Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Monday, March 24, 2014
The only experience ihave with black history at mbais this year inthis class watching the malcomn x movie and watching the MLK movie.
When we were kings fit as film art and black history because it shows memoral black people but tell stories about different arts and events important to all people
Friday, March 21, 2014
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Malcolm X was convicted of 14 counts of burglary. He was sentenced 8-10 years. Malcolm would have had a lighter punishment being his first offense; however, he was with a white woman so his sentence was harsh.
During Malcolm's sentence, he started to study the Islamic faith and black power movement. Malcolm supported black and whites being separate but equal; he didn't want whites and blacks together.
Malcolm X was assassinated 1965 . He spoke at an Afro-American unity organization. He was assassinated by a rival black Muslims in Washington Heights.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Malcolm was put down by other people like he was he smartest child and they knew it but they told he didn't have a chance because of his color. When I first saw his mother, I asked a classmate if she was white and then the movie explained it all. It's sad that many black females were raped and taken advantage of.
I learned the word conk and assume that it was basically the same thing as a perm because its a chemical straightening process they just probably didn't understand all the perks or whatever about a perm or even know what chemicals to mix to make it perfect. The word conk popped up over and over about that when Malcolm went to jail and got involved with the Muslims he understood what he was doing to himself and that he was wrong for trying to look like "them". He didn't even realize how much his life was being controlled even though he claimed to be so free . While he was in jail he gained more self confidence his view about himself changed by the day. While in class we learned that a reoccurring idea, image or other that has a particular emotional impact is called a motif and I think I have already found one in the movie , the part when his father was killed keeps popping up and throughout the whole thing so far there has been plenty of flashbacks. I also learned so much background about Malcolm X that I never knew. Social services played a huge part in his life and changed him as a person , took him away from his family and really tore them apart. I couldn't help but to feel bad for his mother so far this movie has been truly touching . Malcolm wanted to be a lawyer and the teacher immediately crushed his dreams, i couldn't live in a time like that . he was told he was a "nigger" so he couldn't be what he wanted to even though his grades were the best he was the best student and voted president.. he still wasn't enough . I can't imagine how that would've felt. As the movie goes on you can see how Malcolm changes and transforms into the person that he is known to be. This movie shows that sometimes people have to go through things to realize who they are meant to be in life and what their actual purpose is. This just proves that every person on earth no matter the color age race ethnicity or whatever , has a purpose and we were all put here for something great to be accomplished. It can even seem like nothing to you and mean the world to someone else. This movie was a real reminder about history and all that people of color have been through. I never knew what Malcolm had to go through personally as he went through the many transitions that he did. His family was put through a lot of stress and I can't understand as a female how his wife Betty could even put up with everything, she truly put meaning behind the words love and loyalty. What was really touching for this group was the way that he died and the fact that it was all a set up from people close to him and that his children had to see him go right in front of their faces. What was so real about Malcolm was that he knew he was about to die , he knew what was coming but what we took away from the movie was that he also knew that his family would be better off with him gone. Malcolm was real because he had been through it all did it all and used his life struggles trials and lessons to leave his mark and change lives forever.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
2. As the opening credit roll we hear Malcolm X (Denzel Washington) delivering a speech about the oppression of the black race by whites; he openly and loudly accuses whites of murder, rape and slavery. Inter-cut with the credits is footage of the 1991 beating of Rodney King by Los Angeles police officers and an American flag burning into an "X".
I say director Spike Lee did this to show that even though slavery in America was over in 1865, there are still signs of racism and the American Dream is not what it seems to be for some people, especially African Americans.
It's the American burning into a X. This picture is significant because it is showing the opposite theme of The American Dream which is a Nightmare.
3. In the film it shows flashback sequences of Malcolm X when he was growing up. One flashback that sticks out to me is when Malcolm family's houseis burned down by the Ku Klux Klan, and another is when Malcolm father is murdered (Malcolm was five or six years old at the time), thrown in front a train after suffering a skull injury.
I believe director Spike Lee put the flashback sequences in his film to show viewers what kind of life Malcolm X lived before becoming a human rights activist.
X becomes a slave top the Nation of Islam, or Mr. Mohammed. He starts following all the words of Mr. Mohammed and gains so much respect and gets so involved in the Nation of Islam he would actually die for the cult "religion". Mr. Mohammed becomes X's God, the God of the Nation of Islam.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
In the beginning of the movie we saw how Malcolm was a very strong willed person and even though he stopped a life of crime he remained a strong person.
We think that Spike Lee probably showed ( Malcolm X's) true nature of a black man at the time. He showed that when he was put in solitary confinement. Because he did not want to state his inmate number. No man should be known as a number he was given a name and it should be used. Even though he was in jail Malcolm did not let that change his beliefs give him his respect and call him by his name.With Malcolm's mentality of nothing to lose and as an animal going into prison he refused to be reduced to a number.
When Malcolm X was in prison he became a Muslim.Which is the quote unquote religion for black people.
We think in that era when Malcolm X was alive a lot of people were converting to being Muslim. People were made out to believe that they were African American. But Malcolm made it clear that they are not in fact there are not even American we were born and are in fact African we were just brought over to America." We didn't land on Plymouth Rock, Plymouth Rock landed on us." - Malcolm X
Believe it or not Malcolm X was all for segregation, he believed blacks should be completely separated from whites.Or was that what he was thought to believe from Elijah Muhammad.
Malcolm had an awful demise due to him being open and trying to be something more than a following Muslim. Malcolm wanted to be a new kind of Muslim that's why he took them trips to Saudia Arabia and Egypt. To be with his Muslim brothers of all skin colors to be spiritual and pray to Allah.
"If you don't stand for anything you will fall for anything."- Malcolm X
When Malcolm is playing Russian Roulette with someone along with doing drugs, I think Spike Lee is trying to say that this is rock bottom for Malcolm, and now he needs to turn his life around. He communicates this idea very well because Malcolm is intimidating everyone in the room.
In the scene where Malcolm is communicating with the Muslim in prison, he sees things in a different light after reading the dictionary and paying attention to definitions he had never before thought of. Lee is saying that Malcolm is becoming more intelligent and open minded. A scene that goes along with this one is when Malcolm tries to kneel down and pray for the first time. The viewer is now aware that he is relieved of his past, and feels like a new man. It is almost shown as a Rebirth of Malcolm through the new Islam religion
In the Film Malcolm is shown reciting from the Bible the theory of what Jesus looks like. Blonde hair and blue eyes. Malcolm questions this based off what history states about the religion in the middle east and the people who lived there at the time of the bible, stating that the disciples skin tone was dark and that Jesus had wool hair and bras feet.In church we see pictures of Jesus what light smooth hair. Spike Lee incorporates this into the film as an example of the oppression through knowledge and of the racial discrimination in the Bible by believing that Jesus and in turn god couldn't be anything but White.