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We want more Derrick

Nia Brevard |Contributing Writer

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A sprained wrist, back issues, ACL tear and now blurry vision.

With too many injuries occurring, a former Most Valuable Player is stepping back from his team to make a life-changing decision.

Derrick Rose may have to say farewell to the NBA.

Chicago native, Derrick Rose is an eight-year veteran point guard for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

While a freshman at the University of Memphis, Rose was drafted by the Chicago Bulls as the 2008 first overall pick.

He then went on to become the youngest player to be awarded NBA MVP in 2011.

Rose was such a highly favored player because of his unique play, being able to execute the perfect layup or the perfect reverse. His game-winning shots always had the crowd going crazy.

Despite his injuries, some still say he will always be one of the greatest.

“Derrick Rose is still a good player because of the print he left on the NBA,” said Chima Osuagwu, a sophomore political science major from Washington, D.C.

“He had his era where he was a threat on the court along with being the youngest MVP in NBA history,”

Looking back, Rose had impressive stats, topping some of today’s best players. According to ESPN statistics, during one of his best seasons, Rose averaged 25 points per game, 7 assists, and 4 rebounds.

Still, no one knows what next to expect from Rose, as he figures out whether to return.

His overall stats this season are at 14 points per game, 1 assist and 2 rebounds, a noticeable differenc for a player of his past caliber.

“Derrick Rose’s career is practically over. His history with injury makes him less and less of a distracted player in the league. His body and his health should be his No. 1 priority, and it wouldn’t make sense to continue to put his body under the constant stress of the NBA lifestyle,” said Mildred Goode, a sophomore biology pre-med major from Bowie, Maryland.

ESPN columnist Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted information that he received from a Cavaliers source.

Several coaches and teammates said they are supporting him from afar, after his recent ankle injury this season, and few still believe he can make a comeback despite the injuries.

Fans of Rose don’t want this to happen. A great basketball player might not be able to play again because of what he loves to do.

Even I want to see Rose on the court again and make a remarkable comeback. But after suffering endless injuries throughout his career, it really shows how quickly life can change.

When Rose decides on what he wants to do, I’m sure all his fans will still support him, no matter the decision.

This is something that will take time, and nothing can speed up his recovery, until he’s ready.

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The hard-knock life of a child star

Nia Brevard | Contributing Writer

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Stranger Things’ Millie Bobby Brown | 
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Looking from the outside in, it seems that child stars have it all. They get to meet amazing people, travel the world, make thousands of dollars, and…be famous! But unfortunately, all of this luxury comes with a price.

“When I was younger, I did want to be a child star because of what I saw. But looking back on it, and seeing what fame actually did to [child stars], I now realize why my mom was against it,” said Queen Angu, a sophomore psychology major from Montgomery County, Md.

A USA Today article by Donna Freydkin titled Why Do Some Child Stars Implode? quotes Sister, Sister actress Tia Mowry on what it’s like being a child star.

“You’re a child who is working. You have a job. That job is a hard job. Everybody thinks being a child star is glamorous. But when you’re on a show, you are often carrying a whole show and you know that. You have to pull it off. You have to know your lines. People are making money off you,” said Tia Mowry.

Many child stars, such as Hilary Duff, Dylan and Cole Sprouse, Kenan Thompson, Brandy and Tia and Tamera Mowry, overcame the child star obstacles and hardships pretty well, continuing to have flourishing careers along with a well-functioning lives.

They all didn’t let the fame ruin them. However, not all child stars were this fortunate. Raven Symone, Lindsay Lohan, Amanda Bynes, Macaulay Culkin and Miley Cyrus are just a few of the known child stars that “fell in the hole” of growing up as a child star. Rehab, breakdowns and often times therapy took over their lives following those sweet, innocent child star years. With them constantly being in the spotlight, the media often exposed to the public aspects of the stars’ life that the he or she didn’t want highlighted, like personal matters or scandals. These are invasions of privacy and that can cause anyone to lose it.

“When I would go on Twitter and see certain child stars rebelling and going crazy, I’d automatically judge them and say things like, ‘they need to do better’, and then I’d start to [dislike] them,” said Ikenna Nwagbara, a sophomore electrical engineering major from Atlanta. “Now, I realize being a child star can permanently damage you.”

With all of this being said, Stranger Things stars Finn Wolfhard, 14, and Millie Bobby Brown, 13, are currently going through the downfall of being child stars.

Although Brown isn’t receiving the same type of harassment, she still is being subjected to looking older because of her choice of clothing and makeup.

Brown often passes as an 18-year-old just based off her choice of clothes. Many took to social media to say that she doesn’t look her age, but honestly, she still is presenting herself as a young lady. Her level of fashion is just high quality.

Finn Wolfhard is experiencing a lot of  harassment being a young celebrity. Recently on twitter, Ali Michael, 27-year-old model, tweeted to Wolfhard, “Once you turn 18, hit me up,” implying that Wolfhard, in his young age, is visually appealing. This tweet received a lot of backlash because of Wolfhard being only 14. Also, if the roles were reversed, with Wolfhard being a young girl instead, the outcomes would have been different, to say the least.

TMZ asked Wolfhard about his thoughts on the tweet, and to sum it up, he wasn’t pleased. Even though the tweeter apologized, Wolfhard still called the situation “gross” in the recent interview.

These are just a few obstacles and difficulties that most child stars, if not all, have to endure. To say that the life of a child star is full of glitz and glamour is definitely a fictitious statement. One must add pressure, harassment, privacy invasion and childhood robbing, to correct it.