by: Jake Slipkovich
Rihanna is easily one of the biggest names in pop history. Throughout the years Rihanna has proved herself as an icon from her experience in music, fashion, acting, beauty, and philanthropy. From the age of 16 Rihanna began paving her own path as a highly successful artist with her first full-length album in 2005. The sound and lyrics of Rihanna’s music fits the popular interest of the time, through this Rihanna shows her range of taste and talent. From the dark-pop from ‘Good Girl Gone Bad’ in 2007 with 4 number one hits, to the alternative-synthetic sound of 'ANTI' in 2016 with 3 number one hits and plenty of acclaim.
Along with being a successful music artist, she proves her talent as an actor in multiple movies and shows like ‘Valerian’ and ‘Bates Motel’. As with most celebrities, when you show talent in more than one aspect, many doors will open for you, and when referring to Rihanna, she took all of them.
Looking back on any televised event it is easy to see Rihanna as a fashion icon. The two years Rihanna has attended the MET Gala, she has won the best look of the entire event. At the gala in 2017 she tells an interviewer, “I love art, I see it as an endless way of expressing yourself” when explaining her dress. From this quote it is easy to see that Rihanna’s love for fashion exceeds looking pretty, but it is an appreciation of the art in the outfit. But Rihanna’s appreciation extends past just art, but the beauty in a person. Recently this year, Rihanna’s makeup line came out and stole the show. Being new to the makeup scene, Rihanna quickly became one of the most acclaimed creators with her diversity in shade and high quality products. A problem for many people is finding a suitable product for you skin type and shade, Rihanna ended that problem with a high quality foundation and forty different shades. Through the creation process of this line, Rihanna continues to state that she just wants the user of the product to feel beautiful and have confidence in themselves. When learning the meaning behind the creation of her makeup, this is not the first project Rihanna has done to aid others.
In January of this year, Rihanna accepted the Humanitarian of the Year award after the establishment of the Clara Lionel Foundation. Using her wealth and influence as a celebrity, Rihanna created an access point for women and girls in Barbados to get health care and education. Following the Clara Lionel Foundation, Rihanna launched a global scholarship program, which helps the residents of Brazil, Haiti, Guyana, and the United States to go to college. “...you don’t have to be rich to be a humanitarian. You don’t have to be rich to help somebody. You don’t have to be famous,” Rihanna said while speaking at Harvard to accept her award (Saltzman).
Saltzman, Stephanie. “Rihanna's Fenty Beauty Launch Offered a Much-Needed Dose of Optimism, Inclusivity and Rihanna-Ness.” Fashionista, 8 Sept. 2017, fashionista.com/2017/09/rihanna-fenty-beauty-makeup-launch.
by: Laurel Dernbach
by: Libby Weicker
Who likes every part of his or her body? The answer is no one. Literally no one looks in the mirror and says only positive things to himself or herself. Why is this? Why are we all constantly displeased with our appearances? I think it is because we don’t know and believe Truth. The Truth is that God crafted us each intricately and purposefully. Every part of you is there for a reason. Each part of your personality, body, and soul is there for a purpose. The problem is that we live in a world that constantly preaches lies to us about how we should look. Girls must be fit and thin, but also curvy enough. We must look like we just got back from the beach with a sun kissed glow about our skin. Guys must be built athletically and tall enough. We are told that the only way to be beautiful and attractive is to attain all of these beauty standards effortlessly, but this is simply not true.
I was talking about writing this column with my cousin, Braden, last night at Thanksgiving dinner, and we agreed that this is a very appropriate time for me to be writing about this, considering I ate until I literally could not put another piece of food in my mouth, which won’t render a body that society is pleased with. As my mom was serving her incredible pecan pie for dessert, she mentioned that it did not meet her standards of beauty in its presentation. The pie crust was coming off a bit, and with each slice, more of the pecans would fall out. I said that it didn’t matter because we were still going to eat it, and Braden said that shapes don’t matter. I immediately realized that this situation is how we should think about our bodies. We might be a little dissatisfied with the way they look because they don’t measure up to our standards, but in the end shapes don’t really matter, and it’s what is on the inside that truly matters. In the case of the pecan pie, the outside was irrelevant to the incredibly tasty inside. As long as we focus on who we are, instead of how we look, we will be on the right path. In the end, the Truth is that each of us was individually crafted in our mothers’ wombs for greatness and to fulfill our purpose on Earth. We so easily get sidetracked by society’s criteria, but the Truth is that we are who we are for a reason, and we should be proud of ourselves, including our bodies.
Now, I know this is extremely hard advice to follow. In the short run, I would recommend each time you look in the mirror to give yourself three compliments for each negative thought you have about yourself. Remember that you are so much harder on yourself than anyone else is, so take it easy on yourself. Don’t tell yourself anything about your body that you wouldn’t tell your best friend about his or hers. I hope that part of this resonates with you, and that I’ve helped!
by: Libby Weicker
Hello! Welcome to my world. Yesterday was Thanksgiving, I am told. I don’t really know what that means except that for me it means that my human brother comes home from college and my family leaves for a couple days, but then they are home for the rest of the week! I think I like Thanksgiving, except for the leaving part. I really don’t like when my family leaves, but at least I have my brother Troy to keep me company. My mom and sister and brother left really early on Wednesday to go to South Carolina, so Troy and I had the whole day to ourselves. We played tag and hide and seek, took naps, chased some squirrels, and defended the house from any bicyclists and people walking near the gate, as the men of the house should. When my family is not at home, my favorite Aunt Christie comes over to feed me and my siblings and play with us. She’s the nicest and gives the best pats! I’m super lucky to have her. My family came back really late on Thursday night, which was amazing because I missed them a lot. I gave them a lot of kisses and cuddles and love. Since Thanksgiving has passed, now it’s Christmas time! Libby says that I will love Christmas and the snow. I don’t really remember Christmas at my old house, so I’m excited about experiencing it this year with my forever family! I hope all of my reader friends also had a happy Thanksgiving and are excited about Christmas!
Until next time,
Love your people like your pup loves you,
by: Jaden Holtschlag
Many people do not understand the whole after school process for someone who participates in sports and also the arts. Starting from the bell at 2:45, I have up to 30 minutes to go and talk to teachers or take a quiz or test if I am behind. At 3:20, I get changed for cross country and put on my shoes and (depending on the day) head towards the track for a workout. I do a mile for warmup and then stretch to get my body prepared. On this particular day, the cross country team did a system called the ladder, which means starting at 1000 meters, you decrease by 200 meters and you get a minute of rest in between (1000, 800, 600, 400, 200). I normally get done with all of this at 4:30-4:45.
After running, I have to go straight to rehearsal, where we are doing a sitzprobe. At a sitzprobe, the whole cast sits in a circle and we sing through every song in the whole show with our wonderful pianist, Nathan. Once I sign in, I get on stage, join the circle, and warm up my voice. If Erica, the music director, notices any incorrect harmonies or actors not singing loud enough during the sitzprobe, she will work with the specific group to get the harmony ingrained in their brains. After this we split rehearsal, which means Mrs. Mundy, the choreographer, takes a group of dancers and works with them on the number. Meanwhile, our fabulous director Mr. Bolen observes as we do a chunk of 4-5 scenes with blocking, music, and choreography, and after we finish, he gives us notes, and we do it all again.
Yes, it is a lot of repetition, but each time, you get to bring something new to the table, and Bolen will tell you if he loves it or hates it. After rehearsal, which tends to end at 7:30-7:45, all cast members expect an email from Shannon, our wonderful stage manager, which includes the rehearsal schedule for the next several days and a list of all things that have to be completed behind the scenes. Once I get home, I normally work for around 1-2 hours on homework, and get ready for bed at 10. Although the show is only 2 hours, many people don’t consider the countless late nights we spend rehearsing it the 2 months before the show opens.
by: Libby Weicker
Hello! Welcome to my world. My name is Wren Weicker. I am 1 year old and live in Arrington, Tennessee with my family. I love my family very much. My sister, Libby, adopted me about three and half months ago. My previous family loved me too, but I knew they were just my foster family. Now, I have my forever family. I have two brothers, two sisters, and my mom. My brothers’ names are Troy, who lives with me, and Woody, my human brother, who lives at college. My mom adopted Troy just a few weeks before I came home, so we aren’t from the same litter, but we are meant to be brothers. He is also just a year old, like me, and I love him very much. Then, I have two sisters. Libby, my human sister, and Fiona, my furry sister. Libby and I have had a super special connection from the moment we met, and we both knew that we were meant to be together. She responded to an ad online about adopting me and came out to my house at the time to meet me. We walked around together in my yard and chatted about our lives, and then she asked me the most important question ever. The question I’d been wanting to be asked for my whole life from the right person. I knew she was the right person. She asked me if I would be her little brother and come home with her. Woof! My heart exploded with love and happiness. She truly is my sister. Then, my other sister is a little weird. She is six years old and acts like an old, grumpy lady sometimes. She isn’t the nicest sister ever, but it’s okay, every family has a black sheep apparently. Lastly, I have my wonderful mom who loves me, feeds me, plays with me, and is always there for cuddles. I love cuddles. Cuddles and playing with my siblings are my favorite things to do! I am so grateful for my new and forever family. I couldn’t ask for anything more. So, this is who I am and where I come from. My sister says I’m really smart, so I will be commenting on the things that happen in my world from my perspective from now on!
Until next time,
Love your people like your pup loves you,
by: Ansley Moore
Under the guidance of Clifton Kaiser for the past seven years, the Panther Post is a long standing tradition at FRA, but you wouldn’t know by asking the student body. In fact, I’d be willing to bet that if you surveyed the whole student body the majority would be shocked to know that FRA even has a student newspaper, but we do. We began with the formatting of meeting once every other week to work on planning and writing articles for a print issue with the goal of releasing 4-6 issues over the course of a year. And this worked for a little while, however the over committed nature of the average student meant that school work, play rehearsals, sports practices, other club meetings, college applications, and other commitments soon began to take prevalence over the newspaper and our publication rate became nonexistent.
This year it’s time for a change, which is why moving forward we are shifting to the online platform you’re reading now. From now on, articles can be published as they are finished, not when the rest of the issue is complete, which means that students can stay up to date on what’s affecting the school community right now.
We hope to make the Panther Post an integral part of how students stay connected to their peers and encourage new authors to write about whatever they are passionate about. We also ask that you remember that this is a student publication and although we will try our best, mistakes are inevitable and when they do happen we request that you will be forgiving as we work to correct them for the future.