Friday’s Looks, Listens, and Reads (03.14.14)

Friday’s Listens, Looks, and Reads will be published either weekly or bi-weekly most Friday mornings, with articles, essays, videos, and sites that are about the Black experience (which is diverse) for you to check out.

**If you have enjoyed the articles listed, comment below! If you have an suggestion for an article you have read and like to share with us, please email us!**

Articles, Op-Eds, and Essays:

An article from The Atlantic on how Academy-Award winner Lupita Nyong’o has come into her own stardom. Excerpt: “Nyong’o adds a complication though; she notes in her speech that “you can’t rely on how you look to sustain you,” and that instead “What is fundamentally beautiful is compassion for yourself and for those around you.” She hopes that her surface will help girls like her “get to the deeper business of being beautiful inside.” But if she seems to reject fashion as simply surface, her own performance on the red carpet is, through her speech, figured as both a performance of outer glamour and an act of compassion for her sisters. She invites their gaze to show them they are worthy of love and attention, too. ”

Another article from The Atlantic on the racist backlash that occurred when Michael B. Jordan was announced to play the Human Torch in a new film adaptation of The Fabulous Four. Excerpt: “You could argue that racial difference is more noticeable, or different in kind, than plot-driven death or blue fur or zombiefication. But then, how account for the fact that in the comics characters like Iron Man, Spider-Man, and Green Lantern have, at various times, been black?”

An interview with author Jessica Gordon Nembard from Colorlines on how co-ops, such as consumer-owned grocery stores, produce foot soldiers for the civil rights movement. Excerpt: “Cooperatives take many forms, from housing co-ops to consumer-owned groceries to worker-owned pig farming. There is no individual ownership. Rather, everyone is in it together and owns together. There’re usually rules about how the money can be used and all members participate in regular study groups. That fosters democratic participation both in the co-op and the community. [And by the way,] those same people who formed that burial society later went on to found the African Methodist Episcopal church.”

An op-ed from The Root on a young African-American woman’s personal account dealing with bipolar disorder this past year. Excerpt: “Recovery is like waking up from a coma with amnesia and relearning yourself. Bipolar disorder— BPD, as I call it now—hides your authentic self somewhere deep inside your mind. I’m looking for old Diamond—pre-onset Diamond. If anyone has seen her, tell her I’m looking for her.”

An article from The Wire on the results from a recent study determining how many people do not see black children as innocent and older than their chronological ages. Excerpt: “The study, published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, aimed at figuring out the extent to which black children were likely to be treated differently than their white peers solely based on race. More specifically, the authors wanted to figure out the extent to which black kids were dehumanized. “Children in most societies are considered to be in a distinct group with characteristics such as innocence and the need for protection,” author Phillip Atiba Goff of UCLA told the American Psychological Association. “Our research found that black boys can be seen as responsible for their actions at an age when white boys still benefit from the assumption that children are essentially innocent.””

An in-depth interview with Melissa Harris-Perry from ThinkProgress on her thoughts on motherhood in America. Excerpt: “Too often when we have the “working moms” conversation it becomes about mid-level workers in large companies who need flex time and on-site childcare. Those are meaningful workplace policies that greatly facilitate the working lives of thousands of women, but they are also aimed at a rather narrow segment of working moms. The policy agenda I suggested here is not always discussed in terms of moms and their labor force participation, but the effects of implementation would be staggering for reducing poverty and improving quality of life for many working parents.”



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