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Fun fact: I had yet another surgery last Friday. My on-going health issues are starting to seriously
 
October 24 · Issue #81 · View online
True Tales of the Silver Fox
Fun fact: I had yet another surgery last Friday. My on-going health issues are starting to seriously bore me. Not as much as the current recovery, but it’s close. I’m doing well enough, each time is an affirmation of keeping myself in good shape. When it matters, it matters.
This week I don’t quite have the wherewithal for heavy introspection, but I’m sharing some great picks that are keeping me occupied, thinking, and dare I say… woke? That’s a fatigue play on words. I’m sleeping a lot.
I’ve long been interested in peoples’ stories which in turn has given me the confidence to put my own forward. This week I offer some reading and watching about the lives of Black Americans. Pieces that inched me towards understanding with the caveat, there is plenty more to go.
Dive in with me, the water’s fine.

My picks 👇🏼
As a DC kid hip-hop was the soundtrack of my girlhood (especially Go-Go). I didn’t understand the cultural significance, I just knew it made me want to dance. Even now, I can shake my ass with the best of them. My enjoyment was a more shallow pleasure. I remember loving it but not really understanding its significance.
Enter this excellent docu-series. The interviews layered with black history are fascinating. It’s helping me to understand hip-hop wasn’t just about shock and rebellion, it was about freedom and opportunity. These musicians were bright young men and women who grabbed ahold of a phenomenon and used it for a deeply personal expression. It was a trap-door out of poverty, and a narrative of Black Americans lives.
Really well done.
Hip-Hop Evolution | Netflix Official Site Hip-Hop Evolution | Netflix Official Site
Drop the 🎤. A gorgeous, articulate, beautifully written accounting of a micro-aggression. Stay for the great writing, then go out in the world and never do this to another person.
To the Lady Who Mistook Me for the Help at the National Book Awards | Literary Hub
Accepting our natural bodies are feminist and agist issues, ones I intend to write about soon. What does constant modification advertise about the quality of our essential selves?
I love Beyonce’s take, her insistence on using a young, black photographer and her unfailing belief in herself #rolemodel.
Beyoncé September Issue in Her Own Words: Her Life, Her Body, Her Heritage - Vogue Beyoncé September Issue in Her Own Words: Her Life, Her Body, Her Heritage - Vogue
One of the many benefits of getting older is the dropping of defensiveness. I’ve been wrong enough to stop cringing each time I’m called out. I’m not rudderless so much as keen to listen. Our lives and limited experiences shouldn’t be the benchmark for understanding, they just aren’t broad enough.
📚 On my reading list, White Fragility. I listened to a fascinating interview with Robin DiAngelo and am keen to read her take on this issue.
A Sociologist Examines the “White Fragility” That Prevents White Americans from Confronting Racism | The New Yorker
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