Hey, Mom! The Explanation.

Here's the permanent dedicated link to my first Hey, Mom! post and the explanation of the feature it contains.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

A Sense of Doubt blog post #1426 - AFROPUNK NEWSLETTER - from 1812.14-24


A Sense of Doubt blog post #1426 - AFROPUNK NEWSLETTER - from 1812.14-24

The Internet is a vast wilderness. Hit it head on, and you get lost in the funhouse. It must be curated, like a museum.

Since it is impossible for me to do purely original content on a daily schedule, I often share material, but I curate first. Remember, as I have written before, this blog supports my STUDY and not my teaching. This is something Warren Ellis has said before, but it has extra resonance with me because I am a teacher. What I mean by the phrase is that most often I am sharing what I am studying and not trying to teach readers, except when I am because I am using the blog to present teaching materials and assignments.

Word.

Here's a recent find.

Wait, what? There's an AFROPUNK NEWSLETTER??? Sign me up. Wow.

Here's an edition from the last weeks of December.

Enjoy.


MUSIC
CULTURE
ART
FASHION
2018...
THE MAKING OF AN AFROSURREALIST
Black life, entertainment and art has always been surreal. How Black artists come to bring this surreal point of view to their work is riveting, but not new or unique.
READ MORE
THE YEAR BLACK WOMEN TOOK OVER THE WORLD
Black women across the board changed the game and shook up their respective fields in 2018. It was everything.
READ MORE
THE YEAR IN BRITISH BLACKNESS
As London writer Grace Shutti surveys, "the Black cultural boom of 2018, there are aspects of my Britishness I am on board with."
READ MORE
THE YEAR IN BLACK ACTIVISM
Here's how we made our voices heard in 2018.
READ MORE

2018 BLURRED THE LINES BETWEEN ART AND MEME
Black culture is breaking boundaries. From meme to museum — Blackness is infinite.
READ NOW
BLACK FILMS KICKED 2018'S ASS
With no shortage of diverse, interesting stories to tell, Black filmmakers and storytellers opened us up to their fictional worlds from the aboriginal Northern Territory in Australia to Wakanda.
READ MORE
SOCIAL MEDIA RESOLUTIONS HAVE TO COME TRUE, RIGHT?
So much has happened this year that we thought we'd have a look at what some of our favorite artists said at the start of the year. Let's find out if 2018 lived up to it.
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- Bloggery committed by chris tower - 1901.16 - 10:10

- Days ago = 1292 days ago

- New note - On 1807.06, I ceased daily transmission of my Hey Mom feature after three years of daily conversations. I plan to continue Hey Mom posts at least twice per week but will continue to post the days since ("Days Ago") count on my blog each day. The blog entry numbering in the title has changed to reflect total Sense of Doubt posts since I began the blog on 0705.04, which include Hey Mom posts, Daily Bowie posts, and Sense of Doubt posts. Hey Mom posts will still be numbered sequentially. New Hey Mom posts will use the same format as all the other Hey Mom posts; all other posts will feature this format seen here.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

A Sense of Doubt blog post #1425 - Essay One - BTWM Letter

https://slate.com/culture/2015/07/between-the-world-and-me-by-ta-nehisi-coates-reviewed.html
A Sense of Doubt blog post #1425 - Essay One - BTWM Letter

Hi readers, and many students, I am always going to take the opportunity to use material I am writing elsewhere for the blog. For instance, Park University has chosen me to be featured in a faculty spotlight, so as soon as they publish it (some time this month), I will share it here because, after all, I wrote it. Yes, I wrote my own spotlight feature.

And, I wrote this. Here's the first essay assignment that my students are completing in both sections of my English 101 course at Lower Columbia College in Longview, Washington.

While I type, I am listening to the podcast called The Monday Graveyard by Mark Shields. Check it out if you need a soundtrack.

I have been using this assignment for a few years back at WMU in Michigan. I started with the college stuff, and then later, when I adopted Ta-Nehisi Coates' book Between the World and Me, I added that book as part of the writing prompt.

For this semester, I scraped off the old paint, and I gave the assignment a new coat in a new color. I am pretty proud of what I have achieved, and I think it's fairly well written as assignment instructions go. I am proud of it, and so I share it here with imagery, dressed up from the version I put in the students' online classroom in Canvas.

Enjoy.

Comments?



NOTE: Image below from: https://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/books/2015/07/11/between-world-and-nehisi-coates/1XbKIT9GRpvxEqenv6aRuJ/story.html

ESSAY ONE for ENGLISH 101 - Lower Columbia College - WINTER 2018

LETTER TO STUDENT - ESSAY FOR BTWM

DUE - Tuesday 1/29 on paper in class and ON CANVAS as Word doc.

MINIMUM LENGTH = 900 words. Exceed this minimum; no maximum.

MINIMUM SOURCE USE - Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, “White Privilege Backpack” by Peggy McIntosh, and “White Fragility” by Robin DiAngelo.


FORMATS: double-space text (line spacing = 2.0), 12 pt font TNRoman or Courier New ONLY, preset margins a la Word standard, basic student and class information header at top left of page one (not title page needed), print one side of page, black ink only, label parts, MLA format, one Works Cited page at the end.

As I explained in class, choose someone who will enter college in the next four years to whom you can write a letter of advice. Best to choose someone from your own family or a close friend. Factors of gender, race, and other identity concerns (yours and the other person’s) will shape how you present your advice and what it is.

Your letter-essay will supply advice for a prospective student on protecting the body, being a conscious citizen, and being a successful student. You will advise why one should go to college or not, and how to navigate the world of college when one arrives, interacting with a diverse community of different folks.

The “essay” should be thought of as a “letter,” though your instructor will often use these words (essay and letter) interchangeably. PLEASE NOTE the quotations around the word essay. This assignment is not an essay in any traditional sense but more of collection of parts that do not have to be tied together with transitions and will stand alone.

You may structure the work as you wish, and you may re-arrange the parts as long as you provide some labeling or clear indicator which part is which part to ease my grading burdens.
As you write and share advice, information, opinion, and analysis with your reader, think about what it means to “protect your body” as Ta-Nehisi Coates explains in Between the World and Me. Also, think and write about being a conscious citizen, which he also mentions frequently, as you share advice throughout your “essay” on how to be a successful student and the best human being you can be.



THE PARTS

COLLEGE DEFINITIONS: In your opinion, what is the purpose of college? How does your opinion agree with or differ from other opinions and why? Cite other opinions. What is liberal arts education? Why do schools seem to care about it? What’s the purpose of liberal arts education? How does this definition and purpose fit into your definition of the purpose of college? Cite at least two definitions of liberal arts education for comparison value. You’re writing a letter to someone, and so your text should be phrased in the form of advice and instruction. (Minimum length: two paragraphs: 300 words).



COLLEGE BRAND IDENTIFICATION: Since colleges have become big businesses, they have followed the capitalist and consumerism model in terms of defining and promoting their “brand.” Much like fashion companies, sports companies, and vacation destinations among other brands, colleges and universities inspire fierce brand loyalty among students, staff, faculty, and alumni.

     Choose three different schools (one may be LCC) and analyze one of the school’s advertisements, slogans, memes, signs, billboards, or other promotional materials. Look for a logo or image that is paired with a short slogan, like the examples I will share in class as I instruct the material for this assignment.

     Describe these methods of branding for each school (extra points if you include the images in your essay), and then analyze how the school is promoting itself and what about it is promoted. What’s the school’s image for itself? How is it regarded? How does the school want to be seen?

     As you write this analysis, tie it in with your thoughts on the purpose of college and liberal arts education. Is there alignment in these ideas or polar opposites?

     Don’t forget. You’re writing a letter to someone, and so your text should be phrased in the form of advice and instruction.

     Provide web links to where you found the imagery from each school. (Minimum length: one paragraph: 250 words).



WHY ARE YOU IN COLLEGE? Why are you in college? What are your goals? If you haven’t declared a program of study yet, that’s okay. Explain why. Also, connect this content to your thoughts on the purpose of college. Remember, you’re writing TO someone. Keep that other person in mind as you write. Write TO that person.
(Minimum length: one paragraph: 50 words).

https://thefieldnegroessays.wordpress.com/2015/07/20/book-review-between-the-world-and-me-by-ta-nehisi-coates/




PEOPLE - RACE - WHITE PRIVILEGE - AND BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME

     For the last part of the essay (though it does not have to be positioned last in the essay), write a short essay that begins with a thesis in the traditional thesis position as the last sentence of the introduction. The thesis should have as its core either your praise and recommendation for why your reader (and anyone) should read Between the World and Me (BTWM) by Ta-Nehisi Coates or why you do not recommend it. Remember opinions about books are not polar, either/or. You can praise it in some ways and criticize it in others. Write what you think and feel.

     Though the core of your thesis forms your opinion of BTWM, the rest of the thesis speaks to your experiences with race, racism, and white privilege. Express three ideas about race, racism, and white privilege in an essay map in your thesis and then explore these ideas. One idea must directly target and cite BTWM (though all three can and should), and another must directly target white privilege and cite “White Privilege Backpack” by Peggy McIntosh and “White Fragility” by Robin DiAngelo, though these articles can be cited in other parts as well.

https://madmimi.com/s/97fc76

     For example, if it were my essay, I would definitely recommend the book. I would focus on the idea that black people are not people as referenced by Coates first on page six and Coates’ claim of “people who believe themselves to be white.” I just saw the film Hidden Figures, and so I would write about separate drinking fountains, bathrooms, and even coffee makers as shown in the film (and as are historically accurate).

     Next, I would write about the issues of Black Lives Matter and white privilege: as I already explored in this blog entry:

“Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #371 - I am not afraid of the police; but maybe you should be.”

https://sensedoubt.blogspot.com/2016/07/hey-mom-talking-to-my-mother-371-i-am.html.

     And lastly, I would write about my feelings on reparations for slaves, appropriation/co-optation, and the debt owed to the people who built this country while enslaved to those who believe themselves to be white, as I explored here,

A Sense of Doubt blog post #1390 - A Debt Not Paid - Appropriation and the Co-Opting of Modern Music

https://sensedoubt.blogspot.com/2018/12/a-sense-of-doubt-blog-post-1390-debt.html.

This “essay” has an introduction, but it does not need a conclusion.
I will teach concepts for this assignment in multiple classes leading up to the due date.

INTRODUCTION: Consider starting it with something catchy.

SUMMARIZE: Prior to delivering the thesis, the introduction should summarize BTWM in no fewer than four and no more than eight sentences.

THESIS: ONE and one sentence only. Place it at the end of the introduction. Consider using my because-should form or a modified version of it. Thesis must include an opinion about BTWM and an essay map of topics about race, racism, and white privilege.
Cite all paraphrases AND direct quotations and provide references for this part on a Works Cited list for the entire essay, including previously used sources before this section.

MINIMUM LENGTH = Three paragraphs (four is more logical and better) = 300 words.
Even in this part, do not forget that you’re writing to someone; it’s all a letter.

https://share.social/item/4/Between-the-World-and-Me


EXTRA CREDIT

- EXTRA STUFF - As with all assignments that I give, extra credit MAY BE awarded for extra content and extra source use. But the entire paper must be of high quality to reach this bonus phase. You can write 2500 words, but if you have not hit a home run with your work, you will not earn extra credit, or you might, but it will not be above and beyond an A if you have not earned an A.

- SLAVE REPARATIONS - If you add a section on the article Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote on reparations for the children of slaves (posted to CANVAS), you may earn extra points if the section meets a minimum length (300 words), cites the article frequently, and provides your opinion as well as enough cited material proving that you read and understood the article.

Do your best because you are a rock star!

Waggy tails and checks in the mail,
your friend in learning,
- chris tower
ENG 101, LCC, Winter 2019

“no one is a barber shop”




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- Bloggery committed by chris tower - 1901.15 - 10:10

- Days ago = 1291 days ago

- New note - On 1807.06, I ceased daily transmission of my Hey Mom feature after three years of daily conversations. I plan to continue Hey Mom posts at least twice per week but will continue to post the days since ("Days Ago") count on my blog each day. The blog entry numbering in the title has changed to reflect total Sense of Doubt posts since I began the blog on 0705.04, which include Hey Mom posts, Daily Bowie posts, and Sense of Doubt posts. Hey Mom posts will still be numbered sequentially. New Hey Mom posts will use the same format as all the other Hey Mom posts; all other posts will feature this format seen here.

https://www.saatchiart.com/art/Painting-Between-the-world-and-me/1104412/4363667/view

Monday, January 14, 2019

A Sense of Doubt blog post #1424 - Reparations and Redemption - a Musical Monday Mix for 1901.14


A Sense of Doubt blog post #1424 -  Reparations and Redemption - a Musical Monday Mix for 1901.14

This mix evolved from two tracks and an artist that I wanted to feature.

I love Bob Marley's "Redemption song."

"EMANCIPATE YOURSELF FROM MENTAL SLAVERY."

IMHO, "Redemption song" is one of the greatest songs ever written, not just reggae songs. Any songs.

So, the mix started with "Redemption song." Then I wanted to include "Kings" by Arrested Development because I am going to use it in class tomorrow, Tuesday, 1901.15. Speech does a great bit at the end about Tarzan, the false narrative, history, and black people. I cannot find a transcript of this passage, so I am going to have to transcribe it myself, but I do not have time to do that now. I will probably creating a blog post just for that transcription but may add it back here.

"There is nothing new in the world except the history you don't know."

"All history is a current event."



Next, I wanted to feature Kendrick Lamar.

Kendrick Lamar Wiki

Several students have recommended Lamar to me in recent years, and he hit my radar when he won the Pulitzer and when he composed, produced, and assembled the soundtrack to the movie Black Panther. I shared about this music previously, here:

Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #953 - Black Panther soundtrack and trailer

And that link (above) contains many other links for my writing on the Black Panther character and the movie Black Panther.

Image result for reparations for slaves
https://www.debate.org/opinions/should-the-u-s-pay-reparations-for-slavery
But I will be honest. I am not deep into Kendrick Lamar. I do not know his music well. What I have heard I like, but I do not listen much. In fact, I am not listening to hip hop all the time. I love hip hop, but sometimes, I am not in the mood to listen to it, or it's too distracting.

Lastly, some content for my class.

I wanted to write about reparations for slavery because Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote an article about it for the Atlantic, and I am teaching his book Between the World and Me in class right now and encouraging students to read "The Case for Reparations" and write about it for extra credit.

I may cycle back to this subject and write more, as I just found this excellent blog entry that reacts to Coates' article and writes about the atrocity of slavery worldwide, but especially in America, which is subject matter I confronted in my recent reading of A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn.
Reparations for Slavery?
from Those Who Can See - a blog about how human biodiversity meets humane, sensible public policy

https://jewishcurrents.org/editor/reparations-now/

And so, I also wanted to collect some of my content on race and racism, especially as relates to subject matter in Between the World and Me and music created by black people, such as the shootings of innocent, unarmed black men:

Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #371 - I am not afraid of the police; but maybe you should be

The debt not paid just for the pioneering creations of African-Americans for our modern music:

A Sense of Doubt blog post #1390 - A Debt Not Paid - Appropriation and the Co-Opting of Modern Music

And more about one of the best hip hop bands of all time:

A Sense of Doubt blog post #1340 - WMFW - United Minds - United Front - Musical Mix for Monday 1810.15

This is just here because it may be relevant: Mass shootings in the United States wiki

And so, then, the music evolved.
Starting with the goal of sharing Kendrick Lamar, some more Arrested Development (beyond what I already had shared in #1340 linked above), and some great reggae, the mix evolved into 57 songs (a significant number for me this coming Saturday January 19th)  adding many great hip hop songs, Motown songs, and a few other songs You Tube suggested, such as Dylan, Lana Del Rey, and Sia, well, and of course "Biko" by Peter Gabriel because it fit with "Tyler" by UB40.

I think it all turned out pretty great.

Though there are 57 songs, by no means do I think this is a definitive list of anything. It's not the greatest listy of hip hop songs, reggae, Motown, or even the best songs of oppression, racism, and history. The mix is what it is. It is how it came together. That's all.

I have included the track list later in the blog, and three single videos: "Redemption Song" by Bob Marley, "Kings" by Arrested Development, and "Humble" by Kendrick Lamar. Farther down, there's the video player to the entire mix on You Tube and the title atop the track list is the hot link to the mix as well.

https://www.stupidpartyland.com/1/post/2015/07/historical-revisionism-republican-civil-war-delusions.html

And now just an insertion of content for class, but it's related. Of course.



GWENDOLYN BROOKS

Gwendolyn Brooks was born in Topeka, Kansas, on June 7, 1917, and raised in Chicago. She was the author of more than twenty books of poetry, including Children Coming Home (The David Co., 1991); Blacks (The David Co., 1987); To Disembark (Third World Press, 1981); The Near-Johannesburg Boy and Other Poems (The David Co., 1986); Riot (Broadside Press, 1969); In the Mecca (Harper & Row, 1968); The Bean Eaters (Harper, 1960); Annie Allen (Harper, 1949), for which she received the Pulitzer Prize; and A Street in Bronzeville (Harper & Brothers, 1945).
She also wrote numerous other books including a novel, Maud Martha (Harper, 1953), and Report from Part One: An Autobiography (Broadside Press, 1972), and edited Jump Bad: A New Chicago Anthology (Broadside Press, 1971).
In 1968 she was named poet laureate for the state of Illinois. In 1985, she was the first black woman appointed as consultant in poetry to the Library of Congress, a post now known as Poet Laureate. She also received an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award, the Frost Medal, a National Endowment for the Arts Award, the Shelley Memorial Award, and fellowships from the Academy of American Poets and the Guggenheim Foundation. She lived in Chicago until her death on December 3, 2000.
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We Real Cool


                   THE POOL PLAYERS. 
                   SEVEN AT THE GOLDEN SHOVEL.



We real cool. We
Left school. We

Lurk late. We
Strike straight. We

Sing sin. We
Thin gin. We

Jazz June. We
Die soon.





https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/reparations-black-americans-slavery_us_56c4dfa9e4b08ffac1276bd7











I didn't look at these links to make this mix, but I might in the future.

Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Hip Hop Songs

Billboard's 20 best hip hop songs of 2018

Ta-Nehisi mentions playing Ghostface Killah songs in Between the World and Me when he and his son were "bachelors" while his wife was away on a trip.

Ghostface Killah songs

Wow, this is a cool site.... HIP HOP GOLDEN AGE

29 Essential 1980s Hip Hop Songs






Reparations and Redemption - a Musical Monday Mix for 1901.14

Bob Marley - Redemption Song (from the legend album, with lyrics)
Arrested Development - Kings
UB40 - Tyler
Peter Gabriel - Biko
Public Enemy - He Got Game
Kendrick Lamar - HUMBLE.
Fugees - Killing Me Softly (with lyrics)
Erykah Badu: "Tyrone" (North Sea Jazz 2001)
OutKast - Rosa Parks
Bob Marley & The Wailers | Exodus (1977) - "One Love/People Get Ready"
N.W.A. - Straight Outta Compton
Public Enemy - Fight The Power (Full Version)
The Jackson 5 - I Want You Back
BOB MARLEY - JAMMING (Live)
Lauryn Hill - Everything Is Everything
The Roots - It Ain’t Fair (feat. Bilal) (From The "Detroit" Original Motion Picture Soundtrack/Audio)
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles - Tracks Of My Tears
A Tribe Called Quest - We The People....
Lauryn Hill - To Zion
Future - Low Life (Official Music Video) ft. The Weeknd
Sia - The Greatest (Official Music Video)
Bob Dylan - Don't Think Twice It's All Right
Massive Attack feat. Mos Def - I Against I
Arrested Development - Trauma
Kendrick Lamar - King Kunta
DJ Shadow - Nobody Speak feat. Run The Jewels (Official Video)
Kendrick Lamar - DNA.
Lana Del Rey - Born To Die
Ghostface Killah feat. Raekwon - Apollo Kids
Jackson Five/Ghostface Killah Feat:Tekitha - Maybe Tomorrow/All I Got Is You 1971/1996
Mos Def - Mathematics
Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Future, James Blake - King's Dead (Official Music Video)
Run The Jewels - Legend Has It (Official Music Video From RTJ3 & Black Panther)
Kendrick Lamar - Black Panther
Mos Def - History ft. Talib Kweli
Dizzee Rascal - Wot U Gonna Do?
Solange - Cranes in the Sky (Official Music Video)
Beyoncé - Formation
Mos Def: Hip Hop - Black On Both Sides
The Roots - You Got Me ft. Erykah Badu
John Legend, The Roots - Wake Up Everybody (Video) ft. Melanie Fiona, Common
Marvin gaye&Tammi terrell - Aint Nothing Like The Real Thing
Martha & The Vandellas "Dancing in the Streets"
The Four Tops - I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)
Drake - One Dance ft. Kyla & Wizkid (Official video)
UB40 - Kingston Town
Damian Marley- Patience
Marvin Gaye - I Heard It Through The Grapevine
Bob Marley & The Wailers | Talkin' Blues (1991)- "I Shot The Sheriff"
Public Enemy - Rebel Without A Pause
Public Enemy - Don't Believe The Hype
The Velvelettes - Needle In A Haystack
Alice Coltrane - Turiya And Ramakrishna
Diana Ross - I'm Coming Out
Etta James - I'd Rather Be Blind (Live at Montreux 1975)
Aretha Franklin (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman - Kennedy Center Honors 2015
Johnny Cash & Joe Strummer - Redemption Song

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- Bloggery committed by chris tower - 1901.14 - 10:10

- Days ago = 1290 days ago

- New note - On 1807.06, I ceased daily transmission of my Hey Mom feature after three years of daily conversations. I plan to continue Hey Mom posts at least twice per week but will continue to post the days since ("Days Ago") count on my blog each day. The blog entry numbering in the title has changed to reflect total Sense of Doubt posts since I began the blog on 0705.04, which include Hey Mom posts, Daily Bowie posts, and Sense of Doubt posts. Hey Mom posts will still be numbered sequentially. New Hey Mom posts will use the same format as all the other Hey Mom posts; all other posts will feature this format seen here.

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