50th Anniversary of the March on Washington
This week was, of course, the fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Leaders from around the nation gathered in Washington to celebrate the progress we’ve made, as well as to note how far we have left to go before that dream becomes reality.
Miley Cyrus’s VMA Performance
Miley Cyrus’s VMA performance has everybody talking this week, and while plenty of commentators have criticized the routine’s quality, others have been more interested in its troubling take on race and gender issues. Whatever you think of Miley’s twerking, the commentary it’s provoked speaks to broader and more important issues.
Trouble finding smart Black women on Twitter? 1) How? 2) Check out #SmartBlackWomenofTwitter.
— Grace (@graceishuman) August 27, 2013
When FastCompany released a lily-white list of the smartest women on Twitter, the Internet’s reaction was swift and pointed. That reaction lead to our trending hash of the week, #SmartBlackWomenOfTwitter, which, accompanied by #SmartLatinaWomenOfTwitter, served as a reminder that the Twitterverse is every bit as diverse as the real world.
White Sushi Chefs
Can they make good sushi? Is it racist to even question that? This open letter to bigoted diners raises issues of diversity in a culinary setting we’d never even considered.
James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket
A documentary on historical figure and literary giant James Baldwin isn’t exactly news, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t point you in the direction of this excellent film on the man who wrote classics like Go Tell It On the Mountain and Notes From a Native Son. With the three day weekend coming up, we encourage you to find an hour or two to take it in.
Photo from NY Daily News.