Youth Blog Roundup

From around the youth-blog-o-sphere, its the YR Flows Youth Blog Roundup!

Think MTV:

Power for the Powerless: California’s New Immigrant Voice

Yosimar Reyes is a San Jose poet- and immigrant- who helps High School students explore the complex web of identity issues that surround the labels “immigrant” “legal” and “illegal.”
[Video 3:45]

Youth Outlook:

Eming Piansay: Ain’t Nothing But a G(ender) Thang

It may still be a debate about gender but – sheesh – I am so over this. I would elect a bionic robot with glued on genitals if I knew he/she could run a country. I would even vote for Will Smith with his impressive record of saving the world.


[Editor’s Note: okay, not a youth blog, but you need to hear this.]
Non-College Kids Outsiders to Rising ‘Youth Vote’

John Peterson is a 26-year-old skateboard seller who is volunteering his time at an Obama campaign call center. He finds convincing some of his own friends to be a challenge.

“A lot of them aren’t very politically active, and I’m trying to get them down to vote,” he says. Many young people who aren’t enrolled in college are busy starting careers, he says; they “don’t have the time to get out and vote, and they don’t want to make the time.”

NPR’s Audie Cornish digs into the issue of the disenfranchisement non-college youth are feeling this election season. [Audio- 4:30]


Best of [Late] February

For the shortest month of the year February sure has been busy! Of course, we do get a whole extra day to process it, but still… so much has hapened, there’s no way you caught everything.

With that in mind, here’s a few things from the last couple of weeks you may have missed:

The Game is the New Music Studio

When Brandon McFarland sees Amp Live use a PSP to mix a beat freestyle onstage his vision of video games as mere toys changes in a heartbeat.

HEAR: Brandon meet Amp Live and his shocking skills!

SEE: Brandon match his pipes against ‘Wanted: Dead or Alive” Rock Band style.

BELIEVE: The dork on guitar in the video totally isn’t blog editor Noah Nelson. No, really BELIEVE! Please?

Sexuality: Unacceptable

Candlelight vigils and rallies continue in honor of Lawrence “Larry” King, a 15-year-old who was shot at his Middle School in Oxnard, California. Larry was bullied at school for being openly gay and also gender non-conforming — he wore women’s clothing and make-up on occasion — and it is thought that his identity provoked another student to kill him. Anne Santos reminds us that it wasn’t just Larry King’s life that was affected by violent homophobia. Here’s her own story of when she was assaulted for being gay, and how her family still feels the trauma.

Nico Savidge Liveblogs the Texas and Ohio Debates

He brought you the Savidge World of Sports and helps you to Meet The Mess… and now he liveblogs major political events so you don’t have to watch them. Check out YR personality Nico Savidge’s on the spot response to the big showdowns between Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama.

King Anyi Sounds off on Gary “ABusey”

This is a video posted by Starzlife, who had an interview with Gary Busey. Gary was rough with the young lass interviewing him.. or was he? Continue reading

Youth Blog Roundup

From around the youth-blog-o-sphere, its our first YR Flows Youth Blog Roundup:

Glamocracy :

Megan Carpentier on the Green Party V.P. choice:

Nader, in fact, announced that his running mate would be Matt Gonzalez, to the wonderment and amusement of 99% of political reporters and the country who have no idea who that is. Luckily, this political watcher has a long me

Glamour Magazine’s politics blog gets into presidential canidate/near political pariah Ralph Nader’s choice for running mate: former President of the SF Board of Supervisors Matt Gonzalez. [Flows editor Noah Nelson has met Gonzalez twice, and has to say he’s pleased with the choice, even if he has reservations about Nader’s involvement with the race.]

Youth Outlook:

Political commentator Russell Morse takes on Hilary Clinton’s waning fortunes in his latest rant:

It almost feels like any day now, Chelsea is going to come out and give her endorsement of Obama.

Morse moves on to the price of gas and malt liquor, American Idol’s falling ratings, and the latest dance craze from the Philippine’s prison system. All that in eight little paragraphs.

Aaron Tang @ activism blog Wiretap:

California Students Tell the Truth

A high school psychology teacher hands out textbooks… and then asks her students to color gingerbread men for a grade. When some of the students ask the teacher to teach them more information, the teacher responds by challenging her students to transfer out of her psychology class if they don’t think they’re learning anything.

Tang writes about California Right to Learn, a program where California students share their stories about the education system, and try to discover just what can be done to save it.

Lil Kim and Remy Ma are the new Biggie and Tupac

Commentary by Tone Kapone

Everybody thought that Lil’ Kim and Remy Ma where cool since seen on MTV’s hip hop honors awards preforming together; unfortunately everyone thought wrong. Their beef exploded over time through YouTube accounts; at first what seemed catty disagreement has gradually became an all out lyrical battle and media war.

The reason why is of course is a he-say-she-say situation over the radio waves that seems to be instigated by the infamous DJ Whoo Kid (a radio personality in New York). Both had very interesting things to say about each other on mutual interviews.

Lil’ Kim: “Every thing she do got to much testosterone in it. She look like a transvestite. Remy MAN grew up on me.”

Remy Ma: “She don’t like her nose, her breast or her face she look like Micheal Jackson now she don’t want me to smack her”.

Both of the female rappers have made underground mix tapes on the other: Lil’ Kim spiting hot verses over the I get money beat sayin’ ”These chicks too busy being to CONCEITED puttin’ on my lipstick you had one hot song well sorry I missed it”. And Remy Ma making a diss video to single when I see her basically saying that when she and Kim meet its going to get real physical.

Honestly I’ve been a fan of rap since birth it so upsets me to see to two of the illest rapers male or female to follow in the steps of Biggie and Tupac. Both of the rapptresses can paint a picture in your head when they flow… they are extremely talented… but they should use there gifts for good instead of taking shots of each other or threating each other. Females rarely get the opportunity to express themselves in the same light as men i hope they take advantage of the platform they have and squash the beef so they can keep hip hop alive and stay clear of the mistakes that other rappers have made and not do the same thing twice but then again who’s to say that a female beef isn’t just a publicity stunt.

Radio Juventud

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In this third installment of our AudioPostales series between Mexico City and Los Angeles, participants in Los Angeles -who happen to be an all-girl cast of reporters- share their ideas on love, relationships, and machismo with the all-guy cast of correspondents in Mexico City- who happen to not agree one bit with girls’ take on most of the above. Is it cultural? Is it a guy-girl thing? Listen and find out!

The Anyi Strikes Back

Its been all around the net twice now… that’s right its “Star Wars according to a 3 year old”:

Our own King Anyi has some serious concerns about this video. Something sinister is going on here, and you need to see Anyi’s response to get the real story.

BOWL CUT!?!?!?!?