“You speak too white,” is what I have been told all my life. Growing up in a minority-based neighborhood held the implication that I would speak in “black slang”or Ebonics. I grew up told by friends, peers, even random African American citizens that I encountered daily, that my speech was unlike most of my races. At times, many believed my speech entailed that I was of mixed race or that I lived a wealthier life than others. Sadly, my speech and all that came with it led to the bullying of my twin and I to the point that we became insecure of not only our dialect, but ourselves in general. There was a time when I wanted to speak “Black”, I wanted to sound like the others to show that I was one of them as well. That my speech did not change
The Right To Speak: Working With the Voice - Habits
The chapters, ‘The Roots of Habits’ and ‘The Growth of Habits’ in Patsy Rodenburg’s book, truly opened my eyes to how our voice can be affected by our physical and emotional custom. Personally, it made me realise how I cannot take for granted the way in which I deliver my conversation in every day life and more importantly in my acting work. As an actress how I speak is vital, my job is to entertain an audience with the stories I tell, if I don’t….
”A black belt is a white belt that never gave up.” -Unknown. Taekwondo is something that has changed my life. I tried every sport out there. Basketball, Soccer, Dance, Gymnastics, and Lacrosse, but Taekwondo was the only sport that spoke to me. I started about 5 years ago, as a white belt. I never even thought that I could accomplish something this big. December 19th, 2015 was finally the day that all of the pain, sweat, tears, hard work, and training paid off.
The day I found out I was a black….
During my time at Dominguez Hills several of my classes have discussed white privilege. I remember first hearing this term in my Cultural Anthropology class. I believe that as a result of me being born caucasian many people carry prejudices and stereotypes against me just because of that. Typically, people judge me and automatically assume I come from a wealthy to do family, with an educated family, and a successful life. Although I have learned because I am caucasian there are some privileges I….
When I was young, I lived in a house in the small town of Richland. My house was white, hence it was always called “The White House”. We always had numerous neighborhood kids running about, because our house was caught in the middle between two apartment buildings. The summers were always beautiful, with the colors so vibrant. Our house was surrounded by Northern Catalpa trees. They had leaves that could be larger than your face and I always remember stacking them up in towers or pretending they….
I drew a picture that I think best resembles one of the things that I am most thankful for: freedom. When I think of freedom, I think of the White House, because that is one of the major icons of this country. I also think of a fighter jet (the F-15E specifically because my dad is in the Air Force and that is the jet that he flies.) Another thing that I think of is the U.S capitol building, with its huge, massive structure and its magnificent dome looming over Washington D.C, symbolizing the great….
Yelling, making snarly comments, talking in what as well be a different language to most people are just parts of the way you speak. Depending on the situation you are going to speak differently. If you are at Work, with your friends, or with your family more than likely you talk almost as a different person.
At work you should be acting professional and speaking in a more proper way. Using more of a “Yes sir” way of speaking is the way to talk. However different jobs would call for a certain way….
While vacationing with my family on our annual trip I found myself overindulging in my vices. I ate too much, smoked too much and drank more than I would care to admit. And the age-old excuse I used was, “I’ll go on a diet when we get back.” Of course no one believed it not even myself, but at this point it was just a force of habit to say it.
One night after some serious partying with my relatives I found myself stumbling back to the hotel room, no one could party like my dad’s family and I felt….
Not Taking it Too Seriously
I believe in playing the game of life: The game that I play when I find myself too caught up in life’s many ups and downs, the game that keeps my mind off the monotony of everyday routine. I believe in shooting targets just to see how many bull’s eyes I can hit, fearless of missing it, because it’s always nice to know that if I do miss, or if I fail to achieve my goals, it just means that I’ll try it again.
I treat everyday like it’s January 1st, when everyone blurts….
Moving too Gillette has been the most life changing experience. It may not seem like much, and it very well might not of been caused by me moving. But I am definitely a more mature person now. I used to be very moody, I felt like life sucked and that was that. I called that idea realism. I felt bad for myself at all my my tiny problems and acted like they were to worst thing ever. I was digging a hole for myself then complaining about how deep it was.
I thought that it was smart to think this way….
to drive us three different places. The first school I went too was immanuel lutheran, and let me tell you something I absolutely hated it. Turns out that when a 8 year old boy is hyper he needs to go to go to a crazy house, or that at least what they thought. Looking back on it i think this school was really bad for me growing up for too big reasons, everyone there was white and everyone was christian. So after going to this just white christian school and having no kids in my neighborhood at the….