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Things That Gave Us Life: The Giggles Edition

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Things That Gave Us Life: The Giggles Edition


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

Prepare yourself for an overdose of Internet cuteness. Best pals Libby and her pet pig Pearl have captured our hearts with their adorable relationship!

Issa Rae Book

Issa Rae, the genius behind the Internet sensation The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girlsat down with Chicago Magazine to talk about her new book and upcoming HBO show. Rae shared details about what it’s like to be a “Halfrican,” working with major networks, and the success of her web series.



This week’s episode of Billy on the Street hosted by comedian Billy Eichner was brought to us by First Lady Michelle Obama and Big Bird. That’s right! FLOTUS and our big yellow Sesame Street friend answered funny trivia questions and slow danced to Aerosmith's "I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing.” The cute appearance was in order to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the “Let’s Move” initiative and bring awareness to Mrs. Obama’s “Eat Brighter” campaign.


Each year we celebrate truly deserving icons of the Civil Rights Movement. But there are many others who go unmentioned due to the complications of societal norms.

NPR and Salon profiled Dr. Pauli Murray, "the black, queer, feminist legal trailblazer you never heard about." Murray's feats were many and included refusing to move to the back of a bus 15 years before Rosa Parks and co-founding the National Organization of Women. One of her law school papers informed the Thurgood Marshall-led NAACP's Brown v. Board of Education case.


Have you ever wondered who is responsible for the magical musical moments in some of our most beloved films? Essence Magazine gave us a rare treat by speaking with Morgan Rhodes, the music supervisor for movies such as Selma and Middle of Nowhere.


Saturday Night Live celebrated its 40th anniversary on television. When SNL alum Ellen Cleghorne asked “Why aren't there more black women?” during a sketch, the comedienne was asking a question that's been on everyone's mind for years.


Adrian Miller, the author who brought us a historical account of African-American cuisine, is serving up a new book. The working title says it all: The President’s Kitchen Cabinet: The Hidden History of African American Presidential Chefs. According to Miller, every American president has had an African-American cooking in the kitchen. The completed book is set to feature family recipes handed down for generations as well as first-hand accounts.


How do African Americans shop? Nielson, the global expert on what people like to watch and buy, released two YouTube videos this week aimed at supporting conscious African-American consumers in honor of Black History Month. Four millennials sat down and shared common consumer thought processes and practices in the African-American community. The videos highlighted important issues like proper representation in advertising and shopping within your own community.


Ashley Poag is mater mea's intern and an aspiring multimedia journalist.