This is a version of Rapunzel by @rachel.isadora I read to 2nd grade today. When I got to this page: “Rapunzel was the most beautiful child,” someone in one of the classes said “oh my God, she’s ugly” (I didn’t reply, kept on reading the book but it underscored all the more why it was an important read). As I kept going and read it four times this week, I realized that’s why representation matters: not only for the brown, black and other kids to see themselves, but for every other kid to see them too. (She’s got gorgeous versions of Hansel and Grentle and lots of other books, check out the website). #weneeddiversebooks#childrenspicturebooks
2 3314 March, 2019
How can we get feedback to the airport staff? Children can’t wait 2 hours to enter or leave a line. (No one should have to...) And in recognition of the fact, every world class airport offers service to families. Because Lord knows, getting up the nerve to leave the house with kids is harrowing enough. Let alone forking over the cash for their tickets with one eye closed. The customs line shouldn’t be a deal breaker ... #travelingwithkids#airportlines
10 285 March, 2019
Been reading about Space to all of second grade and was delighted to come across Mae Among the Stars a picture book about #maejamison the first female African American astronaut in space (also first real astronaut with a cameo on Star Trek!). I didn’t know her story and it’s told her in a beautiful and inspiring way. Thank you @rodaworld for writing this book to inspire girls and boys to keep reaching for the stars. When she said astronaut, Mae’s kindergarten teacher asked her if being a nurse might be a better profession ... #picturebooks#picturebooksofinstagram#weneeddiversebooks
0 4530 January, 2019
The bar for teenage-hood-according-to-adults has never been lower. Can we just tell them that they all get a pass to be racist rapists until they get their adult minds? Oh wait - not all of them? Huh.
Saw @greenbookmovie last night and am still processing lots of thoughts so bear with me. It’s the reverse #drivingmissdaisy we need for our times. 1962: an Italian bouncer from New York drives a black pianist through the Deep South (and other places) for a concert tour using The Negro Motorist Green Book by Victor H. Green because they can’t stay at the same places due to Jim Crow laws that were alive and well. The Italian didn’t like black people before the trip and the musician couldn’t use the bathroom or eat at a table in most of the places he played; all of this is 100% true of the way the two men met in real life, traveled and eventually became friends. It’s heart-wrenching and also hilariously written (so much so I was braying in the theater at their impeccable comic timing). #viggomortenson put on 45! pounds for the part and @mahershalaali practiced piano for three hours a day. Yet it becomes Tony Lip’s story, the Italian bouncer of New York’s famed Copacabana, who later became an actor for parts representing Italian mafiosos on The Sopranos and The Godfather. Lip is the one who takes center stage (and might finally get Viggo that Oscar); it’s his redemption from a guy who throws away glasses that black plumbers use into one who learns how to write better letters to his wife from an educated black man that leaves us feeling good. We root for him to become the guy we know he can be because a) Mortenson makes him so likeable b) if he can turn it around then we don’t have to be as uncomfortable with all the other white people in the movie (and real life) then (and now) who can’t face their prejudices. The screenplay was co-written by Lip’s son, who it must be said, doesn’t turn away from his father’s racism (or anyone else’s). Though in Lip’s case this ends up lionizing him to show how far he came to become a good person. In the end, it’s a beautiful story, made more so by the truth in the telling, of an unlikely friendship of two men, that lasted the remainder of their lifetimes. It’s a shame that while they share the screen, only one can be nominated for Best Actor. And it isn’t the concert pianist; no, that one he gets second billing as supporting actor.
5 913 January, 2019
One of the most interesting viewing experiences in a long time. @netflix and #blackmirror have teamed up to let viewers design their own narrative of a teenager trying to create a video game. At some point we get some “Adaptation” like vibes when the character senses he’s been controlled by outside forces. Your choices (Frosties or Cornflakes, Jump or Turnaway, Yes or No) guide the rest of the viewing experience. We made it through quite a few endings and as they got more more macabre, “Exit(ed) to Credits”. Will likely return again for another viewing... our generation’s Choose Your Own Adventure come to the big screen! Have you seen it? (Ps it will only play on certain devices and Apple TV is not one of them...) #televisionseries
3 98 January, 2019
The year that was 2018... lots of lows but of course you won’t see them here. Only the highs (and apparently y’all are a fan of throwbacks 🤣). Couldn’t have made it through either without a guiding word. 2018’s was: “less” to help make decisions along the way and the counsel of wise friends. 2019’s? Fearless. We ain’t skereed! Together forward. #bestnine2018
2 4631 December, 2018
Ain’t no snow nor mistletoe but that’s how we do things around here. Merry Christmas dear ones! #bouganvillea
Any explanations for what this photo is doing on my health card application are welcome ... (and yes it was stapled to the copies of my ID)... bonus points if you know someone who knows someone who can identify him ... #hamadhealthcard