Volunteering at the Farm

Turns out, Pippi Longstocking inspires the strangest people. For January, I’ve been staying and helping out in a small farm in Ontario, Canada that looks like Pippi was at the very least involved with the building of it. The owner and his tenants could definitely be the “Where Are They Now?” of the stories from Astrid Lindgren.
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PoC News in America

#BlackLivesMatter

NYPD Officer Peter Liang was convicted for killing Akai Gurley in a stairwell.

After “accidentally” billing Tamir Rice’s family for emergency services, the Cleveland Mayor apologizes.

Reproductive Justice groups have partnered with #BlackLivesMatter in a great move towards intersectional social justice causes.

We mentioned that the DOJ filed charges against Ferguson for civil rights violations, and the Ferguson mayor said there was never an agreement.

A naked and unarmed black teen was killed by police in Austin, Texas last week.

National News

Justice Scalia passed away over the weekend, and the President released a statement about his years of service.

Wellesley College just appointed their first black President.

Hampton University is the first HBCU to play Division I lacrosse.

Race-related campus violence continues as Texas A&M investigates incidents of black students who were victims of racial slurs.

Here’s something new and different, black hairstyles being co-opted for a fashion trend.  Speaking of black hair, ever notice how black women always seem to lose their weaves as part of romcom character growth?

A high school in Arizona fought back when a referee banned traditional Navajo hairstyles from a basketball game.

Latino celebs are speaking out against the racist and xenophobic language being used by the GOP candidates.

Check out A Brown Table food photography for beautiful food and what looks like delicious recipes.

Marley Dias, the 11-year old girl trying to diversify books, has reached her #1000BlackGirlBooks goal.

Celebrity News

Celebrities won’t stop talking about the Oscars and we’re not talking about these Chris Rock “Shonda Rhimes” themed promos.

Meryl Streep had some thoughts about diversity and (even if they were taken out of context) are still misguided and out of touch.

Also misguided, Steven “I have two black kids” Spielberg’s comments.

Proving why we all love her, Emma Thompson suggests we kill off older members and increase opportunities for actors of color.

Also of note, the #OscarsSoWhite backlash is spreading, including to this past weeks’ #BAFTABlackout.

John Boyega won BAFTA’s Rising Star award and shared the win with his cat in the cutest way.

Speaking of cute things, here’s the How to Get Away With Murder cast celebrating with Viola Davis at her vow renewal ceremony.

It’s been a while since this happened, but this week in all celebrities of color look alike, TeenVogue mistook Azealia Banks for Keke Palmer.

The new trailer for the Roots miniseries, featuring Laurence Fishburne, Forrest Whitaker, and Anika Noni Rose was released.

Also out this week, the trailer for Confirmation with Kerry Washington about the Anita Hill story.

Damon Wayans is getting too old for this shit joke and will be taking on the role of Murtaugh in the Fox Lethal Weapon tv series.

Star Wars Episode VIII is filming and may have an Asian female lead in Kelly Marie Tran.

Taraji P. Henson is playing a NASA math genius because we may actually be seeing diverse storytelling.

You know what, here’s the trailer for Keanu again because this kitten is the cutest kitten ever.

Maya Rudolph just got her own variety show for NBC.

While you were starting a GoFundMe page to get Beyonce tickets, SNL pretty much nailed the weird white panic following the “Formation” video

Kanye West in typical Kanye fashion started some shit with Taylor Swift which means we’ll be subjected to endless think pieces about the world “bitch” and “squad” feminism. So thanks, Kanye. I guess you can stream his album if you so decide.

Here’s Misty Copeland recreating and becoming works of art.

Hope you caught the Hamilton performance at the Grammys. If you didn’t, here’s Christopher Jackson singing with Elmo to help you get through still not winning lottery tickets.

News in Asia: Discounted Chocolate Edition

Happy Discounted Chocolate Day! For those who hate the day, this is the best part. So Valentine’s Day. Fake holiday? Pretty much. Sketchy origins dating back to the Roman Empire? Yep. But today means discounted chocolate so I’m here for it. Read More News in Asia: Discounted Chocolate Edition