Urban Culture and Affairs: Let’s Set a New Direction of Flow

What is Flow and Contra-Flow? 

Author: Briyana Kelly

Date: Sunday, January 21, 2018 11:58:16 PM CST

Subject: What is flow and contra-flow? What is meant by ethno-mediascape?

Flow is how communication and media networks attempt to hold their audience from one program to another; or even from a segment in the program to the next segment. In summary, how the constituent consumes media across networks or from programs. Contra-flow is the movement of culture brought to another place through an migrant (diaspora)  which moves the flow of media in the opposite direction of just flowing from the west to the rest of the population, making it a two way movement. Ethno-mediascape is a type of global cultural flow, mediascape is communciations media as a whole and ethno is simply ethnics. In summary, ethno-mediascape is ethnic communications media as a whole.



Author: Briyana Kelly

Date: Monday, January 22, 2018 12:05:28 AM CST

Subject: How does flow and contra-flow contribute to the emerging ethno-mediascape?

Flow and contra-flow contributes to the emerging ethno-mediascape by creating diversity in the market from ethnic cultural groups directly, other than media and communication that is disseminated by outside sources. It allows other cultures to build their own communications commodities that reflect their culture and gives them the power to tell their own story including inform their fellow members who may have relocated nationally. It gives constituents a direct connection which is a major key in relations to how flow and contra-flow contributes to ethno-mediascape. This is also great because it’s great for representational value dealing with other ethic cultural groups.

 Why am I igniting this conversation? 

Well as you know, I’m building my credibility as a Social Scientist and Engineer, so it’s only right that I share my research. I’m currently studying Global Media and Informational Flow with my Professor, Dr. Deborah James, at Governors State University.  

My interest in Media Studies is from never seeing an accurate portrayal of my identity and culture. I want to help move Urban Culture forward scientifically and dis-spell all of the misconceptions of who I am in the world. As an Urban Citizen I didn’t get into institutional studies to be socially reformed, I admitted myself to socially reform those who share their perspective of the African Diaspora globally based on their assumptions of who we are.  I think we need to focus on glocal conversations in the dominant aka global media flow.


Thussu,Daya Kishan. (2007)Media on the Move: Global flow and contra-flow.New York, NY. Routledge.


The Importance of the Opposite Sex and Dating

There’s a reason why there is a male for every female and vice versa. Have you ever thought about getting married, being loved, and loving someone else ? If your a normal individual you have thought about who your soulmate is at least once. Why is it so hard to date, court, and get married nowadays if there’s somebody for everybody? Dating is a vicious cycle. Men are supposedly the predators yet you have more women taking that position today throwing the chemical balance off between men and women. More men are becoming use to flocking females, thots, whores, hoes, whatever you call them because women are allowing too much inconsistency, red flags, and chilling in their life. Knowing your worth is worth your while and can help you figure out major decisions in your life. Don’t know your self worth, spend time with yourself and figure it out.

Understand the Process and Term

. Dating

a. to be a boyfriend or girlfriend of (someone of the opposite sex)

b. to accompany (a member of the opposite sex) on a date

Dating consist of social activities between two people with the aim of assessing each others compatibility/suitably to be partners in an intimate relationship, and or spouse. Dating is a social relationship, casual and fun. So What are the protocol, rules and practices to dating ? It’s the   idea of searching for your soulmate, so it applies differently according to your location in the world, sex, and interest.


a. to seek another’s love; woo.

b. to attempt to gain (applause, favor, a decision, etc.).

Dating VS. Courting

Is there really a difference between the two ? Well you know my favorite thing is to dissect, so let’s figure it out.

Courting is getting to know someone with the intentions of building a lasting long term monogamous or polyamorous relationship. (It’s called OFFICIALLY being in a relationship with actual goals and plans).

Dating is couple planned activities, scouting options that are available to you, with intentions of becoming romantically involved. (otherwise known as practice) it’s figuring things out, figuring out what you want and what you don’t want.

In my opinion yes, it’s levels to relationships., dating isn’t easy and courting is no easier but between the two dating is a lot easier than courting someone. The only difference between courting is that you have made the conscious decision of investing in something that you’re interested in, care about, and find worth while that could turn into something worth living for.

Stages of Dating
Attraction/ Choosing
Uncertainty/ Deciding if the person is right for you

Becoming exclusive (mutual decision to become committed)

Last but not least Courting

My experience with dating these past four years has been crazy but well worth getting to know me as a woman. This topic has been well researched and lived to back up the details in this post. I’ve become confident with what I want as a woman, comfortable with choosing my man after he has chosen me. It’s not about being thirsty for someone but its about being appreciated and shown interest in who you truly are, while giving back what’s given to you. Dating is fun but courting should always be your goal. From personal experience:Never settle for less than what you want, deserve, and seek, don’t waste your time.

Lets get back to basics.


Dumb Ass @realdonaldtrump bombs Syria for What 🤦🏾‍♀️ Why this nigga can’t Mind his Business ❓

Since 9 PM, April 13, Friday night this 💩 has been on my mind. I can’t believe this ugly ass muthafucker bombed Syria 🇸🇾. I’m not politically mature but I have many questions about this situation.

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It’s sad that he recently just started a trading war with China 🇨🇳, on top of this 🤦🏾‍♀️ has to be the dumbest person ever to walk around with wealth. Thinking like this I can’t understand how he got this far in life.

I can’t understand how he can’t solve the problems in his own country but he thinks he can solve another country’s problems.

That’s like getting your ass whipped then jumping in a fight you see on the street. Even though I don’t know 🤷🏾‍♀️ how we got to this point, I don’t think it’s hard to do mathematical thinking here.

What about all the 💩 that this country has done to the natives and citizens here? Like poisoning Flint, Mi., slavery, stealing the identity and birthrights of “Blacks”, or gassing Stand Rock?

America isn’t what you think 🤔, this is why Black America don’t really fuck with U.S. America. We are just like others around the world 🌎 who are currently aiming to be free, we want to survive this hardship.

We been working on surviving since they landed here as immigrants and begin torturing us.

Seems like now we could be facing World War 3 on U.S. soil, what do you think?

Please put a leash on y’all President because buddy assis out of control.

@JeCaryous Presents 🎁 “Set It Off” Starring @sosobrat @demimckinney @kylapratt @letoyaluckett at the @ariecrown

What an amazing 😉 play 🎟🎭 ‼️ Je’Caryous prolifically pulled this together. The all-star cast ⭐️ fit the roles, and the story twist….well you’ll just have to catch the last two shows tomorrow to see what’s up.

sed the very beginning when Stony's brother was killed and probably a bit more. It would have been nice to let Stony get away 🚶🏿‍♀️ the way she did in the movie, rather than the twist. I wasn't really feeling it but it wasn't outrageously altered, It was 👌🏾.

I will say that there is a lot of work that still needs to be done. After thinking 🤔 about it , they could have invested more into the props and marketing.

My favorite part of the play was the reenactment of Cleo's infamous run 🏃🏾‍♀️ in with the police 🚔. Yo, they had the fucking blue 🚙 car with the hydraulics G.

They sung happy 😊 Birthday 🎂 to Da Brat, who's birthday is April 14. Chicago go get your tickets and support the arts 🎭.

Updated April 15, 8:41 AM.

@NickiMinaj 🔥😩🙅🏽‍♀️💽

“This is the best album in my life that I’ve ever created.” –Nicki Minaj via Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show

Well Nicki Minaj, it’s a hell no 🙅🏽‍♀️🚫❌ for me. I couldn’t even listen 👂🏾 to either song all the way through. They both were straight trash.

After all the success and jewels you retained, you mean to tell me that you don’t have anything else to talk about other than yourself? When are you going to reinvent yourself?

I truly don’t understand how she assumes she’s the coach when she doesn’t even respect the person she borrows from the most, Lil Kim. Someone needs to take Nicki back to the drawing board because it’s just not working sis.

Grow up, you can’t be Peter Pan in the game. If you the coach then you gotta be innovative and “step ya cookies 👩🏾‍🍳 🍪 up. ”

I hope that Nicki finds peace ✌🏾, love and happiness in her career and life. After all, I’m just speaking my opinion.

Communal Eating and the Importance of Sharing a Meal and Conversation

Yesterday at Demera Ethiopian Restaurant, I hosted 8 guest to celebrate the New Year (my new year).  The benefits of dining with others is the centering of food and conversation which helps to upwardly build relations.

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In today’s community or world we don’t eat with our family a lot. We’re typically always on the go, with our extended family from work, or maybe with our friends. Whatever the situation, we aren’t spending two hours a day communally eating.

What is Communal Eating:

Communal Eating As A Vaccination Against Loneliness And Social Isolation

Eating together and having a quintessential human experience is communal dining. You get to catch up with your peers, family, or partners. It’s a great way to learn from one another and inspire new cuisines, cultural practices, and share information.

Conarga released news about a national survey that they performed, which found that 40 percent of American families eat dinner together at three or fewer times a week. I’m not for sure when the news release was published but I’ll guess that it was around 2003. Do you think that number has increased or decreased?

Well I’m gone get straight to the point with you. I’m improving my life and culture, so how I bond with humans in my life is utterly important to me. It’s not about one individual but about the unit as a collective. It’s about the whole experience and learning how not to be selfish or kill the mood of others, being aware of how you’re energy (Inner G) impacts others.

Here’s my Why

Inspired by GOODNET, gateway to doing good

9 Scientifically Proven Reasons to Eat Dinner as a Family 

  1. Betters Relationships
  2. Leads to Healthier Food Choices
  3. Can Lead to Better Grades or Work Experience
  4. A Chance to Explore New Foods
  5. Lead to Greater Happiness
  6. Homemade Meals Promotes Portion Control including Public Communal Dining
  7. Equals healthy Children and Adults
  8. Relieves Stress
  9. Saves Money

@IamCardiB is Finally Free! #WomanGoals #Inspiration #Different #Perspective

#CardiB in a #Csiriano all white dress. Are you guys loving this look?

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See this is why I love Cardi B, because she’s so real that sometimes it’s unbelievable. She’s helping to improve culture through her vehicle, music, and is doing a great job at it. I read one article where they called her “the oracle of our time”.

Remy Ma and Erykah Badu took to Instagram to celebrate her wombniverse in sisterly love.

I just woke up at 2:45am and saw this video; I’m crying real tears- happy tears. For so many years they made us (women) feel like we had to pretend to be single, pretend to not have a real life, and put our lives on hold to “entertain” the masses. Meanwhile, you feel trapped in your own body, a prisoner to your career, and so unhappy when you supposed to be having the time of your life. @IAmCardiB I am so happy you are free too💋#QueenSh*t #CongratulationsOnEVERYTHING-Remy Ma

The realist. ❤️@iamcardib we watched you turn your empire to a wombniverse! What that says to me is If you can visualize it you can realize it . Keep giving haters a job bb. ❤️❤️❤️❤️😍 artist – @jessijumanji

-Erykah Badu

You don’t have to be a fan of someone to honor them as a human. I reviewed the album, and said it was a no for me but not knowing her, watching her grow, and appreciating her set human standards, has been amazing. Congratulations to Cardi B and Offset on their new bundle of joy, Cardi’s first human being created.


@KrisJenner Managing #KanyeWest @trvisxx #TravisScott 🤷🏾‍♀️ ,is it true or not?

Kris Jenner is reportedly managing Kanye West and Travis Scott now. According to Vibe, after Page Six reported it Kylie Jenner tweeted “this isn’t true 🤦🏻‍♀️”

Do you believe the hype? I’ll just say this, an unnamed source that works within the circle ⭕️ mentioned Kris is managing the two.

I don’t get into gossip though but as a journalist I must be honest about what I see 👀 , hear 👂🏾, and do 💯. Let’s wait until it’s officially confirmed from the source.

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