Media & Literature

Media & Literature

The internet was GOOD this week!

Highlights: the Beirut Explosion, how the pandemic defeated America, American racism, digital blackface, Simone Biles, the Olympic Games, beautiful pictures of Rihanna, stunning photos of Megan Thee Stallion, WAP, and Padma Lakshmi.

Just as Leo's bold personality can be a lot to process, so is 'Parakeet'

This month’s book, Parakeet by Marie-Helene Bertino, is what I call a handful.

John Lewis in his own words, Noname’s book club, Keyshia Cole 15 years later, #challengeaccepted, Hong Kong's delayed election, and more

So much happened in the past two weeks, but I tried to ease my way back into the internet.

Baynard Woods and Brandon Soderberg talk about corrupt cops and the craft of writing collaboratively

Viola Davis and Dario Calmese, Mary Trump, Nick Cannon, Naya Rivera, Megan Thee Stallion, and more

This week the internet was surprising, and almost all of my picks are about a person.

Michaela Coel, Ziwe Fumudoh, Killer Mike, canceling cancel culture, Beirut’s waste, a big victory for Native Americans, stop dining out

The internet was kinda great this week and it was filled with profiles and interviews.

Finding Cancer's courage to leave its protective, outer crab shell

The challenges of Blackness and queerness are central in this book, articulated together through the lens of family.

Community accountability, the politics of storytelling, capitalizing the B in Black, Vanessa Guillen, COVID-19 parties, and more

The internet seems to be forgetting that we are in the middle of an uprising, and people are actively ignoring that we are in the middle of a pandemic!

Heidi Daniel, Carla DuPree, Aaron Henkin, Peter Devereaux, and Sheri Booker

This edition of Quarantine Diaries focuses on five writers, editors, and literary advocates, and their strategies for surviving quarantine. 

Arthur Jafa, the future of bail funds, James Baldwin and Nikki Giovanni, Elijah McClain, the Church of White Guilt, and more

People are still reeling from Beyonce’s Juneteenth drop, coronavirus cases are increasing as states reopen, and protests continue.

Juneteenth, Oluwatoyin Salau, Rayshard Brooks, grieving through John Coltrane’s “Alabama," and more

Important Supreme Court decisions were made, some racist branding was changed, and white people discovered Juneteenth, all of which were all over the internet this week.

White people need to talk about whiteness, JK Rowling’s transphobia, Bon Appétit’s implosion, a “bastard cop’s” confessions, and more

There were many thoughtful and beautifully written articles on the current protests, systemic racism, and racial and generational trauma, but it was still hard to be online. 

Following Gemini's restless intellectual curiosity

Two books that highlight gender inequity and identity, intersecting in imaginative and realistic and always-necessary ways.

The past six months, accomplices v. allies, the psychopathology of whiteness, Black revolutionary texts, and more

The internet was reflective of the world this week.

The deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Tony McDade, the racism of Amy Cooper and Lana Del Rey, and more

The internet fully saturated me this week. 

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