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slaveryandnewmedia:

In Thelma Jennings essay, ‘Us Colored Women Had to Go Through A Plenty’: Sexual Exploitation of African-American Slave Women, she uses the slave interviews that the Works Progress Administration collected in the 1930s to highlight the common shared experiences of enslaved women in the Antebellum…

I agree with the statements you posed. Shaw and Jennings both use the WPA in different ways in their pieces. Shaw seeks to look into the different ways that these interviews may have been affected by certain factors. In a certain manner, Jennings does take the information from the WPA as “face value”. Shaw’s idea is to understand the factors that effected the answers given in the interviews, and look into its historical frame and the context that the answers were given in.

Tumblr Prompt 2

slaveryandnewmedia:

While I learned a lot about 12 Years a Slave while researching on Tumblr, I feel that I learned much more about history from reading the novel. Before reading the novel I didn’t feel as though I knew very much about Solomon Northup or his struggles, simply the fact that he was sold into slavery…

I agree with all of what you had to say. It wasn’t really a possibility to find actual information on Northup’s life and his tragic story through tumblr. It only offered a glimpse into the pop culture, the movie, and the people that went to see it.On the other hand, the narrative was absolutely full of information - from feelings to occurrences, dialogue, and so much more. It was such an insight into the tragic story.

Tumblr Prompt 2

When comparing what I took out of the Assignment #1 #12YearsASlave with the reading assignment of Twelve Years a Slave: Narrative of Solomon Northup as far as learning about the topic, there really is no comparison. They both offered me completley different ideas and perspectives, while reading the narrative offered me an uncountable amount of more information. From the #12YearsASlave hashtag, I was only able to take out a small bit of information. Most of this information consisted of either reviews from random tumblr members, screen shots of the movie, photos of actors and actresses and their dresses at the Golden Globes, or pictures of movie goers and their ticket stubs. After looking through all that the #12YearsASlave hastag had to offer, I was able to figure out the significance of the Golden Globe photos - that the movie had won Best Picture which is an amazing feat. Other than this information and the photos which were quite interesting to scroll through, I didn’t learn much of anything about the life of Northup. 

On the other hand, reading the very long and descriptive narrative of Northup offered me countless bits of information about the story of Northup’s life before capture, his capture itself, his awful journey in bondage, and his rescue and how it happend. I was able to access so much more information about the people and occurrences in the life of Northup. His emotions, thoughts, dialogues - just a vast amount of information that was very intriguing. Before reading the narrative or the summaries and other readings of this course, I had a previously learned somewhat of Northup’s story in my HST 202 course last semester. I knew the outline of what he went through. But reading the full narrative (though very long) was incredibly different then just knowing the basics of his story, or even the events. The narrative offered so much more. It was a very interesting read. 

The publishing platform has a very large impact on what and how I learned Northup’s story for a few different reasons. One is reliability and credibility of the source. Using social media to gain information on Northup’s story isn’t the most reliable way to learn because anyone can post information. Thus, the information may not be accurate. When reading a newspaper article, a online periodical post, or a video clip (all of which we accessed in the past week that offered information on Northup), the sources become more concise and trustworthy. When it comes to the primary source of information that the narrative offered, there is no comparison to the other sources on credibility. Another difference that the different publishing platforms offer is the type of information and the amount of information on a certain topic. As mentioned above, tumblr only offered me a few specific types of information on Northup (mostly dealing with the Movie), as well as a short amount of accessible links or information. The narrative took me from his life as a free man of color, through his trials in bondage, back to his life after his rescue - with a mass of information within. 

All in all, I was able to take receive way more information about Solomon Northup reading his narrative than using social media. 

wwskeo:

We highly encourage any and every one to go experience a mere glimpse of what the African American men and women endured. Our culture once developed sages - that would carry on oral traditions from generation to generation, but they were killed off. So now, our youth are disconnected with the traditions of our ancestral people and sadly many youth today are even foreign to the times of the Civil Rights Movement. 12 Years a Slave displays a painful but honest image of the “land of the free” that ALL EYES need to witness and ALL EARS must hear! #WWSKEO #WhyWeStillKillinEachOther #12YearsASlave #Honest #Pain #Truth #WakeYourMindUp #Repost

wwskeo:

We highly encourage any and every one to go experience a mere glimpse of what the African American men and women endured. Our culture once developed sages - that would carry on oral traditions from generation to generation, but they were killed off. So now, our youth are disconnected with the traditions of our ancestral people and sadly many youth today are even foreign to the times of the Civil Rights Movement. 12 Years a Slave displays a painful but honest image of the “land of the free” that ALL EYES need to witness and ALL EARS must hear! #WWSKEO #WhyWeStillKillinEachOther #12YearsASlave #Honest #Pain #Truth #WakeYourMindUp #Repost

Twelve Years A Slave

dazzlingdestinia:

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Chiwetel Ejiofor plays Solomon Northup: a free black man from New York who is kidnapped and forced into slavery in 1840’s. During his 12 years of captivity he endures beatings, attempted lynchings, witness to murders, and other horrible brutalities. His story is one of pain, heartache,…

stereoculturesociety:

CultureSOUL: “Roll, Jordan, Roll” - John Legend

"I will survive. I will not fall into despair. I will keep myself hearty until freedom is opportune" - Solomon Northrup

Until freedom is opportune. Roll Jordan, roll…

#12YearsASlave

Feb 6

Today, I spent a while exploring youtube looking for different videos that teach you how to play a song. Of course, I don’t currently have the skill to learn these songs, BUT it was interesting to hear the lingo and the way that the people in the videos try to teach the viewers how to play. It would take a while for someone to learn a whole song, depending on skill level. I would like to learn a part to one song soon, just a simple part. 

After I searched through music I practiced a few of the chords that I have been learning.

Feb 3

Interview

I interviewed my friend Ben who goes to the University of Iowa.

When did you start to learn to play guitar?

- I started playin like 11 years ago.


For what reason did you have interest in learning to play the guitar?

- Pretty much everyone in my family played an instrument, so I asked for a guitar for Christmas and started taking classes after that.

How did you go about learning? (Lessons, online, taught yourself?)

- I took lessons for a year, and then started learning on my own after that. (You really only need about 6-8 months of lessons to get started)


Would you say that it came naturally or that you struggled a bit?

- I sucked really bad at first, but I really wanted to learn so I stuck with it and I got much better as time went on.


How long did it take you to learn until you felt that you got the hang of it?

- It took me about a month to feel comfortable playing something in front of people, and probably 6 months before I actually thought of myself as being pretty good.


Did you ever feel that you wanted to give up because it was too hard?

- Yeah. I thought I would instantly be good at it once I started, but once I realized how hard it is, that set me back a little.


When did you get your first guitar?

- I got my first guitar Christmas of ‘01

What kind of guitar do you have?

- My first guitar was an Archer electric guitar, then I bought a Epiphone Les Paul electric, and then an Ibanez bass guitar, then an Alvarez acoustic, and then a Fender 12 string guitar. 


What was the first song/part to a song that you learned to play?

- Green River - Creedence Clearwater Revival
- Down on the Corner - CCR
- Time of my life - Green Day

How often do you play?

- Probably about 2-3 hours a week. I wish it was more.

What advice would you give to an aspiring guitar player?

- Stick with it and you’ll learn. It’s hard at first, but if you can make it through the first month, then you’ll get it. 

Feb 2

Playin’ a few chords

Today I broke out the guitar once again and decided to attempt to learn a few other major chords and practice other ones that I’ve learned.

I don’t feel that I have picked up the guitar playing skill yet, even though its been a few weeks now. It takes time! It’s a very tough skill to acquire -  especially when teaching yourself. If I were doing this outside of school, maybe in the summer, I would have signed up for personal lessons. I know that you can teach yourself the basics on the internet because I know of more than a few people who have done it. But I think I need some extra help.

Never the less, I learned to play the A Major chord. This is a very tough chord to play because you have squeeze your 2nd 3rd and 4th fingers all into the 2nd fret on the D, G, and B strings. I have a tough time with finger and hand placement so this one was pretty hard for me. But, I think with practice, I could possibly get this one down.

 

Feb 1

Artifact Post 2

The second artifact that I feel goes with my community is the radio. I will be using this artifact for my writing in class.

The simple radio (also including mp3/ipod connection and a cd player) is a device networks music enthusiasts and musicians. It also allows them to connect. Think about it, musicians aspire to be heard or played through the radio, and music lovers turn to the radio to hear their favorite songs or discover new music.

The connection between musicians and their listeners is created through emotion and feeling that comes through listening to music. Memories are reflected through the emotions that can be felt.

Another idea that connects to my community more is that when one decides to try to play the guitar, they are inspired by the musicians they love and hear through the music that they listen to.