We’re in a cultural moment where the bold act of quitting is in the zeitgeist, and the high opportunity cost of gigging is under a microscope. We’re long overdue to reconsider the utility of the low-paying freelance writing assignment.
Many of us are aware of the mindset of needing to “pay dues” before one can even think about establishing a solid career as a writer. This way of thinking usually comes with an expectation of some level of exploitation — financial or otherwise. And it’s so 20th century.
May I suggest an approach to writing (as side-hustle and hustle-hustle) that…
With all due respect to Women’s History Month, I’m not quite ready to move on from February’s all-too-brief celebration.
My concept of Australia was always shaped by basic truths — its upside-down night sky; idiosyncratic wildlife; shady mentions in the movie Oliver! (1968); breathtaking Great Barrier Reef; the “a” word used to refer to the country’s indigenous peoples.
The only truth that mattered when I eventually visited Oceania, however, was how warmly I was received by native Australians; acknowledged in a way that was both unexpected and astonishing. I was SEEN. Greeted. Welcomed.
On multiple occasions, Aboriginal people matter-of-factly referred…
Question: If you removed “struggle films” from the Black movie mainstream — that’s capital “S” struggle: i.e., discrimination, marginalization and the ever-mutating spawn of enslavement — what would be left to represent the culture onscreen?
Answer: Superheroes, Tyler Perryland, the oeuvre of Spike Lee, some indie gems and the evolution of Eddie Murphy.
How is that even acceptable?
On that note:
You’ve been crushing your Woke 101 homework. You’re done bingeing When they See Us, Just Mercy, I Am Not Your Negro, Selma, The Kalief Browder Story, Slavery by Another Name, plus all the other #BlackLivesMatter suggestions from your streaming services for extra credit. You even snuck in one more Black Panther viewing … now what?
Consider this: when was the last time you watched a movie with a Black lead or primarily Black cast just for fun that wasn’t …?