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This Week in Lady Reads

We’re all pretty worn out from the terribleness in the news this week, so I found a lot of fun stuff to cheer you up before the weekend. (But there’s a little bit about the terrible stuff, because it’s important and I don’t feel right completely ignoring it all. Sorry!) Come on in for the latest on Rachel Dolezal, Charleston, and funny celebrity shit.

We had a lot of Rachel Dolezal coverage in this week’s PoC News post, but a few other good posts have come out since then. Lisa at xoVain talks about how this is going to make it harder for people like her, who are biracial but don’t look blatantly non-white. I’m pretty sure Damon Young of Very Smart Brothas is still laughing his ass off at this whole thing after declaring, “She isn’t just a Black chick Catfish. She’s a Black Twitter chick Catfish.” (And later pointing out that while yes, the story is a good launching point for all kinds of serious discussions of social issues, it’s still “fucking hilarious.”) I particularly enjoyed Black Girl Dangerous’s collection of suggestions for the title of Dolezal’s inevitable memoir. However, it is kind of troubling that continued discussion of the case might be feeding into her parents’ history of abuse.

We also had plenty of info about the tragic Charleston shooting in the Friday News Roundup, but for additional reading, check out Damon Young’s more serious side as he discusses never feeling safe because of his skin color. And as usual, all the cable news networks were slow to start covering the story and then Fox News tried to make it an attack on Christianity instead of admitting it was a racist hate crime, while the best commentary was coming from Twitter. Meanwhile, the South Carolina statehouse didn’t even bother to lower their Confederate flag to half-staff.

Let’s all hope that one day this will stop being relevant.

Ok. On to the fun stuff.

Alan Rickman’s voice on helium is a delight. (Also, his stories about Michael Gambon’s remote-controlled fart machine had me crying laughing, because I am 12.)

Lin-Manuel Miranda (of the musical Hamilton) is totally psyched about the announcement that a yet-to-be-chosen woman will appear alongside Alexander Hamilton on the next design of the $10 bill that will enter circulation in 2020. (Details to come as to what the actual design will be.)

Channing Tatum did a Reddit AMA and it was basically a delight.

Also a delight, Bradley Whitford’s interview with the A.V. Club.

Dave Grohl fell off the stage and broke his leg during a concert — and then came back onstage to finish the show. Fuckin’ metal. (There’s a picture of the x-ray and video of the fall at the link, so scroll carefully if that squicks you out.)

Chris Evans was announced as one of the new hosts of Top Gear. No, not that Chris Evans!

Gif from Avengers: Age of Ultron of Captain America (Chris Evans) flipping off his motorcycle and throwing it at a jeep.
That is not safe driving!

Zookeepers are recreating the scene from Jurassic World where Chris Pratt tames the raptors and it’s basically the best thing I’ve ever seen.

Shark attacks in the news are terrifying, but a lot of other animals are much more likely to kill you.

Some of the ridiculous products for men who are super insecure about their fragile masculinity.

The Mary Sue needs to sit down and do some research before slamming the entire romance genre based on outdated stereotypes.

Arthur Chu explains why Jerry Seinfeld isn’t a victim of the P.C. police, his homophobic joke just wasn’t funny.

Best new Tumblr: Pregnant, Parenting, and Pro-Choice. Because apparently some idiots are shocked that it’s possible for some of us to simultaneously want to have our own kids but still want everyone to have access to safe, legal abortions.

Ooh, bioluminescence!

By [E] Hillary

Hillary is a giant nerd and former Mathlete. She once read large swaths of "Why Evolution is True" and a geology book aloud to her infant daughter, in the hopes of a) instilling a love of science in her from a very young age and b) boring her to sleep. After escaping the wilds of Waco, Texas and spending the next decade in NYC, she currently lives in upstate New York, where she misses being able to get decent pizza and Chinese takeout delivered to her house. She lost on Jeopardy.

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