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Things That Gave Us Life: The "We Still Wanna Be Down" Edition



Things That Gave Us Life "We Still Wanna Be Down" Edition

Words: mater mea

Our weekly roundup of the best things that happened online and IRL.

Brandy was a pretty big deal in our childhoods. Her braids were a point of reference at the hair salon, and her raspy voice made up the soundtrack to our preadolescent crushes. (Our founder may or may not have cribbed the lyrics to "I Wanna Be Down" in a note to her elementary school crush.)

So you can imagine our excitement when we heard that Brandy performed the remix at the 2014 BET Hip-Hop Music Awards, joined by rappers MC Lyte, Yo-Yo, and Queen Latifah. We were here for each one of these women's performances, but still can't get the hand dancing moves down.

Albert Watson/Harpers Bazaar

We love how calm, cool, and collected 13-year-old sports phenom Mo'Ne Davis is in an interview with Harper's Bazaar. The first girl to pitch a shutout game in the history of the Little League World Series, Davis has known her potential way before landing the cover of Sports Illustrated this past summer:

"Note that her eyes look like a tiger's and she replies, 'I'm tiger-hearted.' Since when? 'I dunno.' She shrugs. 'Since day one.'"

  • We were so happy with the response to our first international mom's feature with Nicole Blake, written by Satya Nelms. Nicole's openness and honesty about being a single mother abroad really resonated with us and many of our readers.
  • The crowdfunded and sorely needed movie Dear White People, a satire about racial politics set on a college campus, is out in theaters today. 
  • Strand bookstore has an online feature that shares what some of our favorite authors, like Terry McMillan (Waiting to Exhale) and Edwige Danticat (Brother, I'm Dying), have on their bookshelves. Now if only there was a way to have a book club with them...
  • Our good friend journalist David Dennis Jr. writes, in heart-wrenching detail, about how his then two-day old son almost died. It's an incredibly beautiful and life-affirming read.
  • This Key & Peele sketch perfectly captures texting your friends, and why it can be so maddening.
  • We want to read Michaela DePrince's memoir "Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina" after watching its uplifting trailer. Abandoned by her one remaining family member in war-torn Sierra Leone, DePrince was ranked the "least favorable" child of her orphanage because of her vitiligo. "By then I thought I already lost so many people that I loved, I thought nothing good is ever going to happen to me again." Sorry to speak Internet, but the story behind her adoption, her relationship with her American mother, and her rise in the ballet world gave us all the feels.

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