by Dani Cooke
This collection received a National Silver Medal in the 2018 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.
Established in 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the nation’s largest, longest-running, most prestigious visual and literary arts program recognizing creative accomplishments of students in grades 7–12.
by Leo Sipowicz
Darryl Hill Aka Cappadonna/Cappuccino/The unofficial 10th/ was born on September 18, 1969, in Staten Island, New York. Darryl Hill grew up with members of what would later become The Wu-Tang clan, such as Method Man, Inspectah Deck, and Raekwon, and was a mentor to a younger member of the clan, U-god, who beatboxed for Cappadonna at shows when they were kids.
As Wu-Tang started to form and the group worked on their first album “Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)” Cappadonna was a fully-fledged member of the group. But a few months before the release of the album Cappadonna was busted for selling crack and was thrown in jail for a little under two years. When Cappadonna went to prison, he was replaced in the group with Method Man and Wu-Tang went on to see great success without Cappadonna.
As Cappadonna explains in a interview with VladTV he had to keep hustling and selling crack while he was in Wu-Tang: “my hussle was worldwide it started from the street you know what I mean? so yeah that's how I got caught up in that triangle right there”.
When Cappadonna was released from prison in June of 1995, he was ready to get back to making music., Method Man and Raekwon invited Cappadonna to hop on a track named “Ice Cream” for Raekwon's upcoming solo project “Only Built For Cuban Linx”. Cappadonna takes the third verse on “Ice Cream” a track that uses the metaphor of different flavors of ice cream to talk about different ethnicities of woman. The song was a resounding success, eventually becoming 37th on the billboard top 100, and fifth on the Hot Rap Singles chart. This song launched Cappadona back into New York hip hop relevance and two years later he dropped “The Pillage.” His debut album hit #3 on the charts and was certified gold. Cappadonna appeared on both Wu-Tang releases “The W” and “8 Diagrams”. RZA stated in 2008 during an interview to clarify any confusion about Cappadonna's status in the clan, “He’s been an official member of Wu-Tang Clan since 8 Diagrams.” meaning that ever sense Wu-Tang’s 2007 release of “8 Diagrams” Cappadonna is officially the 10th member of the Wu-Tang Clan.
by Dani Cooke
Art is perhaps my only window into the world of free-spirited rebellion. Despite a plethora of carefully color-coded notebooks and constant overthinking which I stash in my locker, my sketchbooks remain just a little bit messy, a little bit unpredictable, a little bit free.
by Lola Hemmat
Rated: ages 13+
Genre(s): Drama, Supernatural Fiction, Horror, Romance
“The Vampire Diaries” is a teen show that came out in 2009. It stars Nina Dobrev as Elena Gilbert, a girl who lives in the small town of Mystic Falls, and is mourning the recent deaths of her parents.
Then, Stefan Salvatore, (Paul Wesley) a brooding, hot, and mysterious boy moves back into town, (naturally) becoming Elena’s new love interest. But after Stefan comes back to Mystic Falls, a string of animal attacks happen. And it turns out that Stefan isn’t the only Salvatore back in town, because his brother Damon, (Ian Somerhalder) is back and he comes with the need for revenge. It seems that both of the Salvatore boys fall for Elena, but will it work out for either when it turns out they’re vampires?
I know what you may be thinking, this is a total Twilight rip off, but it isn’t. “The Vampire Diaries” was originally a book series written by L.J. Smith that came out 14 years before Twilight did. And even if “The Vampire Diaries” was a rip-off, it has enough original ideas, characters, storylines, and monsters to make up for it.
I love the show, but at times it can get a little cheesy. And by a little cheesy, I mean bury-your-face-in-the-pillow-because-you-feel-ashamed-for-watching-it cheesy. It doesn’t take away from how good the show is, but when you see a vampire run like a sped up cartoon character and practically teleport across the room, it’s hard to take it seriously.
The second reason “The Vampire Diaries” is a 4 star show, and not a 5, is how unbelievable things can be at times. I know that the show is about vampires, but that isn’t the unrealistic part. The show is based around high school kids, but it seems like they have endless free time and no homework, which is annoying to me as a stressed out middle school student. Also, their small town must have limitless funding, because in almost every episode there is an event, or party, or pageant being thrown.
“The Vampire Diaries” is a show worth watching. At the end of almost every episode there is a cliffhanger that will make you need to see what happens next. Some people will give up on it, but if you can get through the first 1 or 2 episodes of “The Vampire Diaries”, I guarantee that you will be wearing a team Damon or team Stefan shirt by the end of the week. Because that is the type of show that “The Vampire Diaries” is, it’s the type of show you will become addicted to, then when you have blasted through 7 seasons of guilty, indulgent fun, you will have to re-watch it over and over because you have fallen so in love with it.