Posts Tagged: Colorlines

Malcolm X’s Diary Released

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Today marks the (probable) publication of the diary that Malcolm X kept “during the last year of his life as he broke away from the Nation of Islam and traveled throughout Africa and the Middle East.”

It’s coedited by one of his daughters, but other family members are trying to prevent the book’s release.

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Boston Marathon Roundup

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If you’re looking for a token of solace after the Boston marathon bombings, please check out Roxane Gay’s words if you haven’t already. And Thomas Page McBee reflects on ways to help when feeling helpless.

At the Guardian, Rumpus columnist Steve Almond comments on the histrionic attitude the media has taken on in the wake of the explosions, and wonders if “events such as Monday’s bombing can somehow morally enlarge us as a nation, can help us imagine the suffering of other people and our own duty to those people – wherever they happen to live.”

Boston.com’s Metro Desk eulogizes Martin William Richard, the 8-year old who was killed.

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The Help

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There has been much analysis of the recently released blockbuster adaptation of the bestselling novel, The Help.

Last week Professor Melissa Harris-Perry began live-tweeting as she sat through the movie, concluding that it “reduces systematic, violent racism, sexism, and labor exploitation to a cat fight that can be won w/ cunning spunk.”

Articles in Entertainment Weekly, Colorlines, and Guernica have broken down the film’s “historical whitewashing” of the civil rights era, and offered suggestions for more realistic, less “tone-deaf” narratives on the subject.

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