Your health is a social responsibility

This blog is about social responsibility and I post a lot about health.

Maybe you think I’ve slipped off track, but I want to set the record straight.

I recently started following Blindfold on Facebook. I do not, (repeat) do not endorse all of their messages or sources, but the following three (specific) concepts really appealed to me.

photograph of a dinner table place setting: knife, fork, plate and one large half-yellow, half-white medicinal capsule in the middle of the plate. a quote frames the picture: "People are fed by the Food Industry which pays no attention to health, and are treated by the Health Industry, which pays no attention to food." said Wendell Berry

(photo compliments of facebook.com/b1indfold)

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Social awareness: people you should follow on Twitter

The “Be Good.” Twitter list has been difficult to build, but I have added new members that deserve to be noted here. If you’re interested in beefing up your timeline with some informative tweets, check out these profiles.

Twitter icon for Adam Jackson or @SmartBlackMan. black background, light bulb, "smart black man" on red,black,green stripes

Adam Jackson @SmartBlackMan Founder of SmartBlackMan.com. VP of @LBSBaltimore. Dedicated to justice, freedom and peace. Black Nationalist. Born/Raised/Live in BMore.

Twitter icon for Real Time LA Riots or @RealTimeLARiots.

Real Time LA Riots @RealTimeLARiots 20 years later: Livetweeting the Los Angeles Riots as they happened on this date and time in 1992. Account powered by@NBCLA.

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Twitter icon for Anti Consumerism or @ANTIconsumerism

Anti Consumerism @ANTIconsumerism Consumerism destroys human beings psychologically, emotionally and spiritually; it creates a self-destructive society bent on consuming everything in its path.

Two more…

The Hunger Games’ Jennifer Lawrence: exploited and objectified both as Katniss and as herself

Katniss Everdeen is a participant in the Hunger Games.

In preparation for the televised competition, she is taken into custody by publicity professionals. Her body hair is waxed off. Her hair is styled. Her face is redesigned with make-up. Her body is dressed in a red, form-fitting dress that emits flames when she spins in a circle. She is paraded in front of spectators.

Katniss Everdeen, character of The Hunger Games played by Jennifer Lawrence, sits very stiffly with great posture in a big white chair on a stage in a form-fitting red dress

(photo compliments of mockingjay.net)

Jennifer Lawrence is an actress in The Hunger Games.

In preparation for the movie release, she is taken into custody by publicity professionals. Her body hair is waxed or airbrushed off. Her hair is styled. Her face is redesigned with make-up. Her body is dressed in a gold, low-cut shirt that emits sparkle when she presses her arms together to create visible cleavage. She is placed in front of check-out line guests.

A major theme in The Hunger Games movie is this idea of exploitation and objectification for ratings and viewership.

Need more parallels?

Ryan O’Doherty, thank you for your interview on Baltimore’s vacant properties

I had an opportunity to meet with Ryan O’Doherty, Mayor’s Director of Policy and Communications in Baltimore City April 20. O’Doherty answered questions about the mayoral initiative, Vacants to Value, that I’m researching.

He surprised me and impressed me.

Granted, my expectations were low. I thought that O’Doherty would have two or three public relations-type quotes for me. I only went on the field trip because I wanted to provide a ride to a car-less classmate of mine.

I’m very glad that I went.

I recognize that O’Doherty sees Baltimore’s vacants from the governmental side of the issue. His perspective has to be positive and persuasive because the city government needs public support for the plan. Of course people are going to be displaced and displeased. There are going to be victims. But he can’t admit that.

See a clip of the interview

Racism is over now that America elected a Black president. Right? Mark Sullivan discusses the effects of Obama’s election.

This is the third part of a five-part series. Dr. Mark Sullivan, an adjunct professor at Towson University who teaches a class called Mass Media and Society, delves into the issue of the negative black stereotypes that are reinforced, and the impact of their media portrayals.

This segment comments on whether President Obama’s election has allowed more racism in America, how much “Black blood” a person has to have to be “Black enough,” how far we’ve come and how far we have yet to go in the fight against racism, and that the current depictions of Black people in media are reinforced by their success.

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The best quotes:

Did everyone ignore the words in John Mayer’s “Waiting on the World to Change?”

Granted, “Waiting on the World to Change” isn’t a revolutionary song, but John Mayer is commenting on negative aspects of our society. This song is still playing in department stores and convenience stores across America even though it was released in 2006. You’d be hard pressed to find a person that has never heard this song before.

And yet no one seems to notice that his lyrics include comments like “Now we see everything that’s going wrong/ With the world and those who lead it,” “Cause when they own the information, oh/ They can bend it all they want,” “It’s hard to beat the system,” “We just know that the fight ain’t fair,” “One day our generation/ Is gonna rule the population/ So we keep on waiting/ Waiting on the world to change.”

Again, it’s a mild commentary. But how many people know all of the words to this song? And how many people realize what they’re singing?

A great case of hearing v. listening.

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Read the full lyrics

Lupe Fiasco’s “Words I Never Said” from Lasers declares a powerful message about America

In honor of Lupe Fiasco‘s release of Lasers tomorrow, Mar 8, this Music Monday post is dedicated to Lupe‘s most recent release from the album, “Words I Never Said.”

This track and “The Show Goes On” have a direct message about the indecency and corruption in American culture. And I’m putting it nicely. Just listen to the track “Words I Never Said.”

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Lupe’s previous albums (Food & LiquorThe Cool) used sophisticated literary devices to speak to the issues that inner city culture and Black youth face. Both albums feature songs that are extended metaphors, the entire album, The Cool, is an extended metaphor, and Lupe personifies abstractions like The Cool, The Streets, and The Game to further reveal traits of the Black struggle. In The Coolest, he says, “Streets got my heart, game got my soul.”

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