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" "It feels [like] CPS [Chicago Public Schools] has set us up into a situation where we have to decide which finger we don’t want," he says. "


She says with so many librarians being transferred to the classroom something bigger is being lost. In the library, they teach kids how to do research, how to find and evaluate information, which she says is even more important in the digital age.

"Kids don’t just know how to do that. It’s not a skill that they develop just because they have an iPhone or because they have a computer at home, which many of our students don’t have," she says.

Cusick and her colleagues don’t want to see librarians added at the expense of other positions, like art teachers and physical education teachers. But they also don’t want to see school libraries just become places where books are stored and meetings are held.

Librarians Are A Luxury Chicago Public Schools Can’t Afford

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" You feel like you want a role that’s going to be worthy of your talent,” she said. “And that’s why, when [How to Get Away With Murder] came along, I’m like, ‘OK, I want those types of roles. I want the flashy roles. I want to be No. 1 on the call sheet.’ I feel that I’ve worked long enough and hard enough that I deserve that. Yes, in film, you do get a lot of supporting roles, as an actor of color. You do. And I feel like, now, I want the flash! "

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Episode 2: Interview with Joy Mizan (Assistant Marketing Mgr)



Bev and Jenn talk with Bengali American Joy Mizan, an assistant marketing manager of humanities titles, about her experience in publishing along with her struggles and successes in the industry and also ask what Joy thinks may be a step in the right direction of increasing diversity and community in publishing. 

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Clearly, there’s more to the lack of diversity in children’s books than whether or not POC are creating and publishing them. Could it be that some lack the motivation to seek out the books that are already there? That’s what René Saldaña, Jr., is asking. Now, I am, too.

Mind you, I’m not saying that we don’t need more books by people of color, because we most certainly do. The numbers show that we are woefully off the mark in producing diverse books in numbers commensurate with the proportion of our ever-increasingly diverse population. But that said, I am suggesting that we, perhaps, look at the issue a little more closely, that we ask a few more uncomfortable, but necessary, questions.



Mister Cellophane by Nikki Grimes

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Looks like a wonderful project! Clarkesworld has been doing great work in the SF world, and this is a huge step toward being more globally inclusive. On their Twitter, they say their first stretch goal is to establish a translation fund for other languages, so Chinese is hopefully just the beginning.

" A friend was in town over the weekend, and just as he left, he said “Hey–we broke up. I wanted to tell you. And I wanted to thank you for always reminding me that it’s okay to be single.” He’s an old friend, in the awesome little brother category, a smart and sensitive person who’d been trying to make a relationship work. And there was a lot of pressure for him to make it work, because it would turn him into that magical thing our culture loves to celebrate—a married person!

And I’m so happy that my you are significant with or without a significant other mantra was valuable to him. That’s kind of one of my things—one of the things I love to tell people. A couple other things I love to tell people: go to counseling, make your own salad dressing, just about anyone can run a marathon. But I digress.

I love to tell people that it’s okay to be single because so many of my very favorite people are single. And it breaks my heart when they feel like they’re less or half or waiting around for their real lives to start. That’s garbage.

You are significant with or without a significant other. Marriage isn’t like being named prom queen. It’s a partnership, one I love being a part of. But it doesn’t make me more special. It’s not a status symbol. "


You are Significant With or Without a Significant Other

Here’s the truth: some of the worst people I know are married. I don’t know how it happens. And some of the truly best people I know are single. I don’t know how that happens, either.

But what I do know is it’s not about the fundamental value of the person in question. Your value is not up for grabs, and certainly your value is not riding on a cultural obsession with romance and tulle and diamonds.


Janelle Monae’s The Power of Yet is delightful!


Hope to see you there!

When Frontlist Authors Complain on Social Media


[on diversity in media] I think its social responsibility. I think it’s our responsibility to stand up and say what we want. It think if you look at television in the past two years, it’s becoming the decade of the female. Like, all these new shows with female leads. Even if you look at television, as well as cable, as well as films, there’s been a resurgence, as far as the leading woman in Hollywood, which is great. And I think we’re also at the point now…you know, it’s interesting…x

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Killian “Motherfucking Fabulous” Jones Moments special edition: Killian “I’m sexy and I know it” Jones.

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this was the best opening scene to a movie I have ever seen

Summah or Redbone.

im sorry I have to cause this one has gifs

The rat microphone though

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