The Hate U Give: Film Review

The Hate U Give is a film based on the bestselling novel by Angie Thomas. The film first premiered in October 2018 and grossed $29.7 million in the United States and Canada. It is about a black teenager named, Starr Carter, who is code switcher travelling between two worlds — the black ghetto streets where she lives and the preppy white school that she attends. The balance between the worlds is shattered when she witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend at the hands of a police officer. Starr faces pressure from both communities: to find her voice and stand up for what’s right or to let it go and act like it didn’t happen and won’t happen again.

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Pragmatics in Digital Spaces

Pragmatics in Digital Spaces is an informative vlog that discusses the usage of hashtags on social media, how text message language can be misread, and the new concept of emoji’s becoming its own form of communication through visuals rather words, in order to explain how we can use pragmatics in digital spaces to communicate more effectively in daily activities.

Patois: Language or Dialect?

Patois was developed in Jamaica when slaves were brought from Africa to the island. The language started as a coded dialect that slaves created as their own form of English so that the slave owners wouldn’t understand what they were talking about. The attractive, yet confusing dialect has grown into a language of strong culture and creates pride in the people of Jamaica. Until this day it is a uniting force between Jamaican people all over the world.

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British Accents: Phonetic Research

I absolutely love how wherever you go in the world, accents can be sectioned off by region based on enunciation, letters being dropped, and a certain tenacity for the way things are stated, questioned, and expressed. Accents in Great Britain vary based on regional location and social class.

In 1912, there was an obvious divide of social/economic classes in England. The upper class were wealthy individuals who spoke with a Received Pronunciation or “the Queen’s English” accent. The lower class consisted of poor people spoke in a less proper Cockney accent. These two particular British accents could be observed through the lens of media in the film, My Fair Lady, which is based on the playwright, Pygmalion, written by George Bernard Shaw.

In this study, I explore the differences between a Cockney accent and Received Pronunciation accent using examples from both Pygmalion and My Fair Lady, as well as the differences in how societal class influenced the two well-known British accents.

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BlacKKKlansman: The Film Review

It’s the early 1970s, and Ron Stallworth (played by John David Washington) is the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Through his determination to make a name for himself, Stallworth sets out on a dangerous mission: to infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan (KKK). The young detective convinces a colleague, Flip Zimmerman (played by Adam Driver), into joining him on the undercover investigation of a lifetime. Together, they team up to take down the extremist hate group. Check out the film trailer below: 

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A Brief History of Christmas

This holiday season, I’d like to focus on the facts of Christmas that many don’t know and don’t bother to take the time to look up. For example, why do we celebrate Christmas? How was it actually established? What is the significance of the symbols we associate with Christmas like Christmas trees, the star at the top of that tree and other ornaments, or even Christmas tree lights?

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Women’s History Month 2018

Within the last century, women have accomplished many things from the right to vote to the right to own property to being some of the most influential and powerful people in society. In recognition of these successes, the celebration of Women’s History Month has come into existence.

In the beginning, there was an International Women’s Day that congratulated and appreciated women all over the world. During the time of socialist and labor movements [the early 1900’s], the first Women’s Day took place on February 28, 1909, in New York City. It honored the one-year anniversary of the garment worker’s strikes in New York where thousands of women marched for economic rights through lower Manhattan to Union Square.

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Hugh Hefner’s Legacy: Playboy, Activist, and Rebel

On September 27, 2017 Hugh Hefner died at the age of 91 in the Playboy Mansion. It is said that he died of natural causes. He lived a good, long life as the man who built the Playboy Empire, established in 1953. The first issue of Playboy was published in December of that same year with no cover date because Hefner was unsure if there would even be a second issue. However, with Marilyn Monroe on the front cover sales sky rocketed, selling more than 50,000 copies.

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HRC History: Pride 2017

This is the last post for Pride 2017 only because it’s the end of June and I have a lot of other things I’d like to discuss going into the month of July. *Sidenote: I went to my first pride parade in NYC this year and it was absolutely amazing. Follow me on Instagram @brittanyjrosa to see the videos and pictures from Pride!!* Now that that’s established let’s jump right in.

In 1980, one of the most iconic nonprofit organizations today was established, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). This organization stands up for all LGBT people by providing a strengthening system of support, employment, and advocacy to the revolution of gender identity and sexual orientation. Due to how big the HRC’s presence is nationwide, and even internationally, it can’t do everything for everyone so there aren’t very specific things that they do.

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The Future of Gender Neutral

When I was in college, I took a course called “Feminist Philosophy” and I found myself looking through some old essays and projects and I came across a hypothetical scenario describing what society would be like if gender neutral was adapted as a social norm. I absolutely loved that this situation was proposed as food for thought; it expanded my mind and developed a conversation surrounded by historical social, economical and political events leading to society’s current happenings related to race and gender.

This concept of a gender neutral society kept me excited with anticipation of all the potentially positive outcomes that being or supporting gender neutral attitudes and clothing was actually becoming more accepted and could one day be possible.

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My Coming Out Story: Pride 2017

When I was in second grade, there was a girl named Chelsea, who I had the biggest crush on. So, one day, in between classes, I pulled Chelsea aside to the end of the hallway near a stairway and told her I liked her. She was surprised and blushed, admitting that she liked me too. I was completely ecstatic and kissed her. This was my first kiss.

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He Said, She Said, They Said: The Importance of Pronouns

He said, she said, they said, ze said, xe said, it said, I said, we said, whoever said what they said when they said it must be addressed properly by the pronoun that they identify their gender with. Some of you might look at a person and assume their gender based on their appearance or sex. However, that is not a good way to identify others. There is a difference between gender and sex; if you don’t know the difference, then let me explain. Gender is based on how you identify yourself, whether it’s masculine, feminine, or neutral (which could be both or neither). Sex is based on your biology a.k.a. your reproductive organs: male = penis and female = vagina and enlarged breasts.

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Lost-n-Found Youth in Atlanta, GA: Pride 2017

A major problem within the LGBTQIA community is that families and friends aren’t always as supportive and accepting as we would think they would be. This leads to interpersonal conflict through political debates, personal opinions, and can cause psychological trauma to the LGBTQIA individual involved because they feel unloved and shunned by the people closest to them. The issue that follows is homelessness.

The homeless LGBT rates have shot up making it difficult to find shelters that accept and respect them. These LGBT individuals experiencing homelessness are often at a heightened risk of violence, abuse, and exploitation compared with their heterosexual acquaintances. According to the National Homeless website, 40% of the homeless youth served by agencies identify as LGBT individuals and out of that 40% only a short percentage of them are eligible for the services as listed below:

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Anything is Possible in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland was originally written and published by Lewis Carroll in 1865. The novel tells a tale of a young girl named, Alice who is bored with ordinary things in life like books with no pictures or conversations when she sees a White Rabbit dressed in a waistcoat holding a pocket watch, screaming, “Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be late”. Alice’s curiosity is peeked as she wonders to herself, ‘What could a rabbit possibly be late for?’. The girl follows him down a rabbit hole to a mysterious and strange place called Wonderland. This story has been adapted with various twists and spins on the original, over the last 150 years. One of my favorite remakes of the classic was done by film director, Tim Burton in 2010. Watch the film trailer below:

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Mystic Messenger: Interactive/Visual Novel Gaming

Some of you may or may not know what an interactive game is so I’ll go ahead and explain it. Basically, an interactive game is any single or multiplayer game that let’s you make choices and decisions for the characters throughout the story line. This is the kind of game you can play over and over again by making different decisions to get various endings. The concept of interactive gaming is fairly new and has become more popular with games like Choices, Episodes, and my favorite Mystic Messenger that can downloaded to your cellphone via the Google Play Store or iTunes App Store. In this blog post, I will be going over a few details about Mystic Messenger.

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