BEST THINGS I READ/HEARD/WATCHED/UPLOADED ONLINE THIS WEEK (2/21/16)

  1. Shonda Rhimes: My year of saying yes to everything
    "For one year, I would say yes to all the things that scared me...And a crazy thing happened: the very act of doing the thing that scared me undid the fear, made it not scary.” Wonderful words on loving (obsessing over) her work ("THE HUM”!). // via TED Talks: https://www.ted.com/talks/shonda_rhimes_my_year_of_saying_yes_to_everything
  2. Mississippi Students Write about Life in their Home State
    Read Momma's Boy - so much about layers of Southern Norms - When the other fathers were teaching their sons to play football, Momma would tell me to study and learn and read and be the best I could because she “wanted the best for momma’s little boy.” I took this advice and inspiration from my mother–as I have taken the advice and inspiration from many other women in my life. http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2016/02/mississippi-students-write-about-life-in-their-home-state/462930
  3. America Is Obsessed With Identity. Thanks, Obama?
    "Have we gained a new appreciation for diversity, or lost a shared set of ideals that united the country? Are we more divided, or more aware of the divisions that have always existed? Have we developed a language to celebrate our unique individual stories without diminishing or disrespecting the experiences of others?" via NPR Code Switch: http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2016/02/17/466950838/america-is-obsessed-with-identity-thanks-obama
  4. "I Miss Barack Obama" by David Brooks
    "People are motivated to make wise choices more by hope and opportunity than by fear, cynicism, hatred and despair.” http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/09/opinion/i-miss-barack-obama.html?alg=&_r=0
  5. How to Bring the Supreme Court Back Down to Earth
    "There’s no way to eliminate an individual’s blind spots; we all have them. But a group of nine people offers the possibility of correcting for at least some of them.” // via @nytimes: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/15/magazine/how-to-bring-the-supreme-court-back-down-to-earth.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share
  6. Killer Mike: Free speech -- unless it's rap?
    Rap, which grew out of black and Latino communities that were facing urban decay at its worst, has been contentious, sometimes polarizing, for as long as it has existed. No doubt, this is in large part because of rappers' willingness to confront institutions of power and openly defy social conventions with language that is provocative, even offensive, to some. http://www.cnn.com/2016/02/17/opinions/rap-first-amendment-supreme-court-render-nielson/
  7. A logical approach to going long
  8. White Bodies, Black Faces - Excellent interview with Jess Row, author of My Recent Most Favorite Novel, ‘Your Face In Mine’
    "I don’t know what’s going on with white identity right now. The social and cultural pressures are pulling in so many directions. One thing that has obv happened in the past two years is the emergence of an explicit, unapologetic racism in the national political mainstream—from Trump to white racists on Twitter. It’s not really that there’s more explicit white racism; there’s just so much attention being paid to it." via The New Inquiry: http://thenewinquiry.com/essays/white-bodies-black-faces/
  9. In an increasingly multiracial America, identity is a fluid thing
    "What does it actually mean for someone to grow up half Asian and half Mexican, or half black and half Filipino? Those are the stories that I really want to hear," Durrow said. "It's really exciting because when they tell you those very specific stories, more and more people enter the story as well, because they find their own complication. And they find their connection.” // via KPCC: http://www.scpr.org/news/2016/02/16/57543/in-an-increasingly-multiracial-america-identity-is/
  10. These quilts with messages about gun violence and racial injustice issues aim to discomfort
    "I really wanted to challenge the notion that quilts are sacred and made by saintly grandmas.” // via LA Times: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/la-et-cm-gun-violence-quilts-20160220-story.html
  11. Where Does Future Go Now?
    Future's prolific year in the context of his Dungeon Family roots. // via Concourse: http://theconcourse.deadspin.com/where-does-future-go-now-1758029561
  12. What Does the Academy Value in a Black Performance?
    "No black woman has ever received a best-actress nomination for portraying an executive or even a character with a college degree." "What they’re not full of is characters who resemble ordinary people. And when such people do, the camera tends to linger on the parts of their lives most likely to interest white Americans struggling to reckon with their country’s racist past.” // via LA Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/21/movies/what-does-the-academy-value-in-a-black-performance.html
  13. Color Lines: Racial Passing In America
    Fascinating stories. // via BackStory Radio: http://backstoryradio.org/shows/color-lines/
  14. “In The Night” - The Weeknd feat. Lauryn Hill
  15. “Run” - Mafalda
    Gorgeous. /// via Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/mafalda-s-c/run
  16. “Famous” remix - Kanye West feat. Rick Ross, Rihanna and Swizz Beatz
  17. “Good to Love” - FKA twigs
  18. Mass + Volume - Episode 1 | Throw Your Hands in the Air (with Rhaechyl Walker)
    My first guest is Rhaechyl Walker, one half of the duo in the play 'Dreamscape' - currently being adapted for a full-length feature film called 'My Name is Myeisha.' We talk about the impact of her character research, her multiethnic background, sense of identity, music, and what she values most. More words and referenced links at: http://massandvolu.me/post/139718242443/episode-1-throw-your-hands-in-the-air-with // Listen on iTunes: http://bit.ly/massandvolume