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Things That Gave Us Life: The "Tomorrow" Edition


Things That Gave Us Life: The "Tomorrow" Edition

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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.