More Than Just Vegetables

By Reina Ackerberg High on the Hog – How African American Cuisine Transformed America, written by Jessica B. Harris, starring Stephan Satterfield, and directed by Tony Walsh, works to tell the story of many different African American dishes that have now come to establish American food. This documentary works to highlight innovative aspects of pastContinue reading “More Than Just Vegetables”

The Questionable Format of Modern Casting

By Eli Daniel Modern casting is described as a “pre-production process that involves choosing actors to fill roles in a particular TV show, movie, commercial, or play,” according to Master Class. Furthermore, casting is one of the most crucial parts of the filmmaking process as the actors’ performance directly affects the impact of the filmContinue reading “The Questionable Format of Modern Casting”

Social Structure within Prisons: The Realities of Racial Relations

by: Kate KasicaWhile watching The Work, directed by Jairus McLeary, I was struck by how the environment created within the documentary seemed completely separate from any external pressures or norms. There are no physical or socially constructed divides, allowing inmates and visitors to form meaningful connections with one another. This support system also crosses racialContinue reading “Social Structure within Prisons: The Realities of Racial Relations”

Big Boys Cry (Even in Prison)

by: Alana Foster-Smith I haven’t seen my dad cry. I haven’t seen either of my brothers cry. I was brought up to think that this was completely normal. But after watching The Work, I was forced to revisit what had become normal in my life. The stereotype that “big boys don’t cry” had seeped itselfContinue reading “Big Boys Cry (Even in Prison)”

The Effects of Emotional Support Groups within Prison

by Eli Daniel The Work, a documentary by Jairus McLeary, highlights the lack of emotional support men receives throughout their lives. The rituals that are the focal point of The Work are centered around the idea of a safe space and support group for the emotional distraught individuals participating. An idea that is common toContinue reading “The Effects of Emotional Support Groups within Prison”

Beyonce’s Journey to Feminism and Womanhood Through Lemonade

by Savita ChamplinBeyonce has been a figure in society for many years. She became famous in her Destiny’s Child days and remained a star, but she was only known for being a talented singer and dancer with little depth to her character. Almost 20 years after this, she released the film Lemonade. This is whenContinue reading “Beyonce’s Journey to Feminism and Womanhood Through Lemonade”

Behind the Bars

by: Grace Homan What do you picture when you think of a femxle prison? What do you picture when you think of male prison? In class, we tried this experiment. Associations with men’s prisons included violence toward each other, tattoos, gangs, kidnappings, etc. For womxn’s prisons, associations were made with shopping-related crimes, less violence thanContinue reading “Behind the Bars”

Why is Lemonade Yellow?

By Hannah Sweet Beyoncé’s video album Lemonade is filled with dozens of visually stunning moments. Yet, the image of Beyoncé in her flowing yellow dress, pushing open a set of golden doors is what I believe to be one of the most powerful images throughout the album. The contrast between the beginning of “Hold Up”Continue reading “Why is Lemonade Yellow?”

When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade

by Grace Homan Upon research Beyonce’s Lemonade, I became overwhelmed with the realization that this masterpiece contains millions of different facts available to analyze. However, I had to start somewhere. For this reason, I looked to the most obvious pointer: The title.  Why did Beyonce choose to name her album Lemonade? After all, the beverageContinue reading “When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade”

Lemonade: Exposing Degrading Societal Systems Through Song

by Brooke Lee When listening to Beyoncé’s Lemonade album, listeners can hear the range of emotions she feels in each song. These emotions correlate not only with her personal life but also with current societal issues. Each piece within the Lemonade album follows a different style/genre. Beyoncé also collaborates with multiple artists, including Jack White,Continue reading “Lemonade: Exposing Degrading Societal Systems Through Song”