Emily Dickinson lived in a time when women weren’t taken seriously, especially in the writing world. To be a woman in the 1870s was not easy, and a lot of the hardships that she faced can be read throughout her poems. During this time, women…
Shakespeare + Film: a marvel or a mess? By Kyra Brue Shakespeare and film. Two seemingly different ideas that have been unified, time and time again for decades, as we’ve seen throughout this semester. Does the marriage of them work in an artistic and entertaining…
By Kyra Brue
Stankonia wasn’t a bad album, but it wasn’t my favorite. There were a few songs that I really enjoyed, like “Ms. Jackson,” “B.O.B,” and “?,” but overall it wasn’t their best album in my opinion. This album definitely had a more modern sound to it. They still stuck with their funky, R&B undertones, but there was also a much greater use of technical sounds, similar to ATLiens, in some parts. I also felt that this album is where they sort of began to stray from their original funk sounds. Some of their songs, like “B.O.B,” didn’t even really have funk elements to it. It sounded a lot more techno than their usual stuff. However, songs like, “So Fresh, So Clean,” which I recognize from somewhere (like a commercial or something), had those original funk sounds that made their previous works distinctly theirs.
Something about this album that really caught my attention, was the extra explicitness of their lyrics. Their previous albums weren’t child-friendly or anything, but they seemed a little less crass than this album was. To me, the songs in this album were either more explicit or just more upfront about sex and love than previous albums were. The erotic tones of the album start in the very first part, “Intro,” and they only go on from there. Song like “I’ll Call B4 I Cum,” “Red Velvet,” and (my personal favorite) “Toilet Tisha” were quite vulgar compared to their previous explicit songs.
Apart from sexual themes, the album also had some other themes as well. In “Gasoline Dreams” there is a lot of commentary about the downfall of the American Dream. The lyrics talk about the harsh reality that is life, and how even when you’re doing ok, there are still obstacles that can come and knock you down. This song puts more of a focus on the not so glamorous reality of the American Dream. In some other songs, there are additional references to the struggle that people go through, even when their doing alright.
The interludes in this album were shorter than in previous albums. They also sometimes didn’t really make sense with the songs preceding or following them. In some places, the interludes acted less like parts of a story, and more like random inclusions. The “break!” at the end of each one also made the interludes seem like random pauses in between songs, almost like commercials are for TV shows.
Throughout the album, there weren’t too many obvious southern things in the songs, apart from the naming of places, like spaghetti junction, College Park, etc. However, in “Snappin’ & Trappin’” there is the line, “My Cadillac got that boom, boom in it, listen to it drop.” This line references the car culture of the south. As mentioned in class, cars are very important to southern culture, along with the presence or lack of a subwoofer, which gives the car that “boom” sound. In some other songs there is also some insight into everyday life in the south, like in “Spaghetti Junction.” This song gives listeners visuals of life near the junction that every Atlantean has most likely driven on at least once in their life.
Overall, this album was definitely different from their previous stuff, in one way or another. It seemed like they were changing their sound to accommodate a broader scope of people. Stankonia had some of their original elements that make them Outkast, but a lot of the songs had different sounds than the ones they showcased in previous albums. I think that because it was different from their usual (in some ways), it wasn’t my favorite.
ATLiens Review By Kyra Brue ATLiens sticks with the funk elements that were present in Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik. However, along with funk sounds, this album also incorporated extraterrestrial/ alien sounds in many of the songs, giving it an “out-of-this-world” feel. This album, sonically, was very slow and…
By Kyra Brue
Before now, I had heard only a few of Outkast’s songs (mainly the popular ones like Roses, Hey Ya!, etc.) and I really enjoyed them. This album wasn’t my favorite, mainly because it sounded much different than most of the Outkast songs that I had heard before. After listening to the album a couple of times, it sort of began growing on me. My favorite parts of the album were the interludes for the songs. I think I liked them more than some of the songs just because they were easier to understand, and they were interesting and a little comedic at times.
When I listened to the album for the first time, I was in my car, and maybe it was because of the traffic on I-75 or the fact that I just wasn’t super into the music, but I found myself zoning out when the songs were playing. However, the interludes, especially Welcome to Atlanta (interlude), which I will come back to, caught my attention. I found myself more engaged and entertained by the interludes than some of the songs because they not only added to the story that the songs told, but the delivery of the interludes were more attention grabbing.
After listening to the songs a couple more times I found myself singing or humming the chorus, and I paid more attention to the instrumentals. You could hear, through most of the songs, the funk elements that they borrowed from past artists. The idea of funk also tied into some of the lyrics of some of the songs, especially the ones that talked about or mentioned the pimp lifestyle. For example, in songs Ain’t no Thang, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, and others they allude to or mention pimps or something about the lifestyle, and for some reason the funk sound and pimp talk is connected in my mind.
Welcome to Atlanta (interlude) was the first interlude, after the intro, and it acted as an introduction to the city. While Peaches (intro) was a warm introduction to the album, Welcome to Atlanta was an introduction to the actual city of Atlanta. The entire thing was literally taking you on a tour of the important parts of the city. The “pilot” talked about things from the Atlanta sports teams to the Georgia Dome (which was recently destroyed and replaced by the Mercedes Benz Stadium) and the confederate flag that flew on top of it. This interlude also alluded to one of Atlanta’s most important industries, the airport, by including sounds that made it sound like you were on an airplane flying into Atlanta.
Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, lyrically, was interesting to me. The lyrics were like an introduction to the black southern lifestyle. It’s like the lyrics were made, not only for black southerners, but for non-southerners too. The album’s purpose seemed to spread a message or, like I said before, tell a story and give insight to the black south and put them on the map by making them heard.
You could get a strong sense of the south through the distinctly southern accents, which were especially prevalent in the interludes along with the names and places that were heard throughout the album. Places like East Point and Buckhead gave further insight into Atlanta, and if you aren’t from here or have never been here, you might miss those details. The songs showcased “southerness” also through the events that were described during songs or taking place during interludes. The album sort of gave a play by play of a normal day to them in Atlanta.
Musically, most of the songs shared a similar sound throughout, which made the album even more story-like. It’s like each song was connected to the next. The interludes also did this. Not every song sounded the same, but the distinct funk-like sounds were prevalent in pretty much all of the songs, tying them all together.
The Fall of Interpersonal Communication and How to Save it By Kyra Brue Think about the average American high schooler in 2018. They probably have their headphones in to block out the world; their face is glued to their phone Snapchatting, Tweeting, or Instagramming; maybe…
Ahimsa House: A Safe Haven to All
By Kyra Brue
What is Ahimsa House?
Ahimsa House, Sanskrit for “no violence.” is one Georgia’s first and only safe haven for domestic abuse victims and their pets. The organization began in 2004 after survivor, Emily Christie, lost a pet to domestic violence and animal cruelty. They started out as one shelter and then eventually grew to service all of Georgia, but most of their services are in the metro Atlanta area. They work hard with veterinarians and boarding homes all around the state to ensure that victims’ animals have a safe place to stay or be helped while they are transforming their lives and finding new apartments or living arrangements.
Ahimsa House currently has only 6 full time staff members, at their Tucker, Georgia office, but they get tons of help from veterinarians and volunteers all around Georgia. Their volunteers are very important to the success of their organization. In this past year alone they have been able to save about 280 animals all over the state of Georgia, and since 2004, they have helped give over 75,800 nights of safety and shelter to pets, until their owners were ready to take them in and care for them again.
Ahimsa House works to keep pets in boarding homes or at vet’s for about 2 months. During this time the animal’s vet care, necessary surgeries, vaccines, and more are all taken care of for the owners. A lot of the animals that come in have behavioral issues, so training is also made readily available to the pets who need it. Ahimsa House also helps transport animals to their owners, once they get resettled, and they will even help transport animals out of state, if necessary.
Ahimsa House does a lot for the survivors of domestic abuse. When survivors find a new place to stay, they will sometimes offer to help pay the pet deposit for their apartment. They will also give basic pet supplies to survivors as a source of help as well. They have a very strong belief in keeping victims safe once they’ve gotten out of a violent situation. When Samantha, Ahimsa House’s Community services advocate, was showing me pictures of survivors and their pets, there were several that she couldn’t show me due to the need to protect the safety of those victims. It’s really amazing the lengths that they go through to help the abused animals of people who have survived domestic violence situations.
Facts About Domestic Abuse
People who harm animals are more likely to harm humans, and oftentimes pets are used as a tool of abuse towards the victims. Something really amazing that Ahimsa House does is assist with the prosecutions of abusers, because animal cruelty charges are usually easier to give out than domestic abuse charges. With their help, they can put abusers away in jail for a long time and in turn help protect the animals and their owners. Another great thing that Ahimsa House assists with is getting your pet protected as “property” under a restraining order. Many people often forget about, or are unaware that they can help their pets during times like these, which is why many animals aren’t reunited with their owners in these types of situations. Along with securing the safety of their pet, a restraining order also gives the owners a police escort to safely collect their things and their pet(s) from their homes.
On average, it takes about seven times until a victim finally leaves their abuser. There have been instances in which the people that Ahimsa House have helped unfortunately decide to go back to their abusers. Oftentimes when this occurs, they usually don’t take their pets with them, and Ahimsa House takes them in through either boarding homes, fostering, or placing them in the care of a vet, where they will be loved and nurtured. Other instances where Ahimsa takes in animals is if the apartment that the survivor is staying in doesn’t allow pets, they gladly take them in for them and ensure that they receive attention and care from a loving person. Samantha herself has taken in and fostered 12 dogs and 1 kitten in the (almost) 3 years that she has been working with Ahimsa House.
A heartwarming story, that Samantha shared with me, was about a woman who had 2 Pitbull’s. Her abuser let the dogs loose one day, hoping that they would run away and never come back, but unfortunately one of them wandered into the road and was struck by a car instead. The dog just lay there motionless, while the other dog sat beside it waiting for help. The dog, that was struck by the car, was luckily able to make a full recovery, and the abuser thankfully went to jail. This allowed the owner to get her and her dogs to safety. During her time getting help from Ahimsa House, the organization was so thoughtful and helpful that they offered to drive her to and from the vet every day until her dog had made a full recovery. The amount of compassion that Ahimsa House has for victims and their pets is unmatched.
More Than Just Dogs
Ahimsa House mainly deals with dogs, but they have also helped survivors with cats, chickens, guinea pigs, snakes, rats, horses, and almost a zebra. They are willing to help any type of survivor with any type of animal, which broadens the amount of people that they help.
Along with the Rescue Dog Olympics, to raise awareness and funds for domestic violence and animal abuse, Ahimsa House also hosts a gala every March, and a 5K race every August. The organization is a nonprofit dedicated to helping any animal in need. To find out more information visit their website. They will also be having a tent at the Rescue Dog Olympics on Sunday, March 10, 2019 in Piedmont Park.
The Man Who Sacrificed Everything By Kyra Brue “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.”(Nike) These nine words carry a lot of weight for many people, especially for the face behind them, Colin Kaepernick. Between Nike’s decision to use Kaepernick as the face…