Monday Mashup: Selma, MLK Jr., LGBTQ Updates, This Girl Can, and more...
Fun fact: Today's beautiful Google Doodle honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is by one of Boston's own Roxbury artists, Ekua Holmes. She's done magnificent work!
Yesterday we went to see Selma together as a family at a local indie theater. It was wonderfully well-paced and acted, powerful, and moving even when you go in with the expectation that you will be moved. Today you can dive even deeper into Selma with Rep. John Lewis, read MLK Jr.'s longest ever interview, which I highly recommend, or simply track #blacklivesmatter actions, essays and Twitter feeds (I see you, Oakland) to take a moment out of your day and reflect on how incredibly hard people have fought for equality, and how much work is left to do, and what your part may be in all of that.
No nation can suffer any greater tragedy than to cause millions of its citizens to feel that they have no stake in their own society. -Martin Luther King, Jr.
Congressman John Lewis, via Garden & Gun
On a very different note, the costumes from the film! In my dreams, it's what the Bobby From Boston warehouse looks like (Note to self - Bucket List: 2015 Edition). The colors and textures and tones were wonderful; things felt so soft and muted, but vibrant. I can't even deal with what a babe Tessa Thompson is:
Here's a neat quote from director Ava DuVernay on Ruth Carter's Costume Design:
Ruth did an amazing job with a small budget. We made the film for $20 million, and we had two days to shoot the bridge, in 100-plus degree weather, in the Deep South, on the actual bridge, with some survivors of the real march — it was a lot for Ruth and her team, who all did an outstanding job. It was important that the people of Selma be represented: who they were, what they look like.
Let's go back to Tessa one more time:
I can tell you what
isn't cute I won't be seeing: American Sniper. An old colleague of mine said it best on Twitter: Sniper, which encourages fear of brown "others," made $30M on the Friday after the #OscarNoms - more than Selma's total take thus far.
Needless to say, if you haven't gone and watched Selma yet, what are you waiting for? There was a huge upset last week when the Oscar noms were announced, leaving POCs and women (and POC women in particular) absent from many of the categories. No headline captured my thoughts and feelings as perfectly as this one from the good old Oakland Tribune: As did this post from Autostraddle.
You can also watch this, because they really are just the cutest, most photogenic, loving family, who've been nothing but awesome in the face of hateful backlash when their Instagram feed went viral last year. It wasn't all negative - Kordale, Kaleb and their gorgeous daughters have clearly won themselves a huge fan club the world over, because people aren't as horrible as it might seem during weeks like the one we've just had.
Don't skip This Girl Can, a short video that's a "celebration of active women up and down the country who are doing their thing no matter how well they do it, how they look or even how red their face gets,” from a national campaign in the UK. It's so much more than that, watching it!
One thing that struck me was how much everyone in the video is totally, 100% feeling themselves.
I see that in the women I know whether they're running marathons, competing in StrongWoman competitions, learning MMA, working with personal trainers, playing roller derby or cycling their faces off. I see it in myself, too, whether I'm on horseback or in a barre class (which I highly recommend for all riders - stay as supple as you want your horse to be).
Here's what else was on my radar last week:
A-Camp Recaps arrived! Reading them feels like going back to Mt. Feelings, it really does, and I just want to reiterate that going to camp is one of the best gifts you can give yourself, and you'll fall in love with everyone there.
The map showing the rising percentage of poor students in our public schools is alarming, and a reminder that this country needs to get its damn priorities in order. This fictional rant just gets more and more on point with time, sadly.
Finally, the secret to smarter working teams is revealed.
Have you been to many World Heritage Sites? We just crossed another off our list in Bermuda.
I'll also finally be getting my wisdom teeth out this week, and I'm dreading it! It's silly, but I DON'T WANNA!
Feel free to share encouraging words, survival tips, or just commiserate in the comments. And thanks for reading this far - I just felt like doing something a bit different today.