1. Roxane Gay Tells Us About Daring to Be Fat. I can’t wait to read her new book! “I did a lot of research about bodies, fat, fatness, that sort of thing. Even if I wasn’t necessarily going to write about it explicitly, I wanted to be informed. I learned some incredibly interesting things. The measure for Body Mass Index (BMI), for instance, is so fucking arbitrary. They decided on 25 because it’s a nice, round number. A bunch of generally white men are in a room somewhere making decisions about millions of people. That really was informative and infuriating.”
4. One carry-on bag and one personal item by Camille Dungy. I just finished and highly recommend her new book, Guidebook to Relative Strangers: Journeys into Race, Motherhood, and History.
5. Aja Brown, Compton’s Youngest Mayor, Re-Elected For Second Term. “The 35-year-old received about 60 percent of the vote.”
6. Mr. Okra Of New Orleans // 60 Second Docs. (Video)
7. The 20 Funniest Tweets From Women This Week. “Sorry I can’t come to your thing I don’t know how to people.” #same
9. 12 truths I learned from life and writing, Anne Lamott’s TED Talk.
15. 22 Books By Black Authors To Add To Your Beach Bag This Summer. In related news, 17 Books You Should Read in June.
17. The Summer Soundtrack that You Need (Trust Me) from Militant Baker.
20. Danez Smith – “Dinosaurs in the Hood”, a really great poem (Video).
21. This 6-year-old and her mom created a coloring book series to teach kids about black history, (Video). I love that Mom pointed out that Black history did not start with slavery, but rather slavery interrupted Black history.
22. “But What if it Works?”, wisdom from Seth Godin.
23. The American Woman site is live! “AMERICAN WOMAN is a multimedia portrait and documentary series about Black American women.”
24. Let’s Stop Apologizing for These 8 Things from Be More With Less.
26. Why Cookbook Clubs Should Be the New Way We Entertain. I love this idea!
27. Loving Day: The 50th anniversary of Loving v. Virginia. In related news, ‘We Are Not Unusual Anymore’: 50 Years of Mixed-Race Marriage in U.S. from The New York Times.