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People are predicting all kinds of crazy things regarding the year 2012, including, of course, the end of the world. Someone I respect told me that a lot of this issue is tied to the Mayan calendar and tradition. He suggested a better way of looking at 2012 would be as a year of change — a shift of epochs, or as a world turning in a new direction— not the actual end of the world, but a new beginning instead.

In that same spirit... something new at Teen Central is our Online Art & Talent Show, featuring a few of our amazingly talented artists and talented talents from 2012!

Barbara Murphy

Old IndianOld Indian

Octopus VS JellyOctopus VS Jelly

Pirates AbstractPirates Abstract

Power WomenPower Women

 

Sober

by Thandiwe McMillen

alonealoneWobbly.
Your steps aren't even in sync.
Vomiting.
I see traces of it in the sink.
J.W.
your breathe reeks of it.
Yet with bloodshot eyes,
Gazing deeply into mine,
All the while thinking, I'm believing,
as your screaming
I'm sober
No you're not,
Months in rehab and where's it got you?
Since October, I've tried to work things out,
Won't you hear me out? I'm trying
well you better try harder,howln nosmhowln nosm
Or you'll lose me as your daughter.
Tragedy.
I thought you'd come back as a man.
Occasionally.
A hit or punch when you've drank too much.
Dumbly,
You look at me.
But what do you see?
Nothing at all.
Except that little bottle you depend on,
When you aren't feeling strong.
I'm sober
No you're not,
Months in rehab and where's it got you?
Since October, I've tried to work things out
Won't you hear me out? I'm trying.
Well you better try harder,
Or you'll lose me as your daughter.
Climax
You're my father,
but you lose
For letting that monsterTanekaTaneka
Take over you.
Make up your mind
It's me or that poison
Just don't lie in my face telling me
I'm sober
No you're not,
Months in rehab and where's it got you?
Since October, I've tried to work things out,
Won't your hear me out? I'm trying.
Well you better try harder,
Or you'll lose me as your daughter.

Luke Grant

AidoinaAidoina

RavenRaven

Political CartoonPolitical Cartoon

Books with Titles / Stranger Than Fiction

By Alix Bazelais and Jessica Edwards

Evil Plans: Having Fun on the Road to World Domination

The Black Woman's Guide to Breastfeeding

Have a New Kid by Friday

Forty Ways to Raise a Nonracist Child

Stitch 'n Bitch

China in 10 Words

How to Avoid Falling in Love with a Jerk

Mom, there's a man in the kitchen and he's wearing your robe: the single mother's guide to dating well without parenting poorly

Cinderella Ate My Daughter

Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy

ScumBananaBanana

The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands

Cake Wrecks

 

Jessica Edwards

Hands-LoveHands-Love

Pen HeadsPen Heads

James Hull

In addition to doing artwork, James also reviewed two movies for us.

Chronicle — a very good story, very suspenseful. The main character has a real messed up life — his father, unemployed, beats him; his mother has some illness; and he has a friendship with his cousin and a popular kid in school, and the three of them end up getting super powers after going into a cave and saying "mad with power." You also see the movie from the point of view of the camera — it's effectively done. I would give it a nine out of 10, because I don't give 10s.


Red Tails — everything was too easy, like the blind guy who gets captured and then, almost magically, a person brings him back to the base; or the way the Germans were so easy to beat. Some of the stuff wasn't believable — one soldier was drinking alcohol during the battles and still winning. How could he have a drinking problem if he could still destroy German fighters? When it ends, you don't feel satisfied. What I liked were the action scenes, and the acting was good too — Terrence Howard was my favorite. The plot shows that race doesn't matter — the black folks end up saving the soldiers and the white folks start showing respect. Because of the history component, I would recommend it for readers that are my age and give it seven out of 10, because the enemy should have been more powerful.

Maara Maakheru

Cory Levy

JennyJenny

 

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the huckthe huck

self portraitself portrait

Well folks, that's the end of our show. I hope you enjoyed this online preview of the show we're hoping and planning for at end of April through May with Art & Design High School and friends @Teen Central @Grand Central Library. We'll keep you posted.

Jessica Edwards

soft and chalksoft and chalk

 

Nicole Bowden

 

 

 

Golden EagleGolden Eagle

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