Partly inspired by the fact that I send too many emails with articles that I think are dope, The Curator list is just basically cool and interesting articles that I’ve been paying attention throughout the week. And there’s more news in the world than just Kim Kardashian’s ass – though Kanye has been thankfully quiet as of late. And I’m not giving Piers anymore HTML. And if you missed it, you should check out the roundtable of Black leaders in tech today.
Misty Copeland Takes The Lead in “Swan Lake”
Homegirl is gunning for that New York Ballet principal role. Misty will take the lead, with Brooklyn Hunt (Black ballet is FLOURISHING this week) as the Prince/baé in the Washington Ballet’s run. I haven’t been to D.C. in years but a trip may be in order for this. Begins in April. (Also, ignore that post-racial wishful thinking line of “effectively shatter shatter the all-white stereotype of ‘Swan Lake.” Let’s save that line when Misty is not the exception to the rule, hmmkay?)
Pimpin’ Ain’t Easy: Say Media Sells Off xoJane (it’s time though) And a Few Others
So, apparently, this publishing and writing good content thing is hard and the business of advertising is even harder. Say word? But on the other hand…
Video Site Funny or Die looks at $300 Million Sale
Will Ferrell is winning. It’s a good time to be in the business of comedy, content and if you’re really good, both. Rumor has it that The Onion is up for sale too. Though the helm says that they’re “just looking into” their options, (but as no one hires an investment bank to do a little window shopping), should we just go ahead and send them a congratulations tweet? Looking forward to think pieces about this possible sale.
The Dream of The 90’s is Not Alive in Delia*s
Your 90s crushed velvet dresses and rose tinted sunglasses are dying a slow death. New York Magazine takes a look. Real quick though : did their shorts and pants have not THEE WORST CUT OF ALL TIME? And when recently I found out it was started by a pair of men, I then understood. Could that have been the one of their biggest issues, that women weren’t in the core of Delia’s business DNA from the beginning? Could this be a cautionary tale for other companies started for women by men that “x” women out of the brand and product building? (Okay, that wasn’t real quick, but you know how it is.)
All-American Girl at 20: The Evolution of Asian Americans on Television
Back in the day, I loved Margaret Cho. She had the best choker and blue jean vest collection. And it’s a shame that Fresh Off The Boat is the first show in 20 years to tap into the Asian American experience. This is an excellent essay about the landmark show and what its legacy means in a time where Asians are one of the fastest growing population segments and they are virtually absent from representation in the media, television and film. And if you didn’t know, now you know: the pilot show
It’s 2014, But White People Still Think Black People Are “Magical”
A study shows that “Whites tended to associate black faces with the far-out word group (superhuman, ghosts, magical, mystical) suggesting that “whites appear to super humanize blacks implicitly.” Not surprisingly was also associated with a decreased perception of pain in Black people. (i.e., excessive police force, Black children over-punished in schools, the myth of the Always Strong Black Woman, etc.) Post-racial though.
Vogue Found Inspiration in My Own Elle Piece
Okay, that’s definitely not the title of their piece, but I thought it was worth including for two reasons. A.) It’s a really cool profile of a very stylish woman Amy Sall that’s giving life and lessons about fashion and proper appreciation versus appropriation. And b.) I’ve had really amazing conversations with a few editors from these magazines and have seen a number of articles come out addressing this habitual problem in fashion after my own came out and I’m proud of that and of pushing important conversations forward. Vogue has been one of the worst and repeat offenders of this problem, so this is a step in the right direction for them. And Amy is one stylish woman. Her Instagram is ON. FLEEK.
Growing Up With ADHD
“The way I describe it is that it’s like having a Ferrari engine for a brain, but with bicycle brakes.” This is a great read and series that Time is doing on ADHD, exploring the cultural debates about the disorder, why there’s a rise of diagnoses in the South and the positives and limitations of ADHD medication. Highly recommend this one.
The D.O.J. is Officially Auditing Dallas District Attorney Craig Watkins
In this continued discourse of how Grand Juries and District Attorney offices fail to pursue and uphold justice, this is a big one. Dallas D.A. Craig Watkins, who recently lost his bid for re-election, has also lost access to the the federal forfeiture funds assets due to “non-compliance” Watkins, a rumored alcoholic, also used money from the fund to pay for a settlement after Watkins rear-ended another vehicle. In the 8 years that he has been D.A., Watkins has also never indicted a police office for the shooting or killing an unarmed citizen. For context, Dallas alone has had over 21 unarmed citizens shot in 2014, six alone in August.
“Indian Country” Offers Last View of Native Plain Life
This is so cool and so sad. This exhibit is in Kansas City, but well worth the read.
Want To Stay Married? Marry Someone Your Age
“The study shows…a 5-year difference, however, makes them 18 percent more likely to split up. And a 10-year difference makes them 39 percent more likely.” To paraphrase Johnny Taylor, it’ll be cheaper to keep her. Or him. Or at least easier. (Check out that song though.)
Have a great weekend, see y’all next week!