BEST THINGS I READ/HEARD/WATCHED ONLINE THIS WEEK (11/29/15)

  1. How Diverse Literature Can Make Middle School Easier
    This is what I've spent most of the last few months focused on - reading, sharing, writing, telling stories with students, friends, heroes on identity. Trying to find the biggest voice we can for those stories. Moved to tears by this article and the fact that Mr. Cho has the beautiful results he does. // Via The Atlantic: http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2015/11/middle-school-woes/415482/
  2. "What whites don't know about racism" by Tim Wise
    Had the honor of meeting Tim 2 weeks ago. He speaks truth. Must read. // Via @CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2015/11/25/opinions/wise-what-whites-dont-know-about-racism/index.html
  3. 100 Notable Books of 2015
  4. The Seven Essential Southern Dishes
    Proud to say #1 is from my hometown: "Some decades ago, Brunswick, Ga., mounted a 25-gallon iron pot atop a town monument. The inscription declares the pot to be the very one in which the very first Brunswick stew did bubble on July 2, 1898." // Via Bitter Southerner: http://bittersoutherner.com/the-seven-essential-southern-dishes
  5. The Bleak Future of College Football
    "..unless something changes, college football is going to reach a point where the distribution of risk and profit in college football is so grotesquely unfair, and the ethical ramifications (ideally) or the optics (probably) of unpaid poor and/or black men destroying themselves for the profit and amusement of white men will make the sport, as it exists now, unsustainable." // Via The Atlantic: http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2015/11/football-risks/416862/
  6. YG Unscripted
    Great feature on the guy responsible for one of the best albums of 2014. // Via The Fader http://www.thefader.com/2015/11/24/yg-cover-story-still-krazy-album-interview
  7. Saving a School on the Blackfeet Reservation
    The power of personal narrative strikes again: "Once we get our identity down, our students kind of, I believe, feel a head taller.” // Via The Atlantic: http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2015/11/montana-blackfeet-reservation-school/417654/
  8. John Pollono, Ambi-Coastal Writer
    Great interview on the differences between writing for LA and NY. /// via Footlights: http://footlights.click/2015/11/john-pollono-ambi-coastal-writer/
  9. Longform Podcast #168: with Ta-Nehisi Coates
    Another hour of necessary listening with Mr. Coates. Great stories about David Carr, the process of writing BTWAM, and his place (or lack thereof) in creating social change. I think my favorite interview with him thus far - // Via Longform: http://longform.org/posts/longform-podcast-168-ta-nehisi-coates
  10. Get Familiar With Chicago Footwork Dance Crew The Era
  11. Beautifully courageous 'Like You Mean It' charts a delicate course
    Beyond overjoyed for my producing partner, Philipp Karner, on an exceptional review of his directorial debut. Currently running in limited release. // Via @latimes: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-et-mn-like-you-mean-it-review-20151127-story.html
  12. "Hello" - Erykah Badu featuring Andre3000
    This dude. // Via Apple Music: https://itun.es/us/tuiq_?i=1061193901