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"Hailey" by Joshua Hopkins

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This work, entitled "Hailey", was digitally painted by Joshua Hopkins "She looked drawable", said Joshua, and so he felt compeled to ask if he could draw her. This is Joshua's third major digital painting. He used a paint tool called Sai, and he enjoys using all different kinds of mediums to express his art. [If you have any questions for Joshua he can be reached at] … [Read More...]

I, Too, Sing America

I, too, sing America. I am the darker brother. They send me to eat in the kitchen When company comes, But I laugh, And eat well, And grow strong. Tomorrow, I’ll be at the table When company comes. Nobody’ll dare Say to me, “Eat in the kitchen," Then. Besides, They’ll see how beautiful I am And be ashamed— I, too, am America … [Read More...]

Chelsea J

P.R.E.T.T.Y. Pioneer Newsletter

Salutations Readers! I’m Chelsea J welcoming YOU to the February Issue of the P.R.E.T.T.Y. Pioneer Newsletter. February Topic: The Farmer’s Guide to Harvesting Greatness Love is all around us. Whether you are pining for your crush, deep in your feelings over your significant other, or could care less about that corny stench of romance; Valentine’s Day is a popular holiday. Maybe you are searching for success this Valentine’s Day. I know when it is harvesting season, farmers usually take the time out to plan what crop they’re going to produce later when it is time to harvest. Confidence … [Read More...]

The Grammy Awards Questions and Discussion Starters

With the Grammy awards over now, its time to refl ect on the overall outcome. There were many great artists present in the audience and performing. However, the set of "winners" seem to be in a group derived from a small group of individuals. How many times have you watched the awards and felt the one to walk away with awards were not as great as others? But how about talent? There is no doubt that Beyonce Knowles, Sam Smith, Justin Bieber and others are great perfomers, but is this the only measure of talent? Did anyone notice the absence of Hip Hop performances this year? How about Hip Hop … [Read More...]


Flowers are earthʼs children that pop out of the ground. They smell like candy and they look like princesses. Their petals float like feathers in the breeze. This is whatʼs so beautiful about flowers. This story was submitted in a short story competition titled, “Tiny Tales @ The Pasadena Public Library. Alexiaʼs story won first place at La Pintoresca Library. Stories could not be more than 55 words. Alexia learned about the competition through Aspires West Success Academy (after-school program) where she attends.   … [Read More...]

Black History Month

 In these last two weeks of January, we're kicking off Black History Month a little early. "I am where I am because of the bridges that I crossed. Sojourner Truth was a bridge. Harriet Tubman was a bridge. Ida B. Wells was a bridge. Madame C. J. Walker was a bridge. Fannie Lou Hamer was a bridge" - Oprah Winfrey. … [Read More...]

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