AMBUSH! Arts & Culture
“If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.”
― Émile Zola
― Émile Zola
It's Stormi in North West Chicago
by Sage Addington '18
I'm sorry for keeping you in the dark through all the assumptions. I understand you're used to me bringing you along on all my journeys. My pregnancy was one I chose not to do in front of the world. I knew for myself I needed to prepare for this role of a lifetime in the most positive, stress free, and healthy way I knew how. There was no gotcha moment, no big reveal I had planned. I knew my baby would feel every stress and every emotion so I chose to do it this way for my little life and our happiness.
Pregnancy has been the most beautiful, empowering, and life changing experience I've had in my entire life and I'm actually going to miss it. I appreciate my friends and especially my family for helping me make this special moment as private as we could. My beautiful and healthy baby girl arrived February 1st and I just couldn't wait to share this blessing. I've never felt love and happiness like this I could burst! Thank you for understanding.
Khloe Kardashian, Kylie’s pregnant sister, made a post on Instagram saying:
Congratulations My Sweet Kylie! What a magical ride it has been! I'll miss you bumping along with me. Never in a million years did I think we would do this together but it's been that much more special because of it. God is so great!! He had his plan all along! I love you little mama love big mama
Although Stormi is currently the newest child until Khloe gives birth, Kim also had an addition to her family. Chicago West was born on January 15, 2018. The thirty-seven year old actress has had two high-risk pregnancies in the past and was eventually forced to hire a surrogate mother. The baby girl was named as a tribute to Kanye West’s mother Donda who raised him in Chicago.
Movie Review: Black Panther
by Rocco Addington '20
The only problem I found was with the main character itself. I don’t have a problem with him so much as I had a problem with his action scenes. The main character has a suit of armor that is close to impenetrable, this makes all of the action scenes he is in seem a bit redundant. What’s the point of him dodging bullets, and sneaking around if literally nothing could hurt him? In no point in this movie did I feel suspense, everything just seemed a little predictable. Unlike other Marvel movies they did a great job in balancing out the humor. If you have watched any Marvel movie in the past two years you probably came into this thinking will be laughing the whole way through. The humor didn’t seemed forced, it just came naturally and the punchline never fell short. Black Panther is not really a jokey character so it was nice to see him stick to his roots.
Personally when I watched this movie I got a little bored through it, but after hearing similar and different stories I think I know why. It’s a cultural thing; as a Native American it was very easy for me to laugh at some of the music, references, and motive behind some characters. This movie goes over some cultural aspects of the black community, and from an outside perspective I think it had a different impact on me, opposed to someone who is in that in the culture. The times where this movie brought up culture really made me think, even if I didn’t understand fully I was intrigued. This movie makes you think adding on to what is an amazing movie.
Although the action was predictable, this movie was great. Black Panther goes over so much no matter who you are you’ll find something to like about this movie. Even a Marvel hater like me found something to like about this movie. Black Panther will make you laugh, think, and have you wanting more by the end of it. This is a movie definitely everyone should see.
by Sage Addington '18
Whether you love it or hate it, you probably know Valentine’s Day celebrates love. It’s a day to remind those closest to you that care about them. Unfortunately, a trend of violence also follows this affectionate holiday.
On February 14th, around 278 A.D., St. Valentine, a Christian martyr, was beheaded for performing marriages in secret. The holy priest was executed by Emperor Claudius II. Under the rule of Claudius the Cruel, Rome made many bloody campaigns; all the emperor wanted to focus on was maintaining a strong army. Unfortunately, he was having a hard time recruiting soldiers for his unpopular campaigns. Claudius believed men were unwilling to join his army because of their strong attachment to their wives and families, leading him to outlaw all marriages in Rome.
St. Valentine rebelled against Claudius and would marry young lovers in secret, but was eventually found out. Upon Valentine’s outing, he was condemned to be beaten to death with clubs and to have his head cut off. Valentine’s sentence was carried out on the fourteenth of February. Legend has it, St. Valentine left a farewell letter to the jailer’s daughter, whom he had become friends with, and signed it, “From Your Valentine.” After his death, Valentine was named a saint for his service.
Besides Claudius the Cruel, Chicago’s most notorious gangster also left his bloody mark on February the 14th. In 1929 one of Al Capone’s longtime enemies George “Bugs” Moran lost seven members of his operation. At the garage the Irish gangster ran his bootleg operations out of, seven of his men were gunned down while standing lined up, facing the wall. The overkill was insane, some 70 rounds of ammunition being fired. When policemen arrived, one member of Moran’s gang, Frank Gusenberg, was still clinging to life. In the final minutes of Frank’s life, authorities pressed him to talk and reveal what happened, but he refused. Moran and others immediately blamed Capone’s gang for the massacre, but no one was ever brought to trial for murder.
In this the year 2018, there was another Valentine’s Day massacre. On Wednesday, in Parkland Florida, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was shot up. The suspect is nineteen year old, former student Nikolas Cruz.The shooting racked up a body count of seventeen with fourteen other injuries. Fourteen students died and so did three faculty members. The ages of the victims ranges from fourteen to forty nine. On Valentine’s Day Al Capone killed seven, Nikolas Cruz killed seventeen.
Ambush! Art: Art and Literary Magazine
Ambush! Is publishing their yearly art and literature magazine in April, and we want your submissions! Last year only four students made submissions and one teacher. The magazine still came out great, but this year we are hoping to include more Gallup High artists than in 2017. To allow total creative freedom, there is no limit to what you can submit (as long as it can be printed). Feel free to submit your drawings, paintings, photographs, poems, and short stories. There is also no limit to how much content you can submit, so go crazy. If you have art, we want to see it!
Not only do we want your works, we want to know a little more about you. Who is the artist behind the art? It is completely optional, but if you want, you can choose to fill out a short questionnaire to go in your biography beside your artwork. The questionnaire will be left at the very bottom. If you want to submit any art or writing, you can do so in two ways. You can either physically drop off a copy of your work to Ms. Sweetwyne in room A202 or submit photos and documents to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you choose to submit any photos digitally, please send them in the highest resolution you can. If you choose to submit photographs of your work, please try to take the photos in the best lighting you can. If you have any questions regarding submissions or anything else, feel free to contact the newspaper.
Question: What is your name?
Question: What grade are you in?
Question: Why do you like art?/Why are you an artist?
Question: What is your favorite media to work in?
Question: What is your favorite content to create?
Question: How long have you been practicing art?
Question: What do you want to accomplish as an artist?
Last Week's Poll Results!
Last week we asked Ambush! Readers if they've ever had an art class with Mrs. Thomas and 100% of poll takers said yes.