Gunfire erupts at a school, leaders offer prayers, children are buried, repeat: “Deadly shootings in schools — that is, the killing of children in sanctuaries of learning — have become a distinctly American ritual, the rote responses as familiar as a kindergarten recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.” (The New York Times)
The mystery of Amy Sherald’s portrait of Michelle Obama: “And yet this is how the subject would like posterity—young black girls especially, she said in a speech—to see her, through Sherald’s vision: as a herald of success.” (The New Yorker)
Lindsey Vonn on her (most likely) final Olympics: “For most Olympic athletes, whose popularity is often rooted in patriotism, wading into political waters can be a frightening prospect, one that has the potential to scare off the sponsorship opportunities that crop up once a quadrennium and vanish shortly after the cauldron is extinguished.” (The Guardian)
Meet Barbara Jatta, the first woman director of the Vatican Museums: “Jatta, 55, the only woman in a field of male candidates, became an unwitting feminist symbol as the highest-ranking female administrator in a country state where the senior positions have traditionally been assumed by cardinals and bishops.” (Vogue)
Mixed Emotions: Kay Brown on Finding Her Place as a Multi-Racial Millennial
“I think I would be considered somewhat of a white passing standard, but it diminishes the fact that I am still half black”
Single Women & Their Spaces: Freelance Creative Vanessa Labi's Northern California Home
"There’s such a joy and peace to having your own space. It’s really special when fostering creative pursuits, and I think that’s why I’ve hung onto it."
Raising Kids Who Are Actively Anti-Racist: Tabitha St. Bernard-Jacobs and Adam St. Bernard Jacobs Are Teaching Us How
"We’re both intentional about centering our parenting around justice and creativity and are also big believers in always being a work in progress."
On cyberbullying in schools: “Children, in particular, teens, are the most vulnerable to this form of bullying, and finding ways to mitigate the danger is imperative for their future.” (MOTHER)
The things we know about school shooters: “Many educators and mental health professionals believe that they cannot disclose troubling confidences, even if they believe that there might be a threat to public safety. But this is not the case.” (The New York Times)