Friday Faves: Weekly Roundup

In this age of 24/7 media, there’s always something happening! And since we’re so helpful (at least we like to think so) we want to help narrow things down a bit. Here are some of the top stories we think you should read and a few videos to watch. Get ready to be enlightened and feel all the feels.

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A trend story about millennials, by The New York Times

“Delaney’s attitude is typical of his youthful cohort. Millennials—the demographic group also known as Generation Y, Generation Me, and Daesh—have found it difficult to balance dueling priorities as they exit their parents’ basements and enter the real world.”

Ah. Millennials. We’re a special bunch, aren’t we? This hilarious Fusion essay nails the voice of many a New York Times article profiling the generation that has captivated America’s attention.

The Untold Stories Of Black Girls

“Recent research has documented that black girls are punished at school at rates that are even more disproportionate than those experienced by black boys. For example, they are suspended six times more often than white girls. [Monique] Morris calls this “a story untold,” and she sets out to tell it in her new book, Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools.”

While improvements need to be made all around, we’re much more likely to read about the plight of black boys in school. This new book sheds light on the underreported struggles of black girls in our educational system.

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Photo: NPR

Meet The Man Who Convinced Taye Diggs to Follow You on Twitter

“…We tracked down Taye Diggs’ social media maestro, Lance Laifer. If you’re imagining some selfie stick-waving 25-year-old, you’re way, way off. Laifer, who runs Old Forge Media, is a 51-year-old ex-hedge fund manager from Long Island and he’s made it his mission to follow the world.”

Maritza and Jessica belong to an elite group: the select tribe of people (just 564,000 strong) who can call Taye Diggs a follower on Twitter.

Actual Adult Friend Finder

“Here’s a sampling from our hundred-item questionnaire:

—How long can you go without talking to/seeing a friend before you worry that “something’s up” or feel compelled to text “are we cool?” A few hours? A few days? A week? A month, because things “got super-crazy at work”?

—What’s your deal with brunch? Like it? Hate it? It’s cool either way; just don’t lie, because opinions about brunch are one of the strongest indicators of the viability of an adult friendship.”

Making friends post-college is tough. Sometimes you don’t want to spend all your time with your coworkers and the friends you’ve made over the years are scattered around the country. What do you do then? Has anyone started working on the real AAFF yet?

The Obama Doctrine

“Friday, August 30, 2013, the day the feckless Barack Obama brought to a premature end America’s reign as the world’s sole indispensable superpower—or, alternatively, the day the sagacious Barack Obama peered into the Middle Eastern abyss and stepped back from the consuming void—began with a thundering speech given on Obama’s behalf by his secretary of state, John Kerry, in Washington, D.C.”

We’ll be straight with you: this is the longest read on the list by far. But it also gives much insight into the thought process behind President Obama’s biggest foreign policy decisions, including his decision to not bomb Syria after it crossed the “red line” of using chemical weapons.


Watch

Santigold – Can’t Get Enough Of Myself

Through this one amazingly catchy song, Santigold reminds us that you can love yourself, even in this awkward era of selfies and self-criticism.

 

A Musical Gem Courtesy of ABC’s new show The Catch

Enough said.

 

Guy Proposing to his Girlfriend after Her Cochlear Implant will make you weep with joy

Hope you start your weekend as happily as a gal who receives the gift of hearing and an engagement ring on the same day!

Feature Image: New Yorker

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