#BlackLivesMatter ?

Hey Chatters,

I know its been a while since we’ve chatted, I have had a lot going on but I am back! So you can guess what today’s topic is after reading the title. If not today I want to talk about the Black Lives Matter Movement and why is has been so significant recently.

For a few weeks now there has been a trending picture on Instagram with a graduation robe laid over an empty seat in honor of a student that was killed. Bowie State University honored the loss of Richard Collins III, a 23-year-old student that was recognized as a U.S. Army lieutenant. Somewhat ironic because he was killed in the country he was sworn to protect by a civilian he would have died to protect. Collins was stabbed to death by Sean Christopher Urbanski, while waiting for his Uber to arrive on May 20th, three days before his graduation.

Before Collins it was 15-year-old Jordan Edwards, who was shot and killed by police officer Roy Oliver in Balch Springs, Texas. On April 29, Edwards a freshman in high school was coming home from a party when Oliver shot through the passenger window.

The list goes on and on, sadly. These two unjust killings are one in the same, both boys were said to have good character, good students in school, and were not portrayed as “thugs.” Like we’ve seen in the past, some will justify the killing of  innocent black males because of they were labeled as “thugs”. If you feel that justifying these recent killings is the right thing to do then you are part of the problem.

These recent killings of African Americans, as some of you may know has created an uproar not only among African Americans but also people apart of other ethnic and racial groups. In the midst of this uproar a movement was created the Black Lives Matter Movement. The movement was labeled as controversial because of its name. Many argued that BLM excluded other minorities that deal with the same issues. However the many people behind this argument did not identify with any minority group at all, in fact they are part of the majority. After the killing of Collins and Edwards I took a step back to evaluate BLM and its significance. This movement’s purpose was not to make people angry and exclude people it was a call for help.

The BLM Movement was a response from African Americans, telling the nation to look we matter. Although slavery has been over, for years blacks have been considered as being second class and having to work twice as hard to only get half as much. BLM in its prime made the Nation stop and take a second look at things. Some may say BLM has developed a protest culture in the United States but is that a problem? A place where individuals are inclined to freedom of speech, yet when exercising this right they are accused of always playing the victim.

I make these statements because I am tired.

Tired of seeing the same things on the News.

Tired of the apologies.

Tired of the fake remarks.

Tired of people not caring.

Tired of  it all.

I am simply TIRED.

Sincerely,

Mizani Ball

Semester Wrap Up

Afternoon Chatter,

This week at Xavier University of Louisiana it is finals week for me and my fellow Xavierites, which means that the semester is coming to an end. This year has been pretty eventful, because I decided to develop my electronic foot print on the world this year by creating a blog and creating frequent content on my Twitter. Since I have created this blog I now hold it hold near and dear to my heart. At first I was a little hesitant about starting a blog being that it is hard to grasp the concept of blogging. However, I can honestly say that I have learned a lot about blogging while enjoying myself. Over the course of this semester I have posted 21 blogs that describing recent events happening on the local, and nationally scale. The intended them of my blog was to inform African Americans of social issues that effect them while also embracing the culture we have developed. Throughout my journey of blogging I have stayed consistent to the initial theme of the blog. In addition, the following of my blog has also increased, I started off with zero followers and so far I have eight new followers. This may not seem like a lot but gaining followers for a blog is somewhat difficult because it is hard to gain exposure. So I guess you could say I am proud of my eight follows. Thus, the appearance of my blog has also evolved over time. The template that I used when I first started was quite simple and was not very appealing. However, the template that I am currently using is more dynamic and showcase all the blogs posted. In conclusion, establishing my blog has created tangible evidence to show people the progress I am making while being in school. In the future I plan to continue blogging or maybe consider vlogging on YouTube. Either way I would definitely like to proceed to develop the brand of Mizani and improve my skills as a media professional.

Links

How to start a blog?

Blogging Basics 101

Artificial intelligence?

Good Evening Chatters,

 

I hope you all are having a great week so far. It’s almost over! Now you are probably wondering why the title of today’s blog is ‘Artificial Intelligence,’ well it is named that because of a book called ‘The Filter Bubble.’ Recently, I have been reading this book and I am finishing it up. Since I have been reading this book my perspective on the world we live in has been altered. ‘The Filter Bubble’ is written by Eli Pariser, chief executive of Upworthy news website. The book goes in-depth about how filter bubble effect the world around us. Filter bubbles have become more present since the advancement of technology. For the people that are unsure what a filter bubble is  it is when a website’s algorithm selectively guesses what information the user wants to see based on the information about the user. Seems harmless right? Wrong!

Considering that the acceptance of technology has not always been pleasant. In fact many people reject new technology and preferred the old way of doing things. But the way the filter bubble has maneuvered its way into the everyday lives of people as been nothing less than clever. The way the filter bubble works is when you visit a site, for example Facebook before creating an account they ask you all these different questions to find out information about you. From there it saves all of this information and creates content based off of this information. Thus, changing what we read and take in and developing how we think.

Now the author of this book, felt a need to write this book to inform people about the way these algorithms operate. I’m not gonna spill the tea on the book too much, but I do suggest everyone to read this book. If you are interested in purchasing this book below is the link where I purchased mine. Also below there will be a link to a TED Talk featuring Eli Pariser discussing ‘The Filter Bubble.’

LINKS:

The Filter Bubble

TED Talk ft. Eli Pariser