Thursday, May 31, 2007

The Madonna Influence...


As she started her career I have to first admit I was wondering who this Madonna was. When I first starting collecting the Madonna album at the age of 10 I knew that this was the woman who was going to be a positive light in life because her music spoke to me and in that sense that is where my obsession with this artist, this icon, this woman began.

Overseas the Madonna debut album looked like this. I have seen this album cover before but lately I haven't anyway. I know that it's the same album but I will seek it out to have it in my collection of CDs.

I don't think that a lot of people understand the influence that she has had on my life that is why I call this the Madonna influence. Sure, there are young artists out there from Britney Spears to Christina Aguilera, to a woman named Avril Lavigne but Madonna has always evolved as an artist. I guess that's why I love about her.

I am NOT however, trying to excuse that yes, while this "obsession" that I have for the Queen of Pop has gone on for years, the very people that DON'T understand is my parents. But at least they know about it. When I met my stepfather he knew because of the days and nights that I would sing Madonna songs around the house. Still he thoughts as has my mom that I should stop...

Unfortunately, since I have met him that has NOT stopped and my mom who has known me all of my life knows that it hasn't and won't stop...So, it will only continue...I like that...I will not stop loving someone I think is great at what they do just because; words are powerful. Have you read "The English Roses?"

Madonna has evolved like I have stated before...and that's 25 years and counting since I saw her on that 80s show "American Bandstand." She sang "Holiday" and said that she wanted to rule the world...but...how quickly that has changed.

More than that she has offended the Catholic church especially with the song and video "Like a Prayer." The Church commended her to hell for kissing a saint on the holy altar. I have to say that the Chuch still goes after her with the mock crucifixation of Christ on the recent tour. Incidentedly, I know a lot of Madonna factoids that you will think that I actually live with Madonna.

Back in 1990 when the song, "Justify My Love" was banned because of sexual content it was the first to be released on video and became the highest selling video ever for an artist. That woman...she knows what sells...Sex does!

In Dick Tracy, Madonna plays Breathless Mahoney...one of the things that I have is a ceramic mug...I got the mug off a web site. I can't tell you which web site. But I know that it's rare.

The Sex Book released in 1992 was priced at $50 per copy now it goes up to at least between $300-$600 if you go to Hollywood's StarWorld...and the album trashed because of the book...It wasn't a porn album I tell you it's underrated...

Neither was this album and there is a song titled, "Your Honesty" that missing and Bjork lend her music with the song, "Bedtime Stories." I know that there are numerous songs she has recorded then what's released.

I am still asking myself why she didn't get an Oscar nomination for "Evita" because she did great...However, before "Evita" Madonna was supposed to be in "Frida" and "50 Violins." End up doing this one instead. Out of the three film "Evita" fit her the best...and she holds the Gunniess world record for most costumes changes at 85 during the filming of this picture.

Stephen Bray worked with Madonna in New York during the early 1980s and produced the tape that helped her gain attention in the club scene. Bray owns many of Madonna's original demo recordings, and several of these were used to create the "Pre-Madonna" compilation. The album was originally released in 1997 exclusively in the USA. In 1998, it was re-released in Europe under a new title, "In The Beginning". The re-release features a slightly re-arranged tracklisting and omits the final track, Ain't No Big Deal ('97 Extended). The album did not sell exceptionally well, however, due to its limited distribution.

The album that brought her back. Next year I was 10 years younger than I am now...Amazing...Eternal mother of Lourdes Maria...William Orbit another amazing man to take on this project...Drool...I love it...And it was awarded five Grammys the next year....

Not one of her best performances, I know. But I still love because she was in it with Rupert Everett. I didn't care to much about the movie myself because I only watched it because of Madonna. I love her voice.

Madonna was planning her Drowned World Tour...and she was back at the dance floor with a simple yet delightful album...more songs were missing but she is great...The song that missing is titled, "Cyberraga" a song in Sanskrit.

Full of Madonna ballads throughout. For the true Madonna fan it is something to remember because there are songs titled, "One More Chance" because there is a acoustic guitar and Madonna's vocals.

There was a bunch of songs NOT on this GHV 2 album...but it is great because the strength of Madonna is her songwriting skills. Forget Mariah Carey and Celine Dion.

The rap chorus on "American Life" was unpopular and so was the video but, she is talking about the state of the world right now and how celebrity fame and fortune means ----!

Remixed and Revisited was the second complication of remixes by Madonna after the "American Life" album was trashed by critics and fans. I was happy to see that at least the song, "Your Honesty" was included. I love this song. Anything Madonna release I get.

I love this documentary...because as with Blonde Ambition in 1991 she is human just like any person...But the truth of the matter is Madonna has never been afraid to tell it like it is. Have you?

"Confessions" won a Grammy last February and the tour (my first EVER Madonna concert) was awesome and she is the queen of concerts...loved every second. I didn't sit down whatsoever. I will never forget it because I am young and until I die I will always remember it. You always remember your first.

Fans get to relive the moments, the music, the choreography and Madonna's voice. And there are moments that make you say that Madonna's the best. YES! she knows how to put on a show.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

The Writer's Anonymous Club 'Untitled' magazine


Media Credit: Norma

This is the first publication of the Writer's Anonymous Club 'Untitled' magazine. It came out a week before the end of the semester and I have to say that I'm honored to have been part of this, as this turned in a dream that the co-presidents saw way before I did. At the beginning of the semester, one of the co-presidents wrote a looong e-mail saying that this was an "idea with potential" and that the club was releasing a magazine. I went to ONE meeting and I said that I was looking to give the club some publicity because that is what I was looking for as the News Editor.

Well, anyway as it happened I thought that it would be cool to submit something that I had written a while back. I also considered it to be cool to see that something of mine was going to be published, much great in a magazine. So, I thought why not? I have to be honest, I was hesitant at first because of the fact that I was on Talon Marks and I thought that I was going to be judged because I was on the student newspaper.

However, I went with what I feel and I submitted it. And to my honor the poem appeared in the 'Untitled' magazine. What a trip! I was soooo excited that I took a handful home and I also shared it within the yoga class I went to. Yes, I went to my former yoga teacher's class taught by Tina Zwegardt and I gave those women...(mostly in the crowd) and said hopefully that they enjoy reading it. I hope they did.

I will have the poem that was published up soon. Anyway, thank you to those who were involved with the magazine; without you I know that I wouldn't have been able to express myself. Now, if you would excuse me I am listening to the amazing and talented Madonna. Love to the presidents of Writer's Anonymous...

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Does this Talon Marks ad offend you?


Media Credit: Tanya Bermudez and John Acevedo

The Talon Marks recently received this editor letter about one of the ads that was placed in the final edition of the newspaper:

Note: My comments will be in ( )...

As I was sitting in my seat, waiting for my professor to come into class, I remembered that I had picked up a copy of the “Talon Marks” newspaper. It was the Wednesday, May 9 edition and I decided to relieve my boredom by reading through it. As I turned to page 4, one picture captured my attention and the only thing that I could think of was “Are they serious? ”

(It is obvious that there was a reason behind it, for you had nothing better to do. Yes, the ad was there for a reason. IF you could only think of "Are you serious?" then yes we had a reason. It is called, "Space." If you don't know what that means take the class, don't just assume that it means there was NO reason for the ad to be there).

I turned around to a classmate to assure myself of what I was seeing. When he assured me it was really there, a sense of outrage and disgust went through my mind.

(If you must know, this ad won an award for it...the newspaper has had the F word (both) and the N word what makes this any different.)

I wasn’t looking at “Changes at Falcon Square”, “Program Funding” or transfer ads. I was looking at an advertisement for the Talon Marks website which stated “Get your fix at TalonMarks.com” and showed a young man snorting what appears to be white powder shaped in the letters “T” and “M”.(For “Talon Marks”, obviously).

(The purpose was to tell a story, duh? How much can it hurt you?)

I was highly offended by this. Considering that this paper was on the campus of a public place of education, the Cerritos College STUDENT newspaper should not in any way shape or form be promoting, even if indirectly, the use of any illegal substance.

(Then why bother having a student newspaper to inform you?!)

It may have been meant to be a joke but I personally found not one ounce of humor in it. Such a widespread problem in the country should not have been used as an advertisement for a college website.

(Again it is not real, look at what it says!)

It was ridiculous and extremely uncalled for and highly unnecessary. Being that I do read the paper and am a subscriber to the Talon Marks website and have an opinion as well, I felt that it should be expressed.

(I've seen worse)

-Alyssa Jimenez

Next up:
The Writer's Anonymous Club "Untitled" magazine...There is sooooo much I want to say, and I will. I have to say I'm honored to be in the same pages as these other talented artists.

I looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooove it!
Thanx

Thursday, May 24, 2007

The magazine with 'Wings'....


Media Credits: Tanya Bermudez, Marisa Klug-Morataya and Axayacatl Nevarez

Just before the semester ended the third publication within the journalism program was released so here is the publication of Talon Marks' Wings magazine. This year's editor-in-chief was Tanya Bermudez and the focus was the greatest city on the planet Los Angeles. The title was "The L.A. Issue." At first I was a little hesitant to read it, but in going through I have to say that it was great to see the focus on this city. I, myself have gone through the streets of L.A. in more ways then one. But, I admire what Tanya and Marisa did with the Midnight Ridazz. Wow.

Sorry, but right now, I am having a total fixation on Madonna with the song, "Erotica/You Thrill Me" from the 'Confessions' Tour. AND if you don't know what I'm talking about then listen to the track on YouTube. But anyway, back to the mag. Yes, as any person that would have a magazine or anything else I noticed that there were things that were not suppose to me there. The pictures were not the way that they were supposed to be and the colors were all wrong. Can I say something? IF this ever happened to be IF I was editor of any publication I would not accept what happened. I don't care who you are.

Harsh or otherwise, magazines are just more than just something thrown together. I remember that from being the program long enough. I would also dangerously drink RedBull to keep me up. (Did I just say that?) I did a few times this pass semester in order to drive myself almost insane. Despite that I enjoyed reading about my favorite city. I know that one of places that I would want to explore is New York, India, Japan Down Under, and Italy, the little island of Malta. But all of the Wings magazine staff should be proud. By the way, Marisa and to everyone who was on the newspaper staff (Alicia?) thanx for putting up with my Madonna fixation...I would have to write a book about why I love that woman soo much...that could be in the horizon, you know?

'I'm ready to Jump. Are you ready?'


The search begins for the opportunity to internship at a newspaper, and yes to the delight of Jonathan "J5" Sanchez I am also looking at the Los Angeles Times. At this moment as I listen to Madonna on the computer on YouTube singing, "I'm ready to Jump, Yes, I am ready to Jump, Are you ready?" I can't let J5 down. I won't J5, promise! But that promise is more important to me...

I am more than ready. I am willing to help out anyway I can. As my sabbatical from Talon Marks begins to take shape I realize that I have to be the one who wants it. I DO. So, this is my time to shine brighter then ever. It is my turn.

So, I guess the only question remains is; am I ready? YEESSSSSSSSSS!


Media Credits: Tanya Bermudez, Marisa Klug-Morataya and Axayacatl Nevarez

Note: Editor-in-Chief Tanya Bermudez was responsible for putting Wings Magazine together this semester...
Tanya, if you read this...I want you to comment on what I'm going to say about your magazine. I do have something to say. I always do.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

A year ago...


It was a year ago today that I went to the Madonna concert at the Great Western Forum and here is the best intro to the 'Confessions' Tour....I mean I remember like it was yesterday. Anyway, yesterday I went to yoga class but not to take the class but, to wish my yoga teacher's sister a happy birthday. Yes, it was her birthday yesterday and I believe if I am not mistaken she is 40-year-old. And she still looks beautiful.

She did what my parents don't do often and she gave me a hug. Tina Zwegardt is a great person and I would hope that what I gave her as a present that she knows that I have always considered her the best thing to ever happen to me and to those who have gotten to know her. I know that I don't say this often but, there is so much that I have learned from her and Michele Cassiano and although Michele is not here physically she is still a big part of my life.

Here is what I gave Tina as a gift. The book is by Oriah a woman from Canada and its title is "Opening of the Invitation" released in 2004. I had the opportunity to meet Oriah in 2005 and was one of Michele's favorite writers. The book was mine but, I decided that she is more deserving of this because it is what I was going to give Michele. But what I said was that I hope that as Tina reads the book through her eyes, that Michele will read it with her heart. So, as I gave it to her I knew in my heart of hearts that I was doing the right thing.

Love to both...and to Madonna.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Norma getting ready for summer session


I just took my final for my Humanities class. I don't know how well I did but, I got it out of the way. Anyway, I am preparing for the summer session. There is no rest for the weary. I am also listening to Madonna's new song, called, "Hey You." I posted the song on my Air-wave blog. It is a ballad all right. I love the new material that she comes out. I actually am trying to find a job, but I made a stop at the Amoeba music store. And you know, to my surprise I didn't buy a Madonna CD but I did buy a Madonna shirt from the 2004 Reinvention Tour 2004. The guy sold it to me for $20. Cool. Anyway that totals up to 23 Madonna shirts.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Norma's been studying for her final


Greetings! I have been studying for my final exam on Thursday morning. Sorry for the delay but, I want to do good on this final. It's my Humanities 100 class; "The art of being Human." I have to tell you that I loved this class. Why? Well, beacuse it made me question a lot of things that society and history have in common; why the N word is bad (and that is one thing I have tried to say that it is). There are books out there that given detail about the language that the N word generates that my instructor said, "This is why I hate the N word because of the graphic details of what everyone think it is." I thought, "Yup."

Anyway, I have learned so much in the value of words, understanding society and just living life that I might consider taking her other classes as well Black Image in Pop Culture and Gender Sexuality class. Yeah, Professor Julie Trager is a white and a Jew but the woman will make you think. Well, I will see you tomorrow morning. I will write about what I'm feeling before the exam.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Meet the Spring 2007 Talon Marks staff


Alejandra Rossil-Staff Writer
Do you really want me to go there with her? Do you? Probably there are things that I can say about what happened between her and I at the end, but I wish not to do that to anyone right now 'cause I'm in a good mood. However, I will say this about her. She claims to be competitive, but to me that was nowhere in sight because if she was she would have met me half-way.

Mark Rizk-Staff Writer
Unique individual to say the least. I will just leave it at that. But I do think that he should up open up about things and take a Humanities 100 class.

Tim Dickerson-Staff Writer
I am so sorry he got sick, but Tim when it came to movie reviews all were okay. When I heard that you got sick, and were in the hospital I know what you have gone through with not wanting to be there. I know that feeling. I hope you will get better.

Alex/Jose Rodriguez-Staff Writer
Is it Jose or is it Alex? Didn't know the man well. That's all.

Brittany Cooper-Staff Writer
I love her because she helped me out during the semester with the ASCC Cabinet and ASCC Senate meeting. She didn't have to but she was the ONLY one who did. I deeply appreciate it.

Raul Sandoval-Talon Marks Photographer
A great photographer. I think he could be the next Herb Ritts for sports. Thank you Raul.

Axayacatl Nevarez-Cartoonist
I love his drawings. Keep it up and if you do, you will have your stuff published for every newspaper around the world.

Yours truly, Norma-News Editor
I know I did a lot but it was worth every blood, sweat and tear that came out of me. The true source of my inspiration was my beloved yoga teacher Michele Cassiano who passed away on Jan. 24, 2007. THANK YOU!

John Acevedo-Opinion Editor
Love the fact that John questioned and debated among us about everything. We need more poeople like him.

Oscar Caztin-A&E Editor/Videographer
How fast he learned about the videos for Talon Marks. Cool.

Steven Martin-Fall 2007 Editor-in-chief-elect
I was impressed with Steven's sports writing. Good luck next semester.

Jonathan "J5" Sanchez-Online Editor
I owe him a lot for taking me home on Tuesdays. When my mom asked who would bring me back I wouldn't tell her but to J5 I owe him my life. And J5, I'm looking to internship at the Los Angeles Times. THANK YOU for making me laugh.

Tanya Bermudez-Production Editor
The person who gave me a shot at editor. What can I say, but thank you. At first I was going to say no because I was going to yoga class with Michele but, I wanted to see what it took to put the paper together. I'm glad I did. THANK YOU!

Rosali Castillo-Spring 2007 Editor-in-Chief
And Rosali. The other who I am grateful to. You gave me a shot and I wouldn't let you down. THANK YOU! For my life and blood was into Talon Marks because I gave a damn about this campus. That's why I did it.

I just took my final


I just took my Spanish 102 final. I don't know I had a easy time with it. And our instructor Carlos Arce is cool. Even before we started the Math Club adviser Angela Connelly took a group photo of all of us who stayed. Although we were a small class, we made it. We got through it. Now, all I have to worry about is the final on Thursday. Anyway, I will see what I can do as far as the internship goes. I am going over and over the letter of intent and seeing what can be eliminated or kept. Also I will be back to introduce to you to the Spring 2007 Talon Marks staff. See you in a bit.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Norma is looking toward the future...NOW


Greetings! The last issue of the paper came out on Wednesday and as you read from the previous entry there is it...the front page that is. Now, as I prepare to go on sabbatical from the Talon Marks I look toward the future...NOW.

I have begun the process of looking for an internship at a newspaper and one of the is the Los Angeles Times. Yes, that Los Angeles Times. I have had a great deal of thought and process over everything that has happened in the year-and-a-half I've been on TM, and everything that has happened; that now is the right time to do it.

I am currently working on a letter of intent, that I'm still making notes as to what to say, but I will get it. However, there is something else. I may not discontinue Campus Correspondent after all. I might as well keep it so that you will know what's up with me Norma.

Do I hear a "Yes!" from you? Why not, I will see what happens during the course of the summer and see who will give me a chance. That's all I need. Well, I have to go but, again I will NOT end this blog after all. I want to keep you up to date as to what happens on my journey...

See ya all.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Writer's Anonymous Untitled Magazine


Media Credit: Norma
Here is the award of the scholarship I got last night. I am shocked that it was me. Trust me, I was beyond words. I have not gotten anything like this, and all I did was just be speechless. Thank you to everyone I met this past semester...I am unworthy of words.

Media Credit: Norma
I am so excited for the Writer's Anonymous Club at Cerritos. Here is the cover of its first magazine "Untitled" and it is beautiful. I love it and I think that this club can go far with what it's doing. Thank you to the co-presidents of the club; for given me a chance.