Polenta Versus Grits: What’s the Difference? | The Kitchn

Both polenta and grits are made from stone-ground cornmeal, dried corn that’s ground down into smaller, coarse bits. So how do the two differ? Some people think the difference lies in geography: the Italian version is known as polenta whereas the Southern version is known as grits. Others think that polenta is made with yellow corn while grits are always made with white corn. Lucky for all of us, NPR ran a piece as part of their Kitchen Window series that clears it all up.

via Polenta Versus Grits: What’s the Difference? | The Kitchn.

I was curious about the difference between polenta and grits after a debate that sprouted up on Twitter (don’t ask), so I Googled and found this.

And now I want to try some savory polenta and grits recipes.


REVOLT | Kendrick Lamar Shut Out Of Grammys

Hip-hop is a culture that was born from marginalized Black and Hispanic communities, and rappers from those marginalized communities fought and protested for hip-hop awards to be included in the Grammys’ televised portion. There wasn’t even a Grammy award for Best Rap Album until 1996. This is the lineage Kendrick, not Macklemore, descends from. Macklemore admitted via instagram that Kendrick’s album was better, but how much does that help quell the anger of fans who have seen Black artists, and specifically hip-hop artists, snubbed one too many times?

via REVOLT | Kendrick Lamar Shut Out Of Grammys.



I Accidentally Catfished Someone In Grand Theft Auto Last Night – On The Media

People react to women, even fake women, in online video games. Computer-controlled characters will try to flirt with me. Characters controlled by actual people tend to be kind of hateful. “That bitch just stole my Elegy FX.” “Oh shit, even the fuckin’ Silver Woman has more kills than you, man.”

via I Accidentally Catfished Someone In Grand Theft Auto Last Night – On The Media.

I can attest to the sentiments expressed in this article being true. I have what I refer to as a GTA boyfriend, and it’s not because I am at all interested in pursuing a real-life romance with him, but rather because ever since we have started playing GTA Online together, he kills any other man who attempts to get near me.


Black Twitter: A virtual community ready to hashtag out a response to cultural issues – The Washington Post

Black Twitter is part cultural force, cudgel, entertainment and refuge. It is its own society within Twitter, replete with inside jokes, slang and rules, centered on the interests of young blacks online — almost a quarter of all black Internet users are on Twitter.

There’s no password. The only entry fee is knowledge. If you’ve spent time steeped in black culture, whether at a historically black college or university or in the company of friends or family, you will probably understand the references on Black Twitter.

via Black Twitter: A virtual community ready to hashtag out a response to cultural issues – The Washington Post.


One of the most respected and prolific scholars on the subject of love, Yale psychology and education professor Robert J. Sternberg, has acknowledged that no single definition describes love throughout the ages or across cultures. Although philosophers, theologians, and poets have investigated the nature of love for centuries, love research as a scientific field is relatively new in the wider array of disciplines that now investigate love — social and behavioral psychology, sociology, cultural anthropology, human communication, women’s studies, men’s studies, family studies, evolutionary biology, and mass communication. For these experts as well as for the general public, love means different things to different people at different historical periods and in different cultures.



Metro breaks ground on $2-billion Crenshaw light-rail line –

The Crenshaw Line will include a station at Leimert Park, hailed as South L.A.’s answer to Gold Line stations in Chinatown, Little Tokyo and Mariachi Plaza.

The plan originally didn’t have a Leimert Park station, and it took a two-year fight by community members to get it approved.

The connectivity the light rail will bring could change the future of Leimert Park Village, considered the hub of African American business and culture in Southern California, residents said. The neighborhood’s main street is lined with shops and cafes, as well as one of the last black-centric bookstores in the region.

via Metro breaks ground on $2-billion Crenshaw light-rail line –

I passed the ground-breaking this morning on my way in to work. Earlez, Yum Yum and Conroys are gone. The face of Crenshaw and Rodeo looks completely different. Onward and upward, I guess.

The first session of the course has me wanting to begin extended research

Whether we like to admit it or not, the mass media are powerful socialization agents that rely on simplification, distortions of reality, and dramatic symbols and stereotypes to communicate messages from which consumers learn and model many behaviors — both healthy and unhealthy.

– Mary-Lou Galician, “Dis-illusioning” as Discovery: The Research Basis and Media Literacy Applications of Dr. FUN’s Mass Media Love Quiz and Dr. Galician’s Prescriptions” – Critical Thinking About Sex, Love, and Romance in the Mass Media: Media Literacy Applications (Routledge Communication Series)

Dr. Galician contends that “it is important to study the consequences of the media’s dissemination of unrealistic but normalized portrayals and of the public’s adoption of these portrayals as models.”

Moreover, unrealistic expectations are linked to dissatisfaction in actual coupleship. Unrealistic expectations and stereotypes are held by large numbers of women and men. The societal and personal costs of such dysfunctions are enormous, including not merely unhappiness but also serious emotional harm and physical harm from depression, abuse, and violence.


I agree with Dr. Galician’s theory that unrealistic, mythic and stereotypic portrayals of sex, love, and romance adverseley affect males to the same degree as they affect females. The very basic stereotypes of male and female archetypes are prevalent in all forms of media, including the type I am most active in, social media. I come across images, statements, and observations daily that I take issue with. The battle of the sexes rages daily on social networks like Twitter and Facebook.

Have I mentioned how excited I am about the content of this course?  I am not sure if we will be covering all the chapters in Critical Thinking, but if we don’t, I know I will be reading them on my own. This book has chapters examining Zora Neale Hurston, Maid in Manhattan, Golden Girls, The Sopranos, The Bachelor, reality television shows, and Valentine’s Day, all in the context of how they portray sex, love and romance.

“Your problem is that you’re looking for a knight-in-shining-armor, but no man in his right man would consider you a damsel-in-distress.”

– from Dr. FUN’s video presentation “What Men & Women Want” (a private video unfortunately, or I’d link it)

Dr Watts, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, said: “People down the ages have always tried to capture and pigeonhole love. The evidence suggests, however, that love is historically and culturally variable. There is no one true or definitive account of love, rather there are a limited and interconnected variety of love stories at work in any particular culture. It’s okay for love to differ across relationships and to change its character with the passage of time – it’s equally acceptable for us to change our views of love as we go along.”

– Nottingham Trent University, Love is…

According to the Nottingham study, I have previously believed in the following types of love: Mutual Trust, Recognition and Support; Hedonistic Love; and Love as Ultimate Connection and Profound Feeling.



Daily Kos: Most of you have no idea what Martin Luther King actually did

What most people who reference Dr. King seem not to know is how Dr. King actually changed the subjective experience of life in the United States for African Americans. And yeah, I said for African Americans, not for Americans, because his main impact was his effect on the lives of African Americans, not on Americans in general. His main impact was not to make white people nicer or fairer. That’s why some of us who are African Americans get a bit possessive about his legacy. Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy, despite what our civil religion tells us, is not color blind.

via Daily Kos: Most of you have no idea what Martin Luther King actually did.


King has trademarked the word CANDY (and you’re probably infringing) | Gamezebo

When you have an intellectual property – especially one that’s worth millions of dollars – you want to protect it. But can such protections ever go too far? That’s the question a lot of industry watchers are asking this morning, as developers far and wide whose games include the word ‘candy’ are getting emails from Apple on behalf of King, the makers of Candy Crush Saga.

In a filing with the US trademark office dated February 6, 2013, Limited registered claim to the word ‘candy’ as it pertains to video games and, strangely, clothing. On January 15, 2014 the filing was approved. And now, a mere five days later, reports are coming in from developers that they’re being asked to remove their app (or prove that their game doesn’t infringe upon the trademark).

via King has trademarked the word CANDY (and you’re probably infringing) | Gamezebo.