In death, we remember the talent, not the media whirlwind that consumed his life.
By Debi Adesanya Singer? Dancer? Hit-Maker? He was the man responsible for the moon-walk and half the dance moves performed today; the man who had a patent for his moves to be performed live; the man who spent over $7,000,000 on a music video; the “Most Successful Entertainer of All Time” for being entered into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame TWICE and for selling over 600 million records worldwide. One could only be talking about the one and only
“Most Successful Entertainer of All Time” Michael Jackson, the “King of Pop.” A victim of controversy and the idol of many, Michael Jackson was born the seventh of nine children in 1958. He was a talented individual, who started his career in the music industry at the age of 6. He started as the lead singer of The Jackson 5, a group consisting of him and his 4 brothers. When he embarked on a solo career in 1971, who knew he would “change the game [the music industry] forever?” With albums such as: ‘Off The Wall’, ‘Thriller’ (officially the best-selling album ever), ‘Bad’, ‘Dangerous’, ‘HIStory’, and ‘Invincible’ he crossed
racial barriers, with his audience spanning generations. Despite the adoration many had for him, he was repeatedly accused of malicious crimes, including sexually molesting children. Initially this claim was filed in 1993 and then again in 2005, both resulting in dropped charges due to lack of evidence. As well as this, throughout his life the media publicly speculated on all his actions, normally misrepresenting them. For example, changes to appearance such as that of his skin colour sp arked widesp read coverage. Initially the media claimed it was a desire to be Caucasian although it was later released that he had been diagnosed with ‘vitiligo’ and ‘lupus.’ Michael Jackson passed away due to cardiac arrest on the 25th of June shortly before our release for the summer holidays. What has now been ruled a homicide resulted in media frenzy, with his fans distraught and speechless. Shortly after, his memorial service attracted one billion viewers. Michael Jackson, now laid to rest, lives on as a musical legacy. Long live the King.
Pop Life: Art in a Material World By Anouska Wise When I first found out that we were going to visit the Pop Life: Art in a Material World exhibition at the Tate Modern for the sixth form art trip, I wasn’t instantly overwhelmed with enthusiasm. My initial thoughts were that we were going to see the usual, obvious chunks of Pop Art that we are used to seeing still today in fashion, advertisements etc. I assumed that the main proportion of the exhibition would be on Warhol – and I was right, there certainly was a vast amount of the icon’s work, but not in the traditional way that I had been used to seeing hundreds of times over. What is so interesting about the exhibition is how it embraces the consumerism that accompanies art, and the ways in which
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certain artists such as Tracy Emin, Keith Haring and Takashi Murakami have turned their art into brands. Murakami will probably be the artist who most of you are familiar with due to his collaboration with Louis Vuitton with his Multicolore and Cherry Blossom handbags, as well as creating the artwork for Kanye West’s album, Graduation. The intelligent arrangement of this exhibition is as though you are actually in the shops that these artists developed to sell their work, and concentrates on the sharp way in which they draw us in with a topic that will always interest many of us and plays a relevant role in our day-to-day lives. So if © you find yourself sitting around with nothing to do this Christmas, then I strongly recommend that you pay a quick visit to the Tate.
Mariachi El Bronx With Julia Kisray♪ If you are like me and have had just about enough of Taylor Swift, Pixie Lott, and every song on the Twilight soundtrack then join me in celebrating the brand spanking new and ridiculously eccentric band Mariachi El Bronx. A bit like the sneaky students of Roedean, this band has a double identity. Not only do they have two names (The Bronx and Mariachi El Bronx), but they play two completely different genres to fit even the most outlandish of our mood swings. One side is a sweet little band playing mariachi music to do la cucaracha to (feel free to put your poncho on and run around the fields screaming AY AY AY with your iPod in), but beware that it is verging slightly on the background music that would play in Nandos. The other side is a rock band, weirdly lost somewhere in between emo-indie outfit These New Puritans and the slightly sadistic Alice In Chains. Frankly, you couldn't get more teenage punk. If you didn't believe in the commonly used phrase of "opposites attract," listen to their two albums back-to-back and p rep ar e to exp eri en c e an epiphany.
New York Hip-Hop Theatre Festival Art rooted in ‘isms’ By Georgia Rice From October 1 through 17, the Hip-Hop Theatre Festival offered art, dance and theatre events that celebrated hip-hop. Performances featured hip-hop culture's core elements such as music, break dancing, and graffiti, and all were thematically rooted in socio-political issues. In addition, the happenin’ venue featured readings of one-woman shows. Most performances took place at the Ohio Theatre in SoHo, renowned for it’s prominent place in the modern hi-hop scene. This is a prominent event for many of the local children as they also got to watch and perform in the festival. For nine years and counting the Festival has pushed the boundaries of performance norms, defining and redefining the art and aesthetic of Hip-Hop. The NYC Festival showcases the depth and breadth of Hip-Hop culture; featuring original programming that pays homage to the classic elements that ignited a movement, as well as new and innovative performances that redefine global culture. In its nine years so far it has grown into one of the most influential outlets showcasing hip-hop performing arts in the country. Jonzi D was the curator of the festival and when asked about where he got his inspiration from he replied “Politics. I do like politics - opinions and racism and every ‘ism’ and injustice is a real motivator to create a better future in Hip-hop.”
Old Doors Closed, New Doors Opened By Katy Feek Last academic year the students of St Mary’s Hall were told, with no warning, that their school as of July 2009 would be no more. Not only have girls been uprooted in some of their most important school years but they have had to leave friends, make new friends, and endure that nerve wracking, terrifying “new girl” feeling all over again. St Mary’s Hall was a family, together we all worked in a friendly, fun community to try and help each other achieve our goals. The day that we were told our school was closing was a bizarre one. I have never before felt such a strange mix of emotions, from sadness and regret to pure disbelief. I found the daunting task of starting a new school the hardest, getting used to change and starting all over again is not something I would expect for my final, already stressful six form year. Nevertheless as a whole, we feel that we have been widely accepted and are enjoying the new experiences and opportunities we have been confronted with. “It’s been really nice getting to know the SMH girls, they are a lively, friendly group of girls who have been through a really hard few months. I mean I couldn’t imagine how it would feel if Roedean turned round and said it was closing. They have been really courageous,” said a current 6’2 student. To begin with things weren’t easy, but the shock seems to be progressively getting better as the term continues. The St Mary’s Hall girls have tried their best to become integrated within the Roedean community by joining the sports teams, netball and swimming being the most popular. Also, three 6’2 girls have received prefect posts, Claire Stokes as Deputy Games Captain, Canitta Hart as Head Sacristan and Katy Feek as Head of Keswick East. We have rapidly become an active part of the academic and social side of Roedean life in addition. A 6’2 student said “They have all integrated really well, it has actually been really great to be able to meet a new group of lovely, enthusiastic girls, as we would not normally be able to do that in our final year.” I’m sure by the time the summer term comes around we will all feel like one big, settled community. We can only see Roedean as a new door opening into our future with bright and exciting prospects; leaving St Mary’s Hall as an old door we’re closing yet will never forget.
Who’s New to Team Two? By Camilla Longman and Indie Mandal Team 2 has a reputation for losing but always ‘giving it some welly’, however, now that Team 2 has a new Head of Team, what changes should we expect? We were fortunate enough to get to speak to Mrs. Chandler, the new Head of Team. What was your main reason for applying for the role of head of team 2? To support all the students in Team 2, and particularly those new to Roedean and to guide them on their journey through the various yearly team competitions. To be supportive and encouraging along the way and find a level of enthusiasm that will inspire the girls to feel special in all they set out to achieve. Using the old saying ‘it’s the taking part that counts’ how do you plan on motivating the team so that every member takes part? I do believe that the taking part does count and I will strive to find ways in which all Team 2 students can be involved this year. At each team event we will have students who feel that they have the skills to contribute to particular competitions. On and off the court or stage there is room for everyone to think along the same lines in aiming to achieve team spirit for each occasion. Winning competitions is the icing on the cake and a final reward we will have to work hard together to achieve our dreams. My commitment to Team 2 will be strong and I hope students will feel inspired to get involved along the way. Teams 1 and 4 both have sports teachers as their heads of teams, how do you feel about competing against them? Will there be any rivalry in the sports office? As I see my role, I will not be competing against Mrs. Goulet and Mrs. Carnaghan - Team Two will be competing against students from Teams 1, 3 and 4. When a group of students gain opportunities to play competitively away from their usual source of sports teams, there is a special team spirit that is conjured up by the colour the students represent. Yellow is a strong colour and our team will become stronger and stronger - watch this space! There will be no rivalry in the PE office.
Feeling Argumentative? By Vicci Cowlett ‘I propose the motion of a Monday Evening debating club with Mr Hargreaves!’ From 7-8pm Mr Hargreaves is running a debating club in Tanner Senior ODR. It’s a great way to improve debating and public speaking skills (which, by the way, look great on university applications), make new friends and have fun. Mr Hargreaves has entered teams into the Youth Speaks, Oxford Union Debating Competition and the English Speaking Union public speaking competition and wants to see as many of us there as possible. ‘All those in favour say aye!’
Gold DoE, An Adventure By Anna Augousti Once upon a time in the Cevennes, France, a group of Roedean girls could be seen, trudging up several big hills... The trip began with a 5am start on Friday 3rd of July. The large group of excitable (if not slightly groggy) students embarked upon the day’s journey to Villes-Hautes, a minute village nestled in the heart of the Cevennes, which was to be their base camp for the next week. The first few days were spent acclimatising to the heat, getting to know the area using technical and challenging equipment such as maps and compasses, making sure there were enough tent pegs to go around, and avoiding the over enthusiastic dogs belonging to the Duke of Edinburgh coordinators. On Monday the experience began; and to no surprise it was tougher than anticipated. The weather along with the heavy rucksacks and varying terrains became increasingly more real than when first discussed leisurely in the comfort of E3. As the second day commenced it became apparent that one group had managed to travel kilometres (Yes, France uses the metric system!) off course and had ended up having to sleep in a barn without their tent. From then on compasses were referred to religiously. The challenge encouraged teamwork and perhaps even more importantly, perseverance. Despite the occasional “you go on without me” moment, everyone successfully and grubbily completed their Gold Duke of Edinburgh expedition. A special thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Evans who proved to be hospitable and supportive instructors, to Mrs Douglas-Smith for making Duke of Edinburgh possible and to the rest of the staff who came for volunteering their expert leading skills!
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Roedean School December 2009