• Hey PJ,
    This is a very interesting post. I, much like everyone else on this forum, am a teenager as well. I am pretty addicted to my phone and cannot get off it sometimes. As surprising as it may seem, however, I am not as bad as some of my friends. What I want to know is why is playing on your phone SO addicting? Why are we drawn to it and why…[Read more]

  • Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats, or better known as CRISPR, is the latest and greatest DNA editing tool used by scientist today. The first research into the functions of CRISPR began in

    • Keaton, I really enjoyed your article and thought that your comparison between Huxley’s “Brave New World” and CRISPR was spot on. Though genetic engineering does sound like a good idea in theory, there are a lot of problems that come with it . A good example of this is when you claimed that: “the Director of the factory said that all the Deltas and Epsilons were content with their life since they couldn’t perceive being a Gamma or higher.” I found another source regarding the issues that would come with genetic engineering, and I hope to see more about this in the future. Thank you for sharing this.

      http://www.greens.org/s-r/18/18-02.html

  • Hey Koji this is a cool article. I like the picture that you chose for your topic. I had no idea that the crime rate was going down in the US. My question is, how does the crime rate in the US compare to foreign countries? and what is the alcohol consumption and economic status of those countries? Here’s a dank article to get you…[Read more]

  • My English teacher, Mr. Sloan, has been helping on a movie project with Citizen Film and PBS. The film is called American Creed and is set to debut early next year. Mr. Sloan has been gracious enough to show us 30

  • Thanks Eric,
    I also don’t believe that all rappers do drugs. Gucci Mane has also advocated against the use of codeine. However, as I read through my article again, it does seem like I say “all rappers do drugs”.

  • Warning: This article contains explicit content on the use of codeine in Hip-hop. Coarse Language involved.

    Nowadays drugs and rap practically go hand and hand. It’s common knowledge that most rappers are quite o

    • I agree what your saying with rappers and how they do a lot of drugs but most good rappers actually don’t do drugs. For example 50 Cent, J Cole,Eminem,and etc. what I’m trying to explain to u is that not every rapper does drugs.

      • Thanks Eric,
        I also don’t believe that all rappers do drugs. Gucci Mane has also advocated against the use of codeine. However, as I read through my article again, it does seem like I say “all rappers do drugs”.

    • Dear Keaton,
      I am interested with your post because that is very true. Many rappers overuse lean and marijuana not knowing the consequences. Yea it may cause them to be more creative and rake in millions of dollars off of hits but it could shorten or effect their life forever. Lean is one of the worst types of drugs to take because of the effects on the body but they seem not to care and want to portray a ” hood” look.

      One thing that stood out to me is Lil Wayne having seizures because of him drinking lean earlier on in his life which is terrifying. Many rappers just because they haven’t experienced anything bad in life yet feel like they should keep doing it till they notice it’s harming them.

    • I am interested by your post because It’s amazing to see how rap has changed within the last 20 years. One thing you said that stands out to me is that, “Believe it or not, there was a time when hip-hop artists advocated against the use of drugs. In the early days of hip-hop, most rappers used their music to condemn the use of drugs.” I think this is sad because nowadays, drugs are used as a “positive” resource for rappers.

    • I am intrigued by your post because over the past years rappers have been consuming a lot of drugs. One thing that stood out to me is when you said “Believe it or not, there was a time when hip-hop artists advocated against the use of drugs. In the early days of hip-hop, most rappers used their music to condemn the use of drugs.” I think this interesting cause nowadays most of the rappers be rapping about doing drugs and all this other stuff.

    • i am interested in your post because it really shows how the rap world has such a impact on everyone but also they do have a good impact like how most successful rappers like migos famous dex chief keef and lots more have lived a life of crime and turned there life around for the better focused on music and made it.

    • Dear Keaton,
      First I love to articular and the idea and support most of your points. The only problem i have with it is some rapers don’t do drugs but the ones that do are talking about there experiences with drugs like how they had to sell to get out of where they came or how drugs is the only thing that keeps them from thinking about the rough come up. I’m not saying it is right but still there is all ways to sides to a story. other than that is was good and enjoyed it.

      sincerely, Gideon

    • Dear Keaton,
      I am intrigued by your post because not many people post about drugs having a positive effect for anything. Saying that codeine could help make a million dollar hit is something new because when people talk about hits it mostly involves violence, guns, and gangs. One thing that stood out was “The pro’s and cons of the use of codeine in rap is unclear. Some would argue that the gains outweigh the means. If using codeine to create a song can help you rake in millions of dollars, than by all means use lean.” because the pro is greater from the cons but nothing is promised.

    • Dear Keaton,
      I am intrigued by your post because you explain how rap has changed throughout time. One thing you said that stood out to me the most was mentioning how it has impacted some of these rappers lives like Lil Waynes. You mention how he has had a problem with seizures, and he is not the only rapper that has had internal problems due to the drink usage of lean. I love how you say “Some would argue that the gains outweigh the means. If using codeine to create a song can help you rake in millions of dollars, than by all means use lean. On the other hand, is it worth it to destroy your body in the name of pursuing fame and fortune.” I think this is interesting because you state both sides of arguments.

  • This was a cool article. With a lot of good sources of information. My only question is how does this effect the issue of over crowded prisons. Today, prisons are more over crowded than they have ever been before. Here is a cool…[Read more]

  • Hey Leslie,
    I really liked your shadow box. I like the wide variety of objects. From stuffed animals, to sea shells, and tape (if that is tape, its hard to tell). I especially love the Rosie the Riveter.

  • This was a very well thought out essay Eli. I believe that Martin Luther King was one of the smartest men in American history. The quote that you used in your second paragraph was very interesting. The idea that the Emancipation Proclamation gave equal rights to blacks, but was not enforced until the 1960’s is absurd.

    P.S. Where did the Martin…[Read more]

  • Those are some cool pictures

  • Hey Tomas,
    My name is Keaton, and I am from Utah so I had never heard of this issue before. I would suggest to maybe find the pros of the bullet trains in other countries like Japan and India. Here are some sites that I…[Read more]

  • Dear Raymond,

    I agree that Mars is the next step for human expedition and science. Simply getting to the moon was an enormous feat for human kind and now that we posses all the technology to reach Mars, I think that it would be foolish to not capitalize on such an immense opportunity. In terms of cost, the amount of money it would take to go to…[Read more]

  • High School textbooks don’t have anything on Asian Americans during the civil rights era. There were a lot of Asian activists in the mid to late twentieth century. All of them are not well known amongst most youth

    • Keaton, this is awesome that you wrote about this because Asian american history is very rarely talked about even today despite being a major part of our history. Aoki and Kochiyama are completely new names to me which is unfortunate, but I’m glad you are taking an active role in spreading their work. You may find it interesting to look into things like the Chinese Massacre of 1871 because that too is an event very rarely put into textbooks despite being so brutal. It’s definitely an expansive topic with a lot to uncover so I hope to see more on your views in the future.

    • Keaton, I loved this article. I am an asian american myself living in Utah. Rarely do people think of my ethnic group when considering social or political activism. I admit this is the first I have ever heard of any notable again activist. I encourage you to keep focusing on this issue and maybe writing some on on going issues that effect asians across the world.

    • This is really cool Keaton! I think it’s great that you’ve noticed this as well. In my AP U.S. History class last year, there was virtually no mention of Asian American activists during the Civil Rights era. I have to say that what I found most interesting in this writing is the bit about Yuri Kochiyama as “the woman who holds Malcolm X’s head”. I thought that was especially provocative because everyone knows who Malcolm X is and I myself have seen that photo and not thought twice about the others in the photo. Keep it up! I can’t wait to see where else you can take this.

    • Thanks for writing this post on such an understated (or outright ignored) topic in American history. It’s really cool that one of the two you mentioned even pressured UC Berkely into a whole new department! I’m curious about what you think the reasons Asian-Americans aren’t well-represented in media are. I’m looking forward to reading your next post!

    • Keaton, this is a great article! As you mentioned, textbooks generally don’t portray Asian-Americans and it stands true because I was unaware of many of the injustices mentioned in your research. I love that you included to historical figures that represent your culture and what you are trying to bring to attention. It seems as though you have already done a great deal of astonishing research and you also seem most likely to continue your research, so here a link with a few more Asian-American activists for you to research! http://www.complex.com/life/2016/03/asian-americans-activists/

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