Native Son Gets the James Baldwin Edit

Selling more than 215,000 copies in the three weeks following its American debut, Richard Wright’s 1940 novel, Native Son, successfully captivated readers nationwide. The story of Bigger Thomas—a hardened, murderous black 20-year-old confronting poverty in Depression-era Chicago—thrust audiences into a complicated conversation about race and racism in America. The book garnered comparisons to John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath and earned Wright the title of America’s “best Negro writer.”

Winners of Smithsonian Magazine’s 2018 Photo Contest

Selected from more than 48,000 entries, the winning photographs from Smithsonian magazine’s 16th annual competition have been announced. The Grand Prize winner this year, Newest Cowboy in Town, comes from the Mississippi-based photographer Rory Doyle. Below are the winning images from the following categories: Natural World, The American Experience, Travel, People, Altered Images, and Mobile, as well as the Readers’ Choice winner. Captions were written by the photographers.

Dawn Richard Captures the Mardi Gras Indians of New Orleans in All Their Glory

In the first few moments of Dawn Richard’s new album, New Breed, you are immediately transported back in time and space to New Orleans, where it all began for the singer-songwriter. Richard wistfully retells the stories of her Catholic school days, of craving sno-balls (a shaved ice confection that’s specific to the port city), of feasting on crawfish, another local delicacy. The album also sheds light on a local tradition that’s been a part of Richard’s family for decades: the Mardi Gras Indian parade, a result of a kindred partnership that formed centuries ago between Native Americans and Africans in what’s now considered Louisiana.

“The one thing they had in common was the art of dance and the art of sewing: the garb, the costumes, and that became the communication between the cultures that led the Mardi Gras festivities for us,” says Richard. “Mardi Gras was Carnival for white people who had money and black people couldn’t be a part of that. They wouldn’t let them participate in it,” Richard says of the origins of the practice. “Black people would come out in their garb and show each other what ward and what tribe sewed the best. They’d create these incredible ceremonies with each other, and it gave them an identity where it had been stripped away.”

THE SCARIEST TV EPISODES EVER

(Photo by Courtesy of Netflix)

Netflix delivered a thrilling double-whammy this October with the premieres of The Haunting of Hill Houseand Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, both of which serve up stellar moments of serialized horror. While the latter portrays the campy, occult end of the genre’s spectrum, the former paints a haunting portrait of grief with ghosts stalking the lives of one family over years.

Those shows’ biggest scares us thinking about the best episodes of horror in TV history, so we’ve prepared a list of the scariest episodes of television ever. Among these fearsome moments are episodes of The Twilight ZoneTwin PeaksThe Walking Dead, and American Horror Story. But, in addition to those no-brainers, episodes of The X-FilesStranger ThingsAtlanta, and Doctor Who also strike terror into the hearts of viewers.

Generation Z is Nostalgic. Here are 5 Things We Still Love.

Lizzie McGuire Source: Disney Channel

It’s the year of 2019. Millennials are the largest population, surpassing the Baby Boomers. Then comes Gen. Z, which often gets mixed into the millennial and Gen. Alpha categorization.

Gen. Z is the generation of memes, ridiculous challenges, and most importantly, technology. While this generation holds so much criticism from the rest of the population, it’s safe to say the criticism goes both ways when critiquing the latests trends and popular culture. This critique could stem from nostalgia for our generational trends.

Here is a list of five music icons you probably wish toured for the sake of nostalgia!

Jonas Brothers Band

2005-2013, 2019-?

Started in 2005, the Jonas Brothers, a band of brothers Joe, Kevin and Nick had our hearts with their charm and hits: “Year of 3000,” “Lovebug,”and “Hold On.” We also may remember the band’s appearance in Camp Rock and their own Disney Channel tv show Jonas L.A. After four albums and internal conflict, the brothers went off and pursued solo-projects. Recent rumors have surfaced in 2019 that the Jonas Brothers Band may reunite under another name. Nick Jonas later responded to this rumor stating this possibility at later time.

Hannah Montana

2006-2011

Hannah Montana is Miley Stewart! No Miley Cyrus! The world wasn’t supposed to know her double-life on the hit tv show “Hannah Montana” which aired 2006 – 2001. Before Miley hit it big outside of her show, she was jamming the popstar life and balancing her “normal” life. Post-Hannah, people still reminisce about their favorite Hannah Montana songs “Nobody’s Perfect,”
“Best of Both Worlds,” and “Rockstar” while listening to Miley’s new music.

Cheetah Girls

2003-2008

“Amigas, cheetahs, friends for life!” the Cheetah Girls famously said. The iconic Disney group consisting of Adrienne Bailon, Kiely Williams, Sabrina Bryan and later on Raven Symone was the girl band of our time. This group was diverse and popular considering the time period. The Cheetahs brought the power in girl power. They taught us sisterhood, friendship and love through song and film. If you miss the Cheetah Girls as much as I do, once in a while, Disney Channel still airs the Cheetah Girl movies.

Lizzie McGuire

2005

Lizzie McGuire technically did not make music like these other icons, but she did appear in a movie where she sang as a popstar. It was what our generation calls a “bop.” Her iconic song and performance “What Dreams Are Made Of” touched us as kids and remains emotional years after. Let’s hope there are no remakes of this classic.

High School Musical

2006, 2007, 2008

Who remembers watching High School Musical and thinking, that’s how high school would be? There was Troy Bolton and Gabriella Montez as the “it” couple, the school sectioned off into cliques, and the spontaneous singing in between scenes. High school looked fun and many look back to this movie either embarrassed or with a smile on their face at how unreal this movie is. It was the musical of our generation, before “Teen Beach Movie” and “Descendants” (to list a few). “High School Musical” is the o.g. of our time and will always be. People have rumored the possibility of a High School Musical 4 in the franchise, but rumors in this case are only rumors.

Oscars 2019: Green Book best picture win proves divisive

Spike Lee did not do much to hide his displeasure when Green Book beat his film and six others to this year’s best picture Oscar.

According to one report, the BlacKkKlansman director tried to storm out of the Dolby Theatre when the winner was read out by Julia Roberts.

“I thought I was courtside at the [Madison Square] Garden and the ref made a bad call,” Lee later told reporters, saying the film was “not his cup of tea”.

“I’m snake-bit,” he joked, using a euphemism for experiencing failure or bad luck. “Every time somebody’s driving somebody, I lose.”

Annie Leibovitz, the early years: Nearly 4,000 photos on view in L.A.

Annie Leibovitz began her creative life like so many other photographers of her generation: with a basic SLR camera and some black-and-white film.

Years before she set a standard for inventive portraiture, Leibovitz was an art student shooting pictures of her life and family, showing a flair for the stylishly raw and playful, inspired by her love for the pictures of Robert Frank and Henri Cartier-Bresson. When a little-known magazine called Rolling Stone hired her in 1970, she brought that same eye to pictures of rock stars and filmmakers, the 1972 presidential campaign trail and a shotgun ride with literary outlaws Hunter S. Thompson and Tom Wolfe.