PITNB's Weekly Discussion Forum
Every week we gather round the YATNB proverbial table and open up about various things—like who we’d want to play us in the movie of our lives, and enviable celebrity Twitter interactions. One of my favorite YATNB discussions is probably the one where everyone shared their most memorable concert-going experiences. You all know that I love the PITNB community, and we’ve had some really fun discussions here. Lately, I admit that it’s been difficult for me to understand some reactions to certain stories in the news and on this blog. And while I still want to talk about what happened in Charleston, South Carolina, I want to open up the conversation to a bigger question of forgiveness (which might even be more appropriate, given today’s holiday). Click inside for more.
"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.
This Judge is a disgusting racist, so this should all go well
Here is what I recommend to anyone seeking happiness in this world. Do not read, ever. Do not make yourself aware of anything happening, ever. Don’t read the comments, don’t read the articles, and don’t follow the reporting of the Charleston terrorist attack. Because if you do, you’ll learn stuff about the Confederate flag and why it and all that it represents is still a part of the Southern culture/mentality. You’ll see headlines like THIS, to help you connect with and understand the white man and proud racist who killed nine people in a historically black church. And then you’ll find out that the judge appointed to bring justice to those nine people and their families, is the kind of guy who uses the word “nigger” in a courtroom, when he deems it appropriate. So I’m glad to see Mia Farrow and Nicki Minaj bringing attention to this horrifying news (on top of horrifying news) to their followers. Click inside for more. Or, if you want to be happy today, go back to sleep.
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"Count to 137. 1 cop shot 49 times, reloading twice. Count to 49."
Last night I was about to finish my Netflix excursion into the French film Girlhood when I saw that there was protesting in Cleveland over the horrifying, disheartening verdict in the case against Cleveland police Officer Michael Brelo. In a world where 13 cops can fire 137 bullets at an unarmed couple in a car—and one of those officers, Brelo, can stand on the roof of the car, in which the victims were already dead or dying, and fire 15 shots into the windshield—I’m not sure why there’s still confusion about the existence of systematic racism, sanctioned by the law. So, as always, I’m thankful that a handful of celebrities like Jesse Williams are publicly voicing their disgust and disappointment. Click inside for more.
"Why I'm Torching the Color Line"
Right away, Michael B. Jordan‘s essay for Entertainment Weekly both excited and disappointed me. The disappointment was not in Jordan, or in the words he used, but was in response to the phrase “the color line,” which first came into use during the late 1800s and was popularized by Frederick Douglass and W.E.B. DuBois. It’s 2015 and Michael B. Jordan is very appropriately using a phrase that a runaway slave turned intellectual and abolitionist used in his writings and speeches. That alone is infuriating, and points to the fact that, sometimes, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Click inside for more.
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!
Meet little Zain Rajani!
Please excuse me whilst I fight off the teensy wave of baby fever currently trying to make its way into my orbit. NO SHANNON. NO MORE BABIES. Okay, so this is huge, and I’m going to try to break it down as best I can—without any real, in-depth knowledge of stem cells (I’m on Wikipedia now, trying my best). Basically, a baby was recently born using a new technology that resulted in him being born. For years when we heard the words “stem cell,” they were almost always followed by the word “controversy” or “debate.” I’m not sure how much that’s changed, but I know it’s really hard to think of controversy when you watch this video of 22 day-old Zain Rajani. Click inside for more!
'Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,' FTW!
I’m not sure if I believe in love at first sight, but I will never forget the first time I watched Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. I was doing dishes and looking for something on HBO, and was sort of like, “Ah, let’s try this out.” Within seconds I was looking around, asking the entire world why they hadn’t told me about this guy. And I’d been meaning to catch up on some episodes when I saw that his Baltimore clip was going around. ICYMI, you have to watch. It’s amazing how prevalent racism in this country is—and how ridiculous it all is when you really look at it. Click inside for more.