Hello my name is Shania Brown, I’m a 14 year old freshman at Life Academy and I’m going to talk about my shadow box. This Shadow Box represents three Chosen Identities of mine. I have chosen to include pictures, beads, origami, popsicle sticks, and pipe cleaners in my shadow box because it represent my three identities which is being Mixed Race, assumptions people make about my Gender Identity, and living in a big household. When people look at me they see all happiness because I don’t show the struggles I go through. I come to school everyday trying to stay happy but inside I’m really heartbroken because of the identities I carry. One of them is that many people assume that I’m full African – American. They say that because my skin is colored, but just because my skin is colored you don’t assume I’m full African American. Another one is me being female, I added this because men always have negative things to say about me and other women Sexuality and I think it’s time that we stand up for ourselves. And the pictures I added of me, my grandfather, my mom, my brother’s, and my sisters also show that we are all confident enough to take pictures and that we don’t care about the negativity people have. The last one is me living in a big household. This affects me because I get in trouble a lot for things my siblings do plus, they get their way and I don’t since I’m older than some of them. I love that I got to do this shadow box because at the time I was making it, I was really expressing my feelings and it made me become more confident. Nine of the pictures that are in my shadow box is my brother(s), sisters, mother, and the centerpiece is my grandfather that passed away christmas morning in 2014. The reason why I used pipe cleaners is so I can show that I like to be creative and try to make different types of flowers. I really appreciate Ms.Portugual for picking this assignment because I feel like I expressed myself and my life they way I wanted to. I say this because when teachers assign assignments we have rules, but this assignment was based off on our lives and it wasn’t any rules to this.Tags: #EthnicStudies #ShadowBoxes culture family deserve happiness LIfe Academy
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