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
Op-Ed: Culture and Costumes: Black Panther
by Sage Addington '18
The movie includes many famous faces like Angela Bassett and Michael B. Jordan, but the movie also includes a large handful of African born/raised actors. Danai Gurira is from Zimbabwe, Florence Kasumba is from Uganda, Daniel Kaluuya is from Uganda, Lupita Nyong’o was raised in Kenya, and John Kani is from South Africa.
As someone who isn’t black and only has a small knowledge of Africa, the entire time I watched the film I was wondering what cultural references were flying over my head. I could tell the costumes were intricately designed and some references such as lip plates and and neck rings were obvious. Yet, I wondered about other things I saw such as hats, scarves, blankets, body paint, and scarring throughout the entire film. After watching this film and doing some researched, I learned about many of the different African cultures represented in this film. Hardly does one get to learn about Indigenous African culture.
The awotele is like an undercoat. The second layer was made of silk and was pressed in pleats in the Issey Miyaki style. Part of the coat was also a lightweight black tunic with long sleeves and large cuffs; the cuffs stick out from beneath the second layer. Carter said that she also used small silver metals made by the Tuareg people of the Sahara desert. The metal pieces “highlighted their [the Tuareg’s] intricate design in their silversmithing.” Each piece of Tuareg jewelry has a special meaning and combining the different cultures made it so that not just one culture was represented.
The accent layer featured a long front piece made out of hundreds of tiny beads. The neck piece was crafted out of a rope wrapped in leather and joined by magnets.
The final layer is simply a long pair of red trousers.
Although Wakanda is a made up place, the language used in Black Panther is not. The language heard at several points throughout the movie is isiXhosa, one of South Africa's eleven official languages. isiXhosa is spoken by more than eight million South Africans, or 15% of the population.
Op-Ed: #ArmMeWith School Supplies
by Sage Addington '18
Thousands of teachers and students joined the movement and made photos with suggestions that don’t involve arming teachers with firearms.
Yes, schools should focus on security, but schools shouldn’t just be safe, they should feel safe. If I knew any one of my teachers could be in possession of a gun, I wouldn’t feel safe. School is stressful enough and making students feel safe, shouldn’t also make students feel like they are in prison. As a student, I believe we need to focus on mental health, family life, bullying, and making our schools an all around better environment for the students.
Don’t waste money on providing teachers with firearms, use that money to provide teachers with the resources they need to make school a better environment. Provide students books. Provide students school supplies. Provide students with more teachers so they’re in a less crowded environment and get more one on one attention. Provide students with counselors to help them with bullying and other rough times. Provide students with basic knowledge of mental health. Provide students with after school clubs and fun things to do outside of home.
Providing teachers with firearms sounds like a dangerous step in the wrong direction. If a shooter was to be on campus and teacher was to use their firearm, a potential firefight could break out and put even more students in harm's way. If a shooter were to be on campus, the authorities would have trouble identifying the shooter with so many people in possession of guns. And what happens when a teacher one day fights with a student and someone ends up getting shot?
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School can’t protect students at home or shield them from the ugliness of the world, but what they can do is try and make the place where students spend a majority of their time, better. Besides, if schools cannot afford to make the school better, than how can they afford lots of guns? Teachers aren’t paid nearly enough to do their jobs and they sure aren’t paid enough to protect my life. Students shouldn’t have to worry about staying alive, they should be able to worry about their education. #ArmMeWith school supplies.
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! Poll takers if they liked Kylie Jenner's baby name Stormi and 50% said for my dog, and the other 50% said yes.