Top 5 Documentary Reflection

  1. “Super High Me”

This documentary is a film to inform audiences about the effects of marijuana on the body. Students who want to learn about the pros and cons of marijuana should definitely check this documentary out.


2. “The Culture High”

The Culture High is a documentary that talks about the false rumors of cannabis and then shoots them down. It also talks about the issue of legalizing marijuana.


3. “Dare to Dream: The Story of US Women’s Soccer Team”

This film explains the hardships the US Women’s Soccer Team has had to overcome to achieve their goals. The film touches on information about the players and their personal stories.



4. “No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson”

This documentary analyzes the young life of Allen Iverson and how he overcame obstacles to transform his image from a thug to an NBA star. The film touches on Iverson’s decision making as a kid that would steer him the wrong way outside his life in sports.


5. “Undefeated”

The documentary “Undefeated” is about a high school football team in North Memphis who had never won  playoff game in the schools history. The purpose of the film was to show a team that came from nothing, with hard work and dedication, they were able to grow and prosper.

Family and Culture

I have a very close-knit family. We are always together. Even my distant family will come to our house to hangout on holidays and even non-holidays. We are very close and we get along with each other very well. My family originates from Mexico. From my mom to my grandma and past generations, they all were born in Mexico. My dad, on the other hand, was born in Chicago but all of his past relatives were born in Mexico, too. For holidays, we like to all get together at my house (because my house is the biggest) to grill some food, play some football outside, and just enjoy being with each other, all in one place. I love my family and I always will.


Senior Presentations

In English class, we had to watch a few seniors present their research presentations. I watched one on child abuse, conspiracy theories, Scientology as a cult, and millennials. The first presentation was on child abuse. I learned that for every 1 kid to be kept in a foster home and be taken care of, is equivalent to sending 10 kids to college. Children can develop mental illnesses from child abuse. The hippo campus is the part in the brain that controls feelings and emotions. Five children die everyday in the United States from child abuse. The girl who was presenting gave us a few notes to keep in mind for our senior presentations. She said to pay attention to sentence structure, the way our presentation is formatted, have a good opposing argument, and use credible sources. The second presentation I watched was on conspiracy theories surrounding Area 51. Area 51 is in Nevada. It is labeled as a United States government aircraft base. The government has been withholding vital information about the base. Robert “Bob” Lazar is the only living person to be inside Area 51, and he claimed to have worked on a UFO and has seen aliens. The motive of the base was to test aircraft while trying to avoid surveillence by the Soviet Union during the Cold War.

Tombs of Buganda Kings at Kasubi

The site of the Tombs of Buganda Kings at Kasubi was built  in 1882, and most of the site is agricultural, which means that most of the site is dedicated to farming. It is made from organic materials, like wood, thatch, reed, wattle and daub. The people who stay in the site are dedicated to their beliefs of its spirituality, continuity and identity. The site, in its entirety, takes up 26.8 hectares of Kasubi hillside within Kampala City. The site  is used for spiritual healing and practices. The  tombs themselves are said to be the most religious places in the site. The tombs are where the four previous kings of the kingdom are buried, which is where it gets its name from, because Kabakas means kings. The site is a place where communication links with the spiritual mind. It was convertedd into the royal burial ground where the kings where to be buried in 1884.

Monticello and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville

Thomas Jefferson, aside from being the Third President of United States, was a talented architect of neoclassical buildings. He designed his own plantation home, Monticello, and his ideal ‘academical village’ (1817–26), which is still the heart of the University of Virginia. These landmarks are all in Thomas Jefferson’s hometown in Virginia. His academical village is in a U-shape, which contains pavilions, hotels, student rooms, and gardens arrayed in rows to its south. All these buildings are a excellent example of Neoclassicism, which is the revival of a classical style or treatment in art, literature, architecture, or music. They reflect Thomas Jefferson’s aspirations of the new American republic. The Monticello house is set in the scenic Southwest mountains in the Virginia Piedmont. The house remains intact and unchanged, despite some 20-century repairs, to preserve its old-century style build. Land has been obtained to keep the beautiful views from the mountaintops. Critics say that “Monticello and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville” is very authentic in terms of its design and its use of location.

Louie Armstrong

I am writing about one of the most influential black artists to ever play in history, Louie Armstrong. During the Harlem Renaissance, Louie Armstrong shaped the jazz music era forever. Before, people used to just play jazz music, but by the time his music was evolving in the 1920’s, he gave the genre direction and purpose. He was born in New Orleans when he first started playing cornet. He climbed to the top and began a new era of jazz, the swing era. He created a new type of music that had more rhythm to it. He played solo shows in jazz and night clubs and influenced many jazz musicians that came after him. As famous jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie said, “No him, no me.” His mentor was Joe King Oliver, who left him to play in Chicago. But when word got to Oliver that Armstrong was becoming very successful and popular, he immediately offered Armstrong a position as the second trumpet in his band. Armstrong was known for his ability to play as a soloist and for a very long time. He played with emotion and soul that nobody in the jazz scene had ever seen before. He was said to have ended one era of jazz and started a new one. He was one of the most successful and influential jazz artists of the 1920’s.

Super Bowl Commercials

The purpose of the Audi Super Bowl Commercial was to push for equal pay for working women who get paid less than men. They are committed to progress and also are committed to equal pay for equal work. The audience is everyone and I suppose it could also be owners of companies so they can equal out pay for all working people. There was not much of a shock value in the commercial but it was meant to catch the attention of the audience so they can see that all people of all genders are equal.

Google took their 30 seconds of Super Bowl ad time to advertise their Google Home, a voice-activated virtual assistant and speaker. In the ad, diverse families from all around the US were coming home and using the device. The point of the ad was to show that it does not matter your race, religion, or language, everyone can all share something in common, the Google Home. I do not believe it was effective, however, because on the morning news, they said that the commercial triggered viewers Google Homes that they owned to go haywire. The way you activate the speaker is to say “OK Google” and the speaker listens and acts on your command. Well, in the commercial, the actors were saying “OK Google, when coming home or wanting to activate their device. This caused the viewer’s Google Homes to activate as well which caused them to haywire. If they could have come up with a better way to advertise, it would be a good commercial.

Budweiser spent a full 60-second commercial telling a tale of the company’s founder Adolphus Busch and how he overcame discrimination and achieved success when he emigrated from Hamburg, Germany to New Orleans in the mid 19th Century. It is a story of the American Dream. This ad by Budweiser is sending the message that people should never back down from their hopes and dreams. I think it was successful in the message it was trying to send because it is a true story about their owner and how he overcame adversity to become successful in America and all viewers who were watching should pursue their dreams, too.

Play-Doh Creations

For our English class, we were supposed to create something that represented a part of who we are or what we believe in. I made a baseball bat because I dedicate my life to baseball. I’ve been playing baseball since I was 5 years old when I used to live in Chicago. My dad used to play baseball when he was my age as well, so my brother and I inherited the love for the game from him. My dad has helped me build a passion for the game, even though he has told me that if I did not want to play baseball, he would not mind. From watching Cubs games since I was little, or driving to tournaments almost every weekend, I have a deep love for the game and its one of the most important parts of my life. I don’t know if my brother feels entirely the same way as I do because I didn’t have that deep passion when I was his age, but I’m sure he’ll get to that point when he gets a little bit older. I did not play competitively  until I was 12 but until that point, I did not care for the game too much. I felt that it took up too much of my free time, especially waking up early on the weekends. This was because I was only playing for fun. But when I started playing against good competition, I stepped my game up. Now I look forward to getting up at 6 o’clock in the morning, or even earlier, on the weekends to play the game I love the most. Baseball is a very important aspect of my life and I would not want it any other way.

Gay Marriage

I am discussing the poll on gay marriage. The website poll “I Side With” showed that the majority of people voted that they DO support the legalization of same sex marriage. Although the percents are closer than I thought they would be, the poll is still in the same sex marriage being legalized favor. I do not believe that the government has the right to say that gay couples cannot get married. Sexual orientation is up to whoever is involved in it. Why is any type of marriage not allowed? Gay marriage is the same as straight marriage. I think it’s very wrong to say someone can’t get married to someone they love just because it is not right in YOUR eyes. That is like someone denying you something that you love because they think its “not normal.” This might make gay couples feel that they aren’t accepted in society and that is not right in today world. I support the legalization of same sex marriage and I feel that everyone else should as well.

Word Cloud

I chose this shape because it represents that I get money. I used the word athletic because I play baseball and I can play other sports. I used caring because I’m supportive of my family and friends in whatever they do. I used clutch because I’m clutch when it counts.