Archive for the ‘“What We Want to Say”’ Category

Violence in Media

December 11, 2008

By “The Absentees”

Instructor’s note: This was written in response to an in-class group writing assignment. “The Absentees” are a pair of students who were absent on the day the assignment began.

Does the media want us to commit violence? It’s like everywhere we look there is violence being advertised. From violence in television shows to violence even in kid’s video games, violence is what today’s world is based on. Now, you can even hear derogatory songs on the radio; thus, how far will the media take this? (more…)


Keeping It Clean

December 9, 2008

By “The Watchers”

“The Watchers” is a group of young women. This was their response to an in-class writing assignment.

Does money buy everything? Constantly, we ask each other whatever the situation may be “Is it worth it, and am I?” The subject matter is: Is money worth the degradation and exploitation of women in videos? We see them every time we turn on BET and watch a hip hop video. This isn’t being hypocritical, it’s just the fact that these women seem to not care or care very little about themselves and how they are represented on TV. We feel that many music videos exploit women. (more…)

How a Child Spells Love

December 6, 2008

By “Mac-N-Cheese”

Instructors Note: Don’t skip this very powerful piece by the “Mac-N-Cheese” writing group, who elected to structure this meditation on family as a dialogue, with each team member sharing his or her story and the whole group summing up with an important lesson rooted in real-life experiences.

“If I had my child to raise over again, I’d build self-esteem first and the house later. I’d finger paint more, and point the finger less. I would do less correcting and more connecting. I’d take my eyes off my watch and watch with my eyes. I would care to know less and know to care more. I’d take more hikes and fly more kites. I’d stop playing serious and seriously play. I would run through more fields and gaze at more stars. I’d do more hugging and less tugging. I’d see the oak tree in the acorn more often. I would be firm less often and affirm much more. I’d model less about the love of power and more about the power of love.”
Diane Loomans
How a Child Spells Love

LW: As a young black male, I found that having your parents around as you grow up is a big part of how you will become when you get older. I grew up with both of my parents around me, but my dad was always working. As I got older my dad started to talk with me and my brother more, to whereas now we have a better relationship. Most kids nowadays don’t ever get to obtain what I have. Their mom or dad could be in jail or dead. (more…)

The Misinterpretation of Beauty in Women

December 5, 2008

By “Seasons”

Instructor’s note: This is an in-class group writing project. “Seasons” is a team of four young African American women.

Women often misinterpret the definition of beauty. Beauty does not have to do with letting yourself go and saying you’re beautiful no matter what. It has nothing to do with overindulging in name brand clothing or clothes that are too small or tight, or even just not at all for you. Beauty has to do with inner qualities and how you feel about yourself. Women often interpret it as I am beautiful which means therefore I do not have to try or I am not beautiful, therefore I have to try harder. That is not true. (more…)