Writing From Our Scholars

 Below are some of the plethora of essays our phenomenal writers have written over the 2016-2017 school year assigned by our principle, Sylveta Hamilton Gonzales, and our language arts teacher, Ms. Nikita Forde.

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Assignment: Students were asked to write a review about the duet cover of "At Last" by Etta James, sang by M.A.C.A.D.E.M.Y'S Founder, Rev. Sylveta Hamilton Gonzales, and current M.A.C.AD.E.MY Senior, Marvin Gibbs, and then "tweet" about the duet.

Keshawn Howe

8th Grade

November 2, 2016

ELA

Review

 

At Last by Etta James

 

            The song sang by my fellow classmate, Marvin Gibbs, and teacher, Bishop Sylveta Hamilton Gonzales, is displaying the love that two human beings can share. While listening to the song, it takes you off onto a tranquil and relaxing place. It is like hearing angels singing in heaven for joy. I can connect this to Marcia Griffiths’ song “Young Gifted and Black” that says you should love your race no matter the circumstances. I hope that these two continue to do what they do best.

#Dab on em #Ooh she cheating #OOOUUU #Woyoy #Fyah #A Jamaica mi cum from

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Kamani Millington

November 9, 2016

Language Arts

 

Write a review about the performance done by Marvin Gibbs and Ms. Bishop.

 

Marvin Gibbs and Ms.Bishop's performance of the song, "At Last" by Etta James was magnificent, and showed both singer's ability to sing in harmony. These singers were able to sound like the official song without watching lyrics and listening to it. These people have talent and should not be ashamed of it.

 

#Harmony

#Impressed

#AtLast

#Sing

#RightOn

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Jonathan Barley

November 2nd, 2016

Grade 8

ELA

Duet Review

 

Marvin and Ms. Bishop’s duet cover of “At Last” by Etta James was phenomenal because they were harmonious in their singing. Ms. Bishop’s high tone complemented and accentuated Marvin’s softer tone. Together, they were able to accomplish the goal of spreading the message of the song: finding love at last.

 

OMG Chelsea did u see MAR MAR and Ms. Bishop saaang #lit #sangsang #lawdjesus #fleeky #uplayedurself

Assignment: Students were asked to write an essay about how they would manage their bank accounts if their mortgage was 3. 5 million dollars and their salary was twice this amount.

Jonathan Barley 

October 7th, 2016

Essay Writing 

Question: Your mortgage is $3,500,000. Your salary is twice the amount of your monthly payments. What would you do to manage your bank account.

Master Plan

In order to pay a monthly mortgage of 19,500 dollars, for fifteen years, for a 3.5 million dollar mortgage, my monthly salary must be 39,000 dollars, and managing my account would require me to (1) create an income/expense budget plan, (2) manage my wants, (3) and save. The budget plan would reflect my monthly expenses. My money would be wisely spent. My money would be allocated to sustain my mortgage. As the owner of a multi- million dollar property, it would be my responsibility to manage my money according to my income, so my mortgage can be payed.

My budget plan would assist me in managing my accounts because it would reflect only my monthly expenses. For example, my plan includes five sections: income, debt (including utilities), insurance premiums, investments, and basic necessities. My approximate monthly income would be $39,000. Of this amount, $19,500 would be used on my mortgage payment. This leaves me with $19,500. Around $5,000 of this money would be used to maintain my car (gas, loan, and insurance). After these expenses, I will be left with $14,000, to be used to cover basic necessities (household bills, clothing, food), and the rest would be allocated to my savings account. My total expenses will be $27,000 monthly and my left over income will be 14,000.  By following this budget plan, funds would always be at the snap of my finger, making it easy to live a worry- free, financially stable life. Furthermore, my wants would be managed.

My money would be wisely spent, because certain desires of mine would be kept to a minimum. For example, As a “sneaker-head”, its is my responsibility to ensure that my habit of buying high- end sneakers is kept to a minimum, because the money can be used for greater purposes. Additionally, my hobby of robotics, and computer science, would also be kept to a minimal because this interest is costly. On the other hand, I would begin to become more frugal, and invest in stocks and assets that would multiply my money in bank accounts, instead of allowing the balance to remain stagnant. Who wants to ever be in the position where they have no money, because of a habit gone berserk?  For sure, not me, ergo it is imperative that my frugal spending habits are practiced from an early age. Many African- Americans today suffer from this issue, as they were never taught to manage their wealth. Many of us focus on the materialistic side of life, but at the end of the day, having the best car or best shoes means nothing in terms of finance. In addition, managing my money, would allow me to have more funds to save.

Safe spending, and budgeting allows you to have more overall income at your disposal to save. For example, after paying for all of my annual expenses, my account would be left with a balance of approximately $168,000 dollars annually. Many people may never see this amount of money in a lifetime, but wealth management would allow me to see it in one year. With this $168,000 dollars, my civic duties can be completed( including charitable donations), investments can be made ( my non- profit organization, Neurology For The Neglected), and money can be saved. Business mogul, Mark Cuban, has multiplied his wealth by following a similar money management plan, but with a lot more disposable income to make investments. By continuing this methodology of managing money, my accounts can always resemble Mr. Cuban’s. Moreover, my accounts would be managed to secure my property.

As the owner of a multi- million dollar property, it would be my responsibility to manage my money according to my income, so my mortgage can be paid. Following a budget plan, minimizing my desires, and saving, I can one day have a net worth of over 14 million dollars. Following this master plan can make me one of the few African- Americans to own a 3.5 million dollar home in Brooklyn, NY, debt free.

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Assignment: Students were asked to define freedom in their own terms, analyze a quote, and explain America and Russia's clandestine relationship.

Cassius Ghartey

March 20, 2017

Grade: 8

ELA

Question: What does freedom mean to you?

Freedom is a portrayal of the white lotus flower, optimistic, love, and friendship. It is one’s third eye or ability to accept. What determines freedom? Not only your determination materializing, but now you perceive others. However, our society strips your visualization of yourself, applying a precarious predicament to the wound. And in juxtaposition to this social equities are used to build other barriers. Freedom is a barrier. It must be removed, but in order to remove the social shackles it must be internalized. And this is taken in many forms, spirituality, and a self centered awareness. Furthermore, freedom is based on society, however it can be perceived in various ways, to other advantages, to disadvantage, hence the saying “Freedom is Slavery”.

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Jonathan Barley

March 20, 2017

Grade: 8

ELA

 

Quote: “Your character determines your fate; not your talent”

 

The quote, “Your character determines your fate; not your talent” portrays the ideology that character development is essential to uncovering more about life, in opposition to talent. We are innately blessed with talents, however we must develop our character. Therefore “character development”, requires a training of behavior and morality, that you display individually or in the midst of others. Our behavior has consequences, whether they be spiritual or blatant, thus justifying the philosophy of karma which exists in many religions today. The character of someone is evident through their ability to be candid to their spirit, regardless of who is watching.

Penel Ghartey 

Date: January 21, 2020

Grade: 8

ELA

Do you agree or disagree that Jodie Patterson has the right to stand up for the LGBTQ community? Why or why not?

 

   Jodie Patterson has the right to stand up for the LGBTQ community because every American has the right to freedom of speech. (S)On the other hand, her advocating could be as dangerous to her and her family as going to war. A resolution to this predicament is for Ms.Patterson to continue her activism, and stay safe from people that abhor her.

 

Ms.Patterson definitely has the right to advocate for the LGBTQ community because as an American she has the right to freedom of speech. For example, the United States Constitution declares, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press…”. Also people have been advocating for their beliefs for centuries, so why should it stop now. In my opinion it is absolutely necessary for Jodie Patterson to advocate for the LGBTQ community because she is speaking for people who can’t speak up for themselves.(P) Advocacy is the sword that will slay biases, transphobia, and homophobia. Additionally, protesting is a dangerous thing to do because of haters

 

On the other hand, her advocating could be dangerous to her and her family because the LGBTQ community is a very attacked community. For example, last year in 2019, there were 18 Transgender killings alone, most of them being people of color. (M)However, Jodie Patterson portrays Martin Luther King, she never gives up no matter how many people want her to. This epidemic of killings of the LGBTQ community can be juxtaposed to the colossal amount of police shootings on the African American, and colored community. Moreover, there is a resolution to this predicament that will help America advance, and come into the New Age Of Enlightenment. 

 

A resolution to this predicament is for Ms.Patterson to continue her activism, and continue to change the world until the world is accepting of everyone,(H) which could be when pigs fly. In my opinion, Jodie lives her life by Emanuel Cant’s motto “I think therefore I am” because she thought she could help people comprehend the LGBTQ community, and their struggles ,in her Memoir, “The Bold World '' and she did. That book gives people an insight into the life of someone who did not know what LGBTQ was, and then had a transgender son. Moreover, Jodie Patterson definitely has the legal, and moral right to persistently advocate for the LGBTQIA+ community.

August Owusu

Date: January 21, 2020 

Grade: 7

ELA

Argument: Do you agree or disagree that Jodie Patterson has the right to stand up for the LGBTQ community? Why or why not?

 

   I believe that Jodie Patterson has the right to stand up for the LGBT+ community because you can defend something that you are not. Not only that, but Jodie Patterson’s son is a member of this community, adding to this right. However, contrary to my belief, if the LGBT+ movement wishes to be independent, they should not require assistance from people who cannot relate to them. This is because having non-members support you gives a false impression of weakness. It is the choice of the members of the LGBT+ community to decide if they require the assistance of a non-LGBT member.

 

I believe that Jodie Patterson has the right to stand up for the LGBT+ community because you can defend something that you are not. For example, during the civil rights movement, there were some caucasian people that helped fight alongside the blacks. If Caucasians can fight for black people, then people other than LGBT+ members can advocate for the LGBT+ movement. A movement of any size requires all the help it can. It is reasonable for the community to ask for support. Furthermore, Jodie Patterson should be allowed to advocate for the LGBT+ community.

 

If the LGBT+ movement wishes to be independent, they should not require assistance from people who cannot relate to them. For example, requiring assistance from outsiders can be considered weak, which the LGBT community does not want to be seen as. While the LGBT+ community accepts any contributions gladly, some misinformed people may incorrectly assume that this is a sign of weakness. In order to prevent such events from happening, you cannot openly request contributions. You must be self-made and have your members support you rather than being supported by bystanders. Moreover, Jodie Patterson should be not expected to advocate for the LGBT movement.

 

It is the choice of the members of the LGBT+ community to decide if they require the assistance of a non-LGBT member. For example, while many view the LGBT+ community as weak because of the fact that they require assistance. However, these naysayers have no right to say this. Accepting outside help is not a sign of weakness. However, it is the decision of the movement to accept that offer of help. In conclusion, the right to accept assistance is the decision of the movement.

Cassius Bermudez 

Date: January 21, 2020 

Grade: 7 

ELA

Question: Do you agree that Jodie Paterson has the right to stand up for the LGBTQ community? Why? 


 

     From the novel “The Bold World” By Jodie Patterson, Jodie Patterson has the right to stand up for the LGBTQ community, because these types of people have been heavily discriminated against and this is making a colossal impact on their view of themselves. However, the problem is that many people may dislike the pride of this community and would bully LGBTQ people even more than they already have. As a solution, Jodie Patterson should ignore these types of people and continue to be fervent for LGBTQ rights because people of this community are counting on her and many other transgender activists to eradicate the discrimination of these people. 

 

Jodie Patterson has the right to stand up for the LGBTQ community because many of people in this community have been heavily discriminated against for being heterogeneous and conspicuous and this has caused people of the LGBTQ community to disavow who they are and want to commit suicide. For example, more than 34,000 people commit suicide from constantly being discriminated against due to their gender of choice. This can be juxtaposed to black discrimination because many black people in the juncture of the 1900s were discriminated against as they were labeled as less than. (s)As a result, we had people like Rosa Parkes and Martin Luther King Jr. who were like fierce lions who lead the fight for black rights. Moreover, this is the reason why Jodie Patterson has the right to stand up for the LGBTQ community.

 

However, the problem with this, is that many people many dislike the continuous Pride of the LGBTQ community and would discriminate against them even more. For example, according to the novel, it states, “This is sad and disgusting. What type of parent forces an unnatural view of sexuality on an IGNORANT child? When we are children we are naive. There are so many things that I desired as a child that I no longer desire” Pg:312. (p)This can be juxtaposed to Socrates’s theory of the inner voice being divine because people like these are trying to destroy the inner voice of LGBTQ people and make their stress from being discriminated against run wild and as a result think bad about themselves. Moreover, this is the flaw with Jodie Patterson fighting for the rights of the LGBTQ community. 

(m)As a solution, Jodie Patterson should ignore the harsh opinions that many people have and continue to emulate the bravery of humanity. For example, there are many transgender people who are all counting on her and other transgender activists to terminate the discrimination against the LGBTQ community. (Hyperbole)This can be juxtaposed to the quote “People shape society, in return society shapes people” because currently, people shaped society to rain with hate for the LGBTQ community, resulting in the discrimination of these people. Moreover, Jodie Patterson has the right to stand up for the LGBTQ community, but there will be many obstacles along the way to achieve this goal. 

Peter Hillman

Date: January 21, 2020

Grade: 6AP

ELA

Do you agree or disagree that Jodie Patterson has the right to stand up for the LGBTQ community? Why or why not?

 

      Using the Charles Coole theory of interactionism (the belief that people shape society and in return society shapes them), my belief is that Jodie does have the right to stand up for the LGBTQ+ community because society is not always correct, anyone can have their own beliefs, and no group of people deserves to be oppressed in any way. Society has had absurd ideas ranging from African Americans are not human, to tomatoes are poisonous. The American Constitution states that anyone is allowed to believe anything they want. No group of people deserves to be oppressed because all humans are equal. Moreover, all of these reasons make it acceptable for Jodie to protect the LGBTQ+ community.

It has been proven that society is not always correct. For example, in the part of the constitution concerning slavery, it says that “slaves count as three-fifths persons’’ which is not correct because as taught by my African History teacher, Africans were the first Homo Sapiens or “humans’’. So this is like saying a lion is not a cat. This also proves the Coole theory because most of the Caucasians that made up the society in the 1700s, 1800s, and some of the 1900s taught their children the diabolical idea that African Americans were not human and so, they could be treated any way they wanted. So saying all of this about African Americans hopefully does not mean that society will have the same ideas about the LGBTQ+ community, but if they do, somebody should be there to prove them wrong. Moreover, society is not always correct.

Jodie also has this right because anyone can have their own beliefs. For example, it is the first line of the constitution that allows any religion, and standing up for what you believe in is like a religion. And standing up for what you believe in is fundamental because if people did not stand up for what they believed in, America would not even be a country. This makes it abhorrent and hypocritical for any American to have slaves or discriminate against anyone else because America was founded under the premise that anyone in its borders would be free. But this does also mean that anyone can think what they want about this or any other community and I agree with that, as long as they do not force their beliefs on anybody else or do anything hurtful just to make their point. All in all, anyone can have their own beliefs.

No group of people deserves to be oppressed because all humans are equal and while this is stated in the constitution also, it is not always heeded. For example, there has been an equality problem in America ever since it was founded, whether it was race religion gender and more, and so far the story of the LGBTQ+ community is shaping up to be like the story of all oppressed groups in America as said in the book. My hope is that this does not turn out like the book says because it also says that over 50 percent of transgender teens attempt suicide, and Ms. Forde even said that her friend(coincidentally named Peter) was hanged for being gay. This is not right because everybody is different and diversity is what makes everybody who they are. Therefore, nobody deserves to be oppressed.

Blake Barneys

Date: January 21, 2020 

Grade: 6AP

ELA

Prompt-: Do you agree or disagree that Jodie Patterson has the right to stand up for the LGBTQ community? Why or why not?

 

     Jodie Patterson does have a right to stand up for the LGBTQ community because everyone should be considered equal no matter what they are like. On the other hand, the community should be tenacious and rebel against the inhumanity of society independently. The LGBTQ community does not deserve the harsh discrimination they are constantly getting from society just because they are not scared to express who they are. Moreover, Jodie should not be reprimanded for her activism.

    

Jodie does have the right to cause a paradigm shift in the lives of members of the LGBTQ community with her profound activism because she went through similar hardships when she was younger. For example, she was zealous about becoming a writer and going to graduate school, however, as stated on page 59 in her novel “The Bold World”, her father said, “grad school is for gay, fat, and ugly women”. Despite the fact that these words cut through her like a knife(personification/simile), she persevered and became an audacious writer and activist. She also has the right because she learned to accept her transgender son Penelope for who he was. It is very inspirational how she is empowering so many people to accept who they are. This can also be juxtaposed to Socrates because Jodie “knew thyself” and found her purpose. All in all, Jodie is a strong woman who is an inspiration to many people.

Some people like the President think the LGBTQ community should be able to stand up for themselves without any assistance from others because they should not drag other people into the predicament they put themselves in. For example, it is atrocious that this community is being treated so horribly, but they should emulate ferocious lions(metaphor) and defend themselves from the colossal amount of abhorrence they are receiving. It is unfair that completely unrelated people are being dragged into the mess of the LGBTQ community just because they are scared to be themselves. Furthermore, this community needs the strength to be independent.

The LGBTQ community does not deserve to be reprimanded 1 billion times (hyperbole) just because they know who they are as people. For example, they are not afraid to break the rules that society has put in place for them and “know themselves”. Some people of the LGBTQ community are fearless and endure discrimination that comes their way. In conclusion, Jodie has every obligation to defend this community.

George Finch

Date: January 21, 2020 

Grade: 7

ELA

Do you agree or disagree that Jodie Patterson has the right to stand up for the LGBTQ community? Why or why not?

 

Based on the novel, “The Bold World '', by Jodie Patterson, my agreement is with Jodie Patterson having the right to stand up for the LGBTQIA+ community because she experienced a synonymous situation in the past. On the other hand, why should she go against the tradition that we have followed for thousands of years? The gray area would be respecting others' opinions but not enforcing it on others, especially through violence.

Jodie Patterson has the right to stand up for the LGBTQIA+ community because she sympathizes with them. For example, as a child, she felt weak and she experienced discrimination against her for either being black or a woman. As she advanced into adulthood, oppression and her expectancy to procure a mere rudimentary education at best, made her feel like a star amongst trillions (simile). In chapter twelve, page 174, Ms. Jodie stated that “I saw myself in Penelope - both of us smaller than our fear, smaller than the world around us, and smaller than the answer.” (Using Rene Descartes quote “I think therefore I am”) Her timid mentality made her diffident, which pertains to the LGBTQIA+ community because they also suffer abuse, discrimination, and emasculation, which makes them feel like they have not sufficed to a standard human being. As African Americans, our ancestors have faced the same type of discrimination: apartheid/segregation, slavery, and now we commit hypocritical acts, ostracizing those with a different mentality, different spirituality, different knowledge on oneself. In summary, the first amendment permits us to speak our mind, and our opinions, so Ms. Jodie does have the right, not only because she is a citizen, but because it's immoral to act prejudicial towards others.

Our society would predominantly believe that Ms. Jodie does not have the right to support the LGBTQIA+ community because of religion, and how it transcends our customs. For example, some people who follow certain religions believe that your gender is the one bestowed upon you by God and you shouldn't trade it for anything else because obviously god is the only god if we sin we are going to hell, and there is never any disparity between what a colossal amount of religious people do and the religion itself (verbal irony). Since most humans are in trepidation of the transformation of our society, the transpiring situation results in a large group of people who repudiate it, and a small group of people who condone this paradigm shift in philosophy, which emulates our society’s view on sexual orientation(metaphor). This can be juxtaposed to the psychoanalytic theory because, in the juncture of the 70s, people's superego conversed with us (personification) about how our subconscious mind should bury our true feelings deep within our soul, and those who state the truth should be admonished, so many people have a mentality homogeneous to that 70s mentality. Furthermore, despite their contrasting beliefs, religious and LGBTQIA+ communities are similar, because they were both convened to state their beliefs and so they are both are justified to be respected.

Being human beings, qualify for our beliefs as long as it doesn't infringe on our legal and moral laws. A person in the LGBTQIA+ community is entitled to his beliefs, but if he/she determines that he is imperious to a straight person, that is immoral, and this situation goes inversely for a straight person believing he is superior to an LGBTQ person. In conclusion, religion has united people under oppression and has become like a blanket and haven and now they are usurping that blanket leaving the LGBTQ community defenseless in this cold society.

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by MACADEMY School of Science and Technology. All rights reserved. Designed and edited by MACADEMY's Alumni Nathanyah Antoine, Messiah McCall, Laura Gonzales, Jonathan Barley, and Jayden Mckenzie.

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