By Molly, age 13, California

Eminem (Marshall Mathers) is a very talented rapper with a number of nicknames: Rabbit, Eminem or M&M, and Slim Shady (Shady). In every song you find out something new and interesting about him. He talks about himself and his past while making it enjoyable for others to listen. He focuses on one subject the whole time, whether it is his daughter, best friend, or a part of his past. He had an awful past, starting with being born to a 15 year old mother and a father who left six months later. He switched schools often, but coped with it by rapping and battling other classmates. His race didn't help him fit in, given that he is white. He doesn't consider himself stupid, but he failed out of 9th grade three times, claiming it wasn't for him. He started rapping at the age of four and has been doing it ever since. He was married and divorced (twice) to Kimberly Scott, who gave birth to their daughter Hailie Jade Scott.

Listening to how he grew up makes me feel so lucky that I grew up in a nice neighborhood with rich parents. When he talks about growing up and out of the "hood," he inspires me to be myself and never give up on sharing my talents with the world. He makes his priorities clear - his daughter, his life, and recognizing his friends through rap. He used to not show as much of himself, but I think it was after he quit drugs that he decided he doesn't care what his audience wants, he wants to show himself. He went from "Just Lose It" to "Going Through Changes." In "Just Lose It," he is a crazing early twenties man who wants girls and alcohol. In "Going Through Changes," Eminem is a more mature, developed man, getting his priorities straight and building a future. In his later years he shares more about himself than he did when he was just starting out.

I like almost all of his songs, but I love "Going Through Changes," "You're Never Over," "Without Me," "Cleanin' Out My Closet," and "Mockingbird." I love all of these songs, but my favorite is "Just Lose It." I love the song and the music video. It presents a new fun side to Eminem that I don't get in any of his other songs. I find the music video hilarious. I laugh every time I watch it. "I can see it in your eyes, deep inside you want to cry / 'cause you're scared, I ain't there? Daddy's with you in your prayers." I feel that this segment of the song really tells you who Eminem is. He knows his baby girl inside and out and cares about her very, very much. He also shows that he wants his listeners to be better than he was, that God is with them.

I would give Eminem 4 stars (of a possible 5) only because sometimes he makes me sad when I listen to him. He also always seems to be very angry and wants everyone to pity him. He makes cool sound effects and has meaningful lyrics. He doesn't force rhymes and you can understand everything he is saying.

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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