Things That Gave Us Life: The "Tomorrow" Edition
Words: mater mea
Our weekly roundup of the best things that happened online and IRL.
We felt like very proud aunties when we saw the December 2014 cover of Essence magazine with 11-year-old actress Quvenzhané Wallis. The young actress has found a steady stream of work that would make even the most august of actors jealous: from her 2012 Oscar-nominated role as Hushpuppy in Beasts of the Southern Wild to her upcoming take as little orphan Annie alongside Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz.
There's of course more accolades and roles for Wallis in the future, but we love this photo for capturing this bright, shining moment of her life. Get it, Quvenzhané!
mater mea's Gabrielle Rucker had a great conversation with curator Elissa Blount-Moorhead about her partnership with TNEG, a film studio focused on telling the stories of African-Americans through avant garde cinema. "What’s most important," Blount-Moorhead said, "is that [the black narrative] is not operating in the context of the white gaze.... I am constantly thirsty for representation and it does not have to be beautiful."
The interview has become one of the most shared pieces on the site since our relaunch, which, we have to say, is incredibly life-giving.
- Kendrick Lamar's official video for his new single "i" is a dark, sweaty, angsty, fun celebration that makes us love the song even more. (And Mr. Big makes an appearance!)
- This video of a little girl losing it when she sees her dad come home is too sweet and funny for words. You just have to watch it.
- "I taught my black kids that their elite upbringing would protect them from discrimination. I was wrong." New York attorney Lawrence Otis Graham's poignant essay in the Washington Post discusses how he and his family were quickly disabused of the notion that money can protect their children from racism when his 15-year-old son was called the N-word on a college campus.
This essay is incredibly sad for a number of reasons—the loss of innocence Graham's son experienced, the loss of control Graham felt after years of believing he and his wife's money could shelter their family from racism—but it's the nine-point list of rules the author created for his children before the incident that gave us pause.
- "The Other Side of Diversity"—a compelling look at what it's really like to be a black woman in the predominantly white tech industry.
- Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" gets a ridiculously fly cover once Chargaux got their hands on it. The Brooklyn violin-playing duo's video is just plain old fun. "Haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate, hate..."
- There were some cute babies voting alongside their moms on November 4 on our Instagram.