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Jason Hernandez. Written Reflection

After learning about the impact of both the Black Panther Party and the Black Lives Matter movement, I started to learn more about the different impacts that I never noticed myself. I ran across a article that was talking about the poor Black representation in the Fashion Industry. From reading this article, I decided to research the impacts of fashion of both movements and talk about the current stance of black representation in fashion.

For my project, I thought it would be interesting and fun to talk about fashion. In this current world we live in, fashion is everywhere from stores, advertisements, social media, and even through the people we see everyday as we go through the city. Since a lot of the young people love fashion, the topic of the impacts of fashion of the Black Panther Party would be interesting to talk about. And I believe it is very important for them to know about the true black representation in the fashion industry. This can help bring awareness towards this issue because it is a topic that not many really talk about.

I am using a multi-media method with the use of slides. I want to use slides because imagery can help give the audience a better understanding of what I am trying to convey. And next to the image, I will have text that talks about the image. For when I talk about the uniform of the Black Panther Party, it help to have the images of the clothing. People will be able to recognize the piece of clothing. But with the text of the slide explaining its importance, people will gain a different perspective of the clothing. I will be showing the audience the value of uniform for its purpose and representation.

The importance of multi-media is that it help keep my audience focused and help them understand my research. With just pure texts, people can get bored or simply not understand what is going on. For example when I talk about the black representation in Vogue Magazine covers, not everyone will know what the Magazine is. The use of imagery is a method of adding extra information to who or what I am talking about. As long as the image on slide revolves around the topic that I am currently talking about, then it will be very effective towards my presentation. Besides the image being informative, it is also eye appealing where people will look at the image and listen to the information being told.

The affordance of my choice of media was extra time. I had to go further beyond my original research from my original research. I had to look for multiple images, research more about the uniform of the Black Panther Party, the current stance of black representation in the fashion industry, and the quantitative data that can help enhance my work. After researching, I had to work on the slides and learn about the tools I can use such as animation, the fonts, and the border lines. I had to test out different tools and see how they could improve my entire presentation.

The implication of sharing my work is that I get to spread my findings to others. The same way I was presented about the Black Panther Party and the Black Lives matter movement lead to me learning about the impacts of fashion is the same impact I want to have on other people. People can take a quick look at my slides online and get the general information. This can spark an curiousity for someone that can lead them to make their own further research. As I mentioned before, this is a topic that you don’t really hear anyone talk about. Not even I knew anything about the poor black representation in the fashion industry. Hopefully my slides can bring attention to anyone who wants to learn about it and make their own research towards this.

This was a fun and interesting project for me. I genuinely learned more about the fashion industry and the current issues going on with diverse representation, the impacts of fashion during the Black Panther Party movement, and I got to work on a presentation. I was expecting some sort of final essay. But instead we were given the chance to choose our own medium and work on a topic that we already worked on. I hope my slides can be shown to anyone and help them spark their own interest.

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Creative Remix Reflection

My decision to use project 2 instead of project 1 when doing my creative remix project was an easy one for me. Feminism and wanting women and men to be equal is something I try and always stand up for, so when the choice was given it was quick. I found out information on the woman in red I chose, Vivian Lucille Pierce by looking up her name on google. I only really came across one or two websites which had any relevant information for what I needed. But the information from these sites was enough to be able to know about the life of Pierce.

I believe using a presentation on slides or powerpoint is a much more effective method of spreading your information to the audience. The attention span of college students nowadays has been depleted almost to extinction, every couple of minutes they look down to their phone and stop paying attention. With this being known, the best way to grasp the attention of the audience is with a slides presentation. Instead of just delivering an essay or written piece verbally to the audience. I personally am in this group of people who have trouble paying attention to straight lectures so when there is something I can look at on the screen it makes it much easier to gain knowledge from it. The use of this multimedia format rather than just a written essay is beneficial to the effective spread of information from presenter to audience. 

The choice to use slides for this project was easy because of how accustomed I am to the program. Now, originally I was going to use powerpoint, a program I have been using since elementary school. But due to technology complications I was forced to use Google Slides, which unfortunately does not have the same creative capabilities as powerpoint. I tried my best to customize the presentation but there really isn’t much you could do on Slides. To add to this issue the fact that Vivian Lucille Pierce has a whopping total of one photo of her on google, which I am not even completely sure is a picture of her. This did not help my goal of creating an immersive presentation to teach my audience about the women in red I chose. Regardless, I tried to make it look as good as I could, using one of the few ‘themes’ on Google Slides to make it look a little better on the eyes than just a plain white and black slideshow.

Sharing my work in a public venue beyond the classroom would require much more work and understanding of the topic. I am assuming that a public venue beyond the classroom would imply that we are pretending I would be giving this presentation to a group of people who have no clue about the project or information I am sharing with them. If this is the case then I feel that I am pretty confident that with my topic and slideshow, I could give a good presentation. With showing off a presentation like this to people that have not a clue what is being discussed beforehand, it is good to be on top of background information even not shared on the slideshow. This will make you look like you’re very fine tuned with the information on the topic and in their eyes see you as a viable source of information. If these people do not see you as a trustable source, or if you seem like you have no idea what you are talking about then it would be hard to garner the attention of every person in the audience for the length of the presentation.

The knowledge I have gained from this class over the semester as well as ENG 2100, and my previous high school classes helped greatly with the way I am able to write and finish these projects. 

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Project 3 Essay

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