12 Years a Slave

Solomon Northup
By Frederick M. Coffin (engraved by Nathaniel Orr) – Solomon Northup (1855) Twelve Years a Slave, Public Domain

My peers and I had the opportunity to watch the film, 12 Years a Slave, in Mr. William’s history class.

This historical film dramatizes the issue of slavery in pre-Civil War America. The main character, Solomon Northup, a violin player, is a free black man from upstate New York living with his family in the year 1841. When Solomon travels to Washington, D.C. with two men for a potential increase in his salary, he is drugged by those two men and was transferred to New Orleans, Louisiana, where he is sold from one slave owner to another, until he is sold to the cruel, aggressive, and gradually insane slave owner Edwin Epps.

As the days turn into months and months bleed into years, Solomon struggles to maintain his dignity and keep his identity as he endures abuse and hardships, such as having to answer to a new name and being whipped daily. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, he meets a Canadian abolitionist who will forever alter his life.

The film details the horrific and unforgettable conditions that African-Americans went through while they were slaves. One slave in particular named Patsey, a female slave at the Epps plantation, was constantly taken advantage of and abused by Edwin Epps, who was obsessed with her, but also hated her at the same time, making Epps an uncontrollable psychopath. His wife, Mistress Epps, jealous about the attention that Patsey was receiving, also abused her and urged her husband to “punish her” if she did anything wrong.

12 Years a Slave is an unforgettable film and a landmark of Hollywood cinema.

Whats Kickin’

There are a lot of shoes in the world. There are many different styles, colors, different shapes, and a whole bunch of different levels of comfort. Style plays a pretty big part when buying shoes, but the thing that people look for the most in shoes and what they pay so much for is comfort. This is why only certain shoe companies right now are running the shoe game for example Adidas and Nike are the main brands. Even though the shoes are a little on the more expensive side, they are the most comfortable.

Nike has some pretty comfortable shoes, they have jordans, nike flyknits, and many other shoes. But the main source of comfort and the ones people are talking the most about right now are the Nike vapormax, they have a pretty big price point of $190 USD. But putting the price aside they have air bubbles which makes it super cushiony, bouncy, and just all around comfortable.

Adidas are really killing the game right now because they have this technology called boost.  Everybody wants to buy these shoes because all of the good feedback that they have been getting. They really blew up after rapper Kanye West was wearing them on stage. Since then they have been the most popular company and have been rolling out many different styles and colourways. Adidas are finally getting all the recognition they deserve.

Drama Club

President Courtney Chapman has been in the drama club for 4 years now, along with assistant Matthew Barry. They hope the drama club will be left in good hands after they graduate in 2019.

The drama club was created to have a safe place to be able to express one’s inner feelings, without being judged, made fun of, or laughed at. The purpose of the club was to encourage students to be themselves and have fun. Anyone, of any grade, is welcomed to join. “Come have fun with us, we come together as a community and perform. We all just have a good time together” states Courtney. “Drama has helped me evolve into who i am today, definitely have come out of my shell because of drama.” says Matthew.

The drama club would like to have everyone in Desert involved, whether it be helping set up, auditions, donating, just anything. “Joining drama club has helped me make many new friends.” Courtney stated. The environment in drama club is very laid back and fun. Everyone is there to do nothing but to have fun.

Drama has meetings during the first 15 minutes of drama class. Also at lunch but that is just for officers. Please come support our fellow classmates in the drama club.