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I believe that Martin Luther King Jr. should definitely have a holiday dedicated in his honor. He is a father of the Civil Rights movement and partially the reason we as African Americans can have some of the rights and liberties we all love so much. Martin Luther King day should be regarded in high honors just because of who this man was and still is and what he has done for all races albeit blacks in the name of freedom and liberty. For MLK day I went to the Interfaith Service at the Lawless Memorial Chapel where the Dillard University choir performed 2 songs, “Mary Had a Baby” and “Lift Every Voice and Sing”. We had a student from Loyola University read a Muslim Scripture from the Quran and we also had a Christian scripture read to go along with the interfaith theme of the day’s service. I had a great time listening to the service because it promotes a theme that I take dear to my heart. Nonviolence is something I take stock in because it promotes peace and respect for all parties involved. Martin Luther King Jr. was a catalyst of sorts, his hopes, dreams and aspirations fueled the nation and ignited some change among the people. People of all races were deeply saddened by the death of Mr. King because he stood for something more than just being a black, he stood for the equality that all races need to possess if we are to ever make it anywhere as a single unit. Dr. King was the pinnacle for excellence in the black community because he stood for everything we wanted and everything we wanted to achieve in the future. He was taken before his time unfortunately and that really held African Americans back in the race for Civil Rights.

Race and Ethnic Similarities

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Ethnicity and race are very much alike even they have different meanings. Race focuses on physical appearance that is hereditary. Race has to do with some ones hair, eyes, skin color etc… While ethnicity has to do with one’s culture. Ethnicity deals with how people speak, religion and language. Race and ethnicity are very similar, people are grouped into categories based on both.
Race has caused many issues in the world. One of these issues includes the Jewish Holocaust. Millions of Jewish people were killed by the Nazi government in Germany and Germany territories during World War 2. Jewish people were killed because of their race. Although their norms were insulted by the Nazi government, individuals were killed because of their “Jewish” appearance. In order to look like a Jewish person it has to be inherited from someone’s family. People that looked Caucasian were able to disguise themselves as white and were able to escape.
Ethnicity has also caused a group of people to be oppressed. Slaves were taken from Africa to countries like Spain, America and South America. Slaves were taken to these places to work but eventually began to fight for the right to be free in these countries. In America after slavery was abolished blacks were still treated like they were less than their white counterparts. All of Africa isn’t the same race. Northern Africans have more a Middle Eastern but were still treated badly because of the color of their skin.
Jewish people and African Americans were treated badly by the Nazi and American governments. Jewish People were grouped together because of their race while Blacks were grouped together based on ethnicity. People with the same race are usually of the same ethnicity. Individuals of the same race are usually from the same regions of the world. Cultural values are usually the same in the same regions.
Now that you may have a clearer understanding of how they tie into one another which do you take more pride in?

…And Holiday Cheer

As I reflect on an eventful, fun, lightly stressed, laid back semester, I am reminded of previous laborious, demanding semesters that left me worn out. i can truly say that I am thoroughly happy to say that I am a GRADUATING senior!  For me, the fall was always the hardest because the classes were harder, financial aid was a pet peeve, and not to mention miscellanous, uncontrollable visits that were unwelcomed.

The most stressing aspect of this fall was the LSAT. I think it’s fair to say that most graduating seniors find their senior year very stressful because we are trying the balance classwork and graduate, law, and/or medical school applications. I was preparing for the LSAT the entire semester, and I’m quite thankful that I only have 12 credit hours. It’s not easy to balance the two, but it is possible.

Now that spring will be creeping upon us soon, anxiety and stress will creep in. It ‘s not just waiting anxiety, but the ultimate question: “How will we deal with REAL life after   undergrad?” It’s something we all must face one day, and for us, it’s a lot more sooner than we think.  And at the end of the day, fear  of the unknown is what scares us the most.

So as I and several of my classmates celebrate our winter break with our families, in the back of our minds we will be thinking of LIFE in the midst of holiday cheer. For me, I already feel it. It’s not just fear, it’s excitement and  eagerness. We’ve made it half-way through the year, and it’s almost surreal. It’s amazing how time flies and how soon you’re forced to become an adult.

As I close this final blog, I am happy to know that in themodst of holiday cheer, I have had an awesome semester and I’m looking forward to my last semester.


Happy holidays everyone!!!

School Dreams

Lately I think that I am slowly going more insane. I mean, I kept dreaming of school works whenever I got the chance to sleep more than 5 hours. My first dream was about my Korean teacher giving me an essay to write. I wrote it in English, but then she told me that I must redo it and it must be written in complete Korean. I remember checking my phone immediately after waking up from that dream to see if she had sent me any message like that. Then my most recent dream involved this class. I dreamed that Ms Homan sent me an email telling me to redo my portion on the essay for my group because whatever I had written was unbearable. The funny part was that the me in my dream told my friends that I would rather go deal with the giant spider than redo that essay. I think that me thought that I would have had a living chance with the spider, or that me really had lost it. What really was scary was that after I took a shower that day, I saw an email by Ms Homan on my phone. You wouldn’t believe how relieved I had felt when I found out that it wasn’t her telling me to redo my part on the essay because really, there isn’t a giant spider for me to take on since I’m awake. Lol.

But anyway, in general, what I really don’t like about school is that teachers keep giving students pile after pile of works when finals near. I mean, why are they torturing the students like this? When finals approach, all of the teachers told the students that there is a final project that is worth like 10 to 20% of the overall grade (if there is no final exam for their class). And as a student who relies on academic scholarship, I cannot afford to slack off on any of the given projects.  

The worst part is that sometimes those final projects are due on the same day. I wonder why teachers must do that? Couldn’t they space out the due dates?!  

It’s not really funny when I’m stuck trying to finish each of those projects, but when I’m done with all those projects and had my many hours of sleep, I would be okay and laugh at the me who had lived on coffee and tugging hair to stay awake.

The role that society play in religion

You ask a very deep question!  I hope to goodness that faith impacts children’s lives toward strong morals and disciplined behavior!  I believe the recent surge of Bible curriculums that relate Biblical principles to character development should help children connect the dots between what we teach at church and how we hope they will live their lives.  It is most frustrating and puzzling to see children who have learned lots of Bible facts, but don’t live a Christ-like lifestyle.  We have to keep in mind that you can’t educate children into to the kingdom!  It must be the work of the Holy Spirit, in conjunction with the Word.  So I’m not sure if “religion” is the answer – leading children to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior and directing them to the Bible as the guidebook seems to the real need.  In other words, religion can become words on a page, rituals completed, not a relationship with God and His Son.  That relationship should change one’s character to become Christ-like – loving, compassionate, kind, helpful.

We would have no discipline or morality problems if children exhibited the fruits of the Spirit! We hear the slogan that “knowledge is power,” however the scriptures teaches us that knowledge puffs up (1 Corinthians 8:1). Don’t get me wrong, I am all for a great education but somehow there must be a balance between secular education and establishing a firm foundation based on the scriptural principles of God’s word. Let me give you an example; the Young Adult Sunday School class at Franklin Avenue Baptist Church recently finished a study series on “Success God’s Way.” In the book the author quotes Proverbs 22:1 that teaches us that “a good name is rather to be chosen than great riches…”In a society that judges success of individuals by the clothes they wear, the car they drive, or the career they choose, the church desperately needs to reaffirm biblical standards of servant hood, humility, and integrity. When our society get back to the biblical principles that our country was founded on, then and only then will we begin to see individuals loving, serving, and respecting one another.

A Sense of History

People always tend to lose track of history. When debatable issues arise, personal feelings or irrational thinking usually clouds people intelligence. For example, Hip Hop tends to have these affect on people. For Lil Wayne to be your favorite artist is understandable but discredit the history and legacy of a Big Daddy Kane is absolutely crazy. In order to understand a full culture of hip hop, you have to do your research; know your history a little bit. An artist inspiration, especially in hip hop/rap, is drawn from multiple sources. A person does not wake one morning and decides they wanna become a hip hop artist. An artist inspiration can come from environment, family life, friends, politics, and multiple other places; small or big. Hip hop artist “look up” to other artist. Rappers inspire each other and have competitive nature to the profession they chose. Hip hop has a large amount of artist but only the “best” artist not only understand the business but also know the history that is associated with the culture they decided participate in. For example Shawn Carter, Jay Z, is one if the most successful influential of our time. Jay-Z knows his history of the industry and the music which has allowed him to become the artist he is today. Knowing who crafted and molded the industry before allows most artist to shape into some decent to great rappers; some even being poetically gifted.  Fourty years later into hip hop, the landscape has changed. Majority of the artist that are coming out now struggle to maintain some type of status and quickly turn to one hit wonders. The quality of lyrics has completely gone down and it seem artist are lost. Not saying that certain elements of hip hop they bring to the table are wrong but once a sense of history is discovered, hip hop can return to its rare artistry it used to be.


Whats wrong with genetically altered food?

Genetically engineered food is a major part of Americans diet today. Over 80% of all processed foods are genetically engineered in the United States. These foods include grains, legumes like soybeans and soy products, vegetables, fruits, dairy and meat and even infant formula is genetically engineered. Labeling is prohibited therefor consumers don’t know what they’re eating, yet there is danger. Genetically altered foods are dangerous to the public because they aren’t naturally and contain pesticides.

People are kept “out of the loop” about what goes into most of these genetically altered foods. There is no known reverse to contamination of agriculture in the United States. Today, people eat these foods without knowing the risk. Jeffrey Smith explained in his book “Seeds of Deception” that efforts to inform the public have been stopped repeatedly and considers what happened to two scientists; UC Berkeley’s Ignacio Chapela and former Scotland Rowett Research Institute researcher and plant genetic modification expert, Arpad Pusztai. They were vilified for their research, and in the case of Pusztai, fired from his job for doing it. These scientist were conducting studies on the problems of genetically altered food.

Pusztai believed in genetically mutated foods, was commissioned to study them, and conducted the first ever independent study on them. Pusztai was shocked by his findings, he fed rats genetically mutated potatoes which in return gave the rats smaller livers, hearts, testicles and brains, damaged their immune systems, and promoted structural changes in their white blood cells making them more vulnerable to infection and disease compared to other rats fed non-genetically mutated potatoes. These rats also had spleen damage and altered tissue.

Genetically mutated foods are still not heavily regulated. Some users of genetic mutation are producing these foods without these products on labels. Genetically altered foods are as of yet to be studied on humans but has bad results for animals.

What do you think about genetically altered food?

Kids and Family Guy

Is it okay for a 12 years old to watch Family Guy?

Right now, my little brother is watching Family Guy and seems to be enjoying it way too much.

He is watching the episode where Peter lost his memory.

I don’t know how much he understands, but he adores Stewie. In this episode, in the beginning, when the host, of the game show the Griffin goes to, asks Louis what is your favorite holiday? Stewie answers that it was nine eleven. My brother thinks it is funny how mean Stewie can be.

In this episode, there is hint of sex between Peter and Louis as well as Peter and others.

I don’t think this is good for him to watch, but I’m not our mom so I can’t really say what he can and cannot watch.

Anyway, he already finished all the episodes of Futurama and is on his way to complete American Dad as well.

He is turning out to be really evil, but he is not harming anyone except being so cheeky with his words. I don’t really see the harm of watching these shows for him so far except that these shows are giving him a sense of the adult world a little too soon.

But as long as he knows that it is not okay to stab someone like Bender or hijack a car like Stewie or whatever other crazy stuff those shows promote, then I guess I won’t have to tell my parents to ban him because I had watched these shows when I was a kid too and I still turned out okay. That was, back then, even though I was watching all of these shows, I didn’t really understand most of the stuff that was going on. I wonder just how much of the situation can he understand.


Have you done enough in college?

At this very moment I am blogging while gallery sitting at the art gallery I am a member of and I’m thinking to myself have I done enough while in college? Did I take advantage of the experience in order to place myself where I would like to be once it is over? I am asking myself this for multiple reasons. First and foremost because I am a graduating senior and whether I am prepared or not the support net of being a college student will soon be behind me. Another reason is why I am here I am trying to write a well done artist statement in anticipation of my senior art exhibition. This exhibition must meet a certain standard in order for me to graduate. Instead of a two day test with info from the last four years I have to put on an art show using my experiences from the last four years. And lastly in a few hours it is very likely that I will be discussing my post graduation plans with strangers as part of making a first impression. There are a lot of students who do the bare minimum to get out of college and some who focus on a high gpa. But if you do not leave with any real world experience in your field then you not put yourself in the best position to start your life. Those things should be started while in college where mistakes are more acceptable and easier to deal with. I myself have taken a few chances and got good feedback but as I am thinking there us so much more I wish I would done. I regret nothing because the experiences I have had have taught me a lot of important information about continuing on. With that being said college is more than just a grade or just partying it should be used to find oneself and prepare for the future rather than the goal of getting good grades and exiting in four years.


Creating different types of relationships throughout college is very important in regards to our future success in the professional arena. All students come to college with a common goal, the desire of achieving the most knowledge possible to attain degrees that in turn will open doors closed to peoples that don’t posses the same credentials. Learning is one of the the most powerful tools in the world.

With my college career coming to an end I have realized that more important than grades are the relationships created and maintained over the years. Professors have a duty of teaching us but they’re also the same people we turn to for letters of recommendation when seeking admittance into graduate and masters programs. The way that we presented ourselves in their class,  conversation that they’ve ease dropped on, knowledge of us that we may not even know they knew of now means everything. All these attributes define a person’s true character. Webster defines this as, “the mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual”. As it may be to late for some to drastically change for immediate purposes, its important that we always seek to fine tune different aspects of our personalities, attitudes and lives to better our character.character