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Does the Media Manipulate Cultural Perceptions of Beauty?

Interesting question:  does the media manipulate the cultural perceptions of beauty?

Why are the models in magazines and ads thin -- and more often than not -- white?

Why are the female objects of desire in cartoons anthropomorphized to appear blond and blue-eyed (Lady in "Lady and the Tramp", anyone?)

Why are the children in Black shows often bi-racial?

Why do almost all of the Black female celebrities wear wigs and weaves?

Are children of color being brainwashed toward self-hatred through television programming and advertising?

Immigration

The topic for ourthird showwas Immigration.  Specifically, what it is that undocumented ("illegal") immigrants contribute to our society and what do they detract?  Our guest was Dr. Andrés Torres, Professor of Latin American and Puerto Rican Studies.

Dr. Torres feels very strongly that undocumented immigrants should not be vilified and/or "shipped" back to their home countries.  Rather, a citizenship/residency path should be created for them so that they can be productive members of society.

Nigger, Nigger, Nigger, Nigger, Nigger ...

It was a beautiful Spring day.  I was working at a firm on 55th and Madison at the time.  It was lunch time and I had run out to pick up an order that I'd placed at Burger Heaven on Madison Avenue at 49th Street.  I was doing mostly appeals by then, and the case I'd left on my desk was weighing heavily on my mind: the documents had to be compiled; and our argument at the lower level hadn't been successful. How could I state our case differently this time around?

I got my food and started to walk back uptown on Madison.

Lightning Round: Why can Black People Call Themselves the "N" Word, but Other People Can't?

Our lightning round debate for show 2 is a divisive topic:  why is it that Black people can call themselves the "N" word, but other people can't?


What do you guys say?

Should Prostitution Be Legalized?

Prostitutionhas been at the forefront of the news cycle for quite some time now - from Elliot Spitzer being taken down by his call-girl scandal, to the Secret Service prostitution debacle in Colombia.  Everyone has an opinion on it, so -- of course -- it was a perfect topic to debate on The Opinion.  
 
Our guest was Dr. Edward Grippe, Professor of Philosophy and Ethics at Norwalk Community College.
 
Check out the show at the link below and tell us what you think.
 
Best,
 

Affirmative Action

Hello fellow Opiners.  

The Opinion Talk Show is up and running.  The topic for the first show was Affirmative Action.  We had a very lively discussion with our guest panelist, civil rights attorney Lee Nuwesra.  Check out the show here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZ33B9AejY0.

Please leave us your thoughts, comments and OPINIONS on this very important subject.  We look forward to hearing from you!

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Mirna and Adeline
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