"I Can’t Stop"
Ever sent out a text you wish you could delete before OR after it’s read? Need to keep details of your business ultra-confidential? Want to make phone calls or send emails completely off the record? Entrepreneur Dez White has created a suite of applications—Invisible Text, Invisible Social, Invisible Call, and Invisible Email—that accomplish all of the above, and then some.
The new bill will allow gun owners to carry their weapons in airports and bars, as well as permit some staff members to carry firearms in schools.
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"What’s On Your Mind?"
Of course, we have climbed many mountains, and mastery of craft is not a luxury for writers of color, it is a necessity. But many of our gifts and challenges won’t be seen or recognized within a white cultural context. Nuances of codeswitching, racial microaggressions, the emotional reality of surviving white supremacy, self-translation—these are all layers of the non-white experience that rarely make it into mainstream literature, even when the characters look like us.
The disproportionally white publishing industry matters because agents and editors stand between writers and readers. Anika Noni Rose put it perfectly in Vanity Fair this month: “There are so many writers of color out there, and often what they get when they bring their books to their editors, they say, ‘We don’t relate to the character.’ Well it’s not for you to relate to! And why can’t you expand yourself so you can relate to the humanity of a character as opposed to the color of what they are?”
So we are wary. The publishing industry looks a lot like one of these best-selling teenage dystopias: white and full of people destroying each other to survive.
This is why money isn’t speech. Freedom of speech as a functional element in democratic life assumes that such freedom can be meaningfully deployed. But the unleashing of yet more money into politics allows a very limited class of people to drown out the money “speech” of everyone else—but especially those with a deep, overwhelmingly well documented history of being denied voice and presence in American political life.
— Ta-Nehisi Coates, “John Roberts and the Color of Money”
— Tony Robbins
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The follow up question is, ‘What white writers can effectively inject black culture into their storytelling?’ Answer: NONE. Follow up answer? AND THAT’S OKAY. Writers also bring their culture to the table when they write. They can’t help it and they shouldn’t help it. And because of this we need writers of all backgrounds to show all of the different beautiful facets of humanity. When a writer of Background A tells a story about a character of Background B, you will ALWAYS be getting Background B through a filter of A—which doesn’t mean that you are getting a bad story! That filter could be fabulous! But it will always be a filter. We need stories about Backgrounds A-Z—filtered and unfiltered. To have stories that remind us of home and to see home through fresh eyes.
— Cheryl Lynn Eaton
Needed this today.