Jackson: Unraveling trial testimony

Jodi Aria and her defense team have spent the last three months in court due to her retrial. Aria was found guilty for the murder of her on and off again lover Travis Alexander. The first jury could not attain an unanimous verdict, if she should be sentenced to death or to life in prison. In September, the second jury were held in a death-penalty trial, for Arias’ attorneys to provide witnesses and evidence to convince the jury to return the life verdict instead. This week the defense attempted to paint a sleazy picture of Alexander to further the persuasion of the jury. The expectation of the trial is to continue into February.

Death or life n prison penalty trial

Death or life n prison penalty trial

In my opinion the author, Michael Kiefer did a great job of reporting and keeping up with the trial. Throughout the article he did not present any stereotypes or images of Jodi Aria in a good way nor a bad one either. Wherever her name was mentioned in the article there were not any adjectives positive or negative to place a stereotype onto her. Keifer stuck to the facts and the story while writing this article. No negative or positive images were displayed of Jodi Aria and the women talked about in the article.



Crummie: Loretta Lynch faces Challenges as Attorney General

Photo of Loretta Lynch taken by John Shinkle

Photo of Loretta Lynch taken by John Shinkle


According to Politico, Attorney Loretta Lynch has many major issues ahead of her to deal with once she is fully emerged into being Attorney General. The United States has been dealing with a lot of public issues such as police brutality towards civilians, drug related issues, and many other issues that deal with the rights to the government when it comes to tracking people and watching people through surveillance. The author of this article, Josh Gerstein, goes into making Attorney Lynch as being more than capable of handling the responsibilities that she will be dealt by including the facts that she has convicted civilians that have abused police officers, has convicted police officers for abusing their power when it comes to protecting civilians, and also she attended two killed police officers funerals recently. Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, the Judiciary Committee’s ranking Democrat, also states that Lynch has worked hard to improve the relationship status between communities and law enforcement and that it has been effective.

Overall, this article depicts a positive connotation of Lynch as a woman. I believe that it was positive because, yes it states at first that she will have many battles and that she is probably second guessing her job, but it also states how she is handling the situations and it shows how she actually cares about her job and the communities she is helping by the good deeds she has done. From the example of her tending to the community and the police officers, and her fixing many problems that effects our civil rights, I can see that she is a fair individual who believes in justice and that is what our communities need. Usually, people will see a woman as being unfit to fulfill a position of hers but obviously she is handling her position well and opening doors for many women. She is making men respect us and showing that women are just as fair, level-headed, and as stern as men. Go Loretta Lynch!

Cumberlander; Same-Sex Interfaith Issues


Painting by: Brandy Kayzakian-Rowe

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In a small town called Somerville, Massachusetts there is a female couple by the names of Julia Spigelman and Erina Donnelly. According to New York Times, they are currently engaged and at the moment trying to find a rabbi that suits them to get them married. The interesting thing about the couple is not simply that they are two woman together, but the fact that they come from two different faith’s. Julia comes from a Jewish background and Erina is Roman Catholic. Because they come from what their family probably think “two different worlds” they try to visit both types of church’s. They happened to find a rabbi they connected with but the rabbi said that she does not marry anyone Jewish that does not have a Jewish partner. A positive thing that the couple got out of this situation is that they still have faith in their engagement. Ms. Spigelman stated “our religions are expressing the same values through different stories.”

My opinion on the story is that all the information was very interesting to read about its sad they have to go through all the hard work to get married. Some people travels hours and hours just to get to a state that allows same-sex marriages. For this couple, they went beyond the obvious and made sure their faith’s are in place first. I also commend them for still being positive and not losing faith within this process because that shows a lot. It is disappointing that in our society everyone cant be happy despite involving yourself with the same gender as yourself.


Poe: Lack of Women in Art and Literature

According to Slate’s photo blog section, Photographer Carrie Schneider is eager to comprehend why there is a lack of women within our literary canon. Schneider is concerned with “the lack of women represented in the canonization of art and literature” as stated on Slate’s post by editor David Rosenberg. Schneider took it upon herself to get numerous different writers, visual artist, and musicians to be apart of her new photography series called “Reading women.” Schneider incorporated art and literacy within her photography to get women more involved with this particular literary canon. She photographed 100 women while they sat silently reading a book of their choice in their home or studio for hours as she captured the art of literature represented through these artists.


Left: Abigail reading Angela Davis (An Autobiography, 1974). Right: LaToya reading Isabel Wilkerson (The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration, 2010). Photo taken by: Carrie Schneider courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago

Left: Abigail reading Angela Davis (An Autobiography, 1974). Right: LaToya reading Isabel Wilkerson (The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration, 2010).
Photo taken by: Carrie Schneider courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago

After reading this post, I felt inspired by Schneider’s outcry towards the lack of women being apart of art and literature within the society. Her photography was outstanding and gave a central message that simple literacy, such as reading, can be beautiful art.  She took these portraits mainly near the window giving a more natural look that glared upon these women as they read women authors. In my opinion, her idea was dominant and different from other photographers. Women have always been frowned upon when it comes to being intellectual, powerful, and influential towards others; so for Schneider to incorporate women reading women authors to send a message to our women throughout the society to become apart of art and literacy shows that women can complete any obstacle or goal if they put their minds to it. Schneider set out a goal with her bright talent in art to encourage not only women but also the male readers to overlook technology and to simply pick up a book to stimulate your mind with more knowledge. This post was so simple but yet so appealing to the eyes with beautiful photography and influential words of wisdom to encourage many people. All the women in this post were depicted as being intellectual and attentive into literacy. There were no inadequate stereotypes inflicted upon the women in this post. David Rosenberg as well as photographer Carrie Schneider got the central message across without a doubt.

Left: Molly reading Fanny Howe (The Winter Sun: Notes on a Vocation, 2009). Right: Dana reading Virginia Woolf (To the Lighthouse, 1927). Photo taken by: Carrie Schneider courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago

Left: Molly reading Fanny Howe (The Winter Sun: Notes on a Vocation, 2009). Right: Dana reading Virginia Woolf (To the Lighthouse, 1927).
Photo taken by: Carrie Schneider courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago  

Parker: Mom who fired shots

motownAccording to BuzzFeed news, 34-year-old Marissa Alexander is a mother who fired shots in the air because of her abusive husband on Aug. 1, 2010.  She was released from jail on Tuesday after serving three years in exchange for admission of guilt to assault.

Marissa Alexander and her husband Rico Gray got into an altercation that cause the two to be abusive to each other. After the fighting, Marissa ran to the garage and grabbed a gun and fired three times towards Rico’s way. Because of this accident she had to attend court in Duval County. She was originally sentence 20 years in jail. In Nov. she accepted a plea deal which decreased her sentence.

This accident characterize women as being armed and danger and also not innocent. Being armed and dangerous means that she had a gun and she didn’t mind using it. She was wiling to fire shots to the man that put his hands on her. This accident also made it seem as if women are not innocent anymore. The way I see it, is that he hit her. So in order to defend herself she had to go get a gun. Which in Florida do have the stand your ground law, so I didn’t see a problem with her defending herself. Maybe she was a arrested because she was a black lady. George Zimmerman didn’t get arrested and he actually shot and killed someone claiming it to be self defense. My thing is if you don’t want women to defend there selves, just take away the stand your ground law. That will maybe not only stop the women crimes but also all crimes towards African Americans. Marissa’s arrest made it seem like she was the bad person which really she wasn’t, and that’s why that accident has characterize women to be armed and dangerous and also not innocent.


Williams: Loretta Lynch on Marijuana

Loretta Lynch Photographed by: The United States Government on May 13, 2010

Loretta Lynch Photographed by: The United States Government on May 13, 2010

        Loretta Lynch is the first African-American woman to be nominated to be attorney general by President Barack Obama himself. According to the New York Times, On Wednesday, January 28, 2015 there was a conformation hearing for Loretta Lynch and the question of marijuana legalization and whether or not she thought it should be legalized surfaced. Lynch disagreed with the president since he once told David Remnick that “he didn’t believe ingesting the drug was more dangerous than drinking” but that did not stop Loretta Lynch beliefs on the cannabis. She does think it should be illegal and especially out of the hands of children and also not so easily transported around to states where it is not legalized.

Sign of a medicinal marijuana dispensary in Los Angles, California

Sign of a medicinal marijuana dispensary in Los Angles, California

         Vikas Bajaj, the editor of “Will the Next Attorney General Crack Down on Marijuana” in The New York Times almost focused only on Loretta Lynch beliefs on marijuana and other aspects of her being able to say why she believe marijuana should be illegal. Bajaj mentioned that maybe Lynch can reverse the legalization in states and by making that comment the stereotype of black women being powerful and strong came to mind. Though President Barack Obama have different beliefs on the matter Loretta Lynch stands firmly behind hers. Bajaj described Lynch beliefs as being not surprising being that she once was a federal prosecutor when drugs were at an all time high, and Bajaj reminded his readers that others who was associated with the Drug Enforcement Administration had similar views as Lynch. Vikas Bajaj mentioned the fact scientists has shown that marijuana is not as harmful as other drugs from alcohol to cocaine as if the future attorney general was not educated on the subject. Whether or not Loretta Lynch becomes the attorney general or maybe not Bajaj article shows she is off to the right start by stating what she believes in and not getting intimidated by anyone.

Source: http://takingnote.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/01/29/will-the-next-attorney-general-crack-down-on-marijuana/

Toland: First Female Bishop

YorkMinPhoto by: Mattana

According to BBC, the Church of England has blessed its first female bishop amid a service at York Minster. Libby Lane, 48, was made Bishop of Stockport in front of more than 1,000 people. The Church formally received enactment last November to permit female bishops, emulating many years of contention over women’s ordination. Amid the two-hour administration Dr Sentamu and different ministers laid their hands on Bishop Lane and prayed. This was trailed by long praise.


Bishop Lane had said the consecration would be a very “emotional” moment. She also stated “It is a remarkable thing that this happens to me, and people have been very supportive of me personally, but actually this is about a moment in the Church’s history.” Her son, Benedict, who spoke after the service said that his mother was the best person for the job as Bishop. Although she is not the first female bishop ever, she is the first female bishop of the Church of England.

The author, Philippa Thomas, a BBC News corespondent wrote the story in a very positive manner. She talked about how she went to York Minster and met with Angelican women bishops from all over the world. She said that they all were excited and delighted to welcome Libby Lane to their ranks. She captured a lot of information from those around Lane. She also captured comments from those who were against the Church of England having female bishops. There are lots of direct quotes within the story. Overall, she did a good job in putting everything and staying positive about the event.