Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Double consciousness

After the Egyptian and Indian, the Greek and Roman, the Teuton and Mongolian, the Negro is a sort of seventh son, born with a veil, and gifted with second-sight in this American world, --a world which yields him no true self-consciousness, but only lets him see himself through the revelation of the other world. It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one's self through the eyes of others, of measuring one's soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity. One ever feels his twoness, --an American, a Negro; two warning souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder.

The history of the American Negro is the history of this strife, --this longing to attain self-conscious manhood, to merge his double self into a better and truer self.

W.E.B. DuBois ''Of Our Spiritual Strivings'' in The Souls of Black Folk (1903)


(e.g. Claude McKay, Countee Cullen)

Similarly.....
Hispanic American Literatures

e.g. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Waldo by Junot Díaz

From Oscar's childhood, it was clear that he would never live up to the stereotype of the Dominican man. (...) Due wore his nerdiness like a Jedi wore his light saber or a Lensman her lens. Couldn't have passed for Normal if he'd wanted to.
Returning to the Dominican Republic for the summer is simply the reality for many Dominican families, but it also represents an important shift in Oscar's life goals. In the DR, he still faces difficulties, but his skin color is not a hindrance to his life goals. Once he returns to the United States, however, he is reminded that certain jobs (like writing genre fiction) are reserved for certain people (white people). Once again, the novel presents racism as something that can be internalized by people of color, as Al, Miggs, and Oscar's mother all deride Oscar's writing because it is too ''white''. Oscar starts to use writing as a way to cope with the injustices he sees in the world, as well as a way to create a safe space for himself. Oscar suffers from a crisis of identity because his physical appearance does not match the cultural image of the type of person he would like to be. His first experience living in a majority-white environment is jarring, but the reaction of his fellow students of color is more hurtful in a a way, because the other Latino students also have narrow ideas about what people with dark skin should be allowed to do.

The white kids looked at his black skin and his afro and treated him with inhuman cheeriness. The kids of color, upon hearing him speak and seeing him move his body, shook their heads. You're not Dominican. And he said, over and over again, But I am. Soy dominicano. Dominicano soy.


Conclusion: You can be successful and still relate to your own culture!!! OPEN YOUR MIND.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Monday, July 24, 2017

1x2 The Get Down

"No," the two replied and Zeke stepped forward, "If I'm gonna rhyme, I need a beat. One that don't retire 'cause Ma's making Rice-A-Roni with real cheese - and the chili ground meat. I need a DJ who spins 1010 WINS and don't give up over no crayon, man. Here comes the judge and I'm the lawyer. He Huck Finn and I'm Tom Sawyer. If you believe in Flash, then I do, too."

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

04x01 A Good Treason VIKINGS

''I have to leave!''
''I am a wanderer, I do not belong here, I do not belong in Paris... I am a wanderer, I belong to the wide wide world...''
''If you want me to stay, you'll have to cut off my feet!''
''We may meet again, after all everything that goes around comes around.''


Friday, November 18, 2016

LAMENT OF THE FRONTIER GUARD by EZRA POUND

By the North Gate, the wind blows full of sand,
Lonely from the beginning of time until now!
Trees fall, the grass goes yellow with autumn.
I climb the towers and towers
       to watch out the barbarous land:
Desolate castle, the sky, the wide desert.
There is no wall left to this village.
Bones white with a thousand frosts,
High heaps, covered with trees and grass;
Who brought this to pass?
Who has brought the flaming imperial anger?
Who has brought the army with drums and with kettle-drums?
Barbarous kings.
A gracious spring, turned to blood-ravenous autumn,
A turmoil of wars-men, spread over the middle kingdom,
Three hundred and sixty thousand,
And sorrow, sorrow like rain.
Sorrow to go, and sorrow, sorrow returning,
Desolate, desolate fields,
And no children of warfare upon them,
       No longer the men for offence and defence.
Ah, how shall you know the dreary sorrow at the North Gate,
With Rihoku's name forgotten,
And we guardsmen fed to the tigers.
By Rihaku      

18 NOV:  The centenary of the end of The Battle of the Somme is being marked in a village in northern France. A daily service has been held in Thiepval since July to mark the anniversary of every day of the battle. It was one of the bloodiest of World War One, in which one million men were killed. Find out more: bbc.in/sommeend

In this "Lament of the frontier guard", by Ezra Pound, we see the topic of it, the war, but not only this, it also talks about the horrible and hair-raising consequences of the war, either of them because all have the same ending. We can see how the poem is turning into a lament, the horrible despair that devastates the war fields, the pain impregnated on the grass, the signs of the loser’s history, the oblivion where we forget all of the soldiers that fought for a country. This poem is a chant to the horror, to the unnecessary afliction of the war, a chant of sorrow and resignation. The poet shows us the true face of the war, the bitter reality of it. The consequences of a terrible act, of an attempt to defend those things that are not our things. Thanks to the terrifying images that the poem gives us, we can imagine the horrible damages caused by the stupid necessity of conquering, of making us better in the presence of the other’s eyes.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Nobody But You

Cover of our novel, Nobody But You
Hey guys, what's up!?

I feel so happy and proud to present you all ''Nobody But You''! ''Nobody But You'' is a novel, a fictional story which is being written by my friend Carmen María and me. It not only is a novel or a fan fic, for we use real names of people and places, but also a special project for us since it is our very first novel together, and that is so exciting because never before have we written a story with anyone else. What is more, we are writing about Vic Mensa, an American rapper from Chicago who we both love; his music, charisma and social and political commitment. I shall introduce you a little bit Vic Mensa. As you already know, Vic Mensa is a rapper, and founder of the hip-hop collective Savemoney. Vic Mensa's lyrics have powerful meanings and unlike many other artists who prefer to turn a blind eye, he speaks real shit. Real stuff, injustices, racism, especially in the US against the black community, inequality. But above all, he wants to send us a message of HOPE. Because there is always hope cause' There's Alot Going On.
Vic Mensa's letter on vicmensa.com


We really hope that you enjoy reading this novel as well as we are enjoying writing it. You can follow this story and updates on Wattpad, on my friend's Wattpad profile @Gatadeluna (https://www.wattpad.com/story/83663416-nobody-but-you-coming-soon). You can also follow me @soldiersara and ask me whatever you want to know about this project. Finally, I leave you with ''Nobody But You'' book trailer which made entirely my friend Carmen María with much love. I hope that you like and do not be surprised to see Vic Mensa as the next breakthrough young artist from Chicago, but you better "savemoney" because he is focused on churning out insane music and bringing the rest of Hyde Park with him to the top.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

#WhatMakesUsHUMAN

They are many the films, documentaries, interviews that we have watched and that someway have changed and/or shaped our way of seeing life, our way of thinking. At least, they, among many other factors, change my perspective as regards to how I see myself towards that that surrounds  us. Yann Arthus-Bertrand's new feature movie is one of them: a sensitive and loved portrait of the Earth and its people. I strongly recommend you this documentary which is divided in three parts and that you can watch on YouTube (Human the movie). What makes us Human...? Is it that we love, that we fight? That we laugh? Cry? Our curiosity? The quest for discovery? You can also find stories of people, of real people. Difficulties, poverty, discrimination, love, dreams, humanity... A documentary to reflect, emotive, dramatic, HUMAN.
"Through these stories full of love and happiness, as well as hatred and violence, 'HUMAN' brings us face to face with the Other, making us reflect on our lives. From stories of everyday experiences to accounts of the most unbelievable lives, these poignant encounters share a rare sincerity and underline who we are – our darker side, but also what is most noble in us, and what is universal. "
You can find more info about this project on: http://www.human-themovie.org/es