Dear BDE,

Yes, you “Best Day Ever!”  You have become not only my favorite Mac Miller song, but my favorite song overall.   You start off slowly with a soft synthetic sound that loops and becomes increasingly louder.  Soon, a keyboard/mute guitar loop assumes command and a few chords are gently strung on an acoustic guitar.  At this moment in the song, I feel like I’m gradually awaking from a deep sleep and with each second I gain more conscious.  The slow crescendo of peaceful music apexes the moment the drums kick in.  Now I’m bopping my head uncontrollably to the rhythm.  I take a deep breathe and I’m saturated with peaceful energy.  Before I know it, I’m rapping along with your lyrics and making hand and arm gestures that are an embarrassing attempt at dancing.  I might get a few confused and condescending glances, but I really don’t mind I’m just, what I call, “vibing” to the music.  While Mac Miller’s lyrics typically aren’t universally accepted or appropriate, a little vulgarity here and there doesn’t bother me.  BDE, however, you are not filled with arrogant boasting or random curse words that are all too often the subject matter of rap songs in modern times, and I greatly appreciate that.  These verses were formulated and have what rappers call “flow.”

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Kobe Goes Off! (on his teammates)

http://espn.go.com/los-angeles/nba/story/_/id/12016979/los-angeles-lakers-star-kobe-bryant-critical-teammates-heated-scrimmage

The Lakers have been awful this season, and our only bright spot has been Kobe Bryant, who even at 36 can lead the league in scoring. Due to his age, Coach Byron Scott lets Kobe sit out a lot of the practices. He practiced Thursday, and was visibly frustrated at his teammates, saying, “”You m—–f—— are soft like Charmin in this m—–f—–. God damn, is this the type of s— that’s going on in these practices? Now I see why we’ve lost 20 f—ing games. We’re soft like Charmin. We’re soft like s—.” Minus the profanity, I applaud Kobe Bryant for getting on his teammates. The Lakers players’ need to be challenged, need to be called out, so they can get better. They need some motivation, a spark, something, because right now they are visibly out of it. Playing with no passion, seemingly just to get the games over with. If having one of the greatest of all times getting on you or pushing you to get better doesn’t motivate you to work harder, I don’t know what will. Yes, the statements are harsh, but I feel they are appropriate and necessary.

-Mo

Do We Want Our Kids To Live Longer or Not?

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Are we proud of the truth? Is this the way we want our nation to be like?!?!?! Every year the number increases and increases and increases and increases. And then what, is our population going to just stop growing from death and disease? A new report by CDC shows that childhood obesity has more than doubled in the past thirty years. Obesity in children ages 6-11 has increased to over 18%. While ages 2-19 has increased to a horrific 21%. This isn’t even the worst part. Over 70% of obese children ages 5-17 years are at risk for cardiovascular disease. Children with diabetes are most likely to go on and and be obese in adulthood; which could result in various types of cancer, stroke, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis, and many more. Is this  the American dream? Is the idea of coming to America, becoming obese, getting diseases, and dying earlier than others the reason why so many people come to America? No, it is absolutely not! We let these billion and trillion dollar companies advertise and feed our nations children the most greasy and  unhealthy food on the planet. I may only be sixteen, but I still care for the younger generation and the ones to follow. We can prevent obesity in very simple steps. We should encourage physical fitness more than we do other things, like video games and watching television. In addition, we should encourage kids to eat healthy. Schools are the most important to this cause. They should look at the food they server and see if it is truly something healthy. Also, schools need to start educating kids and showing them the dangers of obesity very early in their lives. These basic steps are ones that we can all contribute to. Thanks for reading!

-Hamza

The Key to Success

Motivation is something that defines who you are. Why? Well because if you are motivated enough in something, you will do whatever it takes to achieve that goal. That goal is what you want to have or be.Screen-shot-2013-11-11-at-11.43.55-AM

I would like to think that getting motivated is easy. I find that many things we want in life we may not want that badly and as a result of the lack of motivation, we do not do as well as possible.

This applies to many things but I will focus on a few things. If you are in school how bad do you want to get straight A’s? How bad do you want a 2000 on the SAT or a 30 in the ACT? How bad do you want to get into a University for undergraduate/graduate school? How bad do you want to be the employee of the month? How bad do you want to be successful?

It’s all about motivation and what you will do to get what you came for: that number one spot, wherever it may be. This is not to say that I don’t struggle with this myself (I am human after all) but to look at your goals and to settle for a not-so-good achievement is not the person we want to be.

Here is an amazing video I found on another blog. This speaker is phenomenal and really opened my eyes to what I was doing wrong in my quest for success.

-Daniel

Can the Thunder Turn it Around Any Time Soon?

Oklahoma City Thunder Turnaround Won't Happen Overnight

USA TODAY Sports

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2288010-oklahoma-city-thunder-turnaround-wont-happen-overnight

The Thunder have finally gotten back a healthy Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant. But, the question that remains is whether or not the Thunder will be able to turn around their act this season in time to make a major impact in the western conference and make the playoffs. According to Zach Buckley, the Oklahoma City Thunder now need to figure out what each person’s role is on the team. This mainly affects the bench players who were plying major roles in the absence of the team’s stars. Buckley is right when he says that even if the Thunder don’t make the playoffs this year, they are fine. This team is filled with all the young players not making the playoffs would only help the team add a few assets through the draft and through free agency. The Oklahoma City Thunder will not have a turnaround in their play in the near future.

-Hamza Ayub

Kobe Bryant: What It Means to Me to Pass Michael Jordan on NBA’s Scoring List

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2286480-kobe-bryant-what-it-means-to-me-to-pass-michael-jordan-on-nbas-scoring-list

Every day, Kobe Bryant inches closer to passing Michael Jordan’s all-time scoring record. But as he gets closer, he begins to reveal how much this journey has meant to him. He has spent 19 long years working every day to be able to get to this point. But even though Kobe is approaching Jordan’s record, Kobe has nothing but the utmost respect for Jordan’s game. He loves the aggression in Jordan’s style and has always tried to follow him in that regard, while establishing himself as a legend in his own way instead of following Jordan’s path. These two are close and have a brotherly connection. These two men were driven together by each other’s hard work and developed a special bond that can only be appreciated by someone who has put tens of thousands of hours of practice, working towards a singular goal.