We have some big news stories, and some fun pop culture items for this week!
We’ve covered the Bill Cosby story pretty extensively here at Persephone. However, people are struggling to separate the artist from his art as The Cosby Show remains immensely important in TV history.
There has been a flood of news regarding police brutality and generally shady police tactics and behaviors, as we anxiously await the final verdict in Darren Wilson’s trial:
- Activists go to the UN to protest police brutality.
- The LAPD uses new technology to keep tabs on ex-cons.
- Ferguson activist and journalist Shaun King draws some parallels between lynchings and police brutality.
- A Bronx man was imprisoned for 18 years despite 13 alibi witnesses.
- A rapper is being sent to jail for an album cover that supposedly tie him to gang-related activities.
- Milwaukee officer fired for shooting unarmed sleeping man.
On top of some sexist and homophobic remarks, incoming Nevada Speaker said Democrats have “master-slave” relationship with “simple-minded darkies.”
New documentary Death Metal Angola claims musical roots in Africa.
St. Louis area high school seniors wore blackface for a football game, which somehow was not stopped by any school official.
Did you catch President Obama’s speech on immigration reform? Watch it here!
Speaking of immigration reform, NYU will now offer scholarships to undocumented students.
Orange is the New Black actress Diane Guerrero shared her story about coming home from school and finding out that her family had been deported.
Native American protestors were arrested after Keystone XL Pipeline vote.
November is Sikh Awareness and Appreciation month in California.
Daniel Handler (better known as Lemony Snicket) made offensive comments and then apologized and donated money. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to look at A Series of Unfortunate Events the same, but at least he highlighted an important cause.
MTV has put the second season of their documentary series Rebel Music on Facebook. The series focuses on youth protestors and activists around the world, with the first episode focusing on Native musicians and activists.
Podcast phenomenon Serial is on break this upcoming week, so while you take the chance to get caught up and slip down the internet rabbithole of theories, you can also head over to The Awl for a piece on white reporter privilege.
Selfie isn’t completely dead!
— Emily Kapnek (@EmilyKapnek) November 20, 2014
Bollywood’s relationship with Western fashion is a relatively new one but as markets and social media expand, so do actresses’ opportunities in becoming style icons.
Toni Morrison was on The Colbert Report. Bask in her glory!
Steve McQueen has announced two projects that have people excited: 1) A Paul Robeson biopic, and 2) A remake of the British miniseries Widows, where three widows find their husbands’ plans for a robbery following their husbands’ deaths.
Hey, Teens React to Malala Yousafzai is pretty great in talking about Malala as an inspiration, and about the misinformation about Islam and the tensions in the Middle East.
NBC has attempted to update and eliminate the racist moments in their Peter Pan musical by working with a Native composer/consultant on the show. We’ll see how that pans out when the musical airs next month.
Beyoncé dropped a new video for “7/11” and it’s perfect.
Share your thoughts and McQueen’s Widows dream cast ideas in the comments!