Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Further Off the Straight and Narrow

Further Off the Straight & Narrow

Here is the transcript from the documentary we watched in class today. Feel free to refer to it in your blogs or final projects.

"Being brave by playing at the edges of a stereotype..."

Sunday, April 14, 2013


The syllabus names this explicitly, but just wanted to remind you that the "readings" for this week are GLEE, the Fox television show.

Week #13:     Apr 16/18     Glee-ful Images of Teenagers
WATCH:       “Pilot” (2/19/09), “Never Been Kissed” (11/9/10) and “Furt” (11/23/10) 

                       of television series GLEE (see my blog for viewing tips)

You can find these on NETFLIX.  If you don't have an account you can get a free month by signing up so it will not cost you anything.  Or it will cost $7.99 for one month if you have been a member before. Or they are available for purchase on itunes as well for $1.99 each (3 episodes for under $6.00).

You blog post should analyze the episodes (which deal with LGBT bullying issues) using the texts we have read in class -- it is kind of like an extended media artifact!

Looking forward to talking about these in class this week!!

LB :)

Thursday, April 11, 2013

On Hallowed Ground

"On Hallowed Ground" from TNT. 

The last line of the documentary asks us to consider the politics of basketball, representation and ideology:

 "For the players on the hallowed ground at Rucker Park, there is no life after basketball. Because life is basketball. The question is, is that the problem or the solution?" 

What do you make of this?

Other questions to consider:

What does it mean for the question of race and representation that the white coach is called, "The Teacher?"

Accidental Racist and other resources

Check out this great discussion about the LL Cool J and Paisley duet that has created some public discourse about race and popular culture.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Tricia Rose Readings

Happy sunny weekend, folks!

picture of Tricia RoseHere are the readings for this week by Dr. Tricia Rose, one of the most significant contemporary scholars on Black youth culture.  I recommend that you google her, and check out the other works she has authored as well.

The first is this short YouTube text that offers a great introductory context to issues of representation and Blackness, in the context of contemporary hip hop. It gives some history and makes an strong argument about race, class and gender.

The second one is a Q&A with Tricia Rose from TIME magazine.

Use both of these for your blog this week.

See you on Tuesday!

LB :)

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Kimmel for this week

Hey folks,

I just emailed all of you to your RIC addresses...  

Hope you are having a good weekend. 

Apparently, the Kimmel reading is not up on the library site.  Here is the link for you to read and blog about for this week. 

Adolescent Masculinity, Homophobia, and Violence: Random School Shootings, 1982-2001

Because I am getting it to you late, and it is a holiday weekend, you can post your blogs by Monday night at midnight without penalty.

Thanks and apologies for any confusion!

LB :)