Wednesday, May 31, 2006

CONCLUSION

OVERALL IN THIS COURSE I WAS INFORMED, OFFENDED, SURPRISED, APPALLED, BUT MOST OF ALL OVERWHELMED. IT WAS MOST OF ALL DEPRESSING TO KNOW THAT THERE IS SO MUCH WRONG IN NOT ONLY THE MEDIA TODAY BUT THE WORLD IN GENERAL. IS THIS SOMETHING THAT I WANT TO BE A PART OF. WHAT WILL I DO WHEN SOMEONE WANTS ME TO PUBLISH SOMETHING THAT GOES AGAINST WHAT I BELIEVE IN. I DON'T WANT TO BE A SELLOUT. I VALUE THE THINGS THAT I BELIEVE TO BE TRUE AND WILL STAND FOR THEM BY ALL MEANS. CAN I WORK IN JOURNALISM WITHOUT SELLING MY SOUL AND PUTTING MY NAME ON SOMETHING THAT I WOULDN'T NORMALLY EVEN READ. DO I WANT TO MAKE ADS THAT PICK FUN AT STEREOTYPES OR USE SEX TO SELL. DO I WANT TO BE A PART OF EVERYTHING THAT WE HAVE LOOKED AT OVER THE COURSE OF THIS SEMESTER AND AGREED TO BE WRONG. IF I CAN DO THINGS MY WAY, THEN FINE, BUT STARTING OFF I DONT THINK THAT IS AN OPTION. ALL I CAN DO NOW IS PRAY FOR CAREER GUIDANCE THAT GOD WILL GIVE ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE A GOOD LIVING WITHOUT HAVING TO FORSAKE MY VALUES AND BELIEFS.

SEARCH FOR NORMALITY

WHAT IS NORMAILTY AND WHO MAKES THE RULES
THE REST OF US WHO FOLLOW THEM ARE SIMPLY LITTLE FOOLS
WHO SAYS WHATS IN AND OUT
AND WHO AM I TO DOUBT
WHO SAID FLAT,THIN WOMEN WERE FINE
AS FOR ME A LIKE A LITTLE MEAT ON MINE
WHO MAKES THE RULES, WHO IS THE JUDGE
DO WHAT U LIKE, IF THEY PUSH YOU DONT BUDGE
BE U AND BE UNIQUE
DONT WORRY ABOUT OTHERS CRITIQUE
WHETHER COMFORTABLE,CASUAL OR FORMAL
WHAT IS WIERD TO U MIGHT JUST BE MY NORMAL.

SHE HATE ME

SHE HATE ME IS ANOTHER UNIQUE SPIKE LEE FILM THAT SHEDS LIGHT ON SOME ISSUES THAT ARE GOING ON IN OUR SOCIETY THAT OFTEN TIMES GET OVERLOOKED. THE TWO MAIN ISSUES THAT IT FOCUSES ON IS LESBIANISM AND CORPORATE SCANDALS. THE MAIN CHARACTER IS FIRED FROM A CORPORATE JOB FOR TRYING TO REPORT THE COMPANIES WRONG-DOINGS TO THE OFFICIALS. HE IS OF COURSE A BLACK MAN WHO NOT ONLY LOST HIS JOB, BUT ALSO HIS FIANCE TO ANOTHER WOMAN. THE COMPANY HAS FROZEN HIS ACCOUNTS AND BASICLY BLACKLISTED HIM TO OTHER COMPANIES SO THAT HE CANNOT GET ANOTHER JOB. AT THE END OF HIS ROPE, HE IS VISITED BY HIS NOW LESBIAN EX WHO OFFERS HIM WHAT TO MOST MEN WOULD BE CONSIDERED A DREAM JOB. HIS EX IS A SUCCESSFUL BUSSINESSWOMAN AND KNOWS MANY OTHER LESBIAN SUCCESSFUL BUSINESSWOMEN WHO WANT TO HAVE CHILDREN. THEREFORE, HE BECOMES THE FATHER OF ALL THEIR CHILDREN FOR $10,000 A POP AND SIGNS A CONTRACT STATING THAT HE IS NOT FINANCIALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY OF THEM. I WATCHED THIS MOVIE AND REALIZED THAT ALTHOUGH OLD IDEALS LIKE " DO WHAT WE TELL YOU AND DON'T HAVE ANYTHING ELSE TO SAY ABOUT BLACK BOY" IS AN OLD CORPORATE IDEAL THAT IS STILL IN EFFECT TODAY. WHEN HE SPOKE UP AND TOLD THE TRUTH AND DID WHAT HE FELT IN HIS HEART WAS RIGHT HE WAS CONDEMEMNED FOR IT. THE FUNNY THING IS HOW OLD STEREOTYPICAL ILLS IN BUSINESS LIKE THAT CAN LAST, BUT THE SANCTITY OF A MAN-WOMAN MARRIAGE AND RAISING A FAMILY CAN BE AS MISCONSTRUED AS IT WAS PORTRAYED IN THIS MOVIE

disney

While watching the film about disney in class yesterday I felt sort of ignorant to know that films that have appeared fun and innocent all of these years to me were in fact very derogatory and can be seen as offensive to many different ethnicities. Being an African-American man, it never occured to me growing up that the portrayal of blacks in these animated films were always crows or gorrillas singing and dancing. Why can't disney make a fairytale about a black princess or king or hell I'll even take a black supporting character. Why do we have to play non-serious roles that often get laughed at and very seldom remembered. Then I thought about other shows and things that I would watch growing up and at times I do remember enjoying shows and trying to picture if I was that main character what would I do. Then reality slapped me in the face to let me know that I would never be that main character. The only chance I would ever have of being in that show was if I was a person passing by on the street or maybe if I was real lucky I could be that token black guy. In sitcoms and shows that target adults I can understand because adults tend to segregate themselves more than children do. Maybe, because children are more blind to the ills of society and though they see a difference it doesn't mean as much when you are a kid. People are going to make movies and shows the way that they want to, but if we are going to continue to be this diverse country that we have become, well then we need to be represented that way to the children in the shows that they watch, so that they do not carry with them the evil stereotypes that we as adults do. Remember the children are our future and it is up to us to bring them up the right way. Disney movies are fun to watch, but if it represented the makeup of the country in which its made will it no longer be fun to watch?

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

X MEN THREE: BLACK ON BLACK CRIME

I WAS NEVER MUCH INTO READING COMIC BOOKS AS A KID, BUT I LOVE THE X-MEN MOVIES. I WAS EAGER TO SEE THE NEW ONE THAT CAME OUT THIS WEEKEND PROBABLY MORE THAN SOMEONE WHO READ THE COMICS GROWING UP BECAUSE I DIDN'T KNOW WHO THE NEW CHARACTERS WERE GOING TO BE OR HOW THE STORY WOULD PLAY OUT. IN THE TWO PREQUELS TO THIS MOVIE THERE HAS BEEN ONLY ONE BLACK CHARACTER: A WOMAN NAMED STORM. SHE WAS A MAIN CHARACTER THAT WAS VERY POWERFUL AND SEXY. I WAS HAPPY TO SEE ANOTHER BLACK CHARACTER, ANOTHER VERY SEXY WOMAN, BUT WAS DISAPPOINTED WHEN SHE FAUGHT THE OTHER BLACK CHARACTER. MAYBE I'M LOOKING TO DEEPLY INTO THINGS OR MAYBE OTHERS ARE NOT LOOKING DEEP ENOUGH. WHY IS IT THAT WHEN THERE IS MORE THAN ONE BLACK CHARACTER THEY WERE PUT UP AGAINST EACH OTHER TO FIGHT TO THE DEATH. IT WAS ALMOST LIKE THE ONLY REASON THAT THEY PUT THIS OTHER BLACK MUTANT LADY IN THERE WAS TO HAVE AN INTERESTING BLACK FIGHT SCENE. IS THIS AN ADVOCATE FOR BLACK ON BLACK CRIME OR IS ONE TOKEN BLACK MUTANT SUPERHERO ENOUGH?

TOKEN:

Recently the coin phrase of the token black guy has come about in many television shows and movies. This is a character that in many shows and real life situations represents and entire race to a group of white people normally. On TV he is always the one that says something very urban very randomly, but still has the challenge of trying to fit in with the others. Many people laugh at this character and show use this character for diversity purposes, but being this character is no walk in the park. I know because I have been this character. My family moved from an all black neighborhood in Dallas to a majority white small Texas town where I grew up. All through high school I was the token. Its not that I didnt have any black friends, but when I was with my white friends I was the token black guy. Even though these guys were my friends, they would constantly say things that were inappropriate and they indirectly let you know that you were one of them to a certain extent. I'm not saying that they were racist, but at times I could since that they had to monitor the things that they said because I was around. The girls would be friendly but at the same time they feared me a little bit. I liked hanging with them but I knew that no matter how hard i tried to express my self I would get laughs but they would never really understand me. Now that I have moved away we still keep in touch. One of my friends even came to visit me and I figured that I would give her a taste of how it was growing up for me. I took her and her sister, two clearly small town white girls, to a majority black step show and after party and they couldn't handle it. They enjoyed the step show but left the after party after only being in there for five minutes. I asked why they left, and they said because they felt awkward being the only few white girls there and I said: NOW U SEE HOW I FELT

Sex Drugs & Rock-n-roll: FINAL PROJECT

Rosseliot Williams
SEX, DRUGS AND ROCK-N- ROLL: final project

We have heard over and over again that sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll go hand in hand for years. In all actuality these are repeated themes that we hear in the music that is on the radio and in the dance clubs that we go to. The artist are getting better at disguising the direct language that they use when talking about these things, but nonetheless they are still there. It’s not just in rock-n-roll, it’s in all the music that we listen to. I wanted to do a study to see exactly how many references there are in modern music those blasts over and over on the airways. The findings are interesting and do validate that the presence of sex and drugs is still at large in the music that we listen to and looks as if it is here to stay.
I looked at 5 songs in the billboards top ten. I printed off the lyrics and took a very detailed look for lyrics containing drug and alcohol related content as well as lyrics that contained sexual-related content. Even though, I looked at the content that was unedited, which the radio doesn’t play, it seems that the radio version leaves little to the imagination of what they are really talking about. The songs that I looked at were Dani California by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Over My Head by The Fray, Snap Yo Fingers by Lil John, What You Know by T.I., and Promiscuous Girl by Nelly Furtado.
The first song, Dani California, by the Red Hot Chili Peppers was one of 80’s funk/punk rock groups more milder tracks that only one reference to drugs and 2 references to sex in the song. This group has never been known for being extremely vulgar or obscene, but they are no church choir either. This song in particular is more of a peaceful trip down memory lane and although it involved some situations that might not be right in the eyes of the law the sex and drugs were very minimal in this rock-n-roll song.
Next up was miss Nelly Furtado with her song Promiscuous Girl. As you might can guess from the title, this song have a few sexually related words that caught my eye. Throughout the song there was a total of 11 cases of sexually related content. The basis of the song was a conversation between a guy and a girl about sex. One is trying to convince to engage in a sexual encounter. There is a lot of teasing and sexual humor through the entire song. There is hardly any drug related content in this song, but what drugs didn’t get, sex definitely made up for. An example of the sexual lyrics in this song is: “ I can see you with nothing on
Feeling all me before you bring that on.”
This is a very popular and catchy song that is about a sexually promiscuous girl.
The next song is What You Know, by T.I. T.I is an arrogant Atlanta based rapper who has claimed himself the king of the south and raps about how he got the thrown as well as what he will do to defend it. This song is more of message to people letting them know that they don’t know him like they think they do and that they should be ware. Sex and drug references are dropped here and there, but most of the content in this song talks about the guns and money that he has and what he does with them. There are four drug references and three sexual references in this song.
After T.I. was Lil John, a rapper/producer who became famous for yelling phrases like “WHAT” and “YEAH” repeatedly over some banging catchy beats. This song is what most people refer to as a club banger, or a song that gets a lot of play in nightclubs. This particular song is Snap Yo Fingers. In this song the drug and alcohol related content beat out the sexual related content by a landslide, probably another reason that made it such a hit in the clubs, as well as the dance portrayed in the video with the lyrics of the song instructing people how to do the dance. There were a total of 8 drug references and three sexual references in this song. An example of these lyrics is : “ Chillin in the bip, yeah we get crunk, Niggas poppin bottles and these bitches getting drunk. Rollin up the kush, put it in tha air, I’m throwin’ up tha E’s to let em’ know we in here.
Lastly, is a new boy band group from Denver Colorado called Fray with their hit single Over My Head. I was surprised to find no sexual or drug related content in their song. It was a peaceful song about a guy in over his head with a girl. Something every guy can relate to, but they did without the use of sex and drugs. Maybe we should just give them a little while, Britney Spears used to make nice songs too.
Coding lyrics in music is not easy because there is so much slang that can mean several different things. I read all of the lyrics carefully time and time again and luckily I am somewhat slang-savvy so I caught all of the innuendos. Although there were just two categories, there were several things that could go into each category. In the drug category, I included alcohol and even the use of legal drug references in this category. In the sexual category I included any sexually explicit lyric whether it was describing an act or derogatorily describing a partner.
Going into this I though that hip-hop and rap were the only types of music that focused its lyrics on sex and drugs, but my findings indicate that although they may lead the rest they are not alone. I think that indeed hip-hop and rap artist are more forward and blunt in their lyrics but there is no law against expressing yourself freely. Just because a person uses these references in a song does not make them bad to me, it just reflects the lifestyle that they lead. If that is all that they have to talk about then that is a different story, but music is about life and sex and drugs is a part of the life that many Americans live. This study let me know that there are some good songs out there that do use sex and drugs in them and there are some artists who can succeed without the use of sex and drugs in their lyrics. My thing is this, as an artist you have the ability to impact lives and challenge the way that people think. In doing that though, one must remain real to the life that they lead and nobody’s life is full of positive images, but if all you hear is sex and drugs and other worldly pitfall in your lyrics, then maybe you need to insert something positive into your life therefore it can be seen in your lyrics.
As a people we need not to criticize the lyrics of artist, but we should critique what we allow ourselves to listen to. We complain about the vulgarity in music, when nobody told us we had to listen. We argue about sex on TV when nobody told us we had to watch. We make these choices in what we listen to just like the artist makes the choices in what they sing about. I have a feeling that it is going to get much worse before it gets any better so we have to think for ourselves and don’t let music or TV think for us.

WHAT ABOUT MY KIDS

Taking my RACE and GENDER IN MEDIA course has really opened my eyes. It has showed me things that are much worse that I had envisioned. I become depressed at times when I see nothing but sex on TV. Sex is a beautiful thing don't get me wrong, but what the media is doing with it is not glorifying the act in its natural state, but defiling it and most of all devaluing sex. Is it really worth those extra dollars that the use of sex in media earns to devalue on of God's greatest gifts to man. What does the media have to gain by showing daily racial favortism and stereotyping an ethnicity. I look at it and I am hurt. I am also scared, not so much for me, but for my unborn children that I am going to have to raise in this lost world of money, sex, greed and racism. Was this the plan that people had in mind when they began using the media to make people think and feel certain ways. I believe that media literacy should be taught in schools just as math or english is. Teachers tell our kids what books to read what movies they need to watch for school, but what they dont tell them is how to interpret them in a reality sense. Why can't we tell them that TV lies. Why can't we tell them to find the answers and do the research for themselves, cause just because it on the 9'oclock news like this, does not mean that it is really that way. So yes, I'm scared for my children and my children's children and so on. Rapper, Actor, Master P once said something in one of his songs, that to me was one of the most profound statements I've heard a rapper say. He said that we thought they ended slavery, but they just took the shackles off our feet and put them on our brains. I agree, that the media can at times seem like a mad scientist brainwashing us from the day we are born, till the day we die. We are the only ones that can break the shackles. BE FREE. ESCAPE THE MENTAL SLAVERY!

CRASH

Looking at movie to indirectly view the use of stereotyping, CRASH can be good and bad depending upon how you look at it. The Good: Before the opening credits have been completed this movie slaps you in the face with racial stereotyping and continues with it until the end credits. If indeed stereotyping is what one is looking for, then they came to the right place. The BAD: Although it is filled with stereotypes the movie is too directly about stereotypes for one to make an honest observation of how America's media stereotypes. The only true stereotyping is when it is done in small doses and many time without the knowledge that it is being done. There were some things that struck me as unusual in the gender roles in this movie though. The character played by Terrance Howard who was a television producer and the role of his wife were very untraditional Man- Woman roles. They were almost reversed. She was outspoken defensive and full of life and vigor while he was more passive and obedient to what others were telling him to do whether it be right in his eyes or not. The black husband and father figures that I was used to growing up were strong and fought for what they believed in to the death if it went that far. This character was a fearful man who sat and watched as a police officer molested his wife, and then apologized to the officer. If this is the black man of the future then we are in for a world of hurt. OK I will step down off my soapbox now I just had to get that off my chest. All in all, the movie was a just view of our new-age America that put all of our prejudices and stereotypes on the forefront for us to see. It was almost a slap in the face because we as Americans like to think of ourselves as equal and free, when all true be told there are different limits to our freedoms and equalities and many of them are based directly on our ethnicity. The thing I love about this movie is that in the end it reminds us that underneath everything we are all human that live by a simple heart beat and beneath everything they have a core character. That is what we must seek in each man or woman.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

PERSONAL ADS CASE STUDY

Rosseliot Williams
Wednesday May 24, 2006

“ Straight white men care most about ethnicity when dating”
Two sentence summary of FINDIINGS:
When conducting a study of straight white males and gay white males, versus gay non-white males and straight non-white males, straight white males had the highest percentage of members that indicated an ethnicity preference in their personal ads.

SUMMARY OF PREVIOUS STUDY:
“Phua and Kaufman found that Black, Hispanic, and Asian men are more inclined than white men to indicate a race preference when placing personal ads. They also found that gay males were more inclined to mention race than straight males.

ITS MOST IMPORTANT FOUNDATION OF LITERATURE AND HOW IT RELATES TO YOUR OWN PROJECT:
The main source used in this study was yahoo personals online at http://www.yahoo.com.
The coding system that I used included four different categories: 1. Straight white males
2. Gay white males 3. Straight non-white males 4. Gay non-white males.

CORUPS AND METHOD:
My corpus consisted of 50 random personal ads placed by males. 25 were straight males and 25 were gay males. The ethnicity of these males were in fact random. The method is a qualitative study in which all 50 males were code by non- white or white and gay or straight.

FINDINGS:
The study include 14 straight white men. 11 (78.6%) of the straight white males did have an ethnicity preference where only 3 (21.4%) did not have a preference. 11 straight non white males were included in the study and 6( 54.5%) did have an ethnicity preference, where 5 ( 45.5%) did not. 15 gay white men where included in the study and 8(53.3%) did have an ethnicity preference while 7( 46.7%) did not have a preference. Lastly, 10 gay non-white men were included in the study and 6( 60%) did have an ethnicity preference, while 4( 40%) did not.

CONCLUSION:
The results of my study, although on a much smaller scale, indicated that contrary to the findings of Phua and Kaufman , white straight male have the highest percentage of personal ads that indicated an ethnicity preference for their mate. This study also shows that straight men included a preference more often than did gay men. When I first saw this study I thought that white men would have the highest percentage of ethnicity indications and although Phua and Kaufman saw it differently, when put the numbers together the results came out just as I thought.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

HMMH?


In a place called America in a time like today, there are many unfortunate things that happen to the citizens of this fine country. Even though we see these things on a regular basis we still as a country have apathy for those who suffer, but do we have more apathy for some than others? HmmH?
A pretty, blond 20-year-old from the hollers of West Virginia, by the name of Jessica Lynch was a survivor of one of the rather unfortunate incidents. Jessica was captured by Iraqui soldiers and taken in as a POW after barely surviving a wreck that happened while she was serving her country. Several of the bones in her body were broken and shattered and she was unconscious for long periods of time were she was raped and subdued to many ill methods of torture by Iraqui soldiers. Luckily she was hospitalized and later rescued and brought back to America. The press got a hold of this story and ran with it. From this Jessica starred on countless talk shows, had a TV movie made about her and released a book. My question is why all the press? Is it because she was allegedly the first POW from this war or did she just fit the right description?












Around the same time of the rescue of Jessica Lynch, there was a thirty year old black lady that was shot in both of her ankles and captured as a POW. Her name is Shoshanna Johnson, but unless you were really into the details of the war, you would never know. Not only did Johnson not recieve nearly the amount of publicity as Lynch, but only was rewarded 30% disability compared to Lynch's 70%. Lynch never suffered a bullet wound b
ut Johnson sufferd two. Why the double standard not only by the media, but by the military as well.
HMMH?

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

who knows the truth

DO WE EVEN KNOW THE TRUTH ANYMORE
OR HOW TO READ BETWEEN THE LINES
WHY DOES THE MEDIA FEEL THE NEED
TO OVER PUBLICIZE AFRICAN AMERICAN CRIMES
DEAR GOD WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE
EXCUSE ME IF I GET A LITTLE BIBLICAL
BUT ID MUCH RATHER DO AND SLEEP WELL AT NIGHT
THAN TO DWELL IN A SWARM OF LIES REFERED TO AS POLITICAL
BELIEVE LITTLE OF WHAT YOU HEAR
AND HALF OF WHAT YOU SEE
AND IF YOU ARE SEARCHING FOR REAL TRUTH
PLEASE TURN OFF THAT BULLSHIT ON TV
SOMETIMES THINGS ARENT AS BAD AS THEY SEEM
AND SOMETIMES THEY ARE MUCH WORSE
BUT IF IT IS TRUTH THAT YOU REALLY SEEK
SEARCH FOR IT OWN YOUR OWN FIRST.