What I found interesting about our trip to Made in NY Media Center was the
environment of the facility. The modern facility is divided into a professional
business for networking and the relaxing Cuper Cafe which carries a menu including a variety of good foods and beverages.
I liked how the television network executives came out to tell us about their future ideas for
their consumers in the “Bridge Serious” discussion “Stay Tuned – Keeping viewers
connected 24/7”. Although, when it comes to presentation I’d rather see more
show than tell. If you are capable of visually showing me you’re ideas as to
talking about them I will be more interested in your vision. Since, all they did was
talk about their ideas over and over it was a little hard for me not to fall
asleep. It seemed as if the light from the projector was the only thing keeping
me from being rude enough to falling asleep right in their faces as they’re
literally looking me in the eye. I appreciate their interest in my interest as a
consumer, but if we’re talking about entertainment I need their means of
representation to be entertaining as well. Not hating, but a few visuals
wouldn’t have hurt. I kept hoping for that projector to screen something else
besides their names which I’ve already forgotten by now.
Other than that I found the Media Center to be a very creative place, helping creative minds collaborate which is very important. Communication is key in increasing business and the Made in NY Media Center seemed like a great place to do just that. Also, they’ve got numerous workshops which looks like a fun way of expanding knowledge in a field of interest.
Even though Radio Rakeem seems intimidating in the film Do the Right Thing, directed by Spike Lee, he was well respected in his neighborhood. He showed love to those he respected and hate to those he felt deserved it. Nevertheless, Radio Rakeem stood up for what he believed in. He protected his people and though obnoxiously bumping his boom box everywhere he went, the streets knew who he was and what he represented. Radio Rakeem kept “Fight the Power” by Public Enemy on repeat mode and full blast. As a symbolic act Radio Rakeem did exactly what he preached through his single-played song; he fought the power; the power against Sal and his sons Pito and Vito.
When Buggin Out approached Radio Rakeem and expressed his reason of anger toward Sal the pizza shop owner it only gave more fuel to the fire. Radio Rakeem sought out violence as the solution to end the racial conflict he and his friend felt with Sal. Although, violence is a form of evil; and even in his LOVE/HATE story Radio Rakeem states,
“Let me tell you the story of Right Hand-Left Hand– the tale of Good and Evil…The story of Life is this: STATIC! One hand is always fighting the other. Left Hand Hate is kicking much ass and it looks like Right Hand Love is finished. Hold up. Stop the presses! The Right Hand is coming back! Yes, it’s Love. Love has won. Left Hand Hate Ko’ed by Love.
When Sal bashes Radio Rakeem’s boom box in he kills Radio Rakeem’s beat to life; killing off “Fight the Power”. Hence, Radio Rakeem is killed fighting the power against Sal’s prohibition of any African American icon’s picture on the pizzeria’s wall of fame. Radio Rakeem fights the power til his own death.
I’m not really a person who will go out and watch a documentary film, but I’m very glad my professor, Bethany Jacobson put me on to Iris. The documented star Iris Apfel will inspire just about anyone who is willing to take the risk; the risk of choosing their own style for self-happiness of course. Iris Apfel wears what makes her content. Therefore, your opinion won’t matter to her. Your opinion probably wouldn’t even matter to you if you’d see what this woman is about. Forget her age; Iris Apfel seems to live as if “YOLO” everyday. I think throughout her traveling career to different parts of the world, Iris Apfel got a little taste of everything, and not only did she mix it up but she matched it up as well. And it works. I think this woman was always rich, and I don’t mean by money but in spirit.
I enjoyed reading the reviews and the interview. In one one of them The New York Times review, Manohla Dargis says, “They never had children; they had each other”, referring to Iris and Carl Apfel’s marriage. After watching the documentary, I agree; Carl is Iris’s baby she gets to dress up. Carl, cool, calm and collective sits back and enjoys the ride, putting his pride to the side as Iris puts on the pants in this long-lasting relationship. All Carl wants to continue to do is make his wife happy.
The following lines from Michael Tedder’s interview with Iris Apfel stuck out to me the most:
It’s very interesting because you’re the new face of Kate Spade, Joni Mitchell’s the new face for Saint Laurent, Jessica Lange is going to be doing Marc Jacobs and Joan Didion’s doing Céline. It does seem like the fashion industry’s been looking toward women of a different generation than it normally does.
Well they’re very stupid not to. They dug their own grave. It’s the 65-year to 80-year-olds that have all the money [and who can buy the clothes]. They’ve got all the expendable income. And I think the fashion business was just ignoring them.
Young people don’t have the money for all these — I mean, they have money for inexpensive things, but they don’t have money for high-end brands. It’s pretty ridiculous to show dresses that cost thousands of dollars on 15-year-old models. It makes older women feel very inadequate and very unattractive and very out of it and it’s just been a disaster. I’ve been working very hard to try to pull it back.
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I am sorry Professor, but I was unable to locate exactly on which site I found the picture of the group of Irish boys holding the weapons.
“A Jew is a Jew”
This is how Bernstein replies when Jake clownishly asks for him and his wife (Gitl) to take a good look at him and identify whether his appearance is of a Jew or a Gentile (not Jewish).
I particularly like this quote because not only is it true throughout Joan Micklin Silvesters’s film Hester Street (1975) but also in general one can never forget where they come from. As much as you and I would ever want to, metaphorically speaking, we cannot fully relinquish our roots; it’s who we are. We may be able to change our names and style as Jake did but deep down we will always be a part of who/where we came from; likewise, Jake will always be a Jew.
Now, there’s a difference between being proud of who you are yet trying to adapt to a new environment, and being ashamed of who you are whilst trying to become someone you’re not. Unlike Jake, who stressed and failed trying to eliminate any sign of his traditional religion to live the American lifestyle he so dearly craved in the late 19th century it was the lovely Jewish woman Gitl who stayed true to her religion followed by her customs and beliefs.
And I’ve implied the implicit meaning behind Gitl’s morality; which worked in her favor for in return God saved her from an unhappy life with the unethical Jake by punishing him with his own words and rewarding her with Mamie’s money; who had also been doing wrong in seeing Jake, a married man.
Jake and Mamie assimilate differently from Bernstein and Gitl to the American culture; all explicitly serving a significant purpose to the moral of Hester Street.