A young black girl decided to not bleach her skin after seeing the success of Lupita Nyong’o.
Lupita Nyong’o was inspired to be an actress after seeing Oprah Winfrey and Whoopi Goldberg in The Color Purple.
Whoopi Goldberg realized she could BE an actress after seeing Nichelle Nichols in Star Trek
i feel like someone’s stomping on my uterus and grinding it into the ground with their heel
On this installment of Practically Speaking, host Audra Wilson explores the groundbreaking case of Loving vs. State of Virginia. It’s the 1967 case that made it legal for Richard and Mildred Loving (and interracial couples throughout the United States) to marry.
Then, we revisit Alex Thibodeau’s story of finding identity while growing up biracial in Detroit. His father was absent, and growing up, he tried to figure out what it meant to “be black.”
We also hear audio captured by Audra from her trip to New Mexico. She talks to Chris and Bird, two people who are learning that sometimes our differences can make our relationships stronger.
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"It took me getting into a lot of fights before I was diagnosed with PTSD. I have something called ‘hypervigilance.’ I get really nervous around people. Especially people from the Middle East."
"What were some traumatic things that happened to you?"
"I was in a vehicle when a mortar round exploded in front of us, and we fell into the crater and got trapped. There was a burning oil rig near us, so it was like being in a microwave. And we couldn’t get out. And I also saw a lot of hanky shit. Mostly from our side. Everyone was really revved up from 9/11. We did a lot of bad things. I saw decapitations, and that was our guys doing it."
"We were supposed to bring POW’s back to the base. But instead we gave them a cigarette to calm them down, and told them to get on their knees. One of our guys was 240 lbs, and he’d taken this shovel we’d been issued, and he’d sharpened one of the sides until it was like an axe, and he could take off somebody’s head with two hits."
"How many times did you see that happen?"
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#this dialogue was like watching steven moffat give himself a blow job
Or you’ll realize that chapter 11 is so disconnected from any base reality and full of winks to the audience in a way that you wouldn’t even accept in a low level improv class that you either give up on the book altogether or re-read the chapters you love.