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Storyteller / poet / cinephile
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Book
Once upon a time, there was this book. With blue stretched from corner to corner, its thin pages fluttered in the hands of my mother who refused to toss it after her sixth and last child was born. It sits on a bookshelf, wrinkled and worn like a second-hand book you'd find at a local thrift shop. But it wasn't second-hand; it was an heirloom, so to speak.
Ex Machina and Appropriating Shakespeare
The contemporary world has inadvertently collected political, religious, and social suggestions from William Shakespeare. Due to being regarded as one of the greatest dramatists who ever lived, coupled with effusive adoration for authoring myriads of socially relevant plays, William Shakespeare’s work has become stripped, reformed, and relentlessly but discreetly gyred into other mediums by many artists. According to the treatise on Shakespeare’s appropriated work, Shakespeare and the Ethics of Appropriation edited by Alexa Huang and Elizabeth Rivlin, William Shakespeare should not be subjected to victimization by the seemingly unethical appropriations, rather the work provides agency and ethical context to another society, allowing the appropriators to bear the fruit of Shakespeare’s labor.
Five Movies That Black Female Artists Made Better
I had always believed, even as a mere child, that film is great because of strong visual components. And it is, but I quickly reformed that idea upon watching Casablanca (1942). As the story goes, the competent and lovable best-friend of Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), Sam (Dooley Wilson), plays a song upon the request of Blaine’s former flame, Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman). The sweet tune of “As Time Goes By” drifts through the scene, uplifting the spirit of the film. The scene is among the most famous and beloved in American cinema. But the power of the scene is not due to the sultry voice of Sam, the sadness in Ilsa’s eyes, nor the cultural impact. The scene’s power stems from music’s ability to craft a tangible environment, ultimately elevating the final product.
The Truth Behind U.S. and Canadian Indigenous Boarding Schools
Content warning: murder, colonialization, genocide, and physical, mental, and sexual abuse In May of 2021, it was announced that over 200 bodies were found in unmarked graves on the property of The Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia, Canada or more accurately, on the traditional territory of the Secwepemc. Established in 1890, it was considered one of the largest residential schools in Canada, peaking at 500 students in the 1950s. It was first established as an acculturating Indigenous school. But the school finally closed in 1978.
Ikiru Movie Review
In Japanese, Ikiru means “to live” and by viewing the widely unmentioned masterpiece of Akira Kurosawa, one might seek compassion rather than anger, another might find love instead of hate, or meaning instead of a vacant existence. In Ikiru, Takashi Shimura portrays Kanji Watanabe vulnerably and powerfully. At the beginning of the film, Watanabe is diagnosed with stomach cancer. His life flashes quite literally before his and the audience’s eyes. From the opening scene of the stark monochrome X-ray chest of Watanabe, the grimace face of death follows his sauntering like a shadow; Watanabe has a frown glued to his chin. Ikiru means “to live,” as that is the quest that the director, Kurosawa, desired to observe.
Save the Earth and Save Your Money
In January of 2021, I had made the decision to move-out of my parents home and struggle on my own. While living on my own, there were many moments when I tried to find the best way to remain financially stable. With the pandemic, my funds were reduced and my savings thinned. I had lost my job (due to Covid-19) and struggled to find a way to keep myself afloat without having to juggle three jobs. With bills to pay, loans to pay back, and daily necessities, it seemed impossible to live on my own and without the aid of my helpful parents. But I was determined, and I still am.
Brown Skin Girl
Kids use to tell me to scrub my skin harder. Make it whiter, white soap stains they said. I wore my hair in ties, teasing out the follicles my
Astrology & Angst
This year, my friend introduced me to the elusive world of Astrology. Since the pandemic began, I really tried to learned new and interesting things with all of my spare time. At first, I tried crocheting. Then, I began a book club. While I was quarantining, I began writing music and picking up new instruments. But while I could've been reading up on other topics this year, Zodiac signs deeply intrigued me. Or rather, the people who vehemently embraced the idea of Astrology. I had always believed it was a farce. I mean, it's difficult to surrender the basis for everything we believe that makes-up individual personalities, i.e., psychology and genetics. But I couldn't help but suspend worldly expectations and trade-in my negative thoughts about Astrology for an interest in it. People who love and embrace their Zodiac signs are intriguing. If it isn't about pure belief, I think they just want to be understood and understand the world in their own way. But everyone is like that in their own way. We search for reason and meaning with art, work, family, or religion. Astrology is some people's avenue to understanding the world around them. For me, I indulged in music.