Black and Japanese
It was my time to enter the arranged marriage hunt. Now that I was 19, and soon turning 20, I needed to get hitched or at least engaged before my pickings dwindled to creepy, bald, old men. I was fine with an arranged marriage. I had seen hundreds of successful ones and being the good Muslim girl my parents raised me to be, there was no other way. I had my own list of demands, though. I wanted someone educated and between three and five years older than me. I didn’t want more than two children and would not get married until I received my JD. He would be solely in charge of supporting me and the family, as I only wanted to do pro-bono human rights work. In return, I would raise his kids, be a good wife, and never soil his name. I didn’t care what he looked like, but he had to be a practicing Muslim who valued his faith. Let the search begin. — Sarah Hassan
…the same few companies that command virtually every airwave on the radio and television also nominate artists for the Grammys, and then use the awards to increase specific artists’ sales. That’s not unreasonable, of course. Business is business. But, just as simply, music is music, and it shouldn’t be reduced for easy sales. More than ever, it’s obvious that the Grammy Awards could benefit from a pair—or a few hundred million pairs—of fresh eyes. — Micah Smith
…billed as a rom-com when in fact it’s a thoughtful…glimpse into the sad consequences of self-repression—with some moments of humor.
Rocky and I chillin
Oprah: “Just finished GREAT convo with @KevinHart4real. Like him even more! #OprahPrime” (http://instagram.com/p/lVtdbmSS_0/)
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Due to my bearded look, the filmmakers cast me as an overseer in two scenes, shattering me out of my comfort zone. Surrounded by production-placed cotton and sugarcane, they gave me a prop whip and directed me to snarl, grunt and shove at extras playing slaves. Racial slurs were plentiful to ensure realism. Everyone participating knew what they had signed up for… — actor Jordan Sudduth, of 12 Years a Slave
A “Jeopardy” answer might be: “He was the most famous civil rights activist not to attend the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.” The correct question to that answer is “Who was Stokely Carmichael?” Another such answer might be: “He invented the slogan ‘Black Power’ and married famed South African singer Miriam Makeba.” The question again is “Who was Stokely Carmichael?”
Hye Park by Kim Bosung for Vogue Korea Dec 2013
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…Jonestown’s children have become but a blip. In “Children of Paradise,” Fred D’Aguiar seeks to reanimate them, fleshing out a group of imagined Jonestown children in a way only fiction can.
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