Consider the ebook Understanding Aspects of Black American Hip Hop Cinema and the quote on page 20 that begins "In other words, the stereotypes obscured the…" and additionally pick one specific quote from one of the readings Rockabye Baby or What It Do Shorty? or Black Males, Urban Life, and Gangstas. You will have two different quotes from different class sources to consider. Starting with a thesis, contrast how black males and females are portrayed or not portrayed in Set It Off AND in Straight Outta Compton or in New Jack City. You can consider stereotypes or power relationships for example. Describe specific scenes from the film and note the colors, background, music, dialog, etc that prove your point. Important for this assignment is that in your writing, you describe aspects of mise en scene (lighting, sets, clothing, music, etc.) that visually support your ideas. Follow the discussion guidelines and use information from a source that you develop that is not in the class. End your essay by reflecting on current events. Do any of the ideas still seem to apply to what we see today?
Remember, your job is to use academic writings and your own interpretations to produce an essay that analyze racial factors, words, themes, mise en scene as they project beliefs.
Note this paper must be uploaded into the dropbox as well as posted here in the discussion forum.
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 in the content section):
600 Minimum Words for initial post for Discussion/Essay (You can ALWAYS write more!)
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
This is generally the format of what your essay should look like.
Paragraph 1 — introduction to tell me where you are going. This paragraph includes or starts with a specific distinct thesis that states exactly what you plan to argue. It does not say "I will discuss…" Instead, state your argument and move on to prove it. If I have to wait until the end of the paper to figure out what your point is, you have already failed. Some students put the thesis sentence in italics or bold it. If you want to do this that’s fine. It helps me zero in immediately on what you will argue and may help you keep track of your focus.
Paragraphs 2-5 — justifications. Each subsequent paragraph proves some part of your thesis. They start with and include sub assertions. These sub assertions introduce related bits of evidence and are in effect a mini thesis that makes a refined point about SOME aspect of the thesis. In other words, it pinpoints a specific part of the thesis and explains why the information you present is relevant. After the sub assertion, include your evidence — an example, quote, and citation, for example. You must include examples from the narrative. You can combine justifications in paragraphs as long as they relate to the sub assertion, which on a larger scale connects to the thesis. Start each new paragraph with new sub assertions and justification that highlights a another different part of the thesis. Continue until all parts of your thesis are illustrated and justified. Adjust your thesis if need be.
Final Paragraph — add some deeper insight. You started with a thesis — what additional intellectual points can you add that both reflects the original thesis but seems to carry your initial concept further?