Archive for January, 2014

Curating my 2013 faves

January 1, 2014 Leave a comment

I read a lot in a year and want to highlight my 2013 favorites.


Articles/Blogs/Posts/Things Written on the Internet

NPR’s look back at 1963, including the @Todayin1963 timeline and the Summer of ’63 series – including Karen Grigsby Bates’ talks with the children of slain civil rights leaders – Martin Luther King, Medgar Evers, and Viola Liuzzo.

Two pieces on Homelessness in NYC – Invisible Child: The 5-part series in the New York Times on the life of Dasani and Hidden City – Ian Frazier’s longread in the New Yorker.

Two articles on civil forfeiture – Isaiah Thompson in ProPublica focused on Philadelphia and Sarah Stillman in the New Yorker with a national focus.

Diane McWhorter’s op-ed in NYT: Civil Rights Justice on the Cheap

When the Lights Shut Off: Kendrick Lamar and the Decline of the Black Blues Narrative by Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah

If You Live Your Life On The Move, Where Do You Call Home? By Joshunda Sanders

26 Women Share their Abortion Stories in New York Magazine

On PRISM, or Listening Neoliberally by Robin James

What’s Killing Poor White Women by Monica Potts in The American Prospect


Harry Belafonte’s Speech at the NAACP Image Awards

Imani Perry and Jelani Cobb’s podcast on President Obama’s comments at the March on Washington commemoration

Ava DuVernay’s shorts: The Door for Miu Miu starring Gabrielle Union and Say Yes for Fashion Fair starring Kali Hawk and Lance Gross.

Charlayne Hunter-Gault’s look back at Nelson Mandela’s life

Jesse Williams on Aisha Tyler’s Girl on Guy podcast

the short “Coach” on C. Vivian Stringer, part of ESPN’s Nine for IX series

Writers I discovered this year:

Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah

Sarah Kendzior

Writers whose writings I eagerly await.

Stacia L. Brown

dream hampton

Ta-Nehisi Coates

warsan shire

Jamila Aisha Brown

Renina Jarmon

Nicole D. Collier

Joshunda Sanders

Newsier Reads…

Stephanie Coontz on the NYT Op-Ed pages

Tom Edsall

Jelani Cobb in the New Yorker

The story that I read the most about was the turmoil in the Philadelphia school district. From the closure of 23 schools in June, the draconian budget cuts deemed necessary to open the schools in September, to the ongoing budgt crisis and continuing labor negotiations with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers. An assortment of sources provided coverage: the Philadelphia Public School Notebook is my number one stop for Philly education news. Also: Helen Gym’s twitter feed, Susan Snyder, Kristen A. Graham and Martha Woodall at the Philadelphia Inquirer, Daniel Denvir at City Paper and the team at Newsworks. In national media, there were good pieces in the New York Times, NPR, The American Prospect and more.

There were many parallels in the school closings in Chicago, DC, and more and the systematic dismantling of public education in US cities.

This is what I’ve got for now.

Onward and upward for 2014.

Categories: Uncategorized