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Now that I have decided that this is going to be my permanent choice, I have begun to do a lot of research on the author and Ellison’s background. I have gotten deeply immersed into the basic theme that the book is projected, and I am also very interested that it is a realistic book that I may be able to relate to. Racism and prejudice is something that exists in every single society and it may exist forever; but I think that as an individual it is important to be informed about what it is and how it forms within people. I believe that “Invisible Man” will teach me a lot about how people feel on the inside. Invisible man brings up a lot of important lessons that many people often overlook nowadays. From the moment I saw invisible man on the shelf, the cover of the book was very attractive to me because it presented a form of abstract art that was open to many interpretations. Although the meanings may have seemed crystal clear their was a lot of in depth meaning within the artwork. It presented a black man wearing a cloth over his face, the cloth was white and the man was wearing a trench coat and a hat; comparable to an investigator. This picture stood out to me because the picture was making a very strong statement it suggests that something is being hidden from the audience, and it may suggest a central theme within the book.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_nZnPor4dg

Apr 17
Invisible man in progress (Taleah Ahmad)

I came across Invisible man when I was at the library, I felt that it had strong literary merit and would be an interesting book to read. Ralph Ellison is a well known author and has written other books that have sparked my interest. “Invisible Man” was published around 1952 and that was a very interesting time era considering the fact that we were post WWII at time. The title definitely caught my attention because it was something that most authors would not choose to name their books. The title held a lot of deep meaning that was apparent as I started to read it. Ralph Ellison is an author that has fought for african american rights and is definitely a human activist. Knowing some prior background information choosing to read “Invisible Man” was not a difficult choice. When I picked up the book and started reading random passages, I was immediately drawn to the book I wasn’t able to put it down. The diction and storyline really grabs you specifically because Ellison has a strong voice within the book. It was quite evident that this book was written from Ellison’s heart and soul. In addition most of my friends recommended “Invisible Man” to me, they said that it was a very interesting book particularly because of all the literary devices that are used in order to deliver a strong message. The book itself offers man worthy lessons and themes. Ellison’s perspective and viewpoint is a prominent asset to the book, and hence my reason for choosing to do my research project on it. Currently Ellison started a club called the “black book club” in which various members come together and collaborate important findings as far as reading is concerned. They then discuss their takes on the subject and come up with opinions and ideas that inspire.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVTv3ilp4LA

http://theendofcollection.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/theinvisibleman.jpg

http://theater.nytimes.com/2013/01/29/theater/reviews/ralph-ellisons-invisible-man-at-the-huntington-theater.html?_r=0

Apr 17
Invisible Man (Taleah Ahmad)

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Picture #1: Grades, is a big expectation from my parents for me because they feel that grades predict what the outcome of your future will be like. I also feel the same way to a certain extent, I wish that my parents wouldn’t have a cow everytime I get an A- on my report card. They want me to be very successful and sometimes I feel like they want me to be “perfect”. Although this seems a little far fetched, this realization can drive me insane at times and this weight on my back weighs more than I will be able to describe.

Picture #2: Looking decent/good, can be a struggle sometimes, the fear of being judged is a weight I carry around with me constanly, since I have to deal with a lot of people during the day, including school and extra-curricular activities I feel that it is important that I look my best, I do this for myself but find it a struggle sometimes because I don’t have the time to spend twenty minutes on dressing up.

Picture #3: Trying to make friends can sometimes be a weight that I carry, because scary to think of not having any friends, however, since I do have friends it’s not a big weight that I carry, but still I would like to make more friends that I can learn a lot from.

Picture #4: Being social and trying to get to know people can sometimes be a difficult task for me because sometimes I can be shy and a bit introverted. I need to be social so that I can gain experience, and use people as references for future employment oppurtunities as well as school, and other activities.

Picture #5: While being from a different country it is important for my parents that I don’t forget my roots and culture. They feel that it is essential that I keep in touch with my culture, and never forget it. This can be a huge stressor, because most of my friends are not from the same culture that I am from, therefore I don’t think much of my culture, and it doesn’t seem as important to me as it should.

Picture #6: While trying to look good I also need to know how to dress good, because my parents emphasize this greatly, this can be a heavy weight I carry because it takes time and energy to pick out outfits for appropriate occasions as well as taking into consideration how they will look on you once you wear them.

Picture #7: College is one of the heaviest weights I carry because I want to be successful and want a good education. For me not all colleges cut it, I want to go to a college where I know i’ll be trained for best for the job that I want. My parents have very high expectation for me (especially in this area) so I have to work really hard to get into the college of my choice.

Picture #8: Getting a car, is also another weight that I carry, eventually I know that I will get one but I want to get a really nice car, so that I can do what I want, and have freedom to go places. I want to get a car so that I can prove to my parents that I can buy something with my own hardwork and determination, and it would mean alot to meĀ if my parents understood that I can be responsible.

Oct 26
What I carry? (Taleah Ahmad)

A anti-film war film that I feel deserves recognition is hotel rwanda. One of the many reasons why it is an anti-war is because the hotoos and the tootsies experienced conflict because of the government. The main image that it was trying to inflict was the fact that majority of the victims of war are casualties….more than half the people that die in war are the innocent. This movie chose to focus on a normal family in which the husband is a hutu and the wife is a tutsi…..when looked at through their perspective, it is evident that wear tears people apart….and not everyone is interested in engaging in war.

Sep 27
Anti-war films (Taleah Ahmad)
Bleezer’s Ice Cream

I am Ebenezer Bleezer,
I run BLEEZER’S ICE CREAM STORE,
there are flavors in my freezer
you have never seen before,
twenty-eight divine creations
too delicious to resist,
why not do yourself a favor,
try the flavors on my list:

COCOA MOCHA MACARONI
TAPIOCA SMOKED BALONEY
CHECKERBERRY CHEDDAR CHEW
CHICKEN CHERRY HONEYDEW
TUTTI-FRUTTI STEWED TOMATO
TUNA TACO BAKED POTATO
LOBSTER LITCHI LIMA BEAN
MOZZARELLA MANGOSTEEN
ALMOND HAM MERINGUE SALAMI
YAM ANCHOVY PRUNE PASTRAMI
SASSAFRAS SOUVLAKI HASH
SUKIYAKI SUCCOTASH
BUTTER BRICKLE PEPPER PICKLE
POMEGRANATE PUMPERNICKEL
PEACH PIMENTO PIZZA PLUM
PEANUT PUMPKIN BUBBLEGUM
BROCCOLI BANANA BLUSTER
CHOCOLATE CHOP SUEY CLUSTER
AVOCADO BRUSSELS SPROUT
PERIWINKLE SAUERKRAUT
COTTON CANDY CARROT CUSTARD
CAULIFLOWER COLA MUSTARD
ONION DUMPLING DOUBLE DIP
TURNIP TRUFFLE TRIPLE FLIP
GARLIC GUMBO GRAVY GUAVA
LENTIL LEMON LIVER LAVA
ORANGE OLIVE BAGEL BEET
WATERMELON WAFFLE WHEAT

I am Ebenezer Bleezer,
I run BLEEZER’S ICE CREAM STORE,
taste a flavor from my freezer,
you will surely ask for more.

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Sep 4
My Favorite Poem (Taleah Ahmad)

My motto was to live life to its fullest, for me my motto came very naturally and was logical. my motto came to me when I realized that following rules, and doing what im told is something that is not a part of my nature, so I thought that the only thing that I should put my focus toward is living life to its fullest, I know I cant tell what tomorrow brings, so why not just live every moment like its your last. I think my motto is a great one, because it is logical and easy to follow.

May 28
Motto

The adults that we watched these movies with felt like Mean Girls potrayed teenage character quite accurately, of course they thought that the steps the teenagers took to get revenge was a little too extreme, but the emotions that the teenagers felt were all very real and accurate, these movies reminded them of their childhood, and they agreed to an extent that at one time they were rebellious as well, and also said that some people were provoked by these films to engage in rebellious activity.

May 28
Parent opinion

So on our second movie night we watched a teenage rebellious movie post 1980, we decided to watch “Mean Girls”, a modern look at teenage rebellion in 2004, I believe that similar to Rebel without a Cause”, mean girls also had a believable situation but partially unbelievable characters….i felt that it was an accurate portrayal of teenage girls….although they illustrated this through an extreme, parts of it were true. It is obvious that the audience for this film would be for middle schoolers because this movie would deliver a complete guide on how to act like a highschooler, the message of this movie is to act like yourself…because when you start acting like someone your not, it wont help you in the end. The speaker of this movie was also an experienced adult. Ultimately there were no huge differences between both movies, except for the setting, and sometimes that can make a huge difference.

May 28
Movie night # 2

A day we look forward to, and for some a day we dread. Either way picture day is a day that we see anually, we follow a basic routine and get our picture taken the problem arises when….everyone is forced to look the same, similar to a military group. We all have the same poses, in addition we are even told how to smile a certain way, how much to smile, and how to angle our faces. If that is not a command I dont know what is. School pictures take out the originality of a child and prevent him from expressing ones self, I think its not a good system and should change so that people understand each other better. Because a picture speaks for itself and if its not portraying what you want it to…that can be a problem.

May 24
Picture day! (Taleah Ahmad)

We have all seen teenage rebel movies such as sleepover, mean girls, and many others, but have you ever tried noticing what they all have in common….yes! Their stereotypes, almost all movies consist of a blond barbie who all the guys fall for, a jock that wouldnt be able to pass a drug test and last but not least.the nerd that falls for the blond barbie but know he cant have her. Although these stereotypes hold a common role in most movies, they are not as realistic in actual highschool settings while the emotions may be there, the exact characters might not. We all feel like we neex to fit in no matter where we go, and we also feel compelled to be bossy and mean in order to get our way….but ultimately in all movies the people who are themselves, end up successful in achieving their goal, while the people who fake it fail epically.

May 21
Highschool stereotypes! (Taleah Ahmad)