The final project of the semester

In particular as being a resident of the South Dallas metroplex,  there are many challenges that residents witness on a daily bases. Therefore there is much to get involved in that can better the community.  As being a student at Paul Quinn College it not only broaden my imagination but has challenged me to work with what I have. Meaning, there is much that can be done, but limited resources. In today’s podcast, I and a few other classmates will be discussing the challenges, as well as the benefits of being a college student in the south Dallas metroplex. Not only that but how we handle the challenges that come our way.

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Gentrification concerns on minorities.

After reading a recent article entitled “8 ways gentrification hurts the communities of color”, I believe It’s safe to conclude that gentrification can affect anyone in low-income communities especially people of color.  Though all eight of the analyses were informative, there were only two that I believe is very essential to know when it comes to knowledge of gentrification.

The first reason was entitled “As wealthier people move into poor neighborhoods, Landlords raise their rents to cash in from the wealth of the new influx of residents”.  This is important to know because people to often lose their housing, and jobs from a lack in knowledge of Government systems.  Minorities primarily are often taken advantage of from not fully comprehending the legal system.  Therefore, these minorities are robbed of their housing, and jobs due to the selfishness of landlords and the wealthy class. Not only are minorities faced with unfair prices, but they are also forced to move not being afforded, lawyers.  As a minority, they are obligated to consistently fight off stereotypes that often time obstructs their views of progress.
In other words, their efforts to better themselves are limited due to the bigotries ways of the wealthier class.  They are often branded as criminals, and thugs due to their skin color, which makes it hard for them to hold jobs and a good reputation.
Which leads to the second point, reason “People of color are criminalized because new people feel ‘in danger’ ”. Too often minorities are seen as being immoral in business. These business owners say they scare off “our” customers. One This happens often with government housing that are located in highly gentrified areas. Eventually, the people that are dependent on those housing programs are forced to move. Majority of business owners agree that it’s an eyesore seeing minorities hanging around their business. This unfair treatment happens too often, and It’s totally unfair to label them as being criminals, or dangerous.  It is sickening to know that people are being treated in such crucial ways, that they would not be afforded the same opportunity as wealthier counterparts. to conclude, both details from the article are extremely important to know. Especially when it comes to learning the true form of gentrification.



The benefits of Sad Houses

The Casita Tristes project is something that can benefit every neighborhood that is being threatened by the effect of gentrification that being caused by urbanization. Not only because this project helps beautify neighborhoods but it brings awareness to the current issues caused by most developers.

The Casita Tristes (Sad Houses) project was created by an amazing artist by the name of Giovanni Valderas. He is a native Dallas Artist that “graduated from the University of North Texas under the college of visual arts and design”, according to the Casita Triste website. The sad House project is not only unique because of its colorful arrangement, but the fact that it uses actual houses that were built by this artist. Giovanni Valderas’s Sad House project was built to address the current issues that stand in the system of housing. To accomplish this, each house has attached with it postcards reading “All I want for Christmas is Affordable Housing”. This is due to the fact that affordable housing is becoming less common in the economy of Dallas because apartments and condos are taking their places. People are losing their houses due to gentrification. This project would be beneficial to the economy,  not just because it’s based in the Oak Cliff area of the Dallas metroplex, it also makes people aware of the drastic changes that are taking place right under noses. Everyone should look into this project because it not only benefits the Dallas area but every society effect with gentrification.


Life in Beaumont Texas

Today I will be discussing what it’s like to live in Beaumont Texas. In an effort to gather information about the city I have interviewed one of the residents.

For those who are curious about how it feels growing up in northern Beaumont. This interview tells what you should expect when moving to Beaumont Texas. Here is a little history on my interview. Ms. Templeton is a current college student who faces many oppositions. Her family lived in Beaumont Texas for about 11 years. Growing up there, Ms. Templeton felt obligated to continue education in the south, while living in the north part of Beaumont. The city of Beaumont can be a city of joy and opportunity, but like many cities it has it’s downfalls. It can be a place filled with many adversaries of those who are striving for greatness. Including gang violence and high poverty rate. According to Ms. Templeton, “the sound of gun shots accompanied the trains that passed by”. The north area of the city in which she lived was heavenly populated with Blacks and Hispanics. One could imagine the irony of living between two rival gangs. The bloods claiming the south, and the Crips claiming the north section of Beaumont. Depending on each person’s view, there are various things that people see as being a factor of success or a factor for failure. Another problem that Ms. Templeton had to overcome was the long commute to school. She is proof that regardless of what condition you are surrounded by, you can be successful. In conclusion, one’s experience in Beaumont Texas is what you make it. You can surrender to its violence, or you can learn from the common oppositions.

PQC student can benefit from volunteering

Dallas can be a place of opportunities or misfortunes depending on the way its viewed. At Paul Quinn College it’s seen as being a great opportunity to practice being a servant leader, helping those that most view as being misfortunate. It is, for this reason, it would be beneficial for Paul Quinn to consider partnering with United Way because they offer many opportunities of which the students will not only be afforded the opportunity help the community, but they will also be allowed the opportunity to exercise a various skill that’s a needed in the workforce. The great thing about this program is that anyone can sign up to participate in their events. This is very beneficial because it will give students the opportunity to practice being servant leaders. No one can force anyone to become a servant leader, that person must choose to be that leader. The student should be allowed the opportunity to choose if they want to participate in this amazing opportunity to be leaders. The dedication of those students will prove that they are willing to sacrifice, which is a great trait to have as a leader.

Ron Finley’s Two important fact that will help change the economy

There are two points I found to be important in the Ted Talk that will not only improve the community, but also assists in changing the people. The two points include “Changing the composition of the soil”, and lastly “food is the problem and food is the solution” (Ron Finley).  There are times when it seems like communities are only getting worst, yet no one is doing anything to promote change and economic development. Not meaning they must go building skyscrapers, but literally help the community. After watching the Ted talk starring Ron Finley, I understood that everyone can assists in improving their economies. The first point, Finley talked about changing the composition of the soil. In which he described the importance of striving to change the people, and in changing the people the economy will become better. The symbolism he used was expiring. In which he said that the people are the soil, and one can assume if the people are the soil than the economy is the plant. It’s impossible to change the economy if you don’t change it soil. Secondly to change the people there must be opportunities. People cannot change if they are obligated to eat unhealthily. Finley describes the significance of “food being the problem and food also being the solution”. Food is something that everyone needs to literally live, but when the food options are unhealthy so are its consumers. This point is important, because it depicts the importance of providing healthier food options to the community. In conclusion, change is something that is always progressing. Therefore, it is not only important to always consider the composition of the soul before trying to change the outcome of its instability, but consider how the food can become the solution, instead of allowing it to be the problem.

Should Section 8 Housing test for Marijuana usage?

AbuseSection 8 Housing should test for Marijuana usage. To often are children suffering from their parent’s habitual usage of Marijuana, and countless numbers of people endanger themselves by dealing marijuana with people with criminal backgrounds. It is for this reason that marijuana should not be allowed in Housing under section 8. Firstly, children suffer everyday due to their parents over usage of Marijuana. These children are not only the ones that get neglected, but they are often subject to abuse. Therefore, it’s impossible to raise children under the influence of Marijuana, or any drugs. Secondly, hundreds of people die everyday from drug deals gone wrong. It takes no time for a person with a criminal background to change his or her mind on a deal. They often end with that person turning and shutting that person they feel they can’t trust with their money. Section 8 housing has hundreds of families depending on its safety with their children, and families to allow one person’s failure to abode by the rules to endanger all its residents. Its detrimental if Section 8 Housing does not test for Marijuana usage. In conclusion, section 8 housing should test for the usage of Marijuana to ensure the safety of it residents.

Three foods my family believes is most essential when it comes to having family dinners.

There are three dishes that my family can not go without, which are often prepared during the holiday seasons. My family believes that with great food such as Barbecue, Cornbread Dressing, and homemade deserts such as Peach Cobbler all are satisfied. 


At every family get together, there’s always one or all the three dishes that seems to appear on the dining table. The one dish that I never saw absent of the table is the freshly grilled barbecue. Reason being my family loves to compete to see who makes the best barbeque. At the end of every competition somehow everyone leaves laughing with full stomachs. Besides the barbecue, there’s always that one dish that my family cannot go without during the holidays, thanksgiving. Cornbread dressing, reason being is that my family sees Cornbread Dressing as a must have especially during thanksgiving. Mom’s always the one who personally go’s out the way every year, to make sure her Dressing has no flaws! Lastly, no dinner is complete without dessert. This is something my family specializes in making, that’s including myself. At every family gettogether, there’s always that one section overloaded with Homemade desserts. I have to say everyone’s favorite is mom’s Homemade Peach Cobbler. Peach Cobbler is always that one dessert, that everyone fights over getting the last portion. Despite every “Food argument”, in the end, the person who gets it most of the time ends up sharing it. In conclusion, with every dish that is made, there is always a favorite. My family has decided on what ours will be, Barbeque, Cornbread Dressing, and Peach Cobbler.

When it comes to notable problem in Dallas , there are two specifically I would love to see fixed.

When thinking about the city of Dallas, and all that can be done to improve it there are two things that come to mind that I believe must be addressed. That’s including both the increasing homeless population, and the flawed housing system.  If it was left to me these are the two major problems I feel need doable solutions starting with the increasing homeless population. Reason being that it seems that more and more people are losing their jobs, leaving them with no source of income. Something  most fell to understand, is that once someone becomes homeless most lose everything they were once making payment on. Therefore, it become harder for the homeless to pursue and obtain careers. While homelessness is a major problem in Dallas, I must not fell to mention the flawed housing system. Which is designed in a way to keep the poor in poverty, and the wealthy getting wealthier. Reason being that the people who oversee the government housing programs in Dallas charge rent based on everyone’s income. Meaning that if you don’t make much you get charged less, on the other hand, if you start to make a little more your rent increases as well. This may seem like a great plan, but for only those who desire to stay in housing their entire life. Therefore, those who are trying to progress towards owning their own house cannot, because they are being forced to pay extremely high rent. At the end of the day, the only money they have left over after being charged for rent is barely enough to feed themselves, their families, and pay other bills. This means they cannot put back money towards saving for that house, and their chances of getting out of poverty are hanging from a small thread. In conclusion I feel that   homelessness and the housing system needs to not only be addressed but solved. Meaning, its easy to make a solution without regards to following through on pursuing those.


DMX rap.

I personally think that the lyrics from the rap “Prayer” is to encourage people who face struggles in life. Dmx uses beliefs from his life, and what he knows about God to encourage people to do their best.
Dmx’s rap has made some encouraging points. in which he has encouraged people who face struggles. In this rap DMX says,”I come to you hungry and tired, you give me food and let me sleep” People are facing difficulties in their lives this helps them to understand that they are not conclusion, he uses his beliefs and what he knows about God to encourage people.