Most Popular | November

10 Most Popular Posts This Past Month:

  1. #IranDeal Chiron

  2. Ode To Chicken Lyrics

  3. Cab Ride NYC

  4. Apollo 11 Flight Dynamics [Infographic]

  5. #ARTweLIKE: Antonio Mora

  6. GoT: More Memes from Season 5

  7. RIP: Edwige Belmore

  8. Sleep to Perform by Joel Kinnaman

  9. Three Routes to Healing

  10. Game of Thrones:  Just 5 left

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How Chicago newsrooms decided how to handle the Laquan McDonald video

Though the footage was less graphic than she anticipated, the station chose to air the video only up to the first shot.

“We just wanted to be sensitive,” Arvesu said. “You really didn’t need to see the shots when he was down on the ground to see the gravity of it.”

The station did publish the entire video online, however. “The internet has a different set of standards,” Arvesu said. “You go deliberately and click on something. You signed up for it. Sometimes on TV you don’t get to make that decision consciously.”

via How Chicago newsrooms decided how to handle the Laquan McDonald video | Columbia Journalism Review


A poem from your Ex Girlfriend to the new love of your life

Photography by R J Poole


If you tell her I was an old friend, she will only hear
half of what you say. She will recall how you looked at places
with a tinge of regret and a shade of nostalgia. She will remember
how you skipped a certain song ― a reminder of something you’ll find an excuse
not to tell her every time the car radio is on.

Read the whole poem by A. A. Dizon at the link below:

via A Poem from your exgirlfriend... | Artparasites


Rest in Glory: Cynthia Robinson

All The Squares Go Home. Goodbye to Cynthia Robinson. Music's original "hypeman" 20 years before Public Enemy pioneered the "Vice President" position. But she wasn't just a screaming cheerleading foil to Sly & Freddie's gospel vocals. She was a KICK ASS trumpet player. A crucial intricate part of Sly Stone's utopian vision of MLK's America: Sly & The Family Stone were brothers & cousins. friends & enemies. black & white. male & female. saint & sinner. common man & superheroes. guarded & vulnerable. poets & punks. hip & square. She was so cool to us the day we opened up for #SlyAndTheFamilyStone she never ever lost a step or a beat. Even when we weren't so sure if Sly was coming or going during that "comeback" tour (he'd play 20 mins, come onstage and cameo w em for 2 songs, leave, watch them then come back 30 mins later) Cynthia Robinson held that band down. Until her passing The Family Stone was one of the last few #RRHOF groups from the 60s in which ALL original members were still present & accounted for. part of me held hope that #LarryGraham would bury the hatchet & return to the fold just one more time (could you imagine HOW powerful a Sly #GCS combo coulda been? Even if Sly pulled that 6 song ish you know and I know #Prince would be in the wings as pinch hitter and we'd all be the more wiser for it. Cynthia's role in music history isn't celebrated enough. Her & sister Rose weren't just pretty accessories there to "coo" & "shoo wop shoo bob" while the boys got the glory. Naw. They took names and kicked ass while you were dancing in the aisle. Much respect to amazing #CynthiaRobinson

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EMERSON: Subjective Histories

All history becomes subjective; in other words, there is properly no history; only biography. Every mind must know the whole lesson for itself, — must go over the whole ground. What it does not see, what it does not live, it will not know.


— Ralph Waldo Emerson

History From Essays: First Series, 1841

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If Famous Artists Plated Thanksgiving Dinner: 

Hannah Rothstein

Pablo Picasso

In this fun series of photos titled Thanksgiving Special, San Francisco-based artist Hannah Rothstein imagines Thanksgiving dinners as plated by famous artists throughout history. Gravy, corn, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce, and even the plate itself is used as a medium for edible artworks in the style of Jackson Pollock, Cindy Sherman, Georges Seurat, and Vincent van Gogh. To see all 10 artworks head over to Rothstein’s website. Prints of the artistic plates are available, and Rothstein is donating 10% of the profits to the SF-Marin Food Bank. Continue reading

Afroculinaria: Bourdain’s Charleston Episode

Enter the debate on cultural appropriation and culinary justice. It’s not the import of the meaning of  white and black but rather power and opportunity that are at stake.  We are not here to assign guilt, lay blame or encourage shame. Simply put, it is not sustainable to pretend that the reality of food and illusion of race are not intertwined in American life.

via Food historian says Bourdain dodged important issues in Charleston show | Afroculinaria

+Note: Great article & further comments from Food Historian Micheal Twitty (@koshersoul) after a tweet storm yesterday & a featured write-up in the Post CourierYou can also follow him on Facebook.