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    Black Culture,  Diversity Awareness,  Motherhood,  Oswego Coursework

    Self-Care is for Black mothers too

    Ahhhh… the joys of motherhood! Motherhood is a beautiful journey filled with love and the incredible bond between a mother and her baby. Amidst the joys and challenges of raising a child, it’s crucial to remember that taking care of yourself is just as important as caring for your little one. The concept of “happy mom, happy baby” emphasizes the profound impact of a mother’s well-being on her child’s overall development. Self-care becomes a crucial component in nurturing both yourself and your baby. “Black and white image of toddler girl being held by her mom” by SELF Magazine is licensed under CC BY 2.0. The Importance of Self-Care Prioritizing self-care is not a…

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    Black Culture,  Diversity Awareness,  Oswego Coursework

    The PSA and the Power of Emotion

    Harnessing Emotions for Change I chose a public service announcement (PSA) on lung cancer screening for this assignment because I recently lost someone dear to me to lung cancer. The fact that she left behind a 16-year-old son made it even worse for me. One of my worst fears is passing away before my own son reaches full adulthood. Despite not being a smoker myself, the video resonated with me because of the loss of my friend (less than two weeks prior to writing this). Initially I was going to choose something less personal, but I still went with it because of the emotional connection I have with this PSA…

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    Diversity Awareness,  Oswego Coursework

    The Truth Behind Photos

    Truth and Believability in Photos Social Media and the Family Unit. What’s Really Behind the Post? Posted on Facebook on Saturday at 11:32 am. A happy family unit running through the park on a picture perfect day. Mom had to wear makeup to the park to cover the bruise on her cheek that developed because Dad punched her on Friday night. “Black Family” by Family First is marked with CC0 1.0. Posted on Instagram at 6:52 pm on a Thursday night. Having a great time smiling and laughing with friends! When he went home he cried uncontrollably for 6 hours as he contemplated suicide. “Doesn’t he look happy? He’s totally…

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    Educational,  Oswego Coursework

    Happy Mom, Happy Baby

    “Black and white image of toddler girl being held by her mom” by SELF Magazine is licensed under CC BY 2.0. Creative Commons What is the Creative Commons you ask? Well I’m glad you asked! The Creative Commons is a website and non-profit organization dedicated to giving people and organizations the ability to legally use “creative and academic works”. The way I look at Creative Commons has a “for the people, by the people” mission that helps to make photos, videos, sound bytes and other works accessible and usable for all while still allowing the creators to get credit where credit is due. Universal Design So you want to know what Universal Design…

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    Semiotic Tech and a WordPress Newbie

    I can appreciate that WordPress was founded on the principles of giving access to everyone, including those of us that are not necessarily tech savvy. This open sourced platform’s mission was to democratize published. A principle they’ve remained true to until this day. While WordPress is free, they have found a way to stay true to their mission while becoming a multi-billion dollar company with the largest market share of websites among content management platforms.  I also admire the fact that each new version release has a lead designer in addition to the lead developer. This demonstrates that WordPress is dedicated to the user experience.  As a first time user…

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    Black Culture,  Diversity Awareness,  Oswego Coursework

    Connecting with Black Culture

    How do I navigate my culture in various spaces? I grew up in the most diverse county in the United States of America: Queens, New York. I engaged with classmates, neighbors, colleagues and friends of as many different backgrounds as you can imagine. I spent the first 40+ years of my life in NYC. Fast forward to 2018, I get married and I move to Central New York. It was my first experience living in a region that I do not consider to be diverse. I experiences microaggressions and other types of bias almost immediately. While I understood racism and the concept of “other”, in four decades of life I…