Sarah Waring Topics in Hip Hop Thomas Taylor Cultural Analysis: Queen Latifah Queen Latifah is an African American female MC turned TV and movie actress. Her raps and or songs served different social purposes and her focus has remained unbreakable. Latifah’s values could and can be heard in her music. Latifah was skilled at her craft and was able to reach out and connect with her intended audience. It is a known fact that Queen Latifah’s music is deeply connected to the women’s empowerment movement.
The moment i see my uncle John driving down my long bumpy road, my heart starts pumping. My family and i have been cleaning all day long. I made Uncle John's favorite cookies, lastly Mother made a bed in the spare room for him to sleep on. Once the jobs were done, we waited. My uncle John has put a positive impact into my life because he always bring me fishing. John and i always go to the mud run every single year and he always seems to make me the most happy girl alive.
Dragster Car The dragster car is a race car that is for drag racing, racing that is two or more cars racing for a short distance. We are starting a unit on drag racing to learn about acceleration and other things such as mph and speed. This will help if we wish to be an engineer or mechanic for cars. Basically anything that transportation-wise. The actually term of drag racing is because unlike other racing sports, drag-racing is racing over a short distance with more than, at least one car. Students race these model cars because, one, for enjoyment or for training to become an auto-mechanic or engineer like stated earlier. The dragster is also run off things like CO2. Also, they give a chance for the students to be able to design their own car, thus making for
The portrayal of many stereotypes in a cliche set of fake, made up, pageant girls within Libba Bray’s novel, Beauty Queens, surprisingly moves away from this idea of satire when looking at the bare bones of the storyline. It’s a simple story of women, moving past the patriarchy they’ve been
The NYRF protest critiqued both the representation side of the behavioral expectation of “traditional women” as well as the structural side of the obstacles that women faced within social institutions such as labor and educational opportunities. With the representative side “traditional women” promoted by the Miss American Pageant, it reinforced women’s submissive and sexist inferiority and racial beauty criteria within the structural side to be approval by men. However, there was intersectionality in the structural obstacles and representation side extending the social discrimination based on
In this paper, I will examine how women of color who deal with the lack of acceptance growing up because of their lesbianism help shape and/or will shape them to be future role models for LGBT people around the world. I will be using the coming of age drama, Pariah, directed and written by Dee Rees, as a primary source in order to argue how the cinematography in this film portrays Alike being the epitome of embracing one 's sexuality. I chose this film because it reminded me of a similar story that touched me in the form of a book written by Audre Lorde called Zami: A New Spelling of My Name. Standing up in what Alike believed in and taking a stand by fighting back against so many in the community deal with on a everyday basis is the driving force I will use to show how she took a big giant step
Following its birth, hip-hop promoted important social and political causes. Hip-Hop artists use their lyrics and videos to convey messages to their audiences. It has become common today to dismiss the impacts women have made on the hip-hop culture. Nevertheless, Men have not only used hip-hop to promote important causes but also females. One of the more prevalent hip-hop artists since its beginning is Queen Latifah. Queen Latifah uses hip hop to promote issues important to females to audiences of people who do not traditionally identify females as significant leaders. Queen Latifah began her hip hop career in 1988 - a time when females were still emerging from their traditional roles as homemakers. By that time, more women were entering the work force making a living for themselves no longer depending on men. The 1980s found a reemergence of the feminist movement where women sought equality to men. Queen Latifah released her song “Ladies First” around that same time. Latifah promotes the feminist movement through her lyrics, visuals, and rhetorical appeals in her hit single “Ladies First.”
Since America’s Next Top Model gave a label to all the contestants in the show based on their race, ethnicity and cultural background, they were all expected act in a certain way. For instance, “because she always wants to feature another “black bitch” ── especially of the ratings-generating “ghetto” variety ── Banks brought Tiffany back for the fourth season, after she’d been through anger management classes.”(Pozner). Also “a black teenager thinks she’s hot until America’s Next Top Model’s judges convince her she’s an ugly ape,”(Pozner). Clearly, after participating in America’s Next Top Model, most its contestants were broken, taken apart and and sometimes put back together in a completely different way. Contestants on this show were treated more as an object rather than as a human being with morals, values and
African American women have been purposefully written out of visual history with the exception of scripted roles that have been predetermined by stereotypical scripts that are imbedded in the collective psyche of American audiences beginning in the 1890s. Dorothy Dandridge was a sensational performer that commanded attention and left her audiences awestruck on screen and in life. At the age of eleven, I recall sitting in front of the television for a special televised movie, called “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge.” The film opens with a somber score and voiceover of Dorothy (Halle Berry) asking the audience, “Have you ever caught sight of yourself by accident… And, you see yourself from the outside… That’s who you really are… That question captured my wondering eleven-year-old mind and immediately pulled me into the world of a woman who was familiar to me. She was familiar in her storytelling and questioning even before an image broke the continuity of credits on flashing on the screen. My mother has always loved mirrors. In one room there would be at least two mirrors suspended on the walls. I have caught many glimpses of myself over the years, so I knew exactly what she meant in asking the question. It’s a question that continues to be answered by Hollywood of black women, but without their input or consent. The question is why?
African American females are usually given the characteristics of someone who is either loudmouthed, an angry black women, tough, ghetto, a single mother/ “baby mommas” who are in the lower class society, or someone who is dirty (Shields) (The Huffington Post). When it comes to the media, black women are misinterpreted negatively and it’s time for society to change this depiction of them. But how do we do this? Instead of the media making African American women “baby mommas” and “angry black women”, they should portray them as successful beautiful women. Writer Shonda Rhimes in fact does portray African American women positively and empower them within the roles they play in television shows. Rhimes is the writer of Scandal, which is a television show with a strong African American female who’s main character is Kerry Washington but known as Olivia Pope in the show. Pope is a strong, highly-educated and successful black women who is the CEO of Pope& Associates and knows what she wants in life (The Huffington Post). Many African American females look up to her as well as other young women. They love the strong attitude she attributes to herself and how she is a business women with confidence and dresses to impress at all times. If more writers of television shows or movies gave African American women strong female roles like
As the reading exemplifies these contests reformed the way propriety was regarded by women and those around them. Women from all over the United States gathered to compete for a crown and paraded their bodies in swimsuits and elegant gowns. Many men sexualized and objectified women and had conflicting views of what they defined as beauty; making women succumb to an image found to be both ideal and attractive to the majority of the audience. Like Barbie, aesthetics of a pageant was epitomized by women who were young, petite, and bared elongated legs. These movements influenced how females identified themselves and contributed to their states of self-esteem. Natural beauty became less ideal and women began objectifying factors such as long hair, shaved legs, and wearing shorter skirts revealing more
Is your school lunchroom a total drag? Would you like to see changes made to make lunch time more exciting and palatable? If the answer is yes, then keep reading and I will explain some changes I would like to make.
Those who do not appropriate the reflection of sexiness and youth will be a social outcast. Specifically, the show targets a lot of these women to feel disgusted with how they look. Reality shows like these want our society to feel an unending burn and desire to be more beautiful at the cost of our own character. Reality shows want us to fuel their personal agenda, so we can continue to buy into beautifying products, such as anti-aging lotions, too-good-to-be-true products, to eventually cosmetic surgery. Consequently, women will reflect the character and image Sheila portrays. Society wants to be pretty, but a lot of them will never get “there” because media and television pressures us to always do more and more to improve our physical
In 1968, a group of insurgent feminists rallied out to gather around other women to help in a protest to fight against the hegemony of girls’ beauty in the annual Miss America’s Beauty Pageant. No More Miss America was an iconic pamphlet made to call attention to multiple degrading aspects of the beauty pageant. In it, Robin Morgan, a feminist protestor herself, argues against the dominant ideology of beauty in society. The New York Radical Women first thought of making this movement after realizing how the annual Miss America’s Beauty pageants were so similar to livestock competitions at county fairs. To prove this, the women put beauty pageant sashes on sheep and walked them around the boardwalk. The organization went through great trouble to protest their
Media and Reality TV isn’t just affecting the older audience, it’s also affecting young girls. Fueled by reality TV, it is estimated that 250,000 girls participate in more than 5,000 beauty pageants each year (Hollandsworth 491). The popularity of beauty pageants for little girls has increased dramatically in the last 50 years due to many things including Disney. Disney has “reportedly made 4 billion dollars annually from its more than 26,000 princess related retail items” (492). It started in 1954 with the first televised broadcast of the Miss America Pageant, which was the first child beauty pageant (492). It was a very popular broadcast with over a million viewers (492). The pageant started a movement of child beauty pageants all over the