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  1. May 2019
    1. Chime Edwards or Patrica Bright.

      Yes! Another one I'm thinking of is Marsai Martin (she's an actress but still a great black influencer!)

    2. The online culture and influencer had not yet come to the surface.

      Yes, we had to deal with other issues like lack of representation or seeing "the token black" or "token dark-skinned". (Which is still a problem but is better now.)

    3. Gabrielle Union, Kyla Pratt, Rihanna, Monique Coleman, Brandy

      Wow! I feel the same way.

    4. phy: The Office (U.S.)

      These GIFS are hilarious. Good job on adding comic relief in this article since it's such a heavy topic.

    5. Who am I hurting?:
    6. Stop and think:
    7. Research

      Wow, I never thought about that.

    8. Becoming aware:

      Right. How could we even start to fix something if people don't know what's happening? Good!

    9. Letting people know this is a thing:

      I agree.

    10. We haven’t even fixed racism yet, how could even tackle as something “smaller” as blackfishing.

      Ha! That's true.

    11. “where do we go from here?”

      That's what I was thinking too...

    12. Many young black women and men who followed the blackfishing influencers believed that they were black and now feel deceived (and rightfully so) because they innocently supported a caricature of themselves

      Hmmm. Maybe but I think you're getting into a different topic here.

    13. this image

      This is certainly a heartbreaking image. :(

    14. For the people defending it saying, “it’s just makeup and beauty” or “these women are not harming anyone,” then they do not understand the full idea of what they (blackfishers) are doing.

      Well, my thing is, what if this was being done to you? Would you still be okay with it?

    15. Blackfishing on social media is humanizing the blackface our ancestors had to deal with, and that is a difficult concept to grasp and accept.
    16. Safe Online Spaces Become Unsafe

      Oh good! I'm so glad there is a section on this!

    17. Instagram is like a breeding ground for white women who can cosplay blackness while receiving attention from the very people who kind of hate black women.

      Well, would you look at that.

    18. racial ambiguity
    19. Cultural appropriation is at the heart of this because it isn’t solely about culture; it’s about power
    20. “Appropriation happens when you have a position of power…to take the parts of a culture that you enjoy, divorce them from their original meaning, and use them for entertainment value without considering their original context or having to deal with the negative ramifications that someone from that culture would have to deal with if they were to do the same thing.”

      WOW! That is a very powerful statement.

    21. Having that safe online space is how black women have been able to even come this far by letting the internet know that black is beautiful.

      This is good to talk about also. Having a safe online space is like having an online support group. I know when I look at Natural Hair Tutorials on YouTube, I feel safe posting my questions and comments on the video because I know there is a large group of black women who come here and can be themselves. When that safe space becomes invaded, where are we supposed to go? (Online spaces that is.)

    22. “Even now in certain workspaces, black women can’t wear their natural hair out
    23. then it becomes a trend or “cool.”

      This is where the frustration comes into play. Image doing something so natural to you and having something you are born with that you have to fight society on all your life. Then one day, a person who can't relate with you does something you have been fighting and they are accepted immediately.

    24. they not only understand, but they are aware of the importance of culture or religion. They know that there are traditions and meanings behind what they are doing or what they like. Not only that, that person is aware that the marginalized group has a history of oppression and by no means does this act reflect that.
    25. culture appreciation.
    26. “the act of taking or using things from a culture that is not your own, especially without showing that you understand or respect this culture.”
    27. Culture appropriation
    28. These women need to be careful about how they are deceiving people.

      Now I can see why.

    29. eople were telling Alicja to kill herself after posting those pictures online.

      Woah, woah, woah. Now that is not okay!!! That's horrible.

    30. I am so sorry to those who may have been offended, and for perpetuating a culture of appropriate. I recognize that I have a responsibility to understand the intentional and unintentional impacts of my actions and platform.”

      Alright, at least she is learning from it.

    31. “We’re coming into a time where you see a lot of black women really expressing themselves and stepping into their blackness, and owning it, and not being ashamed of it anymore. So it makes sense why it’s happening. Because I guess some people, who are white-presenting feel like they’re not the standard anymore. So now they’re trying to do things to stay relevant and keep their popularity.” (Thompson)
    32. tread on Twitter,

      Okay, I took a look at this Twitter thread and...first of all, it's savage. So be aware before you look at it. Second, it's appalling.

    33. I think they are liars, but not racists.

      This is when the thin line of definitions come into play.

    34. Deception
    35. he Office (U.S.)

      I'm with you Jim Halpert!

    36. “Kardashian Effect”

      Now this, I have heard about a lot for the past couple of years.

    37. : A Different World 

      Haha! A classic.

    38. There is even a video of her applying brown makeup to her skin.


    39. I wish they could see that.

      I'm wondering...do you think these women already know they're beautiful but are aware that if they change their skin tone and hair then they'll get more followers and social media fame? Just something to think about.

    40. But there is a price to being a person of color.

      Key point here

    41. All of these innocents happened to me because I AM black.


    42. Everyone wants to be black until it is time to be black.”

      Being black is all cool and fun until you get stopped by the police or called the N-word. So yeah, I would have to agree with this classic phrase.

    43. She said, “Everybody wants our rhythm, but nobody wants our blues.”
    44. Jeanie seemed as if she didn’t see a real issue with this like it was just beauty and makeup.

      insert confused face emoji I don't agree with Jeanie here.

    45. Basically, I caught her in a lie.


    46. Loni made a lot of great points, but something she said that stood out to me was, “She’s not making money off her white skin. She’s making money and gaining followers by her tan skin. There are no pictures of her on Instagram in her white skin during any time of the year. Each picture is in tan skin.”

      WOW! THAT'S SO TRUE! Caught in a lie. Just admit that you're doing this instead of consistently denying it.

    47. The first one was taken on August 21, 2016, and the second one was taken on January 1, 2016. Although her skin appears lighter in January, she still looks like she is mixed or a person of color. Hallberg has also denied tanning her skin. However, she posted this picture

      Oh snap! She got caught. There's no way she can deny this.

    48. The angry and hurt tone of voice seen in these tweets are just a few examples from every day black men and women who are fully aware of the history behind one changing their skin tone to appear black.

      Yeah, no kidding. Yikes.

    49. It seems as if there’s pressure to compete with women of color.

      This is true for sure! You're starting to see things like Black Girl Magic, the word melanin is very popular as far as positive black image, girls wearing their natural hair state.

    50. Scrolling through a feed has caused so much low self-esteem, lack of self-care, lack of motivation, and identity confusion.

      I do like this point. I'm not justifying blackfishing either but I'm also not on the other side of the spectrum. Not many people would probably agree with me but I actually sympathize (like one percent) with these women who are blackfishing. Not having the capacity to love your skin tone and features enough to keep them. Everyone has something of themselves that they don't like.

    51. blackness is viewed as a commodity.”
    52. There is a black aesthetic

      Wow, I like that. I've never heard of "black aesthetic" but I would have to agree. The fascination of black hair for example. When an African American has really long hair, the assumption of whether or not its their real hair comes into play. The coils in the hair, braids, etc. It's not normalized, therefore its exotic, interesting and also aesthetic.

    53. it will also hurt the person who is deceiving people.

      How and in what ways? Interesting point though! I just want to expand that a little more.

    54. something that has a racist history behind it

      Has that really stopped anyone in the past though?

    55. When a young girl scrolls through their Instagram feed, what would they think or how would they feel when they discover that who they saw on Instagram is fake?

      Or even an adult.

    56. An African American, such as myself, can’t switch off and on skin color or facial features.

      Wow, that's a good point.

    57. If Hough simply put her hair in the same style as Susanne, who is the only one in the show with Bantu Knots, people would have known she was that character.

      THANK YOU!

    58. There are many ways a person can appreciate a character or person without pointing out their skin color.

      This is so true! Hopefully, this article talks about this more. Instead of trying to be that celebrity or culture, use a picture of them, don't change your skin tone. Honestly, I'm not sure why people can't really understand that.

    59. ill Smith


    60. performances

      Keyword: Performances. But then again, deceiving anyone is a performance, right?

    61. new ‘blackface.’

      That's something interesting to think about. What exactly would the "New 'Blackface'" consist of? Blackface seemed to be for profit from those actors. Would this be the same thing?

    62. disturbing.)

      I still look at these images and are disgusted.

    63. Blackfishing.’

      It's crazy because when I first learned that there were girls posing as black girls on the internet, my first reaction was WHAT?! But then my next reaction was, yeah. That sounds about right.

    64. ‘Blackfishing’,

      I am excited to discuss this today and look at this article!

    65. Native American clothing for Halloween

      Okay, I'm glad someone else brought this up. Can we talk about this? I am actually a descendant of the Blackfoot Tribe. I don't find people dressing up as Native American as a COSTUME cute or amusing.

    66. Julianne Hough, a p

      I remember when this happened! Crazy...

  2. Jan 2019
    1. about?

      Plain and simple...alchemists were historians and scientists!

    2. alchemists

      The Star of Antimony...interesting!

    3. Does this give you some ideas or questions about what alchemists did or thought about?

      This was vey informative. I had never known what Alchemists did or what they were interested in. I only knew the word from my high school drama club called, "The Alchemists". I never knew there was a whole language behind science that included mystery and even art (as in drawings).

    4. Where in the World and When did Alchemy start

      This was my question that I had last week! I'm glad it's being answered.

    5. chymistry.

      Well that is certainly an interesting way of spelling that word. I'm intrigued.

  3. Sep 2018
    1. Translation is a symbiotic act. Between writer and translator, of course, but also between languages. In becoming its vessel, you carry over something of yourself but also something of the original language, because that is the way that language works. It is a communal heritage, but is also something entirely individual, entirely your own. And that is what gives it its transformative possibility: this inevitable commingling of self and other, of self and culture, of personal history and collective history.

      There is a deeper connection of language that I think most people do not realize. Speaking for myself and my country, the world consists more than English. Translating is breaking barriers.

    2. Fear is something you get used to, it becomes the new baseline from which your body operates.

      I agree!

    3. I had become used to feeling light. I did not want my country hanging around my neck like a weight I must always carry; unable to take it off or put it down.

      I love the honesty. Not many people would admit to this.

    4. Translation is not just about transposing words from one language to another. But transplanting a feeling, a way of seeing the world, from one vocabulary of experience to another. I think of the verb, to transplant. A seedling from soil to soil. But also an organ from body to body. The procedure must be as delicate, as cognizant of the original conditions of creation in order to nurture and ensure a continuation of life

      The idea of translating and relating it to an operation when having a transplant of one organism to another is incredible. On an everyday basis, this is something I would overlook. When someone points something out that is important to them, it opens up your eyes. This relates back to Chimamanda Ngaozi Aditchie’s TED talk "The Danger of a Single Story". We need various stories! Such as Lina Mounzer and more stories like hers.

    5. There is a violence in undoing someone’s words and reconstituting them in a vocabulary foreign to them, a vocabulary of your own choosing.

      I never heard translation and violence put together in this manner. I am truly inspired but also more conscious about the reading and writing that I see as a student. I feel like it is everyone's job to translate the correct way.

    6. All I can think of is my journal, with all the poems I have written over the years.

      We take reading and writing for granted, wow.

  4. Apr 2018
    1. My classroom observations focused on the students’ lived experiences.

      So writing should also relate with emotions when it comes to writing in the classroom in order for students to have a better educational experience.

    2. While he details his “unessay” assignment to demonstrate what creativity might look like in writing classrooms, he points out that different genres and ac-tivities can achieve similar goals.

      So using creativity in the classroom and for methods of teaching would positively achieve the goals Bastian is talking about in this article. I do believe it is a hard task but not impossible.

    1. In this essay, however, I am urging that composi-tion pedagogy be measured by its own standards—which, I am proposing,include a dialogic function. I find myself taking an argumentative tack paral-leling that of W.E.B. DuBois in The Souls of Black Folk:nineteenth-centuryAfrican Americans suffered from a racial “double consciousness” in which theycould fully appraise themselves neither by their own standards nor by those ofwhite people.

      I tried reading this example over a few times, but I am not sure if I understand what this means. Is she relating African Americans' struggles to critical theory and composition studies? I understand the book but the point that is trying to be made, I do not really understand how it relates.

    2. The arguments ofliterature scholars can also be traced in the college catalogues that listadvanced offerings in literature but only required normative courses in com-position

      This is an interesting idea that I have never thought about before or even considered. I would like to see what the rest of the article has to say about this argument.

  5. Mar 2018
    1. Critical life episodes or encounters precipitate an examination of past beliefs and practices, often initiated by an act of racism and feelings of disequilibrium (Bean, 2001; Bean, et al., 1996; Ponterotto & Pedersen, 1993; Wurzel, 1988).

      It is difficult for a person of color to be comfortable with their identity if not only their school and community is not teaching them, but society itself is always putting them down. How could a black male teenager know his identity if everyone around him is disheartening him and calling him out of his name? It's not easy.

    2. Instead of clear anchors in family, community, and institutions like schools to forge a coherent identity, these fluid spaces engender feelings of disconnection and alienation (Mansfield, 2000). Identity in a mall culture is constructed through consumption of goods, with selfhood vested in things. Because this is ephemeral, feelings of panic and anxiety flow into teens' live

      This statement was made 18 years ago and it is still the same today. The home life for teenagers are no longer the traditional mother and father home. More generations are going through different problems that their parents and grandparents did not have to go through. An example would be living in such a sexualized society where women feel as if their bodies and face are not good enough and they are not worth love if they do not look like these women on Instagram. And then the women on Instagram do not feel pretty and have low self-esteem. That is something these "urban" teenagers did not have to go through back in 2000.

    1. Technology and mass media provide people with unprecedented exposure to and options for participating in a “mass-mediated imaginary that frequently transcends national space” (Appadurai, 1996, p. 6)

      I thought this was interesting because it gives a different perspective on technology. This is the positive side to having technology in today's developing world; having our imagination and mass-media combined together in order to connect through globalization.

    2. During the course of the study, I spent three years as a participant observer on the site. This included approximately ten to twenty hours per week of writing and publicly posting my own stories, provid-ing feedback for other writers’ texts, and interacting with a diverse group of fans both on FFNand in the broader fan fiction community.

      This is a lot of research and time that was put into this study. It shows how much time and effort goes into developing a complex study such as this.

  6. Feb 2018
    1. nstead of focusing on narrowing attention, youngpeople often respond to a rich media environment by multi-tasking—scanning for relevantshifts in the information flow while simultaneously taking in multiple stimuli.

      This gave a new meaning to the term multi-tasking compared to what everyone is usually used to hearing.

    2. The schoolsystem’s inability to close this participation gap has negative consequences for everyoneinvolved

      I think one of the main problems has always been the school system. There are certain schools with the resources and technology to have media education. While there are some schools in areas with old textbooks and some with no textbooks at all.

    1. Page 165: I do agree. After high school or college, students are not going to write "academic" research papers in their work field. However, I do believe that it gives the student a foundation once they leave the academic world.

    2. Pre-Writing Activities: How much students got feedback from faculty and others about their writing ideas and drafts.Clear Expectations: How much instructors provided clear explana-tions of the goals and criteria of the writing assignments.Higher-Order Writing: How much students wrote assignments involv-ing summarization, analysis, and argument.Good Instructor Practices: How much students collaborated with classmates, reviewed sample writing, and were assigned practice writ-ing tasks.Integrated Media: How much students included numerical data, multi-media, and visual content in their writing. (22)

      These 5 scales are something I have never heard of before. With this, students will probably be able to move higher in not only their writing careers but overall in their academic careers.

    1. I agree. Although this article is talking about strictly academic research at the university level, I do believe that these new methods could allow students to pull away from being creative. However, if there is a well-enough balance between skill and the uniqueness of a student, then the creativity can still be present while doing academic research.

    2. I think this is an interesting idea. The combination of useful skill and knowledge, along with the individualism of a student, creates a new confidence when it comes to academic success in research.