The Friday Five: May 4, 2018

The Friday Five: May 4, 2018

Boy oh boy.  Things are really slowing down around here.  And by things, I mean me and my big ole belly.  

My mind says, “enjoy this great weather” and “GO FOR A WALK!”  My body says, “SIT!” And “LAY DOWN!”  And “HAVE A TREAT?!”  

Luckily, I’ve got some things forcing me out of bed this weekend.  

How about you?     

How about... Take a minute and check out what our culture is doing?!

1.  First, I’d love your opinions on this great read about “beauty-standard denialism” and movies like I Feel Pretty.   (thanks, Mel!)

2.  And more reads...  Musician and cool person Lucy Dacus (loved this Tiny Desk Concert) shares her summer reading list.  It includes a few of my faves.  

If you haven’t spent time with these two, hurry up, mom!!!!

 Hilarious and vulnerable short stories, buy  here .  

Hilarious and vulnerable short stories, buy here.  

 Great love story with lots of social and political commentary, buy  here . 

Great love story with lots of social and political commentary, buy here

Another mention is Dune, by Frank Herbert.  My husband loved this book and it’s on my list, especially since it was a major subject in my favorite cancelled HBO show, Togetherness (don’t waste any time and start binge-watching pronto).

3.  Another fave show, this time making headlines... The Crown’s Claire Foy, who was paid less than co-“star” Matt Smith for her leading role in the show, gets $274,000 of backpay to even things out a little.  

 Precious little.

Precious little.

Oh and Mark Walhberg is currently the highest paid actor right now. For real.  So, I don’t get anything.

4.  And the confusion continues in Kanye vs. The People.  His recent tweets (#slaverywasachoice, selfie with MAGA hat) and new releases (featuring repeated “poopety-scoop” lyrics) are mighty strange but, in typical “Yeezy” fashion, have the world wondering if we’re the dumb ones. 

 Questlove’s convinced there’s some kinda clever plan.

Questlove’s convinced there’s some kinda clever plan.

 Roxane Gay’s not having any of it.

Roxane Gay’s not having any of it.

5.  Oh, hey, Kanye!  The National Memorial for Peace and Justice opened in Montgomery, Alabama last week.  It is billed as “the nation’s first memorial dedicated to the legacy of enslaved black people, people terrorized by lynching, African Americans humiliated by racial segregation and Jim Crow, and people of color burdened with contemporary presumptions of guilt and police violence.. “ (Equal Justice Initiative website)

The main memorial features 800 hanging blocks, representing 800 areas where lynchings took place in the U.S., which are inscribed with the names of victims of this commonplace “domestic terror.”  

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It also features sculptures and installations by Black artists that address issues like segregation, slavery, and mass incarceration.

  “Rise Up” by Hank Willis Thomas (at NMPJ)

 “Rise Up” by Hank Willis Thomas (at NMPJ)

Read more here.  And if you haven’t seen Colin Kaepernick’s acceptance speech for Amnesty International’s Ambassador of Conscience award, it’s on point and worth the 8 min.  

 

Keep fighting the good fight, mom!  Have a great weekend!

 

-Cathleen

 

  

 

 

 

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