Michelle Obama spoke this weekend at the memorial service for beloved author Maya Angelou, who died on May 28 at age 86. Her tearful and touching speech remembers Angelou for celebrating Black women’s beauty. “Oh, how desperately black girls needed that message,” the First Lady said. “As a young woman, I needed that message.”
Read Mrs. Obama’s full speech after the jump:
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Two of the best things about summer are as follows:
- Getting to sit at the beach or park while reading an awesome new book.
- Getting to show off your fun, beautiful tattoos that have been hiding all winter like you’re Dolly Parton.
I myself have tattoos from stories by two out of the three preceding names; you’ll just have to click to find out which ones! Click to check out some of the absurdly incredible body art that people have had done in honor of these writers’ on The Gloss…
I just started reading Wild by Cheryl Strayed (yes, I have been under a rock for the past few years) and am completely swept away by it. Strayed, who’s also behind the much-adored Dear Sugar advice column at The Rumpus (which has been turned into a book called Tiny Beautiful Things, which you will read and then instantly buy for all your friends), describes tough decisions and what it is to be human in a way that nobody else quite can.
In honor of the campaign to turn one of her best Dear Sugar columns into an animation (and simply because her words never get less awesome), here are some of Strayed’s most wonderful and inspiring quotes about life, love, fear and forgiveness: Keep reading »
Activities are wonderful, but sometimes, it’s fine to want to shut the world out for a couple of days, and make some serious time for you. Don’t be afraid of FOMO, either. There will always be another party, another pub crawl, another picnic. The time you’ll spend indulging in the things you want to do, alone, are well worth it. Here’s a handy list of awesome things to do this holiday weekend!
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“Game of Thrones” superfans, start saving your coins! For a mere $20,000, A Song of Ice and Fire creator George R.R. Martin will name a character after you in an upcoming book from the series … with the promise that you’ll meet a “grisly death.” Sweet! You can even dictate what your character does — though the manner of death will have to come as a surprise. That $20K will go to a good cause too; Martin is crowdfunding for the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary and The Food Depot, two Santa Fe-based organizations. If $20K is too rich for your blood, you could donate $7,500 and get one of Martin’s beloved and well-worn fisherman’s caps. And if you can only donate $20, that’s great too — plus, all donors will be entered into a drawing, with one winner receiving a tour of the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary from Martin himself. Dude, if I won that, I would be so excited I’d instantly make water in my smallclothes. [Business Insider]
Well, well, well. And what do we have here? Just a clickbait article from my (usually lovely) Slate called “Against YA.” And the subhed is fun: “Read whatever you want. But you should feel embarrassed when what you’re reading was written for children.”
It’s on, motherfuckers. Keep reading »