Prepare to fall in love with this 13 year old phenom!
This story makes me really annoyed with the concept of adults. It’s like, adults act like certain ideas are really hard to accept or understand. Intersectionality, for example, says that if you’re going to talk about one issue (i.e. women’s rights), you should take into account some of the other important issues that pertain to that issue (i.e. race, class, sexuality). If a 13 year-old can understand that—and declare that “police brutality and racism are our issues too”—why can’t all of you crazy people in the comments sections do the same??? Well, Girl Meets World star Rowan Blanchard has clearly taken some time out of her young life to get schooled on some of these issues, and she’s paying it forward by schooling her 2.4 million Instagram followers, and the rest of the world. Click inside to her Insta-essay on the problems with “white feminism.”
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?”
All about the money
I don’t know how many movie theatre shootings we’ve had in America over the past few years, but I know that it’s enough that it’s beginning to feel like a trend. Like school shootings, they’re starting to feel and sound normal, which is how you know things are horrible. There’s lots of discourse about the root of these problems with mass shootings and mass murders, but none of this discourse has led to any legislative changes. Now that Amy Schumer is tied, in some way, to a recent movie theatre shooting, she’s speaking out more about the issue. It’s clear that she has been affected by the attack that took place during a screening of her movie Trainwreck, and she’s trying to do her part to at least publicize the problem. Click inside for more.
Posted under: 'Trainwreck', Amy Schumer
'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
"Things that cause rape..."
Back in March we learned that the great Amber Rose would be hosting her own up-and-coming Slut Walk. Y’all have watched me go from being somewhat indifferent to/somewhat fascinated by Amber Rose, to being a bona fide fan, and this is one reason why. She’s been taking to Instagram over the last few days to raise funds for the Amber Rose Foundation, which will be helping to sponsor the October 3rd Los Angeles Slut Walk. If you’re in Los Angeles and you believe that rapists—not short skirts, alcohol or flirting—cause rape, you might wanna join her. Click inside for more!
Posted under: Amber Rose, Slut Walk
Our American norm continues to confound others
The other day, for the first time ever, Trent posted something on his Facebook page that I immediately took issue with, because I knew there was no way it could be true. It was a small, square-shaped diagram that read 2015: 204 Mass Shootings in 204 Days. I saw that the source was the Washington Post and quickly looked for the article. No way there were 204 mass shootings this year. We’ve only really heard about, like 10 of them! So yeah, I was wrong. And that moment was proof of a certain denial we all have towards this issue, and proof of the fact that mass shootings are so common, we really don’t give all that much of a fuck about them anymore. So here’s another article about another celebrity speaking out against our gun laws and policies in America, even though this new wave of commentary will likely not change anything.
Posted under: Rebel Wilson
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
It's all about Juneteenth
Oh, the 4th of July—you tricky, tricky holiday. I’ve said plenty of times before that growing up with parents who are also historians and professors of African and African-American history makes for an interesting experience. My mother, for example, was obsessed with the 4th of July fireworks and I have great memories of driving down to the Charles River (excuse me, Chaaahles Rivah) to watch them with her. And, at the same time, it was always made clear to me that this was not an Independence Day for black Americans, who were still enslaved at the time—even by some of the very writers and editors of the Declaration of Independence. So yes, yes, yesss to this statement Usher made over the weekend at the Essence Festival! Click inside for more!
Posted under: Juneteenth, Usher Raymond
OR, might she be guesting on the show?
First Daughter Malia Obama, the eldest child of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, was spotted this week hanging out on the Brooklyn, NY set of the HBO series Girls … leading many to speculate that she may be involved professionally on the show, rather than just hanging out for fun. Malia turns 17 years old this weekend and, as such, is at the right age to start her first job. Considering that she is the eldest daughter of the most powerful man on earth, it seems extremely likely that she can have any job she likes as her first job. Click below to see a photo of Malia on the Girls set and speculate along as to what she may have been doing on set. More »
Posted under: 'Girls', Malia Ann Obama