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The Power of Media Among a Mixed Nation

Film, music, and visual arts have all evolved throughout time. If we critically analyze media from a certain time period we can learn a lot about what the culture was like, what they valued, how they treated one another, and what the controversies of the time were. The power of media cannot be denied. The […]

Cross-Cultural Influences in the Evolution of Music

Oftentimes, we take for granted many of the things in our world that would have never even existed if it wasn’t for the mixing of diverse cultures. Music is universal and it is an art form that has evolved so much over the years precisely because of the influence of cross-cultural exchanges. Let’s take Salsa, […]

Cesar Chavez: The Man Behind the Movie

Growing up in California, I clearly remember learning about Cesar Chavez on the news around the time he passed away. Right after watching the recently released movie about him, I assumed I had been in high school because of how clearly I remembered that time in history. After doing some research for this article though, […]

Reflections on Healthy Food vs. Junk Food

Excerpt from my Food journal #4: 12/23/13- 4:23pm- The Greek God yogurt (honey flavored) with organic granola mix on top. I love yogurt, especially this kind. It tastes good. It feels good in my stomach. And the granola crunchiness gives it the perfect kick. It’s kinda funny to be paying this much attention to the […]

Unlearning Oppression

Our diverse communities have come far in the struggle for equality and justice, but unfortunately many of the destructive concepts implemented during slavery have not disappeared but rather have changed faces, evolving into more subtle and complex levels of oppression. This oppression is not just about our skin color, but it also affects how people […]

iiSuperwomanii: YouTube Comedian Sensation

If you like to laugh about human behavior, I strongly recommend youtube sensation: iisuperwomanii. I find her absolutely hilarious because her sense of humor isn’t racist humor, but rather a really smart way of pointing out how our biological hardwiring and/or cultural conditioning makes for some funny human interactions. Instead of making fun of people […]

Tyler Perry: Using Humor to Address Complex Social Issues

Simple: wanting all people to get along and focus on our similarities instead of our differences. Difficult: getting people to understand why it is so hard for some people to unlearn prejudice. I must give credit to Tyler Perry for using humor to address complicated issues such as racism, prejudice, and sexism. There are so […]

The Art of Tattooing

Tattooing is a diverse art form that has evolved from centuries-old sacred cultural traditions. There has even been evidence found of tattoos from pre-historic times. Various cultures practiced the art of tattooing, including but not limited to: Polynesians, Japanese, Indians, Persians, African tribes as well as Celtic and other pre-Christian European tribes. Unfortunately, as cultural […]

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