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Junot Diaz and Edwidge Danticat jointly speak out against Dominican Republic refugee crisis


Originally posted on Fusion:

Correction: This story and its headline previously said that Diaz and Danticat called for a travel boycott on the Dominican Republic. In fact, Diaz noted that the Dominican regime was vulnerable with respect to tourism, and Danticat urged Haitian-Americans in particular not to travel there. The story has been updated to reflect this correction. 

At any other time, the marquee names would have been talking about literature. Junot Diaz, hands-down the most critically acclaimed Dominican-American author, sharing a table with Edwidge Danticat, the most critically acclaimed Haitian-American author.

But they were not here to talk about books. They were here to speak out against the impending refugee crisis that has reached a fever pitch on the island where they were both born.

“There is a state of terror in the Dominican Republic,” Diaz told an overflowing crowd of attendees gathered in Miami’s Little Haiti neighborhood at a panel hosted by Miami Workers Center, a…

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If Asian Americans saw white Americans the way white Americans see black Americans


Originally posted on Quartz:

White Americans often use Asian Americans as examples of the “model minority,” a reference to the perception that they are high achievers relative to other American ethnic groups.

Anil Dash, an Indian American and co-founder of social media analytics company ThinkUp, put out a series of tweets challenging the thinking behind that trope. Asian Americans aren’t just model minorities, he argues.  Data show that they have surpassed white Americans in so many ways that Asian Americans could talk about white Americans as disparagingly as white Americans talk about the country’s black population.

Asian American men and women both earn 

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Orioles COO John Angelos offers eye-opening perspective on Baltimore protests


Originally posted on For The Win:

Demonstrators destroy the windshield of a Baltimore Police car as they protest the death Freddie Gray. (Photo via Jim Watson/Getty Images) Demonstrators destroy the windshield of a Baltimore Police car as they protest the death Freddie Gray. (Photo via Jim Watson/Getty Images)

After protests in Baltimore over the death of Freddie Gray turned violent on Saturday, Baltimore sports-radio broadcaster Brett Hollander took to Twitter to argue that demonstrations that negatively impact the daily lives of fellow citizens are counter-productive. Orioles COO John Angelos, son of owner Peter Angelos, seized the opportunity to respond with a qualified and brilliant defense of those protesting.

You can read the whole thing in Angelos’ Twitter replies, but it’s transcribed here for clarity. It’s all here because it’s all so good. Read the whole thing:

Brett, speaking only for myself, I agree with your point that the principle of peaceful, non-violent protest and the observance of the rule of law is of utmost importance in any society. MLK, Gandhi, Mandela and all great opposition leaders…

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Seen in Chicago: FTR Dear John Hughes #FTRHughes


I saw the Dear John Hughes musical with the girls last night.
As a John Hughes purist, I went in expecting to throw shade, because a John Hughes musical sounded crazy.

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My take:
It was interactive, cheesy and absolutely fun. From the moment
Duckie Dale started singing Try a Little Tenderness, we were giggling, laughing and singing along. The music and the live band were dope.
They bundled up your fave moments from Hughes movies and tied it in a cheesy bun.

From a marketing lens – this event felt like the Millennials were trying to change the game. They allowed folks to take still photos during the show (no flash). They wanted people to share/promote the show via a hashtag on social. This is just a no-no in traditional theatre… pictures!? whoa.

Rumer Willis (Bruce and Demi’s daughter) has a REALLY great voice and totally embodied Watts from Some Kind of Wonderful and the Misfit from Breakfast Club.

Did I already say 100% cheddar cheese? Yeah. And I loved it.
If you’re up for some sing song and some Gen X fun, there’s one weekend left (keyword GoldStar). #GetSome