After attending B.L.A.C.K’s braiding workshop I can confidently say that anyone can braid hair but not everyone will sit for 5+ hours to make some money.
I loved everything about this workshop. I almost got my hair done for free but my friend kept telling the girl who could do my hair that I was allergic to the weave, which I am, but that is not the point. Having safe spaces to relax, learn and congregate with people who have similar experiences to you is probably the most important self-care activity one can do for themselves. Especially in a place where the dedication to exclusion feels so strong.
For this assignment originally I didn’t know what I wanted to do. However shortly after police were in the news for being approved for using Tasers. I thought community members needed a voice and I decided to make that happen. This assignment showed me different skills. I feel like I”m improving but I still have a ways to go. With audio stories its always important to find your middle ground as far as your voice and the appropriate audio levels.
I think this assignment showed me the importance of quality writing as well as the choosing of strong soundbites. Our other assignments thus far have required video which gave our stories other levels of depth however sound is what brings our work to life. It’s excited to bring this all together as we prepare for our final projects.
For this assignment I wanted to do something more news related. I found it interested that the local police department of champaign-urbana would now be able to carry a taser as a form of a weapon. Since the police has been in a very negative eye over the last couple of years related to racial prejudice cases I decided to get common it perspective on what they thought about officials getting to use such a form of weapon.
My audio story can be found here For more information about the implementation please click here