2012 was considered Katy Perry’s best year, musically speaking. She became the second person to have five #1 hits from one album, behind only Michael Jackson. The album also spurred 8 top five hits, an accomplishment that has only happened to three albums beforehand. Perry’s album, Teenage Dream, sold over 3 million copies and sold over 24 million singles. All these great accomplishments would lead anyone to think that Capitol, her record company, had to be rolling around in the dough. However, the podcast shatters that image from the get-go and sets out to show why.
Imagine having the influence to move and inspire people with the power of words. This is the power used by poets whose words, poetic techniques and actions engage the attention of a society while relating to a significant issue at their time in history.
In today’s popular culture a big topic of discussion is pop singer, Miley Cyrus. She was a former star on Disney Channel’s Hannah Montana and now we have all seen her transformation from a girl to a woman. To avoid fading away like many other celebrity teen stars as they aged, Miley decided to reinvent herself as an adult musician by pushing the limits. Many people only see Miley Cyrus for her unadulterated VMA Performances and her frowned upon behavior, which most individuals don’t care to get to know. There is another side of Miley that has made a huge impact on society and has reached new levels in giving back to the community. Miley has dedicated herself to feminism, improving society’s image of women, leading the fight against LGBTQ discrimination, charity work, and using social media to expose societal issues.
Katy Perry takes a similar approach by creating a song that allows people to be the way they are. Katy Perry had created the song “Fireworks.“ This song is an inspirational song that allows people to reveal themselves to the true world instead of keeping it a secret. Katy is trying to portray the fact that people should not be afraid to represent the way they truly are. She wants everyone to show his or her “true colors“. In a sense, Katy wants to people to embrace what they are. In the first few lines she states, “Do you ever feel like a plastic bag. Drifting through the wind. Wanting to start again“ (Fireworks). This part of the song reveals that a lot of people go with the flow. They just follow the norms of society and do not fight against it. She continues on to talk about how people continue to go with the flow until she states, “Do you know that there 's still a chance for you. 'Cause there 's a spark in you“ (Fireworks). This portion of the song reveals there is hope even if want to go against the norm. Just a small push is needed in order to get over the hurdle. Then Katy states, “ 'Cause baby you 're a firework. Come and show 'em what you 're worth. Make 'em go "oh, oh, oh! As you shoot across the sky-y-y“ (Fireworks). When you do reveal yourself, it will feel like a huge burden is lifted off your shoulders. Katy is trying to say to her fans be motivated and keep reaching for the stars. Being unique might be a bad thing, but don‘t let their voice reach you.
A brilliant woman once said, “I believe if the white and colored people could get together and be left alone, they would understand each other and consequently love each other” (Josephine Baker). Originally born Freda Josephine McDonald, Baker lived an oppressed early life as an African American girl with little to hardly any money. At the time, African Americans faced hardships due to the white supremacists that believed dark-colored people would not be of equal value to caucasians. Baker decided that she could overcome her persecution by moving to France and making herself into an idol. She was an independent and courageous woman who opened the doors for equality to many. Josephine Baker greatly impacted America due to her influence on women; therefore, leading to more women involved in education and working, her civil rights speeches that opened opportunities for equal races, as well as advocating for equality among men and women.
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16. She had many jobs. She first worked at her dads scuba shop, a teachers aid, worked at a fabric store foe a year, 2 insurance agencies, a substitute teacher for the elementary, a sewing teacher at the store and at home, a reading volunteer at the elementary and worked in communication property rating policy's.
Underage really and taken advantage of. In the chapter the first job an older man took advantage of her ¨would I please give him a birthday kiss. I thought I would because he was so old and just as I was about to put my lips on his cheek, he grabs my face with both hands and kisses me hard on the mouth and doesn't let go.¨ he uses the fact that she was young and dumb to his advantage. The next example is from the paragraph Linoleum Roses “She sits at home because she is afraid to go outside without his permission. She looks at all the things they own: the towels and the toaster, the alarm clock and the drapes. She likes looking at the walls, at how neatly their corners meet, the linoleum roses on the floor, the ceiling smooth as wedding cake.” he married a 7th grader because she was pretty is what it boils down to. He treats her like an animal and she cant do anything really she just wanted to
Katherine Johnson was an inspiration for all people, no matter the age, race, or gender. As an idol to everyone, she lives on. Katherine Johnson made an everlasting impact on her community by encouraging racial equality, pushing the boundaries of her field, and expanding the opportunities for African American Women, all while creating a new idea for the world.
“The calm before the storm” is a quote describing a time of carelessness before repercussions. When students learn about the time period of the 1920s, they talk about how it’s a time when the economy was high and American’s rejoiced before the Stock Market crash that later caused the Great Depression. Often classes don’t get into the details of how the “Roaring 20s” actually affected the society and representation of how they got there. Amelia Earhart is an icon represented from the time period in addition to Mount Rushmore expressing respect for former presidents that helped America prosper.