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Busta Rhymes

Prom Fashion How to find that perfect dress.

Texting Tragedies A few tips that may save your life.

Homework Help How to handle your workload.

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Dear Students, April brings prom preparation. Thus, in this issue, student fashion journalist Ashley Ayers brings the latest in prom fashions. Meanwhile, student journalist Roxeline Sanchez writes “How texting can turn tragic,” especially when you are multitasking. Accidents happen and this is a good read for those who text while driving or crossing the street. Our Celebrity High interview this month is with rap legend Busta Ryhmes. He’s from Jamaica by way of New York City. Busta opens up about his art and how he got to the top. Some of the top names in Hip Hop have contributed to his latest album. It is predicted to sell like hot cakes at IHOP.

This letter could not close without a special shout out to our CEO Nick Cannon, who was recently named Chairman of Teen Nick. Nick shows a lot of care and concern. He actively participates in building up the community. Nickelodeon could not have chosen a better candidate. Respectfully, Coline Witt


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out of Homework. By: Rebecca Daniels Homework is a major part of going to school. Plan Homework

Luckily, there are several things you can do to make homework less work. First, be sure you understand the assignment. Write it down in your notebook and don’t be afraid to ask questions about what’s expected. It’s much easier to take a minute to ask the teacher during or after class than to struggle to remember later that night! Second, use any extra time you have in school to work on your homework. Third, take your time. If you don’t finish your homework during school, think about how much you have left and what else is going on that day, and then budget your time. Most highschool students have between 1 and 3 hours of homework a night. If it’s a heavy homework day and it seems like you’ve got an assignment in every subject but gym and lunch, you’ll need to devote more time to homework. It’s a good idea to come up with some kind of homework schedule, especially if you are involved in sports or activities or have an after-school job. Where do You Work When you settle down to do homework or to study, where do you do it? Parked in front of the TV? These places may have worked when you were younger and your assignments didn’t require as much skill and concentration. But now that you’re older, a bedroom, study, or any other room where you can get away from noise and distractions is the best place to get homework done. But don’t study on your comfy bed — opt for a desk or table that you can set your computer on and is comfortable to work at. It doesn’t need to be large, just big enough to spread out your stuff.


Start Working

When you start your homework, tackle the hardest assignments first. It’s tempting to start with the easy stuff to get it out of the way, but you’ll have the most energy and focus when you begin, so it’s best to use this mental power on the subjects that are most challenging. Later, when you’re more tired, you can focus on the simpler things.

Take a Break

Most people’s attention spans aren’t very long, so take some breaks while doing your homework. Sitting for too long without stretching or relaxing will make you less productive than if you stop every so often. Taking a 15-minute break every hour is a good idea for most people. (But if you’re really concentrating, wait until it’s a good time to stop.)

Get Help

The first place to turn for help is your teacher. He or she may be able to work with you before or after school and explain things more clearly. But what if you don’t feel comfortable with your teacher? If you’re in a big enough school, there may be other teachers who teach the same subject. Speak to a guidance counselor or to the other teacher directly and you may be in luck. Sometimes it just helps to have someone new explain something in a different way.

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CH: What inspired you to get into the music industry? Busta Rymes: I was always a fan of music. I remember having a baby sitter when I was a little kid because my mom used to work nights. Back then they had these underground hip hop stations that would come on at 2 a.m. I wasn’t allowed to be up and the lady that was babysitting me had a son by the name of Alfonzo. He used to do graffiti, so late nights he would wake up and sneak out the house to do graffiti in the subways and on buildings. So I’m over there in the same room, and he’s making noise while putting his spray cans together, getting his gear and hoody. I would wake up and he would be getting his stuff together to this music that was being played by these underground stations. And I would hear it and be amazed by it. I was like 9 or 10. I fell in love with it. CH: Who were your music idols growing up? Busta Rymes: Bob Marley and Dennis Brown. My family is Jamaican, so when I had to do the chores in the house they would be playing that music. I just fell in love with it. I would have to say on the hip hop side, Grand master flex, Furious five, Crash Crew, Funky four plus one more, Run DMC, LL cool J, Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, Kurtis Blow, Those guys were like some of the first guys that got the opportunity to be heard on the radio. There is also a real classic hip hop movie it is called “Wild Style” It exposes great history on the beginning of hip hop. You should rent that and “Beach Street” CH: Can you share a dream or a goal? Busta Rymes: I want to be the Warren Buffet of Hip Hop music. In a nut shell, that’s my dream.

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CH: How did you get the name Busta Ryhmes? Busta Rymes: I got the name from Chuck D from Public Enemy. I got my first shot to put out a record from a guy by the name of Donte Ross who was an A&R at a record label called Tommy Boy. Tommy Boy was a label that put out Queen Latifa and De La Sol. CH: What advice would you give to someone trying to make music their career? Busta Rymes: Don’t be scared to wear your emotions on your sleeve, because a lot of the times as an artist people want to connect with you as a real person. They want to know that your problems and your struggles is something they can identify with. Don’t try to be something that you are not. One day you wake up and you forget to be the person you are faking to be, it dismantles the credibility all together. People now see that you were not being honest with your consumer and with your fans. It is just a lot easier to be yourself. CH: What makes your new album, Back on My B.S., different from the others? Busta Rymes: This album is a direct reflection of the space that I am currently in as an artist, as a professional, as a new individual, I am not making music in the perspective of yesterday. You’re getting the current evolution on how I feel the music should sound and feel. I am also doing things on the album that is impossible to find on anyone else’s album. We are all rhyming, picking hot beats. But I have eventful moments on the album with the assist of great people for example, Jadakiss, Young Jeezy, T-pain, Estelle, Pharrell, Jaimie Foxx, John Legend, Mary J Blidge, Common, T.I and Akon. CH: What is your favorite track on the album? Busta Rymes: My last album came out in 2006, so I had a lot of time to record hundreds of songs, to be perfectly honest narrowing it down to 15 songs on the album was an extremely difficult process. They survived all the listening sessions. These fifteen are my favorite songs. CH: Any shout outs to CH readers? Busta Rymes: Yes, buy ten copies each, every last one of you! Buy ten copies each and give them to your friends, family and loved ones. Spread the word Busta Rymes Album “Back on My B.S.” is the most phenomenal body of work that you can treat yourself to in 2009.

All dresses and accessories were provided by Windsor, which offers a dress for everyone. Whether you’re on a budget or willing to splurge, Windsor has the dress for you. Visit: www. to view all of their dresses and to find the location nearest you. Or call 1-888-494-6376 for more information.

by: Ashley Ayers

Prom Trends, Tricks, & Tips

Every year between April and June girls get excited for one of the biggest events of their lives. They have been dreaming about it since they were little, but they didn’t realize how difficult it would be to get ready. Well, this year Celebrity High and Windsor are going to make it a lot easier for you to get ready for prom. This season comes with a lot of different styles and trends, and we’ve picked out a few to focus on with you. Some of the big trends this spring are bright and metallic colors, as well as neutral shades and origami shapes that give dresses movement and flow.

Quick Prom Tips: •Make all hair and make-up appointments about a month in advance. •If getting your dress made, make sure to do so well ahead of time to allow time for fittings. Also, ask your seamstress about making vests and ties to make sure your date matches you perfectly. (You might want to purchase a back up dress just in case.) •If you find a pair of shoes or a purse you like but they don’t match, contact your local shoe repair about dying them to match your dress.

•If renting a car or limo be sure to check around, because prices vary drastically. •Use double sided tape to prevent the seeing of your undergarments. You can buy it at your local beauty supply or at any lingerie store. •If you’re wearing new shoes buy shoe grips from the store, or to save money spray the soles-very carefully-with holding spray.

Model : Angelina Sabetta

Next we have this coral pink gown accented Model : Shea Calhoun

The first trend we’re going to look at is the combination of bright colors and metallic’s. This canary yellow gown embroidered with silver and metallic embellishments will set you apart from the crowd when you walk into prom. It flows all the way to the ground. A classic up do or high bun would put more emphasis on the detail in this dress, but wearing your hair down would also accent the dress as well. For makeup either go extremely dramatic or very neutral and light. Anything in between wouldn’t compliment the dress as well.

with a stoned broach. The color is a more subtle version of the typical pink that’s chosen by many girls for prom. The layers in this dress create a texture and flowing appearance. The different lines create different visual effects for the on lookers. A low side pony tail with very soft make-up will give more attention to this dress. Next we have this coral pink gown accented with a stoned broach. The color is a more subtle version of the typical pink that’s chosen by many girls for prom. The layers in this dress create a texture and flowing appearance. The different lines create different visual effects for the on lookers. A low side pony tail with very soft make-up will give more attention to this dress.


While long gowns are considered traditional for prom, shorter hems will make your legs look a lot longer! Blue is another popular spring color, but when paired with black accessories it creates an edgier look that gives you no choice but to stand out in the crowd. The overlapping of material and crossing of straps around the neck gives that origami feel to the dress. Nice falling curls and a smoky eye makeup would accent this dress perfectly.

Last but not least is something that many girls are afraid to attempt a patterned material rather than a solid color. This fierce leopard print dress gives you many options to dress it up or down. Wearing you’re your hair down will give it a more casual yet cute look, while an up do will give it a more dressy night on the town look. Natural make up will put more emphasis on the extraordinary detail in this dress, and paired with the right accessories this dress will have all eyes on you!

Model : Angelina Sabetta

Model : Haley Newell

Photos taken by: Ace Knuckles


The American College of Emergency Physicians is warning people about texting on the move. Reports of texting-related injuries are on the rise, and they don’t just happen while driving. ER docs say that we need to be more cautious about when and where we text.

Why is texting a Big Deal? The problem is multitasking. No matter how young we are, the human brain just isn’t capable of doing several things at once and giving full attention to all of them. So you can get into some major danger if you try to text in situations that require your full focus. Texting also prevents you from paying close attention to what’s going on around you. This is especially important in situations where you need to have your guard up, like walking home after dark. Your reaction time is also likely to be much slower if you’re texting. If you’re about to run into someone or something, you may not have time to react.

When people text while behind the wheel, they focus their attention and often their eyes on something other than the road. In fact, driving while texting (DWT) can be more dangerous than driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Texting from behind the wheel is against the law. Many more states are trying to put DWT regulations into action. Even states without these specific laws are cracking down. If you swerve, cut off cars, or cause a collision while texting, you could still be charged with reckless driving. That may mean a ticket, a loss of a license, or even jail time.


e T AGIC Texting Turns Tragic

Texting while walking can even be fatal. But texting is more likely to contribute to car crashes. In 2007, a group of friends who had just graduated from high school were killed in New York when their SUV crashed head-on into a tractor-trailer. The driver’s phone records showed constant phone and text activity in the seconds before the crash.

Tips for Texting

It’s hard to live without texting. So the best thing to do is manage how and when you text. Here are four ways to make sure your texting doesn’t interfere with your focus — or your life: 1. Always put your phone in an easily accessible place, like a specific pouch or pocket in your backpack or purse so it’s easy to find. 2. If you need to text right away, stop what you’re doing or pull off the road. 3. Turn off your phone completely when you’re doing any thing that requires your full attention. That way there’s less temptation to answer calls or texts. 4. Text only when you’re not putting yourself or others in harm’s way.


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