Mandatory readings




I am not talking about the violence that happens to people who are not black. Of course, due to the richness of the Anti-Darkness, it doesn’t just affect black people, it affects everyone in the world, even those who benefit from it. And, I always write specifically about black people because they are my people, and because it is they who are at the heart of this violence.

I don’t like the term fatphobia. I think the way it has been used, since its popularization, has been very bastard. I think people use the word fatphobia and it trivializes all the weight of anti-fat violence. A lot of times you’ll hear fatphobia related to someone not being able to get into a club or something like that. All of those interpersonal things matter, sure, but anti-fat violence isn’t just your take that doesn’t give you extra weed or whatever. It’s a real, violent thing that has a very, very long history and permeates every part of our world.

I think anti-pregnancy kind of gets to the point – in a very similar way to anti-blackness – more than just talking about racism and fatphobia. When I think of those two words I think a lot about liberalism and how liberalism bastards language and removes all contexts and meanings from the language we use.

Born on an RAF base to Barbadian immigrant parents in 1963, June and Jennifer, the third and fourth of what would eventually be five children, were noticeably different from their peers almost from birth. Infants fought to be breastfed simultaneously. When they entered school in a Welsh village at age four they were reluctant, but by age eight, although they were reading and writing proficiently, they had simply stopped talking – to their teachers, to their classmates. class and even their parents, beyond a few non-verbal noises. and monosyllabic answers to routine questions.

Shyness, writes journalist Marjorie Wallace in her definitive book The silent twins, became the “charitable explanation” for their silence, although many sensed that something more sinister was going on. The most common theory was that Jennifer, the youngest by ten minutes and widely considered to be the least intelligent, was in control of her sister. “Jennifer was arresting June,” a therapist who treated the girls told Wallace. “I watched and could barely detect the slightest movement of my eyes, but I know she was stopping June.” One teacher even went so far as to call Jennifer “bad”. June and Jennifer were talking to each other in what sounded like quick gibberish, but they would even stop that if someone else entered the room. Eventually, an elective mutism specialist determined, after slowing down the audio recordings she made of their speech, that the twins spoke normal English but so quickly that it was unrecognizable to the average listener.

It is not uncommon for twins to develop their own language; rarely do they become as fiercely codependent as the Gibbons girls. They moved in languid tandem. The only physical activity they seemed to enjoy with ease was horseback riding, but if one fell, the other immediately followed suit. When bullied – which they probably would have been, as the only black kids in town, even if they hadn’t behaved so oddly – they huddled together with their arms on the shoulders, as if to erect a small fortress for two. An attempt at the special high school they were attending to separate them went disastrously: June, who was temporarily transferred to a mental hospital while her sister stayed at home, stopped eating and moving, even for wipe away the constant stream of tears that flowed over her. face.

A graceful Streamline Moderne designed by AC Martin and Samuel Marx and completed in 1939, the May Co. building was dubbed “the store of tomorrow” when it opened, casually marking the west gate of the Miracle Mile. Its main architectural element was a gleaming, multi-storey cylinder at its corner covered with gold leaf mosaic tiles, a shape that has been compared to a perfume bottle.

After May Co. closed the store in the 1990s, the building languished. But the team at Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Piano’s namesake architecture studio, gave new life to this beautiful structure. In combination with Geffen’s brash new theater, the architect redesigned the western edge of a multi-block cultural complex that also includes the La Brea Tar Pits & Museum, as well as the LACMA where he designed two other buildings: the Broad Contemporary Art Museum and the Resnick Pavilion.

This is not a trivial renovation and expansion.

Shakespeare’s Richard III arrived on a New York stage 200 years ago this month. This king stood before a black audience. And he was played by a black man.

He was the star of a production of the African Theater, widely regarded as America’s first black theater. The company’s lifespan was short – only two or three years – but its founder, performers, and heritage changed American drama.

The history of African theater reflects many conversations that still take place today around race and art form. How can black producers and artists get the support and resources they need to tell their stories? What does an exclusively black space look like?

Forgive my cynicism, but it is difficult to reconcile the dismay expressed by this incident by Harris and Mayorkas, both children of immigrants, with their past actions. In June, Harris traveled to Guatemala, where she laconically told Central Americans not to come to the United States. A month later, Mayorkas did exactly the same in Miami, issuing his warning to Cubans and Haitians considering sailing to Florida.

The United States government has been dealing with mass deportation for over a quarter of a century.

The hopeful ending is in keeping with Nas’ vision – it’s the same guy who supercut his videos garishly like the Marvel movies, after all. Yet even with occasional missteps, the album holds the promise of a new kind of pop star: an out-of-the-ordinary black rapper and singer who combines his omnivorous and genre music, outspoken lyrics, and social media knowledge. to triumph in an industry that threatened its authenticity from the jump. His music is always radio primed to work well alongside Olivia Rodrigo’s pop-punk or Doja’s earworm rap, but he uses both his music and his fame to explicitly carve out a unique space for himself. for queer people who feel as lonely as him growing up and emphatically insisting on a brighter future. With MONTERO, he is already building it for them.

Forty years later, in terms of purchasing power parity, China has almost caught up with Russian GDP per capita. This is true whether we are looking at the bottom half or the top fraction of the income distribution. Multiplied by its giant population, China’s GDP is now more than nine times that of Russia. Russia retains its powerful nuclear arsenal and is among the top three exporters of fossil fuels. But as a world power, it is now completely eclipsed by China. In the 1950s, it was aid from the Soviet Union that supported China during the Korean War and propelled Maoist industrialization. Today, it is Russia which regards China, both as its strategic and economic support.

What explains this shocking reversal of fortunes? China’s rise and Russia’s decade of humiliation both took place against the backdrop of the unipolar moment and the Washington Consensus. Neoliberal ideas were hegemonic. Western economists oversaw the disaster in Russia. In Russia and Eastern Europe, shock therapy – global and sudden price liberalization (also known as the Big Bang); fiscal austerity to consolidate budgets and reduce aggregate demand; and privatization – has become synonymous with the cruel recklessness of the market economy.

China, on the other hand, has benefited from globalization but has retained a high degree of autonomy in economic policy. It went much better. How did China escape? Why did the Soviet bloc succumb?

  • Katrina vanden Heuvel explains why we must break down the military-industrial complex that President Eisenhower warned us against:

And Pentagon officials regularly quit their government positions to sit on boards of directors or lobby on behalf of – you guessed it – defense contractors. A recent Government Accountability Office report found that between 2014 and 2019, 1,718 former senior defense ministry officials and procurement officials went to work for many of the country’s largest defense contractors. Generals have made their fortunes joining corporate boards to use their experience in leading a conflict that has spanned 20 years, cost taxpayers billions of dollars and claimed 176,000 lives. people – to fail in its main purpose. As columnist Eric Alterman writes, the question of who won the war on terror has a clear answer: “the ex-generals and admirals and other defense contractors who made millions out of it.”

The result is that decisions about whether or not to engage in military conflicts are shaped by people who have a vested interest in perpetuating those conflicts. The media regularly invite former military and public officials to comment on US defense policies, without revealing their financial interests in those policies. In just 10 days in August, retired General Jack Keane appeared 16 times on Fox News; Retired General Barry McCaffrey has appeared 13 times on MSNBC; and retired Army General David H. Petraeus has appeared six times on MSNBC, CNN and Fox News. Keane chairs a manufacturer of military vehicles, McCaffrey has a long history of not disclosing conflicts of interest, and Petraeus sits on the boards of two companies with defense interests.

The required reading is posted every Thursday afternoon and includes a short list of art-related links to long-form articles, videos, blog posts, or photo essays that are worth a second look.

Jenkins’ new short, the centerpiece of a MoMI exhibition on The Underground Railroad, uses his signature techniques to confront the viewer.


The new documentary Bob Ross: happy accidents, betrayal and greed draws the curtain to expose the realities of Bob Ross, Inc. but does it go far enough?


You don’t need a train ticket to see the five Bradford glass mosaic murals at the L train 1 Avenue stop.



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