I write all of this to say that I’m tired of the Vanity Fair that has become black success in recent years. We need to stop placing vanity on the same scale of merit. It doesn’t matter “who wore it best”, but who is instead improving lives the best.

There used to be a time when our celebrities, socialites, and people of influence were involved in politics and social justice movements and not just about their own careers. Sure, some will wear a t-shirt or post a message on social media, but that doesn’t do a damn thing to help inspire others to actually do real work and mobilize the community.

Cloak: The Antisocial-Media App : The New Yorker

Incognito mode for real life…

Cloak: The Antisocial-Media App : The New Yorker

Incognito mode for real life…

It’s not enough for writers of color to learn craft, we need to navigate the impossible waters of an unwelcoming industry. 

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If your ideas are bigger than the town you’re in, you’ve got to get out of there.
Brian Fallon (via the-blues-mary)

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Emily Nussbaum: The Gorgeous Existential Funk of “Adventure Time” : 
“Adventure Time” is one of the most philosophically risky and, often, emotionally affecting shows on TV. It’s beautiful and funny and stupid and smart, in about equal parts, as well as willing to explore uneasy existential questions, like what it means to go on when the story you’re in has ended.”

Emily Nussbaum: The Gorgeous Existential Funk of “Adventure Time” :
“Adventure Time” is one of the most philosophically risky and, often, emotionally affecting shows on TV. It’s beautiful and funny and stupid and smart, in about equal parts, as well as willing to explore uneasy existential questions, like what it means to go on when the story you’re in has ended.”

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Finding Former Prisoners—at McDonald’s

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Jeffrey Toobin interviews former inmates at a McDonald’s in Baltimore: http://nyr.kr/1eubt5k

“It’s one thing to consult books like Michelle Alexander’s ‘The New Jim Crow’ and read about the mass incarceration of African-Americans in the United States, but it’s another to see former prisoners filling the seats at a fast-food joint.”

Photograph by Stefan Ruiz.

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