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Alyah Gilberry
Alyah’s Favorite Music

My Favorite Artist

  1. Amy Winehouse
  2. A Tribe Called Quest
  3. Majid Jordan
  4. Elhae

My Favorite Songs

  • You Sent Me Flying by Amy Winehouse
  • Hartley Bridge by ELHAE
  • Forever by A Place Like This

 My Favorite Album


Favorite Album

Amy Winehouse

Back to Black

A Tribe Called Quest  

The Anthology

Majid Jordan

A Place Like This (EP)


All Have Fallen

Alyah’s Favorite Fashion

Alyah’s Favorite Foods

Kayla Poawui
Don’t Blame the Eater
Stevie Jones
Blog #2 “Don’t Blame The Eater’s”- By David Zinczenco

According to David Zinczenko’s ” Don’t Blame the Eater” essay, he believes that there are no healthy food alternatives available to youth consumers without taking all their money. He goes on to say that most healthy food options cost an arm and leg especially for teenagers. Zinczenko also point out the fact that fast foods do not put calorie intake on food labels and this makes it harder for people to make healthier food options, especially children because the fast food industry targets them. Children lack the control and knowledge to be able to say no to the compelling food they always eat. In conculsion, Zinczenko believes that the lack of healthier food options and no labeling on fast food items are factors that contribute to the rise in obesity.

Many Americans believe that the rise in obesity is alone the fast food industries fault, Iv’e always believed it to be part food industry and part parental guidance. parents play a big role in child obesity, parents are suppose to make sure that their children are eating the right food and being active so they don’t put on unnecessary weight. A child’s obesity can also be genetically passed down from parents, if the parent struggled with obesity and weight problems before, It is likely that the child with experience the same problems. Parents need to become more aware of what can bring on obesity because not only does it come from not eating right and genetics because it can also from serious things like depression, knowing all the signs can help stop obesity and make sure your child is at it’s healthiest. In conculsion, by being more concerned and aware of kids eating pattern and more educated on obesity as a whole, parents can help make sure the risk of obesity decreases exponentially.


Work cited

” They Say I Say”. Templates (pgs 24-28)

Graff Gerald etl. Cathy Bikenstein




Alyah Gilberry
“It is urgent for men to realize their stupid behavior is unwanted/scaring/shocking!”

As an eight-teen year old female, relating to this blog post was inevitable. The title caught my attention because I have encountered many situations similar to the ones talked about in the post. This blog informs readers about her experience with inappropriate behavior from men throughout her life. Street hollering makes young girls and even women feel unsafe. The author is creating a real discussion and spreading a message.

Young girls, teens, and women are most likely to be attracted to this blog. Females can relate to one another on this topic. It would be rare for a male to have an opinion on this topic because “street hollering” and “cat calling” is common to happen to woman.

The style of the blog is informal and casual, but provides evidence to support her opinion. The author of the blog expresses her true emotions. When I read this blog it felt as though a close friend was telling me a story.

The audience of this blog has most likely experienced a similar situation. The feed back would commonly be positive and supportive. Other will be more willing to share their stories. The audience will help the goal to get a conversation started  about verbal harassment.

Taniyah Martin

For this blog I read an interview posted on “FuzzyLogic” website. It was about festivals in the D.C. area and how it is lacking. They were having a festival with indie bands performing. To get more information about why D.C is doesn’t respond well to festivals they interviewed a singer of a local indie band that would be later performing at said festival.

The blog seemed to be targeting a younger audience. Generally when people talk about “new” types of music it is targeting a younger crowd. This blog maybe was aiming towards 18-30 year olds maybe. Since most older people don’t listen to indie rock because its more of millennial thing I believe this is the who would read this blog.

The author of the blog used words like “lotta” instead of writing “a lot of” to make the writing a bit more fun. It seems like the author wanted to appeal to younger people by using language that most people would use through speech and not when writing. More examples were when the author said “Cuz yeah” instead of “because” using these types of phrasing to make the blog less stuffy and so readers won’t get bored and feel like they’re reading boring article.

The content is about festivals and younger people are mostly seen at things like this. most young adults have jobs and may have more free time and less responsibility. The author uses that and writes about something that young people can do to kill time and enjoy themselves. So the author blogs about a free festival and about a bunch bands that people may or may not know. I this sparks an interest in people and make them want to check it out. I think that since its a younger crowd that she writes about things that young people would want to know, which is free festivals with live music.


Kayla Poawui
Drew Scott Menswear and Lifestyle

Drew Scott’s blog is a menswear and lifestyle blog focusing on his personal style. On his website he includes topics such as Fashion, DIY Projects, Recipes, Travel, and a few other things.

This blog is intended for people with an interest in fashion, specifically menswear. Being that his blog is very trendy, it is geared towards teenagers and young adults like himself.

Drew Scott’s blog is styled informally but does have some formality to it to show that he is credible. He also uses a lot of fashion terms that people who aren’t interested in fashion probably wouldn’t know.

The blog is derived mostly of photos with a caption or description about what the photo is. the photo is usually of an outfit and the description is often what he is wearing and where one could purchase the same items. The theme is very minimalistic and trendy.


Viviana Perez
The Psychological Origins of Procrastination and How to Stop Putting Things Off

      The blog “The Psychological Origins of Procrastination and How to Stop Putting Things Off”  by Elliot Berkman & Jordan Miller-Ziegler explains a concept all of us are familiar with, procrastination. Procrastination is when we choose to value something else, instead of choosing to value an important project and, starting a project at that time. It’s the mecca of excuses that is always given when we undesire to complete certain tasks. This brings us to wonder if it’s just a bad habit or it the way we are wired sometimes? When it comes to procrastination the individual usually knows it, believes it, and admits it, but we still manage to procrastinate. Thankfully the article also includes strategies that can help us improve. We can enhance the value of a task in order to help us prioritize it and complete it a lot faster. Another strategy the blog suggests is to make deadlines a lot closer than they are, this allows us to make a task more of a priority. Procrastination can be overcome if we just motivate ourselves to prioritize the completion of important tasks.  

The general audience of this blog is one of two types. An individual who procrastinates and is looking for  a psychological solution to stop; or an individual who doesn’t procrastinate, has curiosity about the subject and/or wants to educate themselves from happening.

      The blog is written in an informative and research style. He uses diction that is easy for anyone to understand and connect with; yet still manages to add psychological facts that make that article sound intellectual.   

      The writer uses intellectual, factual, and actual facts that can seem appealing to any audience who is reading this article. He makes the article easy to ready and easy to connect with, which will most likely have a positive effect on the reader.The fact that the writer used himself as a primary example it is most likely to grab the audience’s attention even more, because the facts that are being provided are based on reality and actual life experiences.

Breastfeeding and the Sustainable Development Goals


The article is about breastfeeding and how it’s beneficial to the mother and the child. It gives us the comparison of formula and breastmilk. For instance, the fact that have to pay for formula, it’s less healthy than breast milk, and it doesn’t increase IQ’s scores.
This is written for females between the ages of 20-35, psychologists, scientist, doctors, and teen mothers. It’s great for these group of people to read it because it shares good health tips and they can learn from them.
The article is well written, simple to read, and very informative. So all anyone who’s reading this can understand it and can spread the word about breastfeeding.
The content of the reading is very informative, detailed on the subjects, and it also includes much factual evidence. This shows straight forward this article is and how the style and content connect with the subject of breastfeeding. Also how efficient the breastfeeding method is.

Stevie Jones
The Dabbler Girl: Week 1 lesson 1


This blog explains the highs and lows of just starting out in a new school, specifically being lonely your first couple of weeks. It goes into detail about how not always being busy and being around others is something you should embrace and look forward to.


This blog is intened for students in general, because it’s about starting out in new school not knowing anyone or and having anything to do and how that ok. I think mainly high school students and college freshman would read this because it’s what we all go through coming to a new school.


The blog is trying to appeal to a younger crowd so I think they chose to make the blog full of personal examples to create a open and honestly style. They take the audience on a journey so they could relate to what is being written and  make everything specific and clear to understand.


The blog is very simple and makes it easy to see the point or the theme that is trying to be conveyed. When trying to reach out to a younger crowd this is a good thing because they don’t have to think really hard or fish for an answer.

Rownak Iqbal
Should you buy media’s perception of ideal beauty?

It is not a secret that the standards of beauty nowadays are rather strict and demanding. Appearances that match the existing ideal beauty remain one of the crucial characteristics of a modern individual. What is an ideal beauty? Tall and thin models and actresses are taking the lead roles in the big TV screen in ABC’s popular shows like “Pretty Little Liars”, “Switched at Birth”, “Quantico” and “Once Upon a Time”. The protagonists in all four shows are thin and beautiful. Almost all jewelries, perfumes and beauty products use thin models to advertise their products. Therefore, media is using appearance as one of the ways to sell their products. However, they are also selling the idea that people have to be the thin to be pretty. As people are buying media’s perception of ideal beauty, they are modifying their body because of body dissatisfaction.

Exposure to thin models in media results in body-image disturbance, according to the study of Minnesota State University. The study was conducted to investigate media’s impact in body-image disturbance. It was replicated and hypothesized based on previous findings of past studies. Half of 181 undergraduate students who volunteered for this study were shown advertisements of clothing, perfume and accessories with thin models. The other half were shown advertisement without the thin models. The two groups were then asked to answer questions about their self-worth, body image disturbance and self-esteem. The results showed a correlation between the negative feelings about weight and the exposure of thin models. People with who were exposed to thin models showed relatively lower ratings of body image dissatisfaction compared to people who were not exposed. But, in both groups, people with higher body mass or BMI showed low ratings of self-importance or self-worthiness than people with less body mass. People who weight more than average are sensitive of their weight regardless of the exposure. The study noted that the variables were not exposed  long enough to cause a huge effect on people’s body image. Therefore, constant exposure to thin models and actresses in the media has a chance of causing more sensitivity that lead to even lower self-esteem. In another study from the University of Management and Technology in Lahore, Pakistan showed similar results. Because of similarities between studies from two sides of the world, it becomes obvious that media’s perception of ideal beauty is not limited to the United States rather, it is something that is universal.

Teens who are buying media’s perception of ideal beauty are viewing themselves negatively. During their teenage years, adolescents are in the most formative stages of their brain, and are very impressionable. The Dove Self-Esteem Fund revealed that 71% of girls with low self-esteem feel that their appearance doesn’t measure up; including “not feeling pretty enough, thin enough, stylish enough or trendy enough,” compared to the images they are exposed to in popular media. According to The National Association for Anorexia and Associated Disorders (ANAD), 69% of girls in 5th-12th grade reported that magazine pictures influenced their idea of a perfect body shape, 42% of 1st-3rd grade girls want to be thinner and 81% of 10 year-old girls are afraid of being fat. The cosmetic surgery industry in the United States is booming, with profits expected to reach $17.5 billion by 2015. The increase of plastic surgery is especially seen among teenagers. According to American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) statistics, about 224,000 cosmetic plastic surgery procedures were performed on people of the ages 13 to 19 in 2010. Things that they are exposed to can easily change their perception of how they should act or look. Media plays a large role in their lives and it is one of the most powerful daily influences. When they see attractive people in the media, they question their own beauty and chose cosmetic procedures as a way to gain the features they lack.

Media plays even a bigger role in people with the serious psychological disorder called body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). The major symptom is being severely unsatisfied with one’s appearance, body parts, or body as a whole, according to the National Center of Biotechnology Information website. They create a delusional image where they see themselves as extremely “ugly”. The delusional images are relatively difficult to control in individuals with BDD. Dependent on symptom severity, individuals may spend between 2-8 hours a day focusing on or attempting to modify their appearance, notes the website. Moreover, individuals with BDD take extreme levels and frequencies of mirror gazing, picture taking, grooming, make-up application, hairstyle changes, clothing changes, exercising, dieting, and grasping of the body. Although a direct cause of BDD has yet to be found, It is believed to develop through continuous exposure to “beautiful” people, typically through main stream media (television, internet, magazines) as adolescents. For those individuals, watching people in the media who are portrayed as the ideal beauties increases their internal pressure and self-doubt about their body image. Thus, they are left with no choice to modify their appearance to look as beautiful as the people in the media.

Media has the choice of using nature or plus size models and actresses to sell their products. Everyone wears jewelries and perfume so, why should only the thin models have the right to advertise them? Sellers can use nature as a source to advertise products if they are against using plus size models. They can use actresses of different sizes in TV because in the end it is the story that’s attracting people to watch their movies. They can create more shows like CBS’s “Mike and Molly” and ABC’s “Huge” or make more Movies like “Hairspray” (2007) or “Spy” (2015). These four TV shows and movies were successful with very high viewer ratings. Therefore, plus size actresses aren’t causing any damage to the industry. Nevertheless, media continues to use thin actresses and models to sell their products which, has a negative impact on how people of view their body image. People who believe in the media are modifying themselves to be as beautiful as the people they see. Some people are simply relying on make-up, dieting and plastic surgery to change adjust their appearance. Others are developing the psychological disorder, body dysmorphic disorder because they cannot take their minds of how they look.  Individuals with BDD are constantly trying their best to look as beautiful as the people they have been seeing in the media as adolescents. So, in reality media’s portrayal of ideal beauty is causing more harm than good. No one should buy the idea that what you see in media is not how you should be. Do not buy what media sells about people’s ideal beauty because in the end it is you who will be affected, not the media!












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Marium, Javaid, and Ahmad Iftikhar “Adolescent Girls are Hurt More by the Body Mass than Thin-Ideal Media Images of Females”. Journal of Behavioral Sciences, Vol. 24, No. 1, 2014. ProQuest.

Roberts, Emily. “Self-Esteem and Girls: The Media’s Role and Building Self-Esteem.” Heathy Place, 2012. <http://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/buildingselfesteem/2012/08/self-esteem-in-girls-the-medias-role/>.