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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Seeds : My Son the Artist

 
Seeds : My Son the Artist

Hey you guys,

This is one of my favorite blog posts so far...

Peace and love,
Rebecca
 
 
 
Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Double Blood

 
Double Blood

Hot off the press. xo
 
 
 
Sunday, July 27, 2008

Overcoming Bias

 

Found this today. It hits home something I've been thinking about for a while...Hit the Overcoming Bias line above to get to the link.

Biases of Elite Education

"From a thoughtful essay by William Deresiewicz:

An elite education ... makes you incapable of talking to people who aren't like you. Elite schools pride themselves on their diversity, but that diversity is almost entirely a matter of ethnicity and race. With respect to class, these schools are largely - indeed increasingly - homogeneous. ... My education taught me to believe that people who didn't go to an Ivy League or equivalent school weren't worth talking to, regardless of their class. ... Elite universities ... select for and develop one form of intelligence: the analytic. ... social intelligence and emotional intelligence and creative ability, to name just three other forms, are not distributed preferentially among the educational elite. ... There are due dates and attendance requirements at places like Yale, but no one takes them very seriously. ... Students ... get an endless string of second chances. Not so at places like Cleveland State. ..

An elite education gives you the chance to be rich - which is, after all, what we're talking about - but it takes away the chance not to be. ... [If they] pursue a riskier or less lucrative course after graduation ... [elite students] tend to give up more quickly than others. .. a couple of graduate students ... were talking about trying to write poetry, how friends of theirs from college called it quits within a year or two while people they know from less prestigious schools are still at it. ...

The final and most damning disadvantage of an elite education: that it is profoundly anti-intellectual. ... Being an intellectual is not the same as being smart. Being an intellectual means more than doing your homework. ... They are products of a system that rarely asked them to think about something bigger than the next assignment. ... Being an intellectual means, first of all, being passionate about ideas - and not just for the duration of a semester, for the sake of pleasing the teacher, or for getting a good grade. ... Students at Yale and Columbia ... have seemed content to color within the lines that their education had marked out for them. Only a small minority have seen their education as part of a larger intellectual journey, have approached the work of the mind with a pilgrim soul. ... Places like Yale are simply not set up to help students ask the big questions.

My experience confirms all of this. The sort of risk-taking, soul-searching, and success-sacrifice that is required for (but hardly guarantees) truly great intellectual achievement is not much rewarded in our current elite education system."

What do you think?

xo

 
 
 
Friday, July 25, 2008

On the Court and on the Trail, One Aide Looms Over Obama - NYTimes.com

 
On the Court and on the Trail, One Aide Looms Over Obama - NYTimes.com

Maybe I love this post because I was an assistant to a superstar once and know what it feels like.

Maybe I love this piece because I'm really glad Barack exercises and doesn't watch CNN.

Maybe I love it because his aide is dark-skinned and that, in itself, even though many would deny it, means something.

Maybe I love it because I so get the relationship between Michelle and Love.

Maybe I love it because I can't believe 200,000 people showed up in Berlin and that actually means something.

Maybe I love it because it's six in the morning and I'm exhausted and it's a feel-good piece that made me feel good.

xo


 
 
 
Thursday, July 24, 2008

Obama Berlin Speech: See Video, Photos, Full Speech Transcript

 
Obama Berlin Speech: See Video, Photos, Full Speech Transcript

So inspiring-great to see it full video. xo
 
 
 
Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Let's Talk | BlogHer

 
Let's Talk | BlogHer

Hey beauties--

My guy just hipped me to Michelle Obama's blog. I love it on so many levels. Her big, warm heart, and also her smart as hell savvy.

As some Hillary supporters consider McCain (something that boggles, especially after hearing Phil Gramm not only called us all whiners, but deregulated the oil and mortgage industries)--Michelle takes her message straight to that demographic without bitterness or rancor.

Just words of acknowledgment from one working mom to millions of others.

Check it out, and take note of the power of her partnership with Obama. It's moving mountains.

xo
 
 
 
Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Rebecca Walker Explains Rift With Mother, Alice : NPR

 
Rebecca Walker Explains Rift With Mother, Alice : NPR

Hey beautiful people--here's a recent interview about the Mail, et al.

Let me know what you think.

xo


 
 
 
Sunday, July 13, 2008

The New Yorker Cover

 

Here's the interview with David Remnick, editor of the New Yorker, on his decision to run the cover. And here's a very good piece from Alternet on the subject.

What do you think?

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Saturday, July 12, 2008

The paradox of knowledge society - Talking to Hiroshi Tasaka

 

Wonderful clip from YouTube. 


 
 
 

MUJI Online

 


Hey everyone!

Quick post to let my stylistas out there know that if you're a MUJI addict, you've got company.

It's ridiculous. When I was in London, the store was down the street from the flat, and by the time I left all the salespeople knew me by name. Every time I went in, there was some crazy beautiful, crazy simple thing I fell in love with.

A Muji hair band and set of barrettes? A cut to size raincoat, a little plastic case for my rebecca walker cards, a little black bag for the plane, an insanely fantastic plastic juice jug?

This gorgeous dish scraper?

All of these items became absolutely necessary. I couldn't figure out how I had lived so long without them.

So if you're and old Mujirer or a new one--I feel your pain. And so do lots of others.

I'd love to know your favorite item.

xo

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Friday, July 04, 2008

July 4th--Independence Day

 


Cliche:


1. a trite, stereotyped expression; a sentence or phrase, usually expressing a popular or common thought or idea, that has lost originality, ingenuity, and impact by long overuse, as sadder but wiser, or strong as an ox.

2. (in art, literature, drama, etc.) a trite or hackneyed plot, character development, use of color, musical expression, etc.

3. anything that has become trite or commonplace through overuse.


Of late, I have received a number of responses about the Daily Mail article. I'm always open to dialogue about it, but in all honesty I've been dismayed by the heavily cliched commentary. There is the cliche of the confused, tragic mulatto; the cliche of the ungrateful daughter; the cliche of the out of touch Ivy Leaguer; the cliche of the confused bisexual; the cliche of the wounded child who can't move on; the cliche of the anti-feminist agitator, and so on.


I'm amazed that a person can hold these cliches and read my work, only to still see the world through these cliches when they are finished. These readers apparently bring no openness outside of their own personal ideology to the experience of my writing. Then, they say that I am the one who should break out of the self-centered, narrowness of my views!


I want to take a moment to acknowledge the people with original thought --for and against me-- for their ability to contribute something unique and purposeful in an ongoing dialogue about the world in which we live.


We need you.

 
 
 

The Girl Effect - Home

 
The Girl Effect - Home

Big shout to Pip for sending me this incredibly lovely site that puts you right in the middle of what appears to be an incredibly lovely and powerful and revolutionary organization.

After I watched the clip, my fingers forced me to press as many donate buttons as I could.

xo
 
 
 
Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Seeds : The Political Mama: Five Questions for HRC

 
Seeds : The Political Mama: Five Questions for HRC

Hey! Here's my root blog for the day--my favorite response so far:

"Your CNNPolitics.com commentary (Best Woman for the Job Could be a Man) was spot on. It was one of the best comments on the Democratic Primary that I have read or heard. It's too bad that many of the folks who wrote in think you are a feminist Obama apologist. I think that a huge part of Clinton's problem is that her politics are a generation too old. It is a politics of division (women versus men). Obama offers a vision of women and men working together. Second, old school feminism continues to ignore its own internal racism. It is very middle class and college educated. One does not hear much from or about lower income, less educated, or women of color.


All of this came out in the comments by baby boom feminists against you and Obama. Your article (like Obama's rhetoric) publicly credits Clinton for her huge accomplishment. You articulate a post-gender feminism of inclusion that the baby boom feminists -who are divisive- attack as apologist. They lost because people who are different are into working together instead of apart. Rather than consider your on time observations, those pro-Clinton, anti-Obama, pro-McCain feminists choose to cling to the 20th Century and attack you. Remember the angry white male? America, don't be confused. The angry white female finally came out of the closet!"


Here's the strangest and most disturbing:


"i have no idea who you are and i wager most americans haven't a clue either, i do know that men and women, gays and straights, transgenders, all colors, all economic backgrounds have voted...18 million of them for a woman. they did not vote for a guy who made it a prime point to tell everyone he was black.


if this interloper had come on with experience and truth that he could actually bring people together maybe we would care for him. he has divided families, races, friends, communities. his followers act as thugs all over the country. they seek to deny delegates for hillary their place at the convention. they are abusive if you say you will not vote for obama. i have spoken to hundreds in dozens of states and have heard the horror story of the obama vols as they threatened any who opposed obama. this man is scary and we definitely do not want him as president. he offers ice in the winter. he can't keep a promise, he has an inordinate capacity for disloyalty. he is a control freak. one has only to research and learn how he denied any opposition to his personal appearances across the country. very nazi like. now, after selling his brand of snake oil to gain his position he is now changing it pell mell.


change? obama puts forth change that will be injurious to the people of this country. he is to be avoided. thus, as a core democrat, i will vote for a republican for the first time in my life."


Wow.


I'd love to hear your thoughts, here or on theroot.com.


xo



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In Italy, At Least, Black is Beautiful | Views | TheRoot.com

 
In Italy, At Least, Black is Beautiful | Views | TheRoot.com

Big shout of love to Veronica Chambers for covering a beat us chocolate fashionistas rate high on our list of importance. We know there isn't anything frivolous about clothes or beauty. Status is shaped by ideas about beauty, the fashion and beauty industries are billions of dollars strong, and as Audre Lorde wrote, poetry is not a luxury because the human soul needs beauty and emotion and creative expression. Fashion and beautiful, luscious things that deliver sensuality and facilitate personal style, inspire, heal, and sometimes, on the difficult days, make all the difference.

This has nothing to do with how much money you have--sometimes couture is shaped by the deliberate instincts of people with less money using what they have to speak their style. I don't want to write a whole essay here, but I feel so strongly about this....expression is part of what makes us human. the non-verbal aesthetic allows us to connect and express ourselves through color and line and texture, to speak and be heard without saying word. It's a powerful language, and it's why we've been adorning/dressing ourselves with distinction for thousands of years.
 
 
 


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