On Sunday, July 8th, The Latino Center of Art and Culture hosted the 5th annual ¡Fiesta De Frida! The event celebrated the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo and consisted of Cumbia, food, local vendors, art, and a Frida Kahlo look-alike contest.
On Monday, June 18th, the World Health Organization released the ICD- 11, a collection of new classifications for diseases. Among the changes, the World Health Organization has now classified gaming disorder as a mental illness. This latest addition to the ICD- 11 did not come without controversy.
“Games can be addictive, they help the player explore imagination and fantasy, but I wouldn’t consider it being a mental disorder,” said Mike Infante, a 17-year-old Sheldon High School Student. “But of course youth want to hide and escape from reality with music, games and etc.”
According to the ICD- 11, the criteria for having a gaming disorder include impaired control over gaming, increasing priority to gaming, or continuation of gaming even with negative consequences.
“Gaming gives you an adrenaline rush,” said Harley Mayer, a 15-year-old Pleasant Grove High School student. “Gaming is very manipulative and always finds ways to give you reasons to come back, addicts use drugs to get away and so do some gamers.”
Adolescents and teens clearly use games to escape society, but does that classify as a mental disorder or a sign of society itself? Keep in mind, though the World Health Organization added gaming disorder to its list of mental illnesses, they also have kept “childhood gender incongruence” as a sexual health disorder. The question remains, do people need to change their behavior to avoid being addicted to games or does society as a whole need to change to so that people would actually like take a meaningful a part in it.
“I think anything can really hinder a person from living a healthy lifestyle, that doesn’t mean all of those things deserve to be a disorder,” said Mallorie Cruz, a local youth coordinator. “Each person must be treated case by case basis, as long as something doesn’t stop you from taking care of yourself, it’s not necessarily something that needs to be treated.”
Some people think that this new addition to the ICD-11 is something that adolescents and teens need so that they can then be treated for their conditions. Others like Cruz fear that the classifications and criteria to be diagnosed are too vague while many teens like Infante, don’t even believe there is even a real disorder at all.
What do you think? Is gaming disorder a viable mental illness, and if so, are the criteria too broad?
In the United States soda is an extremely popular and well-enjoyed beverage. In fact, it has been for over fifty years. But recently, many local governments have proposed a tax on soda and other sugary beverages. This has led to some controversy in the cities that propose them where soda is often cheaper than buying water. But many ask if this tax could benefit lower-income communities.
“It would help certainly with diabetes and obesity epidemic, just like the tobacco tax did in California,” says Dr. Kimberly Laurenson. “Studies show that the tax on tobacco products decreased the number of smokers. We are to assume it would do the same for soda and other sugary drinks, mostly because there has never been documented evidence or studies on soda taxes yet.”
Studies do typically show when a tax is implemented, average people are less likely to purchase that item. Local governments in California see this opportunity as a way to implement programs to help people who suffer from Type-2 diabetes and other problems related with obesity by using the tax dollars collected from the sale of sugary beverages. With the tobacco tax on California, the tax dollars collected from the $2 per pack tax goes to programs which help people quit smoking.
It’s possible that local cities could see the same thing happen if there were a soda tax, but recently there was a law signed saying there can’t be a soda tax in California for at least the next twelve years. Soda company representatives and lobbyists had actually met with Governor Jerry Brown at his house in the weeks before the law was signed, but Brown declared to the public that the meeting wasn’t about the soda tax or any policy. Some people see this move as yet another example of big corporations holding local government hostage for their own benefit.
Healthcare officials have started to fight back, starting an initiative to bring taxes to sugary beverages. They are fighting back towards soda corporations to bring more people to vote on this initiative in 2020.
On June 29, 2018, the Rise with Self-KARE Workshop took place in a room at the Fruitridge Community Collaborative. “Rise”, coming from the small organization’s name, Girls on the Rise of South Sacramento, provides a space for young high school age girls of color to work in leadership throughout the community and is run by Jaelyn Singleton. Singleton also was the coordinator of this workshop in which attendees learned how to use natural herbs, writing, and music to heal and help and take care of themselves.
The air was filled with a balance of incense and music and the room was split into two. One side held a short writing workshop about how writing can be self-care and should be done every day, while the other side was how to bind herbs into bundles, in order to use their aroma to help with self-care.
The writing workshop started off with a short introduction into how one can benefit from writing and the idea of a writing technique called “stream of consciousness.” In a literary sense, this means taking whatever comes to mind and writing it down. It is a simple way for one to express whatever they are feeling that one might not have even known they were thinking about and to help one understand what is truly going on their lives while keeping them emotionally stable. The herb workshop taught participants how to wrap herbs and how their aromas can help calm oneself. Participants wrapped sage, rosemary, and lavender for a simple yet effective bundle. Participants seemed very appreciative of a space to learn more about themselves.
“At this workshop, I learned that I tend to bottle up all my emotions and that isn’t healthy,” said workshop participant Phayth Jessie. “That’s how I cope for now, but I hope to work on this.”
Jessie also felt that this was not only a good space for self-enlightenment but a good place to be surrounded by others that are like minded.
“I don’t have the healthiest version of self-care,” Jessie shared. “I prefer to stay secluded. I don’t really like going out. I like staying in my room and just, like, watching anime.” Despite her shyness, Jessie said she was grateful for the experience.
At the end of the night, hugs and thanks were all around, and the participants agreed, Rise with Self-KARE was truly a success.
On June 30th, Downtown Sacramento was host to the “Families Belong Together” Rally. People came together to combat the recent decisions by the Trump administration to seperate children from their parents at the border.
Since the May 5th release of Childish Gambino’s music video, This is America, YouTube has recorded over 181 million views and it has reached No. 1 on The Billboard Hot 100. Critics have praised Childish Gambino, the stage name of Donald Glover, for producing a video with so many layers of political commentary which is proking a discussion of modern-day violence and culture in our country.
“I don’t want to give it any context,” Glover said an interview. “I feel like that’s not my place.”
But despite Glover’s reluctance to interpret the video himself, many critics have taken on the job on for him.
According to INSIDER, the gray pants Glover wears in the video are almost identical to those worn by Confederate soldiers during the Civil War.
The red handkerchief used to handle the guns at the 0:55 and 1:56 mark in the video, INSIDER believes represents the Republican Party, specifically how Republican-dominated states often value the 2nd Amendment over lives.
Chaos continues out of focus while Glover and school children perform a South African dance made famous by Rihanna called Gwana Gwana which Business INSIDER believes symbolizes how black culture is used to distract from black violence.
“Death” on a white horse gallops in the background as Glover and the children dance next to a burning car at 2:37.
17 seconds of silence starting at 2:42 is believed to be used to honor the 17 victims in the Florida Stoneman Douglas High School shooting
The video is packed frame-by-frame with symbols that make a powerful statement about black violence, gun control, white supremacy, and the media.
Black youth in the Oak Park neighborhood in Sacramento shared their responses when first watching the video.
“When I first saw it, I was like “Woah”. It made me think a lot about the black culture in American- like black violence and how people react to it and how a lot of the culture is used as a distraction from the violence,” said Makaylah Porras, a 17-year-old Sacramento High School student.
“There was just so much going on. I was distracted by everything. I had to watch it a good seven times,” said Violet Walker, another 17-year-old Sacramento High School student.
“The first thing I noticed was when he posed back and I saw him shoot the dude in the head. I thought it was interesting. I didn’t get the choir reference until someone explained it to me. I liked how it had an ominous feeling. It portrays how America is basically a facade. It’s not peaceful here, like, THIS is America,” said Layla Dobson, an 18-year-old Sacramento High School Student.
What do you think the symbolism means? You can watch the full music video here:
Access Sacramento seeks applicants for one full time and several part-time jobs beginning later this summer. Basic descriptions are below. Click the links for more details and connection to the on-line or downloadable job applications.
A current resume, cover letter and an official job application are required.
Apply by June 26
Access Sacramento is seeking an entry-level TV Studio Producer/Director/Instructor who can become a jack-of-all-trades utility player for helping create programs in the studio and in the field with our HD truck.
This is a 32-hour (four-day) a week job with benefits, and requires extreme schedule flexibility that will include some nights and most Saturdays.
The ideal candidate is a good people-person who loves helping others create their programs, but who can also produce Access Sacramento original programs live and live-to-tape with little or no post-production editing. Experience with multi-cam show directing preferred. This is not a film-style job. If you love in-the-moment live TV, this could be your next step. This job includes teaching a 21-hour basic TV Studio usage class covering jobs and equipment use in the Access Sacramento studio.
Working in Access Sacramento’s High-Definition TV Studio, Digital Media Lab and HD Remote production truck provides exceptional opportunity to take a leadership role while improving your skills.
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Apply by July 9
Access Sacramento is seeking someone who loves video editing, but who would also love teaching others the basics of either Apple’s Final Cut Pro X or Adobe’s Premiere non-linear editing software.
Access Sacramento is expanding its digital media lab to offer both software applications, and a part-time instructor who can teach a beginning-to-end 12-hour exposure course is needed. The course covers the very basics of ingest, media management, trimming, transitions, character generated titles, adding music, and exporting for playback on our cable TV channels, the internet and social media.
Basic curriculum is provided. Extra consideration for candidates who also could teach a multi-camera TV Studio production class.
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Access Sacramento is looking to increase its pool of part-time on-call production assistants.
Selected candidates may work in the Access Sacramento TV Studio, but most frequently will be assigned hours creating remote productions with our High-Definition Production truck for Game of the Week broadcasts and Hometown TV events.
Typical tasks include cabled and wireless equipment set up, camera operation, audio set up, and control room functions including operating a Character Generator, Instant Replay with NewTek’s 3-Play system, and Technical Direction on a For-A switcher.
TV studio operation and live or live-to-tape studio production experience preferred.
This entry-level job typically is one-day, eight-hours a week during football and basketball season.
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