Thursday, September 29, 2011

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Response to "Kings Dream Today" video by Marcus Crowder

I decided to do a blog post responding to this video by my BRILLIANT friend Marcus Crowder since YouTube limits how much I can say.  Watch the video and develop your own opinion...this is mine.

"They [schools] produce deserts of isolated grains of sand...imagine a school system that took the time to cultivate your creative talents first..." This is the foundation for everything. School is the training ground whose sole purpose is to crank out millions of  people who will contribute to society. It would make sense for school to nurture the things that people are naturally good at instead of forcing the same regime on every single person, but then schools would be actually benefiting the people instead of merely functioning as a societal machine and we can't have that, now can we? The few schools that do nurture creativity and encourage the development of trades are frowned upon, seen as sub par and consequently receive less funding and support from the government.

With churches getting all of the communities' money and war getting all the money on a societal/larger economic scale, everybody is bound to be broke (except for the people behind the churches and the wars, which is often the same damn people!) Our society invests in things that have no return...if those resources were invested into the people then that would trigger a much more positive cycle than the destructive one we've been in for centuries.

"People don't know how to fall together." This is classic crabs in a barrel syndrome. We don't do anything together because competition is at the core of our society. When someone falls, we use that as an opportunity to use them as a step stool to get to our destination instead of uplifting them and travelling together...although we all know it's more efficient/safe/smart to carpool.

"Your survival should not be contingent upon your debt." It shouldn't be, but it is. That's capitalism for ya. Gotta love this capitalistic society we live in. Our entire lives revolves around debt. The things that are seen as important acquisitions in our society are all things that require credit. College is accompanied by student loans. Buying a house is accompanied by a mortgage. That Lexus has a car note; that Prada purse is purchased with a MasterCard. Our credit score is an indicator of our worth, because, as far as capitalism is concerned, your worth is based on your buying power.

All of the above is a response to the first three and a half minutes (out of nearly twelve) of the video. Needless to say, it is worth watching.

Share your thoughts by leaving a comment on this post or on his video :-)

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

I just realized something...

I am almost at the 2 year mark with my babies are growing up *tear* In three months it will be 2 years since I started this incredible journey! My hair has come such a long way...

Here are some recent photos of me...I will post better ones soon.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Why I don't blog as much as I used to...

I think I am not as amazed by my hair as I used to be. It's not new anymore. I still love it, but I have gotten used to it. I guess you could say that the honeymoon phase is over and my hair and I have become comfortable with one another. What's crazy is, it seems like the less I notice my hair, the more other people pay attention to it. It has been a year and 5 months since I started my locs...they have progressed so much! I will have to post photos sometime soon. Other than that, school and belly dance have taken over my life. I have a few more weeks until graduation, so I have to really get focused and crank out these last assignments (one of which is a 15-17 page paper). I have been overtaken by senioritis, so this last month seems like it is taking forever, and I feel liek I have a mountain of work to do. In the midst of school stress and job hunting, belly dance has been keeping me sane. If you want to know more about my belly dance experiences, you should check out my other blog. I JUST started it so I only have one post, but I will be posting on there more regularly than here for the next few weeks. The blog is called Shimmy Shimmy Cocoa Girl and I am quite excited about it! I guess that is all for now. I just finished a paper and turned it in...I have more work to do though. Check out my other blog :)

Friday, March 4, 2011

Long time, no blog...

LIFE HAS TAKEN OVER! Gosh, I haven't blogged in forever. I am currently in my last semester of undergrad and that along with other stuff is keeping me quite busy. Here is a quick update... * I applied for Teach For America. I have my final interview on March 17th. Wish me luck! * I started taking belly dance classes on January 2. I have been taking then basically once a week (with the exception of a couple weeks when my classes overlapped; I took two classes a week). I am in love with belly dance. I swear, I'm both addicted and obsessed. * My hair has grown! I'm now at 1 year and 4 months. Other than that I don't have much going on. I have been submerged in school and belly dance as well as photography and poetry. BUSY, BUSY, BUSY! I need a vacation desperately!