Monday, December 6, 2010

My Public art work

             This piece or art was made by Chico, a famous graffiti artist in lower east side. Most of the art graffiti in lower east side was made by him, even when I was a young kid i always saw him do these art as i grew older. i choose this piece or work than any other work because this shows how much lower east side brings the world to see New York City. 
             This mural has the whole New York City in it. It shows every borough in NYC. The Bronx represents the Yankee Stadium, the 7 train represents Queens, the Brooklyn bridge represents Brooklyn, the ferry represents Staten Island and the city skyline represents Manhattan. Also the globe shows you that New York City is the important to the whole world and revolves around it.
            Since I was born and raised in New york City especially lower east side , I've met and understood so many different type of people in the society. Lower east side has the majority of minority living in New York City. We have the Chinese in one part in lower east side by china town. We have the Latinos in the other side of the lower east side, the Indians in middle of the lower east side and others in every part of lower east side.
           Even if lower east side was segregated in different parts, everyone was equal to each other without any racial profile. If one needed help with the other, we would always work as a team and fight the problem together. Ive seen the Latinos come to the Indian neighborhood or the Chinese come to the Latino neighborhood to play sport or shop but no one said anything to go against their race or culture.
         The reason i choose this mural in lower east side is because it shows you how New York City is mixed with different race and cultures that still makes everyone equal with each other no matter what culture or race their from. Just the way i describe lower east side, this mural tells you that New York City welcomes everyone in all the boroughs.
       The city that never sleeps because it's a city that welcomes everyone home. We all appreciate anyone from anywhere to any color or any race you are. Also having this mural in the lower east side is showing everyone that lower east side is a sample of how New York City is. 

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

post 5

Malcolm X’s autobiography talks about the racism happening to the blacks and they still have the white supremacy.  In Malcolm life he had up’s and downs in his life by his parents. In one hand his father was proud of him and another hand his mother was reminder of him of being raped by a white man because she was half white from her father raping her mother.
Malcolm felt that when he was young he was proud to be light skin black person because  they thought they were gifted but Malcolm realized it later that he hated this because  they was against all black Americans. Malcolm decided to be against the white racist and encourage black Americans to fight back
If you look at the history of America’s racism, it all began with the whites putting the blacks underneath with all the Asian and immigrants that came to America.  This all began because giving the power to the white and leaving the blacks as minorities.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

response to the song

This song is very emotional for the poor and blacks that grew up in a racist time and young people with no jobs. he song was a #1 hit in Norway and in The Netherlands and reached the top ten in the singles charts of several other countries. It is one of his most notable and popular songs that he made. Released posthumously on his album greatest hits, the song talks about all of the different issues that were related to 2Pac's era of influence, notably racism, police brutality, drugs, and gang violence. It states in the song that
see no changes wake up in the morning and I ask myself
"is life worth living should I blast myself?
I'm tired of bein' poor & even worse I'm black
my stomach hurts so I'm lookin' for a purse to snatch
Cops give a damn about a negro
pull the trigger kill a nigga he's a hero"

Its showing how in the early 1990's the poor faced so many difficulties and police brutality of racism. Theirs so many important message being told from this song about how the life of a black person is. In this song history is showing, its true color. That's why Tupac Shakur is telling everyone for a change and make a better living but the government wouldn't help instead they wouldn't care about how the blacks were treated.One thing I would really like to say is that when you are in a room with white/Mexican/black/Japanese/etc. people, turn out the lights.we are all the same color and that's how Tupac explains himself in this song from growing up in the darkness of racism.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

tupac song changes

Come on come on
I see no changes wake up in the morning and I ask myself
is life worth living should I blast myself?
I'm tired of bein' poor and even worse I'm black
my stomach hurts so I'm lookin' for a purse to snatch
Cops give a damn about a negro
pull the trigger kill a nigga he's a hero
Give the crack to the kids who the hell cares
one less hungry mouth on the welfare
First ship 'em dope and let 'em deal the brothers
give 'em guns step back watch 'em kill each other
It's time to fight back that's what Huey said
2 shots in the dark now Huey's dead
I got love for my brother but we can never go nowhere
unless we share with each other
We gotta start makin' changes
learn to see me as a brother instead of 2 distant strangers
and that's how it's supposed to be
How can the devil take a brother if he's close to me?
I'd love to go back to when we played as kids
but things change, and that's the way it is

That's just the way it is
Things'll never be the same
That's just the way it is
aww yeah

I see no changes all I see is racist faces
misplaced hate makes disgrace to races
We under I wonder what it takes to make this
one better place, let's erase the wasted
Take the evil out the people they'll be acting right
'cause both black and white is smokin' crack tonight
and the only time we chill is when we kill each other
it takes skill to be real, time to heal each other
And although it seems heaven sent
We ain't ready, to see a black President, uhh
It ain't a secret don't conceal the fact
the penitentiary's packed, and it's filled with blacks
But some things will never change
try to show another way but you stayin' in the dope game
Now tell me what's a mother to do
bein' real don't appeal to the brother in you
You gotta operate the easy way
I made a G today But you made it in a sleazy way
sellin' crack to the kids. I gotta get paid,
Well hey, that's the way it is

That's just the way it is
Things'll never be the same
That's just the way it is
aww yeah

We gotta make a change...
It's time for us as a people to start makin' some changes.
Let's change the way we eat, let's change the way we live
and let's change the way we treat each other.
You see the old way wasn't working so it's on us to do
what we gotta do, to survive.

And still I see no changes can't a brother get a little peace
It's war on the streets and the war in the Middle East
Instead of war on poverty they got a war on drugs
so the police can bother me
And I ain't never did a crime I ain't have to do
But now I'm back with the blacks givin' it back to you
Don't let 'em jack you up, back you up,
crack you up and pimp smack you up
You gotta learn to hold ya own
~they get~ jealous when they see ya with ya mobile phone
But tell the cops they can't touch this
I don't trust this when they try to rush I bust this
That's the sound of my tool you say it ain't cool
my mama didn't raise no fool
And as long as I stay black I gotta stay strapped
and I never get to lay back
'Cause I always got to worry 'bout the pay backs
some buck that I roughed up way back
comin' back after all these years
rat-tat-tat-tat-tat that's the way it is uhh

Thursday, October 14, 2010

The importance of music in the Civil Rights movement : Post 2

Music is very important in the Civil rights movement because it made people express their feeling and spread their voice out to the people of America. Music made people unite with each other at every time especially in the Civil rights movement. 
 In the book  "The Art of Protest" T.V. Reed shows how they felt when the protest happened and when people were fighting for their rights, they expressed their feeling through music. Also they communicate with each other from white Americans to black Americans from music.

post 3 Mississppi GODDAM

When i first heard this song it was unsure to me, that whom this song is dedicated to. But after reading it through i can see that the blacks wanted equality. The message was to be sent to white Americans and how the segregated states agreed to the laws. The song was an important message to all Americans for giving the blacks their rights. It was time for the sun to rise for the Black Americans to come up and fight for their rights. Government was  neglecting and not helping the Black Americans in some states. so i believe that this son has a great argument for its rights.