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A Sense of History

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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.

 

Sacrifice is Important

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A relationship involving two people cannot be selfish if the two people want to be a successful couple. Equal sacrifices have to be made by both people in the relationship for it to grow and survive. There must be some sacrifices made by the mother and father in order for a strong and
stable family bond.  All relationships endure hardships, the things that make or break the relationship is how the issue is handled. Everyone has his or her own idea of what it takes to create the best family. Some believe the individuals have to sacrifice for the whole family, while others believe sacrifice will eventually tear the family apart. I believe the sacrifices made by the mother and father will not only build a better bond, but also, ‘build’ a better child. In my own life I hope to endeavor moments where my wife and I do not agree, but we can come to a compromise through equal sacrifice.Things happen in life that causes people to stress. Stress is a killer and if it’s not handled right it will murder your soul and anyone around you. Building “that” bond with “that” right person only seems like the right thing to do. The process of going about that is a totally different and rougher story. Only you know what qualities you would want your future girlfriend/boyfriend to have. “Till death do us part” and “for better or for worse” is only meaningful when you those words are taken seriously. I support the idea of sacrifice because it shows how much a person is willing to have your back and take care of you knowing you will do the same in return and not in vain. The value of family is important and weight that concepts holds is heavier than what most of us can only observe at home or on television.

Religious Motivation?

Religion, which in dictionary.com describes the “belief in and worship of a God or other superhuman agency”, can play a significant role in someone’s life individually or communal. Believing in a God or in a religion it often motivates individuals either in a positive or negative behavior towards the world. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X had differing ideologies but were two of the central figures of the Civil Right Movement of the 1960s. Both King and Malcolm X have differed in their social background, and religious beliefs; King came from a traditional middle-class family and received his doctorate in philosophy at Boston University in 1953, and becoming a successful Baptist pastor at the age of 26. In the other hand; Malcolm X, Malcolm Little, struggled from the start of his life, from the murder of his father at the age of six to his years he spent in prison. During his time in prison, Malcolm X became greatly inspired by the Nation of Islam. See King dreamed of assimilation by using nonviolent protest, while Malcolm X infamously demanded equal separation by any means necessary, but both were greatly motivated by their strong individual faiths. Religion played a crucial role in developing of their ideas. Both still respect each other but still fed off of each other’s differences. Both King and Malcolm X had a positive behavior towards the world through the Civil Right Movement. Another person motivated by religion is Adolf Hitler. Adolf Hitler a man with great power. The man who started the systematic mass slaughter of European Jews in Nazi concentration camps during the World War II, The Holocaust. Most text books say that Hitler wanted to get rid of the Jews for the way they looked. But people do not really know that Hitler used religion as an excuse to start the Holocaust, and the Christian Social Movement (resembles to the Christian Right Movement in America) also influence his actions and behaviors towards the Jews. He held strong faith for Germans against Jews by using Godly and Biblical reasoning. “Hence today I believe that I am acting in accordance with the Almighty Creator, by defending myself against the Jews, I am fighting for the work of the Lord.” This quote made his statement clear. Even though Hitler did not practice religion in his church, he certainly did believe in God. Based off the individuals named above religion seems to be a definite motivator.

 

the LAST resort; maybe?

Guns do not kill people. Crazy people with guns kill people. A gun is not the ultimate protection and defense unless it is used properly. It can help if it is a dire situation such as a robbery or self-defense scenarios where your life might be in danger.   I do not own a gun but I am not against owning one in the future. I come from a family where the idea of having a gun is not opposed. Guns at my household were used for hunting and protection against wild animals; since I do live in a wooded area. Rosenberg, Texas is where I was raised and the scenery is a combination of woods, country living, and an urban environment. Rosenberg also right outside of Houston, Harris County, were the crime rate is one of the higher in the nations. If it seems I’m a little on edge about guns and the control of them is due to the different type of areas I have adapted to my whole life; and now I live in New Orleans. Living in New Orleans is a different type a “beast”. The crime and murder rate is too high for anyone to feel safe all the time especially if you not from here. It is like a “shoot to kill”, John Wayne western mentality. As far as protection from another human being, I feel a gun would never be needed. The thought of using a gun on another person for protection is imaginable to me but we do live in a crazy world. A bullet does not have a name and people should put the guns down and leave it that way. Whether I’m in New Orleans or Houston, crime is high and gun violence is a disease. You cannot blame me for my mild state of paranoia as I continue to live my life in this “quick draw” society. I see nothing wrong with a gun but I just feel they’re not necessary. Maybe other precautions could be made to handle and stop the violence but a gun is the last resort.

My Speech

African Americans have faced many challenges in this country. An issue that has continues to grow through-out the years has been the way blacks are perceived in the media. More specifically the way blacks are perceived in advertising is an issue. The market is diverse but uneven. The purpose of this study is to show a black culture and its perception in advertising and to see if it has a possibility to change.   A stereotype is a thought predicted about a specific individual or group. African Americans have been stereotyped for years and now that a medium such as advertising opened up, will they continue to exist. William and Grantham (1999) conducted a study that would examine the perceptions, stereotypes and implications surrounding racial and ethnic identity in the marketplace.  One of the main points of the study was to examine how ethnic identification influences consumer reactions to the use of African-American Vernacular English, or AAVE, in ads.  In this presentation the authors’ research suggests that Ebonics is not used by all Blacks, and that there may be significant variation in the extent of usage based on degree of ethnic identity. Language is an important aspect of race identification.  In advertising it could use successfully or be seen as a failure to some. Standard English, the changing of English and the acceptance of this change is war within a war. So should the English teachers or copywriters dictate how language is used?  Whoever it is, it all is tied back to the culture of a race, money that is being made, and the diversity that should create more equality for a better future. Can African American culture be displayed in advertising equally?

Marriage & Love?

We are all familiar with the traditional wedding vows spoken at most wedding ceremonies in America. “… I promise to love you, and to be faithful to you as long as we both shall live. … to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us part: and to that I pledge you my faithfulness.”  I believe a marriage should be made up of all of these vows except one ….  love. Love is the one thing you don’t need to have a lasting marriage. Most lasting marriages are based on values, class ,and religions. And sometimes values , class ,religions and love but never just love. 1 “ A legal joining of two people; a union” according to Dictionary.com  is the definition of marriage. Never once is love mentioned in this definition . Leaving me confident to say love is not a necessity in a marriage . Marriage in a lot of  places like china and India are nothing more than a arrangements. An understanding of personal goals and a common desire to want to makes their marriage work. “ These are formal affairs with the involvement of many other people apart from the bride and groom , the latter two are usually total strangers and have not even seen each other before that marriage is arranged.” in “Arranged Marriages verses Love Marriages”,(Walsh , 2)  this is known as arranged marriages. Arranged marriages are based on “ the parameters of social status, financial strength, background, educational opportunities and similar lifestyle.” Love has become something that comes after marriage. Not saying that’s a bad thing but it is unbelievable that our society is able to have longer lasting marriages that isn’t primarily built on love. Although it is hard to believe , when you look at the logic behind it your able to see and understand why marriages that choice values first and love second last longer.

Stem Cell Research?

The government shouldn’t be allowed to control what is researched in American. Simply because I can’t see how research can bring harm to anyone. Now if the research turned into actions and they are financially supporting the research , the United States government should intertwine with the researches and what they are doing with their scientific findings. When researchers start to use stem cell research in the medical room or everyday life then there is a problem. Based on my own personally research stem cell research is a way that they can “produces cell that can develop into every cell, every tissue or organ in the human body” according to howstuffworks.com. I can see how this idea can be useful. I see a lot of positive that could come from this research such as basic everyday replacements in the human body on the regular. A process that is impossible today, available to the human race with just a visit to the doctor. This idea is pure genius if it really works. Diabetes , spinal cord injuries ,cancer all of these human problems could be cured with this research expanding some life time potentially getting rid of some of the top diseases in the world today. According to “ pros and cons of embryonic stem cell research” “Over 100 million  Americans suffer from disease that eventually may be treated more effectively or even cured with embryonic stem cell therapy.” This could decrease the inheritance of these diseases in the long run and increase a lot of human’s lifetime, bring down the young age deaths in  American.The main negative that comes from this procedure is brought up through pro-life organizations who feel that following through with this procedure is the killing of a fertilized human egg and that is death of potential life. Curiosity killed the cat but guess that don’t matter if government money just clones one.

 

Talent, Money, & Stupidity

It’s not that I don’t believe in opportunity. It’s not that I don’t believe in potential or raw talent. It’s not that I don’t believe in second or third chances but some athletes need to be taugh lessons on with a higher consequence. For the sake of conversation I am directing my targets toward black and NBA athletes. I am a huge fan of the National Basketball Association but it bothers me to see talent “wasted” or players on the brink of extinction. Millions of dollars are supposed to be earned but some players do not get the concept of hard work. Recently NBA player, Michael Beasley, has been the focal of this very subject. A former first round draft pick, Beasley’s career has been in question as of late. Although his on court production has been sporadic that is not what in question. Beasley’ s off court troubles with marijuana has overshadowed his potential and has one more stop before he is out the league.  Beasley has made stops in Miami, Minnesota,  and Phoenix. He was arrested August 6th in Phoenix for possession of marijuana, which has not been the first time. Why would players, athletes,  in plural because he is not the first,  take such high risk with the way they make there living. In response to his actions Beasley was bought out his $9 million dollar contract. Now he is back with the team he started with but only on a non guaranteed million dollar deal. He’s not the first nba player to let drugs, ego, and poor decisions derail their career; Lamar Odom is experiencing a similar situation.  Beasley is only 25 years old and is returning to his old team and the two time defending NBA champions.  The situation is ideal to succeed but high risk behavior can result in a first class ticket out the league.