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#10Readings – April 3, 2016

In Africa, Art, Books, Chicago, Education, History, literature, news on April 3, 2016 at 4:46 pm

Things I have Written

1. Not A Diarist – March 31, 2016. #marooned

Books I have read recently

2.  March: Book 2 by  John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell

Things Read on the internet

3. Can $86 Million Save a Neighborhood? | On the Comer Foundation, Pocket-Town, and Chicago

4. Liberia outsources entire education system to a private American firm. Why all should pay attention |  On outsourcing a national education system

5. The changing rules of segregation in Chicago: or, a Chinatown grows in Bronzeville | On the mechanics of segregation, population shift, and change in Chicago

6.  College endowments under scrutiny | What requirements should there be for tax-exempt institutions with significant (>$1B) endowments?

7. The Journalist and the Troll: This Man Spent Two Years Trying to Destroy Me Online  | What a horror-show the Internet can be.

8.  Death by gentrification: the killing that shamed San Francisco | Rebecca Solnit

9.  The Republican Party Must Answer for What It Did to Kansas and Louisiana  | When do experiments get termed failures?

10.   McSweeney’s List: The Basic Types of Literary Conflict.  | Pants vs. Everything.






In Africa, Chicago, Education, Events, History, photography, University of Chicago on January 17, 2016 at 4:12 pm

via Instagram

Cover Art for African Books – h/t @africasacountry

In Africa, Art, Books on May 26, 2014 at 4:00 am

One of the great twitter observations of the week came from @africasacountry (and was picked up by the Atlantic) that there seem to be a very limited palette of images/colors/designs that the publishing industry chooses to employ when dealing w/ literature from Africa.  Articles are worth reading.


Quick Thought On “Long Walk to Freedom”

In Africa, Film on December 25, 2013 at 10:08 pm


I want to see it a second time before trying to write a proper review, but let me say right off the bat that I was surprised (pleasantly) by how much time Winnie Mandela got in the story — AND how well-done the telling of her story was!

Speakers @ Mandela Memorial Chicago

In Africa, Chicago, Events on December 15, 2013 at 1:47 pm


Some of the speakers at the event hosted by the Rainbow Push Coalition

Governor Quinn at Mandela Memorial Chicago

In Africa, Chicago, Events on December 14, 2013 at 7:51 pm


December 2013 @ Rainbow Push Coalition. Chicago.

ANC Headscarf at Chicago Mandela Memorial

In Africa, Art, Chicago, Events on December 14, 2013 at 12:15 am


Mandela Prayer Vigil – Chicago 12/6/2013 – @RevJJackson @RPCoalition

In Africa, Chicago on December 7, 2013 at 7:55 am

Some pix from the Rainbow Push Coaliton’s Prayer Vigil for Nelson Mandela on 12/6/2013 in Chicago.

Fridge Magnet Madiba

In Africa on December 5, 2013 at 10:29 pm


With me Every home I’ve lived in since ’01. Didn’t have a fridge in 99-01 when I lived in Vaalwater South Africa

I liked Elysium

In Africa, Art, Film on August 10, 2013 at 1:39 pm


I liked Elysium.

But then, I *would* like Elysium.

I like anti-apartheid stories, including healthcare apartheid stories, especially when they are allegorical.

I like the gritty style of sci-fi film that looks low-budget (even when it clearly is not).

I like my villians to speak a little afrikaans, and wield samurai swords while wearing exosuits.

I could go on…