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Any series compared to ‘The Walking Dead’ falls short

In this post I will talk about one of the most famous series nowadays, which is called ‘The Walking Dead’.

It is a TV series on AMC issued from the October 31, 2010, and developed for television by Frank Darabont based on the hit comic book series of the same name from writer Robert Kirkman. It is distributed internationally by FOX International Channels.

First, I will make a summary of each season of the series, and then I will talk about some of the main characters.

  • SUMMARY

    1. First season. 

    It tells the story of the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse, following a small group of survivors traveling across the United States in search of a new home, away from the hordes of zombies. After waking from a coma in an abandoned hospital, police officer Rick Grimes realizes that the world he knew there is now ravaged by a zombie epidemic of apocalyptic proportions. On the outskirts of Atlanta, a small encampment struggles to survive while the undead lurk at every turn. 

2. Second season.

The survivor community is preparing to leave the city of Atlanta after his last two homes reduced this number and endanger their lives . They decide to go to Fort Benning . But the trip is delayed when Sophia is lost in the area and accidentally dropped Carl wounded by a bullet from a hunter named Otis . Fortunately the farm where Otis lives near where Hershel Greene , the patriarch of the family that integrates much of the community, help save Carl ‘s life . Process during which Shane killing Otis ends to leave as bait for walkers and so the power gain time to escape. Of course, to return to the farm the account a very different story in which Otis is a martyr while Shane is a hero. Refusing to abandon a missing Sophia , Rick leads the community to look for the girl while being in the Greene farm . But that family seems to hide something the community , and is hiding in a barn walkers , of which Glenn notices and alerts the rest of the group . Shane starts the attack on the walkers , is joined by others in the group and kill all the walkers hidden , at the end Sophia appears as a zombie and Rick kills her.

3. Third season

The plot will focus on the discovery of an abandoned prison by the Atlanta group and its interaction with a group of survivors from Woodbury led by a benevolent man known as ” The Governor ” .
Eight months have passed since the Hershel farm succumbed to a large group of walkers . Lori ‘s pregnancy revealed to be in an advanced stage and therefore need a quiet and safe place to Lori . Moving away from the farm more discover a prison seemingly is completely filled with walkers so clean group and is installed in the prison because it is a safer place for everyone. When installed in the cells as bedrooms , Lori takes to himself in a cell with Carol , and her relationship with Rick through a crisis . While on the other hand away from the prison is taking care of Andrea and Michonne who is very sick and his mind just wanted to die there . Carl reveals be interested romantically in Beth . Upon admission to the prison to begin cleaning of walkers and try to find supplies Hershel is bitten in the leg by a walker so Rick is forced to cut the infected limb so it will not become infected with the virus. While Rick and the others were trying to save Hershel in a room of the prison , Daryl realizes that regard there is a surviving and apparently they do not have good intentions.

  • MAIN CHARACTERS

-Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln).Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln)
He is a British actor, known for his roles in the series: ‘This Life’ (as Egg) and ‘Teachers’, and more recently for his television character Rick Grimes in ‘The Walking Dead’.

-Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus).Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus)
He is an American actor. He is best known for his role as Murphy MacManus in the movie ‘The Boondock Saints’ (1999) and to embody the character of Daryl Dixon in the television series ‘The Walking Dead’. He has also directed several videos and modeled for various fashion designers.

-Glenn (Steven Yeun).Glenn (Steven Yeun)
Yeun as Glenn currently serves on the AMC original series, ‘The Walking Dead’ since 2010. He was also a guest star in U.S. comedy ‘The Big Bang Theory’ as Sebastian, former roommate of Sheldon, in 2010, an independent film, and a pair of shorts. He is also known as a voice actor in video games like ‘Crysis’ and ‘Crysis Warhead’.

-Maggie Greene (Lauren Cohan).Maggie Greene (Lauren Cohan)
She is a British-American actress. His film debut was in 2005 in the movie Casanova. She also appeared in the third season of the television series Supernatural as Bela Talbot. She also had a recurring role on the second season of The Vampire Diaries as Rose. Currently gives life to Maggie Greene, a character from the second, third and fourth season of The Walking Dead.

-Andrea (Laurie Holden).Andrea (Laurie Holden)
She is an actress and model. She is known for playing Marita Covarrubias on The X-Files and Andrea in The Walking Dead.

-Michonne (Danai Gurira). She is an American actress. She has appeared on various TV shows, films and plays. She is currently known for her role as Michonne in the television series The Walking Dead.

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THE BRONX AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY PROJECT – THE BAAHP

As it has been mentioned in another post I have published before, the Bronx is one of the boroughs of New York City with the major population of black American People.

Because of that, Mark Naison, Director of the Urban Studies Program and Professor of African American Studies and History at Fordham University, decided to create a kind of document which could be considered as a primary source that covered all the oral tradition of this section of black people in the United States of America.

The Bronx African America History Project, known commonly as the BAAHP, is a history research chich’s soul and heart is an ongoing community based on the oral tradition that the black population of the Bronx hhave made during a lot of decades.

It talks about the role that black people played in the Bronx during the 1950s and 1960s and about the way in which 20th century blacks lived, learned, worked and interacted with other communities and diverse groups of neighbours such as West Indians.

It could also be considered to be a response to the growing number of requests for information on blacks made by the proper community of the Bronx, who considered that not having any document that captured all their oral tradition was in a way something that affected to their culture’s origin and heart.

Because of that, The Bronx African American History Project is the result of a hard work made by a team of historians and local leaders who tried to capture the imagination of that neglected section of New York black population.

So, Mark Naison, taking into account this temendous demand from Bronx’s community residents and taking into account also that being the Bronx the eight largest concentration of black Americans in the USA, decided to develop this project to put an end in a way to this attitude that many researchers had when talking about this section of the society. That is, as Bronx’s African people were marginalized by their poverty and by the skin colour also, archivists and researches tried to omit them from their research work and that lack of attention only served to marginalize them more and more placing them on the periphery of the American life.

As a consequence of all that, the BAAHP became into one of the main important sources about African people in the USA. It documents the experience of more than 500,000 people, and because of that, it has created a rich collection of primary sources that includes:

-250 oral interviews

-Thousands of records

-Personal manuscripts collections which talk about how the people of African descent influenced politically, civically and culturally in New York’s life during the 60s.

 

References

-First sources:

  • Twomey, Bill. “The Bronx: In Bits and Pieces“. Edited by Rooftop Publishing, 2007.
  • Harrison, Marina and Rosenfeld, Lucy. “Artwalks in New York: delightful discoveries of public art and gardens in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and State Island”, NYU Press, 2004.
  • Jenkins, Stephen. “The Story of The Bronx: From the Purchase Made by the Dutch from the Indians in 1639 to the Present Day“. Heritage books, 2007.

-Secondary sources:

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THE BRONX AND ITS POLITICAL SYSTEM

The Bronx is one of the five boroughs of the city of New York and its name comes from the name of Bronk’s River. It is located at the northeast of Manhattan and at the south of Westchester Country and it is also considered to be the newest of the 62 counties of New York State, but it is the only borough which is not primarily located on an island.

The Bronx is also one of the boroughsof the USA with the largest percentage of black African American people. As some figures demonstrate, in 2009, the census Bureau estimated that the borough’s population on July 1, 2008, was 1,391,903 inhabiting a land area of 42 square miles, which makes the Bronx the fourth most populated of the five boroughs, the fourth largest in land area and the third highest in density of population.

The Bronx contains also one of the five poorest Congressional Districts in the U.S but it is also one of the boroughs in NY with the largest variety of neighborhoods, including the one called Morrisania.

Regarding to its political system:

Since New York City was consolidated in 1898, the Bronx  has been governed by The New York City Charter that provides for a mayor-council system. The New York City government is responsible for public education, correctional institutions, libraries, safety, recreational facilities, sanitation, water supply and welfare services in the Bronx.

Each borough has a president, and each president has a powerful administrative role derived from having a vote on the New York City Board of Estimate, which was responsible for creating and approving the city’s budget and proposals for land use.

The City of New York, which also constituted the County of New York and then consisted of Manhattan with some surrounding islands, annexed the West Bronx in 1874 and the East Bronx in 1895. In 1898 the Bronx assumed its condition of being a distinct status as well as being one of the Five Boroughs of the City of Greater New York, together with Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn and State Island. It was only in 1914 when the president Bronx County was formed by taking the borough’s territory out of New York County.

In 1989 the Supreme Court of the USA declared the Board of Estimate unconstitutional on the grounds that Brooklyn, the most populous borough had no a greater and effective representation on the Board than State Island, the least populous borough, a fact that was considered to be a violation of the Fourteenth Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause to the high court’s “one man, one vote” decision.

https://i0.wp.com/farm4.static.flickr.com/3392/3583230333_d3b97ee40e.jpgSince 1990 the Borough president has acted as an advocate for the borough at the mayoral agencies, the City council, the New York state government and corporations.

Until March 1, 2009, the Borough President of the borough was Adolfo Carrion Jr., elected as a democrat in 2001 and 2005 before retiring early the White house Office of Urban Affairs Policy.

Then, his successor, the Democratic New York State Assembly member, Ruben Diaz Jr., who won a special election on April, 2009 by a vote of a 86.3% on the “Bronx unity” line to 13.3% for the Republican district leader on the “People First” line, became Borough President on May 1.

All of the Bronx’s currently elected officials have first won the nomination of the Democratic Party.

Local party platforms are centered on affordable housing, education and economic development while controversial political issues in the Bronx, include environmental issues, the cost of housing and annexation of parkland for the new Yankee Stadium.

References

-First sources:

  • Twomey, Bill. “The Bronx: In Bits and Pieces“. Edited by Rooftop Publishing, 2007.
  • Harrison, Marina and Rosenfeld, Lucy. “Artwalks in New York: delightful discoveries of public art and gardens in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and State Island”, NYU Press, 2004.
  • Jenkins, Stephen. “The Story of The Bronx: From the Purchase Made by the Dutch from the Indians in 1639 to the Present Day“. Heritage books, 2007.

-Secondary sources:

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