Archives for September 2012

Fall Reading: Grandmother Power

Photojournalist Paola Gianturco has seen a lot, traveled a lot, lived a lot. Her work began slowly, first in the corporate world’s marketing and communications. Later, she’d feed her creative passions through writing and photography. But now, 35 years and five books later, she’s melded the roads of her past to inform and express wonder at […]

Film Project: ‘Day in the Life’ at a public schools

Today’s post comes from education columnist Liz Dwyer. Read more from Liz on her blog, Los Angelista, or follow her on Twitter @losangelista. Think you know what it’s like to learn and work in a public school in the United States? Spend a little time watching Go Public, a film project that followed students, parents, volunteers, teachers, and […]

Down and Out

In George Orwell’s Down and Out in Paris and London, published in 1933, the author of Animal Farm and 1984 describes what it’s like to be down right broke in two great European cities as a young man at the tail end of the 1920s and beginning of the 1930s. I recently picked up a […]

Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month: Moving beyond mixers and happy hours

Latino/Hispanic Heritage Month is in full swing, and Racialicious contributor Blanca E. Vega discusses Latino identity , the challenges — and benefits — of celebrating your heritage on a college campus, and what these next few weeks should really mean.  Read more from Blanca on her blog, Race-Work, Race-Love, or follow her on Twitter @BlancaVNYC. The days between […]

the debt resistors’ operations manual

Recently, the one year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street was celebrated with the publication of a free manual.  It was written by an anonymous collective of resistors, defaulters and allies from Strike Debt and Occupy Wall Street, and is for all those being crushed under the weight of debt. It aims to provide specific tactics […]

Four New YA Books with LGBT Characters

Today’s post comes from Bitch Magazine columnist Ashley McAllister’s Beyond Judy Blume series, an examination of identity and sexuality in young adult literature. Author Malinda Lo did some sleuthing last year and concluded that less than 1% of YA books published from 2000-1011 contained LGBT characters. Take a look at the charts that she created, which show who […]

Going Barefoot

Every year, a few weeks before his birthday, a childhood friend of mine, who is a high school teacher in Michigan, sends out a group email to his friends and family, reminding them that he wishes to receive no material gifts for his birthday, while requesting that they either tell him about a particular extraordinary event […]

NYWC Leaders: Why we do what we do

Last call, folks! Last call!  Today is the last day to apply to be a NY Writers Coalition workshop leader, a sharp group of folks on the front lines of the work that we do. Workshop leaders are often the public’s first contact with the organization — at a free workshop in the park, in a school, or […]

back to school

If you are not aware of the Black Agenda Report, this election year may be a good time to tune into it. Offering news, commentary and analysis from the Black left, it allows for a different perspective than those sponsored by the candidates.

10 Movies That Make Us Miss the Twin Towers

Today’s post comes from Flavorwire Film Editor Jason Bailey.  It’s always a bit of a jolt to flip through a photo album or an old high school yearbook and to come upon a picture of someone who’s gone, a beloved relative or a classmate who left before their time — it hits you fast, and, for just […]