'12 Years a Slave': Portraits of Solomon Northup's Descendants -
THR joined together five generations from the family tree of the Oscar-nominated drama’s real-life protagonist in three different cities.
In case you missed it, we now have OVER 30,000 SKETCHBOOKS in The Sketchbook Project!! This one is by Peter Wadsworth of Brooklyn, NY. #brooklyn #artists #sketchbookproject #milestones (at Brooklyn Art Library)
I see you, Met Museum.
My Year Volunteering As A Teacher Helped Educate A New Generation Of Underprivileged Kids vs. Can We Please, Just Once, Have A Real Teacher -
Just once, it would be nice to walk into a classroom and see a teacher who has a real, honest-to-God degree in education and not a twentysomething English graduate trying to bolster a middling GPA and a sparse law school application. I don’t think it’s too much to ask for a qualified educator who has experience standing up in front of a classroom and isn’t desperately trying to prove to herself that she’s a good person.
aka TFA needs to go away
I’d really like the Olympics to be over so people will stop making disingenuous, hypocritical generalizations about Russia that both revive and are informed by outdated Cold War tropes.
We Need To Talk About Colonialism Before We Criticize International Anti-LGBTQ Legislation -
For those of us queer people in the West, we must support human rights everywhere in the world; however, standing up for our LGBTQ siblings’ rights also means acknowledging how we are culpable. We must stop pretending that we are ahead of the world when we talk about LGBTQ rights and democracy. If being “ahead” of other nations means that we export our hate instead of confronting it, we are not only backwards, but we are also hypocrites. We cannot call attention to other LGBTQ people’s voices if we only want to hear half of the story. Our struggles are not all the same, but they are definitely connected.
If John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan could negotiate with the Soviet Union, then surely a strong and confident America can negotiate with less powerful adversaries today. — POTUS on Iran (via kateoplis)
Lindy West's Love Actually Breakdown -
"I Rewatched Love Actually and Am Here to Ruin It for All of You"
I love this movie even though it is shit and this is a hilarious recap. One point for team Jezebel’s sarcasm.
I can’t even begin to pick a favorite line. It’s all amazing.
"My parents had sent me to a small village outside of Paris because they thought it would be safer. But I guess there were hidden munition stocks out there, because the Americans bombed the village. They flew very high. The British always flew low— they had the fighters, but the Americans flew very high and dropped the bombs. They were bombs filled with air. I don’t know how to describe it. You were killed by the air. The neighbor was killed. I spent all night hiding in the barn."
THIS is one of the main reasons I find storytelling, human interest pieces, and projects like HONY or Storycorps are so important. Everyone is a part of history and there is so much information that will one day be lost if we don’t take the time to record it.
Here’s to shameless self-promotion!