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Tanya Hamilton's 'Night Catches Us' captures a point in time - Los Angeles Times
I've always been interested in politics, poverty and the working class," says the director. "And the price you pay for dedication to a political movement."

Hamilton sets the tone in the opening credits, turning a series of classic Black Power posters into a potent visual statement but "it was important to me to show the variations of class in black life," she says.

As much as anything, Hamilton says she is drawn to the ordinary within black life, rather than the extremes. "There's a distinct lack of content specific to what it is to be a black American, the variations in that experience, what life is like for people who are ordinary. Those are the stories I want to tell."
film  cinema  black  race  1970s  philadelphia  writing  activism  class  african  politics  poverty  art 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
A Culture of Poverty - Ta-Nehisi Coates - Personal - The Atlantic
I suspect that a large part of the problem, when we talk about culture, is an inability to code-switch, to understand that the language of Rohan is not the language of Mordor. I don't say this to minimize culture, to the contrary, I say it to point how difficult it is to get people to discard practices which were essential to them in one world, but hinder their advancement into another. And then there's the fear of that other world, that sense that if you discard those practices, you have discarded some of yourself, and done it in pursuit of a world, that you may not master.
politics  race  culture  poverty  violence  teaching  power  education  identity 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
America's poor are its most generous givers | McClatchy
When Jody Richards saw a homeless man begging outside a downtown McDonald's recently, he bought the man a cheeseburger. There's nothing unusual about that, except that Richards is homeless, too, and the 99-cent cheeseburger was an outsized chunk of the $9.50 he'd earned that day from panhandling.

The generosity of poor people isn't so much rare as rarely noticed, however. In fact, America's poor donate more, in percentage terms, than higher-income groups do, surveys of charitable giving show. What's more, their generosity declines less in hard times than the generosity of richer givers does.
poverty  money  work  social  religion  behavior  ethics  happiness  spirituality 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Findings - As External Barriers Disappear, Internal Gender Gaps Widen - NYTimes.com
“Humanity’s jaunt into monotheism, agriculturally based economies and the monopolization of power and resources by a few men was ‘unnatural’ in many way. In some ways modern progressive cultures are returning us psychologically to our hunter-gatherer roots. That means high sociopolitical gender equality over all, but with men and women expressing predisposed interests in different domains. Removing the stresses of traditional agricultural societies could allow men’s, and to a lesser extent women’s, more ‘natural’ personality traits to emerge.”
men  women  gender  psychology  health  evolution  research  science  sex  culture  nytimes  nature  poverty 
september 2008 by allaboutgeorge
IOL: Truth in humour?
"I don't believe in black on black violence because everybody robs and kills people...It's not black on black but broke on broke, when people rob each other."
humor  comedy  poverty  crime  chrisrock  quotes  southafrica  africa  interviews 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Guardian Unlimited | Comment is free | Inequality is closing down our concern for others
"I start sweating, I start bungling, shuffling ... You know you insult them ... they look at you like they're disgusted ... Straight away you feel, I shouldn't be there. It makes you not want to go out ... It fucking stresses you. You get exhausted ..."
poverty  wealth  money  jobs  work  uk  psychology  society  diversity  class 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
With Regrets, New Orleans Is Left Behind - New York Times
“It’s not New Orleans to me. And I find myself asking, Where are all the people? I see all the empty houses, and I knew once there was people in all those houses. Where are the people, you know? Where are the people? [...]"
neworleans  louisiana  identity  usa  hurricane  katrina  social  public  memory  black  poverty 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Young journos doomed to poverty and pink slips - SFBG Politics Blog
"I'd hoped to spend the next 35 years of my life doing this work. I think I'll go get viciously drunk now."
journalism  media  newspapers  sanfrancisco  politics  blogging  public  poverty  work  jobs 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
TV's 'Hot Ghetto Mess': Too Hot to Handle? - Newsweek Entertainment - MSNBC.com
"African-Americans need to feel confident that white America is aware that there are black haves as well as black have-nots. Then the challenge will be to pull the poor and uneducated out of the shadowy margins."
race  black  television  media  identity  aesthetics  class  books  poverty  cable 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Outrage comes too easy for the Democrats - The Boston Globe
"All the candidates said poverty, healthcare, and education were connected. What they did not say is how they would make this connection with white, middle-class, and suburban voters."
politics  black  democrats  debates  washington  race  aids  hiv  poverty  health  education 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Class Consciousness-Raiser
"Humor in poverty? About people and sex. In the middle class? About situations. In wealth? About social faux pas. [...] The key question about food in poverty: Did you have enough? In the middle class: Did you like it? In wealth: Was it presented well?"
poor  poverty  class  education  academia  humor  wealth  food 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Dept. of Popular Culture: Banksy Was Here: Reporting & Essays: The New Yorker
"The graffitist’s impulse is akin to a blogger’s: write some stuff, quickly, which people may or may not read. Both mediums demand wit and nimbleness."
blogging  art  uk  aesthetics  identity  anonymity  marketing  beauty  urban  poverty  capitalism  attention 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Putting focus on black films - baltimoresun.com
"I wanted to show people I grew up with ... . It was not to romanticize or depict simple solutions to a social problem. It was to put a shape and form, a narrative that comes from chaotic events."
cinema  baltimore  maryland  creativity  poverty  aesthetics  identity 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Jackson, County Combine Efforts - washingtonpost.com
"When someone lives in poverty, there is a lack of hope. . . . When you have no hope for your future, you don't prepare for it. Some young black men don't know how to find hope because they can't see it."
identity  black  youth  parenting  mentoring  men  poverty 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
San Francisco Challenges / Statistics don't support official explanations for high black arrest rate
"[T]olerating drug use while harshly policing dealers result in over-arresting minorities and failing to stem growing middle-age addiction. Second, violence will not abate until cities alleviate concentrated neighborhood poverty."
cities  poverty  police  politics  sanfrancisco  demography  california  drugs  crime  jail  research  statistics  black  race  civilliberties 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Nerve.com: Lisa Gabriele's "Pretty in Penury"
"Class and all its implications really sets in in high school, when teenagers become aware that, indeed, they are held hostage by their family's socioeconomic status. After all, you live with these people. What they are, you are."
class  poverty  education  cinema  1980s  family  parenting  money  work  jobs  school  illinois  chicago  fashion 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: In the Land of Bold Beauty, a Trusted Mirror Cracks
“The reasons are purely aesthetic, not medical, especially for women. They want to get thin no matter what, all because of images from north of the Equator. It is a cruel cultural imposition on the Brazilian woman.”
women  gender  fashion  identity  brazil  aesthetics  beauty  feminism  poverty  southamerica  disease  marketing  globalization 
january 2007 by allaboutgeorge
New Yorker: Rap Map
“It’s no longer just about getting tough or being soft on crime. It’s ‘What are we going to do about Bed-Stuy?’ ”
nyc  demography  geography  newyork  activism  aesthetics  crime  law  poverty  police  social  community 
january 2007 by allaboutgeorge
PBPost: Crossing from faith to fanaticism
"It is easy for people to believe that we were mindless and spineless, but nothing could be further from the truth. It was something to hold onto, even though it turned out to be a fantasy."
religion  poverty  sanfrancisco  poor  activism  southamerica  california  behavior 
december 2006 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: In Colombia, Songs Too Hot for the Mainstream Sizzle Underground
"A lot of stories are hidden. They have to be real. I'm more or less a news director. The corridos are chronicles."
songwriting  journalism  colombia  latinamerica  music  criticism  aesthetics  identity  poverty  drugs  crime  murder 
november 2006 by allaboutgeorge
BBC: Westerners 'are more promiscuous'
"This suggests social factors such as poverty, mobility and gender equality may be a stronger factor in sexual ill-health than promiscuity."
africa  culture  health  news  polyamory  relationships  sex  gender  hiv  feminism  poverty 
november 2006 by allaboutgeorge
BBC NEWS | Europe | Nobel for anti-poverty pioneers
"Mr Yunus set up the bank in 1976 with just $27 from his own pocket. Thirty years on, the bank has 6.6 million borrowers, of which 97% are women, according to the Grameen website."
poverty  business  feminism  women  gender  money  sustainable  peace  nobel 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Data on Marriage and Births Reflect the Political Divide
"One thing that was interesting to us is that we didn't find a correlation between language and citizenship and poverty status."
poverty  language  usa  marriage  population  immigration 
october 2005 by allaboutgeorge
LADN: $70,000 Just to Get By
"For me, man, it's definitely week to week. "All the luxuries, extras, can wait. I can't go to the movies right now, and it's OK. If it came down to buying some school clothes for my son or paying the cable bill, I'd buy the clothes."
poverty  money  work  jobs  losangeles  california 
september 2005 by allaboutgeorge
LAT: Katrina Takes a Toll on Truth, News Accuracy
"[Y]ou can imprecisely state the nature of the disaster. … Then you draw attention away from the real story, the magnitude of the destruction, and you kind of undermine the media's credibility."
hurricane  katrina  rita  media  journalism  newspapers  television  radio  social  poverty 
september 2005 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: The Democrats' Class Struggle
"The study concluded that the 'economic tipping point -- the income level above which white voters were more likely to vote Republican than Democrat -- was $23,700.'"
poverty  white  republicans  democrats  money  jobs  usa 
may 2005 by allaboutgeorge

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