February 2012


In 1916 a young boy, just three years older than me, was murdered.  He was brutally lynched and burned alive by a mob in Waco, Texas.

When I read the story about Jesse Washington, I felt sick and shocked. I knew people did things like this, but I never knew it was to this extent.  For Black History Month, we learn about people like Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks, and I think that is a good thing, but I also think we should be learning about people like Jesse, and what it was like for them. He was only 17 when he was killed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a photo of Jesse after his death. Here is the link for where I got the photo.

The reason for this post is because in school we are not doing anything for Black History Month, and my mom wanted me to do something. Tomorrow I will be looking at accomplishments.

   For my “English” class, my mom is having me read Swan Town. It is a book written in the point of view of Shakespeare’s daughter, Susanna. She writes about how women are not allowed to be in the theater, and how much she wants to be. The reason for me reading this book is, since I was studying Shakespeare in school, my mom thought it would be a good book for me to read.

    Right now,what  my teacher is teaching/showing in class, my mom does not think is appropriate for school because it shows teenagers nude and having sex.  My teacher does not answer my moms emails, so until someone decides to talk to my mom, this is what I’ll be doing.

So last weekend the talent scout Kim Meyers came to Alaska to hold auditions. I decided that I wanted to audition for modeling. I wore a white sweater with black pencil dress pants and read high heels.We went to the mall where the auditions were being held and watched some of the others audition first. I was really nervous at first, but when I got on the stage, it wasn’t that bad. I did my walk and then had to go to the judge table where Kim was sitting and find out if I got the callback or not. See, when you were done auditioning you walked up to them, and they handed you a piece of paper, it either said yes, or no. Do you want to know what mine said? It said “Congratulations, You have received got a callback”! It was one of the coolest feelings in the world to know that I got called back.

Later that day we went to the callback at the address given. Looking around the room, there weren’t that many there compared to how many showed up at the mall. When it started, Kim talked about the ARTS, and what it was. Also about how, even though we were all just sitting there, she was still auditioning us, and after we left, she was going to go through all of our applications and pick out the ones that she wanted to invite to Florida to go to the ARTS. ARTS stands for “Applause Rising Talent Showcase”. click on the link to find out more. We were told that if you got picked to go to Florida, you would either receive and email or phone call from Kim saying so. If you were chosen, you had to go to a Q&A the next day.

We waited, and waited, and waited, and we still hadn’t heard anything, so I thought that I wasn’t picked. Until about 10 o’clock my mom got an email saying that I had been invited to the ARTS showcase down in Florida!! I was so excited I literally jumped. The next day we went to the Q&A and listened to people who had gone to ARTS before, and listened to their stories, and about how things would work out. Afterward, we had a week to confirm that we were going to take the trip to Florida. After discussing it, we decided that i was going to go to ARTS in Orlando, Florida in June, and just today, we confirmed it.