BEST THINGS I READ/SAW/HEARD/UPLOADED ONLINE THIS WEEK (4/3/16)

  1. Soul Survivor - The revival and hidden treasure of Aretha Franklin.
    Tremendous profile. Wow. Obama's quote is beautiful: “Nobody embodies more fully the connection between the African-American spiritual, the blues, R. & B., rock and roll—the way that hardship and sorrow were transformed into something full of beauty and vitality and hope." | via @newyorker: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/04/04/aretha-franklins-american-soul
  2. What I Learned From Kristi Yamaguchi
    "If your identity is reduced time and again to a slickly packaged product or the same tired jokes and stereotypes — it can be harder to believe in your own agency and intrinsic worth." | via @nytimes: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/31/magazine/what-i-learned-from-kristi-yamaguchi.html
  3. Hamilton: Casting After Colorblindness
    "But movements like Black Lives Matter, and renewed calls for the consideration of reparations, are built on the idea that “all” remains an unfulfilled promise—and that fulfillment can only come by focusing on helping the specific populations that suffer greatest from America’s many inequalities rooted in oppression." | via The Atlantic: http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2016/03/hamilton-casting/476247/
  4. Meet Nineteen85, The OVO Hitmaker Who Never Does Too Much
    Really interesting profile on the guy who has scored much of my life of the past 2 years. | via The Fader: http://www.thefader.com/2016/03/29/dvsn-nineteen85-paul-jefferies-ovo-interview
  5. Barack Obama at a book reading of 'Dreams of My Father' in 1995
    Amazing to see him speak 20 years ago and talk candidly on his multiracial/cultural search for identity. | via YouTube: https://youtu.be/w5JlqDnoqlo
  6. Letter of Recommendation: Segmented Sleep
    "Dorveille is the only part of the day when no one expects to hear from anyone at all. You can keep yourself unavailable without that abstract sense of guilt." | via @nytimes: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/03/magazine/letter-of-recommendation-segmented-sleep.html
  7. More of the Chinese Art of the Crowd
  8. The Enduring Mystery Of 'Jawn', Philadelphia's All-Purpose Noun
    The word “jawn” is unlike any other English word. In fact, according to the experts that I spoke to, it’s unlike any other word in any other language. It is an all-purpose noun, a stand-in for inanimate objects, abstract concepts, events, places, individual people, and groups of people. It is a completely acceptable statement in Philadelphia to ask someone to “remember to bring that jawn to the jawn.” http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/the-enduring-mystery-of-jawn-philadelphias-allpurpose-noun
  9. METER: A Runner's Review
    Good look at the beautiful layout of Meter Magazine. I'm honored to have a story in Issue 5. | via Style of Sport: http://styleofsport.com/meter-tracksmith/
  10. Lido remixes 'The Life of Pablo'
    8 of the best minutes to come from the album. | http://lifeofpeder.com/
  11. Warren G ft. Nate Dogg - "Regulate" (Sesame Street Version)
    Thank you, heaven. | Via YouTube: https://youtu.be/aYD3gLCXXuU
  12. Explosions in the Sky - 'The Wilderness'
    Beautiful return from these guys. Check out the visuals for the album: http://thewilderness.space/
  13. Mass+Volume Episode 7 | "This Feels Like Hole" (with Bonnie Tsui)
    I read and was moved by (and listed!) a @nytimes article (http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/12/14/magazine/choose-your-own-identity.html) and reached out to Bonnie. She agreed to let me interview her, and we had a fascinating talk on identity. | via Mass + Volume: http://massandvolu.me/post/141802826458/episode-7-this-place-feels-like-home-with