Friday, September 30, 2016

'Matlida', 'Doubtfire' Star Mara Wilson Pens Child Stardom Book

By: Jason Fraley

This article was about Mara Wilson, who some may know her as Matilda. She recently wrote a memoir called "Where Am I Now? True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame"

This particular article caught my eye because I do love the movie Matilda, and I haven't heard anything about Mara since. So I thought this article would be interesting to read about.

Which it was, because I learned a few things about her that I didn't know. She mentioned that the actors who played her mother, father, and teacher, were all nice to her and felt like family, especially due to her mother being sick. It was really cool to know, Pam Farris, who played Miss Trunchbull, was one of the kindest, nicest, gentlest people she had ever met. So if you've seen the movie before, you should understand where I'm coming from!

I also learned that she had to grow up fast because of her mother's sickness. Her mother passed before the movie released. It affected her acting because she didn't think it was fun anymore. She had a love/hate relationship for it because she felt she needed it but just wasn't feeling it anymore.

Eventually she came to realize she didn't fit Hollywood's standards because she wasn't "cute enough" anymore. So since then, she graduated from Idyllwild School of Music & Arts in 2005 and will be graduating from New York University's Tisch school of the arts.

I feel the author used a little of enlightenment and emotion. I think enlightenment was used by sharing cool and interesting facts throughout the article about her, the movies she was in, and even the actors she worked with. I think emotion was used because it was sad to know about her mother and how that and Hollywood are the reasons why she isn't really acting anymore. But it wasn't all sad, I got happiness out of it too. Despite of her struggles, she seems to be doing well with her life and doing things she really enjoys.

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

The Willis Family, A Reality Clan's Shocking Scandal

By: Emily Strohm with additional reporting by Jeff Truesdell

Apparently the Willis family is a close knit, religion based family that performs together in a country band called The Willis Clan. The mother, Brenda and her husband, Toby, have 12 children together.

As a band, they performed for America's Got Talent in 2014 and landed a TV show about their lives on TLC.

On Sept. 9, their world came crashing down. The father, Toby Willis, 46, "Was arrested for child rape. According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the charges stem from an alleged sexual encounter with an underage girl between the ages of 3 and 13 in Nashville 12 years ago.

I think the author used Emotion for this article. Reading this article made me feel bad for the family and disappointed in the father. I felt bad because they have so many children and they're a close family. So for the father to get accused for "child rape" and the ages of their kids range from 5 to 24...I think that makes the situation worse. I can't even imagine how the family feels. I've never watched their show but I'm pretty sure if they were a relatable family to their audience/fans, people are probably extremely sad for them.

I just hope for the best for the family. I hope they keep each other strong and continue to live their lives like they were before it happened.

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People Magazine
V. 36 No. 13
September 26, 2016
Pages 23 & 24

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Is #TeacherBae's Dress Too Tight for School?

By: Kristine Solomon

This article was about a fourth grade teacher in Georgia named Paris Monroe. Apparently, she dresses inappropriately to be a teacher. The way my mind is set up, I typically see both sides of a story. So in this case, there's no different.

Half of me agrees that the way she looks at work can be distracting. Someone made a good point saying, fourth graders are approaching stages that involve their hormones. So when she is writing on the board, some of the kids could be looking at her more than what she's writing.

The other half of me is on her side. I feel like with anything else, people love to say, "It's 2016." So with that being said, teachers now aren't going to look like the teachers your parents or grandparents had. Especially if the teacher is pretty young. While they're young, they're most likely wearing cute and trendy clothes that are covering. Which in all of the pictures I have seen of her, she was fully covered. She didn't have any cleavage out and her dresses that were fitting went to the knees. She even wore long sweaters with some of the dresses.

I will say, people with certain body shapes can't wear the same thing other sizes are wearing but I think her case is pretty innocent. She wasn't showing any skin inappropriately, so I don't think she meant anything by it. Instead of bashing her and putting her on blast for what people think are wrong, at least say it to her privately or congratulate her about what she has accomplished. Some people may have been so worried about the negative, they probably didn't even know she won "Teacher of the Month." I also feel, if the parents of the students, faculty and board haven't said anything to her, than everyone else can mind their business.

I feel the author  didn't use the E's as noticeably as the authors of the other articles I have read, but if I had to choose, I would say emotion. I think she evoked her audiences emotions by mentioning a few peoples opinions and reactions to the teacher's appearance. Some were clearly angry about her dressing that way in front of kids and others are angry because they feel it's not fair to judge a woman with curves of wearing that rather than someone wearing the same outfits with a different shape.

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Friday, September 9, 2016

Turning Bronze Into Gold

Dayton City Paper
Volume 13, Number 35, August 30-September 5, 2016

By: Marilynn Preston 
Pg. 29

This was an inspiring article to read. It was about a few people who competed in the Olympics and how they over came their losses, like a winner. Also about ones who think about others while competing.

The author had a couple of bold sections of her article called: Learn To Lose, Winning Isn't Everything, and Changing Lives is also an Olympic Sport. With those being highlighted, it makes you want to know what she's mentioning because it seems so positive.

Here are a few quotes and moments that I enjoyed from this article:

Learn to Lose
Kerri Walsh Jennings, a professional beach volleyball player and three-time Olympic gold medalist, and April Ross, also a professional beach volleyball player and Olympic silver medalist, lost to a Brazilian women's beach volleyball team. It was Kerri's first defeat and felt very devastated and took it very hard. According to The Los Angeles Times, "Jennings spent a sleepless night cursing and crying, beating herself up for playing poorly. Less than 24 hours later, she was back on the beach at Copacabana, playing another Brazilian team for the bronze." Keri and April ended up winning the game. "Walsh Jennings and Ross were ecstatic-hugging, kissing, reminding us all that winning third place is still winning," says Preston.

Winning Isn't Everything
James Chiengjiek is a refugee member that is living his dream. He fled his home in South Sudan so he wouldn't get recruited as a child soldier. So now he has won eighth in his heat for the men's 400-meter. He says, "My dream is to get good results at the Olympics and also to help people. Because I have been supported by someone, I also want to support someone."

Changing Lives is also an Olympic Sport
Simone Manuel is the first black woman to win a gold in swimming. She says, "For all the people after me who believe they can't do it, I want to be an inspiration to them that they can do it."

I believe the author used Enlightenment and Emotion. I think she enlightened the reader by giving real examples of how a winner can still lose like a winner. She showed us that it's okay to lose no matter how much of a winner you are. There's nothing worse than a sore loser, so for someone to get back up and try again is inspiring. Also, wanting to win to help others is so much more amazing. The author evoked emotion with simply quotes from the Olympic medalists. It's one thing to just mention someone may have said something, but to have direct quotes from them and to see how they reacted is also inspiring and makes me want to do better at what I do and to continue, no matter what.

Very encouraging.      

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Teen Escapee Has No Chill, Asks For a Better Mugshot on Facebook

Yahoo News

By: Johnny Lieu

The title of the article is very self explanatory! It's literally about an 18 year old girl named Amy Sharp that escaped from corrective service officers on Aug. 19 in Sydney, Australia. While in hiding, she posted a picture of herself on Facebook asking the police to use that photo as her mugshot. The post didn't only catch more than 50,000 people's attention, but also directed the police to her location.

The author of this article used two E's; Enlightenment and Entertainment. The author enlightened his audience by letting people aware (if they didn't already know) that by posting things on social media, it can give away your location, especially by the law.

The author entertained his audience by first, saying the teen had no chill and second, the article itself. You can't help but to not take this seriously because it literally made me laugh and ask "Really?" when I read this.

Who does that?