Love. “The Way You Are” by Zap Mama featuring Bilal.

Climb into the night… “Climb” by Mos Def featuring Vinia Mojica.

Listen. Mia Doi Todd, “My Room is White.”

Read this book. Summary from NPR:

Unable to stop killing off the heroines of his novels, celebrated writer  Mr. Fox is confronted by a living embodiment of his muse, Mary, who  challenges him to join her in fairy-tale stories where they must stay  together in spite of disparate character traits. By the award-winning  author of White Is for Witching.

Read this book. Summary from NPR:

Unable to stop killing off the heroines of his novels, celebrated writer Mr. Fox is confronted by a living embodiment of his muse, Mary, who challenges him to join her in fairy-tale stories where they must stay together in spite of disparate character traits. By the award-winning author of White Is for Witching.

Observations, musings, stuff you should be reading.

Wake up. “Beautiful Morning” by Little Brother.

Find out “Why Lying Broken in a Pile on Your Bedroom Floor is a Good Idea” by Julie (JC) Peters. It’s okay to be broken. Really, it is.

Pop some corn, grab a drink, put your feet up and watch this movie. Chico and Rita directed by Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal. Synopsis from Wiki, “A gifted songwriter and beautiful singer chase their dreams – and each other – from Havana to New York and Las Vegas. Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unite them, but their journey – in the tradition of the Latin ballad, the bolero – brings heartache and torment.”

Close your eyes. “September Song” by Sarah Vaughn.

Amazing research on language, how it affects the way we view the world and how understanding the differences can help us communicate better. “Does Your Language Shape How You Think” by Guy Deutscher.

Read this book. The Taste of Salt by Martha Southgate. Synopsis from NPR, “Mostly content in her job as the  sole African-American oceanographic  researcher in Woods Hole, Mass., and her marriage to a white fellow   scientist, Josie finds she can’t escape her working-class Cleveland  family and the  addictions that have frayed their connections. As her  brother, Tick, struggles to  find his footing after losing his job and  marriage to drugs, Josie walls herself off from her feelings for her   parents — whose divorce stemmed from her father’s alcoholism — and her   husband, who loves Josie more than she allows herself to love him.  Instead, she  falls into an affair with newly arrived researcher Ben,  the only other  African-American at the lab. Told in Josie’s voice, the  story  hauntingly explores how the mistakes people make affect everyone  around  them.”

Read this book. The Taste of Salt by Martha Southgate. Synopsis from NPR, “Mostly content in her job as the sole African-American oceanographic researcher in Woods Hole, Mass., and her marriage to a white fellow scientist, Josie finds she can’t escape her working-class Cleveland family and the addictions that have frayed their connections. As her brother, Tick, struggles to find his footing after losing his job and marriage to drugs, Josie walls herself off from her feelings for her parents — whose divorce stemmed from her father’s alcoholism — and her husband, who loves Josie more than she allows herself to love him. Instead, she falls into an affair with newly arrived researcher Ben, the only other African-American at the lab. Told in Josie’s voice, the story hauntingly explores how the mistakes people make affect everyone around them.”

LISTEN. Haunting, beautiful. “Love” by Daughter.

Listen… Isaac Aesili featuring Rachel Fraser, “I’m All In.”

Carlita says… Bring Issa Rae to your school.

Carlita says… Bring Issa Rae to your school.

(Source: issarae)

Revel in your mornings. “Morning” by Amel Larrieux.

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