ESSAY Africa, Africans and African-ness can be signified in various ways. Some are more positive and others are stereotypical and harmful to those with an Afican identity. This essay will discuss the ways in which Kanye West’s music video for “Love Lockdown” refers to Africans and the female black body to express his feelings of love and hurt. This video was released in 2008 and was inspired by West’s break-up with designer, Alexis Phifer (Songfacts 2015:1). It was directed by Simon Henwood, who had designed West’s Glow in the dark tour (Songfacts 2015:1).
Sometimes when social injustice and racial issues drench the society, music is one of the best way to demonstrate against these problems. Protest songs played important roles during the Civil Rights Movement giving people hope and outlook for a better tomorrow. Famous ones were Bob Dylan’s “Blowin in the Wind” or “A Change is Gonna Come” by Sam Cooke. These songs were products of the disconcerting oppression and racism and they still considered to be the most powerful protest songs ever written. Kendrick Lamar managed to follow the footsteps of these musicians and create impressive contemporary protest songs.
The Brotherhood claimed to stand for the advancement of black people in society and was a combination of whites and blacks of significant wealth and influence directing the major social and political actions of the city. He is introduced as an attractive competitor within the brotherhood for the main character, the invisible man. Clifton frequently fought with Ras the Exhorter, who opposed blacks and whites working together, arguing, “You my brother mahn. Brothers are the same color; how the hall you call these white men brother?” (Ellison, 370). However, Clifton accidentally angered the Brotherhood when he attacked one of their own members unknowingly and “was beating him, thought he was one of the hoodlums” (Ellison, 396).
Through Four Corners, we need to understand how the film references City of God, and how the two films are portraying Africanism. However, I need to make it clear that City of God was not an African film. It was made and produced in Brazil. On the other hand, Four Corners was made and produced in South Africa. My approach on these two films through understanding elements of Africanism in them is on their storylines which are centred on black kids roaming the streets in search of money, power, and social status, the use of teenage characters and themes (crime and drugs).
Stephen A. Smith uses his influence as a sports journalist to effectively sway fans into believing that Phil Jackson is the main issue of the New York Knicks by targeting distraught Knicks fans such as himself, but fails to acknowledge those who feel Phil Jackson is not the primary issue. Throughout the duration of the interview, Stephen A. Smith comments on the state of the New York Knicks and how Phil Jackson is responsible for their downfall, primarily if Phil Jackson even cares about the Knicks as a franchise. Smith then goes on a “rant” for the entire segment which lasts for 2 minutes. The interview contains the information presented by Stephen A. Smith and how he delivers that very same information. Throughout the essay, I will analyze
Films made within the late 1980s/early 1990s (Menace II Society & Boyz n the Hood) attempted to illustrate the life of modern day African Americans through the celebration of violence, endorsement of mysoginistic masculinity, and the portrayal of women as being promiscuous, drug addicts, and irresponsible mothers(Giardina, 2005). A narrative that further supported the white middle class views of Blacks during this time. Though detrimental, this proved finically beneficial to Hollywood, just as Rap/Hip Hop albums was finically beneficial to the music industry (Giardina, 2005). They both gave a glimpse into what many believed to be authentic black culture. However as time passed this narrative was replaced with a more uplifting one, an attempt
In this day and age indentured servitude seems to be lurking around each corner, and it especially hangs out in the NCAA. The NCAA has refused to pay their all-star basketball players that bring in billions of dollars for both the NCAA, and their universities “These Athletes now make more than $8 billion in revenue for the NCAA, and member universities, with no tangible compensation for their labor” (Take 2: Why College Basketball Players Should Demand To Be Paid To Play). Now, like what was stated before, the universities are also cashing out on players, the apparel department of each college is making quite the pretty penny off of the names on the jerseys. With the NCAA and colleges benefiting on the players’ hard effort on the court, it’s time the players take a share of the revenue and start benefiting
Introduction Horace’s assertion regarding adversity and character directly correlates the two by saying if you have had hardship then it will build your character. Martin Luther King Jr lived his life constantly facing racial discrimination and used that hardship to do great things and fight for the segregation that he struggled with. Contrary to MLK a college student, Brock Turner, lived his life as an average wealthy white kid who later raped a girl. The dichotomies between the two prove that your past does shape you , it may not shape your for the better but it shapes you into the person you are and it influences your views and morals. Support Paragraph #1 Martin Luther King Jr lived his life as any black individual living in America
Jazz is a genre of African American music originating from New Orleans in the southern United States from the late 19th century to the early 20th century. Jazz is recognized for its unique playing style and performance itself rather than the format of the song or the song itself. Sounds, phrasing, rhythm, blues and harmonies of jazz come from the unique sense of African and African American music. Instruments, melodies, harmonies used in jazz follow the traditional approach of Europe. Jazz’s features include swing from the offbeat rhythm, originality and vigor by the improvisation and sound of the player’s unique individuality, so these may be described as different from European music and classical music.
In the nineteenth and twentieth century of the advertising scene, African American adults and children were used to advertising products that the public chose to refer them as "pickaninnies" or more offensive the African Americans were named called a "darkie." Most of the time, they are ridiculed in American advertising because of their skin color. The term "Sambo" is "the most effective ethno-racial term used in advertising." (title,.. 27). The derogatory term "Sambo" describes Blacks as low-class citizens who would do anything to grab the attention of the White's.
Lastly, Alessandro Portelli’s They Say in Harlan County supports my argument in terms of rivalries. In Harlan County, Lynch football and basketball were known to be the best. The football team and basketball team had higher status than others and were glorified in the communities. Even during early development in this Appalachian county, rivalry was always a topic of discussion. “We can’t get over basketball rivalries, or ‘the people in Harlan are snoots and the people in Evarts, look down their nose at us,’,” Daniel Howard said while explaining his experiences with sport rivalries.
Getting acquired from three different NBA teams and eventually leading towards getting cut from two and on the verge of the third, Lin came off the bench to produce a record-breaking streak of wins that opened up an opportunity for a playoff berth. Unfortunately, Lin’s ethnicity had more of an impact on viewers than his actual performance on the courts. Due to the fact that African Americans dominate basketball, while Asian Americans represent less than one percent of the NBA and even Division 1 Men’s Basketball. Linsanity represents the journey of Jeremy Lin not just his record-breaking performance, but how he demonstrated a counter hegemony ideology by pursuing a nontraditional Asian career. Therefore, the unbelievable phenomenon of Linsanity presents a unique opportunity to observe the construction of Asian American identity by: revealing the racial hegemony involved within the sport of basketball, which lead towards the transition to a more colorblind society, and how Linsanity is gradually breaking the curse of the Asian American
Straight Outta Compton A film that falls under the category of being “controversial” tends to shy away from mainstream audience because of it’s subject matter or lack of diversity. For example, filmmakers like Tyler Perry only caters to the African American audience and don’t have any success overseas with different viewers. However, this stereotype defuse once “Straight Outta Compton” was release during the summer of 2015. The film grossing over $201 million worldwide. “Straight Outta Compton” is a biopic about the hip-hop controversal group N.W.A (Niggas with Attitude) and how the rise to fame came with a price.
His memoir Days of Grace is definitive proof of his paramount position in tennis. While he was on the court and playing he had a calm demeanor. He became more militant when he marched in protests against South Africa’s apartheid system. He was limited to a place to play but led to his crusade to change the
Should The Basketball Rim Be Raised? Raising the rim in the NBA from 10 feet to 11 feet is a very controversial topic because you are talking about changing the history of the game forever. One side argues that raising the rim causes players to become more athletic and the standard 10 foot rim is too easy for athletes and the other side says the highlights of the basketball games are the deep threes, and the alley-oop slams and raising the rim would take that away from everyone. Raising the rim for the NBA is going to result in less impressive, lower scoring games which isn’t fun for the players or the fans. Basketball rims being raised would be a time consuming and painful process.