Weight of the World, Lucky Grandma and Pachinko

A featured poem by Caitlyn Woodall and a podcast covering Teyana Taylor's "The Album."

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Featured Article

Movie Date | a poem on interracial dating by Caitlyn Woodall

viola davis is looking at us through the screen

and she’s laid up with this white man

and mine leans over and tells me that could be us one day

but i’m tired of hearing him breathe

so i shake up the ice in my coke

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Album

Weight of the World by MIKE

MIKE’s music is the heart of what great hip-hop has always aimed to be. He strips back every layer that traditionally masks an artist from their audience. His beats are never clean or punchy, his lyrics are often more muttered than rapped. MIKE never feels like he is performing, instead it feels like he is talking directly to you through his lyrics.

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Film

Lucky Grandma directed by Sasie Sealy

Within five minutes of watching Lucky Grandma, I fell into its comfort. After the initial montage of Nai Nai smoking a cigarette without a care in the world, bargaining with street sellers in Chinatown, and doing Tai Chi during a water aerobic class, the film introduces Nai Nai’s family, which consists of her son, daughter-in-law, and Westernized grandchildren. As Nai Nai’s son tries to convince her to move in with them, their dialogue effortlessly switches between Chinese and English, a pattern that I often fall into with my own family.

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Book

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Like a maze made of brass needles, the story drops you in like a Pachinko ball, constantly taking you through endless twists and turns to discover the unimaginable. The story is calm, the story is romantic. It also becomes extremely thrilling and distressing. The novel is a documentation of real experience. It is about the collective, not the individual.

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Playlist

David Welch’s u need to breath bitch. features The Paper Kites, M83, and khai dreams.

David’s favorite track“Dissolve” by Absofacto

Description: “‘u need to breath bitch.’ is such a good playlist for anxiety!”

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Podcast

Two Virgins Episode #6: The Album, Chocolate Milk, and Sonny Lee

On this week's episode, Sam and Teresa talk about Teyana Taylor’s newest project “The Album” over a glass of chocolate milk with mutual friend Sonny Lee.

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