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The Evolution of a Writer Final Writing Portfolio Marie DiDominica Black Humor in Popular Culture Spring 2008- May 9, 2008
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Table of Contents Personal Response Essay 1: Humor to Replace Pain ………………………………………………………p. 3 This response paper was the first paper written for this course. My main focus was to react to the first two weeks of information presented in class, specifically the use of humor in the black community to alleviate the emotional pain of certain hardships. My central source of example, information, and inspiration came from the Saturday Night Live skit “Mr. Robinson’s Neighborhood”, starring Eddie Murphy. This skit served as both a clear example of the use Black humor though the joking manner in which many trying situations were presented, as well as a vital example to this essay. Personal Response Essay 2: Feed the Idiot Box ……………………………………………………………p. 6 The primary focus of this essay was to discuss the many stereo types presented in the Spike Lee film Bamboozled (2000). In this film each character is a representation of a stereotype in which our society has created. I chose to discuss how although character seems to be a somewhat exaggerated version of the given stereotype, these characters help to raise awareness of the ridiculous notions we, as a people, have for certain race groups. Personal Response Essay 3: The Man within the “Thug ”……………………………………………….….p.10 The main premise of this essay was the discussion of the many roles men play in today’s society to prove they are masculine. The main inspiration for this response was the documentary by Byron Hurt Beyond Beats and Rhymes (2005). In my essay I chose to discuss the difficulty men who live in today’s culture face. With the continuous pressure to be viewed as manly, as opposed to weak and feminine, men of today tend to act more and more in a way that most times is very different from their inner selves. As Mel Watkins writes in his novel On the Real Side (1994), men are forced to live out two personalities— their “social self” and their instinctual or real self. Self-Evaluation ………………………………………………………………………p.12 2
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Personal Response Essay One Submitted: February 5, 2008 Humor to Replace Pain “You can turn painful situations around through laughter. If you can find humor in anything, even poverty, you can survive it.” Spoken by Bill Cosby, these wise words reflect the exact sentiment of black humor. To those, such as myself, who may be unfamiliar with black humor’s history it seems as though its origin stems back only into the recent past, when, in actuality, its origin dates as far back as the period of slavery in America. From that time and beyond, humorous stories and jokes were used to help those of the black community cope with the awful circumstances they were then forced to
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This note was uploaded on 10/19/2008 for the course AEM 241 taught by Professor Grossman during the Fall '08 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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