The Hip-Hop Legend

tupac-quotes-4By PAYTON LOMONACO

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The Hip-Hop legend, Tupac Shakur, was a talented, yet a troubled 90’s gangster rapper who was a rebel with a cause caught in a feud between east coast and west coast rappers. Tupac was tragically killed in a drive-by shooting in 1996 at the age of 26. Tupac was born June 16, 1971 in East Harlem, New York City. Tupac came from parents that were involved in Black Panthers. His mother had her name changed from Alice Faye Williams to Afeni Shakur when  she became pregnant with Tupac in 1970 while on bail for being charged with conspiring a race war, but was acquitted that same year when she defended herself successfully. Tupac’s father, Billy Garland, was also a Black Panther and had lost contact with Tupac when he was 5 years old, which left Tupac thinking that his father was dead .Tupac was reunited with his father at age 23.


In Tupac’s early life, he grew up with younger sister Sekiya  and mother Afeni. Being a single mother of two children, they struggled for money and would often move homes and sometimes even stay in shelters. Tupac went to Baltimore School of Art’s where he said “It was, the freest I ever felt”, but unfortunately moved because his neighborhood was so crime ridden. Then they moved to Marin city where his mother picked up a crack addiction.Tupac  started selling the same drug his mother was consuming and also sold it on the same streets his mom would buy it from. When Tupac started music it steered him away from the crime he was brought into.


His love for Hip-Hop overcame the pain and struggle he went through growing up. In 1998, at 17, Tupac met an older white woman named Leila Steinberg at a park and they struck a conversation about Winnie Mandela. She described Tupac “As a young man with fan-like eyelashes, overflowing charisma, and most infectious laugh,” When they met, Tupac was obsessively writing poetry. Though Steinfeld had no experience in the music industry, she would still later become his manager. Steinfeld had gotten a music manager named Atron Gregory in the year 1990. Atron got Tupac a gig as a roadie, and a dancer for Digital Underground. From there, Gregory took over and got Tupac a deal with interscope records, A month later Tupac drops his first album as a solo artist, and he sold 500,000 copies with his popular songs “Brenda’s got a baby”,“Soulja’s story”, and “Blasting”.


Struggles were starting to come back to Tupac in 1994, when he got arrested for assaulting the director Allen Hughes for firing him off a set, because it was said that he was “disruptive”.   Tupac then served jail time for 15 days.Then, another incident occurred involving jealous youths in Marin City. They had a pistol but dropped it, and someone picked it up,and the gun fired, and a six-year-old who was passing by on the scene, Qa’id Walker-Teal, fell to the floor and died on the scene. Tupac wasn’t charged with the death of Qa’id Walker-Teal, but was reported that he was “inconsolable”.  Later on in 1995, Walker- Teal’s family brought a civil case against Shakur Tupac, but he got out of it because of an unnamed record company offered compensation between $300,000-$500,000. Things soon got way worse. Tupac had shot two white police officers that were off duty,  one in the stomach and the other in the butt-cheek, but the charges were dropped because the court was told that the officers had been drinking and one of the officers reportedly had threatened Tupac with a stolen gun.


The death of the hip-hop legend happened September 7th, 1996 in Las Vegas at the intersection of Flamingo Road and Koval Lane. Tupac was shot four times in a drive-by shooting. He was taken to the University Medical center where he died six days later from his injuries.When the incident happened, a police officer had ran over to Tupac and asked “ who shot you?” . Tupac was struggling to breathe and talk, but then took a deep breath to get out the words. Then the officer had asked again and Tupac said his last words that were “f*** you” to the officer.  Tupac, before his death, couldn’t help but feel misunderstood. To write a good album, you have to write about the hard stuff ,the fun things ,and the caring. Some of Tupac’s most sensitive songs go unnoticed. Tupac’s music inspires people, myself included. I love everything about his music, and his death was a shame, but we cherish what we got from him.

8.1 Magnitude Earthquake Shocks Mexico


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An earthquake strikes in Mexico City and went as far as Guatemala City right before midnight on Thursday, September 8th with a magnitude of 8.1, leaving as many as 96 people dead as of Monday, September 11 and several others injured or without homes.


People have reported their houses “moving like chewing gum”, meaning… that their houses are very unstable and ready to collapse at any moment. Mass evacuations have occurred due to the collapsing of buildings in the area. Even hospitals have lost power so helping the injured is now more difficult due to the lack of power. Hospitals are being forced to work off of the light on their cellphone flashlights.


Mexico’s president, Enrique Pena Nieto says “This is the worst earthquake to hit the country in over 85 years”, also stating, “We have sufficient funds to pay for a clean-up whether the bond was triggered or not”. It has been recorded that over 5,000 homes in Chiapas have been destroyed and as many as 11,000 either damaged or destroyed in Oaxaca.

Broncos Beat Bolts


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Monday September 11th, 2017 will forever be known as the day that the world was introduced to sideline reporter Sergio Dipp. Dipp took the road less travelled route to reporting and instead of giving the fans a boring stat or injury update he informed the viewers exactly what was happening on their screen and that Denver’s coach Vance Joseph was having THE TIME OF HIS LIFE.


The self proclaimed “mix of Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady” Trevor Siemian led Broncos came out shooting as they scored on two out of their first three drives. Denver’s offensive coordinator and the last San Diego Chargers head coach in team history Mike McCoy dialed up the offensive trickery as Siemian hit receivers Demaryius Targaryen and Hemmanuel Sanders for big gains off of play actions. This was only possible because of the mix of power and speed running from CJ “Bash” Manderson and newly acquired half back Jamaal Charles. Siemian showed us his best Michael Vick impression as he broke Joey Bosa’s ankles for a 2 yard touchdown run. Bennie “and the catch” Fowler matched set his career high in touchdown catches with 2. Actually he doubled his career total. Fantasy owners scrambled to the waiver wire to pick up the sleeper, but in reality he probably will not score again for the rest of the year. Late in the game the offense became dormant. Siemian could not find his receivers and the running game slowed down. Broncos fans used to be excited when Jamaal Charles would fumble, but now they throw their remotes at the TV. The Chargers took advantage of this blunders and cry baby Phillip Rivers brought his team to within 3 after being down 17 at the start of the 4th.


The defense looked strong even with loss of major pieces of the 2016 defense Demarcus Ware and T.J. Ward. Ward’s replacement 2nd year player Justin Simmons looked good in pass coverage with 3 tackles. Ware’s replacement Shane Ray will be on IR until week 8, but Shaq Barrett proved worthy of the starting job picking up Denver’s only sack of the game. Free Safety Darian Stewart left the game in the 3rd quarter with a groin injury and is most likely going to return for week 2 against the Cowboys. Stewart being out allowed the “Baby No Fly Zone” consisted of second year players Will Parks and Justin Simmons to shine in their first gig as free safety and strong safety respectively. Before Stewart’s injury Parks would come in, in the Broncos dime package as the fourth corner.


The Broncos are in a three way tie for first place in the AFC West, arguably the best division in the NFL. The odds are against Denver as they have the hardest schedule in the league according to Pro Football Focus. Up next are the Dallas Cowboys coming off a win against the Odell-less Giants. Siemian will have a chance to silence his doubters if he shows up big next Sunday.

Miners Battle At Homecoming


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It was a rough ending for El Diamante after losing homecoming to Dinuba High School in overtime. After a long fight, the final score ended up being a close 33-30.


The Miners started on defense and kept the Emperors on edge. Staying neck and neck, Dinuba scored a touchdown that was shortly followed by one from El Diamante at the end of the first quarter.


During the second quarter, the Emperors pulled off 2 touchdowns, one being a pass from Magana with seconds left in the quarter.


By the time the crowd had lost hope, the Miners managed to score 2 touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Parker Boswell had both of the touchdown passes of 11 and 15 yards to Jared Torres and Jayvon Hightower. The pass to Hightower took place with only 1:26 remaining of the game.


Dinuba conquered El Diamante in overtime, making it a hard game to swallow. Tune in September  22nd to watch the Miners take on Mt. Whitney at Mineral King Bowl.


DIN 7       14     6       0       6       —     33

ED    0       7       6       14     3       —     30

EDHS Varsity Volleyball 9/12


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The El Diamante Varsity Volleyball Team beat Independence High School last week, on Tuesday. They battled for four sets winning three out of the four. The girls dominated the first set, with a score of 25-19. Both teams battled for the second set, going back and forth with kills and digs. However, Independence took the second set leaving the Miners with a score of 23-25. The Miners came back with a vengeance in the third set, winning with a score of 25-12. Tension began to rise among Independence once they noticed they were running out of chances. The Miners took home the fourth set with a score of 25-18, claiming their victory. The girls will play Hanford High on Tuesday in Hanford and follow up with playing Redwood High in the El Diamante Gym on Thursday!

The Dominating Lady Miners


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On Tuesday the 12th, the Lady Miners played against the Dinuba Emperors. The Lady Miners were preparing to instantly dominate the game against the Emperors. In all four quarters the team kept up the intensity and creating opportunities for amazing shots. In the first quarter, the starters established the tone of the game and put away multiple goals to set us apart from our opponents. As the game continued the Lady Miners continued to dominate the Emperors and continued to make defensive stops, shutting their offensive plays down. The Lady Miners continued to substitute girls in and out of the game to give girls the opportunity to make great offensive plays. By the end of the game the Lady Miners defeated the Dinuba Emperors with a score of 13 to 0. A total shut out for the Lady Miners. The Lady Miners played a great game and continued to show their intensity throughout.

Tennis: El Diamante vs. Golden West


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The El Diamante Miners Varsity tennis team played against rivalry Golden West Trailblazers. Before this game the Miners were 2-3 in league and the Trailblazers were 3-2.


The Miners unfortunately had to give the win to the trailblazers. The Trailblazers put a smack down on the Miners: winning 7-2.


Trailblazers’ new record in league is 4-2; Miners are at 3-3 now. The Miners now have 6 games left of their season; hopefully they can pull through and get seeded well for valley.

Genocide in Burma

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Often described as “the most persecuted people in the world”, the Rohingya are a group of displaced, oppressed people with nowhere to go.


The Rohingya are a Muslim minority ethnicity living in the Rakhine state of Myanmar or Burma. Myanmar, being a predominantly Buddhist nation, has persecuted the Rohingya for many years.


They have been discriminated and given less rights by the Burmese government.  Myanmar has refused to give Rohingya citizenship, claiming that they aren’t Burmese and are considered extrinsic people, due to their forced migration under the British administration in South Asia. Over the years Myanmar has gotten harsher with more inhumane treatment. Alarmingly they have began an “ethnic cleansing”  or genocide of the Rohingya by killing a large number of people and even putting people in internment camps.


A Rohingya militant group formed due to their impatience with the government and have begun to attack the military which has evoked even more violence. The Myanmar military is burning entire villages, killing many people, and raping Rohingya women. They are treating the Rohingya in the most brutal and merciless ways possible. There have even been reports of police throwing babies into rivers and burning people alive. Life in Myanmar for Rohingya is extremely dangerous and many have decided to quickly flee, leaving everything behind.


Hundreds of thousands are escaping to adjacent countries, mostly Bangladesh. Many traverse by foot and sometimes by dangerously crowded boats. Many arrive hungry, thirsty, and injured with scarce supplies at refugee camps to sequester these needs. They face many dangers on their journey such as land mines placed by the Myanmar government.


Bangladesh has received the most with about 370,000 people seeking refuge there. They have built a few refugee camps there but don’t want their stay to be forever. Countries with an influx of refugees only plan to host them temporarily and do not want them to stay in their country, they want them to return to Myanmar.


Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of Burma and Nobel Peace Prize Winner, has received major criticism over her lack of intervention over the Rohingya inhumanities. She has claimed that the accusations of the mistreatment of the Rohingya is not true and is fake propaganda.


A country or organization needs to take care of this crisis before it gets worse. It can cause violence in other countries and already is a humanitarian crisis.

Eight Killed in Plano, Texas Shooting

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On Sunday September 10, 2017, eight people were fatally shot in Plano, Texas. One of which was the suspected gunman who was killed by Plano Police. Two other victims were shot but were taken to the hospital Sunday night. One of the two victims sent to the hospital Sunday night was pronounced dead Monday morning, according to Chief of Police Greg Rushin.


The victims were gathered Sunday evening to watch the Dallas Cowboy’s game when Meredith Lane’s, the house owner, ex-husband showed up and opened fire. An eyewitness told the media that she heard as much as 40 gunshots.


All victims shot were adults, and officers still can not determined the motive behind the shooting. Officers have said, “A shooting like this in Plano, Texas is very unusual”, since they lived in a quiet and calm neighborhood.


The police however are still investigating the event and wondering if they have received calls to the house prior to the event.

Hurricane Irma….The Caribbean’s Own Nemesis



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Thousands to tens of thousands of individuals are struggling to meet their needs after many islands were ruined this month by Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful storms to strike the eastern Caribbean.


Irma destroyed thousands of buildings, removing many from their homes and knocking out power and potable water systems. Food and water are scarce, health services are struggling, and schools are closed.


The United Nations and Copernicus, a European Union program, evaluate the damage to the buildings and infrastructure of three of the hardest hit islands: St. Martin, Anguilla, and Barbuda.



Both the French and Dutch sides of St. Martin were plundered. Irma damaged 90+ percent of buildings on the Dutch side, according to a Sept. 15 report by the United Nations. Majorities of structures in the Dutch capital were damaged & destroyed.



On Anguilla, the storm “substantially damaged” 90 percent of government buildings, electricity infrastructure, and the main water supply, according to the International Organization for Migration.



Barbuda, a tiny island with a population of about 1,800 people, “looked like a landfill,” said the prime minister after processing Hurricane Irma’s aftermath. At least 75 percent of buildings in Codrington, a local town inside Barbuda, are damaged, according to a United Nations assessment on Friday. Most of its residents were evacuated to the sister island of Antigua, which was spared the worst.

Sources: Copernicus (St. Martin damage), United Nations Institute for Training and Research (Anguilla and Barbuda damage), OpenStreetMap

Additional work by Adam Pearce and Anjali Singhvi.