This is Not a Meme

Our discussion about cultural appropriation in class intrigued me.  While the Harlem Shake started the conversation, we soon began considering other internet phenomena that went viral. Turning on the television before class, I saw a new “Gangnam Style” parody featuring Psy for pistachios. Psy was panned by many for his anti-America stance, yet here he was again, months […]

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Blues Women and Female Myth

Mischievous. Powerful. Confident. In control. These are just some of the words in phrases we used today in class to describe this dynamic 1936 photograph of Bessie Smith. About a week ago, a friend of mine sent me this fascinating article about female “trickster” archetypes in literature and pop culture that immediately came to mind […]

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Holocaust Awareness

When I was in about second or third grade I asked my dad what the Holocaust was.  I do not remember where I first heard the word “Holocaust,” but it seemed important and serious.  I had just started religious school and we were on our way home.  I am not sure what exactly he told […]

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