• Hey SM!

    I know I’m late with commenting on this post but just bear with me. I remember how confused I felt when looking at this image and how unsettling it made me feel. The different things that our classmates saw made me feel less and less confused though for some reason. I began to see the bigger picture which I appreciate. It helped me l…[Read more]

  • Hey! So honestly, I completley agree with christian’s post. I felt the exact same way when reading the descriptions of the Koala nut, It did not make much sense to me or for some reason, did not really capture my attention. In all honesty the recipes as well I feel had little importance so don’t tell professor but I skimmed trhough some of them in…[Read more]

  • Hey sheerece!

    I kind of got lost reading your blog post but got back in track eventually. I wanted to stick more with what you said about the meaning of redemption and how this connects to Elvis. When I think of the word “redemption” I think of it as redeeming yourself, as in making amends with something that you’ve experienced or done. In…[Read more]

  • Hey emely.

    To begin, I want to say this was a good blog! I found the first paragraph very interesting to read because of the fact that you said Elvis thinks of America as being violent, yet he still wants to go. Although this is true, the way I see it… is thinking about my opinion of other countries and knowing what I know about all of the…[Read more]

  • Hey Sharmin,

    I’m happy to see that you focused on the “Stop n’ frisk” part because I too felt frustrationa and upset at the way this person in the story was treated. From the beginning, they were scared, alone, and afraid as soon as they saw the red & blue lights. it’s quite sad that this is an automatic emotion when dealing with the NYPD for…[Read more]

  • I just quickly wanted to share my thoughts something that I found to be completley ludicrous. In relation to today’s class discussion, specifically about the #BlackWomenAtWork trend on Twitter, one Tweet caught my […]

    • I just Googled those as well. It’s one thing to know that this is a problem, and another to be confronted with it in pictures in the Google search results. There’s something about the immediacy of images that makes my blood boil even more (like in Citizen). If you are mad about this and want to change it, maybe you can work with some other students to come up with a final project (a blog? video?) that draws attention to this problem and works to challenge it in some way. There is a direct connection not only to Citizen but A Raisin in the Sun, and Beneatha’s decision to wear her hair natural. Thank you for sharing these thoughts with us.

  • The title of a text really does have an affect on wether or not the reader decides if he or she wishes to read more into said text. Not saying the other blog posts of our fellow classmates (rather, your group member) were not good; you all did a spectacular job… but something about your blog post drew me in for the simple fact that it seemed at…[Read more]

  • Cassandra commented on the post, Black and White, on the site The Arts of Dissent 3 months ago

    Hi, Brittany.

    I was immediately drawn into your blog post for the fact that you focused our attention to the colors of this text: Black and White. It’s interesting that you mention this because I too noticed how these colors are the general statement of this text. You mentioned, “Citizen by Claudia Rankine immediately grasps your attention…[Read more]

  • Hey damaris. I too liked your blog post because it was very informative. You were for precise in summarizing Ta-Nehasi Coates article and I appreciate that because you made clear what I had a bit of difficulty understanding throughout some parts of this text. Overall, great job.

  • Hey Dana. I enjoyed reading your blog post and how you zoomed in on the phrase that Rich used in the beginning of the text. You also made emphasis on the word ‘VEIL’ which I appreciate you doing because your analyzation of this single, four letter word shined a light on what the majority of Rich’s argument is about. At least, I thought so.

    I…[Read more]

  • Hey Sm! It was interesting reading your summary of Ben Brantley’s review of ‘Raisin.’ The fact that Walter is portrayed as the same character, yet a different man (mind f***ed) was a head nodder. It’s different to hear that instead of Walter being a man is “…willing to fight for his ideas, he is someone who is ready to fall at a given moment.”…[Read more]

  • Earl Calloway reviews a performance of Lorraine Hansberry’s play “A Raisin in the Sun,” which took place at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. He starts off by praising the associate director of the theater, Chu […]

  • “Love trump hates!” Definitely something to keep in mind when it comes to the question of battling out “demons” with love or violence… love he hates, and look at where that’s led us.

  • Thank you! I completely agree with your response and am glad that you understood where I was coming from! And exactly… fighting fire with fire will never make the flame die out. I’m happy that you made that clear.

  • Girlllllllll, a heads up of me sharing this in class! This was beautiful, while reading the entire I was nodding my head in a agreement! The pint of these blogs/class facilitations are to teach our fellow peers something that we have seen in which we believe they have not in regards to the text that we read… and can I say that you flipped the…[Read more]

  • Good evening & sorry for the wait! I know how EAGER you all are to comment on these blog posts… (joke roll *ba-dum-tshh*) so let’s just get on with it. The amazing author/professor, Robin D.G. Kelly wrote this boo […]

    • Hey Cassandra, yes I believe Mr. Kelley deserves a round of applause! As you stated, the entire essence of the piece, aligned with his choice of words, grabs your attention from the start! This is displayed by the quote you used, “Without new visions we don’t know what to build, only what to knock down. We not only end up confused, rudderless, and cynical, but we forget that making a revolution is not a series of clever maneuvers and tactics but a process that can and must transform us.” I can align with your thoughts of the quote, on how the heart motivates us to fulfill our desires. If we don’t love what we’re doing then, it won’t be our best work. They’re still people, in today’s society, who’re stuck in the emotions of the past; instead of taking notice. of the actions, needed to eliminate that experience. It seems as if, the revolution only exists amongst conversation, dreams, and creative work(s), rather than taken place beneath our footsteps! As Kelley quoted, poetry is, “the emancipation of language & old ways of thinking”. We (centuries of oppressed people) have to observe the past, detect our wrongdoings, then, elevate towards a smarter path, with the knowledge needed to fulfill our new journey onto freedom. That’s the power of creative work(s), specifically “conscious” poetry/songs/raps. Whereas stated on page 9, ” … rather the best ones do what great poetry does: transport us to another place, compel us to relieve horrors and, more importantly, enable us to imagine a new society”. These artwork(s) reflect the volumes of what has been seen, what is being seen, what is to be sought. I really enjoyed your thoughts on our current journey when you stated, “Specifically, when it comes to these protests that are happening all through the streets of, well everywhere. The constant question of WHY?” Well, we have an idea of why there’s modern day slavery (spiritual / mental war) and destruction amongst the world (physically war). As you mentioned, love could’ve originally been a part of the motive but, I believe ego and wealth is the focal point now-a-days. 🙁 International, nationally, internally, and externally, freedom has become a selfish idea, where we only want to free ourselves of our own dilemma’s. I believe we have been forced into these obnoxious “groups” that is supposed to identity who we are. We’re expected to fight only within these groups’ wars however, this only causes more bloodshed. We’re so focused on the next groups forced differences that, we don’t realize how our battles are essential the same! We all have the same emotional reaction to what’s currently going on, just like those of our past: we’ve experienced the same feelings but, different stories. We must alter our reality by aligning with our reality, our surroundings. However, in regards to your second question, we must first go within and build ourselves into our strongest being, that way we can all be our own soldiers of eternal love. Love will always win while, hate will always repeat the same lost in disasters. Your first question asked: “why do you think it is important to hold on to your “visionary dream”? Indeed, this “visionary dream”, can be our obtained reality by activating our third eye so that, we can visualize our world through deeper meaning. I don’t believe that the mission of our ancestors were focused only on their current times. I believe they were putting all of their energy, into a reality that will speak and exist, for generations to come. <3

      • Girlllllllll, a heads up of me sharing this in class! This was beautiful, while reading the entire I was nodding my head in a agreement! The pint of these blogs/class facilitations are to teach our fellow peers something that we have seen in which we believe they have not in regards to the text that we read… and can I say that you flipped the switch on me? In a good way! You def. showed me something of the world that my naive self, would have totally passed over… if that makes any sense. Thank you!

    • Sm replied 4 months ago

      We should react to altercations with love and not violence because violence doesn’t result in anything. Take the idea of “revenge”; When someone takes their revenge on someone, the anger they feel for something they lost is now being displaced onto the thing they want revenge on (this is getting confusing, but give me a chance here). When that revenge is fulfilled and the object that was the receiver of that revenge is no more, what is left? Nothing. There is nothing left but more anger. Revenge doesn’t result in anything. Tying it back to Civil Rights, people like Malcolm X believed that violence was necessary as it would allow the African American to finally get what they deserved. But getting what they want through violence won’t lead to anything fruitful. Instead, it just causes more hate and anger. There was a line in the preface that Kelley says and it goes like this, “Those committed to the philosophy of nonviolence saw their suffering as redemptive. The very heart of the movement, the extraordinary Southern black folks who … worked as hard as they could to love their enemy were poised to become the soul of a soulless nation” (Kelley xi). I didn’t quite understand it at first, but now it’s starting to make sense. By reacting to the problems and negativity with love, it begins to incite and galvanize people into seeing something they haven’t seen before. It promotes happiness and a brighter future. Hopefully.

    • I must say it was a pleasure reading your blog post. Not only was engaging and welcoming, but you did not start with anything political, but just embracing Kelly and his piece. One sentence that stuck with me was this ‘Well, I feel that it is to be genuinely motivated from the heart.” I think it is important to embrace the motivation each of us has that starts with our heart. Whether it is following your passion for a bright future, or protesting to fight for what you believe in, we have the determination to never give up because of the motivation found in our hearts. Kelly states, “… the tendency of men to use violence as a means to resolve conflict… (p5).” I believe the “visionary dream” everyone has allows us to make proper decision that have an impact not only on our life, but the lives of other people as well.

    • I think you did a really great job analyzing the texts. I love how you gave you expressed your own opinion and ideas about it. In your first paragraph you were referring to how Kelley is talking about how people should try and get their dreams to come true. I agree with you because at the time people’s dreams were really to have peace and love, instead of reacting with violence, they should act differently with love and care even with all the anger they would have in their hearts.

      I want to touch up on this part that you said in your second paragraph.

      “Well, I feel that it is to be genuinely motivated from the heart. When a person dreams to exceed in life, he or she must genuinely want to do so. Does that make sense? Kelly constantly reminds us that the “visionary dream” touches on having the “desire” to change and the use of our “imagination” and “love.””

      IT does make sense! I totally agree with you, if you have it in your heart to do something, you will and should motivate yourself enough to do something because it is in your heart and its something you feel you should do. Not to do anything in a rough and bad way, but with love and tenderness. Approaching any obstacle in life with positive thinking and care, will and can change the world in many ways.
      You brought up protesting in today’s world and how it was back then. I believe that everybody protests for something they believe in. Usually, most of the time, it can turn into violence because people let their anger get to them instead of using that anger and turning it into love and a positive way of getting into these protests.
      Kelley believes that we shouldn’t approach situations with negativity and violence and that we shouldn’t let that overpower love and kindness.

      To answer your question, I believe it is always better to react to altercations first with love before ever using violence. I believe it is always better to think twice about what you do before you do it. Since i am very religious, it is always mentioned to react with love and care, never with violence because violence can only get you into more trouble, love will only either get you in a better place or it will calm a situation down. If you react with violence always, sometimes you will regret it. For example, if you start an argument with your loved one and start acting violent, later on you will regret it and ask yourself why you didnt react differently. Listen, life goes by fast, you never know when someone will go. so i believe you should always be loving and caring to everybody no matter the situation. Always should find a way to come to a common round without violence.

      Overall, very good job! I loved reading your blog post!

      • Thank you! I completely agree with your response and am glad that you understood where I was coming from! And exactly… fighting fire with fire will never make the flame die out. I’m happy that you made that clear.

    • Hay Cassandra, I do not think your interpretation was a curveball at all! I completely agree with your interpretations and and thoughts about what Kelly states in his book. The quote you mention in the beginning of you blog stood out to me as well and I think it really captured the essence of what the main idea and theme of the entire book is about. A quote I found interesting and also stood out to me was when Kelly states, “Without new visions we don’t what to build, only what to knock down. We not only get confussed and rudderless, and cynical, but we forget that making a revolution is not a series of clever meneuvers and tactics but a process that can and must transform us” (Kelley 4). This quote really made me think of what it means to stand up for what you believe in. We cannot simply just pick out the things we dislike and do not agree with because that is only a peice of finding the solution. We must envision ourselves being apart of a new revolution or idea which will allow and even encourage us to create a life we want to live. To answer your question, I think it is important to hold onto your “visionary dream” because that dream is something that motivates you to improve and progress. It gives one courgage and strength to push further to achieve that dream or goal. Having and holding onto our own visionary dream allows us to have hope and believe in the possibilities that we can overcome and eventually achieve the reality we envision. To answer your second question, I believe we should react to the altercations with love rather than violence because violence just instigates more conlict and honestly doesn’t resolve anything. Violence bring upon hatred towards other which only seperates us even more. Of course it is impossible for everyone to feel love toward one another but if we spread the idea of loving each other regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, etc., it can help bring more people together through peaceful means. Violence only encourages hatred and seperation between groups of people and causes conflict to become larger and last longer than it needs to. Just remember: “Love Trumps Hate!”

      • “Love trump hates!” Definitely something to keep in mind when it comes to the question of battling out “demons” with love or violence… love he hates, and look at where that’s led us.

    • Hey! I think you did an excellent job at analyzing the text very well. I like that you started quoting right from the preface because when I was reading, I also did a lot of highlighting in that area as well because many things stood out to me. I like the quote that you chose from the preface stating ““How do we produce a vision that enables us to see beyond our immediate ordeals? How do we transcend bitterness and cynicism and embrace love, hope, and an all-encompassing dream of freedom, especially in these rough times? (preface)” I enjoyed this quote because it is still relevant today, maybe now more than ever. It opens us up to the idea of equality and freedom as human beings without being restricted due to gender/race etc.

      I liked the little section on page 2 that stated “She simply wanted us to live through our third eyes, to see life as possibility. She wanted us to imagine a world free of patriarchy, a world where gender and sexual relations could be reconstructed”. I think this may answer your first question of relevance. I think that people truly want peace, love, acceptance, and freedom in their lives and this quote is an example of a visionary dream they have for not only their future, but the generations ahead. Until we can stop the violent and inhuman behavior, there will never truly be a perfect world to live in.

    • I really liked how you used the quote, “… the tendency of men to use violence as a means to resolve conflict… (p5), and interpreted it as mankind. It really brought back thoughts from the earlier classes we had when everyone was just fighting to bring better. I also agree that the reasons for people fighting continue to change constantly throughout the act. This is because as someone keeps going on they realize other things that are being affected as well. The first thought of fighting isn’t even remembered with so many other things that take place along the roads.

      Altercations should be done with love because people won’t forget what they were fighting for and it comes from the heart. With violence people are unstable and have so much uncontrollable rage which cause worse problems. However most people still use their rage to fight for something instead of love. It can be better for a person physically and mentally to be at peace with things and try love first then violence.

    • I think one way Kelley thinks we can overcome the bitterness that infects humanity is when he says ” “When movements have been unable to clear the clouds, it has been the poets- no matter the medium-who have succeeded in imagining the color of the sky, in rendering the kind of dreams and future social movements are capable of producing.” Artists are able to express the feelings that are lost when people are blinded by their rage and frustration against society and they are able to transcend reality and relate to us in an abstract way. Social movements are a collective vision that have a big influence on society as a whole through art and protesting the status quo. I had just finished watching the movie ” Shaft ” which was made in 1971, which saw a rise in funk music and black power and it made me think of these ideas that Kelley was describing. Art allows us to see things in new ways and helps others understand a movement that is not coming off as being enforced upon.

    • Cassandra, for one your post was both knowledgeable and entertaining. I agree with many points that you put forth into your blog post. Rebecca answered both questions posted in your blog, and I agree with both responses (well done Rebecca!). I think what motivates individuals is a “visionary dream”, it is our influence and push towards the actions we take, the careers we choose, and events we partake in. Now to answer your questions, majority of the changes we have seen throughout history have been as a result of a violent actions, but to change that with one of the most powerful emotions, love, might even be more impactful than just a protest gone wrong. It’s kind of like that quote: “When all else fails, kill them with kindness”; it builds a stronger unit, is more inspiring and influential. It will not be easy, but is very much possible.

    • First off, I think you did a great job on your post. It was a good read and gave great insight. I don’t think your interpretation was a major curve ball at all. When you said “Kelly constantly reminds us that the ‘visionary dream’ touches on having the ‘desire’ to change and the use of our ‘imagination’ and ‘love’.” I agree 100000% with it. We need to be motivated in order to change. We need to not only believe it, but we need to have it in our minds and in our hearts. Positive thinking is the goal; taking on an obstacle with the power of positive thinking can allow you to leap over that obstacle. Violence is not the answer. Negative thinking will only bring you down. Anger only gets in the way of love and rational thinking.
      Its important to hold on to your visionary dream because that is motivation and gives you something to progress and work towards. You need motivation for just about everything in life. Without a dream, what is there to work towards? Why even progress?
      I do believe we need to react to altercations with love and not violence because violence only drives us further apart. Unity is key. Life is too short for hate.

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  • Cassandra commented on the post, Act 2: Scene II, on the site The Arts of Dissent 4 months ago

    I like what you said about mama bugging when giving Walter the red of the money. Shoot I thought the same exact thing! Through out the majority of the play you’re completely right, he’s shown no kind of manlyhood, responsibility, & in my opinion has been acting extremely childish with his family. I feel like he just doesn’t think shit through……[Read more]

  • Hey Christian! To jump right into your blog post, I like the way you touched upon Lorraine Hansberry’s use of the “outside influence” as a way to subdue the emotions/actions of these characters… characters such as Walter and Beneatha. While reading your post and understanding what you took out of Act I, scene ii I thought this was a great…[Read more]

  • If I’m being completely honest, Walter lee sort of irks me. Agree to disagree? Well we’ll leave that for class discussion (LOL). No but seriously, I’m going to have to “put some respek” on Lorraine Hansberry’s name. When you said “Langston Hughes also contemplates this idea. At the start of A Raisin in the Sun there is a quote of his, contemplat…[Read more]

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