Oscars 2018 fashion

Even though most people watch the Oscars because of the great movies, people should be paying more attention to the dresses worn by celebrities. The styles weren’t only expensive, but also stunning. Tiffany Haddish, a comedian and actress, paid tribute to her dead father by wearing a gown that represented her Eritrean roots. Viola Davis, the stunning actress, wore a gorgeous bubblegum-pink dress, which made her reach the top of the best dressed list at the Oscars. The list of the best dressed celebrities is long.

Lupita Nyong’o lived up to her reputation as being one of Hollywood’s most fashionable individuals, when she arrived to the Oscars in custom Atelier Versace. The Black Panther star paired the look with a Versace clutch handbag, and Niwaka jewelry.

Actress Zendaya, pulled her hair into a topknot, and she paired it with a plum smokey eye, and neutral lipstick. She wore an elegant violet dress, showing her arms, and then pairing it with Niwaka earrings and shoes.

The majority of the celebrities focused on their hair rather than their outfits. For example, the Get Out star, Allison Williams, styled her brunette bob with an old Hollywood wave. Her hairstylist, Peter Lux, used Goldwell’s Kerasilk shape spray. She finished her fantastic Oscar look with a shimmery rose gold eyeshadow, and metallic pink lipstick. Laura Dern, Allison Janney, Helen Mirren, and Emma Stone all had a side swept hairstyle.

Taraji P. Henson came to impress. She came wearing a Grecian dress. It was really flowy, and it showed a lot of skin. Her skin looked very smooth and nice. She said she applied Vaseline and Coco Radient Lotion on her body. As for her makeup, she had on silver metallic eyeshadow, and plum lips. As for her hair, she had it flat-ironed, and used Oribes Gold Lust Nourishing Oil to finish her look. Taraji delivered those looks really well.


By: Mariam Warsamee Ilham Ali

Ramadan begins at the start of the ninth month, of the Islamic lunar calendar. It is determined by the sighting of the crescent moon; there are actual moon-watching committees all around the world to make sure there aren’t any confusion on when the correct date is. Once the crescent moon is seen, the announcement of Ramadan is shared with all Muslims around the world through the news and radio.

Ramadan this year will be on May 17th.

Ramadan is the month where Muslims fast from sunrise to sundown. Ramadan is a holy month to Muslims; instead of going out to eat it is recommended that you eat at home with your family. Muslims are required to fast because it is one of the five pillars of Islam. Muslims must fast if they are mature and healthy for the full day. Muslims fast as an act to worship God, and as a chance to get closer to God. They also fast and to show sympathy to those in need, and they are required to give zakat (charity) to those who need it, if they are able.

The reason why Muslims fast is to achieve Taqwa. Taqwa is an Islamic term for being conscious and cognizant of Allah, of truth, of the rational reality, “piety, fear of God.” It is often found in the Holy Quran.

During Ramadan, Muslims try to achieve the highest degree of obedience by abstaining from food, drink, and sexual relations while fasting from sunrise to sundown. This discipline is a spiritual and moral improvement. According to beliefnet.com, “ It is also by means of fasting that those who never have to hunger or thirst are (to some extent) made personally aware of the plight of the underprivileged, which thus evokes a degree of social consciousness.”

It is through fasting that people become aware of how much they have, and become conscious that not everyone in this world gets three meals a day. They learn to appreciate all that God gave them.

Shape tape foundation

Shape tape concealer was one of the the best products of 2017; there weren’t any negative reviews on the concealer. The concealer was lightweight, full coverage, long lasting, and was cruelty free. It retails for $27 and contains 10 ml of product, so the concealer was definitely a hit.

It was such a hit, that Tarte decided to come out with a shape tape foundation. That’s not all, Tarte decided to come out with two formulas for the foundations, matte and hydrating. The matte foundation provided an oil-free, full-coverage pick. The hydrating foundation was for people who enjoyed a dewy look.

This information was provided in the teaser they had out, which excited everyone until it finally came out. Many believed that the foundation would be a success, and would probably be sold out fast, since the concealer was sold out in 20 minutes when it first came out. But many were disappointed by the product when it came out.

The review on the foundation tape was so bad that people figured out that the dewy foundation Tarte launched was a foundation they came out with a couple of  years ago, and just repackaged it.

A lot of light skin beauty influencers were also furious with Tarte, and they are boycotting the company until they come out with foundation for women of color. Women of color, who found shades that matched them, said the foundation was either too orange or looked ashy on them.

Another con is that the matte foundation dries too quickly so it’s hard to blend it.

The only thing people seemed to like about the foundation tape is that it is lightweight, full coverage, and it can be worn for 12 hours. Tarte has seen a lot of the backlash the foundation has received, and are working on making more shades for women of color. They have also apologized for only coming out with three shades for them. In the future, they hope that they can fulfill the expectations of every shade in the color wheel, and that they will think twice before putting anything out.

New Year’s resolutions

2018 is the year for new resolutions, and not resolutions you say you’ll do but never do. Here’s a list of resolutions to keep in mind for the new year.

Number one: Self love: always know to love yourself, you are your own best friend. Don’t look down on yourself, don’t talk bad about yourself, always keep a positive attitude about yourself.

Number two: Write down things about yourself that you appreciate: trust me when I tell you it helps boost your self esteem. And you’ll be happier, and it’ll keep you steady for the rest of the year, and possibly your whole life.

Another good New Year’s resolution is to stop procrastinating. We all know how to avoid doing what we are suppose to do. Whether it’s school related, work, or even personal things. You can make a “To Do” list to help you stay productive and remain focused on your work, even if you don’t want to.

The beginning of the year is a great time to start a healthier lifestyle that you have been talking about. Start to eat less junk food, and more healthy food. Try to exercise at least 30 minutes each day, and by the end of the month you would see incredible results that will motivate you to continue following this new lifestyle you established.

Another New Year’s resolution you might have is doing well in school. You might not be happy with the way things are going at school, with your friends, with your grades and classes, or even homework. You can write a list, or get a planner and write in it daily so you don’t get behind. You can use your smartphone to write your reminders. You can get a piece of paper and stick it on your fridge with all the homework you have to do. There are plenty of ways to help you catch up in school and remind yourself of what you have to do.

There are plenty of New Year’s resolutions you can make. You can make one for whatever you want to fix, or do better, or just something you want to start doing. Just make sure to stick to it and try hard.

Outdoor things to do during winter

Many people look forward to winter because of the different outdoor things they can do. Different things you can do are; spend the day ice skating, go sledding, build a snowman, have snowball fight etc.; basically, you can do anything that involves having fun.

Many people don’t know that sledding can be an exercise. According to Farmers Almanac “Sledding can actually burn more than 450 calories per hour, much of it from trudging back up the hill once you’ve reached the bottom.” Next time you go sledding, have fun and know that you did your daily exercising. Sledding is fun when there are friends involved, so grab a really big snow sled and go sledding with your pals.

If anyone tells you you’re too old to build a snowman, or to have a snowball fight, ignore them and go out and have fun. Save some of your holiday money and go out and have fun.

Ice skating is not always so much fun, nothing is more terrifying than skating on ice, but hey, you only live once, so go out and try it. You could hold onto your partner’s (mother, Dad’s, etc.) hand to feel more comfortable, and after awhile you get used to skating.

Creating a snow angel is fun for anyone of any age. It’s free. All you need is a pile of snow (the ground), and some snow pants (dress for the weather, you don’t want to get frostbite). Lay on the ground on your back, and start to move your legs and arms up and down for a few seconds. When you’re done, get up and look at your snow angel, and enjoy the beautiful little thing you created.

It’s always fun to be outside with other people: your friends, siblings, and even your parents. Snowball fight! Hurry, grab your gloves and a jacket, and go outside and get some snow, and start throwing at your siblings. Come on, hurry, before they get you. Snowball fights are always fun; you’re throwing snow for goodness sake! Doesn’t that sound fun?

Well, those are some great ideas of things to do during the winter.

2017 Best Album’s

2017 was overall, the best year for albums; hands down. Let us give you a rundown of the best albums of 2017.

At number one we have Drake, More Life. On this 22-song project, we see many of Drake’s sides: a variety of friends (old and new), local and global, heartbreaks, solo, and features. With features such as Young Thug, Giggs, Kanye West, etc. Drake really put out his best in this album.

Next, is a new artist who featured on Rihanna’s Anti album: Sza. Sza unravels through largely improvised meditations on love and sex, and all the promise that both endure. Fans went crazy when she dropped her album Sza, because she talked about self love, and the confidence a woman should have. From working 9 to 5 and being his “weekend,” Sza flourishes in her own way.

3) 4:44, Jay-Z, the 47 year old multi-millionaire, dropped the year’s self confessional. Jay-Z confronts his own failings as a husband in “4.44” and being a public figure in “Kill Jay-Z.” With multiple samples of music from the 60’s, Jay-Z gives publicity to his own wealth, which his daughter will inherit in the future.

Number 4 is rap’s most powerful voice, at the top of his game, Kendrick Lamar. With his album Damn, one of the number one albums of the year on the charts, he talks about his deepest feelings, world problems, and a lifetime of battling anxiety. With slow jams to upbeat jams, and 50 lines without a break in one stretch, his creativity really made this album perfect.

An unforgettable album that’s still played in many people’s cars, is SweetSexySavage by Kehlani. Kehlani dropped this album mid January, after her mixtape was released in 2016. The album was attracting and appealing to many of her fans, because she wrote all of the songs on the album (aside from the “Intro”). It debuted number three on the U.S. Billboard 200. On her album, Kehlani mentions her previous boyfriend Partynextdoor, who is also a singer/songwriter. She talks about growth, as a person and as a singer, and also how she’s learned from her past. She embraces change, and writes to her young fans to accept how they are.


Back in the early 1900s to 1950s there wasn’t uber or Lyft, instead there was this popular transportation called: streetcars. Yes, that lovely mode of transportation cost only a nickel to ride and it, and it would take you all around St. Paul and Minneapolis. The streetcars date back to 1867, when rails were built in downtown Minneapolis. During the beginning, horses used to drive the streetcars, but that cost the Twin City Rapid Transit (TCRT) a lot of money (because they had to feed the horses). Later they decided to run the streetcars with electricity, which cost less, and was eco friendly, but people had concerns and questioned the streetcars. People feared that the electro cables would attract lightning if there was a thunderstorm.

City buses and automobiles are what took the streetcars out of business. Buses took the place of the streetcars, because streetcars charged more money for each fare, so more money would be made. And automobiles became popular, so people started buying them, and stopped riding the streetcars.

For a lot of years though, the streetcars were great for people who didn’t own any cars; they could get to work, school, library, movies, or anywhere the streetcar went. The company of the streetcars made 2.5 billion dollars in just 5 years, but there were some cons with the streetcars. They didn’t run really fast, and got caught up in traffic.

In St. Paul, they were thinking about bring streetcars back, and putting them right by the airport, by 7th street. This would be really convenient for people who don’t want to rely on somebody else taking them to the airport.

Overall, the streetcars were a success for the many long years they were running. If they ever brought back the streetcars (hopefully), we want every one of you reading this article to ride one.

Healthy lifestyle

Transitioning from the summer and into the fall is pretty hard for a couple of reasons including: 1. work starts for many adults, 2. starting a new school year is hard for kids. But there are some ways to break out of bad old habitats, and start doing things the healthy way!

I know you’ve heard this a lot from doctors, teachers, friends, and even your parents: drink a lot of water. It’s good for you, when you’re sleeping you don’t drink any water and your body is in need of water. So, drinking a glass right when you wake up is good; it gives you energy to actually get up and get your day started.

Eat some breakfast before you leave the house; it doesn’t have to be a big meal just a smoothie or a granola bar would do.

OK, maybe you’re not a morning person. You can crank on some music, and that will stop your feelings of tiredness. Well, don’t just stand there, dance to the music! This isn’t only fun, but it could count as exercising too. Then go to school/work as happy, and energetic as possible.

It’s understandable that it’s hard for many people to start a healthy lifestyle, because most people are busy with life. But putting some effort into changing your lifestyle is all that you need. After coming back from school/work, try to exercise for at least 30 minutes; yes, that’s right, only 30 minutes.

If you really don’t feel like exercising, then try to eat a healthy meal, by a healthy meal we mean – watch out for the amount of calories it contains, and also how much carbs are in it. According to the Human Department of Health and Human Services “Good nutrition is an important part of leading a healthy lifestyle. Combined with physical activity, your diet can help you to reach and maintain a healthy weight, reduce your risk of chronic diseases.”

So, leading a healthy lifestyle is not only good for your physical features, and your self-esteem, but it also reduces the risk of chronic diseases. Examples of chronic diseases are: arthritis, heart failure, stroke, and kidney failure. We hope this information helps you start to lead a healthier lifestyle.

Social media

Social media is great for a lot of reasons: it can educate us, bring us closer together to those who we admire, it’s cheap entertainment, and new friends are just a click away. Another way social media positively impacts us, is it can help us with today’s world. For example, “social media is an integral part of today’s society” according to an article on Teenshiled.com.

Although social media positively impacts resilience, it can also negatively impact it too. For example, infographic states that social media “Takes away time we can spend face to face” This shows that social media can negatively impact a person because instead of spending time with their family or friends, they rely on technology for interaction and entertainment. Addiction to social media can, and will, take away time from the things that are important to you. A lot of studies, like one found on Time.com, even show that social media can make you dumber.

Another negative impact of social media is cyber bullying. Many people decide to bully other people behind a screen. Cyber bullying is a major issue that affects many teenagers’ lives. Bullying is definitely not right, but it’s harder when someone you don’t know keeps harassing you. It even makes it harder to seek help, or confront them, because you don’t know who they are.

What many people don’t know is that social media makes a lot of money off of people. According to Social Networking “ Social network ad spending reached $23.68 billion in 2015 and should reach $35.98 billion by the end of 2017.” Sites like Facebook. Twitter, Tumblr etc. might be free, but they still get money from users that have accounts. So, you might think no money is being made from you, but the truth is these sites and other social media sites are making money off of your entertainment.

Another thing that’s wrong about social media is that your privacy could be invaded. Whatever you post on your social media site is public, so it can be seen by anyone. Many jobs actually look at their candidates post to determine what interests this person. So, if you are a person that posts problematic things, just remember it’s public and everyone can see it, even your future boss.

Social media is a great place to explore yourself, but it also has negative parts to it. Just make sure you’re careful.

Diversity in makeup

On September 8, 2017, Fenty Beauty came out and changed the makeup industry’s game, and it’s all thanks to Rihanna. Rihanna launched her first ever makeup line. I know you’re probably thinking “Why do I care if a celebrity launched her makeup line?” Would you believe it if I told you she launched 40 foundation shades on just her first launch? Crazy right? The majority of makeup lines come with 10 shades when they first launch, and then later on, maybe a couple years later they launch 12 more.

Rihanna has been working on this project since 2015; it took 2 years for her to develop this line. She took notice of how the majority of the makeup brands only focused on lighter skin tones, and women of color have often been left with few color choices, with many makeup companies leaving them entirely out. She really took her time on this project; she focused on developing more darker skin tones rather than lighter tones and it came out as a good opportunity for women of color to find their perfect shade for foundation and concealers.

If you didn’t know, Rihanna’s makeup is always on point, from blended out contour, to beautiful blowy skin. So why wouldn’t makeup lovers buy what she’s selling?

The reason why the launch of Fenty Beauty was a big deal to many makeup artist bloggers was because Rihanna’s aim was to make a more inclusive makeup line, for women of every shade. And indeed, we’re shocked to see such amazing results. And as a woman of color herself she understood the struggle women of color go through to get their shade of makeup.

The launch of her makeup line resulted in many reviews. Makeup artist and bloggers couldn’t wait to create a makeup tutorial on Fenty Beauty. And most of them weren’t disappointed in the results. Most the reviews were positive, and she made sure the cost of the foundation is reasonable for the amount of product in the foundation. She added a lot of product because she wanted the foundation to last more. Overall, her makeup line was a success.