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This is such an important piece of work that these females are producing. Comedy is a fantastic avenue to bring attention to social issues as so many male comics - the better ones - have done. When George Carlin and Richard Pryor tackled tough subjects for their audiences, they were equally shunned and applauded, but they were noticed. Their routines are legendary now and revered. These females should be given the same attention by critiquing and gaining a lot of press whenever they present their work. They are cutting-edge wonderful and deserve a lot more focus on larger stages and arenas (dare I say a regular spot on Comedy Central?) There's hella more room on tv than simply having Mindy Kalling's presence and the constant self deprecation that has become the common landscape for female comics. (Note: Don't get me wrong: I love me some Mindy, but she's only as 'cutting-edge' as mainstream tv allows her to be. It's not that long ago that Margaret Cho tried similar topics and was quickly booted from this male dominated avenue - so I applaud the shit out of her work).
There's this ridiculous standard of half-glass-emptiness about female comics and what the public either desires or can tolerate. Comedy clubs won't book more than like one female comic on the same bill or allow them to be hired more than one time a month - or year. The club owners claim that they won't fill the seats like male comics do. It's the same old boy's mentality that keeps the culture as small minded as Lakshminarayanan makes fun of when she dares to cover the topic of attending M.I.T. The culture-at-large will not heal without allowing their type of brave material to shake things up. It's kinda that simple. 'The Formula' is one cure for this ill we all suffer from: misogyny. It is the leading cause of death for all of us socially, psychically, and for many females - literally.
Thank you for writing this piece Sam Levin! Good on you for taking notice as well as *getting it*.
What a great story. You shared with your child your true LOVE OF MUSIC, not the boring necessity of practice, practice, practice. And by seeing your love of music, he got the message, and his heart strings began to resonate with yours. However, not all parents can have the time to practice Thus, I do not fault those parents who force their children to play an instrument. The benefits of even forced practice can be everlasting. IT SURE BEATS VIDEO GAMES!
Good lesson here!
Bravo. Eat your heart out, Starbucks. This is how it's done.
We got profiled like that all the time in Sacramento. I hated it because intuitively, I knew that it was not the city as much as ignorant people who came to the city from places void of black presence, who may have been mistaken that Sacramento would be also. But it is not. My advice is that you never travel to anywhere hoping that you will only have to deal with your own reflection.
Misunderstanding...the misunderstanding is that you cant make assumptions and act anyway that you please- thought he was selling something... why was that , i heard no mention that he had some sort of merchandise in hand. It must be nice to not have to even consider that someone is treating you a specific way because you are Black.
Beware intended solo parents, especially those in California. If you end up meeting someone that you chose to let live with you and your child, and that person develops a bond with your child, you may soon be in for a custody battle. A "presumed parent" can make demands of custody time and even sue for child support. No matter if it is a couple months or a couple years, that person who shares your child's life could soon demand and be granted the same rights as if they gave birth to the child, even if there are already two parents in the picture!
Same way I felt when I moved back to Adams Point in Oakland after being in Atlanta from 2000 to 2010. Man how the flavor has changed but o well I'm here to stay. "Unapologetically Black"
Oh. That is confusing. Will fix.
Debra is the manikin head :)
It's Michele Owen and Christina Shonkwiler as the two clown/Beckett characters and Sango Tajima as the bumblebee/sweepstakes host for the Malibu piece.
I think the answer to this article is 'yes'. Going to San Francisco State Uni got me involved with many movements that were looking to tackle capitalism. I volunteered with some Locals and other groups. Like many people in those campaigns, I assumed the archetypal activist role. We would go boycott business schools and hotels that were breaking human rights of non-documented citizens. Those were some pretty disgusting companies. The way they treated their employees was vile and they deserved to be hassled by us so their poor practice could be exposed. But we spent out time shouting at them only to try to make their day a bit more stressful, so maybe once they go home they'll think about how their contributing to a fiendish structure. But I grew out of that mentality because I realized how violent it was. I shifted out of the archetypal activist role. I was not going to change anyone's mind by yelling at them. I thought about it and realized that nobody convinced me to join the locals by yelling at me. I realized that I am better serving the movement as poet, because nothing else has better served my passion for the moment but poetry and the magic of grammar. I believe that if society were a snowplow, artists (that includes everyone who lays pencil or brush to paper, fingers to strings, as well as those who are not typical "artists" but rather just plain good, loving, open hearted, and accepting people) would be the plowshare. Artists are poets and poets are humans. Poetry has the capacity to unsnarl capitalism just like it has had the capacity to untangle the carcinogen cords of every other secular deity (i.e. political system) in recorded history. Poetry has the magnitude to reinvent entire political systems because poetry goes to origin of the system-heirarches themselves—personal psyches.
Great article! I definitely needed the reminder to stop an focus when my kids are seeking my attention. I do believe that they tend to do as we do instead of do as we say. :)
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