Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
Sunday, May 23, 2010
"Almost everything we know about our country, and our world is dictated by media." The WMC speaks the truth with this statement. Who decides what is going to be feed to their public? Well being that it is a male dominated industry, the answer is pretty clear. Old rich white men! If you sit back and analysis what’s being promoted into your mind on a daily bases u realize that everything flashing across the screen or printed into bold letters is news which instills fear. When was the last time you turned the news on and found something educational, something worth learning? No seriously ... think ... we'll wait. Exactly!
"Media Ownership: Impact on Minority Ownership and Localism" tells us that when you wipe away all the cover-up, in all actuality media is just a business run by a few men; everything I’m being told comes out of their minds. This guys are insane in the membrane! I want a variety! I want options! I want to read about events that affect me and the people that surround me!
We are being worked like little puppets; know this, stay away from this topic, oh there is no way we're letting the public know about this instead let’s talk about something that DOES NOT MATTER! We live in a world in which tragic things happen on a daily bases. As we watch television or read our morning papers we are dueling on the past and rarely are we ever taking away any knowledge which will help you correct these mistakes; instead we play the blame game. We point fingers at certain races, genders, neighborhoods, lifestyles or whatever the big boys decide to entice us with. The sad part about this is that we fall into the trap.
How do we change this? Alternative media. I came across a great website which I had to save onto my favorite links after only ten minutes of exploring.
There are multiple topics one can CHOOSE to read from such as education, ethnic media headlines, ethnic media in the news, gender and sexuality, health, immigration, Latin America, Media, Race, race relations, youth culture and more (no worries there is still a sports section). The website is laid out wonderfully, it is very easy to find your focus and educate yourself on the given topic. The articles are wonderfully written and to top it off there are story tools next to the articles which allow you to comment, resize the font (for those that struggle without glasses), print (to share easily with others), and a share option to quickly email the articles.
Why is this a successful website? Because issues that are not emphasized in mass media is here. All this information is available at the click of a button. These articles are here to tell us what the our regular sources do not tell us! Why don't they tell us? It is not important or top priority to them, so these stories get neglected. On this website I found an article entitled, Natural Disasters Hit Women Harder Than Men. "June Zeitlin, a former executive director of WEDO, cited a study by the London School of Economics (LSE) analyzing disasters in 141 countries and providing decisive evidence that gender differences in deaths from natural disasters are directly linked to women’s economic and social rights. Gender inequalities are magnified in disaster situations. When women lack basic rights, more women than men will die from natural disasters. The LSE study also found that in societies where women and men enjoy equal rights, natural disasters kill the same number of women as men."
Finally some real news! An interesting topic which shows how woman all over the world have to deal with gender issues. There is so much on this website I wish I could post up about a few more articles but it's time for work. Go check it out and educate yourself on what matters to you! Do not let the media spoon feed you what they want you to hear. Enjoy!
"We invent a new formula of making films."
I read "Author/Auteur: Feminist Literary Theory and Feminist Film" and I was confused out of my mind until I found the director Maria Ripoll. My personal mission for this post was not simply to find a female director but to find someone to impact me, someone who would captivate me. After about two hours of googling and youtubing I found whom I was searching for. The first interview I was able to find was done by Cinema 3 de TV3, I was thrown off at first only to realized I understood most of what was being said; Catalan is closely related to Spanish. I was at a lost for words when Maria stated at the end "We invent a new formula of making films." What is this formula? First and for most language is not a factor in making a film successful. She takes language as a whole and imbraces it allowing people of different cultures to view and understand her films. As long as there is a message put across onto the screen, and she as a director takes this creation and makes everything come together in a strategic form, her mission is fulfilled.
In another interview (this one is in Spanish!) in the Ma'Laga 13 Festival Cine Espanol 17-24 on April 2010. She says that she is comfortable creating short and long films and so forth, simply because her passion is to direct people, manage staging, making costume and make up choices, anything and everything that has an impact on her work. Maria says that creating small documentaries or short films is a way of working under a constrained time frame. All of these works must explore in detail a problematic situation and how people carry themselves while dealing with their personal matters. She admits that it is not always an easy task but still strives to make things as close to perfection as possible. It is made clear that she takes these smaller project and later on sees if there is something bigger that can be formulated from it.
She has created many films one of which is entitled "Tu vida en 65' ". I can not believe I am admitting this, but I was almost in tears because of how beautiful the scenes are. Love is always a theme displayed in media but for the first time ever I found myself saying "Oh wow!" Maria directed the movie with such authenticity; the angles on the scenes, the close ups, the colors, the actors movements, facial expressions, the audio, the lights, the timing, the costumes, everything together creates her vision. Rather then write what was expressed in this scene, please watch it, if you do not understand Spanish, even better, just watch. Maria successfully makes you focus in on the main characters and the love they share for one another, nothing else is there except them and later the washing machine which symbolizes the clashing and alterations that happen in life. Things always become a mess but at some point, the machine that has been working you and tossing you every which way has to stop. When that stop presents itself, like the main character in the movie says, roughly translated, "... I found something that made us so, so, so happy that there really isn't a reason/purpose in living anymore."
Maria produced other films as well such as El domini de is sentits, Lluvia en los zapatos, Utopia, If Only, The Man with Rain in his Shoes, Twice Upon a Yesterday, Tortilla Soup and more. Why is Maria so important? It's because she is in control of bringing all the pieces together to expose an issue using techniques, she as a director, has perfected. She is, in a sense, the painter and the screen is her canvas. Maria is the creator, based on her judgement call things are placed in or out of a film simply because artistically she feels that how it should be; that is her vision. She is an auteur because she is aware of the power she possess and she uses it to express the suffrage of woman but also that of men. I feel as though Maria is wonderful and I plan on watching and promoting many of her films. Her story lines are great and the way she handles the camera is unique; she is not only a wonderful auteur but a talented woman who is determined to tell and produce a story the right way.
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
The project on scribd
This is my magazine about Feminism as a whole. I could not focus on one topic, but I wanted to tackle the subject as a whole. I wanted to show how necessary it is for feminism to be brought to light as a serious movement instead of the stereotypical definition (which is a bunch of male hating females). It's ridiculous for anyone to think that, but unfortunately that's what some people believe. I hope you enjoy.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Click play to hear my podcast on my experiences with hair, culture and growing up. The podcast details the first and last time I ever had my hair permed. I also talk about the history behind its creation, black hair care's most important historical figure (Madame C.J. Walker), the rise of Dominican hair care and the state of the industry now. I have also included some analysis and final conclusion on the cultural implications of hair styles. The four song selections are:
Butter by A Tribe Called Quest
Superfly by Curtis Mayfield
O Happy Day - Sister Act 2 Soundtrack
I am not my hair - India.Arie
I am not my hair.
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Saturday, May 15, 2010
For my final project I wrote an article about our culture's obsession with youth and beauty and how the media plays a huge role in shaping our idea of what beauty is.
My article is on scribe:
A Cultural Obsession: Youth and Beauty
I wanted to examine and show how women have been represented in advertisements in different time periods.
I wanted to create a collection or library of ads, not an academic type of website. This is a more visual entertainment so I want you to enjoy my website!
My final project is social network website. The purpose of the website is to gather people interested in women in film industry issues. There will be organizations or individuals invited to post on blog, add news or events. Also forums will allow people to discuss. Website happened to be larger project than originally planned, so it is still in development stage.
You can see it at wdap.webs4anyone.com