MOVIES AND DOCUMENTARIES ARE ESSENTIAL IF ANY PINK, BLACK, OR JUSTICE IS TO OCCUR. LET’S SHARE WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT OUR WORLD IN ORDER TO MAKE IT A BETTER PLACE.
(P)PINK RELATED MOVIES:
MOVIES THAT BREAK THE LIMITATIONS OF WHAT A WOMAN SHOULD, COULD, AND NEEDS TO BE. HERE ARE SOME OF OUR FAVORITES THAT BREAK STEREOTYPES AND GENDER RELATED NORMS. READY. SET. WATCH!!!
Often times than not, women are underestimated due to their gender, looks, education, hair color, or perky and nice personalities. Well, Reese Witherspoon destroys that underestimation by challenging herself to be herself even more and achieve what is considered to be “hard” for a woman/girl. What is that you say? She pushes the boundaries and norms of what a “lawyer” should “look” like by applying, being accepted, and achieving the most honorable level of education from the esteemed ivy league school HARVARD LAW SCHOOL. Let this movie inspire both men and women that being underestimated is a sign that you will and are going to achieve great things. READY. SET. WATCH!!!
Sex and the City (2008)
The Girls Are Back in Town! Sex and the City is a movie continuation of the classic tv-show that follows our lead, Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker), a writer for Vogue on sex and love, and her three friends in New York City. Carrie, Samantha, Miranda, and Charlotte met as young single women and now the movie unveils the future of their relationships. Carrie is finally getting her happily ever after with Mr.Big but will there be trouble in paradise after the big wedding? Grab a Martini and be ready to be trapped in a world of fashion and fortune where we discover themes of love, friendship, women empowerment, and all sorts of drama!
Sex and the City 2 (2010)
Two years have passed since Carries Bradshaw’s wedding spectacle in Sex and the City (2008), now the four friends must battle the pressures of life, love, and work. Carrie is facing a tough time after making the decision of not wanting any children and is worried that her relationship will not hold up with just the two of them. Miranda quits her job after a new senior partner in her work degrades her for being a women, will she be able to maintain a career after this? Charlotte just had her second child and is feeling the pressure of being a Mother. Samantha is facing the onset of menopause and is overwhelmed with all the different changes, thankfully, the girls get to take a trip to Abu Dhabi to unwind! With intentions to escape their problems at home, they run into a few new ones as they experience the Muslim culture and society as women from New York City. Get ready for this adventure as the girls explore an unknown land!
(B)BLACK HISTORY MOVIES:
WE NEED TO KNOW HISTORY AND WE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT IT NOW. BLACK HISTORY MONTH IS NOT ENOUGH TO BRING JUSTICE TO WHAT THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY HAS ENDURED. SYSTEMATIC OPPRESSION IS STILL WHAT THEY EXPERIENCE. HERE ARE OUR TOP SELECTIONS ON HOW YOU CAN STAY IN THE LOOP ABOUT OUR WORLD OPPRESSION. READY. SET. WATCH!!!
(J) JUSTICE MOVIES:
LET’S FACE IT WE CAN’T TALK ABOUT EVERYTHING WRONG WITH THIS WORLD WITHOUT TALKING ABOUT ALL THE INJUSTICES OF HATE CRIMES THAT GO UNRECOGNIZED IN OUR WORLD. WATCH THESE MOVIES AND DOCUMENTARIES TO GET A FEEL FOR WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT. READY.SET.WATCH!!!
Origins of Armenia** Geographically, Armenia is northeast of the Euphrates River, on the high Eastern Anatolian Plateau of Asia Minor (Walker, 1980). The Armenia country neighbors Turkey, Iran, Azerbaijan, and Georgia. The capital of Armenia is Yerevan and is known to announce itself as the first nation in the world to adopt Christian faith (Baran, 2012). It is also important to note that the well-known Armenian linguist monk, Mesrop Mashots created the Armenian alphabet.
Armenian Genocide Genocide is the purposeful and planned destruction of a racial, political, religious or ethnic group (Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary, 1831). This was the case in the Armenian Genocide of 1915 where entire Armenian communities were slaughtered due to their religious association with Christianity leaving 1.5 million dead. In this event, the Young Turks political party sought to overthrow the Ottoman Empire (i.e., Sultan, Abdul Hamid II) in an effort toward reunification and the creation of a strong Turkish power (Esmaeili, 2011). According to Esmaeili (2011), many historians believe there was a systematic organization of the Armenian Genocide. For instance, thousands of Armenian men were drafted into the army and killed in the early months of 1915, with no weapons to defend themselves against the Turkish government (Genocide Education Project, n.d.). Following this incident, Armenian civilians were disarmed as Turkish armies entered Armenian homes, arresting many and killing others (Esmaeili, 2011). On April 8th, 1915, Armenians were deported from the town of Zeitun and sent off to march in deserts (Armenian Genocide 1915 Information & Recognition, n.d.; Esmaeili, 2011). For many, one of the most horrific days of the event was April 24th, 1915, when 250 Armenian leaders were killed, leaving survivors to mourn losses of many artists, clergymen, writers, and teachers (Esmaeili, 2011).
Effects of Armenian genocide The Armenian Genocide has had an immense impact on its survivors. According to Miller and Miller (1993), there are six responses collected from 100 survivors of the genocide. The six responses are: “(1) avoidance and repression, (2) outrage and anger, (3) revenge and restitution, (4) reconciliation and forgiveness, (5) resignation and despair, and (6) explanation and rationalization” (Dagirmanjian, 2005, p.440). According to Danelian (2010), the long-term effects of the genocide include intergenerational transmission of trauma. He reports, “What is probably most frightening about the trauma . . . is the profound muteness in engenders in both victim and victim-advocate, survivor and bystander” (p.246). Furthermore, Danelian (2010) explains that although there may not be any survivors living today, the trauma has been encrypted in the Armenian people. In addition, Esmaeili (2011) reports that the trauma of the Armenian Genocide, “Impacts the way future Armenians develop their family unit and the way they rear their children” (p.11). Importantly, children who experienced the trauma may experience emotional dysregulation and the inability to quickly respond to threats (Esmaeili, 2011). Such psychological trauma can lead to later feelings of guilt, depression, anxiety, etc. (Esmaeili, 2011; Kupelian et al, 1998). Additionally, when silencing the trauma, psychological effects can include post-traumatic stress, fear of persecution, feelings of unworthiness, unwillingness to seek support from outsiders (i.e., non-Armenians), and derealization (Kalayjian & Weisberg, 2002).