Joshunda:

As if I needed another piece of advice from a comedian…

Originally posted on News One:

Kevin HartIt seems as if comedian Kevin Hart is taking a page from mentor Steve Harvey‘s play book and offering unsolicited advice to Black women.

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In a new cartoon, titled, “Being a ‘Strong Black Woman’ Does Not Mean Having An Attitude,” Hart depicts three Black women, one looking as if she just got off work from the strip club, one dressed as if she’s wearing her 7-year-old daughter’s shirt (belly bulge poking out and all), and the other one scowling as if she will cut you if you approach her. In short, the stereotypical depictions of Black women that poison the media. Ignoring the innocent greeting of a well-dressed, well-meaning brother, they dismiss him as a weak, geeky “n**ga.”

The second part of the cartoon shows the same Black man with his arm around a modestly dressed, smiling white or…

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We could easily be made to believe that nothing happened, and yet we have changed, as a house that a guest has entered changes.

We can’t say who has come, perhaps we will never know, but many signs indicate that the future enters us in this way in order to be transformed in us, long before it happens.

And that is why it is so important to be solitary and attentive when one is sad: because the seemingly uneventful and motionless moment when our future steps into us is so much closer to life than that other loud and accidental point of time when it happens to us as if from outside.

The quieter we are, the more patient and open we are in our sadnesses, the more deeply and serenely the new presence can enter us, and the more we can make it our own, the more it becomes our fate; and later on, when it “happens” (that is, steps forth out of us to other people), we will feel related and close to it in our innermost being.

~ Rainer Maria Rilke on Sadness & Solitude from the beauty we love

The New Yorker: Why Are So Many Americans Single?

In 1950, four million people in this country lived alone. These days, there are almost eight times as many, thirty-one million. Americans are getting married later than ever (the average age of first marriage for men is twenty-eight), and bailing on domestic life with alacrity (half of modern unions are expected to end in divorce). Today, more than fifty per cent of U.S. residents are single, nearly a third of all households have just one resident, and five million adults younger than thirty-five live alone. This may or may not prove a useful thing to know on certain Saturday nights.

This is fantastic. I thought it was very insightful.

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