Andrea Pierce 061314: “Black Women do Breastfeed”



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The women in the graduation cap and gown is a black female graduate name Karlesha Thurman post a picture on a Facebook page called, “ Black Women Do Breastfeed”. Social media made a big deal and commenting negative things about the women breastfeeding her child. There are black mothers across the nation that do breastfeed spoke put about the picture and didn’t think that it was a problem.


Nicole Sandiford started the Facebook page on black women breastfeeding. Sandiford started the Facebook page by showing the world that black women do breastfeed, she started “black women do Breastfeed” in 2010 by writing a blog then turn it over onto Facebook to get more women to read the and join the movement and get more black women to breastfeed. A Georgia mother name Shlonda Smith who also joined “black Women Do Breastfeed” breast-fed her five kids according to Smith,” it became important to me to see other black women breast-feed and make it visible that yes, black women do breast-feed and why is it OK for a star to wear this but for me to breastfeed it’s a problem.” For example, studies shows that white women breast feed more then black women, but if a black woman do breastfeed in public and get called out on it the reporter might say, “there is a women in public breastfeeding”, black women want a image to let people know that there are black out there that do breastfeed, so instead of a just saying “there’s just a woman breastfeeding” its better to say there’s a black woman breastfeeding in public to show the image of that woman.


The image Thurman post she thinks that it’s an example of her getting pregnant in her last year of college and had her daughter one week in her last semester, her newborn was her motivation to keep going to set a better life for her and daughter. This is why she post the picture on the page to show the world that she made it with a newborn and she do breastfeed. Smith ask Thurman do she want her to take the picture down but Thurman said no, because she wanted to become a voice to others that also been in the same situation. By Thurman picture “Black Women Do Breastfeed” did get negative comments also but got support from a lot of audience that rise to 7,000 in one day. So we ask ourselves, why do we have to judge others and not support for what is right?


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News Story: Substance Abuse Counselor Gets Lengthy Sentence for DUI death


A substance abuse counselor was given a lengthy sentence for a DUI (Driving under the Influence) related death. Reporters stated that Sherri Lynn Wilkins struck a pedestrian with her car. After hitting the pedestrian with her car, she drags the victim an additional 2 miles. Reporters also stated in the article that Wilkins had prior convictions.

Reporters stated “Wilkins blood-alcohol content was twice the legal limit when she struck Phillip Moreno.

There were an ample amount of imagery that were being illustrated throughout this article.

One of the phrases that help illustrate the imagery in this article consist of: …drove more than 2 miles with the dying man lodged in her windshield. Wilkins behavior may indicated that she was unconscious and unaware of the situation that were taking place.

In the article Wilkins gave a personal statement to Moreno’s family. She stated “This accident was a tragedy, and I’m sorry for the pain that you’re going through.” In reading her personal statement I didn’t feel the sincerity. There were no adjectives in the personal statement that illustrated Wilkins deepest sympathy.

Some of the words that struck my eye in the article were counselor, substance and callous. The reason the word counselor struck my eye because it is considered a professional career. When one think of the word counselor they think of someone with a high position or authorities. The word substance struck my eye because it was paired with counselor, and Wilkins was a substance counselor. Just as the article stated “her job as a counselor meant she was aware of the risks of drinking and driving.”

Another word that struck my eye was callous. The judge called Wilkin’s crime a “callous murder”. What exactly was the judge trying to illustrate? I believe the judge was trying to display the insensitivity that Wilkins had displayed. The judge could have used another word like cold- hearted. I believe the word callous illustrate more of a malice image.

In reviewing the picture that were attached to the article, the caption states: “Sherri Lynn Wilkins was sentenced Thursday to 55 years to life in prison. From reviewing the photo, I believe Wilkins maybe stressed or worried. This assumption can be made by looking at her messy hair. The lines and the look on her face may illustrate discomfort or anger.

In regards to the comparison of my selected article to other publications, I was unable to do so. CBS news was the only publication that covered this case.

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Boko Haram getting away with murder, perhaps literally

Boko Haram is getting away with murder, lietrally.


20 Nigerian Women Kidnapped By Suspected Boko Haram


*Aljazeera America
News story: Women reported kidnapped in northern Nigeria
Aljazeera Link
Byline: Not stated
Date: June 10, 2014

News story: Nigeria Boko Haram crisis: ’20 women abducted’ in north
BBC Link
Byline: Not stated
Date: June 10, 2014

The Huffington Post
News story: 20 Nigerian Women Kidnapped By Suspected Boko Haram Gunmen
The Huffington Post link
Byline: AP Haruna Umar
Date: June 9, 2014


Earlier this week, approximately 20 Nigerian females were abducted in northeast Nigeria near a town called Chibok. The kidnapping occurred in the same area as “the 200 school girls abduction,” back in April, and it is more than likely that the same group responsible for the previous kidnapping is responsible for this one as well: Boko Haram.

Because of the story’s national ranking and importance, many news publications picked it up –In their own way of course- but none the less, they all reported it. The three publications; Aljazeera America, the BBC and The Huffington Post, all incorporated the universal basic facts about the kidnapping into their stories, as they should have; and two of the three even used the same quotes.

However, The Huffington Post- which reported the Associated Press’s story- and the BBC had recognizable similarities. For example, the order in which they gave information coincided with one another and they used similar words to describe Boko Haram and the females, such as militants and women.

Aljazeera referred to the females as women, young mothers, and girls. The BBC called the females women, and the Associated Press referred to the females as women and girls. All of the words chosen are pretty standard and straight to the point, which isn’t surprising since none of the stories are really about the abducted women to begin with. The BBC’s story focused on how inactive the Nigerian military is in responding to Boko Haram. The AP focused on how out of control Boko Haram has gotten, and some of the horrific crimes that they have committed thus far.

The women’s abduction, in two of the stories, were treated the same way; as the byproduct of the “real” or bigger issues. The involvement, or lack thereof, of the Nigerian government in their nation’s crisis (BBC), or the power of the Boko Haram and how many deaths they are responsible for (AP), have somehow managed to overshadow the importance of the women being abducted.

The BBC focused on how the Nigerian government is not doing their job. They even went so far as concluding their story with “The UK government is due to host a ministerial meeting about northern Nigeria’s security in London on 12 June, following on from last month’s summit in Paris about tackling Boko Haram,” which is basically tells the readers that if the Nigerian government won’t step up and take care of its own country, some will have to and that someone will be the UK government.

Aljazeera America’s version of the story, on the other hand, seemed rather timid compared to the others. Their story was the most objective and straight to the point, and the safest of the three. I would argue that Aljazeera is more conscience and cautious of how they address Boko Haram in their stories compared to other news publications, due to their location. Proximity, I’m sure, plays a huge role in how journalists’ decide to write their stories. Not so much in the obvious way that one’s location affects their writing; but in terms of how safe they feel or don’t.

It’s far easier, I could imagine, to call a reckless criminal, a reckless criminal when you are reporting from the opposite side of the world; than when you are in the reckless criminal’s range of reach. Unless they are being reckless criminals, solely for the purpose of generating attention, they may develop an urge to inflict some of their recklessness onto the media people who continue to slander them in the news. Geesh, reporting the news can be a dangerous job, almost fatal.

Warning: I am about to completely contradict myself. Ok, I know I just went on about how the people at Aljazeera may perhaps be afraid for their safety, but I changed my mind. Although the people at Aljazeera could indeed be reluctant to write freely such as the BBC or Associated Press, I don’t believe that is the case in this story.

It just occurred to me that maybe Aljazeera has an agenda of not slandering its own people (meaning Africans, East Asians, and middle easterners). They report in such a way that accommodates everyone, especially themselves. Aljazeera reports the news accurately and truthfully, but they do not elaborate or dwell on aspects of the story that could possibly be damaging to the regions reputation and overall image. It’s almost as if they want to remain in good standings with all of its neighboring countries. They, in my opinion, do not want to create or reflect images that are too painful to admit to the world, in addition to being in the same region as the Boko Haram, in this case, who is obviously trying to get a rise out of the media.


US Screen legend and activist Ruby Dee dies: Andrea Cowan-Stewart 06.13.14


Ruby Dee appeared in numerous films including a Raisin in the Sun and Do the Right Thing           


Dee starred in St Louis Blues with Nat King Cole in 1957


Publications:BBC, CNN, NYT:

Keywords: legend, activist, civil rights, acclaimed, actress, married

The BBC recently covered the story about the passing of actress Ruby Dee at the age of 91 at her home in New Rochelle, New York on Wednesday, June 11, 2014. Actress Ruby Dee was well known for her role in “The Jackie Robinson Story” and more recently “American Gangsta” where she was nominated for an Oscar for playing the role of Denzel Washington’s mother in the film.

The author started the story out by identifying Ruby Dee as an acclaimed actress. When using the word acclaimed the author gives the image that she was admired and well-known by the public.
The story also mentioned Ruby Dee as being a civil rights activist. The author did not elaborate on what she actually contributed to the civil rights movement leaving the image that her role was not a very significant one or the author had not done much research regarding Dee’s role as a civil rights activist.

The author also mentioned that Emmy-winning actress Ruby Dee was married to screen legend Ossie Davis for 56 years. When the author mentions Rudy Dee’s husband as being a legend he is addressing a stereotype that although Ruby Dee is an award winning actress and she is successful in her own right, the author still feels that it is necessary to mention her husband as being a legend giving the image that his works were somehow still more superior.
When comparing the stories about the passing of Ruby Dee from the from the news publications BBC, CNN and The New York Times I realized that the covered from the BBC publication was the shortest in terms of the information that was covered in the story. The stories from CNN and The New York Times were covered way more in depth.

When reading all three of the stories I noticed that the BBC mentioned Ruby Dee’s husband at the beginning of the story and at the very end of the story. That was confusing when the primary purpose of the article was to show homage and acknowledge the works of Ruby Dee. Although the CNN and New York Times publications ended their stories with quotes that were from actress Ruby Dee throughout their stories they almost always seen to reference her and her husband’s works together. The image that these stories are portraying was that although Ruby Dee was successful she could not have accomplished these things without a strong man behind her.

All of the authors mentioned in their stories that she was a successful actress and to many people she was their favorite but in the story from The New York Times publication the author mentioned that she was not often casted as the leading lady. The image that the author is putting out there is that Ruby Dee was a great actress but more than likely due to her race and the time period when she began her career she was often looked over when there was a casting for a leading role.

The stories from CNN and The New York Times also mentioned specific things about Ruby Dee’s appearance and demeanor but the author of the BBC’s story failed to mention anything. The author of CNN’s story mentioned Ruby Dee as being small and stylish in comparison to her husband being big and bluff. The image this author is depicting is that Dee is maybe more in tune with being stylish and she is also a small petite woman in comparison to her husband who is a big buff man and is very blunt when he speaks.

All of the stories for the most part said positive things about Ruby Dee’s works while mentioning small aspects of her personal life.





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Sexual Assault Case Revisited in Florida: Travonn Jackson

In the New York Times article about the Florida State athlete, Jameis Winston who allegedly raped a fellow student, the image of the woman is a victim who accused one of FSUs fame football player who has won a Heisman trophy. In the story the police did not do a thorough investigation which led to not much evidence to be able to convict the player. So now the police department is working with women’s advocacy group to help rewrite the sexual assault policy. Continue reading

Chris Johnson: China Rejects Japan Complaints Over Unesco ‘Comfort Women’ Application

A visitor looked at portraits of late former ‘comfort women’ forced to serve as sexual slaves for Japanese troops  during World War II, at a nursing home and museum for 10 former sex slaves in Toechon, South Korea, in February – Associated Press

“From territorial disputes to war-time atrocities, Japan and China just can’t get along.” Says Brittany Hite from the Wall Street Journal

The latest dispute between the two stems from China’s recent application to Unesco to preserve archives talking in great detail about the abuses that supposed “comfort women” suffered at the hands of the Japanese military during World War II japan is intensely protesting these actions. But If China has its way, documents recording the fate of these women will become part of Unesco’s Memory of the World program. Forever engraving in the minds of the public japans cruel past.


The Unsesco was created by the United Nations cultural body in 1992 its purpose is to “facilitate preservation, by the most appropriate techniques, of the world’s documentary heritage.”  


“The term “comfort women” refers to the tens of thousands of women, many of whom were Chinese and Korean, coerced into sexual slavery in brothels used by the Japanese military in the 1930s and 1940s.” (


This article shows not only the little respect had for women’s lives in the past but it also highlights how little respect they are getting now even when their nothing but a memory. China is using the turmoil of these late women to stir up negative issues against their longtime rival japan at the expense and the dignity of these women some of which are deceased.


Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga had this to say on Wednesday, “At a time when efforts are needed to improve Japan-China relations, it is extremely regrettable that China moved to make political use of the Unesco forum and to unnecessarily play up the negative legacy of ties from a period of the past,”


I think its peculiar how the focus isn’t on the turmoil of the women for china, the focus is on disgracing its rival with no regard to what these women who are becoming fewer and fewer in numbers went through. “Of the Korean women who have identified themselves as former sex slaves, only 55 remained alive as of April.” (


Very little was said or reported in this article by the Chinese. China believes that it is important that these issues remain a part of history to prevent it from happening again. This shows that they don’t see the change that at least American civilization has underwent because it seems pretty obvious to me that that could not take place in today’s society. They went further to say japan should face up to this and stop trying to white wash its history.


Japan stands firm in saying that they have admitted and apologized for its inhumane acts during the war. They claim to have compensated these women in the past under the rule of previous leaders.


Chinas actions are questionable it raises the speculation, are they really concerned for the rights of women? Or are they simply using this atrocity for their own political gain?

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hilary clinton

“The conservative Drudge Report even suggested she was holding a walker on the cover of People magazine — except that the walker was actually a patio chair,” said Jill Lawrence.

The Hillary Clinton Age Trap

Byline: Jill Lawrence
News Publication: Al-Jazeera America
Date: June 5, 2014 2:00AM ET
Link to news story:

According to Jill Lawrence, the issues of age in presidential campaigns, is an inevitable one. Prospects such as Ronald Reagan, Bob Dole and John McCain all had to deal with it, and Hillary Clinton is no exception. However, one could argue that, as a woman, Clinton was destined to receive negative attention on relatively superficial factors like; her appearance, tone and age.

Playing the “age card” – as the title suggests- is a trap! Individuals from opposing political parties and campaign teams are guilty of leaking unflattering photos of Clinton to create an image as a feeble old woman whose time has gone and passed. It’s a trap because, rather than judging Clinton based on her experience and political intelligence- like a man would be judged- critics would rather highlight her age, knowing that the masses already believe that older women are useless.

Make no mistake, considering the ages and health status of prospective presidents is absolutely necessary and perhaps, should be a requirement. However, the likelihood of a man being labeled as incompetent based on his age and or health, is slim, in comparison to a woman. In general, a man’s wisdom is respected in today’s culture and in many cases, highly sought after. On the other hand, women dread getting older because they know where society will place them and it isn’t anyplace glamorous.

The opinion of a man in his declining years is more likely to be accepted by the public without hesitation; assuming that he knows what he is talking about. Not only would his opinion be accepted fairly easily, in many cases it would be requested.

In society today, the older a man gets, the more valuable he becomes, whereas the older a woman gets the more useless she becomes, and is often deemed as damaged goods.
According to Jill Lawrence, The conservative Drudge Report even went as far as suggesting that Clinton was holding a walker on the cover of People magazine (shown in the above image) when it clearly was a patio chair. Considering the amount of people that take information presented via mass media, as the gospel, this could have really hurt her campaign, or even worse, confirmed the notion that mature women are in fact too weak to stand on their own.

Because this is an opinion piece, the information is obviously slanted, and like the writer, I too am bias to the Clinton age- bashing going on in the media. Mass media and society, combined, have a history of not giving women a fair chance: i.e. you’re too old; rather than, you’re not suitable because of X, Y and Z.
One of the take away messages of the story was “the unsettling fact that when Clinton is perceived as vulnerable or a victim, her poll numbers soar,” –Lawrence. For example, the Monica Lewinsky scandal, where she was viewed as the wronged woman and also how she gained ground after Republican Rick Lazio aggressively invaded her space at a 2000 Senate debate in New York.

It is fascinating to see the difference in what types of scandalous information- based on stereotypes and gender roles- would be considered appealing to the public. If the media would have reported that John McCain’s wife had an inappropriate relation with an intern, he would not be pitied as Hilary Clinton was, and he definitely would have gained support from it. He would have been seen as week and incapable of controlling his own home let alone the country.

Throughout the story, Lawrence tried to provide an alternative image to the feeble old lady. I believe she wrote this story to add to the solution of gender discrimination in politics and everywhere else in the media.