Posted at 02:40 PM ET, 01/16/2008
The Capitol's Music: Go-Go Music in the D.C. Area by Brittany Morris
Go-Go is music that only if you're from D.C. you can understand. There are congas, bells, drums, pianos- all types of instruments. Go-Go is best when it's performed live. Go-Go is the music of D.C, originated in D.C, and only the best in the capitol of the U.S.
Go-Go involves a group of people playing different instruments, some on the mic, playing songs we hear on the radio but just a little differently than you expect. Go-Go music was founded in the D.C area in the mid to late 70s. Chuck Brown had a crowd jumper in 1978 with the single "Bustin Loose." Go-Go has inspired many artists in our time. In the 1980s Salt-N-Pepa was influenced by Go-Go with their song "Shake Your Thang." Also, "Rollin with Kid-N-Play by Kid-N-Play was influenced by Go-Go music. Music you'll probably remember like "Crazy in Love" by Beyonce or "One Thing" by Amerie was also influenced by Go-Go music. Rich Harrison who is a D.C native produced the latter.
Go-Go is a "Whateva I say y'all gotta do" kind of music. Go-Go is known for its live performances, but also for Go-Go dancing. It's hard to explain. It consists of two people battling by dancing, doing something with your body, getting yourself hyped.
There are all types of different bands in D.C. The first bands that came out in the late 70s were Rare Essence, Junkyard Band, Northeast Groovers, Backyard Band, TCB, Familiar Faces, Lissen Band, and Suttle Thoughts just to name a few. Bands then aren't like bands now. Bands now are more explicit and more rowdy. Bands that are still playing and out now are TCB, Backyard Bands, TOB, Rare Essence, New Impressions, Reaction, CCB, MOB, KIB, PIB, and GOB just to name a few.
Go-Go has an effect on many people living in D.C. It's our music, our beats, and our favorite songs. It's the beating of your feet, calling out hoods, and the way of life in D.C. Go-Go is getting so popular; it's not just being played in D.C anymore. People are listening to it in Maryland, Northern Virginia, and other places in the states. It's not just for the young; it's for anyone who enjoys the music.
Posted at 02:39 PM ET, 01/16/2008
School Improvement by Shykira Cox
At Anacostia Senior High School we have a lot of problems. We have students getting suspended and we have low test grades. I think this school is in need of improvement. The reasons why I believe this school needs improvement are because children are getting suspended and missing out on class work, students are failing, and the school is dirty.
The first reason this school needs improvement is because children are getting suspended and missing out on class work. Students should not get suspended because it's like a vacation to them. They will not change their ways. Instead of putting them out of school for suspension, we should have in school suspension. In that way, students can still have good grades.
The second reason why I believe this school needs improvement is because students are failing. If you come to school every day there is no reason you should fail. I can't blame it all on the students; it is the teachers' fault also. Some teachers do not let students in the class. This school needs tutors. If students had tutors their grades could improve.
The third reason why I believe this school is in need of improvement is because it is dirty. Who wants to walk into a dirty school every day? I don't! If students help out, the building will stay clean. There should be no writing on the walls or eating in the halls. We need to treat our schools like we treat our homes.
These are my reasons why this school needs improvement. If we do these things we can get good grades, have a nice looking school, and students will improve their grades. By doing these things we can also have the most decent school on the other side of the river.
Posted at 02:36 PM ET, 01/16/2008
Who's Got Band? by Margaret Parker
Behind every great school is a great band. Anacostia High is no exception. The director of this band is Keith Killgo. A talented musician in his own right, Mr. Killgo has organized a band of over 50 students. Over the past couple of months this band has been consistently practicing for homecoming.
Several sections make up the organization of the entire band. These sections are the banner carriers, the majorettes, the dancers, the drummers, and the flag girls. The band has been practicing rigorously for homecoming. The practices were held every day after school from 3:30 until 6:30. During practice, they consistently went over their routines for homecoming.
The band prepared several routines that would take place throughout homecoming week. On Thursday, the band will perform at the pep rally. This will be the bands first time being introduced to the school as the representing band for Anacostia. Friday the band will perform their first actual parade. Following the parade the band will perform at the homecoming game, which will be their last performance for homecoming.
In addition to putting on a great show for homecoming, the band has other major goals to achieve. Becoming fully functional in another one of their main goals. Which includes adding other musical instruments. The band also plans to perform in upcoming parades and competitions. To bring back the Anacostia pride at Anacostia is another goal. The overall major goal is to bring the music back to Anacostia.
Anacostia's band, after only a couple months of practice, has made a fantastic come back from years of absence. Now awesome things can be expected of not only of Anacostia's band but the school as a whole. Anacostia is now in the process of restoring the respect and pride back to the school and the community.
Posted at 02:35 PM ET, 01/16/2008
Anacostia Senior High School Team by Bill Herndon
Anacostia SHS football team has some very good players on there team. Its just sometimes they have trouble playing their parts. I did an interview on one of their players Xavier Ezell who plays T.E. and I asked him some questions like, "what is your teams record" "2, 2" he said which means they won 2 and lost 2 games. The two teams we that we beat were McKinley Tech and Cardozo SHS. The Coaches of The Anacostia Indians are Head Coach Stu, and Coach Rob. The offensive coaches are Coach Terry, and Coach Tuck. Defensive Coaches are Coach Thomas and Coach Ty.
I ask my man X-games about how he felt about their coaching and he said "Oh well they all have good coaching skills sometimes they just call the wrong plays, but you know how that goes everybody makes mistakes." I asked, " So what's the practice hours you'll have"? He said, "our Practice hours are from 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm.
Anacostia is as good team as other people say but I asked, " Did you'll make the play offs"? He said, "no we didn't". My final question to this Indian was "who was the most challenging team Anacostia had to play?" Xavier answered, "The most challenging team was H.D Woodson Senior High School. Those boys were kind of big." He also told me that that put them out of the playoff with Ballou Senior High School.
I asked X-games three more questions about his favorite NFL team. I asked him who was his favorite team player. He said, "The Washington Redskins." He also said his favorite NFL player was Chris Cooley. Finally the last question was "what's Redskins record." "He said "4-3." "Man," I said, "you would have been better off going with my football team the Dallas Cowboys." On that note the interview ended.
Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 01/16/2008
Football Fans by Jonathon Rood
This article is about football fans and I wrote it. I am a Dallas Cowboys fan because they have good teamwork. I also like them because of how they play. Lots of people in my family like the Cowboys. Football fans collect jerseys, hats, key chains, and necklaces of their favorite players. They also get photos of their players signed. Lots of people are football fans.
I know what it's like to be a football player because I used to play. I played defense, so I know that it's tough. I don't play football any more but I watch it on T.V. I know that sometimes people get hats, jerseys, and everything for free. Some people get their photos and papers signed from their team.
Football fans like their teams. Some people like The Dallas Cowboys. Some people need to watch football on T.V or get out to the game. Many football fans collect their favorite hats of their team. Football fans get key chains and necklaces and other kinds of stuff.
Posted at 02:27 PM ET, 01/16/2008
Anacostia S.H.S Volleyball Team by Miyosha Jefferson
Anacostia S.H.S is located on the rough side of D.C where outsides looking in quickly turn their noses up and judge young teens. They believe kids to amount to nothing because of where they live and mistake they made earlier in life. The kids that attend Anacostia SHS have a chance to prove the outsiders wrong by joining the after school programs. There are numerous things to do after school and the most popular thing is sports. Right now its track, football and volleyball season, I did a short interview on the volleyball.
The Anacostia Indians volleyball team is very close they're more nice sisters. The coach, Ms. Covington, is a good coach she helps her players on and off the court. Right now the season is just getting started. Their record right now is 3-5. The Indians have a great starting six; they have 4 seniors and 2 juniors that play well together. Ms. Covington says there are not too many teams that will be difficult to beat. Right not, there is just one team she says her girls need more practice for and that's Ballou S.H.S.
The Indians have come a long way from the beginning of the season. At one time they had a couple problems learning how to play the game. Starting player #3, Stephanie Outlaw, says, "My teammates played volleyball before, they're just a little rusty but with a little practice we'll be just fine." Another starter, Lamesha says, "We need to get comfortable playing with new teammates and the need to get comfortable playing with us." Ms. Covington told me that she loves how her girls became so close over the season because no sport in a one-man thing; you have to work together and talk.
Right now The Indians have a very close chance of going to the play offs. They have improved a lot and really gotten comfortable with the game. They have two more games until the playoffs and the girls are ready to take it all the way to the championship.
Posted at 02:23 PM ET, 01/16/2008
Exercise by Kathy Cannon
Why do people exercise? Do people not like to exercise because it makes you feel nasty?
People at Anacostia S.H.S exercise because it is healthy to do. If you don't exercise and keep on eating you will gain weight around your heart and pass away. Some people exercise to look good for boys. I think you should not exercise to look good for boys because if boys don't like you for who you are then you should leave them alone. I know that I exercise to stay healthy and keep in shape for my own good.
Why do people exercise to stay healthy? One Anacostia student, Tevin Jenkins, said, "I exercise so I wouldn't get fat." Another person named Tadrea Mathis said, "I exercise to be healthy and to be fit and look good for my soul mate." Another student named Shanell Brown said, "We exercise so we can stay in shape."
Why do people exercise to look good? On of Anacostia's students named Jackie Moss said, "I exercise to look good for boys." Another student named Justine Ganer said, "I exercise to stay healthy and to look good when I walk down the street."
If you want to know why people at Anacostia S.H.S exercise, I've got all your answers right here for you!