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There’s a Grief that can’t be Spoken


While there are many current popular trends on Tik Tok, my favorite one to watch is “Yeah art doesn’t affect me”. This is a trend that starts off with a song, and in the first sentence of the song, the person will say, “Yeah art doesn’t affect me”. When the second sentence begins they will show a piece of art that has affected them in some form. I love it more when they explain the artwork or piece in depth so we all can understand its reasoning for being so impactful.

There has been a lot of really impactful art out there that people posted. The first one I saw that hit harder is an art piece from a girl name Quin Han. Many artist know Qinni from her artwork on Instagram, but she is most famous for this artwork meme.

Qinniart: Instagram | Twitter

Qing was a freelance artist that used mostly watercolor in her drawings. She had a genetic heart condition and went through four open heart surgeries between 2015 and 2018. She spent those year using art as a coping mechanism and posted them on her media’s along with updates of her life. At the end of December (the 30th) of 2019, she was told she has stage 4 Fibrosis Sarcoma cancer and that she had about a year and a half to live. She passed away February 8, 2020. Qinni is known for her goldfish and glowing stars, when people see them in art many think about her.

Are You Still in Pain – KailD-Art

If I was to do this “yeah art doesn’t affect me” trend. My response would be this song called An American Elegy by Frank Ticheli.

You should listen to it now and keep reading because it is a very pretty song and it’s classical so it doubles as good background filler 😀

A little backstory on me: I have always had my passion in music, a lot of my childhood and being is centered around music. I was a choir kid and switched to band in seventh grade, I stayed in band up to my first two years of college. I was going to pursue music and be a music major; I also wanted my parents to be proud of me. With my mom naysay, I stopped playing music. A lot of things went downhill from there, leading to me quitting college, started working. I think my mom noticed the impact of events or was uncomfortable seeing me in the state I was in. She signed me up for the concert band at our local community center.

Being in the band was short lived, but I have pleasant memories there. I remember this one day we receive a new song and we were sight reading it, and there was a trumpet solo. And the trumpets first two notes took me to a place I went to with my church.

We were on a mission trip to Ciudad Acuña, Mexico (August 2013) to build a shed size home for each family (we worked with two families in need of a house). We drove all the way there and one of our stops was in Oklahoma at a memorial called The Field of Empty Chairs.

Each chair is a person that was killed in the Federal Building Bombing: 168 chairs in total, 19 smaller chairs represent children. This trumpet solo took me to this place of empty chairs. More specifically, it shows me an image of a tree at the memorial that watches over the field. It is called The Survivor Tree and it is an American elm, it withstood the bombing and is now the symbol of resilience.

It took me to this tree in the early morning, just as the sun was coming up and there was a little boy with his trumpet and he standing near the ledge, playing this trumpet solo, overlooking all these chairs, these people (for anyone curious, the solo starts at 8:10 on the video above, ends ~9:15).

But I just started crying. Which was crazy to me because yes I was sad there, but never felt an urge to cry. But in that moment I was so moved and mournful. I can’t quite describe what I felt other than it felt real and peaceful in a place so heavy.

But it is a wonderful piece; I expect nothing less from Frank Ticheli. He is a great composer, I have loved all his pieces. I later found out that Ticheli composed An American Elegy to commemorate the lives lost in the 1999 Columbine Shooting. That was mind blowing to me; I should have known it from the title so I’m just slow.

So this would be my “art has never affected me before” artwork, definitely an art piece I hold close to my heart.

Black Horror Is A Genre That People Should Begin to Understand

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What Is Black Horror?

From the perspective of the viewer, Black Horror depicts the suffering of black people as a result of outside causes. These forces normally refer to featurism, texturism, colorism, assimilation or the lack thereof. In a single moment, the genre captures the psychological suspense of a horrible history. Never being able to take a breath until the movie is done. Some many encounters, some many moments gathered to make a single piece of cinema. Nonetheless, you will feel what the movie wants you to feel because it’s oh so familiar. The genre tugs and it will tug at the stitches you try to conceal. You will sit in your wake, hoping for the gratification that will never come. Each film has a connection of transactions but different affairs.

For the Genre itself, it cultivates various tales dissecting white supremacy from an almost paranormal lens. Racism at its core can feel grotesque, disfigured, distorted and misplaced. Most black horror films that follow this formula create a most successful feeling of being uncomfortable and uneasy. The delicate weaving of tale and pain, perfectly sewn together. Not only does it improve the environment, but it also produces thought-provoking material.

The Right Direction

No, I wouldn’t say I object to the black horror subgenre. It’s more of a suggestion that can be improved over time. The value of depicting black agony and pain via cinematography cannot be overstated. However, it is equally critical that we convey tales that are unrelated to black suffering. Keep the movies black but make them more than just the physical. Jordan Peele’s new film “Nope” was incredible. It had everything I wanted in a film about black people but not about black people. In other words, a black group of scientists could build a monster in a lab and it escapes, or black people could go on a camping trip while battling a huge bat. The trick is to never lose sight of what black culture is all about. It is one of the most crucial elements of Black Horror Cinema.

The film “Nope” received negative reviews for being uninteresting and having a lackluster subject matter. Though I encourage people to consider why this film was made in the first place. Here are some links to articles that condemned the film.



I could sit here and explain why the film “Nope” was a welcome addition to black culture, but I’m not going to. Today, I’ll leave you with a question:

What Does Black Horror Mean To You?

How Would You Make A Black Horror Movie That’s Not About Black Trauma?

Can You Name Any?

“Free To Be You and Me”. Advocacy harnessing the power of social media and influencers… circa 1972. Were things really that different?

Free to be You and Me. A 1972 album followed by a 1974 TV special that teaches gender-neutral themes, self-care, self-esteem, and dealing with the anxiety of growing up in a world that pushes you to conform to societal norms regardless of your true self. In the lens of the early 70s, this was quite radical but at the same time surprisingly mainstream. With the 1970s version of “influencers” on board, the likes of Michael Jackson, Alan Alda, Marlo Thomas, Diana Ross, Roberta Flack, Mel Brooks, Carol Channing, Football star Roosevelt “Rosie” Greer, Shel Silverstein and others participated in the Album and Tv special. Worldwide stars of the day with truckloads of social capital and gravitas presented us with songs and vignettes that taught us that it was alright to cry, that boys don’t have to do “boy” things, and that we are human beings with feelings and needs long before we fulfill any gender roles. Is any of it un PC now? Maybe a tad but that is only because of the social norms and framework from which it took as its starting point. All in all, it is remarkably prescient today.


When I say that it was surprisingly mainstream, I mean that it was required viewing in grade school. Everyone knew of it, and about it. We sang the songs, albeit a little tongue in cheek, but they got us talking about it and they stuck in our heads. Perhaps we thought it was a bit Hippie-ish and yet even if we did not accept it with it in all its earnestness, we took it in. The school of thought that the “old days” were 100% backward and we are so much more progressive today is kind of upended if you imagine if this PSA were played regularly in a particularly conservative school district today.

I think in 50 years the most important thing we have gained is some acceptance and empowerment for people to be their true selves with less fear of repercussions. However, the sad thing is that we knew this was a lesson that needed to be taught in what many of you I’m sure feel is the dark ages of the early 70s… and it has taken this long to take tiny incremental steps.

Blog Post 2: Blogging as connected writing… Social Media impact on Eating Disorders


We all know how toxic social media can be, but do we know its impact on eating disorders? Social media has influenced young people to start diets and exercise at a very young age (most common is 11 or 12). What’s worse is that there are influencers/celebs who promote eating disorders, bulimia & anorexia. Social media in general plays a huge role, people can be mean and comment on nasty stuff about someone’s appearance, some are also pro-anorexia and share everything online, and this can be especially triggering to someone who is already struggling with body dysmorphia and eating disorders. The sad thing is that (this content ED’s) can just pop up on someone’s feed page, even if they didn’t search for it. So, you are being shown the content, without consent. Social media can be very fat-phobic, I’ve come across many articles and videos of random people criticizing/harassing someone because of their weight. Social media has created a “dream body standard”- and this is very unhealthy because it will lead people into believing this body type is the only one accepted. Thousands of influencers and celebrities will share their eating habits with the world, and sell this fake idea that ‘if you eat like me, you can look like me’. What does this lead to? An eating disorder. This has been an issue since social media was created, and back then I believe it was much worse, because people would get away with posting triggering pictures and today you have platforms like TikTok & Instagram that try to monitor their content to make it a safe space. To summarize, social media has a huge impact on eating disorders, it puts pressure on people to look and eat a certain way, will suggest triggering photos, and open the door to criticism and hate from strangers. The question society should be asking today is “How do we solve social media’s eating disorder problem?”. There has to be an answer, do we ban every eating and body image discussion? I’m a part of Gen-Z, and I’m confident my generation has been affected by this. If social media doesn’t fix up, the younger generation that already has access to the internet (at a younger age than I did) can be exposed to this toxicity of social media & eating disorders. 

The connection between my post and these two links below is that social media has an impact on eating disorders, and it will lead to individuals suffering mentally and physically. 

What Metropolis (2001 Film) Teaches Us About “Connection, Identity, and The Meaning of Color”.


Who are your main characters and what do they represent within the story?

Film is such an amazing experience to watch, create, and direct. Especially genres you’ve come to love and adore since you were a child. The interesting thing about cinema is that your able to create shorts, animations, trilogies, or movies. With each having there on merit of expertise. Franchises like the movie “Alien” hold a cultural relevance of the late 70’s and early 80’s with its visual effects mainly being prosthetics. Directed by the infamous creator, Ridley Scott and the art by H.R Giger. To the Xenomorphs, to the carefully crafted ship, to the eerie atmosphere all stitch together a work of art. After this entry the audience should understand the power of film, why color is such an important component to storytelling, and finally, the importance of defining your main character/characters within the narrative.

(Osamu Tezuka manga but directed by Rintaro)


Believe it or not, Metropolis has three different versions of its narrative. The common thread among all of them is economic, ecological, and technological progress. The era in which it is set almost seems like a 1950s film. This allows it to be its own unique thing in animated cinema. The first version of Metropolis was made and created by Fritz Lang in 1927. The second one was made by Osamu Tezaka. The last edition was revitalized and re-imagined by Rintaro based on the work of Osamu Tezaka in 2001. Luther and Andrew (2012) “Nevertheless, this cinematic imagining of future conditions of life continues to resonate strongly as the film keeps attracting spectators and critical attention, thereby offering us a significant opportunity to analyze the ideological foundations upon which we have constructed our notions of human society, including our approaches to ecology”.

Tima’s Beautiful Anomaly and Fated Destruction

As Tima is catapulted into the story without meaning or awareness, her radiant glow searches through the chaos. Created for one reason, but is given the opportunity to be something else. Her glow is defined as a memorable sequence for the audience to take in and remember. Brito and Cho (2017)”Color is one of the cognitive storytelling elements, its interpretation is captured by the subconscious and it is considered an emotional resource due to its psychological background. On the other hand, the character is also part of cognitive perception and storytelling tool, but this is interpreted consciously, character is considered as a logical resource”. Metropolis itself is a heavily industrialized world where technological advancement exceeds that of the human population. Making robots more suitable for it. Carefully look at the vibrant colors above the city and the dim colors below. They can be used interchangeably to define what’s important. Notice the massive buildings Rintaro displays to show expansion and clutter systematically. Tima, a few times throughout the film, is able to shine so brightly, giving vibrance to the city around her. I understand that Tima is a tool to be used and not to be treated as a human that would have their own thoughts and desires. Her revelation is learning she is not human but somewhere in between after being shot by Rock. Her silver tears represent the loss of her identity. Brito and Cho (2017) “Red conveys more anger, passion, happiness, whereas pink conveys a softness, charm, or courtesy. Moreover, in the world of animation, the color is usually used to emphasize certain objects or people in order to convey stronger feelings to the viewer. The main role played by the color within an animation is to convey emotions and feelings. However, they depend on the physical values of each individual, their social context and subjectivity of the observer. Josef Albers8)”.

As Kenichi attempts to grab onto the rageful Tima, hanging for her life, he tells her to grab his hand. This specific scene is taking place over the explosive city of Metropolis, with its red and orange hues. Pieces of the massive building were falling down around them. She finally looks up at Kenichi, saying, “Who am I?”. Having lost his grip, Tima falls to her demise with her consciousness intact instead of without. Kenichi later tries to find Tima’s remains in the vast debris below but is unsuccessful in his efforts. “Better to have loved than not at all”. 

How is Metropolis Being Used

“Andrew and Luther (2012) “[The logical reason an] industrial capitalist society is sustainable so long as it is infused with humanism”]. You will soon learn that the main character, Tima, was the full embodiment of that ideology in theory. At the moment she met Kenichi, it was a human experience. One without control, a guide but an accident. There’s a beautiful sequence where Kenichi and Tima are trying to escape the trigger-happy “Rock” in the barracks down under. Showing their progress in a story that has yet to tell them what’s happening. Eventually in the film, it begins to snow, which seems like a very natural thing that should happen. Although it comes off as empty and desolate. Creating an atmosphere of sorrow, after they find Pero shot and killed. Andrew and Luther (2012) “We may desire a position and perspective outside of systems—ecological, political, or economic—from which to issue cautionary warnings to ourselves, but somehow the formal composition of such cautionary narratives undermines, and thereby makes visible, the impossibility of this same desire. In other words, we see in the panoramic shots of Metropolis the contradictory imagination of ourselves as exterior to and uninvolved in this place as well as interior to and complicit with it”.


Not only does Metropolis explore a possible industrial future, but it does it through color. The film is able to show you massive caverns of industrial trash that have gone unused. While at the same time showing the president’s residency above the clouds. From my analysis, Metropolis was able to explore technological advancement through a multitude of colors. There’s a specific scene where Tima is able to go into the circuit system to find Kenichi. Showing the audience beams of color, ranging from red, blue, and yellow to emphasize Tima’s prowess. The addition of jazz throughout the film also added a beautiful redesign of the environment. Changing our perception of a cluttered city. I believe the film wanted us to answer the looming questions of how we see ourselves, robots, and the environment. Colors are able to show importance within a story or growth and progression within a character.

(Questions to think about)

How can you show progression on a character without telling the audience?

What do you think the robots represent in the film by reading the article?


Hageman, Andrew, and Luther College. “Science Fiction, Ecological Futures, and the Topography of Fritz Lang’s ‘Metropolis.’” 1Library.Co, Ecozon@, 10 Sept. 2012, https://1library.co/document/lq55n5wq-science-fiction-ecological-futures-topography-fritz-lang-metropolis.html.

Yahaira Moreno , Brito, and Cho Dong-Min. “Visual Narrative as a Color Storytelling in Disney and Ghibli Studios.” Cartoon and Animation Studies, The Korean Society of Cartoon and Animation Studies, 31 Dec. 2017, https://www.koreascience.or.kr/article/JAKO201708160569606.page.

Delicious is Always Possible: My journey Into Cooking in Bite-Sized Spaces

My apartment is a 250 square foot postage stamp. My stove is free-standing, my slightly small refrigerator connects to no upper cabinets, and my counter is… well… barely a counter. And I love to cook!

I know what you’re thinking, its impossible, impractical, maybe even stupid. But I’ve picked up some tips over the years, starting with an air frier and instant pot and working my way in to things like magnetic knife blocks to hold knives, stray utensils  and magnetic measuring implements. So when I heard about this assignment, I knew immedietly that one of my topics had to be making cooking work, stupid small style. To illustrate this, I invited a friend, and her cat, to come make some deliciousness happen with me.

One of the tried and true pieces of advice when it comes to cramped living is to keep things simple, and though me and my porcelain doll collection resent those words, I figured it would hold true in this case, so we armed ourselves with this brilliant page full of four ingredient recipes and selected a roast chicken. We also made some hamburger patties to save for another day. A little more research and we had this list of 10 tips to success, ready to guide us on our way.

For some of the tips, I’d have had to order things to try properly, so suggestions like over-sink cutting boards won’t be discussed here, though they are great ideas. Many were successful, however, starting with tip 2, peeling vegetables over a paper towel, which we expanded to chopping. The page suggests this to make cleanup a little easier, but we found it also gave us more surfaces to work from. While I was doing meat prep with one cutting board, my friend was using my desk as another impromptu chopping station, and it came out unscratched. I wouldn’t trust the method with fruits or squishier things like tomatoes, but the carrots and celery were more than fine. Rinsing and reusing, (tip 4,) also served us in good stead, as I don’t have a dish water and sudsy tubs will only hold so much. This was something I was doing anyway, but it always pays to pay a little extra attention, and though it may have added a bit more time, it cut down a lot on clutter in the end. We also were able to use the fridge as an impromptu balancing space for cooling ingredients, a modification of tip 7 which recommends using the fridge top as a foundation for drawers using hotel pans. Though I wouldn’t try it if you weren’t using an edged pan or were dealing in any way with liquids, it was a fine spot for some cooling rolls and allowed the wonderful cat a little more room to play without fear.

Nothing really fancy was used as far as appliances go, just an air frier, an electric oven, and an instant pot. I regretted deeply that I had no emersion blender as cannily suggested by the article, just to play with, but the night went off without a hitch even without additions such as that. The chicken came out delicious, as has every recipe I’ve tried from the same page, though in future I would probably drive it up to five ingredients and add little button mushrooms to satisfy my fungi addiction. In the end, the answer to the question, “is it possible to cook in tiny spaces with multiple people and fluffy friends? A resounding YES! Hopefully, if you at all struggle with the same sorts of squishy, cramped problems, one of these resources will be of some help. Just remember that space can be multidimensional and that recipes don’t always have to be twelve steps long to be delicious and I’m sure you’ll do fine, no matter the size of your kitchen.

Antimatter that you can eat!

Antimatter is the antithesis of actual matter, the things that makeup everything we see and feel around us. Antimatter lives in subatomic particles containing an opposite electric charge called a positron so naturally, when matter is exposed to antimatter the result is explosive, to say the least. This happens with bananas, albeit to a much lesser degree, and it occurs naturally with various trace elements within our planet. Radioactive decay is the process by which the elements break down and while doing so they emit a positron otherwise known as antimatter. As you might have guessed potassium is one such trace element that produces antimatter. There is enough potassium in one banana to give off 15 to 20 particles of antimatter per day. 

Weird right? What if I told you that it’s not just bananas but there are other foods that produce antimatter too. If you have ever eaten spinach, white beans, apricots, avocados, mushrooms, and many others. If food has trace elements and produces radioactive decay, there’s a good chance you’ve eaten antimatter at some point. Before I scare anyone into avoiding their favorite foods it’s important to note that this decaying process happens within our own bodies too. You would also have to consume over 200 bananas a day for years before dying of radiation poisoning. Every day we are exposed to background radiation from this same process happening in the Earth all around us. Who knows what we’ll find as we continue to explore the mysteries of science, I for one am looking forward to seeing if more discoveries are edible. 


Being an independent artist



With the state of the creative industry (and general work), we have the privilege of many different forms of ork. There is the option to work a 9-5 in corporate america, within nonprofits, be a contractor, or a freelancer and the final option, start your own business. If leadership and the industry doesn’t fit how we want to work, there’s power in creating your own thing. As Gen Z we are dealing with more than most. We have access to more information than anyone before which gives us read and centurie with of knowledge and data to analyze our day to day lives. We are tired and hurt by many things; climate change, wages, legislation, and health care. As the generation that grew up will have cellphones we understand that when unsatisfied, you can do something about it. Earning from the past unionizing is a common method for change, so is social media activism and protesting. Another way is to be independent from problematic cultures by starting your own thing whether it’s a business or a movement. Starting a business is not the easiest task but has tons of benefits. As a freelancer and soon to be business owner, the biggest motivator was being able to do my own thing, on my own terms and to a satisfactory standard. Many creatives have already begun to start their own businesses along with being freelancers because there’s more power and respect when you’re the one making the decisions. 

The first article touches on how the creative industry is falling to Gen Z by continuing a culture of undervaluing creatives. The second story highlights the start of many small businesses created by people who saw a lack and a need within their creative industries. Together you can learn the pros and cons of working in the industry and starting your own business.

Mary Lucia and the Power of System Change



Mary Lucia

There is tremendous courage in bringing up workplace toxicity, especially when said toxicity is coming from the top, to the ones that sign your paycheck. Additionally, there often isn’t an incentive in it if you are speaking up on behalf of your coworkers who are the recipients of the toxic behavior. “I’ve been concerned with equity and fair treatment of all of my sisters at the station. Past, present and future. Know your worth, embrace your unique talent and voice and lift each other up.” After working there for 17 years, you know that the situation had to be pretty awful.

The Current has connected many people to music over the years – shows like Rock The Garden sell out in seconds instead of hours like it did before the radio station existed. The archives listed for Mary Lucia on the Current’s weblink above shows that she created a powerful following through her own scheduled shows and curated playlists.

In the Bring Me The News article listed above, the shock of Jim McGuinn abruptly leaving his post will certainly stir up some more chatter – is there a shake-up going on in public radio? Are they going to hire an external system-change consultant to address the ongoing allegations of sexual harassment, gender pay-gap issues etc.?? Either way, it cannot be understated how much of an impact Mary has had (and will continue to have) on the Twin Cities music scene, and how serious and consequential for The Current her departure has been.

The lesson that public radio administrators would benefit to learn from this to keep their fans and stakeholders happy is that classical management and gender pay inequality is becoming a thing of the past, and tenured employees will leave because we are in a new era of what we (working people) will and won’t accept. The world is already full of uncertainty and stress because of COVID, why does it have to be in the workplace? Take Mary’s lead; state your boundaries, state your concerns. Just like any other relationship, if you are heard and understood (or not), you have your options to stay or to leave. Listen to your gut and trust there are people who will support your decision.

Instagram’s Online Market

Anne Yeh, a Meta spokesperson stated that Instagram’s product tagging feature “makes it possible for anyone to support their favorite small businesses, share how they styled their looks along with the products they used, and more” in Protocol.com article “Instagram is becoming more of a mall” (https://www.protocol.com/bulletins/instagram-product-tags).

This statement is interesting because it is partly true but when you consider the fact that Instagram is owned by Meta it seems very fabricated. People being able to share their favorite small business on Instagram with people in their area is a fantastic idea and is a realistic expectation with a tool like this, but it is also important to remember the original purpose of Instagram and why a switch of ownership should not change that.

Intended Purpose of Instagram

When Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger launched Instagram on October 6th of 2010, they intended it to be an app where people could show off where they are or the cool thing they were doing in as easy as 3 steps, and people loved it. It would then start to morph toward branding, influencers, and a source of instant virality, but this is of course because the purpose of a for-profit business is to make money. It still begs the question, what happens when an app meant for posting photos is more focused on your exposure to a new brand? What the last decade has told us is that people’s love of shopping malls are dying and more of it is moving online, which is why we are seeing this sort of scenario.

In the VOI article on “The Origin of Instagram: Starting with The Check-in Site” (https://voi.id/en/memori/15872/the-origin-of-instagram-starting-with-the-check-in-site) it is stated that Krieger and Systrom left their positions as CEO and CTO of Instagram in pursuit of curiosity and creativity. It is also stated in the article that Instagram has not changed very drastically from how Systrom and Krieger left it. The site incentivizes people to spend money by constantly reinforcing them with images of influencers they respect enjoying themselves with specific products and clothes that they can buy to feel just as cool.

The Reality of Increased Advertising

The reason people started trading cable for streaming services is that cable started to become outdated. The advertisements started feeling like they were from a lost era and there were too many packages offering channels people didn’t want for prices they were not willing to pay anymore. Things are different now and the way users are targeted for advertisements now has become more nuanced and interactive. We are also seeing the formation of tech monopolies that are completely setting the stage for what we ingest every day. Instagram advertisement tags are simply the product of a 3-step photo-sharing concept that was built up to be sold for large profits.

What Can You Do?

This situation faces all social media apps, which is why it is important to take responsibility for the curation of your feed as much as you can. I try to make sure I am not following anyone who does not make it clear that their posts are advertisements. I make sure to watch the ratio of how many advertisements have been posted on someone’s account as opposed to actual updates or thoughts. You can also go to settings in your phone, find the advertising section and opt-out of personalized advertisements. If you truly desire it, authenticity can be mined on your feed.