Identity And Belonging Podcast

So My goal for this podcast was to be able to relate heroes to identity and how heroes can have impact on them. I thought that getting an interview from both of my parents. I wanted to see how their experience with the people that they considered their heroes impacted them overall. I also wanted to make sure I had said my part for this topic and what I had learned from this experience as a whole 
What I had found that was really interesting and enjoyable, would have to be the interviews that I had done with my parents. They had some interesting points, and it had given me new ideas on how to approach this podcast. It was really cool, not to mention I felt like I got a chance to learn more about my parents. The most difficult part of this project would have to be editing. I severely underestimated the amount of work that I had to put in to make the final podcast really good. However, I would still say that it was worth it.  

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Identity and Belonging Podcast (Money Jawn)

​My theme for my podcast was to find out the identity and belonging. My goal for this project was to find out the word of misjudgment and the word "terrorist." People say this word just to say it and really don't know what it means. I interviewed my fellow friend, his name is Ahmed Ahmed. He is in 9th grade and he attends Science Leadership Acd. Now I feel from another person point of view of getting misjudged and mistreated and what terrorist means. 

My interview went well than I expected it to go. It was very frustrating at one point of time but I overcame it and got done my podcast. This was a very hard process for me, it felt like I had to do everything perfect or it will mess up my whole project. I listened to my interview probably a good 10 times to make sure everything was okay. Making a podcast takes a lot of time. For my first podcast, I don't think it was that bad. I learned a lot of new things about working with a podcast. 

Identity and Belonging Podcast - Kayla Cassumba

My goal for this project was to get my audience to understand that education and knowledge is key to success. Through my father's example I was able to extract some of his key values and help me further understand who he is. Throughout the podcast I have Congolese drums playing which are one of my father's favorite instruments.  

What went well during this project was getting my interview. I had a lot of material to work with but it was challenging to boil down the information to the most important part. It was challenging to edit the podcast and take out any unnecessary material and also to have it all flow without it sounding bad. Overall, the project had its rough patches but when it was completed I felt good.

Quarter 2 Art Portfolio

I wanted to make a collage of something/or someone that I love. I’ve always loved Audrey Hepburn and so I decided to make a collage about her. Before making my collage I did a little  research on Audrey Hepburn and discovered that she was born during the time of Nazi Germany, but the most interesting fact I learned was that she at bulbs of Tulips to stay alive and so I decided to make the shape of my collage a tulip bulb.

For the draw fabric assignment I decided to draw a gown. I’ve always loved and been interested in fashion and so this was my favorite assignment in quarter 2.  Before I started drawing I did some research on what draw fabrics looked like. I found a lot of images of what looked like to be drawing of a big sheet or clothing.

The picture I chose to edit is of my sister and I. I chose this photo because this is one of my favorite photos of my sister and I. This photo was originally taken in color.

I based my illustration off of a Shel Silverstein poem called: Early Bird. The first poetry book I had had this poem in it. It’s also where I learned the phrases: early bird get the worm. I decided to draw a picture of a bird because it’s the main subject of the poem.

Identity & Belonging Podcast

My goals for this podcast were to bring to my viewers an overall idea of how identity is found. I wanted talk about the introduction of trends and how social media affects the lives of everyone who is starting to find themselves. Things and people that you encounter throughout time affects your personality depending on how you interpreted it or them. Trends are turning this generation into a world of plagiarism. With this being said, trends can be both bad and good.

After creating my podcast I was mostly pleased with my work. The editing took a while and so did the audio of the podcast but I was happy with the outcome.  I had the most fun with adding the music to my audio. This was also one of the most difficult parts of creating this project. Overall I learned how to gather information from a person rather than online and I learned more about how to be open minded when looking at arguments.
English Identity Podcast

Podcast -220 Poppin'


My goal for this podcast was not sit down and get to know my great grandmother more and also receive some elderly knowledge. I think some of our youth could use some of this knowledge and use it throughout their life.

what went well with this podcast was my grandma responded to the questions I asked well and she also elaborated good too she made it somewhat easy to  interview her . what was challenging about this podcast was I used my phone so I  had to keep switching my phone from her mouth to mine and some times I would move the phone before she finished speaking and I got stuck in between questions so I would start stuttering too much.

Xavier's Podcast: Intellectual Identity

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I created this podcast with the idea of intellectual identity. I interviewed Harry and Eva, two friends of mine who I consider to be very smart. 

Through this experience I discovered the concept of intellectual elitism. I don't think That I would have come to the same conclusion that I did without the input of my interviewees. The actual editing of this project was very painful and the time limit was really damaging to my podcast itself. 

Accepting my Name: Identity and Belonging

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My goal for this podcast was to showcase the history behind my name and it's significance attributed with my father and mother and how I somewhat struggled accepting it. I didn't just want to give my point of view of my name, so I interviewed my father and mother as well. I asked them the same questions so I could get different perspectives. To change it up a little bit, I had a friend interview me rather then just me speaking of my experience because I wanted to have my recollection of memories in the moment to show raw emotion.
Completing this podcast, it wasn't much of a struggle. I had a bit of paranoia working with Soundtrap because of previous experiences, but other then that, it was easy. I would say that the only other struggle was remaining in the time limit. My first draft of my podcast was 15 minutes so I had to edit a lot of audio out that I wanted to keep :(. I learned a lot from this podcast. First, I learned the skill of podcasts with the help of videos of Ira Glass and during class with Ms. Dawson and Mr. Block. I also learned that there are multiple other ways to story tell of then writing and that later on in life, I can use the tool of audio and literacy to present other ideas and narratives. I had a lot of fun doing this benchmark! Hope you guys enjoy!

Colorism towards Black Women

My goal for this podcast was to explore a topic that affects me. Colorism is a very sensitive topic to African American women. My essay also focuses on colorism in the black community. For this podcast, I wanted to interview light skin black women and dark skin black women. Another goal for this podcast was to improve my editing skills. 
I learned that forming a story arc in a podcast is very hard. Some of my struggles were forming the climax and my interview questions. At first, I didn't know what questions to ask my interviewees. However, over time I learned to let the interview be more of a conversation than a podcast. 
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Quater 2 Senior Art (Jordan Meriwether)

Through my current work I wanted to begin stretching the limitation on what I could do for a project. I did not do the different checkpoints of this project as they were conventionally described. My first creation was to be a fern, the directions were very open. I decided instead of doing an average fern I wanted to do a particular form of a fern. I looked over many pictures and  found that ferns uncurl as they develop. I intern, decided to create a fern while it was uncurling. For my next project I was told to do a golden ratio collage. I interpreted the word collage in a different way that normal. Most people would just add special materials and pictures from magazines. Google defines a collage as “a combination or collection of various things”,  decided to do that through imagery. I gave the golden ratio a collection of many things: a lizard, a man, a pencil, and even a flower. From there I had a final project which was broken into multiple parts. First, I needed to create a sketch for something that would fit on a tile, it was supposed to be organic. In the end of my sketches did not interest me, so for the next section I drew something new. We were supposed to make a negative space drawing to eventually be turned into a block print. I chose to make a sketch showing a heart surrounding a plant, it represent my love towards nature. With the final block print I decided to do something tedious and difficult. I made two block prints, they both were negatives of each other, and wanted to get them both printed on the same paper to get a multicolored print. It took a minute, but in the end I was able to a multiple colored print that looked very nice. Overall, this project helped me experiment on how I could attempt to interpret projects more creatively. I will take this with me and use it to create more intriguing works.

Identity & Belonging

This project mainly focuses on my sisters ideas and experiences relating to identity and belonging. She talks about why she left public school and went into homeschooling, and this was because of her not feeling as though she belonged and also because of an issue involving her, her "friends" and a cyber-bullying page that was created. My goal for this project was to focus mainly on a story, and making that story suspenseful like the examples Mr. Block showed us in class.

Overall, I can honestly say I enjoyed working on this project. I learned a lot about my sister and her experiences, and also about different definitions of identity and belonging. The checkpoints were really helpful for me, although they were frustrating. The first interview I did with her was a failure, it related to identity but was not what I pictured my final product looking like. So, after I redid the interview I was very satisfied and looking forward to editing and showing her the final product. I really did like this project, though, simply because light was bought to my knowledge and I was definitely enlightened. 

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Identity and belonging Podcast

So My goal for this podcast was to be able to relate heroes to identity and how heroes can have impact on them. I thought that getting an interview from both of my parents and see how their experiences with people who they considered their heroes impacted them and their identities. I was then going to say my piece with the whole matter and what I learned from the experience of making this podcast  
What I had found that was very easy would be the interviews. They were very opening and brought up some interesting points or stories that I feel really helped me make my podcast more creative. They really helped to inspire me for how the podcast could. What I thought that was really challenging would be the amount of editing that I had to do. I really underestimated the work that I had to put in to make this podcast really good. I feel like it was worth it though. 

Identity and Belonging Podcast

In both my advanced essay and podcast I discussed whether or not a person can change their identity. My goal for the podcast was to get as many interviews as I could and use all those interviews to show the listeners why I believe change doesn't exist. I didn't necessarily want to convince the listeners that I was right and they were wrong, I just wanted them to give another perspective and opinion a chance, and whether they believe me or not, that was up to them. Unfortunately, all my interviews were so great and full of information and stories that I was only able to use two. I made sure that I included the stories of my interviewees so that listeners could connect with them. If listeners can't connect with anything in my podcast, than they wouldn't be compelled to listen to the entire thing. 

The podcast itself took a long time to make, and was very frustrating. I probably listened to each interview five times, and the shortest interview I had was ten minutes, so you could understand my frustration of having to listen to the same thing over and over again for three hours. Next came the deciding factor of whether or not I wanted to use certain information/recording (because I had a lot of good stuff to use). Making a podcast definitely takes patience, and it's a lot of hard work that I was definitely was not anticipating. The final product turned out alright, but I know that I can do much better. The final product wasn't too bad considering it was my first podcast. 

The Namesake vs. Media

Throughout current culture in America, and arguably all over the world, communication is constantly evolving, and so are the mediums we all choose to express ourselves. Instead of walking up to each other and establishing a connection, or explaining to each other why we like the things we do, we just read it, maybe in the 140 characters of a tweet, or the 150 characters of an Instagram bio. The information we choose to post or the media we share with our followers is our definition of ourselves, ‘This is what you see, and that is how I want you to see me.’ In other cultures names or titles define who people are, what relationships they will have, and can convey storybooks worth of information, with just a few syllables. For the purposes of this paper the culture that will be examined is that of Bengali individuals and their lives portrayed when immigrating to America in the book, The Namesake written by Jhumpa Lahiri.

The main character, Nikhil Gangoli spends the entire book agonizing over his name, torn between his inherited Bengali culture, and his born to America lifestyle he spends all his time letting his name define him. He thinks people don’t take him seriously because of his name, originally Gogol, when he finds out, or rather as the reader you find out the only person not taking him seriously, or constantly doubting every move he makes, is himself.

“He is afraid to be Nikhil, someone he doesn't know. Who doesn't know him...It's a part of growing up, they tell him, of being a Bengali.” (Chapter 3 Paragraph 13) This quote taken from The Namesake is from Gogol’s early youth, when he gets renamed from his pet name, Gogol. Originally he is not fond of this name, because it is unfamiliar and uncomfortable for him to change what everyone calls him, his life title. So as a young boy, he chooses to stay Gogol, which later on he regrets, thinking his pet name is stupid, and changes it back to Nikhil. This back and forth struggle over, what people will call him, how people will view him, and the struggle of defining himself through a title that, at the end of the day doesn’t matter is the biggest theme of the book, and for many throughout their entire lives.

Through the way media has evolved, to include every part of our lives, people no longer know what it is to define one’s self, everyone simplifies and belittles what and who they are, to be interesting at a glance. This makes everything less meaningful, when people throughout the world should be able to just embrace their complexities. In a recent podcast titled, Finding the Self in Selfie (This American Life, 2015) a few teenage girls were talking about their experiences and familiarity with the rules of interacting on Instagram, and what it means to comment or double tap.

“Especially because we, like just started High school, so we’re meeting a lot of new people, so you would comment on someone’s photo who you’re not really super close with or that you don’t know really well, and it's sort of a statement, like, ‘I wanna be friends with you’ or ‘I wanna get to know you’ or like, ‘I think you’re cool’. If someone that you don’t know very well commented on your photo, it's sort of like an unspoken agreement that you have to comment back on their photo. Like when you’re making new friends, if they comment on your photo, you comment on their photo.”

 Almost to say that the way to meet new people and force friendships is through your online persona, how you present, or even more to the point, sell yourself. Later in the interview the incoming freshman girls admit, that the way you present yourself online, is almost like you’re marketing yourself, like you are the product, manager, and the marketing team, trying to keep people interested and concerned with knowing about you and your life. Squeezing anything cool or notable about yourself into an Instagram bio, or caption, and sticking a filter on a group picture of your friends having “Tons of fun!” being the only thing keeping us, in this generation current. And beyond that, people making friends and even romantic partners or hookups in the private message sections, or DMs of Instagram.

“...I tell her, don't you hate when you get screenshot, Bitch that DM wasn't for everybody, I love tha gram I love tha gram, I'm addicted to it I know I am...” A piece of a very popular rap right now, brought to us by Yo Gotti, who may not be a credible source at first glance, but as a voice for the young of this generation, and the behavior now known as normal, very trustworthy. People being debased to a steady photostream on their phones. This is being highly studied all over the world, and the impact of the internet in general on the mass public has been scrutinized by many since the mid 90’s, but the most powerful words, come from an actress, a media personality, and someone you think would be completely uninvolved in public speaking, Thandie Newton, who in her thirteen minute TED Talk addressed embracing self, and otherness.

“We each have a self, but I don’t think that we’re born with one...The fundamental state of ‘oneness’ is lost on us very’s no longer valid, or real...” This transition from having a fundamental sense of ‘oneness’ to being completely withdrawn from everything comes quickly, almost without warning. Unfortunately though, most young adults choose to isolate themselves into different internet profiles in an attempt to recreate that oneness through a self-constructed image that in truth can never fully capture their entire presence. That being said, this trend will likely never end, but the self imposed need to sell ourselves on our media will hopefully be less impending through the different voices pointing out this almost self destructive behavior.


Ghosts in the Machine, NY Times

Quotes from The Namesake

Thandie Newton: Embracing otherness, embracing myself. (TED Talk)

This American Life: Status Update

Yo Gotti, Down in the DM

Identity and Belonging Podcast

My goal for this project was to give an immigrant’s perspective on identity and belonging. I interviewed my mother who was born in the United States but grew up in Ecuador. I focused on how immigrants begin to feel that they belong in a new country.
Interviewing went well; I enjoyed getting to know more about my mother’s past and identity. It was hard to cut all of the clips exactly the way I wanted them. It was also hard to decide what parts of the interview to include. I learned a lot of new things about storytelling and what makes a story compelling.


Identity And Belonging Podcast

My goal in my podcast Is to focus on how Haisha see herself vs how other people see her and how she identifies identity. She focused more on a personal experiences to better express what she knows and to inform everyone real life issues people are going through. I am proud that I get to have her talk about an experience that she has struggled with personally. This podcast is a common topic nowadays and I wanted to get the point across that we live in a place where you get judge no matter what you look like or how you are their is always someone there to bring you down but you just have to ignore the others on what they say because you know who you are and that's all that matters.

Working on this podcast was a really great experience. I feel like hearing her talk about her situations made me realize how people are judging on something that means so much to a person. I got to connect with Haisha personally from this and I feel like I'm not alone with the situations I went through because now I know others go through it too. I feel like creating this podcast overall and adding the final touches went really well.

Identity and Belonging Podcast- Michaela

I wanted to create a podcast that deals with the reality of dealing with stereotypes and societal pressures to be and act a certain way. I interviewed Amanda Bolli and Chelsea Middlebrooks about their experience with both those things. They talked about what they've experienced and growing up the immense pressure on them from their moms. They also spoke about what it's like to be a woman in the world.

This project was frustrating to work on, because I didn't have any story to focus on. Instead, I focused on the emotions and experiences of these to girls. I was interested in working on it, but I'll admit, I am far more interested in telling stories on a written format. Editing was frustrating, but it was done, as well as finding music.
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Identity and Belonging Podcast - Chiara Nemati

My goal for this project was to share my fathers story about moving to America. He is an immigrant from Iran, who can here to study and escape the war. He ended up living here for more than half his life. I wanted to create a story that displayed the struggles that immigrants go through and help others see his journey to success. 

Overall, I think I created a nice piece. I was able to get the stories I wanted to share and structure them in a way that flowed. I had a little bit of difficulty with Garageband and feel that my editing skills can be improved on. My editing process was not the smoothest but writing out a script really helped me when I needed to cut information out and decide what to keep. 
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Identity and Belonging Podcast - Katarina

What I wanted to accomplish was to get my stepdad to say an interesting story about how his identity was shaped. This was in response to the question: "Who is the person who influenced your identity the most?" This story was the answer to that question, and it was 10 minutes linger, but I had to cut it. 

I do good in the interview, were I got my stepdad to easily speak for the whole 45 minutes, were he told a few good and long stories. Something I could have done better, was made sure that my voice was the same loudness as his. Something I would do differently if I were to redo this project is I would ask him to conclude too.

Identity & Belonging Podcast - Jun-Jie Zou

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    Since this was my first time turning a long interview into a short podcast, you can say that my goal was to be able to cut things down and have it still make sense. It was most definitely a lot of work, but I felt like it came out pretty satisfying considering the fact that I am not very good with editing audio. 
     I think the most difficult part is to cut down on the amazing things my interviewee said. As a matter of fact, I had to pass the limit because I was not fully able to cut down some things. But I don't feel like my audience will be bored out because he is speaking from his raw experience. I thought that I did a really good job with music selection. I felt as though the tone of my music was very mysterious and calmly suspenseful. I don't want my music to be very hard and violent, although the things my interviewee talked about has a lot of violent in it, because the topic that I chose to write about isn't something that should be intensely hyped up on. 

Identity in the System

For my podcast, I looked at how the system set up by society shapes peoples identity. For this, I interviewed many people and asked how they identified themselves. I focused on my mother, who immigrated from Liberia, and  how she grew up with strong traditional systems in her family. She goes into detail about how she was able to claim her own identity in a system that tried to give her an identity.
The process of the podcast was not that challenging. However when it came to the editing part, it was hard to know when and where to cut off. The easiest and the best part was finding and using music to be transitions or backgrounds of my podcast. I was able to choose music to fit my entire theme of my podcast and it shows in how the transition were smooth.

Darius Purnell Quarter 2 Slideshow

For my art pieces I wanted to keep everything an action/superhero theme.

For my Art Collage, I gathered as many pictures I could fit of the Avengers in different poses and looks. I then went back and drew the Avengers logo. I didn’t really have a certain way I organized the pictures, I started with just placing them in the corners, then from there I just randomize it.

The next art piece is a Fabric. I wanted to stick to my theme of superheros, so I drew a cape and shaded shadows and the curves. Then I drew a mesh shirt under it.

For my following piece, I edited a picture I took near 30th and market. To further my theme of action, I tried to edit the picture to look like a zombie movie.

My final piece is of the logo for one of my favorite shows, Video Game High School (VGHS), this show is full of action and I thought for my free draw it would be a good conclusion to quarter’s art pieces.

McCarthy Unabridged: The Road, Page 259

The passage below is what I believe was cut from McCarthy’s The Road:

I watched the boy, his words struck me, he had matured. I wanted to say something but I had no words. The boy wouldn’t talk to me anyway. I looked back the man was standing where I had left him, naked. Even from this far away I could tell how gaunt he was. I averted my gaze and looked at the boy who was now quietly sobbing. I wish he would stop. I continued to watch the boy as he slothed along. The man felt warm arm arise in his throat. He put his hand to his mouth trying to suppress the cough, but it only muffled it. His paced slowed.

“Stop trying to protect me and cough.” 

By the time I removed my hand my cough had slithered back down my throat, all that was left was the blood on my hand. He knew. He knew I wasn’t doing well. I could feel the boy’s eyes watching me think. The boy wouldn’t last long after I was gone. Stripping that man’s clothing made me a bad guy in the boy’s eyes. We wouldn’t have gotten this far without being eaten or shackled if I thought/acted like the boy every thought, intention, tear based solely on others.

Here is the rationale for the choices I made

I placed my creative piece on page 259 on McCarthy’s The Road, right underneath the part when the boy says: I am the one. I chose this part of the book because this scene was so powerful to me. I want to go more indepth in showing how the boy and the man are so different,  and how their means of survival differ. I wanted this scene to start off where McCarthy left off. In the beginning scene the father is contemplating his relationship with the boy after making that man strip down. On page 259 McCarthy shows the boy sobbing and looking back at the man and letting his father know that he was the one who has to worry, which I believe is the most powerful thing the boy said in the book. It lets us know that the boy is beginning to realize he is going to be on his own.

My essential question was: What does it mean to survive. This question had been something that I’d thought a lot about when reading The Road. Throughout the book we have seen the boy show compassion over and over again just as we’ve seen the man do whatever needs to be done to keep him and the boy alive. I thought it was interesting to see the boy stick up for the people his father was going to harm. I decided to elaborate on this scene further because it was in my mind a perfect example of the boy sticking up for the person his father was going to harm. I wanted to give more insight on the father's thoughts. I want to make sure that people understand the importance of this page, of this scene, and I thought that a good way to show this was by writing from the the perspective of the father.

I started my creative piece out with the father reacting to what the boy said: “I am the one.” I wanted the father react to what the boy said to the fact that he had show compassion again toward someone who had taken something from them. I wanted the boy to lash out to show that he didn't need his father to take care of him anymore, to let his father know that he could take care of himself. I noticed that McCarthy didn’t have the father express his feelings or opinions on the boy’s compassion in the book that often and that is something that I would have liked to see more of. I had the boy lash out at his father in my creative scene.

Senior Art Q2

This quarter in senior art, I really learned a lot about my artistic ability. I was happy to see that there were tequniques to sketching, and I remembered parts of art that I forgot about. 
In quarter two, we did a lot of art history work, but most of the quarter we did art work. We drew drawing of ferns, mine being in charcoal. We also did Golden ratio pieces. It was interesting to learn all about the golden ratio, I did not know you incorporated math into art. We then focused on block printing. We sketched our block prints, did the negative sketches, then molded them, getting them ready for printing. It was extremely fun, and cool!
My favorite art piece was my fern drawing. I like how I used the charcoal to shade in the fern, and it looked really realistic. I worked hard on, and dedicated time on it. 
My second favorite piece was my golden ratio drawing. I put a lot of work into it, and I was really proud with my detail. I shaded the colors of the snow, and it was very soft looking, rather than hard, and blotchy.