HACKSCHOOLING – LET’S TALK ABOUT THIS

Logan LaPlante is 13 and he has dropped out of school. He is a leader in a new generation that is questioning the traditional education system. With the support of his parents he decided to ‘hack’ the education system and develop his own curriculum which includes weekly work experience in an industry he is passionate about and at least one day a week is spent entirely outside.

I want to know what you guys think. Is the education system outdated? Should more kids be ‘Hackschooling’?

Tous Les Mêmes – Stromae

‘Tous Les Mêmes’ by Stromae is brilliant conceptually.

My opinion: They are all the same, but who are ‘they’ – the men, the women or both. The men are detached but the women, yes the women, they stay…why? Does the woman’s staying contribute to the perpetuation of the cycle? Interesting.

I love that Stromae himself plays both characters for the larger part of the video, but for those who didn’t get what’s happening just wait, you’ll see. Everything is deliberate in this video – one person has the potential to be either character, aside from the sex (man or woman or a third, if you’d like); focus on the gender roles. There could be a stereotypical viewing of relationships – hard-headed men and soft-hearted women or the complete opposite. The potential for different interpretation is great!

Stromae’s androgynous face is perfectly suited for the kind of interplay that takes place in the video. Beautiful and interesting concept yes, but the talent/actor/performer is perfectly matched!

I have other thoughts about different sections of the video, but I would definitely be interested in hearing your opinions. Please leave a comment.

 

Bored of Bad Bitches? WE ARE!

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Interesting discussion…check it out!

Originally posted on Queenseason:

Bored of Bad Bitches? We certainly are.

The “Bad Bitch” is an offshoot social phenomena of the third wave of feminism characterized by, but not limited to: ass clapping, affecionately referred to as “twerking,” grabbing your lack of a penis and basically “not giving a f–k.” As formally defined by the Urban Dictionary; A “bad bitch” is [A dominant female] “who is totally mentally gifted and also fine as hell,” “always ready for anything physically, emotionally, and also intellectually,” “one who is classy and all about business.”

UrbanDictionary.com

UrbanDictionary.com

UrbanDictionary.com

By these definitions, bad bitches would be women such as Kate Beckinsale, Sharon Stone and First Lady Michelle Obama whom, in our opinion, are absolute Queens.

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Bad Bitches are well known as being identified by our former and informal definition of the Mileys, Rihannas, Kim Kardashians and Iggy Azaleas. The temporary and replaceable pop culture princesses that grace the…

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Google Doodle Honors Zora Neale Hurston, Black Cultural Giant

Originally posted on NewsFeed:

Today’s Google Doodle honors the American novelist, activist and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston, who was born on Jan. 7, 1891.

Born in Alabama and raised in Florida, Hurston would become of the most influential black authors of the twentieth century, mingling in circles of the Harlem Renaissance and influencing generations to come. TIME included her among 50 cultural giants in African-American history, and her 1937 novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, which starkly portrays the life of a black woman in early twentieth century Florida, is often cited as one of the top novels of the last century.

“This is the great tale of black female survival in a world beset by bad weather and bad men,” TIME wrote about the novel in 2010, in its list of the 100 best English-language novels. “Her succulent book has its stretches of overripe prose, but that’s the price of taking the…

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Why Is Hitler’s Mein Kampf Topping eBook Charts?

Originally posted on NewsFeed:

The infamous manifesto Adolf Hitler wrote while in prison after a failed coup in 1923, Mein Kampf or My Struggle, in which the dictator outlined his idea of a global Jewish conspiracy, is a surprise hit on the ebook market. While the book’s print copy sales remain stagnant, the ebook is in the top 20 on iTunes’s Politics & Events chart, next to books by Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck, the number one Propaganda & Political Psychology book on Amazon, and the 17th bestseller in the company’s Nationalism list. How could that be?

Chris Faraone explains why in a fascinating essay that argues ebooks provide the perfect format for reading controversial material. “Mein Kampf could be following a similar trend to that of smut and romance novels,” Faraone writes. Customers may have not wanted to be seen reading the book or having it on their shelf at home…

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