Stumbling Toward Enlightenment

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25/07/2016
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Remember the Ladies: Rosalind Franklin

Rosalind Elsie Franklin was an English chemist and X-ray crystallographer who made contributions to the understanding of the molecular structures of DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid), RNA (ribonucleic acid), viruses, coal, and graphite. Although her works on coal and viruses were appreciated in her lifetime, her contributions to the discovery of DNA were largely recognized posthumously. Continue reading

04/07/2016
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White Supremacy Stripped Bare: What “Do the Right Thing” Tells Us 2[7] Years Later

Chronicling the experiences of a generation of people whose freedom dreams were deferred, the film presages the major political issues that have shaped black political identity in the late 20th and 21st century. Mookie, the film’s protagonist played by Spike Lee, is a young unmotivated and unambitious black man, who works a job as a delivery guy at Sal’s Pizzeria. The film makes clear that Sal and his two boys are in the neighborhood but not of it. They make their livelihood off the hard-earned dollars of these working-class people, but live elsewhere. Sal’s older son resents this fact and is ashamed that his father’s business is not in a more desirable and respectable, white location. Where Mookie represents his own resentment of his dependence on Sal and kin by half-assing his job, Buggin’ Out, his homeboy, openly challenges Sal, asking questions about why no black people appear on the restaurant’s Wall of Fame. Continue reading

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