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Mars candy's latest ad campaign brings a refreshing take on life with disabilities. The Way We Were: Life Before the Orlando Shooting. It was a lifetime ago.

The Way We Were: Life Before the Orlando Shooting

The 1980s. All week long, we waited for Saturday night. All week long, we smiled and nodded and typed letters for bosses who didn’t know the difference between “your” and “you’re” and “its” and “it’s” and didn’t appreciate having their mistakes corrected. All week long we ate lunch with “the girls” and when they asked if we had any plans for the weekend, we shrugged and said, “Nothing special.” All week long we walked home with our heads down, ignoring the whistles and leers and “Hi Baby’s” thrown our way. On Saturday afternoon, we got ready. I waited until 10:00 p.m. The parking lot was always full. Inside it was dark. I stood with my back to the wall, letting the butches look me over.

But I didn’t. We spent a lot of time in various clubs, as my beloved spun records and delighted in making the girls sweat. As the years passed, I stopped going to the clubs along with my beloved. I mourn the victims, along with their families and friends. How black people can emotionally protect themselves in the age of #BlackLivesMatter. As the death of Samuel DuBose in Cincinnati is added to the list of shootings by police this year, The Post's Karen Attiah gives advice for how to emotionally cope.

How black people can emotionally protect themselves in the age of #BlackLivesMatter

(Ashleigh Joplin/The Washington Post) “All of these police brutality videos on my feed are making me sick,” a black male friend of mine from college posted on Facebook recently, after Sandra Bland’s disturbing encounter with officer Brian Encinia in Waller, Tex., was caught on camera. Three days later, Bland was dead. What white Christians need to know about the Black Lives Matter movement. Tell the Rev.

What white Christians need to know about the Black Lives Matter movement

Osagyefo Sekou what you think about young black people rioting in Ferguson, and he'll tell you what you think about Jesus. Jesus, he told a packed auditorium at Warner Pacific College Monday night, was born to an unwed teenager in an unimportant part of an empire. He preached a vision for a kingdom where the poor and humble were empowered. He was killed by a system that silenced its dissenters. The pastor has spent much of the last year in the streets of Ferguson and Baltimore, where young, black protestors are articulating a vision of a kingdom where they are empowered. Bell_hooks-feminism_is_for_everybody.

A changing Mission - Documentary - San Francisco Chronicle. White Fragility: Why It's So Hard to Talk to White People About Racism - Mother to Son by Langston Hughes. Black Girls Should Matter, Too. In a classroom at the University of Pennsylvania, more than a dozen black girls and women gather on a recent Saturday afternoon.

Black Girls Should Matter, Too

A simple game begins as an icebreaker for the workshop. “Stand up if your racial identity ever made anyone doubt your abilities,” the session’s leader says. Everyone stands. Pine Ridge Indian Reservation Struggles With Suicides Among Its Young. Why Junot Diaz urges you to read more promiscuously - Home. In a rich and wide-ranging interview, Pulitzer Prize winning writer Junot Diaz joins Shad to discuss his ongoing push for real diversity in the largely-white worlds of Western academia and literature.

Why Junot Diaz urges you to read more promiscuously - Home

The Dominican-American author also comments on the importance of idealism in young people, why there's always a struggle when you come from the margins, and why — in a world packed with advice for writers — he offers his advice to readers. "Drop down out of Instagram time, out of Facebook time. Drop down into a much more human rhythm," says Diaz, adding that, for the sake of our culture and our future, we all have to learn to slow down. "To read a book is to be in the slow zone of the human. " Cornel West's Rise and Fall by Michael Eric Dyson. Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned” is the best-known line from William Congreve’s The Mourning Bride.

Cornel West's Rise and Fall by Michael Eric Dyson

But I’m concerned with the phrase preceding it, which captures wrath in more universal terms: “Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned.” Even an angry Almighty can’t compete with mortals whose love turns to hate. Cornel West’s rage against President Barack Obama evokes that kind of venom. He has accused Obama of political minstrelsy, calling him a “Rockefeller Republican in blackface”; taunted him as a “brown-faced Clinton”; and derided him as a “neoliberal opportunist.” Chart: State Marriage License and Blood Test Requirements. Most Prisoners Are Mentally Ill — The Atlantic. Occasionally policymakers and activists will talk about how the justice system needs to keep mentally ill people out of prisons.

Most Prisoners Are Mentally Ill — The Atlantic

If it did that, prisons would be very empty indeed. A new Urban Institute report points out that more than half of all inmates in jails and state prisons have a mental illness of some kind: Percent of Inmates Who Have Mental or Mood Issues. ‘A Conversation With My Black Son’ Continue reading the main story Video Op-Docs By GEETA GANDBHIR and BLAIR FOSTER.

‘A Conversation With My Black Son’

This foreigner's guide to Irish accents will give you a good laugh. Ear-gasmic sounds here.

This foreigner's guide to Irish accents will give you a good laugh

With St Patrick's Day fast approaching, we're certain that a huge amount of tourists will be flooding into the 32 counties as Irish people welcome them with open arms. We always did wonder what it would be like though if we placed a foreigner into a bar in West Cork, Derry or Dublin? Would they be able to understand what the hell was being said? We doubt it, because even some Irish people would struggle to understand what's being said into their earholes. How a book club is helping to keep ex-offenders from going back to jail. Robert Barksdale steps in front of the students in an English class at Eastern High School, searching for some semblance of redemption.

How a book club is helping to keep ex-offenders from going back to jail

“For me, school is a treat because I never got to be in school, for real,” he begins. He always envisioned visiting a school to speak to students but was beginning to realize the pressures of standing in front of the classroom. He scans the room and says: “Y’all are a little intimidating.” Barksdale was around their age when he chose the streets over school. By 16, he was arrested and convicted on armed robbery charges, the culmination of a series of ­ill-conceived attempts to be a man.

Triggered: Objects Mistaken For Guns. Two seconds. That’s how much time it took Cleveland police officers to shoot 12-year-old Tamir Rice, a black boy who was carrying a toy gun in a park near his home earlier this year. The officers later said they mistook the toy for a real gun. Rice later died from his injuries. When Youth Radio students learned of Rice’s death, they had many questions. They were struck by how many times officers had mistaken objects for guns, and how many times the victims seemed to be young people of color.

Stop it with the feminist whitesplaining. Lord, protect me from the attentions of well-meaning white women. Yesterday afternoon, I watched with some satisfaction as talented Daily Show Correspondent/Comedian/It Girl Jessica Williams dressed down “The Billfold” writer Esther Bloom for her recklessly-delivered reactions to Williams’ admission that she doesn’t feel qualified to host the soon-to-be vacated The Daily Show. @shorterstory @TheBillfold Because you have personally decided, that I DON’T know myself- as a WOMAN you are saying that I need to lean in. Hip-Hop Sampling - Copyright Criminals. #HistoricPOC Is the Powerful Illustration of Black History Month Everyone Needs to See. A new viral hashtag is shattering stereotypes about the way many Americans view Black History Month.

#HistoricPOC, founded by #solidarityisforwhitewomen hashtag creator Mikki Kendall, has taken social media by storm this week. She created a platform to showcase the diversity of multiculturalism and race throughout America's history and prove that there is so much more for us to learn. Understanding the power of the photograph, Kendall's goal in creating the hashtag was to try to dismantle the singular narrative of American history pervasive throughout both the media and the education system.

What the "Lumbersexual" Trend Really Says About Men in Society Today. Officially coined only a few months ago by blogs like Gear Junkie, America's latest incarnation of masculinity, the lumbersexual, is fundamentally a bearded hipster with a penchant for plaid, tattoos and cold brew — both coffee and beer. Quickly sensationalized by countless media sites, from Gawker and BuzzFeed to Cosmo and Time, the lumbersexual actually says a lot about the state of masculinity in the 21st century. In fact, one might just wonder if this new cultural identity signifies a crisis in masculinity.

This emergent male archetype, with its echoes of a rugged albeit bygone era, parodies aspects of heterosexual masculinity in extreme and even ridiculous ways, suggesting that the most celebrated manly characteristics are struggling to find a place in the 21st century. Demographic analysis for "seriously" How Racism Created America's Chinatowns. Cool at 13, Adrift at 23. 27 Badass Images Of Women Winning And Exercising The Right To Vote. Watch a woman perform Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies” as a dramatic monologue. Liz Obert: Dualities looks at the hidden and visible worlds of people living with mental illness (PHOTOS).

Woman Endures Endless Catcalls During 10 Hour Walk In NYC: Gothamist. Teacher spends two days as a student and is shocked at what she learns. If you’re lucky enough to earn a living from your art, you’re probably white. The paints might be colorful, but the professionals, generally speaking, are not. (Wally Santana/AP Photo) The thing about racial diversity among working artists in America is that it pretty much doesn't exist. Nearly four out of every five people who make a living in the arts in this country are white, according to an analysis of 2012 Census Bureau data by BFAMFAPhD, a collective of artists dedicated to understanding the rising cost of artistry. The study, which surveyed more than 1.4 million people whose primary earnings come from working as an artist, represents a broad population of creative types in the country, and reveals a number of troubling truths.

The lack of diversity is, for instance, even more pronounced for those with art school degrees — more than 80 percent of people with undergraduate art school degrees are white, according to the analysis. The racial gap among artists in America isn't, of course, a question of desire, talent, or ability. “Hashtag Activism” Whites riot over pumpkins in NH and Twitter turns it into epic lesson about Ferguson. Police were forced to descend on Keene, New Hampshire Saturday night after students and outside agitators turned the city’s 24th annual Pumpkin Festival into “a destination for destructive and raucous behavior.”

Those words — spoken by Keene State College President Anne Huot to CNN — only begin to describe the scene, which led to dozens of arrests and hospitalizations. The only guide to Gamergate you will ever need to read. Anita Sarkeesian, the feminist writer and media critic who has been attacked in “Gamergate.” The Literary United States: A Map of the Best Book for Every State. City ends reserved soccer at Mission Playground after Dropbox flap. Addicting Info – Rich Guys Try To Kick Poor Kids Off Their Own Playing Field, Get A Life Lesson Instead (VIDEO) The Transformation of Justin Bieber From a White Youth to a Black Man  Why so many kids can’t sit still in school today. Nerd culture is destroying Silicon Valley - Quartz.

The right — and surprisingly wrong — ways to get kids to sit still in class. Dress Code: November 4th, 2013. Teacher Resource: Re-thinking Fast Fashion Lesson Plan. Whiteness Project. GUYS READ. The Persistence of Mass Incarceration. The Poorest Corner Of Town. The Front Lines of Ferguson « Alternate names for black boys by Danez Smith.

Can of Worms (#1353) What kind of prison might the inmates design? - LA Times. J. Cole - Be Free. Melissa Harris-Perry's Searing Tribute To Black Men Killed By Police. Silicon Valley Tech Entrepreneurs: Behind the Stereotype. WIRED September 2014: Of Philosophers and Pioneers. Throwback Thursday: “Revolution” by Nina Simone. M.colorlines.com/archives/2014/08/artists_on_ferguson.html. Brioxy. Started from the Bottom. What Do We Teach When Kids Are Dying? #MichaelBrown. 50 Books Every Black Teen Should Read. Which Picture Would They Use? #IfTheyGunnedMeDown. America Is Not For Black People. Things To Stop Being Distracted By When A Black Person Gets Murdered By Police.

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Myrrhdomingo.com. The Burning House. Historical Timeline of Public Education in the US. New York City teachers' strike of 1968. "The Human Voice" from StoryCorps. A Black Girl’s Encounter With The Prison Industrial Complex. Cards Against Harassment. James Baldwin Debates William F. Buckley (1965) 2Pac In Police Station 1995 (Police Camera) (2PacLegacy.Net) Suggested Best Practices for Supporting Trans* Students. A love letter to strong women. Ta-Nehisi Coates and the boundaries of legitimate debate.

My First Year. Voices from the Days of Slavery - Faces and Voices from the Presentation (American Memory from the Library of Congress) How The Asians Did Not Become White. Chronicling Stankonia. The Case for Reparations. Millennials, racism, and MTV poll: Young people are confused about bias, prejudice, and racism.

Are You Still a Slave? on Livestream. From Brooklyn to Bo-Kaap - Rolling Stone South Africa. Angela Davis & Toni Morrison / How do we become whole ... after traumas that threaten to splinter our souls?: On literacy, libraries, & liberation » onlineJournal. Study: Stereotypes Drive Perceptions Of Race : Code Switch. Judith Butler. A Politics of the Street. A South African’s guide to when it’s okay to call Nelson Mandela ‘Madiba’ Brotherhood, Pictures And Life With Cerebral Palsy : The Picture Show. The Other Side of Immigration. TEDxAldeburgh - Akala - Hip-Hop & Shakespeare? Home Is Where the Hatred Is. ABEC Friday Oct. 11, Dr. Iva E. Carruthers and Sista Dr. Geneva Smitherman.

John Oliver Uses Puppets To Explain Prison System Is 'A Lot Racist' (VIDEO)