Author spotlight: J.K. Rowling

I just finished watching Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone. It has been quite some time since I last watched the movie or read the novel. I had stopped getting involves with Harry Potter for reasons I would rather not say but before that I was a huge Harry Potter fan and that feeling never really left me. I LOVE Harry Potter, and I think Rowling had such a genius mind to come up with a concept such as the Harry Potter series. It has garnered so much love across the globe from generation to generation. My generation grew up with Harry Potter. I remember the first movie coming out when I was in 5th grade because went on a field trip to see it. However, what I love most about Rowling is that she didn’t put herself in a box. She was always known for Harry Potter but after she finished Deathly Hallows she ventured out and wrote something that had absolutely nothing to do with the Harry Potter universe, which was Casual Vacancy. I’ve never read it myself, but I plan on it in the future and she also has other non-related Harry Potter novels. I just think it’s awesome that she wasn’t subjected to stay in one genre. Casual Vacancy actually had great success. It became the 15th best-selling book of 2012 during its first week of release. Within the first three weeks the book’s total sales topped one million copies in English in all formats across all territories, including the US and the UK. The book also set a Goodreads record for the all-time biggest “started reading” day, later winning the Best Fiction category in the Goodreads Choice Awards 2012. I think this success is due to the fact that everyone was curious to see what Rowling could do outside of The Harry Potter universe. She proved that she wasn’t a one hit wonder, and I respect her for that as a writer. I haven’t read anu of her other books, but I plan on making time for them.

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Artistic fashion

I consider art a broad spectrum. So many things can be considered art such as music, painting, sketches, dancing, and writing. What about fashion though? I think fashion fits all of the elements of art. We’re talking about dealing with colors, patterns, styles, and textures. You mix the right colors, patterns, styles, and textures you come out with a stunning outfit. Also, like the other traditional art forms fashion is a form of expression. Who doesn’t express themselves through the style of clothes they wear? Often times I have dressed to fit my mood. Sometimes I may feel like a hipster so I throw my little beanie on. Sometimes I may feel a little afrocentric so I let my fro loose and wear some big hoop earrings. It’s all about how the clothes make you feel and how you want to express yourself. Also, much like art fashion can make a statement whether it be political or social. Think about the #BlackLivesMatter shirts or even shirts that promote your favorite band. Fashion is all worth it because it’s your own form of expression.

Book snobs

What are book snobs you may ask? A book snob is a person that looks down on a person’s choice of reading material. A prime example of a book series that gets a lot of controversy is the Fifty Shades books. A lot of “real” readers like to call these books trash with no real substance and badly written. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but I actually really enjoyed these books. These books made me feel things I had never felt before while reading a book if you get my drift *wink wink*. Those books made me feel naughty while reading them and so I got an enjoyable experience out of them, which is what reading is about. Reading is about escaping reality and going through an experience, and the Fifty Shades books did that for me. Honestly, I don’t remember too much of her writing style so I can’t comment on whether or not the books were poorly written I just know that as a “serious” reader I thoroughly enjoyed them. I don’t mind reading classics but I also don’t mind reading “smut” once in a while. We can’t be serious all of the time. So I say to whatever your reading preference allow people to enjoy what they enjoy. To each their own!

Art & Politics: Do the two mix?

My emphatic answer is YES! For me art and politics go hand in hand. Art is a platform in which politics can stand and be understood. In an earlier post I wrote about the rise and fall of my beloved Eminem after is freestyle about Trump at the BET Awards.  Em is still getting backlash from that. People are saging that Eminem needs to stay out of politics and stick with music and these comments are not just said about Eminem but also about other celebrities who decide to use their voice and status to bring light to certain issues that otherwise wouldn’t be heard. People who make these commenta are quite frankly ignorant. For one, Trump isn’t the first president that Em went ham on. Does no one remember his deliberate attack against former president George W. Bush in his song “Mosh”? In my opinion music has always been political. I can think of many artists/musicians who have written songs with a political message. I think of rap groups like N.W.A and Public Enemy and artists like Pink and there are so many others. I just don’t understand people who think that celebrities shouldn’t use their platform that they have to make a difference. I believe any form of art can be political you just have to know how to use your voice.

Poetry time

I just wrote this poem in less than 5 minutes. I was feeling a bit lonely and the words just came to me.

Can we talk?
I’m longing for more than just artificial words matched with artificial actions
Let’s talk about what is life
Our dreams, our goals
Let’s talk about books and music
Can we talk about our feelings?
Let’s talk about what drives us mad
Also what it means to be glad
How have we gone this long without discussing all of that
Can we talk?
I would love to talk about what love means to you
Who was it that hurt you
Can we talk?
Can we talk about me?
Ask me what it means to be me
How do I view love and we can talk about everything in between
I would just love to talk to you
So please can we talk with just us two

 

To Kill A Mockingbird

There has been recent controversy surrounding this classic novel by Harper Lee. No doubt most people have read this novel in school. I remember vaguely reading this book in 8th grade. However, I wanted to comment on the recent controversy surrounding the novel. School districts in Mississippi have banned the book because of its oh-so-real setting and themes that were common in the South like the way blacks were treated. I strongly disagree with banning books and especially this book because it’s a strong reflectiom what the South used to be and sometimes still is. In a way it’s like banning the book is an attempt to erase history and it’s not right.