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K F Ridley Speaks on Cultural Diversity at Children’s Book Festival

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The 2013 Children’s Book Festival at the University of Southern Mississippi took place April 10-12th. It is an annual book festival that is open to all Children Librarians and Teachers.

This year librarians and teachers visited booths of various authors and attended several presentations put on by accredited children’s authors, one author being, K F Ridley, bestselling author of “The C Walker Adventures” series.

The Half Asian author talked briefly to me about her first experience being involved in the Children’s Book Festival, her publishing company, and her new book.

In Ridley’s presentation she talks to the audience about her childhood. She was abused everyday by her father. She was a misfit and the only Asian student all throughout grade school. She revealed her pain and her plans to create Fantasy stories to escape her harsh reality.

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Written by annafrancis2013

April 17, 2013 at 3:11 pm

Victoria’s Secret offends Native Americans with use of headdress

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I read this article a few days ago and saw this morning that it was the #1 trending story on Fox News. This story is about a Victoria’s Secret fashion show where a model wore a Native American headdress. Of course, this caused an uproar in the Native American community. This reminded me of the blackface issue at USM, which made national headlines. The show’s display of the headdress was called “ignorant,” which was a similar response to blackface. Other criticism’s of the headdress included that only honorable Native American men earned a headdress, not skinny Caucasian women. However, some spoke out and said that the headdress was creative.

Urban Outfitters, Inc. received criticism last year for it’s Navajo-branded clothing and accessories. Earlier this year, the band No Doubt and Paul Frank Industries, Inc. was criticized for similar situations.

I thought this was an interesting story that’s becoming more common. So, are these entertainers and businesses making bad decisions or are people simply overreacting? VS did apologize, which was undoubtedly a good PR move. Should we be more aware of our actions that could offend other cultures or should they be less sensitive? That’s a decision people have to make for themselves, but it probably wouldn’t hurt to at least consider other cultures before you parade around in something important to their culture while dressed in your underwear.


Written by jenniferhlowe

November 13, 2012 at 4:19 pm

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The Annoying iPhone 5 Frenzy: Don’t Believe the Economic Stimulus Hype

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Like many of you, I have been wrapped up in the iPhone 5 media craze, but how can you possibly escape it with an article about the gadget being posted on every search engine as “breaking news”? It’s undeniable that Apple has once again made it’s mark in pop culture with the current release of it’s iPhone, but after viewing a piece on the highly anticipated device, I was able to develop a deeper understanding of our economy and how society is influenced by the media to purchase particular things. The piece I viewed contained a lengthy article assisted with a two minute video, and a simple visual aid of the iPhone 5 displayed in a Apple retail store.

The article, while it was lengthy, still told the story well. I don’t know if it was because I was more interested in the article because of it’s subject or because the writer did a pretty good job of creating an article that fully delivered the message of how our economy has become this narcissistic machine consumed with the latest “this or that”, but I truly feel that in the case of this story, print news defeated the video aspect of the piece. The video was nice, and it did help a little with comprehending the message, but the article did most of the work in my opinion. One particular thing, I did observe in the video was the use of text as the speaker elaborated on the drastic issues the billions of dollars Apple was receiving for their latest update could be going to rather than a piece of “plastic”.

The video did act as a partner to the piece, but I felt it was overshadowed by the article which did an amazing job at delivering the message. Sometimes it’s not the visual that always wins but the text itself.

Written by williamcrosby301

September 26, 2012 at 5:07 pm