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Oscar's First Black Winner Hattie McDaniel Accepted Her Honor in a Segregated 'No Blacks' Hotel in L.A.

Oscar's First Black Winner Hattie McDaniel Accepted Her Honor in a Segregated 'No Blacks' Hotel in L.A. | Diverse Books and Media | Scoop.it

by Seth Abramovitch  2/19/2015 9:00am PST

 

It's been 75 years since Hattie McDaniel won for 'Gone With the Wind,' accepting her award at the Ambassador's Cocoanut Grove nightclub. Four husbands, a friendship with Clark Gable and 74 maid roles later, she died, her body refused by a segregated cemetery, her statuette now missing, but with her descendants devoted to her memory.

 

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Summer Reading Lists by @librariesval on Flipboard

Summer Reading Lists by @librariesval on Flipboard | Diverse Books and Media | Scoop.it
Lists of books to read over the summer... or any time, really

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The Breakout Season and the Evolution of Diversity on the Great “White” Way | Playbill

The Breakout Season and the Evolution of Diversity on the Great “White” Way | Playbill | Diverse Books and Media | Scoop.it
A dozen actors and creatives—including Kenny Leon, Alex Lacamoire, Audra McDonald, Sophie Okonedo, Ruthie Ann Miles and more—weigh in on the season that challenged the status quo and raised new questions on Broadway’s “new normal.”
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Unidentified Suburban Object: Middle Grade Giveaway

Unidentified Suburban Object: Middle Grade Giveaway | Diverse Books and Media | Scoop.it
THE GIVEAWAY
The Nitty Gritty
1) Who Can Enter? Librarians, educators & community organizers serving grades 05-09.
2) How Can the Winning Books Be Used? We prefer that your winning book is available for school or public circulation and is not used not as a personal read or gift.
3) Will You Sell My Name or Info? Nope. Never. That would be evil.
4) How Will I Know If I Won? Winners will be announced by their institution name, city & state on 6/6/16 here.
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Don’t see the form? Pop over here.

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After the rediscovery of a 19th-century novel, our view of black female writers is transformed

After the rediscovery of a 19th-century novel, our view of black female writers is transformed | Diverse Books and Media | Scoop.it
Two years ago, I was in the United Kingdom working on a follow-up project for my books “Black London” and “Black Victorians/Black Victoriana.” While looking through old British newspapers, I was astonished to read an 1893 announcement in The Daily Telegraph proclaiming Sarah E. Farro to be “the first negro novelist” with the publication of her novel “True Love.”

I wondered: who was this woman? And why didn’t we know about this reportedly groundbreaking novel?

The Daily Telegraph didn’t get it exactly right: we know now that Farro wasn’t the first African-American novelist. Nonetheless, she appears nowhere in the canon of African-American literature.

After doing more research, I soon realized that Farro had made her mark writing about white people – and that this may also be the reason her work was forgotten. Learning of a black woman whose race was documented, whose novel was published – but who disappeared in the historical record – can change how we think about African-American literature.
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Windy City Times publishes LGBT Visitor's Guide to Chicago and Illinois - Gay Lesbian Bi Trans News Archive - Windy City Times

Windy City Times publishes LGBT Visitor's Guide to Chicago and Illinois - Gay Lesbian Bi Trans News Archive - Windy City Times | Diverse Books and Media | Scoop.it
Visitors to Chicago have a new guide to help navigate LGBTQ and mainstream events and places to see: The OUT! Guide: Chicago's LGBTQ Visitor's Guide is now available.

The 124-page guide, published by Windy City Times, includes a section on things to do outside of the city, from the Shawnee National Forest to Starved Rock State Park and Springfield. The rest of the guide focuses on Chicago and its suburbs, with hundreds of attractions, museums, art galleries, architectural locations, theaters, dance companies, restaurants, music venues, LGBT clubs and parties, sports leagues, bookstores, events and more listed. There's also a quick reference to travel and accommodations, and a guide to the city's many neighborhoods.

While a lot of the LGBTQ community is concentrated on the city's North Side, especially in Boystown, Lakeview and Andersonville, the guide is careful to provide things to do across the city and suburbs, from Pullman, Little Village, Bridgeport and Hyde Park to Humboldt Park, Oak Park and Evanston. And the traditional downtown tourist attractions are also included, such as Millennium Park, the Art Institute and Navy Pier.

The guide will be distributed throughout Illinois and in neighboring states, and is available as a free download on the Windy City Times website.

View the low-res version at the link: www.windycitymediagroup.com/pdf/outchicagolgbtqvisitorguide_low.pdf .

View the high-res version at the link: www.windycitymediagroup.com/pdf/outchicagolgbtqvisitorguide_hi.pdf .

U.S. visitors can also request a free copy to be mailed to them, on a limited basis, by emailing editor@windycitymediagroup.com with the full name and mailing address for the copy to be mailed.

Windy City Times is a weekly LGBTQ newspaper founded in 1985. See www.windycitymediagroup.com .
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The Immortal Myths About Online Abuse — Humane Tech — Medium

The Immortal Myths About Online Abuse - Humane Tech - Medium
After building online communities for two decades, we’ve learned how to fight abuse. It’s a solvable problem. We just have to stop repeating the same myths as excuses not to fix things.

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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

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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

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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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‘The Lynching’ examines the trial that sacked the Klan

‘The Lynching’ examines the trial that sacked the Klan | Diverse Books and Media | Scoop.it
Posted: 12:00 a.m. Friday, May 27, 2016

In 1981, MTV made its debut on cable television. IBM introduced the personal computer. The space shuttle Columbia launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

In the same year in Mobile, Ala., a 19-year-old man named Michael Donald, the seventh and last beloved child of Beulah Mae Donald, was abducted at gunpoint by Henry Hays and James Knowles, members of the United Klans of America’s local Klavern 900, and driven to a secluded wooded area near a garbage dump where he was killed. Hays and Knowles then tied Donald’s body to a tree on a vacant lot on Herndon Avenue, in what would be the first lynching since the 1960s.

Laurence Leamer’s “The Lynching: The Epic Courtroom Battle That Brought Down the Klan,” recounts the arrest and criminal conviction of Hays, who was sentenced to death, as well as Knowles’ plea deal for life in prison in exchange for his testimony against Hays. The book’s primary focus, though, is the federal civil suit, Beulah Mae Donald, as Executor of the Estate of Michael Donald, Deceased v. United Klans of America, et al., and the $7 million verdict in favor of Donald, which caused financial ruin to the United Klans of America, the largest and most violent faction of the Ku Klux Klan.

It’s a chilling subject that makes the fictionalized courtroom scenes in Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” read like a bedtime story.

“The Lynching” casts a wide net, covering nearly four decades of racial strife and civil rights activism in the South, including the integration of Alabama public schools, in particular, Autherine Lucy’s 1956 attempt to attend classes at the University of Alabama; the 1963 bombing of 16th Street Baptist Church, which killed Addie Mae Collins, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley and Denise McNair; the 1965 killing of 39-year-old freedom rider Viola Gregg Liuzzo; and the Selma marches.
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When Scholars Cry: Celebrating the Career of Thomas C. Holt

When Scholars Cry: Celebrating the Career of Thomas C. Holt | Diverse Books and Media | Scoop.it
Courtesy of Emily Lynn Osborn (University of Chicago)

If you’ve never seen a historian cry, you’re probably hanging out with the wrong historians. The day you see multiple world-renowned historians literally break down at the podium while countless others shed tears in the audience, life will never be the same. You will at once know and feel what it really means to be an intellectual. While academic conferences may occasionally discuss affect theory in the abstract, it is a rare conference indeed that stumbles upon emotion as an intellectual practice unto itself. One such magical gathering recently took place at the University of Chicago on April 29th and 30th. It was called Marking Race, Making History: A Conference in Celebration of the Career of Thomas Holt. Yale University’s George Chauncey called it “the academy at its best.”

Perhaps nothing else could have brought together such a remarkable group of scholars, and compelled them to bear their souls in public, except the impending retirement of Thomas C. Holt. Holt is one of the world’s greatest living historians. He has won nearly every award and every honor known to the profession. MacArthur Genius Award, President of the American Historical Association, Member of the American Philosophical Society—all have ‘fallen like dominoes.’ Among scholars of the African American past, no one (and I mean no one) has done it better. He is the prototypical historian’s historian. With this level of academic street cred Holt certainly has earned the right to dictate his terms. Before agreeing to participate in a conference in his honor, he did indeed make one demand on conference organizers Allyson Hobbs of Stanford University and Jonathan Levy of the University of Chicago: “Make sure it’s about the students.” And that’s why the scholars cried.
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Church, Black gay caucus host 'Empowerment' event
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Church, Black gay caucus host 'Empowerment' event<br/> - Gay Lesbian Bi Trans News Archive - Windy City Times | Diverse Books and Media | Scoop.it

Church, Black gay caucus host 'Empowerment' event
by Vern Hester
2016-05-26

In collaboration with The Lighthouse Church of Chicago, The Chicago Black Gay Men's Caucus ( CBGMC ) presented "Spiritual Empowerment," a faith forum/discussion meeting that took place May 22 at Uptown Underground.


With so many strides in LGBTQ civil rights in recent years, it has become apparent that some religious institutions—in particular, the African-American Church—have been stubborn in accepting or embracing members of this particular community. The focus of this gathering was to discuss and share experiences of LGBTQ individuals of color with their churches while also creating effective ways of healing and reconciliation.


. . .The Lighthouse Church of Chicago is a multiethnic church focused on inclusion and has been operating for two years. The church holds services every Sunday at 11 a.m. at Uptown Underground, 4707 N. Broadway. The website for the church is http://www.lighthousechicago.org 

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Slavery and Emancipation in New England: A Bibliography

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The Economic Activities of the Narragansett Planters (1940), Ernest Hamlin Baker. Copyright Pettaquamscutt Historical Society

Over the past few months, I have been writing posts exploring pre-modern black intellectual history. They have largely focused on early New England, which is also my area of research. While scholars have long recognized the region’s importance as a center of abolitionism, it has often been considered of marginal importance for the study of slavery and emancipation. Indeed, at the time of the American Revolution, slaves and free blacks comprised only 4% of the region’s population. Yet, as I hope I have shown here on this blog, the source material available for studying black life in early New England is quite rich and self-reflective, giving us great insight into the intellectual worlds of early African Americans. I believe this archive allows us to hear voices often lost to history and allows us to study the mentalités of slaves and free blacks, making black New Englanders more significant than the numbers would suggest. And I’m not alone. A number of other AAIHS contributors—Christopher Cameron, Patrick Rael, and Chernoh Sesay—also work on black life in early New England. Over the past decade, there has also also been a renaissance of scholarship on slavery and emancipation in the region and a number of public history projects that have better illuminated this history. Today, I want to highlight these resources for those interested in early black New England life. This list will be by no means comprehensive, focusing on foundational works, those from the past 10 years or so, and some online resources. I welcome any additional suggestions you may have in the comments.
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#libeyrianship: Pop Culture and #critlib in Information Literacy Programs | ACRLog

#libeyrianship: Pop Culture and #critlib in Information Literacy Programs | ACRLog | Diverse Books and Media | Scoop.it
ACRLog welcomes a guest post from Jennifer Ferretti, Digital Initiatives Librarian, and Siân Evans, Instructional Librarian, at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Beyoncé’s new album ‘Lemonade’ dropped April 23, 2016 as both a traditional album and a “visual album.” The visual album weaves poetry, music, cinematography, fashion, and literary and film references into an hour-long film that follows a woman going through stages of grief. The album was highly anticipated by two librarians at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Jennifer Ferretti, Digital Initiatives Librarian, and Siân Evans, Instructional Librarian. After watching Bey’s Formation music video and her performance at Super Bowl 50, Jenny and Siân realized the topics Beyoncé is exploring in her music provides a perfect opportunity to engage students through a popular point of reference.

In seeking to make research more exciting to undergraduate art students, while also promoting critical thinking skills, Siân developed an instruction session which included a visual analysis of Beyoncé’s Formation, a discussion of Black Lives Matter, and an active learning component in which the students responded to Beyoncé’s Super Bowl performance by researching the Black Panther Party in the library catalog, research databases, and special collections. Jenny, also invested in developing critical thinking skills via popular culture, primarily through digital resources, designed a topical LibGuide which provides perspectives, opinions, and ideas referenced or directly address in Lemonade.

In this post, borrowing The New York Times Bits Saturday newsletter’s conversational style, Jenny and Siân discuss #critlib, engaged instruction, and the success of the topical LibGuide “Beyoncé’s Lemonade and Information Resources.”

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Tales of African-American History Found in DNA

Tales of African-American History Found in DNA | Diverse Books and Media | Scoop.it
African American men, women and children, who took part in The Great Migration in Chicago in 1918. Credit Chicago History Museum, via Getty Images

The history of African-Americans has been shaped in part by two great journeys.

The first brought millions of Africans to the southern United States as slaves. The second, the Great Migration, began around 1910 and sent six million African-Americans from the South to New York, Chicago and other cities across the country.

In a study published on Friday, a team of geneticists sought evidence for this history in the DNA of living African-Americans. The findings, published in PLOS Genetics, provide a map of African-American genetic diversity, shedding light on both their history and their health.

Buried in DNA, the researchers found the marks of slavery’s cruelties, including further evidence that white slave owners routinely fathered children with women held as slaves.

And there are signs of the migration that led their descendants away from such oppression: Genetically related African-Americans are distributed closely along the routes they look to leave the South, the scientists discovered.
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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

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“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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