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from Angela Tan

Fredrick Douglass: The Speaker and Representative for the Slaves

Frederick Douglass’s life just like any other slave suffered a great deal of inhumane acts. Before I read this, I thought I knew enough about slavery because slavery is always mentioned in my history classes. Now that I have come across this autobiography with clear details on exactly what the slaves have to endure, I can’t help but want to curse at how heartless the white people were back then. How can someone “seemed to take pleasure in manifesting his fiendish barbarity?” How would you like it if I beat you like that and enjoyed it with popcorn in my hands? This definitely reminded me of the Great Inquisitor in Candide because he also enjoyed watching Jews burned alive while having refreshments. It’s a good thing that Douglass learned how to read and from the Hugh family in Baltimore so that the gruesome of slavery is finally published and shared. It’s enough that slaves did not have knowledge, beds, and good amount of food. But not knowing their birthdays and separating children from their parents is totally wrong. Who doesn’t need family love and warmth? I know I do. Douglass’s mother’s death was no more than a stranger’s death. He was also separated from his siblings and grandmother, who later dies alone in a hut. Beating the slaves without punishment is another thing, but killing the slaves and getting out of it is just the worst. Demby, one of Colonel Lloyd’s slaves, who got shot by Mr. Gore for not coming out of the creek for a beating. Douglass’s wife’s cousin who was around fifteen to sixteen was beaten to death by Mrs. Hicks just because she fell asleep and did not hear the baby cry after not having sleep the previous nights. Douglass may have learned knowledge, but sometimes he wished he was simple minded like other slaves because “it opened his eyes to the horrible pit, but to no ladder upon to which to get out. In moments of agony, I envied my fellow-slaves for stupidity.” Even though Douglass had to deal with the ruthless white men, his writings will help the public open their own eyes to how slavery is not only wrong, but also against God’s will.

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American Life – Madonna

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Loose Yourself

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Better On The Other Side

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Who has not heard of Michael Jackson? Recently with his death on June 25, 2009, the public was upset that he had to go. The king of pop at the age of 50 passed away just a few months ago. Many people cried over his death and the hip-hop artist, The Game, has gathered a few other people to make a tribute song. This song is a mix of hip-hop, r&b, and simply saying words of remembrance as well. Already from being a fan of hip-hop as well as r&b, I think that this song would be sufficient enough to write a review about. The lyrics itself look like they mean something opposed to some of the other hip-hop songs that simply try to get a good beat going. A mix of r&b with hip-hop also makes this song a bit more unique and interesting.

Michael Jackson was one of the legends that made the moon walk and because of this, many hip-hop dancers were inspired to learn this dance as well. Despite what his molestation case in 1993, there was still many supporters of Michael Jackson and stood on his side. After the death of Michael Jackson, there have also been rumors that the boy who accused Michael Jackson admitted that it was a lie and wanted to apologize to Michael. He did not mean to ruin someone’s life, but regardless, history is history and apologizing now will not do much.

With the past events in mind, I think I will be able to write a rather successful critic on the lyrics and the song itself as it serves as a tribute for someone worth remembering. The things he had done, such as the moonwalk, as well as other things all made stepping-stones for other hip-hop artists to follow. One example would be Usher and how he did the moonwalk with Michael Jackson.

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Ain’t No rest for the Wicked

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Avenue Q- Everyone’s a little bit racist.

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I thought it would be easy to choose a song and I had many songs in mind, but I realized that I choose my favorite songs based on the melody and not the lyrics.  In fact, I barely pay attention to the lyrics.  Most of my favorite songs are love songs and I feel that love songs do not carry much meaning in them.  Usually, the lyrics either portray love as a positive thing (love is beautiful) or as a negative thing (love is painful) and I feel that love songs are pretty much straight forward (at least the ones that I have in my Music files).

Originally, I chose “100 Years” by Five for Fighting but I feel that I wouldn’t have much to say about this song.  After searching over the weekend, I settled (or so I thought) with “I’m Gay,” by Bowling For Soup, which I think would be a great song to analyze.  However, the music video of this song led me to find the song that I am settling with (permanently!).  The song I chose is called “Everyone’s a little bit racist,” by Avenue Q.  The meaning of the song is exactly as the title implies: Everyone is a little bit racist.  Reading the lyrics, I find myself agreeing with them.  It is not only that I like the lyrics but I also really like their style.  Avenue Q is a group that performs musicals, addressing various issues such as “sex, drinking, and surfing the web for porn” through Muppets (Avenue Q).   According to their main website, Avenueq.com, they promise to adults who bring their “teenagers to Avenue Q, they’ll think you’re really cool. (Avenue Q).”  I would think so too.

I think the lyrics are promising (there’s 7 pages of it if expanded) and the issue itself can assist in making my paper worthwhile.  The style of Avenue Q is also very distinct so I can discuss the irony behind it.

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No Matter What- T.I

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Immortal Technique – The 4th Branch

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This is not a requirement for me but, here’s one of my fav songs, some politically conscious rap for you. 🙂

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Let Your Love Be Strong – Switchfoot

Sorry, my song is so late. I was away for Thanksgiving. Here is my song.

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The Moth Project and More

Hi everyone,

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

In my podcast crusades I came across this interesting organization–The Moth Project–that has a terrific podcast of their “storyslams”–contests where people get 5-15 minutes to share an “anecdote”…

Enjoy!

http://www.themoth.org/podcast

Also, if you haven’t done so already, please post not only your song, but your “statement of intent” as well.

Gobble, Gobble!

EJK

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