• I liked your blog ost, you definitely gave a lot of outside information and connected it to “Graceland” very well. I noticed that a lot was directed to the western culture and how Lagos, Nigeria was trying to become a city like the ones in western cultures. One thing that comes to my mind is when Elvis had a conversation on the bus with the…[Read more]

  • Great Blog post! I love how you summarized the whole book and added all the main characters in a brief paragraph. You explained clearly what had happened throughout the book and what the purpose of it was. I enjoyed reading this blog post 🙂
    I do believe Elvis has found redemption because he was finally able to go to America to start a new life.…[Read more]

  • Jasmina commented on the post, Elvis, on the site The Arts of Dissent 5 months, 2 weeks ago

    Woah, that was A LOT. Well, first off this part of the book and actually, the whole book reminds me of the movie Moonlight. It’s about an African American male finding his way through life and figuring out his own sexuality. I watched the movie and this part of the book made me think of it because Abani is explaining and she gives loads of imagery…[Read more]

  • I would like to first start off with the ending of chapter 5. I was really shocked and sad after what i read, between the man and Elvis. Abani mentions that the motorways in Lagos are one of the main paths that […]

    • Hello Jasmina,
      When considering your initial question, I believe that Elvis will not turn out to be gay. Of course I may be wrong, but as I see it, what transpired on that day was nothing else but good humor. That event was all in good fun. Perhaps it was just an attempt to display Elvis’ innocence in a world filled with darkness — and by darkness I mean: an angry father who seems to detract himself further and further from his son as the story progresses. And when Elvis witnessed the horrifying cruelness placed on Eufa, what could have he done? He was child, and did not know how to react. Fear and confusion, especially in a child, will divert action. Elvis simply did not know how to react to the situation. His lackluster experience will not allow him to react in the proper fashion. This is why he turned away. It was confusion that drove Elvis away. Your post asks some interesting questions, ones that I would not have considered. Thank you for the insight, and the great post.

  • I really liked your blog post! I love how you shared with us some personal things about your grandmother and she got through life and comparing it to Abani’s, Graceland.
    I found it funny while reading Graceland and after reading your description of the father’s name, Sunday, because when i think of Sunday i think of a happy relaxing day. I…[Read more]

  • Hey Vanessa, i really like how you really went into depth about this last painting Rankine has left us readers with. I learned something new about it and i thank you for it! 🙂
    When i first looked at the painting i only noticed the water, the birds, the boat and the sunset. But after reading your blog post, i looked back at the painting and…[Read more]

  • Hey Breanna, i liked your blog and the evidence that you gave from chapter IV shows us readers your argument.
    To answer your questions, yes, i do believe Rankine did a great job with showing and giving us examples of racism that is experienced by certain individuals. The example that you gave with the man that is married to not just a beautiful…[Read more]

  • Dana, your blog is amazing! I really appreciate the fact that you explained to us your own personal experience and how you compared it with certain contexts in the book. I also really love how you titled your blog “To different to be a citizen”. I think you explained that very well in your blog post with how regardless if you live in America and…[Read more]

  • Hey Lissete! I really like how you basically summarized this long reading and gave us the main points about what the important parts of this reading. I love the way you explained Clyde Ross’ life and what he went through and why he went through it. Him being a black man got him nowhere in life. Knowing myself, would I stand up and fight for…[Read more]

  • You did a really great job analyzing the text by Rich. I really like how you stayed on topic with the fact that Nemiroff was taking Hansberry’s ideas and tampering with it and using it as his own.
    Your question, does it change my point of view after reading this essay by Rich, i think it does and doesnt because regardless if Nemiroff tried to…[Read more]

  • In the beginning of Adrienne Rich’s essay, she gives her brief opinion about Lorraine and how she looks up to her about women’s rights. What stood out to me was that, She writes on page 10 “Get all knowledge and […]

    • Jasmina, I really liked your blog and in particular the video you provided at the end. I think getting to hear Lorraine Hansberry’s words, unfiltered through characters or analysis from a second writer, gives an even greater insight into the ideas she wove into her play. The most poignant idea she vocalized, to my mind is that though she was and is labeled as a radical, she herself acknowledge that the movements and ideas she counted herself a part of were not aiming to exclude or dismiss specifically whites. This is a really important idea because I think often we’re told that “radicals” of any particular movement operate under the belief that to succeed in their goals they have to eliminate or exclude those who are not. I think Hansberry is saying that the key success is not in the excusion of whites from the black movement but instead that whites must become aware of what the real issues are and their extent and folded into their solution. I think radicals are often labeled in negative ways because, as Hansberry says, change is often painful and people as a whole are usually hesitant towards anything that makes them leave their comfort zone.

    • I thought your blog post was very well done. I’m glad you brought up the topic of Hansberry’s past within your writing. I remember finding one comment on that (when looking up play reviews), and wondering exactly what happened and how much it connects to “A Raisin in the Sun”. Both in the video and in your writing are descriptions of Hansberry’s experience with the violence of living in a white neighborhood. There’s one quote from the introduction that I’ve had in mind while reading both the play itself and this blog post. “(‘If he thinks that’s a happy ending,’ said Hansberry in an interview, ‘I invite him to come live in one of the communities where the Youngers are going!’)” I feel like the extra information about the court case made this quote a bit more understandable. The Youngers aren’t likely to find peace and quiet in that community.

    • Kate I agree with your statement when you said: “I I think radicals are often labeled in negative ways because, as Hansberry says, change is often painful and people as a whole are usually hesitant towards anything that makes them leave their comfort zone”. It is not just the comfort zone it is the fear of being oppressed. Jasmina I enjoyed comments about Hansberry’s own personal relations to the text; reading A Raisin in the Sun, really did aid in the understanding of Hansberry’s own struggles integrating the white community and definitely shed a light to the struggles African Americans were facing during this time. Good post and I enjoyed the video!!

  • Hey Sharmin!
    Well first off, i would love to watch this play just cause Denzel Washington plays in it, he is the best! I really like how you explained and chose this review to write about. I like how your analysis tells us that even in the play that Denzel is acting out, as Walter, he is very tired and worn out which shows how he feels about the…[Read more]

  • Citation –

    Bellafante, Ginia.  “A Tale of Race and Family and a 10,000 Question”. The New York Times,  25 February 2008, p. E8.

    Review –

    I chose to write about Ginia’s review on “Raisin in the Sun” tha […]

    • It was interesting to find something in common with your post. When you wrote “They were allowed to live in a white neighborhood but none of the white people wanted them there”, brought me back to what I was reading. Specifically the white people didn’t want them there but Hansberry made sure that she got this out to her audience. It seems like she does this to show everyone the history of things; but to also during the time get white people to see the obstacles brought with a black family trying to be on the same level as them. I definitely agree that race wasn’t very hard on the family because they didn’t let anyone stop their move or anything else they were planning on doing.

    • Hey Jasmina, I enjoyed reading your blog post. Having a play televised back in 2004 was a new and innovated idea. The person who played Walter Lee in this adoptation was a known rapper in the 1990s and the early 2000’s. Sean Combs playing Walter Lee shows the barriers that he broke for black men who didn’t have any background in acting. He also showed how a little kid from Harlem, NY can dream larger the way Walter Lee did in ‘ A Raisin in the Sun’. When you go back to the historical moment of when the play was televised, It has been about 3 years since collapse of the Twin Towers. So I think the televised play came at a good time to let America know that sometimes life isn’t easy and everyone deals with hardships just like the Younger family experienced in the 1950s and 60s.
      I agree with Ginia’s statement of this play not being a ” protest fiction because protest fiction is basically a social problem that has to do with gender or race”. Although racism was a issue in the 1950s, the Younger family dealt with more issues that can be related to anyone who is a working class family in America, just like how the collapse of the Twin Towers effected everyone around the world.

  • Hey Nakia! I really like how you described what mama was doing in your second paragraph. I agree with you she was definitely trying to give Walter a big responsibility in taking care of the money and using it for a greater cause so that he would be able to take care of his family. He was having a child like mind just going to a bar and getting…[Read more]

  • 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,…[Read more]

  • To answer your questions right off the bat, I believe that Walter investing in a liquor store for business is kind of a selfish and not selfish move. The reason I say it is a selfish mood is because he didn’t really ask or talk about it with his wife he just did it because he thought and believed it would be a good idea. The reason it wouldn’t be…[Read more]

  • To answer your question about the poem, I immediately began to think about what would happen to a raisin if it were under the sun. I thought it would dry up and become smaller and smaller until it becomes just a little dot. I also thought maybe it would bubble and turn into something like syrup, just like how it said in the poem. To me, this poem…[Read more]

  • Jasmina commented on the post, Act IV & V, on the site The Arts of Dissent 8 months ago

    I absolutely LOVED the way you analyzed act IV and V. I love how you separated the connection between Prospero and Miranda from the two acts. I do agree with you that Prospero is self centered and sometimes untrustworthy throughout the whole play but the love he has for his daughter Miranda is something else. I really loved the way you were…[Read more]

  • I do agree with you, Nakia. It was a little confusing to read but when i did take my time to reread some parts a couple of times. So, I can tell that you found Scene II confusing. Yes Stephano Trinculo and Caliban are drinking and they were drunk. Caliban is trying to get stephano to defend him against Trinculo because Trinculo keeps making fun of…[Read more]

  • Hey Cassandra! I loved the way you explained acts I and II of Shakespeare’s, The Tempest. You did a really good job with giving good information about the characters in this play and what roles each play. I enjoyed reading your analysis! I totally believe that Antonio and Prospero are similar in a way because they both seek to have control. They…[Read more]

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