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  1. I agree. Everything I've made from there is really tasty. I also really like Clean Food, Dirty Girl. Be forewarned that she swears a lot in her posts & videos. Like Monkey and Me Kitchen, the food is awesome. Those two are the ones I've had the most success with & had the tastiest food. ETA: Another good one I thought of is Connoisseurus Veg. I really like her Aloo Palak recipe.
  2. The National Book Festival (Library of Congress) will be starting on Friday. Online registration is free & very quick (your name & email). The festival information page is here. They have a great line-up of authors, as well as many Q&A sessions with various departments from the Library of Congress. and
  3. The National Book Festival (done by the Library of Congress) starts Friday. Online registration is free. They have an amazing round-up of authors, as well as many Q&A sessions slated with various departments at the Library of Congress. Festival information page is here. Wanted to post here because, if you don't want to pick your own schedule or are interested in a particular theme, they have a couple of themed topics. The theme I want to post here is "Hearing Black Voices". and
  4. There is a link in the thread to read the policy proposal.
  5. I started reading Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color by Andrea J. Ritchie. It was written in 2017 & from the introduction alone, I can tell this book is timely. I was adding it to my GR page & noticed that it is currently free for kindle, which is why I wanted to go ahead & mention it here.
  6. If anyone wants to spin this off into a separate thread, please feel free to do so.
  7. I did add to my previous post that I was pointing it out in a general sense and how I have tried to be aware of my own choices.
  8. There have been some riots and many more instances of protests (largely peaceful). If it was days of only riot coverage that's inaccurate coverage in the media. And it also shows the power of individual words like "riot" and "protest". Even supposedly simple word choices like that can contribute to "othering", skewing the conversation before it even starts, or shutting down the conversation altogether, imo. Please know I am just using the post to point out how even one word choice can have an impact. I say it because I have tried to be much more aware of my own choices.
  9. Fandango is currently streaming some movies for free to spotlight Black cinema. "We believe movies can be a powerful tool for education and have worked with our studio partners to make these movies available to watch for free on FandangoNOW."
  10. Re: mentions of documentaries. I recommend watching Emanuel (about the Charleston church killings that is coming up on five years next week). ‘Emanuel’ documentary about Charleston church shooting now free to stream. (Looks like it will be free through June 16 -- next Tuesday.) This particular documentary's subject matter is especially important to me because Charleston holds a special place in my heart. My sister knew & had worked with Clementa Pinckney, the church's pastor (& a SC state senator) who was murdered that evening. I watched the documentary when it was out in the theaters & it focuses a lot on the victims & their families. ETA, @Pam in CT, the first part of this trailer speaks very much to your discussion of witnessing the events & retelling the story.
  11. I will point out that many ACLU branches offer legal observer training, for those who may be looking for volunteer opportunities. “Legal observers act as visible witnesses at demonstrations, rallies and other free speech events, documenting any incidents of police misconduct or violations of constitutional rights,” said Antonio Serrano, organizer for the ACLU of Wyoming. “Legal observers are committed to defending free speech in a way that is as objective as possible so that their documentation can be used as evidence if police misconduct or obstructions to constitutionally protected free speech are challenged in court.” You can google to find your local chapter.
  12. No, haven't read The Warmth of Other Suns. Yet. I intend to. I read some August Wilson last year. I'm not even much of a fan of plays, but I am glad I read them. I really need to update that big list of mine. I've definitely got some stuff I could add.
  13. From the New York Public Library: Schomburg Center Black Liberation Reading List "For 95 years, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture has preserved, protected, and fostered a greater understanding of the Black experience through its collections, exhibitions, programs, and scholarship. In response to the uprisings across the globe demanding justice for Black lives, the Schomburg Center has created a Black Liberation Reading List. The 95 titles on the list represent books we and the public turn to regularly as activists, students, archivists, and curators, with a particular focus on books by Black authors and those whose papers we steward. ..." https://www.nypl.org/blog/2020/06/09/schomburg-center-black-liberation-reading-list
  14. This is making me realize I need to update my original book post list that Pam posted because I have more additions to the list. Pam, your mention of Claudia Rankine made me realize I haven't updated the list recently. I read Citizen earlier this year and it blew me away. I need to read more of her work. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23439097-citizen
  15. For parents of younger kids, you might want to check out the Ana & Andrew series of books by Christine Platt. (I haven't read them b/c my dc are grown.) Teaching Tolerance (from the Southern Poverty Law Center) also has many resources on their site.
  16. Kind-of late to the thread I think, but I'll add my 2 cents... I always thought I wouldn't color my hair. I'm one of those people who likes to wash & comb my hair, then walk out the door. I had nice dark brown hair w/ great thickness & it was so easy to style. (I always paid for good cuts & wore it quite short for decades. It looked great w/ no fixing.) Once, in my 20s, the stylist suggested adding some color (darker mahogany/reds, I think). On a whim, I did. It was fine but I didn't especially care for it & it wasn't worth the expense & time for me. My mantra was to have low maintenance but great-looking hair. I started growing my hair out more probably 5-7 years ago. I was surprised to discover that what had been straight hair was now quite wavy. Thanks, middle-age! (I guess?) Some days I can look Albert Einstein-ish, lol. Couldn't (still can't?) quite figure out how to manage it at least some of the time. Mostly I don't worry about it. I like the less short (a length between a pixie & shoulder-length) look now on me. I have some gray. It didn't bother me. (I was hoping for the cool look that my grandfather had which was white w/ a jet black streak in the middle, but no luck.) Last year (after a few very rough personal years & losing some of my hair because of stress), I decided to try a new stylist. On a whim while there, I had her add highlights (or lowlights or baylayage or whatever it's called -- I have no idea about this stuff!) to cover some of the grays in the front. She basically turned them blonde-ish & they're not really noticeable when growing out (imo). Plus, as she said, it's fashionable now when roots show so even if you notice it, it's not a big deal. I go about every 6-8 weeks for a haircut & she has done the highlights every other time. It has worked out great for me. Anyway, I didn't know what I would think w/ some blonder hair (since mine had once been fairly dark), but I love it. I do think it makes me look younger & less worn down too. (Definite pluses considering the last few years.) Today I went purple. Lol. (It's basically over where the blonder parts are & as the color fades, it will fade back into the blonde-ish color, according to my stylist.) I am not used to it yet but I had wanted to try it & decided to go for it. We will see what I decide next time.
  17. If there are pets, don't forget plenty of pet food & water & other supplies like meds, litter, treats, etc.
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