1. Regina King is directing a movie and I cannot wait time see it.
2. For Mrs. America fans, this is a compelling editorial pushing to recognize a different version of history.
3. This is what terrifies me most lately – crisis at the Post Office when we need ballot by mail the most.
4. When the world seem to be falling apart, there is always someone making a difference. Thrilled to see New Rules and Christopher Webley recognized Forbes.
5. I finished a great tale of learning confidence and strong decision making in face of adversity and uncertainty. Poker isn’t personal. I’ll be nagging my kids to read it.
I love seeing the work of many black authors get attention, but equally saddened that black is often perceived as a limited, one-sided perspective. Many of us go looking for the black experience, and it is about time we did. But what is found is the human experience, made more honest by the wisdom of a pain we white people can never fully understand. These voices have the nuance and compassion that is carved from having to reconcile the worst parts of our humanity. That lens of pain yields a wisdom on things like love and parenthood and justice that we – all of us – desperately need.
These voices move me this week.
1. Intimations by Zadie Smith, written and published in the wake of COVID-19 and the impact of losing George Floyd. A powerful juxtaposition of what insidious virus most plagues us, and ponders what America we really want to be.
2. Myrlie Evers on the Mississippi flag removal, and what it was to love and be loved by Medgar Evers. Love is powerful indeed.
3. Breathe by Imani Perry. This is strong motherhood. No sugar coating. No romanticizing. This is real and gritty and intellectual and philosophical.
4. A grateful remembrance of John Lewis by Barack Obama.
5. And the inspiring last words of John Lewis himself, a man whose strength and bravery were stunningly anchored in love. May we honor his legacy and continue the progress he relentlessly sought.