Rachel Jeantel’s Defense
I cannot front, I was one of the naysayers initially pissed off by the way in which Rachel Jeantel was communicating on the stand. I thought, “Jesus in Heaven, I wish this girl would enunciate and articulate her words. Speak up. Your testimony is vital to this case.” Now thinking back and seeing the way in which “others” are othering her I find myself at her defense. As a grad student, I was nervous beyond belief orally defending my comps. That was the hardest moment of my life. Words escaped me. I began to speak improper…hell I thought I sounded like Pootie Tang to be quite honest. Now my experience did not carry the weight of Rachel’s speech and that’s my point. I don’t know anyone that at 17 could handle the questioning she experienced without crying, cursing, shutting down, and a hosts of other emotions while speaking in a manner that makes others comfortable. As a comm studies graduate, rather than persecute this girl, I now see the importance and necessity of public speaking courses in college and prior to college. I said I never wanted my education and degrees to make me feel elite to anyone and after seeing what so many “educated” people have said about Rachel, I wonder should you ask your institution for a refund, because you’re actually a lot dumber then you think.
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What Is This New Shit On The Radio They Call Rap?
I’m driving around the Southside of Chicago today with an old friend and all of a sudden this “song” comes on the local radio station. Seeing that I’ve been away at school in Hickville, IN, I’m not well versed on the new music that is being played in my hometown. Yet, as I listen a bit more, I become pissed and violently turn my radio V-103. In all honesty, I cannot tell you what the name of the song was, but it sounded very Atlanta base- you know, that hella slowed beat, typical of Trinidad James or 2 Chainz. Needless to say, I am completely over this “rap” that is being aired on urban radio stations. As much as I love Hip-Hop culture and rap music, I would much rather listen to some Gap Band or Kem on V-103. I remember back in the day when each coast had their very own sound. In recent years, for a 2-3 year period, regardless of coast, the music sounds the same. Along with sound, let’s discuss content. Why does it seem like all up and coming artists feel the need to be “About That Life?” What life are you about young man? Tell me about the grams of coke you solicit and the guns you tote. Provide 16 ad nauseum bars about the kush you smoke and the lean you drink that has you trippy and when all else fails, tell me to TURN UP! I’m OVER IT! Now with that being said, I do not hate this music. At parties it makes you dance, but it is not worth airing on radio stations. When I’m working out I love a little “R.I.P” and the like, but as a consumer and lover of rap, I cannot and will not spend my money or idle time listening to this garbage that sounds like everything else and talks about the stereotypical matters of the Black community. Maybe it’s with age that I am completely over this wave of “rap” or better yet I know better than to think this is good music. Rap has become a lost art and only the likes of Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole can get it back on track.
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So here’s the thing, I know everyone is beyond tired of me posting about this PR job, but please understand when I want something I won’t stop until I can secure it. This isn’t just some popularity contest, this is the beginning of my future and I just need the support of all those that consider me a friend, family member, colleague, pupil, etc. I come from a community that expects me to be nothing, do nothing. It expects me to rely on the government and waste away, but if you know me then you know I am the COMPLETE opposite of all those things. I’ve had people tell me no. People have told me I wasn’t good enough, smart enough and day after day I humbly prove them wrong. It would mean the world to me if anyone reading this would take time to vote for me so that I may secure a spot as a semi-finalist in this PR job competition! http://nyjobproject.com/entry/1840856