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My Summer Classes

July 2, 2013


In being apart of Pace University’s Liberty Partnerships Program, I’m teaching three classes in the combined Summer Program with Upward Bound. If you happen to keep tabs on me, I’ve taught activism classes for two years during the academic year with Upward Bound. This is my first time teaching in the Summer. I wanted to do something fun that had depth. One class deals with college admissions definitions. The other two are called “Superheroes in Media” and “The Philosophy of Rap.” The discussion in these two classes that I created has been great so far. Check out the syllabi for them below!

Superheroes in the Media
In this class, students will watch TV shows and movie clips containing the portrayal of superheros. The discussion topics are racism and sexism.

Grade
Attendance: 5%
Participation: 30%
Notes: 15%
Discussion Leading: 50%

Ground Rules
-What is said in here stays in here
-There is no such thing as a stupid thought
-One person speaking at a time
Breaking these rules will result in an automatic failure or grade reduction

Week 1: Adult Diversity Friends Part 1
July 1st: Justice League Season 1 Episode 4 “In Blackest Night”
July 2nd: Justice League Season 1 Episode 17 “Fury”
July 3rd: Justice League Unlimited Season 2 Episode 9 “Grudge Match”

Week 2: Adult Diversity Friends Part 2
July 8th: The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes Season 1 Episode 9 “Living Legend”
July 9th: The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes Season 1 Episode 11 “Panther’s Quest”
July 10th: The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes Season 1 Episode 12 “Gamma Word, Part 1”
July 11th: The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes Season 2 Episode 2 “Alone Against A.I.M.”

Week 3: Black Power and Being the Sidekick
July 15th: Black Panther Episode 1
July 16th: Black Panther Episode 3
July 17th: Black Panther Episode 5
July 18th: Iron Man Season 2 Episode 9 “The Armed Wars”
War Machine vs. Iron Man in Iron Man 2

Week 4: Young Diversity Friends
July 22nd: Young Justice Season 1 Episode 1 “Independence Day”
Young Justice Season 1 Episode 2 “Fireworks”
July 23rd: Young Justice Season 1 Episode 13 “Alpha Male”
July 24th: Young Justice Season 2 Episode 7 “Depths”
July 25th: Young Justice Season 2 Episode 14 “Runaways”

Week 5: July 29th to August 1st: Students’ Choice
Students get together to lead discussions based off their own materials such as TV shows, Movies or Comics.

The Philosophy of Rap
In this class, students will watch TV shows, documentaries, and analysis messages in rap music and videos. The discussion topics are racism, sexism, homophobia, politics and growing up in poverty.

Grade
Attendance: 5%
Participation: 30%
Notes: 15%
Discussion Leading: 50%

Ground Rules
-What is said in here stays in here
-There is no such thing as a stupid thought
-One person speaking at a time
Breaking these rules will result in an automatic failure or grade reduction

Week 1: Where are the Ladies?
July 1st: Back in the Day
Lauryn Hill’s “Everything Is Everything” from The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
Lauryn Hill’s “Doo-Wop (That Thing)” from The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

July 2nd: Before the Pop
Nicki Minaj’s “Autobiography”
Nicki Minaj’s “I’m the Best” from Pink Friday

July 3rd: Others Out There
Iggy Azalea’s “Murda Bizness” Feat. T.I. from Glory
Jean Grae’s “My Story” from Jeanius

Week 2: Kendrick Lamar’s View from the Streets
July 8th: Being Own Self
Kendrick Lamar’s “Vanity Slaves” from Kendrick Lamar EP
Kendrick Lamar’s “Faith” Feat. BJ the Chicago Kid & Punch from Kendrick Lamar EP

July 9th: Growing into Self
Kendrick Lamar’s “Average Joe” from O(verly) D(edicated)
Kendrick Lamar’s “Cut You Off {To Grow Closer}” from O(verly) D(edicated)

July 10th: Defining Self and Struggling to Stay Self
Kendrick Lamar’s “No Makeup” Feat. Colin Munroe from Section.80
Kendrick Lamar’s “HiiiPOWER” from Section.80
Kendrick Lamar’s Verse from Drake’s “Buried Alive” from Take Care

July 11th: On Top Being Self
Kendrick Lamar’s “Swimming Pools (Drink)” from good kid, m.A.A.d city
Extended Version
Kendrick Lamar’s “I’m Dying of Thirst” from good kid, m.A.A.d city
Kendrick Lamar’s “Real” Feat. Anna Wise from good kid, m.A.A.d city

Week 3: Lupe Fiasco’s World View
July 15th: Real from the Start

Lupe Fiasco’s “Real” Feat. Sarah Green from Food & Liquor
Lupe Fiasco’s “American Terrorist” Feat. Matthew Santos from Food & Liquor

July 16th: On a Deeper Level
Lupe Fiasco’s “Gotta Eat” from The Cool
Lupe Fiasco’s “Dumb It Down” from The Cool

July 17th: Never Breaking
Lupe Fiasco’s “Word I Never Said” Feat. Skylar Grey from Lasers
Lupe Fiasco’s “All Black Everything” from Lasers

July 18th: Going Higher
Lupe Fiasco’s “Around My Way [Freedom Ain’t Free]” from Food and Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Part 1
Lupe Fiasco’s “Bitch Bad” from Food and Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Part 1

Week 4: Social Issues in Rap
July 22nd: Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes viewing

July 23rd: Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes Discussion

July 24th: The N-Word
The Boondocks Season 2 Episode 11 “The S-Word”
Julian Curry’s “Niggers Niggas & Niggaz”
Sha Stimuli’s “The N-Word Song” from Hip Hop Dock-Trine 2 (The Saga Continues) [Hall Of Justus Edition]

July 25th: Homophobia
The Boondocks Season 2 Episode 13 “Story of Gangstalicious (Part 2)”
The Advocate’s “Homophobia in Hip-Hop”

Week 5: July 29th to August 1st: Students’ Choice
Students get together to lead discussions based off their own materials such as documentaries, TV shows, music videos or audio.