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My Sister’s Keeper: The Art of Poetry

Greetings Everyone hope all is well.  This week as we continue our journey down this path of exploring the possibilities of both the visual and performing arts, I want to share a personal experience I engaged in with my sorority sisters over the past weekend.  Every other week, my sorority sisters and I have a closed sisterhood social called “The Talents of my Sisters.”  The objection of these socials are to highlight one member of our organization and alllow her to share a special skill or talent she possess with everyone else such as knitting and sewing, creating pottery pieces, dancing, painting, kickboxing, makeup and additional things of that nature.  This past week was my opportuninity to share a talent of mine that I have always and will always be passionate about.  Furthermore, I decided to share the art of storytelling through creatives stanzas of poetry and spoken word with my sorority sisters.  I started the activity with an introducti0n of the significance of poetry to my lie and how it has served as a positive foundation for me to influence and inspire others and self reflect.  I instructed all my sisters to pull a slip from a brown paper bag that contained one word themes and phrases such as love, confidence, art, elegance, success, etc.  From that I provided each member with a fill in the blank poem in which they had to write in their own thoughts and feelings that also expressed the theme they selected.  Once this activity was completed, a played soft jazz music in the background and provided an opportunity for each member to read her poetic story.

“Ego Trippin” by Nikki Giovanni

Greetings!

I decided to showcase this poem with you all because as a strong, independent African American young woman who has been through many trials and tribulations, this poem has served as a foundation for my life.  The above video presented  is a combination of powerful, vivid and symbolic images and strong, sophisticated and confident reading from a female figure has assumed the role of the Queen of the Nile.  I was first introduced to this poem back in high school when I used it as my spoken word talent for a high school pageant I served as a contestant in.  I wanted to perform  a piece that was so dramatic and divine that everyone’s imagination would be cultivated, everyone’s intellect would be challenged and everyone’s creativity further explored and developed.  During the actual pageant, I approached the audience and judges in an African, cultural oriented attire and took on all the feelings, emotions and gestures conveyed by the poet and executed it with passion and conviction.  This evening, I wanted to present the power this video has to offer because it is such an important piece of my identity that further demonstrates my love and dedication to the performing arts.  The video is very appealing because the images are uplifting, bright and vivid indicating the strength and pride the poet both embodied when she created this poem and the message delivered through the words.  The music that accompanies the reading of this poem creates an atmosphere of lively and enthusiastic spirits and a sense of cultural identification.  The music does indeed add to the relevance and power of the actual poem, from my perspective, because it served as one of many elements that united to propel a deeper understanding of artistic appreciation.

The Art of Me: Theatre

Greetings to everyone, I hope all is well!!

This week I have decided to invite you all into a more significant and personal aspect of my life.  As I mentioned when I initally began this artistic journey and introduction of my blog, I informed everyone that my passion is both the visual and performing components of the performing arts.  During the first week of my blog introduction, I discussed and highlighted the beauty and artistic innovation of two University of Florida students showcasing their work at in an on-campus museum.  Although I enjoyed presenting the amazing artwork, both pastel paintings and unique sculptures to you all, I wanted this post to be a little more closer to home.  As a student pursuing an outside concentration in theatre performance, I selected a video that highlights my favorite dramatic piece titled “Ego Trippin” by renowed poet, educator and activist, Nikki Giovanni.

Don’t Make Me Think-A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability

Greetings Everyone!!  Welcome Back and Happy Wednesday.  This week, my blog post has taken a different approach than my usual visit down our journey of “The Art in Me”, an exploration into the many avenues of the visual and performing arts.  This week, I want to preset to my visitors, my thoughts, reviews and comments in regards to a very interesting read titled, “Don’t Make Me Think, A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability.”

To begin with, this read overall increased my awareness on many components of web usability that I had not previously acknowledged or even though about before and highlighted many key points to help us all, as movers and shakers of the technological age, get better acquainted with navigating the web.  While reading this book, one of the first phrases that captivated my attention was the subtitle “It’s not rocket surgery.”  I have always heard of the phrase “It’s not rocket science” but never the phrase used to start the book off.  After internalizing the message attempting to be conveyed, I thought that phrase was indeed appropriate because the author of the text wants readers to be informed that starting and maintaining a website is not the most difficult task to complete.  The author established a tone of empowerment and independence in the reader but providing readers with the necessary tools, information and resources needed to start an effective website.  Although I am a Telecommunications-News major, I have always possessed an interest in learning how to communicate through media online whether through blogging or website maintenance, especially because the broadcast and communications field is increasing its function in an online domain.

After reading the first few pages of the text, I am a firm supporter of the one of the most important necessities I believe is required to produce a good website: willpower and self-motivation.  Although this may appear to be basic and serve as a traditional answer, that is the feeling I gather from the author’s first few explanations of producing a great website.  The author clearly mentioned that readers and perhaps first time users don’t need to know everything because the text provides much room for growth, experiences and development.  Also, I agree with the author when he remarked that every page designed to by individuals should be self evident enough for visitors to understand the content of one’s page and be able to navigate it easily.  In terms of making pages efficient I also agree because as a society constantly ad consistently on a fast-paced track, we tend to scan pages without incorporating deep thought, thus everything should be easy to read and follow.

Moreover, as someone interested in becoming more aware of how to produce my very own website, the illustrations really helped me grasp the overall understanding of the read.  For example, designers may build a website that is so intricate and requires many different codes, inputs, etc but it has to be accessible and easy enough for viewers to understand and follow.  Overall, the power to run and produce a website comes from within and should be exhibited by our desire to grow and learn.

[IN]DISPENSABLE ACCESS: City-Under Cont….

Hello again everyone!!

Returning to our exploration of the themed art gallery, [IN]DISPENSABLE ACCESS, our focus here highlights the bottom half of the artistic structure “City Under.”  The bottom half, regarded as the “Under” represents the darker opposite of the city life.  This strucure, which consists of steel and  dark-colored paint appears to be not so enticing, welcoming and very mysterious.  In fact, if this struture were transformed into the appearance of an actual city or community, I would NOT choose to explore it.  The city looks as if it is sinking or melting into the grounds.  Perhaps the steel was utilized as a main foundati0n for this particular structure because of its endurance and its immense strength that cannot be easily bended or broken.  The colors and rough textures of this structure present the “Under” component of the as unattractive and uninviting.

[IN]DISPENSABLE ACCESS: City-Under

Greetings again everyone!!

As we continue down our artistic journey of discovering “The ART in You” exploring the many possbibilities of the visual and performing arts, I bring to you all another creative art piece seletcted from the Reitz Union Gallery.  As mentioned in my previous post, the theme for the art gallery is acknowledged as [IN]DISPENSABLE ACCESS, as inspired and spearheaded by two University of Florida undergraduates.  Because I was so captivated by the artwork presented last week in this gallery, I really wanted to highlight a different piece of art on display.  This innovative work of art is regarded as “City Under.”  This three-dimensional artwork is similar to the bright, pastel-colored drawing I highlighted last week, but now the object is presented in a different form and style and offers a different message and symbolism.  The top half of this artistic structure represents the”city” and appears to be a bit more warm, soft and defined.  The painted wood representing the city, is presented in different shades of brown and black.  From my perspective, these choices in colors and arrangement show how closely organized and staggered the city life is.  Perhaps, the staggering of these buildings represent the staggering of people’s lives that reside here?  Stay Tuned!!Steel, Wood, Plaster, Paint

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