Rebecca Esparza

Rebecca Esparza

Rebecca Esparza is a senior at California State University East Bay where she is working to complete her under-grad in Communication with an option in Professional, Public and Organizational communication. After completion, Rebecca plans to attend Grad school to work on her Master’s in criminal justice. She is determined to have a career in the  non-profit sector and focus on serving at-risk youth in the inner cities of the Bay Area. Rebecca chose to study the poverty for many reasons that relate to where she has come from, and the work she plans to do in the future.

Blog 4: Beauty is in the eye of the Beholder

Nobody really talks abut the black market, but for some reason it seems everyone uses it, maybe it is a pride thing. Whats important is that the black market helps the people living in poverty strive for a better community. The money it brings in provides resources for families to renovate their homes and even beautify the streets they live on which is often unpaved.

As I walked through the rough community, there were may people congregating small and big groups all looking at us but once our translator started talking they felt more comfortable with our presence because they were cuban. I wanted to interview people that weren’t exactly aware of what I was doing. The man I interviewed stated that we were the first tourists he’d seen in this community, thats exactly what I wanted to hear. I wanted to see the part of Cuba that people don’t want to look at because it’s not appealing to their eyes. Maybe people just want to forget that poverty doesn’t exist just like in the states. However, I find it beautiful, it’s not about the outside, its about the community within the community how neighbors treat each other like family, the inside. To my surprise people don’t want to leave they have this negative stereotype about the states, plus they like their relationships, equality and freedom that they value so much. I think my favorite part about this shoot was meeting this baby, his eyes just stared at me in amazement and was very playful. This baby doesn’t even know the circumstance he’s is but he’s happy with the people around him.

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