Actress Lupita Nyong’o Everyone’s talking about her. You know who I mean … yes, it’s Lupita Nyong’o, who recently won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role in the film: “12 Years a Slave”....more
I'm constantly telling my twins, "look, when you give something away, it's no longer yours. It belongs to the person you gave it to, and you should be happy you were able to make them so happy." Sharing is a big deal in this house, and it's hard. I get it. You don't want to give away what you think is yours. And when I make them share, it's as if this big unfair, stupid hand is forcing them to do what they least want to do. Then they're supposed to be happy about it....more
Blue and I saw 12 Years a Slave as soon as it was released in Atlanta.
The film was stunning.
We dined afterward and talked for hours about the the movie and the myriad topics it inspired: slavery, racism, privilege, wealth, the power of story, literacy, critical literacy and public schooling. We discussed the stories that get told or lost. We noted, with a healthy dose of cynicism, who “history” deems worthy of remembrance.
When they walked in the door, I was struck with how they could seem so small and yet so scary all at once. They got off the van and swaggered in, all attitude and disaffected disdain, hoodies and hats pulled down low over their suspicious eyes. They were everything the movies would portray a gang member to be: young. Black. Male. And allegedly mean.Suddenly my little power point presentation seemed so stupid.I thought, Oh, crap. What did I get myself into?...more
The South Dakota House has passed an anti-abortion bill that's supposed to protect against sex-selective abortions, but based on racial stereotypes about Asian women. Republican supporters of the bill cited the state's growing Asian population (up to a whopping 1.1%, as of the 2012 Census) and their observations while serving overseas in the military as reasons the law is needed.
Ageism is alive and well. It's one of those isms that isn't often talked about unless you are currently within its grasp. Like disease, it plagues those most venerable among us - the young and the old....more
“That workshop is for people of color.” I once got this response to a workshop on racism I had planned, from a white colleague at a national conference. Confession: I’m white, and used to think that way too – that anything specifically about race was targeted to people of color. Until I started to venture into discussions on racism. I quickly learned that talking, and doing something about, racism is, in fact, a white problem. This was mind-bending....more
It’s hard to imagine a comic book could provoke a firestorm of controversy and world-wide media attention, but in November 2013 when Marvel announced the new Ms. Marvel would be Kamala Khan, a sixteen-year-old Pakistani American teenager from Jersey, this is exactly what happened. As a Pakistani American myself, I was both intrigued and concerned by the news. It’s not every day people that look like me are featured in the media in a positive light....more