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The Impact of Social Dumping

In light of the anti-protest bill; I am re-releasing this article. Despite wanting to add personal opinions concerning those that caused me a great deal of grief about my opinions, some of that grief being loss of employment, career and my own personal dreams: I am not going to do that. I am simply going to state that when I wrote this article I pictured this day coming even as I was being told that I was anti-American, a nut, etc... Pay close attention to what is written n this article; then think about how the working class got to be wage slaves as opposed to just slaves? Because a nation’s socioeconomic health is directly related to its unemployment rate, nations suffering from high unemployment, or possessing an extremely vulnerable work force may exercise forms of protectionism to prevent rampant unemployment. Issues of illegal immigration often become enmeshed with issues of protectionism; if labor/services is viewed as goods; then just as unwanted surplus goods can be dumped i…

Gifted, Colored and Dropped Out

Despite assertions of education as a means of social mobility, many students of color experience a different reality. According to Saras Chung writer for NPO, Nonprofit Quarterly (et al March, 2012); in March of this year, America’s Promise Alliance released a study stating that through 2001 to 2009 the national graduation rate increased from 72 % to 75.5 %. Collectively including both whites and minorities more than one million U.S. students drop out per year.  Thus, over one million students within the U.S. do not experience education as a means of social mobility.

What may be so striking is that despite the emphasis upon minority dropout rates, we are consistently feed statistics that cause minorities to be over represented among dropouts as opposed to actual numbers.  This lack in pinpointing actual numbers in terms of minority dropout rates may cause a perpetuation of “Deficit Thinking” among educators that are not part of minority or low income groups. Deficit thinking is disti…

My Beautiful Laundrette

My Beautiful Launderette by: Hanif Kureishi 1987 “This country that we hate and love” , the ghettoization of culture and need for “otherness”. The movie’s underlying critical theme tends to focus upon the inter-relatedness of power and relationships. Despite how crude the language, within every culture possessing relationships focused upon the attainment of socioeconomic position and power there is always nigger and whitey position (pre-civil rights era terminology for black and white relationships of power). This terminology covers everything from master and slave to field nigger vs. House nigger ( old South plantation terminology ); in spite of their flamboyant cruelty, simple terms such as these clearly state the relationship between the powerless and the powerful; it also denotes the division of labor that exist between them.
These terms political importance are conveniently excluded from Postmodernist discussion and consciousness due to their inconvenient ugliness and inter-gen…

SFGMC Current Tour

The San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus (SFGMC) is the world's first openly gay chorus, one of the world's largest male choruses[1] and the group most often credited with creating the LGBT choral movement.[2]
The chorus was founded by gay music pioneer Jon Reed Sims. Despite popular misconceptions, the group does not require that members identify as gay or bisexual. The eligibility requirements for SFGMC are to be at least 18 years of age, to self identify as a man, and to pass the audition process defined by the Artistic Director. Today, with a membership of over 300 voices, the SFGMC continues to present a wide range of music and perform for many different kinds of audiences. (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
Currently the Chorus is attempting to raise money for its members to engage in its Southern Concert Tour, which is at this point in time incredibly important to maintaining the freedom not just of LGBTQ individuals and communities, but all our communities: People …

The Feminist Tarot Pt.1

What seems to be missing is that every consciousness that utilizes the Tarot is not a white Male Western consciousness, despite the Tarots appearance in Italy and the knowledge that many symbols within the Tarot have transitioned from culture to culture, it still reflects the symbolism of the collective unconsciousness. It has recently come to light by some authors that the Tarot symbols are not of male or Western male origin, but of female and Eastern origin and possess a history that is older than Western Civilization. It would not be a mistake to consider the Hierophant as the usurpation of the High Priestess position as you view the historical interaction between nature based cultures and pre-industrial based cultures (bronze/iron based cultures) versus hunter gatherer/pastoral cultures that are based upon the worship of the mensis and the moon. Ancient priests and priestesses[edit] Sumerian and Akkadian Entu or EN were top-ranking priestesses who were distinguished with special c…

The Intersection of Self and Humanity: LGBTQ Political Identity

The SelfAre opinions of the self or the self of "others" is derived from our interpersonal relationships: the family home, the home of friends and relatives; society due to its ability to determine the child's path of success and development outside their family home, or the influence of relatives based upon its readiness to provide the child with: protection, resources, cooperation, belonging, and interactions . The Lev Vygotskys' theory of sociocultural, cognitive and social learning theories establish the importance of both parents and society in individual development. Two of these principles bare a direct relationship to the formation of identity 1 ( development cannot be separated from its social context, 2 ( language plays a central role in development. These two principles of Vygotskys serves to undermine the use of the Bell Curve to prove  white male or Asian intellectual superiority over women, and other people of color particularly black Americans. 
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A Synopsis of the film 'Go West'

Although I know that this a foreign film, I disliked the fact of having to read subtitles.  When being forced to focus on subtitles, I tend to miss great deal of the film's details: facial expressions, body language, the meaning of tonal inflections. “Go West” is an extremely well done docudrama whose feel and atmosphere is like that of docudramas based upon WWII Germany.  The most important aspect of the film's construction is its lighting.  In “Go West” lighting isn't just a visual element, but a character.  The film's lighting acts as a POV (point of view) character. It gives its viewer a sense of narration. In conjunction with its textural landscape, the film's lighting transmits mood and intensity; it as if dialogue was meant to take second place in conveying mood and feeling in an attempt to stimulate not intellectual sympathy, but first hand visceral (gut) feelings within its audience. What is particularly interesting is the film's use of shadows when f…

Yoruba Richen: What the gay rights movement learned from the civil right...

Comparison of Giovanni's Room and Profundis

Giovanni's Room is significant not because it's a novel written by a gay man, but because it's a novel written by a gay black man during the civil rights era when Baldwin was living with his white lover in Paris. It's Baldwin's mastery of descriptive elements to express the longing for love, and acceptance from a position of otherness that drives home the embracing loneliness of desire for being embraced not as other, but as that which is human that pierces the reader's heart. Within "Giovanni's Room" Baldwin's character "David" exist as human within the presence of his lover and their apartment knowing full well that outside of his lovers space and presence he ceases to exist as human and becomes the problematic other -- that which is a threat to white straight society. Unfortunately, despite his greatness as a writer; Baldwin much like his character existed as a problematic other for his own people during the Civil Right's  era…

The Hidden History of Demons in the Ancient World [FULL DOCUMENTARY]

Yishay Garbasz identity, agency, human rights, and the construction of gender

"Right or wrong -- you must step out of the way and allow the picture to enter the camera," a trans lesbian woman of British-Israeli descent; Garbasz is a Berlin-based visual artist born in the 1970's. Garbasz studied photography at Bard College in New York. Garbasz's work delves deeply into sociopolitical issues of: identity, agency, human rights, and the construction of gender. Her latest show a solo exhibition "Severed Connection: Do what I say or they will kill you" appeared at the Ronald Feldman Gallery where it ran from May 9 - June 13 in NYC, which chronicles three sites of hot conflict and resounding trauma produced by fear of the other.

In an interview with Tobaron Waxman on March 3, 2013 Yishay was quoted as saying "I’m an artist; not a trans-artist, or a Jewish artist, just an artist. A lot of people struggle with gender as something that shapes their lives. There’s a lot more to life than gender. If not for the socially enforced constraints…