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Something Good

1. Depressed by Politics? Just Let Go. This article gives a clear and workable alternative to overwhelm and distress.

2. How to Live Life with Fantastic Aliveness: Remembering Amy Krouse Rosenthal. In related news, StoryCorps EXTRA: Remembering Amy Krouse Rosenthal, and Pay attention to what you pay attention to.

3. The Blessing of a Bruised Right Buttock from Jena Schwartz.

4. If you’re a poor person in America, Trump’s budget is not for you.

5. Wisdom from Lilla Watson, Australian Aboriginal activist, (thanks to Mikalina), “If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.”

6. Coaching as Activism, “a 10-week group program for coaches, healers + leaders who want to bring their commitment to healing, justice and liberation (for all) into their work and life.” This. Everything about this. (P.S. I signed up). In related news, Why the Self-Help Industry isn’t Changing the World.

7. Is ignorance the problem?, from Seth Godin. “The thing is, ignorance is rarely the problem. The challenge is that people don’t always care about what you care about. And the reason they don’t care isn’t that they don’t know what you know. The reason is that they don’t believe what you believe. The challenge, then, isn’t to inform them. It’s to engage and teach and communicate in a way that shares emotion and values and beliefs.”

8. Mrs. Porter’s 2nd Grade Class Survey. “Please help our class as we study surveys and graphs. We would love to see how many responses we can get and all of the different places our responses come from. Each student in our class has created one of the questions in this survey.” We all need to fill this out.

9. The Practice of One Thing at a Time from Zen Habits.

10. Best of: Inspiring Studio Spaces.

11. 6 ways allies still marginalize people of color — and what to do instead.

12. “Get Out” Syllabus. “The ‘Get Out’ Syllabus focuses intently on the conversations surrounding White violence, the consumption of Black Bodies, and the erasure of Black Women that the movie elicits. The syllabus is divided into two parts; the first closely examines the historical and cultural violences that made the movie possible. The second section examines the absences and erasures that make sections of the film explicitly more horrifying. My ‘Get Out’ syllabus is in no way meant to be exhaustive or complete. Rather, it is an entry to point to key conversations that must be continued after the movie falls from theatres and our current popular culture attention span.”

13. Patient Zero by Aimee Mann, first video from her new album, releasing 3/31/17. (You should watch all three videos in the set, actually). In related news, The Both: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert.

14. With Joyful Photos, a 19-Year-Old Artist Confronts Media Bias Against Black Male Teens. In related news, This super cute father-daughter duo is inspiring young men to be good fathers.

15. A feminist glossary because we didn’t all major in gender studies.

16. Listen, Can We Please Not Do This Shit? “The most influential member of the Trump Administration is an unabashed white supremacist.”

17. Bill Murray’s Impossibly Chipper Music Video.

18. What is wrong with the world edition from The Authenticity Experiment. “Who are we? Who are we becoming? Who did we elect? Who thinks that cutting services to the elderly helps balance our budget? Who thinks that a man who claims to be for “the little guy” and then appoints five advisors from Goldman Sachs really gives a good god damn about anybody but the other 1-percent?”

19. Adorable cat acts as goat’s midwife.

20. #BringBacktheBees from Cheerios. In related news, Don’t Plant Those “Bee-Friendly” Wildflowers Cheerios Is Giving Away.

21. EPA Gives $100M Grant to Flint So It Can Fix Its Water Infrastructure. “Yet critics doubt the money can save the city from the president’s proposed cuts to the agency.”

22. Trump Budget Cuts Put Struggling Americans on Edge. In related news, Here’s what Trump’s budget proposes to cut, and Trump federal budget 2018: Massive cuts to the arts, science and the poor, and #LetThemDie: ‘Heartless’ Donald Trump Blasted For Slashing Meals On Wheels Funds, and Trump Budget Makes It Official: You’re Paying For The Wall, Not Mexico.

23. An Imperfect Human’s Guide To Body Positivity. “What it actually means, how it’s evolved over time, and what’s at stake without it.”

24. Jordan Casteel on the Power of Art Right Now, a painter merging social justice and art.

25. This 11-year-old created a book club to encourage reading among young black boys.

26. Trump’s St. Patrick’s Day “proverb” might not be Irish but wasn’t by a Nigerian poet either.

27. This is what it’s like answering all those phone calls to Congress.

28. The Good, Racist People.

29. 15 Beautiful Moments From Native Nations Rise [PHOTOS].

30. Welcome To The Anti-Racism Movement — Here’s What You’ve Missed.

31. Into the woods: how one man survived alone in the wilderness for 27 years.

32. A forgotten piece of African-American history on the Great Plains.

33. Trusted. Valued. Essential. “Find out what PBS means to viewers, and about its role as a public service.”

34. A Reminder Of What Makes A Real Writer from Chuck Wendig.

35. Colin Kaepernick helps get airplane to aid Somalia.

36. Guatemalan Film ‘Ixcanul’ Might Be the Most Feminist Movie of the Year. This is available to stream on Netflix.

37. Due to cuts in funding to PBS, our favorite furry monster is out of work.

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1. “At The Gamesman barbershop in Brooklyn, Dez Marshall is serving up some of the best cuts in the borough. Even better? She provides a safe space for the LGBTQ community to get fresh without judgment.”

2. 15+ Pictures That Reveal The Truth Behind Photography.

3. Thousands of Native Americans take their opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline to the White House. In related news, Native Nations Rise. Also, The Women of Standing Rock. Also, Viceland: Rise, “We travel to Indigenous communities across the Americas to meet people protecting their homelands and rising up against colonization.”

4. Rep. Joe Kennedy II: “There is no mercy” in #Trumpcare.

5. Tracey Ullman – Mugged. “Guys, is dressing provocatively in expensive suits whilst having too much much to drink causing you to get mugged?”

6. ‘It’s Because You’re Fat’ — And Other Lies My Doctors Told Me.

The medical profession needs to step up. It needs to accept that diets aren’t the universal treatment option for fat people. It needs to accept that fatness isn’t the universal cause of ill health in fat people. It needs to engage with the very real damage caused by its attitudes toward fat people, and with the sub-standard care delivered to many people as a result of their size.

7. Overtaken By Events: Kids Burst Onto Scene Of Live BBC TV Interview. In related news, That Asian mom is not the nanny. Why do so many people assume she is? and BBC interview hijacked by children prompts social media debate.

8. What If Privileged People Were Othered? This Cartoon Resets the Defaults.

9. The Cost of Balancing Academia and Racism. “Researchers say that discrimination at colleges and universities may have negative impacts on black students’ mental health.”

10. How the AMERICAN WOMAN Project Aims to Make Black Women the Face of America. I am a Patron of this project, because it is so amazing and important and inspiring.

11. Recipe I want to try: Spinach Pesto Pasta (seems like this would be yummy with salmon too).

12. New Ferguson Video Adds Wrinkle to Michael Brown Case.

13. Man spends 4 years building a church using only living trees.

14. Support Injured Medic Sarah.

15. The Funniest Tweets From Parents This Week. Kids aren’t required in order to giggle at these.

16. The Lonely Towns of Fukushima.

17. Internet warriors: inside the dark world of online ‘trolls.’

18. John Oliver’s interview with the Dalai Lama is an unexpected delight.

19. The Real Reason Republicans Want To Pull The Plug On Obamacare. What’s so upsetting to me about this whole debate (other than all the people who will probably end up losing their health insurance, all the suffering that will be caused) is the assumption by many in our culture that healthcare, health insurance, is a luxury, when it should be a basic fundamental human right. In related news, Laziness isn’t why people are poor. And iPhones aren’t why they lack health care.

20. In the Early 1900s, Albino African-American Brothers Were Stolen From Their Virginia Home to Be Circus Performers. This Is Their Story.

21. Learning to swim in Zanzibar. “Even though it is an island, many in Zanzibar cannot swim. A charity is helping children learn.”

22. Your Calls For Unity Are Divisive As F*ck.

23. Finally, an actual bathroom user speaks up about trans bathroom laws. *tee-hee*

24. Love Letters for My Children – The Maggie Doyne Documentary, a Kickstarter Project.

25. Diverse Stock Photos. “The world’s first inclusive, body positive and weight neutral commercial-use stock photo site.”

26. Official Girls Just Want to Have Fundamental Rights Shirt. Every shirt sold benefits Planned Parenthood & True Colors Fund.

27. Reading lists: 5 New Books That Will Make You a Better Feminist, and Your International Women’s Day Reading List, (“Nine female nature writers who will inspire you to explore, enjoy, and protect the planet”), and 24 Empowering Books Every Feminist Needs to Read.

28. New (to me) music: Andra Day. She reminds me of Amy Winehouse.

29. List: Woman Facts from McSweeney’s.

30. YouTube sensation Shane Koyczan transmits hard-to-hear messages by my friend, the amazing writer, blogger, yoga teacher Kirsten Akens.

31. Amy Krouse Rosenthal on The Interview Show with Mark Bazer, possibly one of her last public interviews. In related news, Creative Superhero Podcast #6: A tribute to Amy Krouse Rosenthal: Make the most of your time here. Also, Amy Krouse Rosenthal – TEDxSMU 2012 and her short film The Beckoning of Lovely.

32. What Happens When Bookstore Employees Get Bored.

33. An Insider’s View of Alaskan Inuit.

34. Wisdom from Pema Chödrön, “When we practice generating compassion, we can expect to experience our fear of pain. Compassion practice is daring. It involves learning to relax and allow ourselves to move gently toward what scares us. The trick to doing this is to stay with emotional distress without tightening into aversion, to let fear soften us rather than harden into resistance.”

35. A Reddit AMA with Margaret Atwood, “author of The Handmaid’s Tale, and executive producer of the Hulu original series based on the novel premiering April 26.”

36. Statue of Girl Confronts Bull, Captivating Manhattanites and Social Media.

37. The Racist History of Dr. Seuss & What it Means in Today’s Social, Political & Educational Context.

38. Should A Writer Get An English Degree, Yes Or No? from Chuck Wendig.

39. White Privilege for DUMMIES.

40. Just a tiny porcupine called Wilbur eating a slice of banana.

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1. You May Want to Marry My Husband by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. This broke my heart this weekend. Not just because it’s a beautiful piece written by a human woman only two years older than me dying of cancer about her love for her husband and her life, “I want more time with Jason. I want more time with my children. I want more time sipping martinis at the Green Mill Jazz Club on Thursday nights. But that is not going to happen. I probably have only a few days left being a person on this planet.” It’s more than that — I love Amy Krouse Rosenthal, this specific, particular, wonderful human. She wrote one of my favorite books, Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life, and was always doing some cool new project or making a movie or writing yet another children’s book. I had no idea she was even sick until I read her essay this weekend. I emailed my friend Sherry, who hosted a “Plant a Kiss Day Blog Hop” I took part in back in 2013 in honor of Amy’s birthday. She’d only just heard the news as well, and quickly put together plans for another collective project to honor Amy. I invite you to join us, kind and gentle reader, both in celebrating Amy and in our brokenheartedness.

2. Wisdom from Alexandra Franzen, “If you hold yourself to incredibly high standards, and if you’re really hard on yourself—like, ALL THE TIME—I just want you to know that you’re so beautiful and wonderful and smart, and it’s OK to be nicer to yourself. You’re doing a really good job. Just wanted you to know. In case you forgot.”

3. Stop Procrastinating. Start Writing. A FREE class co-lead by Susan Hyatt and Alexandra Franzen. “If you want to write—but you struggle with procrastination and perfectionism—this is for you. It’s a short class that I’m doing with my friend Susan Hyatt. It’s happening on March 9th. It starts at 9:30am Pacific. It will be uplifting and fun. It’s ONLINE. Also, it’s FREE! If you sign up here, you’ll get instructions on how to participate, and you’ll also get a video recording that you can watch later if you can’t attend the live dealio.” I signed up, because Alexandra is one of those people who is able to inspire me when I’m at my lowest.

4. The Republic of the Body: A New Writing Group from Jena Schwartz. Don’t let that title throw you — yes, Jena introduces her new writing group at the end of the post, but before that, she says some really thoughtful, interesting things about the connections between yoga and writing.

5. Our Lady of Strays. “The world’s greatest dog sanctuary is on a small farm in Costa Rica, where hundreds of canines run wild over the land—eating huge piles of food and slobbering happily on Lya Battle and her small band of dedicated volunteers.”

6. Intricate Fruit & Vegetable Carvings by Japanese Artist Gaku. This is so cool. Check out his Instagram for more good stuff: https://www.instagram.com/gakugakugakugakugaku1/

7. Steve Martin Teaches Comedy, an online class. “Learn how to find your voice, gather material, develop an act, and take your comedy to the next level.” I am really tempted to take this class, even though I don’t think I have any interest in going into comedy. In related news, Here are 250 Ivy League courses you can take online right now for free.

8. ’13th’ wasn’t around to watch in your history class. 13 reasons to watch it now. Such an important film.

9. 6 Things You Need to Recover From Every Day. I know how to push; I’m not so good at recovery.

10. How to Get Out of the Cycle of Outrage In a Trump World. At this point, I’ll try just about anything.

11. Bob Harper’s Heart Attack from Dances with Fat. “What we need is a paradigm that is based on health, not body size, where the focus is on creating a world where people have the opportunity to love and appreciate their bodies, and see them as worthy of care, and where everyone has access to types of movement they want to do, types of food they want to eat, and the kind of healthcare that wealthy people like Bob Harper get.”

12. A very good list of vital writing advice — Do not ignore! from Chuck Wendig.

13. Darling ’50s trailer home in Palm Springs can be yours for $55K. Love the style, but it would be too hot for me there.

14. Joint Address Issues Survey. “Now is your chance to give your input. Let us know what issues you want President Trump to focus on and your ideas for the future of our country. Take the survey and share your thoughts.”

15. Unlearning Fat Phobia Is A Lifelong Process. Word.

16. What Does Your Black Future Look Like?, a short video.

17. Becoming Acquainted With Ambivalence. “U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’s assertion that faculty members tell students what to say and think distorts a basic fact: most professors are dedicated to teaching their students to think independently and critically, argues Susan Resneck Pierce.”

18. Keep Learning About Black History With These 23 Vital Books.

19. Let’s Bring a Goddamn Bookstore to the Bronx! “An initiative by The Lit. Bar to bring the ONLY bookstore to a borough of over 1.4 million people.” They met their goal, but there are still 13 days left to give them a little more help. In related news, 30 New and Old Books by Black Authors You Should Read.

20. Me & Eve, “my way of giving women the opportunity to be seen, heard, and respected. One Women + One Question = Change.” A really cool project.

21. My Glorious Return to the Library. “If you can get to a library and afford it, get your library card. You don’t even have to use it to be helping out in a real way. But I think once you do have that library card burning up your pocket, you’ll hear the books calling.”

22. Podcasts with Isabel Foxen Duke, a Certified Health Coach and Emotional Eating Expert who helps women stop feeling crazy around food: https://www.nicoleantoinette.com/podcast/isabel-foxen-duke/, https://www.christyharrison.com/foodpsych/2/isabel-foxen-duke-eating-disorders, http://www.lifeunrestricted.org/lu029/, http://www.homepodcast.org/episodes//episode-74-isabel-foxen-duke, and http://thefuckitdiet.com/episode-14-isabel-foxen-duke/

23. Introducing The Winner Of The 2017 Tiny Desk Contest: Tank and the Bangas.

24. Detroit student Dannah Wilson’s emotional response to Betsy DeVos. #BlackGirlMagic

25. Fragile Crocheted Leaf Sculptures by Susanna Bauer. Be sure to check out her Instagram account too.

26. The Story of Sancho. Left in an abandoned house to starve, Johnjay Van Es found Sancho’s original family and reunited them. I love this so much.

27. Women’s History Month: Women of color.

28. Open Heart Project Sangha membership special offer. Good through March 14. Join for a year (totally worth ten times as much as is being charged) and get $200 extra additional goodies.

29. How Do You Raise A Feminist Daughter? Chimamanda Adichie Has 15 Suggestions.

30. This Weekend Some White Lady Is Running a Tag Sale At John Hope Franklin’s House, An original poem by Camille T. Dungy.

31. Unemployed Indigenous poet Ali Cobby Eckermann wins $215,000 literary prize.

32. Notes from the Wreck by Jeff Oaks.

33. This lab puppy barking and howling in his sleep is stupid cute.

34. Fort Collins for Progress gains momentum with small staff, but big plans. They are certainly helping me stay informed and active.

35. Time’s 2014 ‘Person of the Year’ Dies in Childbirth. So sad.

36. New Show Tackles The Crap Asian American Women Deal With Everyday.

37. 5 Ways I Need White Women to Level Up Feminism Right Now.

38. Magician perfectly destroys anti-transgender bathroom argument. In related news, An Introduction to Transgender People.

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1. #RememberingTrayvon. Yesterday was the fifth anniversary of the murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, “whose extrajudicial murder sparked a global movement to demand an end to state-sanctioned violence against Black people. Trayvon — who was profiled, stalked, and killed in his neighborhood of Sanford, FL, by vigilante George Zimmerman — is remembered by his family and friends as kind and gentle. Zimmerman’s acquittal and the subsequent police murder of Michael Brown and public uprising in Ferguson, MO, catalyzed the Movement for Black Lives and the Black Lives Matter Global Network.” This post shares links to educational resources and ways that we can continue to help support this movement. In related news, Remember Trayvon?

2. ‘Get Out’ movie controversy? Film called ‘anti-white’ and ‘racist’ by some viewers. I can’t wait to see this film, which has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes — unheard of. When I shared the link to this article on Facebook yesterday, I included the caption: They say “anti-white” like that’s a bad thing. We should all be “anti-white” and if we aren’t we need to investigate what whiteness actually means. In related news, Chance the Rapper hosted a Q&A about the movie.

3. Native Nations Rise, which has all the information you need about the upcoming Native Nations March on Washington, including how to donate.

4. Intro to Body Image Work from Isabel Foxen Duke.

5. How Long You Can Freeze Everything, In One Chart. A very helpful graphic.

6. Google Just Dropped $11,000,000 to Make Sure #BlackLivesMatter.

7. Fluidified. Years ago there was a streaming station called “Beach House Radio” that I loved so much. This YouTube channel totally reminds me of it, playing “chilled, deep and atmospheric electronic music. Genres include chillout, downtempo, garage and others.” In related news, Moby Has Just Released Four Hours Worth Of Free Music Designed For Yoga And Meditation.

8. An entire Manhattan village owned by black people was destroyed to build Central Park.

9. A moment that changed me: lashing out at a man who opened the door for the newly thin me.

10. Losing Alberta: Gentrification in Northeast Portland. A really good short documentary.

11. Stop Using Women And Girls To Justify Transphobia. “The safety of women and girls is at risk, but certainly not because of trans people.” In related news, Transgender 101: A Guide to Gender and Identity to Help You Keep Up with the Conversation.

12. Recipes I want to try: New England Clam Chowder, and 30-Minute Chocolate Donuts (Vegan + GF).

13. Play Social Media Bingo!

14. Pages Matam performing his poem “Black Joy, Uninterrupted.” Holy wow.

15. This Agency Created an Obstacle Course to Show People What It’s Like to Be ‘Black at Work.’

16. The Rise of Roxane Gay. “A career decades in the making, Gay’s literary stardom looks more sudden than it is.”

17. Day 22 of Investment in Black Lives: The Ferguson Response Network. Michael Moore just launched a website to keep traction of actions happening around the country — problem is, Leslie Mac and the Ferguson Response Network have already been doing the exact same thing for three years now. Black women were already doing the work, and what Michael Moore should have done is: 1. his research, and 2. give the credit where credit is do and direct people to the resource that ALREADY exists instead of building a copy. As Leslie Mac herself said, “research before you build.”

18. Why work doesn’t happen at work, a great TED Talk I recently rewatched. “Jason Fried has a radical theory of working: that the office isn’t a good place to do it. He calls out the two main offenders (call them the M&Ms) [**Spoiler Alert!!!**: managers and meetings] and offers three suggestions to make the workplace actually work.”

19. The only bookstore in the Bronx.

20. 34 Books by Women of Color to Read This Year.

21. To America, written and performed by Danielle Ate the Sandwich, featuring videos submitted from fans across America.

22. This Day in History, a really fun page from The History Channel.

23. Author: ‘Not All Black Girls Know How to Eat.’ An interview with Stephanie Covington Armstrong, author of an important memoir, Not All Black Girls Know How to Eat. I just finished it, and it was so good. As far as I know, this book was the first of its kind: a memoir about disordered eating written by a black woman.

24. Fake News, Misinformation, and Propaganda. A guide from the Harvard University Library, that “offers a brief introduction to the spread of misinformation of all kinds and tools for identifying it, and reading the news with a more informed eye.”

25. Why Donald Trump Doesn’t Understand Black Life.

26. 13 Empowering Photos Show There’s No ‘Right’ Way To Be A Boy.

27. Documentaries about amazing women: Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise, and Toni Morrison Remembers, and Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth.

28. Write Unafraid, Without Fear Of Failure from Chuck Wendig. Also from Chuck, The Many-Headed Hydra Of Republican Hypocrisy.

29. School Asks Teachers To Take Down Pro-Diversity Posters, Saying They’re ‘Anti-Trump.’

30. What Ever Happened to all the Old Racist Whites from those Civil Rights Photos?

31. A Town Hall with Constituents but No Senator.

32. A Guide to the Basic Anxiety of Life.

33. When Society Breaks Your Heart from Lodro Rinzler.

34. When Things Go Missing.

All of this is made more precious, not less, by its impermanence. No matter what goes missing, the wallet or the father, the lessons are the same. Disappearance reminds us to notice, transience to cherish, fragility to defend. Loss is a kind of external conscience, urging us to make better use of our finite days. As Whitman knew, our brief crossing is best spent attending to all that we see: honoring what we find noble, denouncing what we cannot abide, recognizing that we are inseparably connected to all of it, including what is not yet upon us, including what is already gone. We are here to keep watch, not to keep.

35. When A Woman Deletes A Man’s Comment Online. “To be able to take issues fundamental to the health and safety of millions of people and turn them into sport where winners and losers are decided by talking points requires some level of insulation from the negative impacts of the outcome in order to enjoy participating.”

36. On Dylann Roof and the Expectation of Black Forgiveness.

This range of emotion — grief, horror, rage, forgiveness given or withheld — ought to be woven into how we tell the story of one of America’s darkest days in living memory. It isn’t only Roof who’s on trial. It’s also America’s sense of itself. We can’t afford to write off this crime as an unfortunate but exceptional incident. History has taught us that this isn’t that — that it’s never been that.

37. I’m a Silicon Valley liberal, and I traveled across the country to interview 100 Trump supporters — here’s what I learned.

38. Don’t Burn Out or Numb Out: On Pacing Myself for Long-Haul Resistance from the always amazing Jena Schwartz.

39. US Holocaust Museum’s “early warning signs of fascism” sign is going viral.

40. President Trump’s First Month Approval Survey. I will absolutely be filling this out, and you should too.

41. Sally Hemings, Thomas Jefferson, And The Normalization of Slave Rape Narratives.

42. Love for Graeme and Jasmine. These women do good work, and they need some help as they find the next place and way they’ll continue doing that.

43. How Dieting Makes You Gain Weight. “The diet industry doesn’t want you to know it (because it would mess with their bottom line), but scientific research has proven it.” And **Spoiler Alert!!!*** “Chronic dieting actually increases your weight over time.”

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1. This Day Brought Me to Tears from Jena Schwartz. This blog post brought me to tears. Jena at her best is like…I can’t even think of what, because there’s just nothing like her at her best.

2. 25 Famous Women on Dealing With Anxiety and Depression.

3. Attention white women: The Primal, Unyielding, and Dangerous Ego of Missy Anne, and The Decolonization of White Feminist Consciousness, and The Subtle Linguistics of Polite White Supremacy, and Befriending Becky: On The Imperative Of Intersectional Solidarity, and Decentering Whiteness, and 20 Black Women You Should Be Following Right Now.

4. Knocked down by the election? Here’s how to move on. Because this, “I had to stand at the exact same moment that I could not stand.”

5. Lemonade Didn’t Win Album Of The Year Because White People Don’t Know How To Not Be White People.

6. New Platform Promotes Images Of Black People Engaging In Acts Of Affection. In related news, Artist Addresses The Racist History Of Photographing Men Of Color.

7. Renowned programmer pulls out of tech conference hosted by Shopify. “Toronto developer, who teaches coding to women and minorities, says Ottawa firm’s relationship with Breitbart puts it ‘on the wrong side of history.'”

8. Accidental Racism, Intentional Activism.

9. Stephen Miller is the latest insufferable liar and bigot on Team Trump.

10. Museum removes every piece of art created by immigrants.

11. Another great black history month reading list.

12. Edmonton photographer wins World Press Photo award for Standing Rock coverage.

13. Wisdom from Brave Girls Club,

It’s ok to want things that don’t make sense to others, dear friend. It’s ok to be content with a simple life, to pass up on things that others find tempting, to walk a path that is not often traveled…maybe even a path that has never been traveled before. Please don’t get caught up in the confusing, hurtful and destructive belief that you are somehow obligated to live the life that everyone else seems to think you should live. Please listen to YOUR heart. Please shut out the opinions, advice and voices of “reason” that make you feel so uneasy, confused and inadequate. Be with your truth….be with the source of that truth. Get quiet and listen listen listen to your heart. Your path is your path….the very path that you were created to travel. Your decisions are your decisions…the very decisions that your Creator will help you to make. Go where the peace is….in your life, in your relationships, and especially in all of your decisions. Make choices that bring you the most peace….even when those decisions don’t make sense to the outside world. You have what it takes to hear your truth, beautiful friend…and you do not walk alone.

14. Social Justice Intensive: Spring 2017. “Join us, Desiree Adaway, Ericka Hines and Jessica Fish as we create a brave space to explore issues of race, religion and gender. We will analyze these issues through a lens of power, privilege, and binaries while helping you develop your social justice muscle and critical observations on key issues occurring in our world today.”

15. Trump Supporters Receive “Mainstream Media Accountability Survey” Moments After President Slams Reporters. Blergh.

16. Let Van Jones Explain How Mass Incarceration Led Directly to Trump’s Win.

17. When Did Compassion Become Partisan Politics? from John Pavlovitz, a wise and compassionate voice.

18. Recipes I want to try: Carrot & Chickpea Veggie Burger, and Melting Sweet Potatoes, and Asian Noodle Salad, and Roasted Veggie Salad, and Chocolate Mug Cake.

19. Turns out Black History took more than a month? Ashley Nicole Black investigates. Some good advice from people who have faced this before.

20. We Need to Start Telling the Truth About White Supremacy in Our Schools.

21. The 20 Funniest Tweets From Women This Week. You know what I just realized? It’s someone’s job, at least in part, to spend the week reading Twitter, just looking for funny tweets from women. Probably an unpaid intern, but still, not a bad gig.

22. Help Us #Resist…Better. Put your money where your mouth is.

23. The most powerful art from the #BlackLivesMatter movement, three years in.

24. Glenn McCoy and ‘The New Problem’ With Racism.

25. Amazing street art blended in with nature.

26. ‘Eating disorders are black women’s issues too.’ “Georgia suffered from eating disorders through her teenage years. Thinspiration Tumblrs inspired her to lose weight but that spiralled to starvation and bulimia. Now recovered, she wonders why black women are rarely identified as having eating disorders.”

27. 5 Ways Teachers Are Fighting Fake News.

28. Watch the Debut Episode of Revolutionary New Web Series Brown Girls.

29. ‘There Is No Good Card For This’: What To Say When ‘Condolences’ Isn’t Enough.

30. I Wish I’d Known… Me too. Meeee toooo.

31. Ken Nwadike spreads love to everyone through “Free Hugs.”

32. Is Reverse Racism A “Thing?” “There is no such thing as reverse racism and here’s why.”

33. 50 Ways People Expect Constant Emotional Labor from Women and Femmes.

34. 12 Black-Led Podcasts To Listen To Now.

35. American Masters – Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise. The first feature documentary about Maya Angelou’s life premieres nationwide Tuesday, February 21 at 8 p.m. on PBS. In related news, the documentary The Talk premieres on PBS tonight.

36. Art21. “Art21 is a celebrated global leader in presenting thought-provoking and sophisticated content about contemporary art, and the go-to place to learn first-hand from the artists of our time. A nonprofit organization, Art21’s mission is to inspire a more creative world through the works and words of contemporary artists.” Their video series is really cool.

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1. Definition of an internet troll: “In Internet slang, a troll is a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a newsgroup, forum, chat room, or blog) with the intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal, on-topic discussion, often for the troll’s amusement,” (Wikipedia). In related news, Hero Burlesque Dancer Names and Shames Her Trolls and The Troll Taunter, “A young Wikipedia editor withstood a decade of online abuse. Now she’s fighting back — on Wikipedia itself.”

2. White People: I Don’t Want You To Understand Me Better, I Want You To Understand Yourselves. In related news, A Few Pointers for Protesting While White and When I Said All Trump Supporters Are White Supremacists, I Meant It.

3. The Twin Forces of Love and Resistance. I’m not gonna lie, this one had me in tears. Especially these two passages,

But real love is radical because it cannot be earned or unearned. It is tied to inherent dignity. It is unconquerable because it is dumb in its own way — determined to keep loving no matter what the counter forces, no matter what scarcity small men try to message, no matter what fear they try to sow. It’s blindly trusting, also positioned as stupid in our overly strategic society. It’s inefficient, a sin in our efficiency-obsessed time.

And,

We’re proving ourselves capable of a mighty resistance, but we must also prove ourselves capable of this kind of expansive love. The twinning of the two will be this country’s salvation.

4. Reading the News Makes Me Depressed, but Here’s What I Realized. **Spoiler Alert** “I used to read the news for enjoyment. Now I pay attention because it’s the right thing to do.”

5. Macro Monday Says To Hell With It, Have Some Dogs. Super cute. Other good stuff from Chuck: Why Persist As A Writer In Times Of Such Heinous Fuckery? and Kameron Hurley: How to Keep Writing Through Times of Great Political Upheaval.

6. An open letter to Jason Chaffetz from someone who attended his town hall.

7. Why did I name it “Dear White People?” In related news, People are deleting their Netflix accounts over the soon-to-be-released show “Dear White People.” For the record, I loved the movie and can’t wait for the show, and will continue to support Netflix. For starters, this: 21 Social Justice Documentaries On Netflix To Watch.

8. Finding steady ground: strengthening our spirits to resist and thrive in these times. “Here are 7 behaviors we can use right away to strengthen ourselves, so we can keep taking more and more powerful and strategic actions.”

9. Researcher maps hidden graveyards of slaves who once tilled Louisiana sugar cane fields.

10. James Daschuk uncovers truths about First Nations history.

11. Black Lives Matter: Recommended Reading, a great list from Powell’s Books.

12. “Give Love.”

13. On politics and social media from Lisa Congdon.

14. Who are Kwan Yin, Avalokiteshvara, Kannon, and Quan Am? The quick answer: my favorite.

15. “Right Now, It’s Like This” — How to make this increasingly used Buddhist phrase work for you on Lion’s Roar. “Meditation teacher Vinny Ferraro explains the simple but powerful phrase ‘Right now, it’s like this’ — and provides simple, helpful meditation instructions to go with it.”

16. From Brave Girls Club,

Sometimes the very best gift we can give to ourselves is a little bit of time alone, in complete silence and complete calm. Even if it’s just for a little while, quiet time is essential for our souls. Our deepest truths speak in quiet little voices most of the time, and we have to get our lives calm and quiet to be able to hear them. When we are feeling scattered, depleted, confused, and torn, and remedy that almost always works is to take a walk all alone, or to go somewhere quiet and be all alone. To just sit, just listen. It may seem too simple, too good to be true. But so many of the mysteries of life have the simplest answers, and we just have to trust in their simplicity. Give yourself the gift of solitude, quiet, and a listening heart as often as you can, and you will hear the things you need to hear. Unplug, walk away, take a breath. Do it for the sake of everything and everyone that you love. And especially do it for you. Your answers are in there. Your calm wise self is in there, too. Now, go find her. She’s been waiting patiently. You are so very loved.

17. The “New Age Thinking Will Make Me Thin” Diet. Oh, snap. This is so me. More good stuff from Isabel Foxen Duke, Beware the “Don’t-Binge-Eat” Diet.

18. The Way of Openness: Moving Away from Comfort & Security from Zen Habits.

19. Being Authentic at Your Shitty Job, really good advice from Lodro Rinzler on Lion’s Roar.

20. Bold EP and Tour! on Kickstarter, “Mary Lambert is releasing an uplifiting EP about being unabashedly fat, gay, bipolar, and doing whatever you damn well please.”

21. Being Black at School, “advocates for equity and safety for Black students” and,

Our approach to advocacy is unlike that of any other education organizations. To make a formative change in the lives of Black students, we realized our efforts need to be data-driven, grassroots focused, and concentrated at all of the levels of decision making– in the community, in the classroom, and in the statehouse. By combining research, policy development and advocacy to influence public debate and catalyze change regarding race and education in America.

22. Day 17 of Investment in Black Lives on Now We Rise, another really great way to help, to “put your money where your mouth is.”

23. Memory Postcards – a Time Capsule Film of 2016.

24. Benefits of Reading Infographic.

25. A checklist for every day.

26. New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art releases 375,000 digital works for remix and re-use online via CC0.

27. Watch Rescued Baby Sloths Have A Conversation And Try Not To Smile.

28. Indivisible: A practical guide For resisting the Trump agenda. I know I’ve shared this before, but it seems worth sharing again.

29. The Revolution Will Not Be Polite: The Issue of Nice versus Good. “Oppression is not about hurt feelings. It is about the rights and opportunities that are not afforded to you because you belong to a certain group of people.”

30. Tomi Lahren is the BIGGEST snowflake of them all.

31. Shutting Down BS about Betsy DeVos with Public School Teachers.

32. Wisdom from Andrea Gibson, “heard there are times/when the only thing/we have control over/is where we put our attention.”

33. Privilege 101: A Quick and Dirty Guide.

34. If Adele’s ‘Hello’ Was About Calling Congress.

35. DT talking lying about the Dakoto Access Pipeline. My only response to this is rage, white hot and murderous.

36. How the Black Lives Matter Movement Is Mobilizing Against Trump.

37. He wants to make sure no other child in the foster care system has an experience like the ones he and his children had.

38. The Netherlands is using empty prisons to house refugees — what are we doing? Think about this: they have EMPTY prisons.

39. How should the media cover a White House that isn’t afraid to lie.

40. Sherman Alexie Talks About Writing in the Era of Trump.

41. Who Is Son Of Baldwin And Why We Should Listen Up?

42. #ShePersisted Becomes New Battle Cry After Senate Silences Elizabeth Warren. “This is definitely not what Mitch McConnell was hoping for.”

43. Rosie O’Donnell as Steve Bannon? SNL could really make Trump angry if it wanted to. I hope they do this.

44. 10+ Honest Valentine’s Day Cards For Couples Who Hate Cheesy Love Crap.

45. Ordinary Americans carried out inhumane acts for Trump. This is such an important distinction to note: the real monsters aren’t the leaders, but those who follow them, enact and embody their policies rather than resisting.

46. Why People Should Just Pause for a Minute and Not Blindly Celebrate 84 Lumber’s Immigration Ad. In related news, I loved the Coke ad. They say of it, “We believe that America is beautiful and Coca-Cola is for everyone. Let’s celebrate the moments among all Americans that promote optimism, inclusion, and humanity — values that bring us closer together.” This is the America I want to live in, but there is a shit ton of work to do to get us there, enit?

47. A Snowflake Manifesto from John Pavlovitz. “No, one snowflake isn’t likely to make an impact—but I’m betting 65,788,853 can.”

48. Week 13: Experts in authoritarianism advise to keep a list of things subtly changing around you, so you’ll remember.

49. Adele’s Grammy Speech Made Beyoncé Cry. In related news, What White Women Can Learn From Adele’s Grammys Speech.

50. Football player, reader, author, nerd. I love this so much.

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1. More resources for white people looking to understand white privilege and dismantle white supremacy: Deconstructing White Privilege with Dr. Robin Di Angelo (a video), and 18 Books Every White Ally Should Read, and Curriculum for White Americans to Educate Themselves on Race and Racism–from Ferguson to Charleston (I’m pretty sure I’ve shared this one, probably multiple times).

2. The Resistance for Beginners a really helpful resource from Rachel Cole. “I have been receiving calls daily asking me questions about taking action to resist and combat our new fascist administration. This is my attempt to answer some of the more frequently asked questions and to share some valuable resources.”

3. Ten Ways to Fight Hate: A Community Response Guide, another great resource from the Southern Poverty Law Center.

4. Safety: My privilege, my trap, and my right from Heather Plett.

5. Losing by winning from Seth Godin.

6. You might not know this about me, but I LOVE gag reels, bloopers and outtakes. Here’s a few I watched this morning: Modern Family Gag Reel Season 6 and Keith Broke His Leg / Outtakes and The Office – Season 6 Bloopers.

7. Wisdom from John Pavlovitz,

Are you tired? If so, you’re in good company. Most of us are stretched well beyond what we’re capable of, overwhelmed by the seemingly relentless stream of bad news coming across our news feeds, and we’re looking for a moment to stop and breathe.

No one is going to give you that moment, friend. You have to take it.

The world is more than happy to fill our schedules, steal our attention, and occupy our bandwidth. We have to be selfish about demanding space and time to rest. Consider this permission to do that. Say no to something so that you can recalibrate your heart, slow your breath, and be fully present—maybe even take a nap.

Busyness is a drug that makes us feel useful. I’m trying to break that addiction by recognizing my worth without needing to do anything to earn it. Maybe you’ll join me?

Rest well, and be encouraged.

8. Sean Spicer Press Conference – SNL. “White House press secretary Sean Spicer (Melissa McCarthy) and secretary of education nominee Betsy DeVos (Kate McKinnon) take questions from the press.” Every week, I am so grateful for SNL, for their willingness to not back down.

9. #DressLikeAWoman Is A Brilliant Response to Trump’s Staff Dress Code. “Doctors, soldiers, and more share photos.”

10. Monica Pasqual’s new song: You Can’t Kill Light.

11. What does the Bible have to say about immigrants and refugees? In this video, one church offers an answer.

12. Breitbart loses advertising deals with 818 companies due to grassroots campaign.

13. Wisdom from poet and activist Andrea Gibson, “even when the truth isn’t hopeful the telling of it is.”

14. Racism is a mental health issue.

15. Clint Smith reminds us about our nation’s complicated history in this week’s #BriefButSpectacular. “Oppression doesn’t disappear just because you decided not to teach us that chapter. If you only hear one side of the story, at some point you have to question who the writer is.”

16. Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. “Sam heads back to her bunker to get some gentle Constitutional reassurance from civil rights lawyer Lee Gelernt of the ACLU.”

17. Resistance Works.

18. An otter eating snacks.

19. What Happens When We Stop Putting People in Boxes.

20. 10 Journalism Brands Where You Find Real Facts Rather Than Alternative Facts.

21. Toni Morrison on the work white people must do.

22. Watch This Spoken Word Poet Powerfully Remind Us That We Gon Be Alright In the Trump Era.

24. Donald Trump’s embrace of white mediocrity is an insult to the American public, and we’re all going to suffer for it.

25. 7 Black Media And Activism Game Changers Who Are Paving The Way. P.S. There are WAY more than just seven.

26. A note to Trump, from Frederick Douglass’s direct descendants. In related news, A Lesson in Black History.

27. 45 Animals Snapchats That Will Make You Literally Laugh Out Loud.

28. Racism is a spectrum.

29. The Life And Times Of Ida B. Wells, One Of Intersectional Feminism’s Founders.

30. Teachings for Uncertain Times: Tuere Sala. “In honor of Black History Month, Tricycle is presenting a video series called “Teachings for Uncertain Times.” Featuring 13 Buddhist teachers of color, the talks will be posted every few days on our blog, Trike Daily.”

31. 50 Iconic Black Trailblazers Who Represent Every State In America. In related news, 29 Classic Movies To Watch In Honor Of Black History Month.

32. Tracking Congress In The Age Of Trump. “An updating tally of how often every member of the House and the Senate votes with or against the president.” Of course, he’s not giving any one any real chance to vote on anything right now…

33. 50 Groups To Learn About If You’re Committed To Intersectional Feminism.

34. How to Avoid Being Psychologically Destroyed by Your Newsfeed. In related news, How to Stay Sane When the President is Nuts.

35. Jimmy Fallon Interviews Dan Rather About Facebook and DT. Dan Rather is doing such good things.

36. Apple, Facebook, Google, Uber and Netflix join slew of companies to take legal action against Trump. “The brief was filed late Sunday in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and emphasises the importance of immigrants in the economy and society.”

37. Super Bowl LI Ads Trolled Donald Trump All Night. One clarification however about the Lumber 84 ad, so perfectly stated by Tara Gentile on Facebook, “This ad probably isn’t about what you think it’s about. It whitewashes a terrible, expensive, dehumanizing policy by focusing on, as Trump said, the big, beautiful door. ‘In the run-up to the Super Bowl, Magerko said the ad shouldn’t be considered provocative at all. In fact, she says she voted for Donald Trump in the election, and the image of the door in the wall comes directly from Trump himself, who said he wanted a ‘big beautiful door’ in his wall, for legal immigration.’ The wall is NOT okay, and any effort to normalize it should be rejected.”

38. Culture of Silence from Desiree Adaway. “Some of us are forced to be silent, but many of us are choosing to be. And it is literally killing us. We get free by using our voices to challenge those in power. We have to speak freedom to life.”

39. First Vertical Forest In Asia To Have Over 3,000 Plants And Turns CO2 Into 132 Pounds Of Oxygen Per Day.

40. University of California Next In Line To Dump Wells Fargo Contracts. “The UC system is severing $475 million in contracts with Wells Fargo over, among other things, the bank’s ties to private prison corporations.”