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“I’m starting to understand the real failings of multi-cultural education growing up in K-12 schools. We gave everyone access to the “fun” parts of culture. Let’s sing the dreidel song! Now we understand the Jewish experience. Let’s talk about segregation. Wasn’t that wrong. Aren’t we glad it’s over? Let’s take turns reading parts of the “I Have a Dream” speech. We had access to the easy stuff without having to really examine the hard stuff. And we were giving easy access to things that aren’t “ours” and shouldn’t be “ours.” So you can’t just pick up the “fun” stuff and put it into your party theme or Facebook pictures. I’m using simple terms like fun because that’s how multiculturalism was given to us as children. And while it may have served a purpose at the time, it gave us too much access to claim things that aren’t ours.
I am a positive person but I get really tired of aggressive optimism. If someone’s sad, let them be sad. All emotions have purpose. Sadness isn’t destructive if not prolonged. Sadness isn’t unproductive, as it offers awareness. Telling someone to “cheer up” or “be happy” is so ineffective and patronizing. The last thing a sad person needs is for someone to judge their feelings as pointless and unappealing. Welcome sadness, just don’t let it consume you.
“Saying people of color are obsessed with race is like saying that someone is obsessed with swimming when they’re drowning.”
Dear White People (2014) dir. Justin Simien
A new religious statue in the town of Davidson, N.C., is unlike anything you might see in church.
The statue depicts Jesus as a vagrant sleeping on a park bench. St. Alban’s Episcopal Church installed the homeless Jesus statue on its property in the middle of an upscale neighborhood filled with well-kept townhomes.
Jesus is huddled under a blanket with his face and hands obscured; only the crucifixion wounds on his uncovered feet give him away.
The reaction was immediate. Some loved it; some didn’t.
"One woman from the neighborhood actually called police the first time she drove by," says David Boraks, editor of DavidsonNews.net. "She thought it was an actual homeless person."
That’s right. Somebody called the cops on Jesus.
And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Since you have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me.
"We live in a society where we kind of want to decide that one woman has to be right and the other has to be wrong. Or that one woman is good and the other woman is bad. And I think, you know, there’s room in this world for more than one fabulously dressed, powerful, smart, sophisticated, complicated woman at the table. There certainly is room for that in our show and I think that’s true in life as well. There doesn’t have to only be one woman. Life is not that limited. There’s not like if Bellamy gets a piece of the pie, I don’t get to have pie. There’s pie for everybody."
I wish more people understood what an achievement and how prestigious a Tony Award is. I wish they knew how extremely TALENTED and amazing all the actors are who step on a stage night after night to share the genius quality of their craft in a play or a musical and stand emotionally naked in front of hundreds of people and their various energies until the curtain drops.
The magic of theater is that there is only one take. One chance to get it right, one chance to deliver, one chance to captivate your audience and draw them into you, to fascinate them, excite them, or tear them apart and make them feel something. Everyone involved in a production works so hard, from the writers who conceived it to the actors who bring their words to life. So for me, THAT is when it is truly an honor to just be nominated for an award because you can look around you and go ‘Wow. Everybody here is a professional. Everybody here has sacrificed and bled and cried and has an undying passion for what they do.’
There’s just something special about being a true thespian, because broadway is where you have to have what ‘it’ takes. The quality of actors there is just incredible, so incredible that it can make an Oscar look like a 3rd grade Perfect Attendance award. Broadway is where the grown ups go to work with other grown ups and thrive in an environment where they are guaranteed a challenge and much respect.
"One fun fact I learned while on the air with Keith Olbermann was that humans on the Internet are scumbags. People say children are cruel, but I was never made fun of as a child or an adult. Suddenly, my disability on the world wide web is fair game. I would look at clips online and see comments like, "Yo, why’s she tweakin?" "Yo, is she retarded?" And my favorite, "Poor Gumby-mouth terrorist. What does she suffer from? We should really pray for her." One commenter even suggested that I add my disability to my credits: screenwriter, comedian, palsy."
Maysoon Zayid on TEDWomen (x)
this is SO IMPORTANT I AM YELLING
I know this is already in my queue but I forgot to add this. If you haven’t watched the video (and you really should) she went to school for theater. She never was given the lead but come her senior year they actually were doing a play where the main character was a woman with palsy.
She tries out and it is given to someone else. They worried she wouldn’t be able to perform some of the stunts required.
food for thought
People keep saying “not all men” but how the hell am I supposed to know which man is different? Do you guys have matching tattoos or something?