Identity in ’12 Years a Slave’

During my American Literature class, I tried to find slave narrative literary themes in the 2013 film “12 Years a Slave.”

“The film is his struggle to return to his original personal and legal status of freedom while also blending in to the environment of slave labor in order to survive.”

‘Piñata’: A Modern Classic from the Past

I tried to explore the political aspects of “Piñata” by Freddie Gibbs & Madlib in a review for the University Daily Kansan.

“The record combines Gibbs’ hardcore gangsta rap with Madlib’s rock and soul-infused beats. Gibbs’ lyrics have always focused on visceral, biographic authenticity and independence from the trappings of the music industry. ‘Piñata’ explores Gibbs and Madlib’s self-awareness as musicians, especially their contradictions.”