Overheard On The Playground

Beautiful Little Girl: Do y’all speak Spanish? Nadia: No, we don’t speak Spanish. Beautiful Little Girl: You look like you do. Simone: Do you speak Spanish? Beautiful Little Girl: Yes. I cannot place a value on overhearing such conversations. While the rest of the world is debating the validity of a fictional book and movie, […]

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The Tanning of America

In THE TANNING OF AMERICA: How the Culture of Hip-Hop Rewrote the Rules of the New Economy (Gotham Books; On-Sale 9-8-11), Stoute draws from his diverse background in the music industry and brand marketing to chronicle how an upstart art form – street poetry set to beats – came to define urban culture as the embodiment of cool. […]

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Black, White, and Asian

I was taking Simone and Nadia out of their car seats when a black woman in the car beside me rolled up with her two children and a cart full groceries. “They are so pretty,” she said. “Thank you,” I said, continuing to unbuckle Simone. “Are they mixed?” “Oh, yeah.” “Well, they sure are beautiful.” […]

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