"This is Banksy's graffiti rendered into 3D"
Earlier today we saw photos of Banksy‘s new art exhibit/installation Dismaland, which is a 2.5 acre life-size dystopian amusement park that showcases the artwork of over 50 artists. Right now, we get to see an excellent video tour of Dismaland, provided by Channel 4 News. The photos we saw earlier are great but this video tour gives us a much better understanding what this Banksy exhibit truly entails. For those of us who are unable to travel to the UK to visit Dismaland in person, this video is a nice consolation prize. Have a look above and see what Banksy‘s Dismaland is all about, in all it’s depressing glory.
Power in Social Media
Last night I was up late and was saddened to see that after an entire day of peaceful marching and gathering (which I’m sure received little news coverage), the Mike Brown one-year memorial protest ended with an 18 year-old boy getting shot by the police. He’s now in critical condition and has been accused of shooting at the police (you can understand why I’m not ready to report this as truth). Black Twitter has been my go-to for so many of these stories—Sandra Bland, Sam DuBose, Christian Taylor—all stories I learned about first online. The New York Times asked [social] activists DeRay McKesson, Johnetta Elzie and Zellie Imani to read some of their tweets and reflect back on the year since Ferguson.
And this: “Everybody want me to be calm—do you know how them bullets hit my son? What they did to his body as they entered his body?”
'The Counted' is an important project in tracking police killings
So I had an incredibly odd experience the other day. I was writing a piece for Salon on the process of mourning and the police-related deaths of Sandra Bland and Sam DuBose, and at the end of it I was making a point about how numb we, as a culture, have gotten regarding murder. Mass shootings, murder by cops—there’s some outrage for the very big stories that get publicized and then there’s a certain numbness to it. I referenced the 500 killings by police, using the Guardian’s special project The Counted. Before I submitted the article, I realized I’d made a mistake looking at the wrong link and the number was actually 664. My article went up the next day, and the new number was already something like 670. Now we’re at 674 (and counting). Click inside for more.
Posted under: Sam DuBose, Sandra Bland
Grown Woman Status
I wish I could tell you what I did on my 18th birthday. There’s a 98% chance that I went to the movie theatre and had pizza, and thought about how awesome it was going to feel to stay out, like, 3 hours later than was typically allowed. I think for most of us, birthdays are a time to sing of ourselves and celebrate ourselves, Walt Whitman-style. But for the youngest Nobel Prize Winner, it’s a time to demand “books, not bullets” for the children of the world. I am, as always, in awe of Malala Yousafzai and today I’ll be thinking about how I can start adulting more like her. Click inside for more!
Posted under: Malala Yousafzai
"The event that truly awakened me was the Trayvon Martin case."
Today you’re going to see headlines that say the Charleston terrorist’s racist manifesto, which someone reportedly dug up online, is shocking and vile and disgusting. There will be people reading his thoughts on Trayvon Martin and black on white crime, who’ll say, “I can’t believe people like this exist!” Or, “What a sick, monstrous, animal!” And then there’ll be myself and a few others who will argue quite the opposite. I read enough of his manifesto to understand that he is a bold, hyper version of plenty of people in America who would never walk into a church and kill 9 people, but who have similar ways of thinking, nonetheless. Click inside for more.
“The Confederate flag flies over South Carolina, and the roads are named for Confederate generals and the white guy is the one who feels like his country is being taken away from him.”
In the wake of the heartbreaking news that a racist terrorist opened fired and killed 9 people inside a church in Charleston, SC on Tuesday, many people were left speechless at the senselessness audacity of this vile hate crime. I, myself, have found it difficult to articulate my feelings and when my job is to have fun with and make light of the talk of the day, I really had no idea how to address the crime here on the blog. Last night, Jon Stewart delivered a powerful monologue on The Daily Show charged with emotion and intelligence that spoke to the events that took place in Charleston without any hint of humor … because nothing about this hate crime is funny, nor the racist commentary that has sprung up from other people and media sources. If you watch anything at all today, please watch the video below of Stewart‘s monologue on The Daily Show last night embedded below. Jon so often gets things right that it is near impossible to deny that he is one of the most important voices of our time. More »
For the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment
For some time now there has been a lot of chatter going around about the push to get a woman featured on paper US currency (specifically, the $20 bill). Today we learn officially that the US Treasury has announced that they will put a woman on the $10 bill by 2020 in honor of the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment of the US Constitution, which gave women in this country the legal right to vote. At present, no decision has been made about which woman will be placed on the $10 bill but who ever she will be, she will be the first woman to be featured on paper US currency since 1896 when Martha Washington was featured on a $1 silver certificate (tho, more recently, both Susan B. Anthony and Sacagawea have both been featured on the $1 coin). How exciting! More »
Posted under: US Treasury
Did you watch this horrifying interview though?!
There is no way I could have sat through the FOX News interview with Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar. Sometimes, it’s good to rage, and other times I just have to save myself from the insanity that is two people going on TV to speak for their grown ass son and to explain away his childish behavior that was totally resolved so it doesn’t even matter anyway. All that to say, I did not watch the interview, but I’ve seen a few clips and now support my decision to not watch the interview. On the one hand, some of these comments (and the lies, ohhh the LIES) are infuriating, and then I also thought, “This is a pretty typical response.” Click inside for more.
Posted under: The Duggars
ALL KINDS OF EPIC
Last night my BFFL asked me if I’d heard about Snoop Dogg and the unfortunate, offensive, disgusting “science project” comment he made about Caitlyn Jenner. We got into a discussion about the meme he posted on Instagram and one thing that bothered me most (besides the obvious hate and ignorance towards the trans community) is that he connected two stories that really had nothing to do with each other. And now Akon‘s exciting, brilliant, game-changing solar academy that could lit’rally change the world as we know it is unnecessarily linked to trans-bashing. That being said, I can say that, as someone who was excited about both stories, I think there was another way to point out that stories about the privileged, rich and famous—whatever the story is—will always make headlines and take over news channels, while stories about places like the continent of Africa will not. The truth is, even Kim Kardashian‘s second baby news would have broken the internet and legitimate news channels before Akon Lighting Africa ever could. And that is beyond messed up, and a symptom of major problems (and yes, we are all a part of that problem in some way or another). So let’s talk about this incredible story, because I am so, so excited about this!!!
TIDAL x Prince x 3RDEYEGIRL
So last night I was checking Instagram and Twitter for updates about or photos from Prince‘s concert in Baltimore. I didn’t see anything because I’d mixed the days up, so I was really excited to find out this morning that TIDAL will be streaming the event live for FREE tonight, which is really amazing. For many people, it feels like the Baltimore Uprising has died down, because much of the media has moved on. So I’m hoping this news will remind people that there are still plenty protests happening in the city, and the Uprising continues. Click inside for more!