Lecture You Need to Watch: Dr. Barbara Sizemore’s “Black People Still Don’t Get It”

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Barbara Sizemore was an American teacher and researcher in the field of education. In 1973, she became the first African American woman to head the public school system in a major city

–TransAtlantic Productions

This lecture has been saved on my watch later list for years, maybe over 4. I’ve watched it multiple times and I’ve decided to start sharing some of my independent scholarly works including my scholarly work as a member of the City Colleges of Chicago and Governors State University. My independent works satisfy me more because it’s aligned with my passion.

We need to know (blacks, poor, indigenous peoples, etc.) that no one is coming to save us and we need to prepare those coming behind us for the real true world, and not the ideal world they teach us we will graduate into as we fake climb the ladder of success in capitalism and public systems.

Feel free to comment and share your thoughts. Please share this lecture with your people, they need to hear this.

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Vic Mensa “3 Years Sober” and a Identity Crisis Advocate? Let’s critically analyze.

Well well well. What do we have here? A video claiming to promote a statement about identity.

“The ‘3 Years Sober’ video is a statement about identity. I put on a confederate flag dress to be able to laugh at a symbol of hate, and played tug of war with Mike Pence over birth control. I had my face written on to get ahead of everything I know people will say about me and had a diner full of BBQ Becky’s call the police on me for using the women’s bathroom. I know some in hip hop culture will see this and say ‘Vic’s gay’ (which I’m not), whereas if I was white they’d just say ‘he’s a rockstar.’ 93PUNX is about being yourself, fuck what people think.”

– Vic Mensa

He’s an artist and rock star so I can understand he wanted to be extreme but the man wears eyeliner and polish outside of this video. No man should wear makeup unless he’s into something other than being a man. This is my opinion.

Vic Mensa wearing eyeliner.

Critically analyzing the video, I can see the political statement that he’s making wearing the dress but he’s promoting LGBTQIA identity, as the main character is a transsexual or a drag queen. Which that could in itself be an identity problem. Why is a cross dressing man wearing a confederate dress playing tug of war with Mike Pence for “his” birth control? I don’t know, it’s a bit weird knowing men don’t use that form of birth control even though in 2019, I’m pretty sure it’s possible since a lot of mean are changing sex, surgically opting out for a pussy and a pair of tits.

Who’s identity is he advocating for? Surely, not the “black” identity crisis he’s addressing , maybe it’s his own. In summary he looks like he’s trying to tell us he wants to come out the closet but he’s confused. If you suck dick Vic it’s cool, but regardless to how you try to defend your image in this one as a “punk rock” move, this video is politically gay. The fact that you named your group 93Punx is gay as fuck because a punk being where we from as you know is a pussy ass, soft mutherfucker even though google and dictionaries will say something slightly different; that’s our operating definition in the hood. That’s uncolored people hood term for themselves.

You want to talk about identity issues let’s speak on our own as indigenous peoples and how black’s identity has been stolen reducing them to merely subjects in law; and not persons who are living beings.

#WritingSessionsAmerica #ChicagoCreed #UrbanIdeas #LiveRadioSessions @Kevin_AnR_Shine #LiveRadioSessions

Live“Radio” Sessions, “Where everything is happening right in front of you!”  

It’s was an epic weekend for the local artist community in Chicago. Writing Sessions America, Urban Ideas, and Chicago Creed put together a 2-day seminar of hosting panels, workshops, and sessions to educate talent on the business of music.  

Artist development was the foundational setting for the first day of the conference, setup the artist to develop their skills and knowledge in the profession of music. They mentored artist how to get structured to handle their business in the streets, and industry from a Chicago perspective. The goal is to connect the dots to resources to help develop the local music market in Chicago to the true dynamic of the music industry.   

Attending this event, an artist is sure to grow by grounding themselves with the information presented. Artist learn how to manage and maintain their situation; they teach the artist what to do when they finally get in the room with the power to develop their flow and score a deal. Live Radio Sessions introduced the urban market to advertising, public relations, writing and recording sessions, networking, and performing techniques to set a tone for the urban music industry in Chicago to help push culture and affairs forward.  

Presenters  

  • Joan Sullivan & Michael Towns of Urban Ideas Partners presented Business of Music.   
  • Kevin Shine of Writing Sessions America presented Songwriters Boot Camp.  
  • Johnny Bravo presented “in the studio” and Production.  
  • Live Performance Workshop featuring Sandy ReddTenette SmithMichele Thomas, Kevin Ross, and Sheree Lee.  
  • Music in Advertising Panel with Dani Jackson  
  • Live Radio DJ Listening Party with Terry Hunter, Lee FarmerDJ WorldDJ Phantom, and DJ Lipgloss  
  • Live Radio Showcase hosted by Isaiah Jones 
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Entrepreneurship is the New Crack, Need Help Curbing the Bad Habits? Here’s a Dose of Inspiration.

I just want to inspire the next person or living being that’s in similar shoes as me. I’ve been going through entrepreneur sickness. You ever been so overwhelmed with opportunities, potential, and prospects that you don’t know where to start? That’s me right now, and helping everyone else settle.

It’s all about the checking of the ego and centering yourself in moods like this because they can possibly drive you to depression or into quick decision making without research and clarity, which will later cause stress. I just recently broke out in hives and I couldn’t figure out where they’d come from. I tracked all the food I ate for the day, and hadn’t eaten anything that was unusual to me. I was then told by a friend that as you get older your body changes which is true but in my current case it’s just not true.

Endurance pierces marble.

North Africa Proverb

So I called my OG (for my foreign people this is my mom), and she informed me that her and my grandmother use to get them from stress; then she told me to get some rest, so I did. I took a camping trip that kind of changed my life and was well needed. It helped me to ground myself and in the midst of my breakout I discovered a natural treatment to relieve the added on stress of the hives. African Black Soap changed my life and so did the company I had on the trip.

Caution comes from God and haste from the devil.

Bantu African Proverb

I learned that all it takes is for you to take small steps and let things go. See as an Aries I hold on to things a little bit longer than I should and I am hard on myself more so than others. This trip helped me reflect on my life for the last 8 years and identify what’s important to me and my passion. Family is important to me and business is never personal, it’s logically based in equity and trust but equally important. Sometimes you could be doing the right things but just be in need of someone you can trust to bounce ideas off of. That’s why people who aren’t a shame to admit they need help seek counsel from therapist, consultants, friends or family. Be cautious and use discernment when navigating as an entrepreneur or simply, in life period. Take your time, don’t let it beat you and control it.

Mapping Global Media and Contra-Flow: Discussion

What is the global media landscape? How has it evolved over the past decades? What role has UNESCO played in the shaping of the global media landscape?

The global media landscape is the digital technology and aesthetics of the flow of media. It has evolved over the last decade by allowing the global and contra-flow of media to flow in different directions (export and import). This allows those who didn’t have access to other nations or target audience to expand their base or reach a larger audience. The UNESCO role, which is the mediator, has shaped the global media landscape. It helps to report information to the key players involved providing them with education for a better understanding of culture scientifically. I think that this allows all parties involved to make better decisions when it comes to the trading of communication and media commodities.

Who are the major media players (companies and countries)? What is meant by ‘subaltern’ contra-flows? Are these anti-hegemonic or pro-American? Why?

The major media players in terms of countries is United States, Europe, and Asia. The major media company players are CNN (US), ESPN (US),  Disney (US), Discovery (US), Hollywood (US), Google (US), BBC (Europe), CNBC (US), Wall Street Journal (US), Japanese Animation (Japan), etc.( Thussu, 12).

What is meant by “subaltern Contra-flows”, is an sub-alternate flow that flows culture from one place to another by a constituent from another region (Thussu,11-13) . For example, there are two  types of Contra-Flows: Transnational and Geo Cultural  (Thussu,12) . Transnational is a subaltern flow that consist of multi-vocal, multimedia, and multi-directional flows (Thussu,11-13).

According to the text, Thussu states that global media traffic isn’t just one way, even with the US at core. I think that this shows that the subaltern flows is anti-hegemonic even though they may be hybridized (Thussu,18-21). The goals of these subaltern flows is to create a flow that counters the dominant flows, giving the world audience a different perspective of culture and creativity (Thussu, 10-13).

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Watch Homecoming: A Film by @Beyonce on @Netflix #MustSee #Inspiring #Doc

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I was up until 6 A.M. getting my entire life at Beychella Homecoming. I am so inspired by this woman. Her creativity, dedication and hard work gives you hope out here in this “White Man’s World”, as a “black person”. I’ve heard many say “African Americans” have no culture, and Bey just wasn’t letting it slide as the “First African American” to headline Coachella. She came with the sugar, honey, tea, and lemonade for those who don’t know the history of the United States of America and its relational cultural flow.

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Her HBCU theme was brilliant with features from Jay-Z, Destiny Childs, Solange, and her selected homecoming participants of HBCUs.

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She made it look cool to accept struggles and failures of culture as a collective. She made sure that it was enough representation to go around for everyone, especially for brown folks in America. I’m pretty sure you’ve already seen it, but if you haven’t it’s a must. She gives you a behind the scenes look at what it took for her to put on a grand performance. It was packed with so much energy that I cried a few times during her performance, and remind you I did see it when it was streamed live but I just wasn’t expecting to see her in such a vulnerable state, as a woman, being that she is a very private person.

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I read in between the lines. Bey checked a lot of people who had something to say about her, over her 22-year career. One of her songs was coded with a message to the conspiracy theorist who follow the stories of the mass appeal and manipulation of the Illuminati occult {Formation}. Overall her music direction told a beautiful story, and I look forward to watching it again when inspiration is in need.

@Avengers EndGame #NoSpoilers #Review #MustSee @BPOPETV #MarvelMovieMarathon

The marketing for this movie is beyond dope. Brandon Pope, “the only Reporter in Chicago and 1 out of 3 Reporters internationally” was apart of the 59-hour Marvel Marathon of 22 films, and his peers in the event had this to say about the Marvel media flow:

Marvel Studios' AVENGERS: ENDGAME..L to R: Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers (Brie Larson), Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson), War Machine/James Rhodey (Don Cheadle), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America/Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper)..Photo: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2019

Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame is the final movie the Marvel Cinematic Universe. (Rolling Stones)

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#BPOPESENDGAME #MarvelMovieMarathon

According to Rolling Stone, the Marvel journey is comprised of 11 years and 22 movies ending with Avengers Endgame released April 26, 2019, becoming the ultimate follow up to Infinity Wars.

The Avengers was so lit! I’m not going to spoil this for others but I just couldn’t let this move flow by without doing a review. IF Thanos ending the game in the previous Avengers battle was sickening to you, then this will be victorious, yet bitter sweet if you’re a fan of specifics (Iron man becoming the center for the multi-universes). I guess, I’m giving away too much of the plot, right?

From my perspective movies have always carried deeper meanings and manifestations in their messages. I believe that they give you insight into the future plans of the direction the world is going to grow in as they produce culture because art lends ideas to creatives, but that’s just my perspective.

I went to Lansing Cinema to see the movie, and the energy was compiled of true Marvel fans who weren’t going the day without seeing the 3 hour movie. Marvel may have just out done Star Wars at their own game.

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