BEST THINGS I READ/HEARD/WATCHED ONLINE THIS WEEK (4/10/16)

  1. ‘A Conversation With Asian-Americans on Race’ Documentary Short
    Testimonials from folks who identity with their backgrounds in different ways. Also, breaking down the “Model Minority” label. | via @nytimes: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/05/opinion/a-conversation-with-asians-on-race.html?_r=0
  2. Andre 3000 speaks at Phife Dawg's memorial.
    Incredibly poignant. | via YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-eGUzhvzI3s
  3. Neal Brennan on Racism, Depression + Other Funny Stuff
    I hope I'll get to see '3 Mics' someday. | via OkayPlayer: http://www.okayplayer.com/news/neal-brennan-3-mics-interview-racism-depression.html
  4. Michael Kiwanuka speaking on identity and the experience of growing up with a different history than those around you, and growing up really far from your history.
    "Really what makes us human is we like to relate to people.” Interview and "Black Man in a White World": http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03nz6d7 | “Black Man in a White World” Video: https://youtu.be/-TYlcVNI2AM | "Love & Hate” Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMZ4QL0orw0
  5. I loved the beat generation. Then I realised it has no place for women.
    I read Gone With The Wind for the same reason and then moved on to the Beat writers (via my father’s recommendations). But the point: "Every reader deserves to find themselves in fascinating and difficult characters in genres they identify with. Reading should be pleasurable as well as challenging, immersive, not just standing outside a window looking in.” | via The Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/apr/04/beat-generation-writers-no-place-for-women
  6. 'Going Green' Is Really 'Going Native': Western Apache Chef Nephi Craig
    "...as all these forms of genocide are employed, and Native people are wiped out and the land violently appropriated, there's no longer delicate and intricate trade routes with Native peoples and tribes, and different methods of indigenous agriculture... They're replaced by a Westernized way of thinking about food and land ownership.” | via NPR Code Switch:http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2016/04/04/470071043/going-green-is-really-going-native-western-apache-chef-nephi-craig
  7. Those Urban-Education Heroes
    “Where success happens, there is often a group of people working in concert to support students and their families, not one single hero,” Royal said. “These books and movies … prevent people from seeing urban students and communities as sites of possibility and hope, where good work happens every day.” | via The Atlantic: http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2016/04/urban-education-heroes/476571/
  8. Film Dialogue from 2,000 screenplays, Broken Down by Gender and Age
    More heat from Polygraph. A daunting amount of statistical data with a daunting amount of emotional implication. | via Polygraph: http://polygraph.cool/films/index.html
  9. Allen Iverson’s Crossover Appeal
    "Iverson was the avatar of the tough gristle of black America that the NBA machine couldn’t digest.” In my opinion, the only reason to have ever watched a basketball game. | via The Atlantic: http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2016/04/crossover-appeal/476910/
  10. There Goes the Neighborhood, Episode 5: Williamsburg, What's Good?
    In-depth podcast on the heartbreaking effects of gentrification. "When you're in a diverse group, you have a false sense of security" hit me. | via WNYC: http://www.wnyc.org/shows/neighborhood/