Protect our youth

Protect our youth

Gun violence has always been an issue in our communities.  You would never think that it would hit so close to home though.  Reality starts to set in when the shootings are 5-10 minutes away from your home.  Northwestern University and my own hometown, Evanston, IL have been invaded by nameless gunshots.  A dark cloud hovers over the town raining with grief and sadness.

I want to pay my respects to a boy who wasn’t able to fully experience life.  Dajae Coleman was killed on September 22, 2012, an innocent bystander to a drive by shooting.  The bullet never had his name on it.  Another life gone because he was in the wrong place at the wrong time.  Dajae was an honor roll student and entered the high school as an athlete.  His goals and dreams were cut short due to tragedy.  Evanston residents began trending this incident (#DaeDaeWorld) and great celebrities like Lebron James, Russell Simmons, and more recognized him and this horrifying incident.  It was great to see a negative situation turned into a positive one by bringing the local and national community together.

Bringing together a community shouldn’t stop there!  We have to do a lot more to protect our own community.  Education is always key, but how do we implement a safe environment?  I suggest opening up more recreation centers.  This can prevent the youth from hanging out in the streets and getting into mischievous things.  We need more mentors to talk and organize activities with our youth.  There’s so much we can do.

Being away from home is hard for me to become a mentor in my hometown.  While I am in Columbia, MO, I will become a positive role model for the youth in this community.  And Embracing Amara (an organization I just joined) is an example of an organization trying to guide our youth.  As I mature, my eyes have opened up to much more than having fun.  Responsibility has become a priority. I want to make sure that I am an individual who not only fulfill dreams; but influence youth in a positive manner.

The time is now to act towards our future.  And our youth will be here to apply any teachings that we have passed on.  So get out and do something positive.  My 4-year-old niece is my heart and priority and I want her to live out her dreams to the fullest without any harm coming into play.  Think about your own relatives or juveniles that you hold dear to your heart.  Like anyone else, you would want the best for him or her! We can’t always stop danger but if more people find time to encourage positive behaviors in our communities then there will be less danger to face.

With that being said, WAKE UP PEOPLE!

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Deadly Popcorn

Deadly Popcorn

My love for popcorn has officially been crushed!  Artificial flavorings will always have a downfall for consumers.  Suppliers reproduce products without evaluating externalizations that may cause harm to consumers of a product.

Wayne Watson, popcorn lover for real, recently won $7.2 million.   You would’ve thought the man won the lottery with all that cash.  So how did the man get all that money?  Well, Watson has been eating 2 bags of microwave popcorn over the last two decades.  Eventually, he develops  a rare disease called popcorn lung.  With this disease, his lung capacity reaches up to 53%.  A lawsuit against a popcorn company, grocery store, and production facility were taken to court.  The cause of the disease is from an artificial flavoring that makes the popcorn more buttery, it’s called diacetyl.  Doctors say this rare disease is usually found in people who develop Alzheimer’s and workers who have been exposed in production plants.

Technology has improved and has increased many health issues.  I don’t eat popcorn on a regular basis, but I do have a bag of microwave popcorn at the house.  So for now, I will be checking for the ingredient, diacetyl, on all bags of popcorn and regular food in general.  And you should too!  Supposedly, many popcorn companies have gotten rid of the product.  That means, there has to be a substitute for the ingredient.  I wonder what it is and will that have any health problems?

People say smoking and drinking is bad for you.  Well, so are these inorganic foods that are being supplied in our regular grocery stores.  As time passes, who knows what food will be the next item taken off shelves.  Or which food company will be the next leading suspect selling spurious food to the innocent public?

Chad Johnson will charge to court

Chad Johnson’s headbutt charge

Okay, so I don’t know if you have heard about the newly wed couple, Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson and Evelyn Lozada, but their marriage was ended recently.  Their marriage consisted of six weeks.  Johnson played for the Miami Dolphins before the battery charge filed against him and Evelyn was one of the stars on VH1’s Basketball Wives. Could this have been another stunt for more fans and money?

The couple’s marriage ended due to an argument about a condom receipt that Evelyn found. So in response, Chad headbutted his wife and left her head leaking with blood.  An intense situation?  Yes, I know.  The part I don’t get is why would Chad headbutted Evelyn randomly?  I believe their is more to the story, just like the Chris Brown and Rihanna incident.  Evelyn had to provoke the man!  Either way it goes, no one will ever know what actually happened in the couple’s home.  If you have ever watched the show she starred in like I did, then you would notice Evelyn’s hot temper and smart mouth.  This Latina bliss was always fired up!

Also, during the show her ex-bestfriend (that’s another intense story) suggested that Evelyn shouldn’t marry Chad.   With that being said, there must have been obvious signs that pointed to the man as an unsuitable candidate for her.  I have heard the phrase Love is blind and clearly Evelyn was.  There are always signs of an abusive person when one is getting acquainted with the other. I am not blaming Evelyn for choosing him as a husband because you can’t help who you “fall in love” with.  But, she could have done better in the situation.

Chad’s tweets served positive messages and wished Evelyn the best of luck for the case. Chad will be appearing in court on October 31 and he has plead not guilty.  He may face 1 year in prison and a $1,000 fine, if found guilty.  This should teach all people a lesson, stop rushing to get married and focus on more than the outer appearance and financial stance.  I wish there were a lot more mature marriages that people can look up to.  Because marriage shouldn’t be taken light as a joke or stunt, it’s a lifetime commitment!

“Somebody That I Used to Know” by Gotye featuring Kimbra

– I am back! ( ;

This week, I will be embracing the art of a video production. In order to feel where I am coming from, watch Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know”video right now. The link has been posted with this blog. You may have heard this bell-ringing tune booming out some speakers. It may have been my own speakers. At the jump, Gotye’s song was catchy. I caught myself bobbing my head and tapping my fingers against the car wheel. I just want to say; I am in love with this song even more after watching the video!

Now let’s talk about the production of this amazing video. The video starts with a camera following up Gotye’s naked body against a blank wall or canvas. Cinematographer, Warwick Field shot this video clip and produced still photos within the making. Still photos are seen when the wall and artists’ bodies are being covered and erased throughout the film. An awesome idea to shoot! Right before your eyes, there is no sign of a physical painter decorating their body. It looks complex and magical at the same time. With the help of producers and editors, this technique of shooting was phenomenal!

In class, we watched video clips incorporate still shots. The method is inspiring to an amateur shooter like myself. I am eager to find out how to achieve this skill in a prospect video that I will be creating soon for a project. And eventually you will witness me achieve this aspect of producing on my blog. So be looking for it in the next few weeks!