Monday, November 22, 2010

Street Art from my neighborhood

i am from Jackson heights, that starts from 74st to junction. Jackson heights is one of the neighborhoods with the highest achol poisoning victims in new york. That's is also because, there is a bar on every corner of the street. Besides bars the neighborhood is full of cell phone stores, foot lockers and modern Spanish merchant's.
ever since Ive was a small lad, i remember this big wall on the side of the street, the wall is connected to this store that for some reason is always changing, it is always changing that i cant remember what they were selling a couple of months ago. Just like the store changes so would the graffiti on the side of the store.People don't really pay no mind to the graffiti on the streets because; to them it is all the same. Graffiti was there when they first arrive to the neighborhood, and it will still be there when they leave the neighborhood.
i may not remember what they were selling in that store a month ago, but i do remember the graffiti piece last month. it was a tribute to the Aztec culture. The reason it was a tribute to the ancient Aztec culture is because; the neighborhood is mostly inhibited by Spanish people.This month apparently they have a comic book theme, where you have comic book characters fighting each other for control over the city. in advertisement of t-Mobil. The artist probably as paid to do and ad on the side of the store, but i find it int resting how this piece of art work makes me think of all these cell phone companies competing with each other to get the most customers.So in some sense i you can see as t-Mobil as the heroes and other companies as the villains fighting for New York.
i don't believe this ad is a piece of political art work, nor do i believe it is intend to be one. i believe this art is just meant to catch the attention of people as they walk by.Due to all the colorful images and the size of the piece i think it is a successful piece. Also because i was struggling to find public art and this piece caught my attention and saved my ass.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Muesum Reflection

this is one of my favorite works from the muesum.
it called fight of the roosters by miguel luciano, what i find amusing about this piece is that you have to a south american tradition of cock fighting, but with a alittle taste of american culture. the two chickens are mascots for american corpate companies, but the one thing that really graps my attention is cernal sanders in the corner. everytime i see his face i laugh. jajajajaja

Monday, November 15, 2010

Post 6

the text i am researching or presenting on is on the song Why?(the King Of Love Is Dead), which is written by Gene Taylor and sunged by Nina Simone in 1968.
At this time african americans where being opressed in the south.Many people where finding ways of fighting this injustice in a non violent manor. People proteseted, people boycotted and people made public demostration.In this case they wrote and perfomed songs. The song is about the death of man who was preaching a message of love. The mostly talk's about the "what now".
the song really states question like? how will the country deal with the death of this person? Did he die for a good cause, or did his death have any impact at all? and the more obvious one, What will happen now that he is dead?
i think the perpous of this song is to catch people attentions, and making them aware of these very important questions. That must be answer in order to really see where the direction of the country is going to go.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

post 5

the impression i got from James Baldwin's essay "fifth avenue, it seems like black folk only stayed with communitties with other black folks. some how they were isolated because in some ways they wanted to be. in one part of the essay he talk's about how some people would leave their ghetto neiaborhoods to move to other respectable ghetto neiaborhoods. When i was reading this, it seems like that there is almost becoming a black america. the reason i say this because of james baldwins useage of the world respectable. i understand it as if the more "respectable" ghetto neiaghborhood in some sense is black upper class at that time.
so if they have their own type of upper class and lower class, wouldnt that make them their own sepreate society? the way that blacks in the south deal with opression there unqiue ways of using civil disobedance i think would not work in the north. if black people stop using buses and started walking and stay in white dinners only, i think there would be alot of unsolved murder case.i honestly think if they were to do things like that in the north, more people would get hurt, and i think there would be more laws that prevent black people from doing such and such,

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Malcom X speech

Malcom X speech what does mississippi have to do with harlem, talks about how the inequalitiy and abuse of black folk in america. Malcom explains that inequalitiy and abuse is not only in mississippi or harlem, but allover the country, he continue on stating that all white people are racist wither or not they are in the north or south.Malcome continues to go on and say's that you can not keep giving peaceful option's to people who arnt willing to listen. He said's the only way there going to get their way is by acting the same way they do. which is by being violent.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010


Post 3

Nina Simone Goddam Mississippi

This song may have a very bounce folk dance rythm to it making you wanna dance, but let that fool into thinking that its a happy song. The song is about the emotional distress this person has toward these different states in the south.And how this person is losing hope as each day passes by and how there becoming more impatient, as it is represtented by the melody of the song. i belive this song is targeting ploiticains both in the north and south. because they are the ones who have power to change the ways the laws and the people who enforce those laws work, i also belive what she is really telling people is to stop playing dumb.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

POst 2

2) What is Reed's argument about why music was so important to the Civil Rights movement? What are some of the specific roles it played in the movement? How does this relate or compare to your own experiences of the role of music in everyday life, or the relation of music to politics?

Reed belives that music is a very important part of the civil rights movement as so do many others belive also.Reed makes the argument that the music was more to people then just lyrics and soft meldy. The songs they use were mostly gospel spiritual songs. these songs would givie people hope and inspire them, the people could relate to these songs and the pain in them that some of the songs were change to talk about issues at that time. The relationship between music and politics is that you can use music as a tool to get your political views out there. and the use of lyrics can really make a impression on people.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

post 2

2) In his essay "The Ethics of Living Jim Crow," Richard Wright describes his experiences as a young man learning about the power system of the South. How would you describe this system: who has the power? How do they hold on to it? How do people without power respond and resist? What forms of resistance do you think would be effective in this system?

In the Ethics of Living Jim Crow" Richard Wright tells about his experiences.At the time the government wasnt really democratic government.The people who had the power in the country during this time, are the white folk. the way they are able to contain thtere power is by enslaving black folks with theses ridicoulos socal rules; that prevents them from being treated as equals.i think black folks would do good in resisting all these social rules,if they were more violent and more demananding.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

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Nina Simone - I wish I knew how it would feel to be free from Ambroise Kritz on Vimeo.