Friday, September 30, 2011


I found this article while just looking for news in CNN web site.
It talks about a new character in Archie comics called kevin. Guess what??? He is gay and he is in the army. take a look at it
Archie Comics: Finally, some respect?

Archie Comics: Finally, some respect?

Editor's note: Erika D. Peterman is a Florida-based writer and editor and the co-founder of She has been an Archie fan since Jimmy Carter was president.
They’re as much a part of Americana as Spider-Man, but Archie and his pals don’t always get the respect they deserve.
Think about it: Betty, Veronica, Jughead and Reggie are instantly recognizable characters and archetypes, and I’d wager that most people who grew up reading comics, even casually, cracked open an “Archie’s Digest” along the way.
Some of us never left Archie behind, at least not permanently. While our fellow fangirls and boys might not consider Riverdale to be as relevant as Gotham or Asgard, we know what a special place it still occupies in comics, to say nothing of our personal geek origin stories. Nostalgia is a factor, but there are other reasons why Archie still matters after 70 years.
For example:
Riverdale has modernized
In case you hadn’t noticed, Archie’s hometown has made some big headlines recently. Last year, Archie Comics introduced its first gay character, military kid Kevin Keller, and he was such a big hit that the publisher gave him a miniseries. He’ll star in his own ongoing title next year, and in the more mature-leaning “Life with Archie” series, an older version of Kevin will get married in January. That’s not just big news for Riverdale but for mainstream comics in general.
“That’s something that we wouldn’t have been able to do 10 or 15 years ago,” said longtime Archie Comics writer and artist Dan Parent, who created Kevin’s character and writes the miniseries. “To keep growing as a company, we did need more diversity and we did need to shake things up a bit.”
Parent has broached the character’s sexual orientation in matter-of-fact and humorous ways. That’s not to say that the stories don’t address some of the hardships gay teens face growing up. In one issue, Kevin comforts a younger gay student who is the target of aggressive, constant bullying.
But the character is very much a typical Archie-style teen. When Kevin’s new comic launches in February, he’ll reach a coming-of-age milestone: His first date.
“We thought that was a good way to start (the series),” Parent said. “You are going to see throughout the year Kevin entering the dating world and having the same issues that Archie has.”
Speaking of Archie’s love life, his relationship last year with Josie and the Pussycats member Valerie, who is African-American, was another turning point as the first interracial romance in Archie Comics history.
“It was something I wish we’d done maybe 10 or 20 years ago, but it’s better late than never,” said Parent, who wrote that storyline. “We didn’t want to do it just because she was African-American; we wanted the story to be good. It’s the same with Kevin, too. It’s really important to make it seem genuine.”
Archie is a gateway comic
Archie comics have long been the entry point for people like me who got hooked on the medium early. After conducting a small survey of female comic book readers, writer and artist Hope Larson found that most respondents started out by reading Archie and newspaper strips. In an interview with Comic Book Resources, she offered some advice for comic book publishers seeking to attract more female readers. Suggestion #4: Look to Archie.
“Girls still read Archie because it’s accessible and because their parents probably read Archie when they were growing up, too,” Larson told CBR.
Parent hears similar stories from older comic book readers, male and female, who owe their hobby at least in part to those first Archie books.
“Archie comics were my first comics, too,” he said. “Archie is the gateway that gets you into Marvel, DC, and others.”
In this post-spinner rack era, comics aren't nearly as easy to find as they used to be, especially for children. Archie is the exception. You can still grab a digest in almost any grocery store checkout line.
Archie is influential
That comic book you’re reading may very well have a touch of Archie in it.
Though they were uncredited in the early days, the artists who gave life to tales from Riverdale are considered among some of the industry’s most influential illustrators. Samm Schwartz, Harry Lucey, Bob Montana and Bob Bolling left their mark on comics, but most well known is the late Dan DeCarlo, an accomplished pin-up artist who created the classic Archie house style that everyone recognizes today.
 DeCarlo also brought a signature va-va-voom quality to his illustrations of young women. A guy friend told me that when he was a tween in the 1970s, he and his friends spent a substantial amount of time debating Betty vs. Veronica.
“Dan DeCarlo inspired many people across the board. His name comes up a lot,” said Parent, who cites the artist as a major influence. “I remember being in awe over the way he drew girls when I was a kid.”
“Dan DeCarlo inspired many people across the board. His name comes up a lot,” said Parent, who cites the artist as a major influence. “I remember being in awe over the way he drew girls when I was a kid.”
It’s not just for little kids anymore...
Archie has always traded in lighthearted laughs and hijinks, which is why the heavily dramatic “Life with Archie” made such a splash when it launched in 2010.
The comic chronicles two alternate realities in which Archie is married to either Betty or Veronica, and the storylines have been surprisingly serious. Shady business dealings, failed dreams, troubled marriages and even death — beloved teacher Miss Grundy died of cancer — are all part of the mix. Even if you have just basic knowledge of the characters, it’s fascinating stuff.
“If you like night time soaps, that’s really up your alley,” Parent said.
… But it is a connection to childhood
No matter how much it changes to reflect the times, Archie endures largely because of what remains the same.
There’s no complicated continuity to deal with, no esoteric knowledge or minimum age requirement. A kid can read an Archie book and get it immediately. A nostalgic adult can do the same and pick up right where they left off. If we learned anything from “High School Musical,” it’s that children will always be interested in squeaky-clean stories about adolescence.
A year ago, I transferred the last of my old Archie comics from my mother’s house to mine, and my daughter, now 7, homed in on them instantly. She dug out one book after another, read them all, and then asked if she could have more. It’s safe to say that my Archie collection belongs to her now. But every now and then, I borrow one from her bookshelf and take a happy, 15-minute trip back in time.
“I equate Archie to comfort food. It makes you feel really good,” Parent said. “We sell a lot of digest books in the supermarket. Adults have hectic lives and they’re running around, but they see an Archie book and they think, ‘I can escape. It’s my childhood.’”


I found this Article about this boys that killed an African-american guy. I think this can relate to our class.  check it out

Mississippi teen pleads not guilty in hate crime case

By Scott Bronstein and Drew Griffin, CNN Special Investigations Unit
updated 6:06 PM EST, Fri September 30, 2011
Deryl Paul Dedmon, 19, pleaded not guilty Friday to capital murder charges.
Deryl Paul Dedmon, 19, pleaded not guilty Friday to capital murder charges.
  • Authorities say he was part of a group that beat and killed a black man
  • He faces the death penalty if convicted
  • The family of the dead man opposes the death penalty
Editor's note: This story contains language that some readers may consider offensive.
Jackson, Mississippi (CNN) -- A white Mississippi teenager accused of murdering an African-American man in a hate crime pleaded not guilty in his arraignment Friday.
Deryl Dedmon, 19, is charged with capital murder and a hate crime in the death of James Craig Anderson, stemming from an incident involving a gang of white teenagers who allegedly attacked Anderson early in the morning of June 26.
Dedmon showed no emotion, expressed no remorse, and made no further statements at the hearing before Hinds County Circuit Judge Jeff Weill Friday morning.
The teenager was part of a group of seven white teens, all from largely white Rankin County who, after a night of partying and drinking, decided to "go fuck with some niggers," law enforcement officials have said, quoting some of the suspects in the case.
The teens drove 16 miles in two vehicles from Rankin County to Jackson, where after exiting the highway they found Anderson alone in a parking lot at about 4 a.m. on Sunday June 26. The teens allegedly beat him repeatedly, yelling racial epithets. After the beating, Dedmon drove his Ford F-250 truck over Anderson, leaving him to die of his wounds, according to what some of the teens cooperating with police have told authorities.
The Hinds County District Attorney, Robert Shuler Smith, who is prosecuting the case, has said he and his team "believe that the evidence will show that these teenagers went out with the intention to harm and, in this case, kill a black man."
Killing caught on video
Kin of alleged hate crime victim sue
Dedmon is the only one of the teens in jail at this time; his bond was denied again on Friday..
Anderson's death drew national attention after CNN first reported it and aired exclusive surveillance video of the actual killing, captured by a parking lot security camera in a Jackson suburb.
U.S. Department of Justice investigators are now in Jackson, investigating the death as a possible federal hate crime and assisting local prosecutors. The killing has also prompted several large marches and prayer vigils in Jackson, a city of about 537,000 people.
Dedmon, of Brandon, Mississippi, is facing the death penalty if convicted. A second teen, John Aaron Rice, 18, was initially charged with murder, but a judge reduced the charges to simple assault because Rice was not believed to be driving the vehicle used to kill Anderson.
The family of Anderson has sent a letter asking state and federal officials not to seek the death penalty against the white teens.
"We ask that you not seek the death penalty for anyone involved in James' murder," the letter states; the letter is signed by Barbara Anderson Young, Anderson's sister who is in charge of, and speaks for, the estate of Anderson.
The letter states that the family is opposed to the death penalty partly for religious convictions of faith.
"Our opposition to the death penalty is deeply rooted in our religious faith, a faith that was central in James' life as well," the letter states. But the letter also goes on to explain that there is a historical reason for the family's opposition that is tied to Mississippi's racial past.
"We also oppose the death penalty because it historically has been used in Mississippi and the South primarily against people of color for killing whites," the letter states. "Executing James' killers will not help to balance the scales. But sparing them may help to spark a dialogue that one day will lead to the elimination of capital punishment."
The Anderson family has also filed a wrongful death suit against all seven of the white teens who were present at the beating of Anderson which immediately preceded the drive-over of the truck. The Southern Poverty Law Center, a nationally recognized organization in Montgomery, Ala. that opposes racism and intolerance, joined in the lawsuit to help the case, joining forces with the family's attorney, Winston J. Thompson III..
"James Anderson lost his life for no other reason than the color of his skin," said Morris Dees, chief trial counsel for the SPLC . "Those responsible must be held accountable for their callous and deadly actions. We are filing this lawsuit today to ensure his family gets a measure of justice."
In addition to Dedmon and Rice, the five other teens who took part in the incident that evening, according to the suit, are: Sarah Graves, of Crystal Springs; Shelbie Richards, of Pearl; and William Kirk Montgomery, John Blaylock and Dylan Butler, all of Brandon. None of the five has been arrested or charged.
Anderson, a line worker at a Nissan plant, sang in his church choir, Thompson told reporters. He leaves behind his partner of 17 years.
"He was just a pillar of the community," Thompson said. "He paid his taxes on time, he went to work, came home -- he was just an average, ordinary citizen, good guy, wonderful gardener."
"Anyone who knew James could see that he was a caring man with a beautiful smile," said Anderson's sister, Barbara Anderson Young, in a previous statement. "He was such a compassionate person. We must take an honest look at the racial climate that motivated some young people to hurt such a wonderful person."
During a bond hearing, Dedmon's attorney told the court he saw nothing to back up the "racial allegations."
A civil trial can proceed at the same time as a criminal case, but often the civil case is delayed pending the resolution of a criminal trial. While a criminal case is pending, a defendant in a civil case may need to invoke the Fifth Amendment.
The lawsuit alleges all seven of the teens "took part in what we call a joint venture, to seek out and do harm to a person of color," Thompson said.
Authorities believe Dedmon led and instigated the attack.
The gang of teens climbed into Dedmon's green truck and a white SUV and drove to the western edge of Jackson. They would have seen Anderson immediately as they exited the highway, officials said. He was standing in a hotel parking lot just beyond the exit ramp.
On the videotape obtained exclusively by CNN, the group of teens is seen pulling into the parking lot and stopping where Anderson is standing, although he is just off camera and not visible.
The teens can then be seen going back and forth between their cars and Anderson. Witnesses told authorities this is when Anderson's beating took place, as the teens yelled racial epithets including "white power."
Authorities allege Dedmon and many of the other teens pummeled Anderson repeatedly as he crumpled to the ground, although this is not visible on the tape. After the beating, some of the teens left and others got into the green Ford truck.
At this moment, Anderson becomes visible on the tape as he staggers into view and walked toward the truck.
"Defendant Dedmon drove the F-250 out of the parking lot and turned right onto Ellis Avenue," the lawsuit says. "Just as Dedmon turned right, his headlights shone directly on Anderson, who, having been severely beaten, was stumbling in a grassy are near the motel's entrance. Dedmon accelerated, drove onto and over the street curb, and struck Anderson with the front of the F-250."
Shortly afterward, Dedmon allegedly boasted and laughed about the killing, according to statements some of the teens made to detectives. "I ran that nigger over," he allegedly said in a phone conversation to the teens in the other car.
"He was not remorseful," District Attorney Smith said. "He was laughing, laughing about the killing."

People like us movie discussion

Sociologist Lawrence Mead says,  "If poor people behaved rationally, they would seldom be poor for long in the first place."

 I agree and  disagree at the same time with Lawrence Mead. I agree c Lawrence because sometimes people rather make a bad choice knowing that this decision is not right. For example, a young kid sometimes would rather join a gang or cut off class instead of join a sport or stay in school.  people make poor choices all the time . Another example, what is a 14yrs old girl doing  with a child of her own????. Shouldn't she be going to high school or going out to the mall or to the movies with her friends, she should be thinking about homework not about having unprotected sex at that age.  This are the choices that will affect our existence for the rest of our lives, not necessarily people that make bad choices at some point of their lives will always be poor but you will have to work much harder than those who made the right choices.

And I disagree with Lawrence because sometimes people try to do the right thing and  it seem like the right thing is not the right thing to do. Some people don't have the opportunity in life to go school, maybe not by choice but because they come from a poor family and they have to get a job in their early years to help their.
 parents. For example, we saw the story about Tammy, she was a mother of four that lived in a trailer and was walking 10 miles everyday to go to her job at burger king.  Tammy was trying very hard to make the right choices but because she was poor growing up and didn't get the chance to get an education she was struggling to survive.
 I do believe life is all about making choices positives or negative that will always depend on the individual .
 Another example was Dana Felty, she was raised in Kentucky and made the choice of going away for college where she got  a journalist degree and moved to Washington  where she got a good job.
  We also saw THE WASP this individual believe that rich people are better than the lower class people or poor people.  Wasp believe that they are smarter, they eat better, they talk better, they wear their hair better, they do not want anyone around who doesn't belong to their same class, they don't mix with anyone if they believe they are inferior to them.
this is an example of how poor people live compare to the rich people in our society. How close we are one to another but how different is our life.
 I think the movie was a wake up call for me and it was a little upsetting to think that just because you poor and you don't have money you never gonna be able to move on in life and that your kids are dammed to be poor all their lives. Another example was the kids in school, if you have money you have a better chance to graduate from high school and go to college. And if you don't have money you have not chance , according to the movie.

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  It is so sad to realized how important money can be in this society, and how people are judge for how much money they have in their bank accounts , not for who they are.
  What have we become???? Monsters I say at some point. No one cares any more about the inside but the outside, no one cares about feelings, everyone is so selfish and self center , that at some point I think we lost our humanity and the ability to care for others that don't have what we have.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011



Economic Inequity becomes a feminist issue because women are treated different than men at all times . Women and men usually have different roles and responsibilities in their daily work.  Men tend to do heavier, riskier work that is usually located outside the home. Men are pay more money than women. There is a higher level of violence around women.
 women have less opportunities of advancement at work, women have unequal access to economic resources, such as, capital ,credit, labor and land, women usually have limited opportunities for employment and career advancement. That's why nearly 70% of women are poor.

People like us (Social Class)

People Like US

I  found this web site very interesting.  How the choices you made on the game will determine your social class. Depends on the furniture, the dog or the decoration on the wall , this three people call Taste Mavens will give you a social class. And if you didn't like your social class you could play as many times as you wanted.
According to my research there is five types of Social Class in U.S.A: 
-UPPER CLASS: represent institutional leadership
-UPPER MIDDLE CLASS: Scientific and Technical knowledge
-LOWER MIDDLE CLASS:Clerical -Administrative
-WORKING CLASS-Craft Workers,labor in factories, restaurant workers, nursing home staff, repair shop, garage, and deliveries services.
-POOR: Work full time at wages below poverty line
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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Oral History For The Qualitative Researcher By Valerie J. Janesick

Oral History For The Qualitative Researcher

This Author is basically telling us about that Oral History and The Qualitative Research uses the same techniques at the time of telling someone story.  Both use interviews, observation, documents, potographs, videos, and drawing as evidence.
    Oral History also has been called: folklore, memory, deja-vu, narrative, story telling, authobiography, autoethography, portraiture, biography, life story, photovoice and the long interview.
    Oral history to me is the technique used to capture individual or set of individuals life stories.  It called my attention that early in the last centurie oral hitory focus on interviewing elite persons, such as generals, famous artist or scientist, great leaders of nations.
   As I interviewed my participant I realized that in order to understand your present you need to know your past. oral history has been of great used since the ancients time.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011



The issues the author raises are issues that at some point of our lives we all had. She is talking about people miss-perception of someone else behavior or someone else ways to talk or ways to express themselves.      How women can be criticize depending on how they dress, how they talk or how they wear their hair
 Sometimes us as parents try to oppress our children at some point of their lives. They have to do as told by their parents, parents have to present the world as a dangerous place to their children in order to keep them oppress.
means to restrict someone from acting or from expressing themselves the way they want.  Unjust or cruel exercise of authority.
  Gay people are still intentionally oppressed in the united states. They do not have the same right as straight people, and it is reflected in laws denying them the right to get married and telling them they have to keep quiet if they enroll in the military.
This are nouns used to represent oppression:
persecutioncontrolsufferingabuseinjuryinjusticecrueltydominationrepressionbrutalitysuppressionseveritytyrannyauthoritarianismharshness,despotismill-treatmentsubjugationsubjectionmaltreatment an 

Here are some pictures: