Sound Effects

I went around my house and outside to record 10 sound effects that I hear almost every day if not daily. I found it interesting the kind of sounds that I encountered every day that I did not even think about until I was doing this project. All of the sound effects were recorded using my phone’s voice recorder then transferred into mp3 files. I had then uploaded all of my sounds onto sound cloud as a set. Here is the link:


Media Fast

For my digital media class we were told to give up media/electronics for a 24 hour period. This doesn’t seem to hard but it actually is in the world we live in now. I am always on a computer or on my phone so this assignment seemed impossible. Here’s how my experience went.

I started my 24 hour period at 3 am on Saturday once I got home from work. I spent until 3 pm sleeping to catch up on sleep I missed throughout the week due to school and work. The plan for the rest of the day was to spend it with my sister, brother-in-law, and their kids. We had played board games and played with toys, which was rather nice. My sister and me had then made chicken fried steak and homemade mashed potatoes. After dinner, we played one of our favorite card games, hand and foot. By this point I hadn’t even had an urge to be around media or electronics. Around 11 pm, my sister and I made our usually trip to Casey’s to get half price doughnuts and drinks. We went back to her house after that played some more hand and foot and finally went to sleep around 1 am.

I really could not believe I could go 24 hours without media but spending time with family made it quite possible. I even had felt somewhat relieved after the 24 hours and if it wasn’t for homework and having to right this blog post I would of continued this media fast for the whole weekend.

Hattie McDaniel

McDaniel was born in 1895. She was a native of Wichita, Kansas. She was known for her acting and singing/songwriting. When she was 5, her family moved to Colorado. She graduated from Denver East High School. Her brother was also an actor. He was the butler in a shot film in 1948, Heavenly Daze. McDaniel had appeared in a black ensemble called Melody Hounds from 1920-1925. She recorded her congs with 2 different recording companies between 1926 and 1929. All together she had 7 recording sessions. In 1929, she took a job as a waitress at a Milwaukee club where she had then became a performing regular. She set out for Los Angeles in 1931 but could not find work as a performer and took a job as a maid. Eventually she got a job with her brother on a radio program and was known as Hi-Hat Hattie. In 1932, she finally had her first appearance as an actrees in The Golden West. After joining the Screen Actors Guild in 1934, she began landing major roles in larger film companies. She later won an Academy Award for her acting in Gone With the Wind. This caused her to be the first African American to receive one. She had died at 57 in California due to breast cancer.


Gwendolyn Brooks

Brooks was born in Topeka, Kansas in 1917. She was an African American poet. Throughout her life she faced racism with her neighbors and at school. Brooks attended high school at Hyde park High which happened to be the leading high school in Chicago in whites. She had transferred schools later on to Wendell Phillips which is an all black school. Later on she had finally transferred to Englewood High wich is an interracial school. By 1936 Brooks had become a college graduate from Wilson Junior College. She had broadened her outlook on city racial dynamics. This was one influence to her poems. Her first poem was published in 1930 which was in a children’s magazine. The first book of poetry she published was in 1945. Her work was becoming known world wide leading her to winning a Pulitzer prize for poetry in 1950. By 1962, she had impressed the president, JFK, who had then asked her to recite poes at the Library of Congress poetry festival. Brooks lived to be 83 when she died of cancer in Chicago.


Benjamin “Pap” Singleton

Singleton was born in 1809. He was a native of Nashville, Tennessee. Growing up he was a slave and had been sold several times. He managed to escape each time and finally fled to Canada. He had then traveled to multiple different towns before returning after the end of the Civil War to Tennessee. Many failed efforts to create a life for African Americans in Tennessee caused him to set out for Kansas to meet up with his partner Columbus Johnson beginning in 1877. Those who decided to follow Singleton were known as exodusters. By 1879 there were approximately 50,000 blacks who fled to the Kansas area and surrounding states. 1879 had become known as the Great Exodus. Singleton had tried to lead various different organizations that would help free blacks from slavery but all of his attempts were unsuccessful. He had later died in 1892 while in St. Louis.


Black History Month Posters – Information on My Top 3

I had did a quick search and found 10 things/people that are part of Black History and from Kansas. This list can be found in a previous blog post. I had then picked my top 3 things/people to research about to make posters of. These are the ones I had chose and an explanation of each.

Benjamin “Pap” Singleton

  • Born in Nashville, TN in 1809.
  • Organized a move from Tennessee to Kansas to claim land in Dunlap.
  • The move to Kansas lead to the Great Exodus of 1879.
  • 50,000 men, exodusters, followed Singleton’s lead.
  • Defended blacks moving to Kansas when white men opposed the idea.
  • Started an organization called Colored United Links (CUL) which had later failed.

Gwendolyn Brooks

  • Born in Topeka, KS in 1917.
  • Brooks was an African American poet.
  • Wrote about the poor of the inner city.
  • Published her first poem in 1930.
  • Published her first book of poetry in 1945.
  • Won a Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1950.
  • JFK asked Brooks to read at the Library of Congress poetry festival in 1962.

Hattie McDaniel

  • Born in Wichita, KS in 1895.
  • McDaniel was an American actress and a professional singer/songwriter.
  • First African American to receive a Academy Award.
  • Appeared in over 300 films.
  • McDaniel has 2 stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.