This will be a longer essay than others. Expect to write about 1,000 words, but these will be fun, relatively easy words.
How to structure this essay:
In a short introductory paragraph, explain the issues concerning authenticity and/or how colorblindness is affecting the racial dynamics of hip-hop culture appropriation. Quote from BOTH the Performing Blackness article AND the Color-Blind Ideology readings
After your explanation, write the essay addressing the prompt below:
Explain how one of these films, La Haine, Feel the Noise, 8 Mile or Bringing Down the House shows the impact of themes or characters that are detached or not detached from racial issues and African American hip-hop culture. Be specific in terms of the movie you have chosen and be detailed, starting with a thesis. Explain how the movie maintains either detachment or connection with black concerns. Explain why this does or does not matter in our contemporary world. Justify your reasonings throughout your paper by comparing characters, situations, mise en scene, etc. as appropriate.
In this assignment, you must use one new article that you find on your own in addition to the ones mentioned above.
Remember these films are NOT reality nor is this essay about denying the reality that people of different races or groups exchange musical influences. The point of the essay is to look at what happens or does not happen when music is or is not data detached from the original black creators. Your job is to use academic writings and your own interpretations to produce an essay that analyze words, themes, mise en scene as they project beliefs. Note this paper must be uploaded into the dropbox as well as posted here.
1. Be focused, detailed and use short quotes. Yes, you can use and will probably need more than 1000 words in your original essay. Remember the essays should contain in-text citations. See the discussion guidelines in the content section and the Course Rubric. You will be graded by the Rubric. Post your original discussion essay in the discussion area and submit to the assignments dropbox before midnight on the deadline date.
Remember the essays should contain citations and are practice for the final course paper. However, they are also an opportunity to start less formal conversations and responses among group members. You must complete both aspects, so be sure to respond to at least one of your group members about what they found and/or to the comments of others who respond to your post. This assignment counts toward class participation. Copy and paste or type your discussion/essay in the discussion area and submit your file to the dropbox for a plagiarism check.
What should be included in your essay(for more detail look at the rubric attached to this discussion):
1,000 Words for initial post for Discussion/Essay
150 or more words for your response to one classmate
Contains a thesis
At least 3 proofs to support the thesis
two from course materials
one from your own academic or primary research
Use of in-text citations with page numbers
Works cited with webpage links or full printing press information
Discretionary points for Excellence