BEST THINGS I READ/HEARD/WATCHED ONLINE THIS WEEK (2/14/16)

  1. Reasons to Remain Single
    "The single are never denied hope.” and "Anyone who lives alone and manifests no longing to be in a relationship is – in our times – almost automatically (though more or less secretly) viewed as both pitiable and deeply troubled. It’s simply not thought possible to be at once alone and normal.” // via The School of Life: http://www.thebookoflife.org/reasons-to-remain-single/
  2. Mass + Volume, Episode 0
    A moment of self-promotion: This morning, I launched a project that has been on my heart and mind for the better part of a year: Mass and Volume, a podcast focused on cultural identity. And social change. And talking about stuff that matters. The first Episode - where I do my best to explain what and why I'm doing - is now live on iTunes (http://bit.ly/massandvolume) and the website (http://massandvolu.me). I'm publishing an essay to accompany each podcast posted on the site.
  3. How America Is Putting Itself Back Together
    Beautiful stories. Take a the time to read this one. "Many people are discouraged about America. But the closer they are to the action at home, the better they like what they see." // via The Atlantic: http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2016/03/how-america-is-putting-itself-back-together/426882/ // Also great, this related story: Eleven Signs a City Will Succeed http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2016/03/eleven-signs-a-city-will-succeed/426885/
  4. Returning to a Gentler Gotham
    "I don’t love the big-box stores or the chain restaurants or the slow (or has it actually been blindingly fast?) disappearance of the creative class” // via @nytimes: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/07/style/new-york-city-leaving-returning.html
  5. I’m a black actor. Here’s how inequality works when you’re not famous.
    What brave storytelling. Horrifying realities. // via @vox @Voxdotcom: http://www.vox.com/2016/2/12/10958356/working-black-actor
  6. "The Enduring Solidarity of Whiteness" by Ta-Nehisi Coates
    "It is because whiteness confers knowable, quantifiable privileges, regardless of class—much like “manhood” confers knowable, quantifiable privileges, regardless of race. White supremacy is neither a trick, nor a device, but one of the most powerful shared interests in American history." // via The Atlantic: http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/02/why-we-write/459909/
  7. The Speed Project
    A 340-mile race from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. Teams of 6 people run the 41+ hour relay. So excited to be along for the event this year. "It’s the Prefontaine of races; an opportunity to test the capability of the human heart, to push beyond the limitations of the self both mentally and physically, to create a work of art one footstep at a time.” // via Undo Ordinary: http://undoordinary.com/2016/02/08/the-speed-project
  8. Beyoncé's Formation reclaims black America's narrative from the margins
    "It’s old and new south; it’s dark and dirty south; it’s Chantilly lace and denim jacket south; it’s baby afro, baby hair and pink and purple wig south; it’s second line and pentecostal holy ghost south; it’s southern gothic and bounce south; it’s my granny, grandaddy, auntie, uncle, cousin south." // via The Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/feb/08/beyonce-formation-black-american-narrative-the-margins
  9. Killer Mike on "Real Time with Bill Maher"
    "White people: it's not always about you." Is Killer Mike quickly becoming my favorite member of the Dungeon Family? // via YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbClS086tdQ and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IztCzoX8P5c
  10. On Set | Hip-Hop and R&B’s New Voices
    Tinashe, Jean Deaux, Sza, Dej Loaf, Lord Narf, Abra, Empress Of sing “Killing Me Softly" // via @nytimes: http://nyti.ms/1mqL6li
  11. Ultralight Beam on SNL
    Wowed. Maybe minus the last 12 seconds, but seriously wowed. Also amazing that there’s the false stop at the usual hard-out 4-minute mark.. and then they finish the song. // via @nbcsnl: http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/kanye-west-ultralight-beam/2985373