Melissa Cepeda

  • I think you have a fantastic presentation, and make such an important point in relation to music and social issues. Music has long been used as an outlet for individuals to express their discontent with society. African American youth in general have long been profiled and mistreated for embracing and cultivating culture. I loved your use of…[Read more]

  • I thought you made a very clear analysis of the general “Queen B” stereotype. Many of these ideas come about as women become of age and are struggling with the thoughts of self identification and self realization. I think the media and the specific films you cited are reasons why these archetype exists. Young girls could be so receptive especially…[Read more]

  • As a fan of Beyoncé myself, I found Bell Hook’s argument in relation to Beyoncé’s Lemonade video incredibly interesting. Hook’s explains that though she acknowledges that the video constructs an image of a “powerf […]

    • I agree with your post completely, I believe that Beyoncé’s use of anger reminds us of self realization and although Bell Hooks’ claims that Beyoncé is portraying anger as “sexy”, she makes a valid point that women will not seize power through violence.

    • Yes! And I do love Beyonce’s use of anger in this context – because, hey, we are all angry! With what is going on in this world today, this was a good representation of what we all are currently feeling right now at this moment. This could also relate to black feminism today and how is could be frustrating when feminism isn’t inclusive of everyone — feminism should be intersectional and focus on everyone’s background and shine light on different communities, not just one one group of feminists. We are all in this together and we are all we have, we should support one another and help each other grow! 🙂

  • The Female Athlete

    • the stats you used were a great representation of what you are trying to show. and as a huge sports fan i completely agree that women get a fraction of the amount of air time as men do and believe that it should change.

  • As I still try to wrap my head around how absolutely wonderful the film Moonlight was, I can’t help but think about all of the vibrant colors, and incredible use of camera movement that helped make this film so d […]

    • I agree with the all different colors and camera movement make this movie different from other movies. The way of camera movements make me I am in the movie and I see what happen that moment. I was first time I watched that kine of movie so I felt weird after finished the movie. But it is definitely hard to make black gay movie becomes awarding movie because it’s already other movies hard to get it as well. And also, black gay movie has trouble to accept by society, so this movie was the one of the most famous black gay movie.

    • The cinematography in Moonlight is definitely something to consider. The quality in color and contrast create illuminance in skin tones and setting and adds beauty to the visual experience. I think the color work in the movie juxtaposes the dark things that each character encounters.

    • I agree with the depiction of African Americans most films we watch consists of violence to a whole other degree or comedy this film in particular focuses on what it means to a gay black man in your own community. A topic that is rarely spoken of. A topic they try to ignore or act as if it doesn’t exist. The pride, ego and reputation amongst black men is huge. It takes years to never for them to come out of the closet and be comfortable with their sexuality.

  • I think the most interesting about David Bowie is his ability to create and almost normalize gender fluidity. The idea that you don’t have to define yourself, you could be what you want, love who you love and have no one else tell you you’re wrong is what David Bowie implied with his art. It is difficult when a celebrity bends all of the rules, it…[Read more]

  • This podcast follows the story of Andrea Guzman, a Dominican immigrant that reminds us all that hard work, and a desire to help can make a difference.

  • New York City is known for boasting a great selection of independent film theaters, in a variety of neighborhoods. Lincoln Plaza Cinemas, a quaint little hub for new and compelling indie films is a sanctuary […]

  • Will Booker’s compilation of commentaries related to David Bowie, made me realize the sheer importance Bowie’s image to the LGBTQ community. I loved the way Vaniety Fair described him as “gender bending,” explain […]

    • Bowies ideas on gender bending was for sure an act of expressionism. He definitely always did his own thing and didn’t care what other people thought. He lived his life the way he felt he should and thats why he was so iconic. I think his ideas welcomed others to me more tolerant than in the past and perhaps opened to gates to more tolerance.

  • What I found most interesting about the film and the reading related to the bachelor pad, was this idea of technology. I think that’s a point the reading was trying to convey, in terms of men taking over and decorating. As the article mentions, interior design is seen more as a woman’s hobby. In the film making the protagonist a full time int…[Read more]

  • This spring semester I have been interning at CNN, a 24-hour news channel on cable television. CNN is owned by Turner Broadcasting Systems, a division of Time Warner it was founded in 1980, and is the first all news television channel in the United States. Throughout its 30 plus year run CNN has greatly expanded its reach, creating distinct…[Read more]

  • After reading Laura Mulvey’s “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema,” for the second-time, I felt I better understood the idea of the male gaze as it not only pertains to film, but to most of the media we consu […]

    • I agree with the idea that the camera does focus on the sexual aspects of women. From what I’ve seen in multiple mediums, most of the time I see attractive women on screen along with some questionable camera angles and for some reason they either don’t mind being looked at, or they act like their overly sexualized cloths and appearance is normal. But last week I noticed something. I was watching random music videos and one that came up was a song by Shakira. It was “Whenever Wherever” and it had me thinking about something. Considering she tends to show off certain… features, was she intentionally doing it because of her own decision? Did the music video director tell her what to do that? Or did she think she had to show herself off throughout the video because perhaps she thought the majority of the consumers were men? I don’t know the answer to this, I just wanted to bring it up because I thought it was interesting.

    • I agree with the idea that men are always as protagonists and media are always follow that structure. I like you said that “…we accept these advertisements, films, and television shows as the standard.” and totally agree with you that we accept this norm without any doubt. I didn’t think about it is the standard and when you mentioned the “standard” something fit my mind. I didn’t feel anything about male gaze until we read Mulvey’s article, but after I learn from her article, I have a question that appearing male gaze in the media is a good thing or not good thing.

    • “The interesting thing is that we accept these advertisements, films, and television shows as the standard.”

      This is certainly the case. It’s become the standard because women have been portrayed as objects for decades. The number of male directors overpower the number of female directors by almost triple the amount. In an industry traditionally, and generally, dominated by men, the camera became gendered from the gender of the director. If you’ve noticed, mainstream films that are produced are much more male-friendly than what appeals to females.

  • “Ever since a young age, I’ve wanted to be a Renaissance woman. I have always loved to be creative and try new things. Whether it’s drawing, writing, photography or music, being behind the scenes of building a […]

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