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A hot link sandwich
The mailbag is running late this week, so in its place, I offer you this hot link sandwich.
I consume a lot of media. Between reading what my friends write, reading the news, and being engaged with social media all day long, I take in a lot. I don’t always comment, but I find a lot of things that are worth sharing.
I wanted to share with you things I have seen over the past week or so that I think are worth your eyes,
I called this “The Hot Link Sandwich,” because who doesn’t want something meaty to chew on?
Let’s start with me first
You know I am a writing-ass writer, and I be out here writing, so here we go.
I have had several pieces go live on theGrio. Here is a recap in case you missed them:
Elon Musk threatened to remove all the legacy blue checkmarks, which signify that a person is who they say they are because their identity was previously verified by Twitter. It was later rumored that he didn’t realize the verified checks could not be removed in one fell swoop and instead had to be individually removed, so he resorted to being petty by removing verification from people who had openly said they wouldn’t pay for it — starting with the New York Times’ main account.
On. the 55th anniversary of his murder, I wrote about the way (some) white people weaponize Martin Luther King Jr. and the especially egregious way they mention his death — as if it were a voluntary sacrifice for the good of all mankind.
After the Tennessee state legislature voted to expel Justin Jones and Justin Pearson, two Black men and the two youngest members of the state House, I wrote how the state lawmakers made it clear that they care more about upholding white supremacy and silencing Black voices than they do dealing with gun violence.
I also wrote about that disgusting pig, Daniel Choe.
I also wrote about the double standards applied to Black women.
I was cited in a blog post on the official WordPress website, and I thought that was pretty neat.
OK, I love Durand Bernarr
I am admittedly late to the Durand Bernarr train, but I’m all the way on it now. His Tiny Desk concert with NPR sold me 1 million percent. I am his newest and biggest fan.
“I’m a bad bitch, and I’m that nigga” is going to be the caption on all of my pictures this spring and summer, so prepare to be sick of me.
Read the glowing things NPR had to say about him, and then watch the concert. It will be the best 22 minutes of your life.
Netflix fumbled the bag Sunday night
Netflix pissed everybody off Sunday night when they failed to deliver the live Love Is Blind reunion they promised us. As I type this, I still can’t get the episode to play, and they promised it would be working by noon PT on Monday.
I’m going to agree with the other people on Twitter who said we either need a free month of service or the right to share passwords again for our pain and suffering.
Even though I’ve yet to watch the finale, I read two great pieces about both the finale and the show in general.
For “Insider,” Tonja Renee Stidhum wrote about one of the greatest love stories to come out of the show.
For theGrio, Kamaria Fayola wrote about the finale.
Substack CEO waffles on racism
This was both disappointing and painful to watch. Chris Best, the CEO of Substack, was asked if racists would be allowed to run wild on the platform.
He could not find it in his heart to say “no.” He fumbled this question so badly, and it was cringe, and it really has me thinking about my personal use of Substack as a platform.