Drake Defends Former Rival Meek Mill Amid His Prison Sentence

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  • Drake came to the defense of his long-time rival Meek Mill at his November 18th concert.
  • Meek was sentenced to 2-4 years in prison after violating his parole.
  • Jay-Z wrote an op-ed in thew New York Times condemning the decision.

Rapper Drake, surprised fans at the Melbourne, Australia performance of his Boy Meets World Tour by making a rare stance on behalf of former rap rival, Meek Mill.

Meek was recently sentenced to 2-4 years for violating his probation by a Philadelphia judge. A decision so divisive that Jay-Z wrote an op-ed in the New York Times, calling the piece, “Meek Mill and the Absurdity of The Criminal Justice System.” Wherein he states that because Meek has been on probation “for basically his entire adult life,” he “has been stalked by a system that considers the slightest infraction a justification for locking him back inside.” And criticizes the probation system as a way to “entrap and harass hundreds of thousands of black people every day.”

Jay’s words must have been left an impression because at his November 18th concert, Drake came to his long-time rival’s defense. Mingling with the crowd at one of his shows, the rapper noticed a fan wearing a shirt that said “Free Meek Mill” and echoed the sentiment, saying “I see you got the ‘Free Meek Mill’ t-shirt. Free Meek Mill too man, for real.  You right.”

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This positive overture came as a surprise to fans, as Meek Mill and Drake have feuded in the past, after Drake declined to tweet and promote Meek’s album and  Meek shot back, accusing Drake of using a ghostwriter during their musical collaboration. Though recently, Drake has admitted that the feud between the two is “not something I’m proud of.”

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New Study Finds That More Women and People of Color Have Directed Episodes of TV Than Ever Before

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  • A new report released by the Directors Guild of America says that the number of television shows directed by women and people of color is higher than ever before.
  • Industry leaders were Twentieth Century Fox, CBS, NBC Universal, and Amazon.

A new report released by the Directors Guild of America on November 14th, has assessed that the number of television shows directed by women and people of color has hit an all-time high.

The study looked at directors of episodic television throughout the 2016-2017 television season and found that “the percentage of episodes directed by ethnic minorities [raised] by 3 percentage points to a record 22% of all episodes, while the percentage directed by women went up 4 points to 21% of all episodes, another all-time high.”

Those numbers reflect over 4,500 episodes of television total for the year. And overall, 38% of television episodes were made by women and minorities.

Interestingly, the study notes that the industry leaders in diverse hiring practices were Twentieth Century Fox, CBS, NBC Universal, and Amazon. While Disney/ABC, Warner Brothers, and HBO ranked in the middle, and Sony and Viacom came in last.

Reflecting on the past year’s trends, DGA President, Thomas Schlamme writes that, “While this report, and our recent report on hiring of first-time TV directors, reflect some progress overall, there are stark disparities among the major studios that raise questions about how committed to inclusion some employers really are.”

“Frankly, ” he adds, “it’s hard to understand why they’re not doing more. Even if all the right reasons are not enough for them, they should at least be motivated by the bottom line – inclusion just makes good business sense.”

 

 

CNN Incorrectly Assumes that Jewish Women Would Stand Ivanka Trump Being Named “America’s Most Powerful Jewish Woman”

On June 2, CNN tweeted the above article written by Maeve Reston and Betsy Klein, which garnered some heated reactions on twitter. I don’t have much to add to the conversation, so I’ll let the following tweets to speak for me:

https://twitter.com/RyanHoulihan/status/870719226360864768

https://twitter.com/MamoudouNDiaye/status/870796291768504320

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3 Must-listen Podcasts

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2017 will almost assuredly be known as The Year of the Podcast (not really) because it seems like everybody is getting into the podcast business now. There is a podcast for almost any topic and a lot of them are good, free, and are relatively cheap to make. So it’s understandable that this boom is happening now, as more media companies are trying to find ways to connect with their audience and people are looking for cheap means of entertainment. Here are some of my favorites that I’ve hit “subscribe” to:

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IF YOU’RE a Wendy Williams fan

THEN LISTEN TO Who? Weekly

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT Jezebel’s Bobby Finger and Lindsey Weber host a hilarious who’s who of the who?s of Hollywood. Or as they say on the show, it’s “Everything you need to know about the celebrities you don’t.”If you like celebrity gossip or still wonder why we are talking about Rita Ora, then this is the podcast for you.

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IF YOU’RE a comedy fan or a fan of bad, campy, movies

THEN LISTEN TO How Did this Get Made?

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT In a similar vain as MSTK3000, Paul Scheer, Jason Mantzoukas, and June Diane Raphael watch terrible movies and then riff on how nonsensical they are. All three hosts are hilarious comedians in their own right and putting them together makes for great “I-need-to fold-my-laundry” listening.

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IF YOU’RE a secret pop-music lover

THEN LISTEN TO Switched on Pop

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT One of my favorite things is Smart People Talking about Dumb Stuff and Switched on Pop fits that bill. Nate Sloan (a musicologist) and Charlie Harding (songwriter) break down your favorite pop-songs to figure out why they work. If you’ve ever wanted to understand songwriting or music production, but didn’t have a way in, Switched on Pop is accessible, interesting, and will make you feel better about listening to Top 40.

Bonus:

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If YOU want a gentle way into the current political climate or are a fan of Jon Stewart’s era of The Daily Show.

THEN LISTEN TO Pod Save America

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT After incorrectly predicting the results of the last election on their old podcast, Keeping it 1600, Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, and Tommy Vietor knew they had to make amends and get more people involved in the political process. And thus Pod Save America was born. A show that dissects the latest political news and is sort of like hanging out with a group of charming, funny, political dorks for an hour.

 

My Week in Review

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This is going to be a double edition of My Week in Review because last week I didn’t get a chance to write a post. And by that I mean last week was one of these guys ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

First things first, I finished up Ann Patchett’s Commonwealth this week and it was incredible. I want to write a real review later, but if you haven’t gotten it yet, I would definitely put it on your wish list for the holidays.

Roasted Delicata Squash with Turmeric

Zahav’s Hummus ‘Tehina’

The 70 Greatest Conspiracy Theories in Pop-Culture History

Do you want a smart home?

Okay yeah, but this is not cute

Public art in NYC!

A whole month’s worth of good music for us all!

Divorce Depicts Relatable Fantasy of Having an Affair With Jemaine from Flight of the Conchords

Um, this is a picture of Channing Tatum.

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Ask Polly: Should I Start Blogging Again?

Ask Polly: Why was This Vacation Such a Disaster?

If there is one article you should definitely read, let it be this one about being well-educated and stuck doing work for rich people.

This woman literally sells shower curtains and I love how she dresses

If I haven’t gushed about Another Round on my blog yet then let me do so now. THIS PODCAST IS THE BEST. This episode about drugs, addiction, and race was particularly fascinating.

 

Album of the Week:

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So there you have it! An extra-large weekly round-up for your weekend!

 

Happy Reading!

I Love Nicole Byer

This is purely a post to promote this video of two of my favorite people Nicole Byer and Wendy Williams. Wendy gives me my gossip in the morning and Nicole has convinced me to watch MTV for the first time in 10 years.  Carry on.

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As part of my new school year resolutions, I’ve decided that I need to get better at friends – meeting them, encouraging friendships, and dealing with friendships that don’t work or are bad for me. We all have a few of those friendships that are terrible, hurt our self-esteem, linger too long and make us miserable. In my last blog post I mentioned an article from Ask Polly about breaking up with a crappy friend. (As a small sidebar, I’d like to mention how fantastic Polly is. I never thought that I’d have a favorite advice column because it feels like having a favorite astrologer or telephone psychic — you know, weird. People maybe would not think you respect yourself enough if you go around talking about how an advice columnist changed your life, but Polly’s advice is personal, very insightful for someone who isn’t a therapist, and most of all it makes sense. I can’t recommend her column enough. Sidebar over.) It really solidified for me that I have some bad friends habits, namely getting into friendships that are one-sided or just don’t work and that it’s time to cut them out.

On dealing with your bad friend, Polly says:

Is she a shitty person? Probably not! Maybe you remind her of someone from her family and she needs to work something out with that person, through you. She has just as much of a right to her issues as you do to yours. Issues are just deep, passionate desires covered in shame, dripped in extra shame, boxed up in shame, and tied up in a big shame bow. But once someone treats your issues like a big pile of unnecessary garbage, it’s hard to treat theirs with care, too. Two people with issues and baggage and subconscious confusion and shame in the mix need a lot of generosity and goodwill between them not to feel like they’re perched in the middle of an enormous garbage dump.

But you know what? Some people will welcome your garbage. You’ll knock on their door, feeling small, and they’ll welcome you in and they’ll make you tea and they’ll say, “Let’s go out back, where you can dump all that garbage onto the ground and we can sort through it together.” I know that sounds like a fantasy. But good, smart, patient friends who care a whole hell of a lot are not a fantasy. Be one to someone else, someone who deserves it, and you will find one or two or five or ten in return.

And if you feel sad, after you say good-bye to your bad friend, remember that it’s okay to continue to love something that’s gone, something that never worked to begin with, a broken thing. Endings are not always so neat. Our hearts crave old connections, even when we know they’re not good for us. It’s okay to feel melancholy over the loss of a close friend. It’s okay to not get over it immediately.

What’s not okay is asking for love, over and over again, from someone who can’t give it to you. No more going to the desert in search of a cherry Slurpee.

I asked my friend Sarah, who is a GREAT friend and has many great friends because of her greatness, how she has as many good friendships as she does.

All of my good friends are very similar to me. the two I’m really close with at school all have the same personality type as me. I confirmed it by making Meyers Briggs. It was bananas. literally the same. ENFP

Oddly enough I am also an ENFP, which neither of us knew before this conversation and I guess confirms our entire friendship.

She also said

One thing I’ve noticed is that I like people who are in tune with their social surroundings. People who are good at reading others and knowing when to say things when appropriate. It’s like….along the lines of having good EQ.

So these are two tricks from someone I consider to be a very considerate, thoughtful, and giving friend. I should also add that Sarah is great at sussing out BS in a person and great with drawing boundaries against unhealthy friendships. That is also half the battle when starting a new friendship.

So what are the things you look for in a friend and how do you find them? More importantly how do you make a clean-cut when deciding to end a friendship because I think it’s hard to be decisive.

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ALSO, should I start an Ask Polly fan page? Asking for real because my love is for real.

 

 

 

 

My Week in Review

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It was kind of a low reading week for me, but I did manage to finish The Clasp by Sloane Crosley which was okay ( like a 3/3.5), and I worked A TON.  Highlights from this week are from Ask Polly and Samantha Irby whose book, Meaty I finished last week and it was pretty great (like a 3.5/4)! Below is just a taste of the kind of writing that she does, but I’d also recommend checking out her blog bitchesgottaeat.blogspot.com.

What I read:

Ask Polly: How Do I Dump my Crappy Best Friend  NY Mag this. article. I am obsessed with Ask Polly and this exactly why. There were moments when  had to physically remove my face from my phone because Polly was getting it too right.

Here’s How to Use a Bullet Journal for Better Mental Health  Buzzfeed

My Teen Boys are Blind to Rape Culture  The Washington Post

Both of these articles by Samantha Irby

 

Album of the week

Happy reading!

Dietland: a Novel for the Angry Girl

Here is a little book review I did for a fantastic website, called Obvi We’re the Ladies (obviweretheladies.com). Check them out!

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“We can’t hide it or fake it. We’ll never fit society’s idea for how women should look and behave, but why is that a tragedy? We’re free to live how we want. It’s liberating, if you choose to see it that way.”

Plum Kettle is in hiding. Her day job as a teen magazine advice columnist takes her as far as the coffee shop near her apartment, but she constantly fears being stared at, ridiculed, or even harassed for her weight. So Plum tucks herself away from the world, drowns out the fear with antidepressants and the desperate hope that weight-loss surgery will finally fix the life that she isn’t living – the life that doesn’t even feel like it’s hers.

Then one day Plum notices that she is being followed by a moody girl wearing combat boots. The girl leads Plum to Verena Baptist,  the owner of a feminist…

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