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Zendaya: “Something New”

By Abby Nelson
For the last year, Zendaya has been a popular topic. She has become quite the singing sensation, with songs featuring Bobby Brackins and Ty Dolla $ign.
Zendaya recently released her latest single, ‘Something New’ featuring Chris Brown. The song is a new spin on the popular 1990s song, ‘Creep’ by TLC. The original instrumental is used throughout the song but Zendaya and Chris Brown put more of a modern spin on the song.
The song talks about wanting new love in your life. The lyrics show Zendaya’s maturity and how she has really grown up since her Disney Channel days. She has outgrown the younger crowd and is now loved by all.  Who would have thought that someone as popular and significant as Khloe Kardashian and Kobe Bryant would be obsessed with Zendaya. 
‘Creep’ by TLC is a classic hit and will always be a popular song but for this new generation, ‘Something New’ is the perfect spin. Zendaya is a great role model and has a funky style.  Adding Chris Brown to the song made this collaboration work so well. 
Listen to the original, ‘Creep’ by TLC and compare to Zendaya’s new hit. Which do you prefer? The classic or the new? 
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The Perfect Fall Snack- Bloomin’ Baked Apple

By Payton Pinsky

Since the Autumn season has just begun I thought it fitting to make a yummy fall snack!  The first treat I found that I wanted to share with you is the “Bloomin’ Baked Apple”. This is a fun and delicious fall snack to make with loved ones, or just to cure your sweet tooth! It’s simple to make and doesn’t require many ingredients.

Watch this video for the recipe:

These, (plus some cinnamon) are all of the ingredients needed to make our Blooming Apple.
Our apple was a little smaller then what they used in the video, so we ended up just taking the core out and cutting the pieces up
Our apple was a little smaller then what they used in the video, so we ended up just taking the core out and cutting the pieces up

Cutting

This is the color the sauce should be after microwaving and mixing the ingredients together
This is the color the sauce should be after microwaving and mixing the ingredients together
Don't forget one of the best parts! Add a nice piece of caramel to the middle of your apple before baking it
Don’t forget one of the best parts! Add a nice piece of caramel to the middle of your apple before baking it
Cover the top of your apple nicely with the sauce before baking it.
Cover the top of your apple nicely with the sauce before baking it.
Delicious! This is our final product.
Delicious! This is our final product.
Here is a sneak peak of the inside goo of your snack.
Here is a sneak peak of the inside goo of your snack.

I picked out a delicious apple, and recommend finding the largest apple you can, which will make it easier to cut.   I changed up the recipe just a bit by coating the inside of the apple with brown sugar to give it a little extra sweetness! I would recommend using half white sugar, and half brown sugar when making your sauce instead of all white sugar, just to give it a little more of an apple pie flavor. I topped it off with the sauce and popped it in the oven (which should be preheated to 375°). I ended up taking my apple out at 22 minutes which left the pieces a little hard. I suggest keeping it in the oven for 25-30 minutes to make sure your apple is soft enough to easily bite into.

Once the apple is out of the oven, top it off with your favorite vanilla ice cream and you are ready to enjoy a scrumptious fall snack!   Should you try out this recipe, let me know how your Bloomin’ Baked apple turns out.

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Touch of Evil Review- Classic Crime Thriller

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by Joshua Winchester

In the annals of American cinema, there have arisen many great actors and directors, leaving their mark on the silver screen with works that have continued to delight audiences for years. But one of the true greats is a man who not only acted and directed, but wrote his movies as well. I am speaking of the late, great Orson Welles.

Throughout the years of his life Welles made many great films, Citizen Kane, Magnificent Ambersons, and the list goes on and on. But one of his films that I believe is truly great came at a later point in his life. It has been hailed as one of the last great noir films of the genre, with a cast of amazing actors, a plot so compelling it keeps you in your seat and cinematography that is astounding to behold. I speak of the great crime thriller film Touch of Evil.

Touch of Evil has everything a person could want in a crime thriller film. Action, suspense, gorgeous leading ladies, a handsome leading man, and Orson Welles filling the role of a villain who is so obviously vile and wicked it isn’t even funny.

Two things stand out the most in this movie. One is the cast…and what a cast it is. Charlton Heston is leading man in this picture, with Janet Leigh in the role of leading lady. Filling in secondary roles are such stalwarts of the big screen as Akim Tamiroff, Joanna Cooke Moore, Ray Collins, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Marlene Dietrich and of course, Orson Welles.

The cinematography in the movie is the second thing that stands out. Wide angle shots, tight close ups and the use of shadows as a means of heightening tension in a scene that showcases Welles talents as a director and storyteller.

If ever there was a film that stood out in Orson Welles career as one of his later great achievements, it is truly Touch of Evil.

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