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

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‘Damn.’ Kendrick

How’s it going Chatter?

In today’s blog I would like to discuss my opinion of Kendrick Lamar’s most recent album . Since his first debut in 2011 on the interlude ‘Buried Alive’ on Drake’s Take Care album, Lamar got the attention of everyone. On April 14, 2017, Lamar dropped his fourth album ‘DAMN.’ claiming his spot in the rap game.

I was having a conversation with a good friend of mine about  Lamar and the quality of his music. In the midst of this conversation we examined the Compton rappers ability to fit into popular culture. The time Lamar used to construct his album many people did not consider him as a top tier rapper. Although his lyrical quickness was the same if not better than the best in the game.

On this particular album ‘DAMN.’ Lamar decided to incorporate his feeling for the media, other rappers all the while embracing his hometown. After receiving negative attention from the media about a line in his song ‘Alright,’ Lamar  place a sound bite of news reporters discussing this line. This response to the media made it clear that the opinion of these people are irrelevant to him. Other than his message to the media Lamar also indirectly addressed the issued he has with other rappers. Many people speculate that the song ‘HUMBLE’ is a direct response to East Coast rapper Big Sean. These two rappers are said to have beef with each other after Lamar’s verse in ‘Control’ that shook the nation. To say the least Kendrick Lamar has claimed the throne by calling out everyone that ever questioned his skill.

Although Lamar has stood on the stage of the Grammy’s and worked with big name artist like Beyoncé, Drake, and Jay-Z, some would still look at him as a mainstream artist. Similar to Common, J. Cole and Chance the Rapper, Kendrick has been able to have a rhythmic pattern with his lyric, while incorporating a conscious message. One can infer that this style of rap is not favored by the main stream audience.But why is conscious rap not considered main stream? Some say because it does not sale, others may say its just not entertaining. Now I do not have the answer to this question but I would like to leave you with a question.

Links:

Five Takeaways from “Damn.”

NPR: Basking In Sin

Does music shape the world around us, or does the world around us shape our music?

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

XULA Spring fest was one for the Culture

Wassup Chatters,

This weekend was pretty lit here on Xavier University of Louisiana’s campus, because it was Spring fest. Xavier’s Spring fest is an annual event that consist of events such as a Fashion Show, Block party and a Concert. This year’s Spring fest I decided to be more involved by utilizing my Videography skills. Along with the help of my partner I was able to produce the theme release video, and Fashion show video for the festivities.

However, the most talked about element of this year’s Spring Fest was the many aspects of Black culture that was incorporated. At majority of the event from the food to the music all correlated to black culture. Xavierites also participated in the by the clothing they wore.

At this year’s Fashion show the theme was ‘C U L T U R E’. Where the night started off with clothing that resembled the Earth’s element: Earth, Wind, Water and Fire. The night continued with other eccentric clothing that highlighted Black culture from the bold colors and the use of African prints. Later during the evening, Edna Karr High School Band performed as the entertainment. Band’s at Historically Black Colleges or Universities are well known for their performances. Schools like Southern University of Louisana, Jackson State University and Prairie View A & M are Nationally known for their band.  Although Xavier does not have an official Band, the Fashion show incorporated that aspect of an HBCU. Moreover, the outfits that students wore to the show was one for the books. For the student that wore the best outfit got to walk the runway. To say the least, the overall aesthetic of the night was centered around the beliefs and culture of the black community.

LINKS:

Black Culture in 2015

Black Culture Connection

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