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Month: October 2013

on “Acquiring Empathy through Essays”

But I do think we’d be better off if we heeded the essayist’s reminder that we can find common ground with other people, if we look hard enough. Michele de Montaigne, the 16th century writer and philosopher who gave this form its name, observed that “Every man has within himself the entirety of the human condition.” Read an essay by the likes of Ira Sukrungruang, Eula Biss, Gayle Pemberton, or Jill Talbott every day or two, and you’ll find that idea easy to remember. If you’re anything like me, you might wind up becoming a more patient and compassionate person as a result.

via Acquiring Empathy through Essays.

This reading came to me at a time when I am at the beginning of a what I plan to be a long journey into personal essay writing.  It resonates with me because I am of the belief that there is not just one human history; there are billions. Each individual person has their own version of the events that transpire throughout a lifetime. I think it is vitally important to our sociocultural anthropology that we preserve as many of these stories as possible, and I plan to do my part by sharing mine.

The cultural crater of 12 Years a Slave on Grantland by @Wesley_Morris

I watched the joyless look on all those black faces and the amusement on the faces of their white owners, and I thought about last August 25. I thought of the handful of black burlesque dancers who jiggled and bounced in animal costumes for Miley Cyrus at the MTV Video Music Awards. Cyrus couldnt have known the uncomfortable history she had reached into, what it means for black people to perform this sexually, this anonymously for a white woman, but there she was traipsing, like Mrs. Epps, among her fine beasts, performing an otherwise good song whose title normally refers to a nonstop party but also encompasses a depressing legacy of ownership: “We Cant Stop.”

via The cultural crater of 12 Years a Slave – Grantland.

I am in the process of putting my thoughts about this movie together. I originally had said I wasn’t going to see it, but I was convinced by my parents to do so, and now I am glad that I did.

Everyone should read this piece whether they have seen the film or not.

What’s in a name?

My name is Monique Judge.

My mother said she was going to name me Tiffany Janine. I don’t think Tiffany is a bad name; my best friend is a Tiffanny, and she is one of the most awesome people I know, so if we ended up having homophonic names, that probably would have made us cooler as friends. People could refer to us as the Tiffannies, and we’d be these awesome superheroes with fabulous wardrobes and lots and lots of purses.

Alas, my mother instead played ghetto bingo and picked my name out of a bag that her coworkers had put suggestions in. All throughout elementary school, I was one of two girls named Monique in my class. Annoying.

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Dear Eminem: I just yelled in my apartment after hearing Rap God for the first time

Lyrics coming at you at supersonic speed, (JJ Fad)

Uh, sama lamaa duma lamaa you assuming I’m a human

What I gotta do to get it through to you I’m superhuman

Innovative and I’m made of rubber

So that anything you say is ricocheting off of me and it’ll glue to you

I’m devastating, more than ever demonstrating

How to give a motherfuckin’ audience a feeling like it’s levitating

Never fading, and I know that the haters are forever waiting

For the day that they can say I fell off, they’d be celebrating

via Eminem – Rap God Lyrics | Rap Genius.

 

I love you, Slim Shady.

My latest article in today’s PV News – Teen raises awareness of diabetes

Being a teenager in today’s world is hard work. There are grades to worry about, college decisions to make, activities to participate in and work experience to gain, all while maintaining the social activities that come along in high school.Like most teenagers, 16-year-old Peninsula High School junior Ben Meyers is navigating the adolescence ocean one day at a time, with one added obstacle — in 2005, Ben was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.“I lead a normal life and try not to let the diabetes get in the way,” Ben said.

via Teen raises awareness of diabetes – Palos Verdes Peninsula News : News.

The Messy Link Between Slave Owners And Modern Management – Forbes

This led owners to experiment with ways of increasing the pace of labor, Rosenthal explains, such as holding contests with small cash prizes for those who picked the most cotton, and then requiring the winners to pick that much cotton from there on out. Slave narratives describe how others used the data to calculate punishment, meting out whippings according to how many pounds each picker fell short.Similar incentive plans reappeared in early twentieth-century factories, with managers dangling the promise of cash rewards if their workers reached certain production levels.

via The Messy Link Between Slave Owners And Modern Management – Forbes.

“7 Ways to Eat Good on a Hood Budget” by Stic of Dead Prez | Plant Based on a Budget

In the hood, in all honesty, We spend a gang of money on cable, hair dos, sneakers, weed, parties expensive bottles of alcohol,video games, big screen tvs, rims, jewelry, strip club tricking, trendy name brand clothes, car accessories, headphones, cigarettes all kinds of overpriced things. But when it comes to our health, we often skimp and look for the cheapest food we can find.

But in our best interest, We have to value our health above all these other things, and make eating healthy a priority in terms of how we spend the resources we have. Makes no sense to be fronting like a rich person on the outside ,but in reality, in poor health on the inside, right? But it’s easy for any of us to make excuses without looking at at a budget, so that’s where budgeting comes in handy.

Budgets help us see where our money is really going not where we feel like its going. Budgeting is also a master ingredient to financial stability in general, so not only will it help identify funds that can be used toward more healthful food choices; its an essential tool to manage our financial responsibilities better in general. Usually when we make a budget we can see plenty of stuff we can do without to make room for healthier eating choices. You may say “shoot, I dont make enough money to budget it!” lol, but you don’t have to make a lot of money to benefit from budgeting. Budgeting helps what ever we make stretch farther and get more of what we truly value out of what we have. When we values ourselves more than our things we make healthier choices. Budget, prioritize and prosper.

via “7 Ways to Eat Good on a Hood Budget” by Stic of Dead Prez | Plant Based on a Budget.

What’s affected by a government shutdown? Government Shutdown | USA.gov via @Kenya

I wasn’t sure about this myself, so hat tip to Kenya for this link.

 

Government Shutdown | USA.gov

Striking Photos Will Change The Way You See The Average American (found via @MissZindzi)

What does the average American look like? As time goes on, the answer to that question is becoming more and more complicated.

The country is living up to its melting pot reputation as American faces become less homogenous and more diverse, a phenomenon that renowned photographer and portrait artist Martin Schoeller captured for the October 125th anniversary issue of National Geographic magazine.

The images, which are coupled with the individual’s “self ID” and the box he or she checked to indicate race as specified on the 2000 and 2010 census, are a striking reminder of Americans’ complex cultural and racial origins.

via Striking Photos Will Change The Way You See The Average American.

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