Things That Gave Us Life: The "Hungry Women" Edition
Words: mater mea
Our weekly roundup of the best things that happened online and IRL.
When it comes to making moves in your chosen industry, the importance of a mentor can't be overstated. Part coach, part career counselor, part friend, these people can light the path to self-discovery and job satisfaction.
That's why we love this video of Issa Rae, creator of the hit web series Awkward Black Girl, sitting down with Gina Prince-Bythewood (writer/director of Love & Basketball and the hotly anticipated Beyond the Lights) and Lena Waithe (producer of Dear White People). Along with enjoying the candid conversation on their craft, Waithe explains how influential Prince-Bythewood has been to her career development and for helping her get to where she is now. The stories of women helping women is amazing to hear.
ABC's black-ish has brought the black family sitcom back to television screens after a long hiatus. Before its arrival, it wasn't that uncommon to see our friends reminiscing on social media about a time when sitcoms like The Cosby Show, A Different World, The Fresh Prince of Bel Aire greeted us every evening.
But it may not have been as long of an absence as we thought. Code Switch, NPR's blog on race, culture, and ethnicity that gives us life on a regular basis, put together an epic timeline of 51 family sitcoms featuring people of color. It made us remember some of our favorite sitcoms like 227. Tell us which ones were your favorite and why in the comment section below.
- Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit” is an iconic song that captures one of the darkest practices in American history. NPR tells the fascinating story behind the song and the man who created it. (For those of you who want to delve deeper into this, read David Margolick's book of the same title.)
- "Evidence of America's slave history simply must be preserved, as the legacy of slavery affects all American people." So writes actress Lupita Nyong'o in a letter to Richmond, Virginia mayor Dwight C. Jones in a handwritten letter opposing plans to erect a minor league baseball stadium in "what was once the center of Richmond's thriving slave-trading center," the Associated Press reports.
- We recently launched The 3, a new feature that highlights one woman's fashion sense translated at work, at home, and at play. HuffPost Home editor Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson's carefree style made for a great debut! (To see more of Cumberbatch Anderson and her family, take a look at Aphrochic and Apartment Therapy's tour of her beautiful Brooklyn home.)
- Black women all around the world are making great strides in science, sports, technology, business… You name it, we're there. It’s good to know that the little ones are watching and following suit in their own way.
- Yetunde Taiwo, better know as the Afropolitan Chef, adds a modern twist to cuisine of African origin. She's worked on growing her business for the past seven years, and is about to see the fruits of that labor soon when her new cookbook drops just in time for Thanksgiving.
- Worlds collide: mater mea friend Sydnie Mosley appeared in past mater mea mom Jamilah Lemieux's searing essay on street harassment!