Music Break: Killer Mike-Reagan
The Physics of Aging Are A Mystery To Me
Was asked this morning if I ever miss the first day of school. The truth is I don’t necessarily miss the first day of school so much as I miss the promise of potential that the first day always held. I feel the same way about being “young”. I don’t miss being 18 or 21 or whatever. but I do miss the idea that I had all the time in the world to explore any avenue that I came across. I’m an old cynic now, probably, but that enthusiasm just doesn’t hold strong in me anymore.
I offer no comment because what really needs to be said?
Music Break: Talib Kweli-Hostile Gospel
Not A Music Break, But There Is Some Music: John Legend-You & I
I’m not going to comment on the song itself because it is what it is. Instead I’m going to talk about the images presented in the video. They’re amazing in the sense that so many people are represented in such a plain, straight forward way. They are just there. They exist. That is what diversity and representation is supposed to be about in media.
It’s not numbers or percentages, and it’s not about absolutes in portrayals. It’s about showing people that they exist in a landscape outside of the small box we’re so often we’re told we belong by the “mainstream” depictions. Diversity is about so much more than just skin tone or sex. It’s about the experience of all people.
That’s why I get so pissed when people get douchey about the importance of presenting new or different perspectives that exist outside of the “norm” of White/Straight/Male. There’s diversity within that group as well, of course, but there are so many other stories and experiences out there that deserve to be seen, and not in a caricatured stereotype that a lot of underrepresented groups get hit with.
Fall Off, Get Up, Keep It Moving