BEST THINGS I READ/HEARD ONLINE THIS WEEK (3/20/16)

  1. 'Nina Simone’s Face' by Ta-Nehisi Coates
    "We look at Nina Simone’s face and a terrible truth comes into view—there was nothing wrong with her. But there is something deeply wrong with us.” and "But there is something deeply shameful—and hurtful—in the fact that even today a young Nina Simone would have a hard time being cast in her own biopic.” | via The Atlantic: http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2016/03/nina-simone-face/472107/
  2. Cuba on the Edge of Change
  3. The New Fiction of Solitude
    An awesome read, a perfect mix of cerebral an emotional. “..a stubbornly solitary voice may be welcome, even necessary, telling us that what it means to be human—and what may keep us human—is to feel alone in a strange room, with our seclusion the thing that defines and can save us.” | via The Atlantic: http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2016/04/the-new-fiction-of-solitude/471474/
  4. Speed in the Desert
    Since Friday morning, I’ve been following this team on a 344-mile relay run from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. They finished in 36 hours, 53 minutes: more than 4 hours off their previous record. I was up for 43 straight hours working on a story of the experience for Meter magazine, doing what I could to observe and help this team of 6 test their bodies, minds, and emotions. The will of the human spirit is a powerful thing. | via Pavement Bound: http://pavementbound.com/2016/03/speed-in-the-desert/
  5. Rebecca Solnit on Hope in Dark Times, Resisting the Defeatism of Easy Despair, and What Victory Really Means for Movements of Social Change
    Beautiful and (turns out) timeless words on hope. “This is an extraordinary time full of vital, transformative movements that could not be foreseen. It’s also a nightmarish time. Full engagement requires the ability to perceive both.” | via Brain Pickings: https://www.brainpickings.org/2016/03/16/rebecca-solnit-hope-in-the-dark-2/
  6. 'No, Not Trump, Not Ever' by David Brooks
    "He insults the office Abraham Lincoln once occupied by running for it with less preparation than most of us would undertake to buy a sofa.” | via @nytimes: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/18/opinion/no-not-trump-not-ever.html
  7. The Value of Using Podcasts in Class
    On the evolution of the medium and how it’s making a difference in education. | via The Atlantic: http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2016/03/the-benefits-of-podcasts-in-class/473925/
  8. Questlove Says Goodbye To His Dad
  9. Johnny Kelley: America’s Gentle Revolutionary | How an American distance runner invented modern endurance training long before Arthur Lydiard, and used his new method to win the Boston Marathon.
  10. The Most Dangerous Writing App
  11. Two kids dance to Desiigner’s "Panda"
    Enjoy. | via Complex on YouTube: https://youtu.be/jkBb7dePIL8
  12. Kamaiyah Releases Debut Mixtape, "A Good Night In The Ghetto"
    Oakland shines so hard. Such a fun tape. | via The Fader: http://www.thefader.com/2016/03/14/kamaiyah-a-good-night-in-the-ghetto-mixtape
  13. PartyNextDoor - "Come and See Me" feat. Drake
    First PND track I can really rock with. And oh how I love introspective, ’Take Care’ era Drake. | via SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/partyomo/come-and-see-me-ft-drake