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FM90’s ‘Tejano Throwback’ show continues to entertain

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Written by | Salvador Gutierrez | Amarillo College, along with FM90, created a tradition inside and outside the Amarillo borderlines. From 8 p.m. to midnight each Saturday night,  you can listen to FM90’s “Tejano Throwback” show. The show has been cutting-edge for years and plays a wide variety of popular Tex-Mex music. The show has been around for 13 years, and former AC student Steve G., better known as “El Cap-a-tan,” started it. “Marcie Robinson was the program director of FM90,” El Cap-a-tan said. “I tell her about the idea of a Tejano show. She said she had a lot of PSAs in Spanish that she wanted to play on the radio, and so I say, ‘Let’s start a tejano music show and we can play the Spanish PSAs.’ It was a Tuesday. Marcie said yes, and she asked me when do I want to start, but she answered her own question. She said, ‘Let’s start this Saturday,’ and that’s what we did.” The “Tejano Throwback” show was named because by the time the show started, Steve G. and FM90 did not have any new releases of Tejano music and they played only oldies. One of the most relevant characteristics of the TTS is that the show is not hosted in English but neither in Spanish. Spanglish has become the official language of the show, and current host Ondamaxx explained why they took the decision of using both languages. “To me, Spanish is very important,” he said. “When I started back in the ’90s, I noticed that most radio anchors hosted only in English, and so I thought, ‘How are we gonna play music in Spanish for Spanish speakers if we talk in Englsh? How are we going to tell them about the new artists and new songs?’ That’s why Spanish is important.” Even when the anchors come and go between English and Spanish during the whole show, they never have received complaints from the audience. The show has become a tradition around the southern states of the country. Every Saturday night, the show receives plenty of calls of people Read more [...]

‘Rebelde’ sparks interest from south of the border

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Bringing back the most poplar Hispanic  teen series — not just in Mexico — but even in the United States is Netflix with Rebelde. Though it has been on Netflix since 2015, it’s pretty amazing to see and compare how much teen series have changed. Rebelde is about a group of kids who deal with being part of a private school with the majority of the faculty being hypocrites as well as having to deal with famous, high-class parents. The great thing about the show is the music. All the music in the show is by the RBD band, which was created from the series.  The music is very pop, old-school fun and makes you want to just jump and flip your hair. Humor also is something big in this show, and teens really can relate to some of the characters. Every episode makes  you keep watching because the show doesn’t revolve only around  lovey-dovey couples and the  bad guy trying to take the girl. That is your  basic Hispanic show, which can get boring. It shows every character’s  glimpse of life and how different the characters are but also how those differences make them stronger, and they help each other out.As I said before, this series does not compare to other current teen shows. For example, The Secret Life of An American Teenager has to be the worst teen show I have ever seen. All that show really talked about was sex. Honestly, I feel that is why teen pregnancy is so high. Compared to Rebelde, The Secret Life only showed them dealing with issues related to how teens would react with that topic with friends or parents. It never showed the true side of what goes on in teenage life. Rebelde shows some types of teen issues, from some girl having low self-esteem to one falling in love for the first time, finding out the truth behind a parent and having to see what a foster teen goes through. No Hispanic series has ever been as big as this one, and it’s truly sad that shows nowadays aren’t  catching many teens’ attention anymore. To be interesting Read more [...]

‘Film Riot’ does the impossible

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Written by | Austin Ulen | For those who ever have wondered how to make a crowbar out of foam or maybe how to set a car on fire without going to jail or who simply ever have seen something in a film and said, “I wish I could make something like that,” Ryan Connolly’s YouTube channel, “Film Riot,” makes it absolutely possible. Not only will the “Film Riot” crew show how it can be done, but they’ll show how to do it on a budget. Started in May 2009 as part of the “Revision3” multi-channel network, which it now no longer is a part of, “Film Riot” gives those who might not have a Hollywood budget the tools to create a film that still should be on the big screen.   The show is hosted by Connolly himself, and the channel has several different themes for its episodes. Most episodes begin with a sketch that incorporates and highlights a certain aspect of pre-production, filming or postproduction. The sketches usually are comedy-driven and cleverly written. Connolly then gives advice and walks viewers through the process of creating the effects seen in the sketch.Other episodes feature the crew reviewing a piece of equipment used in the process of filmmaking. Reviews have included cameras, lighting, rigging, sound equipment, software, online resources and more. Connolly also takes questions via Twitter, Facebook and email and answers them on episodes called “Film Riot Mondays.” They are episodes that tackle tough questions ranging from copyright issues to practical effects vs. CGI effects to how to shoot in extreme weather, all things that might not be covered in a standard episode. “Film Riot” could be called a family affair. Connolly, along with brothers Josh and Tim and sister Emily, all contribute to the channel’s success. The siblings banded together not only to create the “Film Riot” YouTube channel but also Triune Films, an independent film production company. The company has released several short films that also Read more [...]

‘God’s Not Dead 2’ teaches importance of faith

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High school history teacher Grace Wesley, played by Melissa Joan Hart, comes under fire for answering a student’s question about Jesus. When Wesley refuses to apologize, the school board votes to suspend her and threatens to revoke her teaching certificate.
Written by | NATALIE VILLARREAL | Let me start out by saying that God’s Not Dead 2 is phenomenal. One would not expect that since it is a sequel, but for me, this movie was better than the first one. The storyline is incredible and really displays that faith always is on trial and that you have to stand up for what you believe. The film focuses on a teacher accused of preaching to her class when asked a question about Jesus and responding with scripture in an attempt to compare the movements of the Rev. Dr. Martin King Jr and Jesus Christ. With Melissa Joan Hart playing the leading role, you can see how her faith is displayed throughout. Not once does she lose her character, and you can see that her faith isn’t just in the movie but also is the same faith she has in her everyday life. Personally, some parts of this movie made me teary-eyed. Just to see the power of God in a movie that displays every emotion I feel on a daily basis is amazing. The plot of this story is incredible, and it shows that the real reason Hart’s character Grace Wesley is put on trial is not because of her answering a question about Jesus but because the prosecuting lawyer hates what she stands for. This situation displays the true discrimination that some Christians in our society do face on a daily basis. Another thing I really enjoyed about this movie is the movement that it stands for. In the last scene, right before the ending credits, the movie shows the reason that sparked the plot and also shares the teachers who were on trial in similar conditions. Seeing a situation taken out of context and used to attack someone based on their beliefs spoke volumes to me. Though the first movie is phenomenal, I strongly suggest looking for the first one on Netflix if you plan to see God’s Not Dead 2. I truly feel that this is one of the best movies I have seen. I enjoyed the plot, actors and message. It is a good movie that displays standing up for what you truly believe, Read more [...]

Ask Agnes | ‘Because your crystal ball is broken’

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Dear Agnes: I’m having issues visualizing my dreams and aspirations, so I’m losing a lot of momentum. Do you know of any tricks to help me stay motivated? Visualization is super important when it comes to your dreams. Imagine if a random person came up to you and yelled, “YOU HAVE JUST WON A MILLION DOLLARS!” You’d probably just say, “Cool, bro,” and keep walking. Now, imagine a random person hauling a million dollars behind them as they stated that you won a million dollars. I’m guessing that you’d start freaking out! Being able to see what you’re working toward is the exact same way. I don’t know what your dreams and aspirations are, but regardless, this trick may work for you: Close your eyes and imagine you are sitting in a movie theater where the movie playing is actually just footage of you doing what you’re working toward. Then imagine yourself walking up to the screen, opening a door next to it and walking into that reality. That’s one way to work on visualization. I hope that helps you stay motivated! Dear Agnes: My friends no longer are going in the same direction as I am. I still love being their friends, but I don’t see the relationship being mutually beneficial. Does that make me a bad friend? I’m sorry that you’re in this predicament, but I want you to know that you’re not alone. Many people go through seasons of life where the people they surround themselves with no longer are the people they want to be around. If you don’t see your friends as positive influences, then I do not blame you for contemplating ending the relationship. Friends are supposed to be there to support you, fill you with energy and encourage your growth. Honestly, if you’re spending more time worrying about your friendship than enjoying it, then that is a sign in and of itself. Good luck with this, and know that your worth is not diminished based on the decision you make. Dear Agnes: The realization that this is my last semester at AC Read more [...]

Bow tie breakdown

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Bow Tie Breakdown is a forum for Amarillo College President Dr. Russell Lowery-Hart to connect with readers of The Ranger. Each edition, he sits down with The Ranger to give insight on what’s happening at AC. It’s a deeper, more exclusive look into the mind of the man behind the bow tie.

Here’s Dr. Russell Lowery-Hart’s viewpoint on the importance of the arts (media, theater, music, fine and visual arts) at AC and his personal opinion on their importance in our culture.

“The arts have changed my own personal life. They’ve changed the lives of my children, who are highly involved in their artistic endeavors, be it music, or theater or art.”

“I have a son who is a professional actor. I have a 14-year-old who plays basketball, and that’s all he thinks about, but he also plays oboe. I also have a daughter who eats, drinks and sleeps theater and musical theater.”

“My family is defined by the arts. My own personal journey has been defined by music and theater. I found my confidence and my voice through those endeavors, and I want our students to have the same experience.”

“The arts at Amarillo College are really important, and we need to broaden students’ scope and influence. Right now a lot of our artistic opportunities for students are really limited to students who have a professional interest or major interest in the field.”

“I would like for us to have a theater club and a community choir for students. With those you can engage in those artistic endeavors and build community around them, but not necessarily see that as your professional endeavor.”

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