have significant conversations — break ups, family showdowns, disciplinary lectures, just plain hurt feelings.
I do not believe “cuss words” should be the only words used in a daily interaction. There should be a professional level to everything and anything discussed or shared but cuss words unite us all. They’re so basic that there’s no possible miscommunication.
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