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Do these cinnamon rolls somehow destroy the patriarchy?

Geraldine DeRuiter from The Everywhereist likes to bake, so she decided to make the cinnamon roll recipe that accompanied Mario Batali's letter of apology for sexual harassment. The results may or may not make good eating, but I think they make good reading. accusations of harassment against Batali, previously)
posted to MetaFilter by rmd1023 at 11:17 AM on January 11, 2018 (44 comments)

Google sued over 'male discrimination'

James Damore, the Google employee who was fired in August for posting an anti-diversity memo to an internal forum, has filed a class-action lawsuit claiming that Google "unfairly discriminates against white men whose political views are unpopular with its executives.".
posted to MetaFilter by torisaur at 5:12 PM on January 8, 2018 (182 comments)

How segregated is your school district?

School segregation is as bad now as it was 50 years ago. Long-form article heavily saturated with infographics and those blocky pixel people Vox loves to use. Includes an interactive map of many of the school districts across the country, showing percentage of integration of Black and Hispanic students in each school district. Worth taking a look at.
posted to MetaFilter by sharp pointy objects at 11:31 AM on January 8, 2018 (24 comments)


Comic Book artist Bill Sienkiewicz Remembers Those We Lost In 2017.
posted to MetaFilter by storybored at 11:00 PM on December 31, 2017 (14 comments)

Reasons to feel better about the year that was

99 Reasons 2017 Was A Great Year
posted to MetaFilter by StrikeTheViol at 10:13 AM on December 30, 2017 (31 comments)


How Tough Is It to Change a Culture of Harassment? Ask Women at Ford. In August, Ford announced it would pay up to $10.1 million to settle a racial- and sexual-harassment investigation at two Chicago plants. More than a dozen women have now came forward to detail accounts of harassment, racism, groping, intimidation and coerced sex by coworkers and supervisors. The bigger picture: blue collar women of color like those who work at Ford's factories aren't getting the same attention at white celebrities, but they face similar harassment and assault at work. After the #MeToo movement opened a global floodgate of accounts of mistreatment, a former Chicago worker proposed a new campaign for unseen women: “#WhatAboutUs.”
posted to MetaFilter by zarq at 7:51 AM on December 21, 2017 (8 comments)

I aint one of yall peers, I'm the sum of all fears

The Roots' Black Thought unleashes a blistering freestyle on Funkmaster Flex's show on Hot 97 (NSFW language) for 10 minutes straight, doing everything from flipping words to talking about his position on late night television, to referencing a multitude of rappers from Rakim, the D.O.C., Kanye and Dr. Dre, to Kendrick Lamar, to talking about his mother and his upbringing and the current crop of rappers.
posted to MetaFilter by cashman at 2:37 PM on December 14, 2017 (49 comments)

He takes shots other people haven't even tried before

“Pistol” Pete Maravich vs. George “Iceman” Gervin — H-O-R-S-E
posted to MetaFilter by timshel at 6:43 AM on December 11, 2017 (22 comments)

If All I Was Was Black

"I have a mind to bury them whole,” Mavis Staples sings on her new album, If All I Was Was Black (YT playlist). It is not a very Mavis-like thing to hear the perpetually upbeat gospel legend sing. But after a lifetime devoted to fighting injustice through her music, such is the singer’s recent mood toward a renewed wave of bigotry and racial violence. Mavis Staples has had it.
posted to MetaFilter by DirtyOldTown at 7:38 AM on December 1, 2017 (21 comments)

Not alone

Yes Mom, There is Something Wrong.
From Victim to Survivor.
In Medium, actor Anthony Edwards reveals that he was sexually molested and a friend of his was raped when they were children, by Broadway producer and theme park designer Gary Goddard.
posted to MetaFilter by zarq at 10:39 AM on November 10, 2017 (22 comments)

It's possible!

"When shooting began for Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella in July of 1997, the closest Disney had come to showcasing a black princess were the muses from Hercules. In fact, it would be another 12 years before an (animated) black girl got the lead in The Princess and the Frog. But megastar Whitney Houston didn’t want to wait. Remaking Cinderella had been on Houston’s mind for years; long before any footage was shot, before glass slippers were fitted, before anyone thought that Cinderella could have microbraids. Houston and her co-producers knew how important it was for each modern generation to have their own Cinderella — and for many young black girls growing up in the 90s, Brandy was ours." 20 years on, a conversation with the team behind Cinderella.
posted to MetaFilter by ChuraChura at 12:09 PM on November 2, 2017 (15 comments)

"He would have to concern anyone who cares about our nation"

Day 270: Season of war. [this is the U.S. politics thread.]
posted to MetaFilter by lalex at 3:32 PM on October 16, 2017 (2324 comments)

Hip Hop and the Man

This is a story of a man who was a rapper and had to find himself again among aged Jews. Absolutely fascinating. He was an up and coming rapper, just becoming a star, got beaten and lost himself, and found himself again after years in an old folks home. The difference between his former self and his new self and what it meant to recapture or relive or recreate memory illuminates what being human is.
posted to MetaFilter by MovableBookLady at 10:43 AM on October 11, 2017 (11 comments)


PACIFIC RIM 2: UPRISING [YouTube][Trailer]
posted to MetaFilter by Fizz at 11:25 AM on October 6, 2017 (98 comments)

Blood on the leaves and blood at the root

A monument to America's 4,384 known victims of lynching is being built in Montgomery, Alabama. (Background, with videos.) The is being rebuilt in Milwaukee. The Brooklyn Museum's display The Legacy of Lynching: Confronting Racial Terror in America ends October 8th.
posted to MetaFilter by AFABulous at 11:42 AM on October 4, 2017 (11 comments)

“...microcosm of everything that is wrong with AAA gaming today.”

Microtransactions Are Hurting and Devaluing Video Games by Taneli Palola [VG Chartz] “Over the last few years microtransactions have become increasingly more commonplace within the video game industry, popping up in a huge number of high profile games as video game companies have realized the potential profits that can be made from them. This system is understandable in free-to-play games where microtransactions are the only source of income for the developer. A good example of a game like this would be something like Dota 2, where the main purpose of microtransactions is to buy cosmetic changes to the various characters in the game, while the game itself and all of the characters remain free-to-play for everyone. However, the use of microtransactions in games becomes an issue when they are used in full priced premium titles. We already have to deal with things like pre-order bonuses, season passes, barely justifiable DLC, content cut from the base game to later sell as said DLC, and so on. It's been a long time since the video game you bought was the one you got and that was it.”
posted to MetaFilter by Fizz at 1:51 PM on September 28, 2017 (59 comments)

The 'Immortal' question, answered

Author Rose Christo is publishing her memoir, Under the Same Stars: The Search for My Brother and the True Story of My Immortal, in which she claims to have co-written My Immortal, the legendary worst fan fiction ever. [CW: second link contains discussion of child sexual abuse and exploitation]
posted to MetaFilter by Halloween Jack at 1:04 PM on September 12, 2017 (27 comments)

The Tiny Country that Feeds the World

"The Netherlands is a small, densely populated country, with more than 1,300 inhabitants per square mile. It’s bereft of almost every resource long thought to be necessary for large-scale agriculture. Yet it’s the globe’s number two exporter of food as measured by value, second only to the United States, which has 270 times its landmass. How on Earth have the Dutch done it?"
posted to MetaFilter by storybored at 6:24 PM on September 5, 2017 (59 comments)

Heffalumps and oliphants

Uli Westphal is a German artist who studies how humans perceive, depict and transform the natural world. In Elephas Anthropogenus, he traces (sometimes quite literally) how European illustrators who'd never seen an elephant reconstructed oral and written histories of what elephants looked like from C.E. 900-1765. All elephants are magnificent, but some elephants are more magnificent than others.
posted to MetaFilter by deludingmyself at 7:23 PM on August 28, 2017 (37 comments)

Integration is a bitch!

In 1969, Tom Floyd, an African-American editorial cartoonist who owned an advertising firm in Gary, Indiana, published Integration is a Bitch: An Assessment By a Black White Collar Worker, a 116-page set of cartoons about his experiences working at the Inland Steel Company and the experience of black college educated workers following the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964. The book has been scanned and posted to tumblr (annoyingly, in reverse order); it's worth starting from the very beginning (scrolling down to the bottom), because although the panels are all vingnettes there is an arc to the book.
posted to MetaFilter by dismas at 7:31 PM on August 27, 2017 (21 comments)

Amazing A Capella by the Beach Boys

Just the vocals of "Wouldn't It Be Nice," showcasing the sophistication of Brian Wilson. There's a lot of info here about the actual construction of the song and the harmonies and the advanced musical methodology used. I've been listening to this song for 40 years or so and was astonished at this a capella version.
posted to MetaFilter by MovableBookLady at 1:44 PM on August 16, 2017 (33 comments)

In a world where...

The Auralnauts present How To Make A Blockbuster Movie Trailer in 2017.
posted to MetaFilter by schmod at 12:27 PM on August 14, 2017 (42 comments)

3 slices of white bread

What I Ate Today - Pence is gearing up for Job 1. Pence/Christ 46: President Mike Pence is proud to serve the white and Christian population of America
posted to MetaFilter by growabrain at 1:28 PM on August 13, 2017 (28 comments)

Who has the better sandwich? Who knows? Who cares?

Wawa opened in Miami, and a local review mentioned that they didn't bother to try the subs "because the lines were too long and plus Publix exists".
posted to MetaFilter by PearlRose at 12:28 PM on August 13, 2017 (71 comments)

"We Need to Talk About Digital Blackface in Reaction GIFs"

From Teen Vogue: "There’s no prescriptive or proscriptive step-by-step rulebook to follow, nobody’s coming to take GIFs away. But no digital behavior exists in a deracialized vacuum."
posted to MetaFilter by Charity Garfein at 9:18 PM on August 2, 2017 (74 comments)

So long, and thanks for all the fish!

A week of political high drama - with vulgar palace intrigues, the President dealt a spectacular legislative failure, venting to Boy Scouts, and endorsing Police violence - is capped off by the launch of a North Korean ICBM with enough range to reach most of the U.S.
posted to MetaFilter by darkstar at 12:00 AM on July 29, 2017 (3064 comments)

Field recordings from the Dictionary of American Regional English

Field Recordings of American Voices from the Dictionary of American Regional English. "From 1965–1970, Fieldworkers for the Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE) conducted interviews with nearly 3,000 “Informants” in 1,002 communities across America. They visited native residents in all fifty states and D.C., collecting local words, phrases, and pronunciations. In addition to answering more than 1,600 questions from the DARE Questionnaire, many of the Informants, along with auxiliary speakers, agreed to be recorded by the Fieldworkers. These recordings consisted of conversational interviews as well as readings of “The Story of Arthur the Rat” (devised to elicit the essential differences in pronunciation across the country)."
posted to MetaFilter by escabeche at 6:40 PM on July 27, 2017 (20 comments)

I mean every word.

"The bombing of the little girls in Alabama and the murder of Medgar Evers were like the final pieces of a jigsaw puzzle that made no sense until you had fitted the whole thing together. I suddenly realized what it was to be Black in America in 1963, but it wasn’t an intellectual connection…it came as a rush of fury, hatred and determination." Nina Simone's husband and manager, intervened. "You can’t kill anyone. You are a musician. Do what you do." An hour later, Nina Simone had composed a song called Mississippi Goddam.
posted to MetaFilter by ChuraChura at 5:57 AM on July 14, 2017 (6 comments)

The Dread Gorgon

"To isolate the origin of the Gorgon's petrifying terror, it is necessary to pare back centuries of accretions reflecting terrors peculiar to each passing age and stare down the original Gorgon—the grotesque, bulging-eyed, disembodied head." Caroline Alexander writes of Medusa's head as an evergreen "talisman of terror" in her essay, The Dread Gorgon.
posted to MetaFilter by mixedmetaphors at 9:53 AM on July 13, 2017 (17 comments)

“...E3 displayed refreshing palette of kinky, coily, textured hair.”

At E3 2017, Black Characters' Hair Looks Better Than Ever [Kotaku] “While this year’s E3 was definitely full of afros, I noticed a difference. The hair looked right. It looked good, even, and it wasn’t played for a joke. Characters with afros, like this unnamed woman in the trailer for A Way Out, weren’t shucking and jiving. Her hair texture implies that “particulate mass of hyper-tight curls” that Narcisse describes. [...] There are a lot of cool looking games featuring—or even starring—black women that were shown at E3 this year. From Wolfenstein II’s hard-edged revolutionary to Far Cry 5's Grace Armstrong to the Dishonored DLC’s Billie Lurk, this was the first E3 in recent memory where I couldn’t just count all the women of all color on one hand. It’s frankly amazing, and I’m really excited to play these games. Especially Wolfenstein II. I love everything about this unnamed character who is part of the American resistance against the Nazis, and I want to meet this socialist revolutionary cell, thanks.”
posted to MetaFilter by Fizz at 5:18 PM on July 11, 2017 (23 comments)

"There's a good chance I may have committed some light...treason."

More shocking developments have come to light (Matt Shuham and Allegra Kirkland, TPM) in the on-going investigation into the Trump campaign's alleged efforts with the Russian Government to undermine the integrity of United States Presidential election and the candidacy of Hillary Clinton. Meanwhile, the so-called Better Care Reconciliation Act, the Republican effort to undermine health insurance for tens of millions people, has met with resistance from all parts of the political spectrum.
posted to MetaFilter by Excommunicated Cardinal at 10:10 AM on July 11, 2017 (3601 comments)

This Ken would like you to know that he is a graphic designer.

On Tuesday, Mattel unveiled a new line of diverse Ken dolls to accompany the now diverse Barbie (previously). But who are all these Kens? R. Eric Thomas of ELLE Magazine describes All the Ken Dolls You Will Meet in Your Lifetime.
posted to MetaFilter by Faint of Butt at 4:32 AM on June 21, 2017 (123 comments)

“The situations that cause outrage never go away for us.”

Smaller, and Smaller, and Smaller. by Marlon James [Facebook Post] A Brief History of Seven Killings author Marlon James writes an essay on Facebook about being big, close, and black in the United States of America.
posted to MetaFilter by Fizz at 11:42 AM on June 20, 2017 (5 comments)

"If you decide to see more, click on this story"

The last installment of the original “Choose Your Own Adventure” series came out in 1998, but since 2004, Chooseco, founded by one of the series’ original authors, R.A. Montgomery, has been republishing classic volumes, as well as new riffs on the form of interactive fiction that seemed ubiquitous in the 1980s and ’90s. The new editions also carry an additional feature—maps of the hidden structure of each book.

posted to MetaFilter by Lexica at 12:02 PM on June 14, 2017 (25 comments)

I pulled up to the house/in my six-four

A seamless mashup of >150 songs by >100 artists into one seamless four-minute track: The Hood Internet - 40 YEARS OF HIP HOP [slYT]
posted to MetaFilter by palindromic at 12:23 PM on June 7, 2017 (17 comments)

Cornbread Nation

The Southern Foodways Alliance is one weighed-down church-supper table, full of oral history/blog projects like The Tamale Trail, the Boudin Trail, interviews and recipes from the Bartenders of New Orleans, photo essay/interviews from , a mess o'homemade films, and a passel of event and BBQ-shack photos on Flickr, all smothered in the tangy-sweet academic goodness of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at Ole Miss. These folks get my vote for most flavorful, funkiest food-loving folklorists in the lower forty-eight.
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 6:07 PM on April 28, 2008 (15 comments)

The First Hell Daughters New Book, reviewed with mellifluous loathing

Ivanka Trump: Stepfordian Night Ghast of Neo Capitalism It’s true that anyone can be a dead-eyed Instagram husk of a human being frantically photoshopping themselves in the down-hours between soul-crushing corporate drudgery and unpaid emotional labour for some ungrateful lantern-jawed jock if they really want to, but it takes a special type of person to do all that whilst also being a decoy for a global backlash against women’s rights. - Laurie Penny pulls no punches in her review of Ivanka's latest self help manual.
posted to MetaFilter by mygothlaundry at 8:42 AM on May 16, 2017 (44 comments)

A Tale of Three Cities

A Tale of Three Cities: The State of Racial Justice in Chicago Report. "The central finding of this report is that racial and ethnic inequities in Chicago remain pervasive, persistent, and consequential. These inequities affect the lives of Chicagoans in every neighborhood; they have not just spatial but also deep historical roots and are embedded in our social, economic, political, and cultural institutions; and they have powerful effects on the experiences and opportunities of all Chicagoans." Report from the Institute for Research on Race & Public Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago.
posted to MetaFilter by goatdog at 11:02 AM on May 16, 2017 (1 comment)

Why Don't You Just Work Almost 20 Years With Nearly Nothing Going Wrong

You’ve probably heard the news that the celebrated post-WW II beating heart of America known as the middle class has gone from “burdened,” to “squeezed” to “dying.” But you might have heard less about what exactly is emerging in its place... Peter Temin, Professor Emeritus of Economics at MIT, draws a portrait of the new reality in a way that is frighteningly, indelibly clear: America is not one country anymore. It is becoming two, each with vastly different resources, expectations, and fates.
posted to MetaFilter by byanyothername at 10:48 AM on May 6, 2017 (79 comments)


[Vice] “It also understands the layers of racism and microaggressions: It isn't just about being called a "nigger" or having a cop pull a gun on you—though these events are in the series, because they're in our lives. It's also about the smaller, shitty moments that pile up: When a professor asks if anyone with a "special connection" to slavery wants to lead the discussion, as the white students all glance toward the one black student in a room, or a coach confusing a black student for the black athlete on his team. Or a white woman touching a black man's Afro, while saying he looks like Wiz Khalifa. These moments within the series are often played, simultaneously, for laughs and devastation: It's funny, because we've been there and know how utterly ridiculous these microaggressions are, and it's devastating because we've been there and know that how hurtful it was.”
posted to MetaFilter by Fizz at 7:15 PM on April 30, 2017 (43 comments)

Who Killed Otzi?

Often called the Iceman, he is the world’s most perfectly preserved mummy, a Copper Age fellow who had been frozen inside a glacier along the northern Italian border with Austria until warming global temperatures melted the ice and two hikers discovered him in 1991. Now clues emerge about his death.
posted to MetaFilter by infini at 11:25 AM on April 28, 2017 (21 comments)

Subject: Arthur was 100% black

"After thinking about it a bit more, I realized that, for many, this wasn't an inherent fact. Bugs Bunny is a rabbit, and while he is anthropomorphic, the suspension of disbelief only stretches so far for some people. It might not be a widely held understanding for white people, so immediately after talking to my friend about Bugs Bunny being black, I turned to my (admittedly, mostly white) colleagues and asked around. "Do you think Bugs Bunny is black?" I asked, only for many to not really understand the question."
posted to MetaFilter by palindromic at 11:22 AM on April 21, 2017 (124 comments)

Grant me the carving of my name

Hey guys, you know about that rule in archeology that says never go looking for a specific thing, and especially don't go looking for famous people because you'll almost NEVER find them?? Well, we think we may have found the grave of Richard III under your car park, maybe under a spot marked “R” on the asphalt. May we excavate?
posted to MetaFilter by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey at 12:03 PM on April 19, 2017 (29 comments)

"Winds are super bad. Love to everyone."

Jason Dearen has written a gripping long-form investigation of bad decisions, corporate greed, maritime culture, and human tragedy aboard the doomed cargo ship El Faro for AP News.
posted to MetaFilter by spitbull at 5:21 AM on April 14, 2017 (26 comments)
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