Jasmina

  • 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.

  • 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!!

  • 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.

  • Hello everybody! My name is Jasmina Hamza, this is my first semester at Queens college. I just graduated from QCC with an associates degree in Liberal Arts. My goal is to major in English and secondary education, […]

    • Abortion is a hot topic right now and I’m really glad to see you also thought of it when reading “Art of Dissent.” It was the second thought that came to my mind. I like the pictures you used to show a stance on this topic, especially the political comic. It’s sad to see us potentially moving backwards in in-regards to this. Hopefully, the protest and voices of the women and men will be heard.