Music Analyses, Social Policy

Music is our Power and We’ve Lost Our Fire

The radio disgusts me. No, not in a lighthearted sarcastic way that will still allow myself to listen to the radio because I’d rather hear something than nothing, but in the literal meaning of the word. I experience a feeling of, “revulsion or profound disapproval aroused by something unpleasant or offensive.” Like Webster describes, the radio is not only unpleasant…

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Social Policy

Buildings Blocking the Soul: Western (White) Culture’s Obsession with High-rises and Skyscrapers

I dream of a land with wide open spaces and no man-made structures for as far as the eye can see. I envision brown bodies loving each other and lifting each other up in harmony, praising the spirit that freed them. But buildings block my vision and irritate my soul. In college was a student worker and during my shift…

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Social Policy

White is Right Mentality: Cleanliness is ‘Caucasian-ness’

Now that I live in a more diverse region of the country, I’ve developed relationships with people outside of my racial ethnicity. One thing that I’ve come to realize as a result is, even among non-black people of color, the ‘white is right’ mentality is the common way of thinking, especially in Western culture. The white is right mentality associates…

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Social Policy

A Letter to Barack Obama

Mr. President, Your election into office meant so much to me 8 years ago. November 4, 2008 I was too young to vote but I was old enough to know that I’d witnessed something historically significant. A land that had traditionally been led by old, rich white men was now seemingly rising out of its racist ways and into the…

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Poetry

My One Family Photo

I only have one nuclear family picture. It is not professionally taken Or beautifully framed. Its chipped and ripped From being poorly maintained. It’s the only picture I have Of my father, mother, sister & I. It is so old And I was so young You wouldn’t even recognize. Regardless, It is special to me Because I have no record…

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Poetry

A Letter to America

American Independence Day, July 4th, has always been a conflicting holiday for me as a black person. That conflict was ignored year after year until 2016 when that conflict was illustrated gruesomely after the police murders of two innocent black men, American citizens, just after the United States’ celebration of White America’s independence. Rest in Power Alton Sterling (murdered July 5,…

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Academic Research Writings

Crowdfunding independent and freelance journalism: Negotiating journalistic norms of autonomy and objectivity

Quarter: Fall 2015 BISMCS 333: Media and Communication Studies Professor: Susan Harewood Andrea Hunter argues that the practice of journalists using crowdfunding in order to fund their projects creates conflict between their role as objective reporters and their responsibility to their funders. She also argues that the practice of crowdfunding challenges the fundamental elements of objectivity and autonomy within journalism.…

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Academic Research Writings

The Relationship Between Media, Markets, and the Public Sphere

Quarter: Fall 2015 BISMCS 333: Media and Communication Studies Professor: Susan Harewood In the recent years the media industry has changed significantly. In Media, Markets, and the Public Sphere David Croteau and William Hoynes explain why with two perspectives that scholars use when examining changes within the media industry. The first is the more popular of these perspectives, the market…

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