My favorite this is to travel and explore beyond my limits
My favorite thing is to be surrounded by those who love me
My favorite thing is to eat my favorite snacks such as tootsie rolls, chips, and turkey sandwiches
My favorite thing is to gossip with my twin sister about everything that is going on in our individual lives
My favorite thing is to uncover many things in my culture I have not known before
Hello, My name is Houssaynatou (Who-say-not-to) Barry. I am known to family as the outspoken twin and to others as the comedian of one in a million. As a sophomore at John Jay College, I tend to be the average college student with dreams of having the perfect life but in reality I am far from it. But with the help of the knowledge I gain from school, that dream will someday become a reality. In my world I go by a distinctive motto - "live life to the fullest as if it is your last day". With family and friends support, education, and that motto as a driving force, anything can be possible.
At first, I did not necessarily understand the title (Baghdaddy) except that the term came from the capital of Iraq (Baghdad) and after 9/11 the U.S. declared war on that country. Which was all I needed to know...
Unfortunately, one of those bad scenarios becomes a reality. And it had to do with her son, Micheal. In the middle of teaching she was disrupted by her principal and informed of a shooting that took place in a school that morning. She was then told that the shooting took place at the elementary school Michael attends...
The narrator interviewed the family members of the victims and I must admit it was getting emotional. As I mentioned before, these were young people who had a whole life ahead of them and that was unexpectedly taken.
The black and white images that appeared on the screen of those people who played significant roles in her life was like putting a face to the person. Throughout the show Monica mentioned her father and it was not till the end of the show that I realized that he helped her realize her true talent, to make people laugh.
Sell/Buy/Date goes in the mind of a professor specialized in the sex industry. Her curiosity is extreme and with that, she interviews and places herself in the shoes of the victims of it.
Indian Summer tells the awkward relationship between a guidette Long Island girl and a scrawny out-of-state boy. After a rough start, their relationship soon blossoms and they become each other's confidant.
John is obsessed with race track betting, but he wins many times - at the expense of his wife's worries that one day he will lose their life savings. The apartment building directly across the street, from them, is old and run down. One particular apartment is at eye level to the adjacent high rise and the family's apartment, that place houses an obsessed man, Les.
When I saw that Hiro was biracial (Japanese and white), I thought to myself, this seems rare especially in a state that is so country. But, unfortunately, her parents were far from resembling a loving couple. Masako, Hiro's mother, is so submissive to her husband that I'm pretty sure if Larry (the father) said bark like a dog on one foot, she would do it.
The first couple, who very much love one another, cannot seem to wrap their heads around the fact that the other is having an affair. They assume that the other is perfect, as if! Now I am not saying that I condone cheating on one's spouse, but no couple is ever perfect. The second couple are the friends of the first couple, supposedly. All of whom are cheating on one another with each other and than some, ewww!
There was an elderly couple, Dodge and Halie, living somewhere in the south. They had 3 sons (Ansel, Bradley, and Tilden). Ansel had passed, Bradley was handicapped (he accidentally cut off his lower leg), and Tilden had a mental illness. Halie was in denial about her dynamic family. I mean she tried to forget that she had a child who mysteriously disappeared one day (big family secret!) - who forgets that!
Marvelous has been doing all she can to erase her Zimbabwean identity - by refusing to speak shona (native language), not doing culture celebrations, and not talking about their family history. My mother is far from Marvelous. She is a professional in dragging my sisters and I to events (weddings, barbecues, birthdays, baby showers, etc) associated with people who are from where I am from. All in an attempt to expose me to my fellow "brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, and cousins" (they are not really related to me but in my culture we are all related).
The American dream soon became Aba's worst nightmare. She was living in 1970's Houston, Texas. She was pregnant, going to school to study biology, and working. All that while Ukpong experimented - going to rallies, listening to soulful music, drinking beer, and having little to no care for school. As Aba's stomach grew and grew, her husband slowly drifted away and eventually abandoned her and their unborn child to figure out American culture alone.
As a person who enjoys listening/watching someone talk about their life, it was all music to my ears. My mouth was in awe of what my virgin ears heard of the experiences Daniel had gone through - and now he was sitting on stage and telling a room full of people he had never met before.