July Word List 2016

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Recently, I have made it my duty to write down wordsthat I don't know, so that I can look them up later. I figured this could help my vocabulary and pretend I'm smarter than everyone else :). These are the list of words I have collected throughout the month of July this year. Hopefully I can make this a monthly thing, because I think it can be really good for me.

debilitating - to make weak or infirm
moot - a subject to debate or dispute
albeit - ‘although’
stoic - someone who can endure pain
belligerently - warlike/aggressive
unearthed - to discover something lost by searching/investigation
melancholic - gloomy state of mind, mournful and depressive
resilience - ability to spring back to shape
disenfranchised - to deprive (someone) of power/rights/privilege
subservient - prepared to obey unquestioningly 
invasive - to introduce thoughts or privacy
indulge - to allow oneself to enjoy an activity that is dissaproved
coax - to persuade someone by flattery or manipulation
mediator - someone who tries to resolve an argument
emetophobia - phobia of vomitting
introspection - examination/ observation of mental/emotional process
constituent - being a part/component of a whole
concise - giving information clearly in a few words
usurping - to take power illegally or by force
monochromatic - using or containing only one color
chastity - refraining from extramarital or all sexual intercourse
ascetic - person who practices severe discipline 
zipporah - wife of Moses
allegorical - literature with a hidden meaning/moral or symbol
berate - scold or criticize angrily
adamant - refusing to be persuaded
resuscitated - to revive from unconciousness or death
dowdy - unfashionable/ without style, typically women and their clothes
snit - a fit of irritation
vicissitude - change of circumstances of fortune that is unpleasant
pugnacious - inclined or eager to fight, also bellicose
archaic - characteristics of earlier period/antiquated
pensive - dreamily or wistfully thoughtful
philanthropy - the desire to promote the wellfare of others, expressed especially by the generous donation of money to good causes, generosity
largesse - generosity in bestowing money or gifts upon others
altruistic - showing a disintrested and selfless concern for the well-being of others; unselfish
morbidcharacterized by or appealing to an abnormal and unhealthy interest in disturbing and unpleasant subjects, especially death and disease
fervorintense and passionate feeling.
uncermonioushaving or showing a lack of courtesy; rough or abrupt.
arbitera person who settles a dispute or has ultimate authority in a matter
monotonous - dull, tedious, and repetitious; lacking in variety and interest.
pretense - an attempt to make something that is not the case appear true.
ornately - elaborately or sumptuously adorned, often excessively or showily so
ceasessly - constant and unending.
myriad - a countless or extremely great number.
nefarious - wicked or criminal activity/action

Best Disney Princesses

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

The Disney Princesses have been role models for many young girls, including myself. I loved Disneyland and seeing all the princesses at the parks. There were always some I was more excited to seeing than others, and in these specific stories, storyline and representation are the key aspects to each story.


Storyline Cinderella was that bitch. She was the queen of all the princesses, by far the most popular.  Not only does she have the most recognizable story and movie, but she's also apart of the original 11 princesses.

I loved the story of Cinderella, because she had endured all the hardships in her life, like the absence of her parents, her awful stepsisters and stepmother, and being forced to clean and be their maid. Then when her fairy godmother comes to give her the night of her life, and eventually, the life she deserves in the royal palace, married to Prince Charming.

The moral of Cinderella's story was that 'good things come to those who wait'. She was kept from happiness because of her mean family, but she abided to their unjust rules, and got a fairytale ending. I do understand that many people like to take initiative in their life to change their destiny or future, but I like the concept of Cinderella where she waited patiently for the future she rightfully deserved.

Cinderella was also one of the first movie I saw with a black princess. I was 8 when I saw Rodger and Hammerstein's Cinderella remake from 1997. This version with Brandy as Cinderella, and many other black and multicultural roles. I loved Brandy in the movie, and related to the role so well because she looked like me. There was also Whitney Houston who played the fairy godmother, and Whoppi Goldberg who was the Queen. The representation of a black female role made the movie more relatable and important to me.

Representation is important, because I probably wouldn't have loved Cinderella as much as I do today, if the remake didn't have Brandy or Whitney or those specific characters. In the original movie it's hard to relate to the princess if I don't look like her or can imagine myself as her. With Brandy, I had the same braids as her, skin tone, and could imagine myself as her, which made the movie so much better. :)



Tiana was a black girl living in New Orleans who wants to open a restaurant to share her father's foods. This movie was so amazing and I loved it from the first time I saw it. The story was very good, and I really liked all the characters and the romance between Tiana and Prince Naveen.

The story of her wanting to carry out her father's legacy with his soul food. Very cute :)


Following the importance of representation, Tiana was the first black, darkskin Disney princess, and that was obviously very important to many girls, not only young but many other ages. The movie has deep black roots with New Orleans and Southern culture, which is very significant to the story, and how black girls can relate to her. One year, I would love to be Princess Tiana for Halloween. Just like I said before, appearance is important with representation, because if you can relate to her physically and culturally, you can imagine yourself as the princess yourself.

Tiana has another form of representation besides just being a black princess. In the movie, she is a very hardworking woman who wants to open a restaurant to share her father's food to the people of New Orleans. She was a driven, hardworking girl, which is an unpopular stereo type for black women. Black women, and black people in general, are always shown as lazy people, and can't work for themselves. Tiana proves this stereo type wrong with how committed she was.



Mulan was very different compared to other usual Disney Princess stories. Mulan was much more daring and fearless than any other princess in my opinion. She went to war for her country so her father wouldn't have to. In the process she saved her country, found love, and proved herself to her family.

Her and Shang's relationship was also very interesting aswell. How he didn't know who she was throughout the first half of the movie, but then when he figured out that Mulan was actually a woman, he completely shuts her out. But then she shows him up by saving the country and showing him what she is capable of.


What Mulan did was very brave and selfless for her family. She joined the army and saved the country of China. She is really a true role model, and the most fearless of them all. She proves young girls can do anything they put their minds to. She came from a patriarchal regime where she was expected to just be caretaker and a homemaker wife to a husband. This movie emphasizes that women can take care of themselves and don't need men to prove themselves.

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