Fellow citizens of the Internet, allow me to extend my mea culpas for my relative absence this week. I learned a valuable lesson (again): Dara is not a superwoman. Nope. There is only so much room on my plate. When my husband leaves town for days on end, my creative world grinds to a slow but chaotic halt. I end up focusing on small triumphs, like remembering to feed and walk the dog
and the toddler.Preview
At any rate, I am still working out the kinks on this “blogging daily” thing. I expect to be back on point next week. I ‘preciate your patience while I gather my wits about me.
But enough chit-chat. You’re here to see what smart/silly/interesting tidbits I’ve encountered this week!
And without further ado… It’s #ThursdayLinkLove!
1. “How One Stupid Tweet Ruined Justine Sacco’s Life” from NYT
This article annoyed me beyond belief. I wrote about Justine Sacco when the whole #HasJustineLandedYet kerfuffle went down at the end of 2013. But I didn’t focus on her tweet; I examined how damaging her apology was. She said, “There is an AIDS crisis taking place in this country [South Africa], that we read about in America, but do not live with or face on a continuous basis.” We who?! Her apology actually revealed how very erroneous it was to label her tweet “irony” because her words are still laced with privilege. Essentially, a white woman who jokes about not getting AIDS because she’s white doesn’t need any capes from the NYT.
2. (PRESS PLAY) “House of Bricks” spoof by Sesame Street
I have never expressed my love for Netflix original series House of Cards on the blog before, but allow me to out myself. I love that show! And I have got to mention that the third season premieres on February 27. Binge-Watch 2015 is about to get a great start, my ninjas.
Anywho, Sesame Street does great parodies of popular television shows. They mixed the Three Little Pigs fairy tale with House of Cards and came up with Frank Underwolf. The spoof is positively golden.
3. “Rethinking Mary Jane and other unlikable Black characters” by…me! at MommyNoire
Surprise! One of the reasons I’ve been a little busy is because I’ve started writing for MommyNoire.com. In this piece, I’m digging deeper into my distaste for messy Black women characters like Olivia Pope, Annalise Keating, and Mary Jane Paul. I don’t know if I will ever end up being a fan of their respective shows. Me and Shonda Rhimes are starting to have beef. But I am trying to keep an open mind about what makes characters like these Black women necessary, despite their flaws.
4. “The Oral History of Freaknik” at Complex Magazine
Sooo, we’re just going to put the word “oral” in a title about Freaknik and pretend that doesn’t have any sexual connotations? Mmmkay. This article is actually a few years old, but it’s a really good read about all the things Freaknik meant to Atlanta. Given most people who enjoyed the parties are nearing or in their 40s, I’m curious to hear what “reformed” and saved folk have to say about those times. Bishop?
5. (PRESS PLAY) Wheel of Musical Impressions with Christina Aguilera (on Jimmy Fallon)
Jimmy Fallon has a great bit on his show called the Wheel of Musical Impressions where he asks guests to impersonate a famous singer. In this case, singer Christina Aguilera tackles Cher and her ex-nemesis, Britney Spears. It’s fracking hilarious!
What good-good have you read, heard, or cackled at this week? Share the cookies with Lucious now…