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Dec 22nd

Book review: Sister Citizen

Book review: Sister Citizen“This book is concerned with understanding the emotional realities of Black women’s lives in order to answer a political, not a personal, question: What does it mean to be a Black woman and an American citizen?
…The particular histories of slavery, Jim Crow, urban segregation, racism, and patriarchy that are woven into the fabric of American politics have created a specific citizenship imperative for African-American women—a role and image to which they are expected to conform.
We can call this image the strong Black woman… The strong Black woman myth is a misrecognition of African-American women. But it creates specific expectations for their behavior.” -- Excerpted from the Introduction (pgs. 20-21)
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Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness?

Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness?“We’re in a post-Black era when our identity options are limitless. And there’s no going back... Post-Black means we are like Obama: rooted in but not restricted by Blackness... Our community is too diverse, complex, imaginative, dynamic, fluid, creative, and beautiful to impose restraints on Blackness...In this book, I seek to legitimize and validate… that the definitions and boundaries of Blackness are expanding… into infinity.”  -Excerpted from Chapter 1 (pg 12)
 
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Contagion: A-list cast executes Soderberg’s apocalyptic adventure

Contagion: A-list cast executes Soderberg’s apocalyptic adventureA decade ago, Steven Soderbergh won an Academy Award for Traffic, a multi-layered potboiler highlighting the hypocrisy and corruption permeating political bureaucracies entrusted with waging the war on drugs. With Contagion, the iconoclastic director has fashioned another international mindbender, although the focus this go-round is on the medical community’s attempt to allay the public’s fears about a fictional outbreak of a deadly virus bubbling into a global pandemic.
   
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Headline: Black revolution of the sixties revisited via Swedish cinematic collage

Headline: Black revolution of the sixties revisited via Swedish cinematic collageThe Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

During the Black Power Movement back in the Sixties and Seventies, most folks only got to know its leaders mostly by way of sound bites disseminated by the mass media. Whether it was Stokely Carmichael’s demand “We want Black power!” or H. Rap Brown’s appeal for riots via “Burn baby burn!” or Eldridge Cleaver’s assertion that “You’re either part of the problem or part of the solution,” the icons were mostly reduced to incendiary slogans for the purposes of entertainment masquerading as news.
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The Help surpasses $100M at domestic box office

 The Help surpasses $100M at domestic box office

 

The inspiring film The Help has surpassed the $100 million mark at the domestic box office, announced DreamWorks Pictures. The Help stars Emma Stone (Easy A) as Skeeter, Academy Award®–nominated Viola Davis (Doubt) as Aibileen and Octavia Spencer as Minny—three very different, extraordinary women in Mississippi during the 1960s, who build an unlikely friendship around a secret writing project that breaks societal rules and puts them all at risk.
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I Hate Muscular Dystrophy: Loving a Child with a Life-Altering Disease

I Hate Muscular Dystrophy: Loving a Child with a Life-Altering Disease“This is a personal story of a family’s ability to love and support each other through the unexpected challenges of a life-transforming condition. It speaks of the strength and resolve of a mother who believes that life is to be lived and celebrated, despite any real or perceived limitations…

It gives us poignant glimpses into the initial disillusionment of a parent’s dream for her child, while at the same time, openly embracing all of the gifs that this experience has to offer… I Hate Muscular Dystrophy shows us that life can be beautiful even during periods of despair and pain. It helps us know that miracle and wonder of life is found… in simple moments of mystery and grace.”
-- Excerpted from the Foreword by Dr. Julie vanPutten (pg. vii)
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Celebritize Yourself:

Celebritize Yourself:“To become a celebrity is no easy feat, but in today’s world, it is easier than ever… Anyone – in any business – can become a celebrity following my proven 3-Step Method… To celebritize oneself is not merely to gain fame or fortune. It’s to share one’s life experiences with others who may be in search of, and in need of, your wisdom. That’s the guiding philosophy for becoming a celebrity.” 
-  Excerpted from the Preface (pg. 1)

Andy Warhol once predicted that in the future everyone would be famous for 15 minutes. Today, Marsha Friedman is doing the pop icon one better by suggesting that not only can anyone become a celebrity but that “done smartly, fame can last a lifetime.”
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