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VOLUME 13, NUMBER 12 -- April 2, 2007

- Movie review -

Captiving Freedom Writers an empowering film

Everyone has a story. The students of Erin Gruwell’s freshmen English class are no exception.

The movie Freedom Writers, written and directed by Richard LaGravenese, is based on “The Freedom Writers Diary,” a collection of stories written by Gruwell’s students, which chronicle the hardships of being an inner city teen.

 By the time they entered Woodrow Wilson High School in Long Beach, Calif., these students’ lives were plagued with everything from gang violence to jail time.

  – By Beth Pond

Two Tattoo writers meet in Singapore

Joining The Tattoo promises me not only the opportunity to be the journalist I long to be, but also the chance to meet people from all over the globe. Literally.

I had not expected to meet anyone from The Tattoo so soon because I had no plans to travel anywhere for the year.

So imagine my surprise when I received an email from fellow Tattoo writer Niki Modi from India, regarding her forthcoming holiday in Singapore!

  – By Geraldine Soon

During the world's biggest party, I hit the books

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PORT-OF-SPAIN, TRINIDAD – Lent is almost over, and for a semi-practicing Roman Catholic, that should mean something. It should symbolize growth or change; sacrifice and resolution.

But for me, it means a week of abstaining from meat and not much else.

Lent used to be a big deal, but now, at least in Trinidad, it’s just the period of time that follows Carnival.

Carnival seems to be our raison-d’etre – the rest of the year is just a reason to prepare for it.

And this year, I missed it all completely. Talk about sacrifice.

 – By Kate Agard

Tattoo writers win journalism awards

I Spy a colorful exhibit by artist Walter Wick

Remember those books you used to read during indoor recess or free time in elementary school? The ones with all the colorful pictures, full of hidden objects you try to find?

I SPY and more recently, Can You See What I See? books are very popular among kids and have been for over 10 years.

The New Britain Museum of American Art in New Britain, Conn., recently showcased a very colorful exhibit all about I SPY, Can You See What I See? and other books by artist Walter Wick.

 – By Wesley Saxena

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