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An Open Letter to Publishers | Teaching Tolerance

An Open Letter to Publishers | Teaching Tolerance | Diverse Books and Media | Scoop.it

Kids like to learn about themselves and others while reading. If you’ve spent time with young people, you know the sparkle in their eyes a book can generate, the excitement they show when they find a good story and the contagious energy they emit when they learn about something new.

 

This means you have great power when you publish books. You get to decide whose stories children learn about. The act of publishing sends a message of importance. It tells kids—and adults—that the story is true and valued. If we’re all working collectively to ensure our children are given accurate representations of the lived experiences of diverse people, you have a particular responsibility to thoroughly vet manuscripts for the accurate representation of subjugation and resistance.

 

Here’s why.

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Every 10 seconds, someone on Twitter calls a woman a ‘slut’ or ‘whore’

Every 10 seconds, someone on Twitter calls a woman a ‘slut’ or ‘whore’ | Diverse Books and Media | Scoop.it
What gives, Twitter? There’s still a whole lot of ladies being harassed on your platform.
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The League of Professional Theatre Women Presents Actress and Dancer Carmen de Lavallade

The League of Professional Theatre Women Presents Actress and Dancer Carmen de Lavallade | Diverse Books and Media | Scoop.it
The League of Professional Theatre Women is pleased to present CARMEN DE LAVALLADE, actress, dancer, choreographer, for the next Oral History interview. She will sit down with dance journalist Deborah Jowitt to discuss her large body of work. The event will take place on Monday, June 27, 2016 at 6:00 pm in the Bruno Walter Auditorium of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts on 65th Street & Amsterdam Avenue. Admission is free, but seats will be on a first-come-first-seated basis.

BettyCorwin, who produces the Oral History series with Pat Addiss and Ludovica Villar-Hauser, is "delighted that Carmen De Lavallade, who has an unparalleled career in dance, theatre film and television, has agreed to be interviewed by Deborah Jowitt, dancer, choreographer and writer, for our next Oral History program on June 27th. Ms De Lavallade, known for her grace and elegance, has performed on the world's greatest stages, has been a dance and theatre treasure for more than six decades and is an inspiration to other artists in the truest sense of the word."
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Quiara Alegria Hudes on Why She Wrote Daphne's Dive & How Lin-Manuel Miranda Is Like Seinfeld's Kramer

Quiara Alegria Hudes on Why She Wrote Daphne's Dive & How Lin-Manuel Miranda Is Like Seinfeld's Kramer | Diverse Books and Media | Scoop.it
Quiara Alegría Hudes is an award-winning writer whose works include the Tony-winning musical In the Heights (for which she wrote the book), the children's musical Barrio Grrrl! and the plays Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue, 26 Miles, Yemaya's Belly and Water By the Spoonful, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2012. Born and raised in Philadelphia, where she has set many of her works, Hudes lives in a spacious Washington Heights apartment with breathtaking views of the Hudson River. The scribe recently invited Broadway.com over for a chat about the inspiration for off-Broadway's Daphne’s Dive, her collaboration with director Thomas Kail, her neighbor and pal Lin-Manuel Miranda and how music infuses her work.
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How "Hamilton" Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda Is Building A Brand For The Ages

How "Hamilton" Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda Is Building A Brand For The Ages | Diverse Books and Media | Scoop.it

“There are many other timelines that could have been,” says Hamilton writer, composer, and star Lin-Manuel Miranda of his trajectory. “But this is what happened, and I am aware that there is a giant spotlight on me.” [Photos: ioulex; Styling: Michael Fisher for Starworks Artists; Grooming: Asia Geiger for Art Department]


The history-making Broadway icon recast history to reflect contemporary America, and found innovative ways to put fans first.

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Spoken Word piece from Homewood Flosssmoor HS Senior Talent Show by Taiylar Ball "Dear Black Girls"

Spoken Word piece from Homewood Flosssmoor HS Senior Talent Show by Taiylar Ball "Dear Black Girls"
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.@TaiylarStarrxo was banned from prom after performing her poem to her school. Enjoy her #freedomofexpression below!
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The Adventures of Library Girl: Five Ways School Librarians Can Meet The Needs of Students in Poverty

The Adventures of Library Girl: Five Ways School Librarians Can Meet The Needs of Students in Poverty | Diverse Books and Media | Scoop.it

This afternoon the librarians in my school district had the great privilege of (virtually) spending an hour with Donalyn Miller, talking about all the ways that we can be independent reading champions for our students. The conversation was rich and important and I am so grateful to her for sharing this time with us. 

That said, one of the (many) pieces of information Donalyn shared during our time together was the recent research suggesting that children raised in homes with (access to) more than 500 books (over the course of their lifetime) spend an average of three years longer in school than children whose homes contain little or no print material. In fact, this research goes onto to point out that growing up in a household with 500 or more books is “as great an advantage as having university-educated rather than unschooled parents, and twice the advantage of having a professional rather than an unskilled father.”

That’s kind of amazing. But it also got me thinking….

500 books. That’s huge. Even though we’re talking about children having access to that number of books over the course of their lifetime (and not all at once), for families living in poverty, that number may as well be a million.

I’ve written and spoken before about my own experiences growing up in poverty, but I don’t think I’ve ever shared this story. . .


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Controversy: A Recap of the copyright issues surrounding Prince's estate - Creative Commons blog

Controversy: A Recap of the copyright issues surrounding Prince's estate - Creative Commons blog | Diverse Books and Media | Scoop.it

Prince performing in Brussels during the Hit N Run Tour in 1986, CC-by-2.0

Today at Copyright On!, Britton Payne discussed the unique copyright situation surrounding Prince’s estate. This potentially long and bitter battle could shape the future of music copyright to come. Prince fought a number of legendary copyright battles, which makes this current fight over the ownership of his works particularly interesting.


As Payne writes, “Prince was a tireless advocate of his rights as an artist, using copyright law to control and protect his artistic footprint, even when it seemed like it would cost him more than it would gain. For different reasons, it appears that more contentious exploration of copyright law will continue to be part of his legacy.”


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Judge Jones and a Call to End Racial Discrimination

Judge Jones and a Call to End Racial Discrimination | Diverse Books and Media | Scoop.it

May 26, 2016

Judge Nathaniel R. Jones, former lawyer and judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals who served as general counsel for the NAACP and author of Answering the Call: An Autobiography of the Modern Struggle to End Racial Discrimination in America (The New Press, 2016), discusses the evolution of racial equality in America, starting with the victories of the civil rights era and continues into the present in Ferguson, Baltimore and beyond.


LISTEN:  https://www.wnyc.org/radio/#/ondemand/622787

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Switched out photo accompanying story -- which you can see at http://pin.it/NKN7H_C -- for a photo of the cover of Jones's book, which I reviewed for Booklist magazine at http://booklistonline.com/Answering-the-Call-An-Autobiography-of-the-Modern-Struggle-to-End-Racial-Discrimination-in-America-Nathaniel-R-Jones/pid=8028818
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In Praise of Dick Gregory

In Praise of Dick Gregory | Diverse Books and Media | Scoop.it

BY HANK REICHMAN

Last December, in response to the wave of student protests about racial injustice on campus, some of which advanced demands that could threaten academic freedom, I published an essay “On Student Academic Freedom.” In that essay, I wrote that student protesters

have made and will again make mistakes. They will offend others even as they respond to deeper offenses against their own dignity. They may demonstrate indifference to the rights of others, as protesters everywhere always have. But, in doing so, they will learn. And that, it seems to me, is the essential point. Student academic freedom, in the final analysis, is about the freedom to learn. And learning is impossible without error. . .

A good example of such a mistake, I think, was the demand raised recently by minority students at Matteo Ricci College of Seattle University that a dean be dismissed because she had recommended that a student read comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory’s memoir, which he had provocatively titled Nigger. Now Gregory himself has responded with a brilliant essay that calmly and thoughtfully teaches — while not at all hectoring — these students and, indeed, all of us. “I am not offended by Dean Kelly’s use of the word ‘nigger,’” he writes"...

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Four Chicago artists to be featured in PBS series

Four Chicago artists to be featured in PBS series | Diverse Books and Media | Scoop.it

Theaster Gates has angered some with proposed changes at the DuSable Museum. | Sun-Times file photo

Four Chicago visual artists will be the subject of the first episode of the Peabody Award-winning documentary television series “Art in the Twenty-First Century,” when it begins its eighth season on PBS this fall.

With Claire Danes, the Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actress, serving as host, the four-part series will look at artists from Chicago, Mexico City, Los Angeles and Vancouver. The initial episode, on Sept. 16, will put the spotlight on Chicago with a look at the work of:


Nick Cave

Theaster Gates

Barbara Kasten

Chris Ware

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BET film compellingly chronicles rise of Black Lives Matter

BET film compellingly chronicles rise of Black Lives Matter | Diverse Books and Media | Scoop.it

"Black Lives Matter" is written in yellow on the base of the Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument on Mount Royal Avenue in Baltimore. (Kim Hairston / Baltimore Sun)


"Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement"  is television that matters in its own right.

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THE DIARY OF A HOUNSLOW GIRL

Streamed live on May 25, 2016

WATCH LIVE STREAM: JOIN US FROM 7.20 FOR LIVE INTERVIEWS BEFORE CURTIAN UP FOR THE LIVE STREAM: 7.30PM ON WED 25 MAY INCLUDING BACKSTAGE CHAT & POST-SHOW Q&A. WHEREEVER YOUR ARE WATCHING YOU CAN TWEET OR FACEBOOK YOUR QUESTIONS FOR THE Q&A AFTER THE SHOW TO #HOUNSLOWGIRL
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Asian-American Actors Are Fighting for Visibility. They Will Not Be Ignored.

Asian-American Actors Are Fighting for Visibility. They Will Not Be Ignored. | Diverse Books and Media | Scoop.it

From left: Daniel Dae Kim, Aziz Ansari, Constance Wu and BD Wong Credit Todd Heisler/The New York Times


Actors like Daniel Dae Kim, Constance Wu, BD Wong and Aziz Ansari have become frank critics of their industry, calling out Hollywood for “whitewashing.”

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How We Raised $27,000 on Kickstarter for a Film About Black Teen Identity, First Love and Islam | Filmmaker Magazine

How We Raised $27,000 on Kickstarter for a Film About Black Teen Identity, First Love and Islam | Filmmaker Magazine | Diverse Books and Media | Scoop.it
My name is Nijla Mu’min and I’m an award-winning writer/filmmaker from the East Bay Area. In March, I launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $25,000 for my first feature film, Jinn. Jinn is a coming-of-age drama about a teenage black girl named Summer whose life is turned upside down when her mother abruptly converts to Islam and becomes a different person, prompting Summer to reevaluate her life and identity. It’s a fun, fresh exploration of millennial culture, Islam, and first love. Since the campaign ended, fellow independent filmmakers and colleagues have reached out to me for insight on how to run a successful crowdfunding campaign. While the advice listed below is specific to my experience, it can apply to any filmmaker trying to engage with supporters and reach their funding goal. A crowdfunding campaign is hard, fun, and might seem impossible, but these tips can make the ride a little smoother. I hope.
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Inside The Mind Of "Hamilton" Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda [VIDEO]

The writer and star of cultural phenomenon Hamilton has redefined music, theater, and history. Peek inside the brilliance.
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Lin-Manuel Miranda: Latest News, Work, Videos, Photos on Fast Company

Lin-Manuel Miranda: Latest News, Work, Videos, Photos on Fast Company | Diverse Books and Media | Scoop.it
Lin-Manuel Miranda is an award-winning composer, lyricist, and performer. He wrote the book, music, and lyrics for the rap musical Hamilton, which opened on Broadway in 2015 following a sold-out run at New York’s Public Theater and has grossed more than $62 million. He also plays the title role. The original Broadway cast recording of Hamilton won the 2016 Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album; the show also won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It was nominated for a record 16 Tony Awards in 2016. The show’s opening number, “Alexander Hamilton,” was previewed at the White House during its first-ever Evening of Poetry and the Spoken Word in 2009, with Miranda and the show’s cast returning to the White House in 2016 to perform selections for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, as well as a group of local students. Miranda’s first Broadway musical, In the Heights, garnered four 2008 Tony Awards, including a Tony for Best Score, and a 2009 Grammy for its original Broadway cast album, and was recognized as a finalist for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in Drama.

Off the stage, Miranda is a 2015 MacArthur Fellow and serves in the Dramatists Guild's Council, on New York City’s Theater Subdistrict Council, and is a member and cofounder of Freestyle Love Supreme, a hip-hop improv group. Through the Hamilton Education Program, Miranda is helping 11th graders in New York City public schools learn American history through a series of videos and study guides that Miranda helped develop. He has also used the popularity of the show to help raise money for Graham Windham, the orphanage that Eliza Hamilton started and that is sung about in the show’s closing number.

Miranda received his B.A. from Wesleyan University in 2002. He currently lives in New York with his wife, son, and dog.
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Facing Slavery’s Legacy at Georgetown: What Can Historians Contribute? - American Historical Association

Facing Slavery’s Legacy at Georgetown: What Can Historians Contribute? - American Historical Association | Diverse Books and Media | Scoop.it

Extract from Bill of Sale for 84 Slaves from Thomas Mulledy to Henry Johnson, November 29, 1838. Georgetown Slavery Archive


Adam Rothman of Georgetown's Working Group on Slavery, Memory and Reconciliation discusses the group's efforts to document the school's legacy of slavery.


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DK Launches Braille Line of Picture Books

DK Launches Braille Line of Picture Books | Diverse Books and Media | Scoop.it
DK Launches Braille Line of Picture Books http://www.cbcbooks.org/dk-launches-braille-line-of-picture-books/#.V0Mu8bgrIdU DK Publishing has created a new series of braille books for visuall

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Wild Apricot Blog : Accommodating Volunteers with Disabilities

Wild Apricot Blog : Accommodating Volunteers with Disabilities | Diverse Books and Media | Scoop.it
This is a guest post by Susan J. Ellis, president of Energize, Inc. and originally published in Energize’s Volunteer Management Monthly Update.  More of Susan’s “Quick Tips” can be found on the on Energize Web site.

Accessibility and diversity are about accommodating everyone, not just people with disabilities or people who are from minority groups. You want to make volunteering as welcoming to the widest number of people possible

Much of what is recommended to create accessibility for people with disabilities turns out to be helpful to everyone. Adding subtitles to your online videos not only makes it possible for people with hearing impairments to understand the material, but also increases their usefulness for people learning English and for people who do not have headphones handy and want to watch the video with the sound turned down so as not to disturb people around them.

What is a disability, anyway? Large numbers of people wear reading glasses - assistive technology devices - yet many Web sites use tiny font sizes inaccessible to them without their glasses. Some people with physical limitations have far more expertise in various professional and technical areas than able-bodied people. The point is this: Do not divide volunteers into those-with-disabilities and those-without-disabilities.

A volunteer resources manager does not have to become an expert in disabilities to involve people with disabilities as volunteers. Educating yourself about various disabilities in general, however, can help you learn to better accommodate a variety of volunteers in your program.

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Tweet from @BET

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Tonight it’s a @LaurensGrant TAKEOVER, she’ll be answering all your questions ! Use the hashtag #StayWokeChat
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About Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement

About Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement | Diverse Books and Media | Scoop.it

BET’S AWARD-WINNING THE TRUTH SERIES RETURNS WITH THE PREMIERE OF AN ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY ON THE RISE OF THE BLACK LIVES MATTER MOVEMENT

STAY WOKE: THE BLACK LIVES MATTER MOVEMENT PREMIERES THURSDAY, MAY 26 AT 9 PM ET/PT ON BET

The ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY IS PRODUCED AND DIRECTED BY acclaimed filmmaker Laurens Grant

NEW YORK, NY – May 16, 2016. Dubbed the new “civil rights movement”, #BlackLivesMatter launched a transformative grassroots movement that moved from social media to the streets across America. As news and images of the senseless deaths of Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Freddie Grey and others spread online, a new generation of civil rights activists came together demanding institutional change. From scheduled marches, to assembled sit-ins and to heated rallies across the country, protesters and communities pushed the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter into a worldwide rallying cry. This is the real story of brave young people who have found their voice to lead a powerful social movement. Now these activists face the daunting challenge of turning protest - into lasting change. Directed and produced by Laurens Grant (Black Panthers - Vanguard of the Revolution) and executive produced by actor/activist Jesse Williams (Grey’s Anatomy) the BET original documentary STAY WOKE: THE BLACK LIVES MATTER MOVEMENT,” will have its broadcast premiere on Thursday, May 26 at 9 PM ET/PT.

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Prince with Miles Davis – Full Show – 1987 | Songpills Music

Prince with Miles Davis - Full Show - 1987

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The Musketeers, all ten episodes of the third season | Hulu - Watch TV, Originals, and Hit Movies

The Musketeers, all ten episodes of the third season | Hulu - Watch TV, Originals, and Hit Movies | Diverse Books and Media | Scoop.it
The Musketeers: Breathing new life into the classic novel by Alexandre Dumas, The Musketeers is packed with action, adventure and romance. Set on the streets of 17th-century Paris, where law and order is more an idea than reality, the series follows the horse riding, sword-wielding Musketeers Athos, Aramis and Porthos. Far more than King Louis XIII's personal bodyguards, they ultimately stand resolutely for social justice: for honor, for valor, for love and for the thrill of it.
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