Why do we fear change? Revision is essential to the work of writers, artists, musicians, and activists. On this episode inspired by Bitch's current print issue, we explore revision in three different artistic mediums. First, we talk with writer Stephanie Abrahamabout how the star of classic sitcom "I Dream of Jeannie" morphed from a Baghdad-born genie to a mainstream Florida housewife. Then, we sit back and listen to Hrishikesh Hirway of the podcast Song Exploder talk with musician Julia Holter about how she puts together a song. Finally, Bitch Media's Art Director Kristin Rogers Brown discusses designing magazine covers and what to do when good art ideas go horribly wrong.
Screenshot from Franchesca Ramsey's new video on how to be an ally.
Franchesca Ramsey is an awesome video blogger whose work addresses all kinds of social justice issues in quick, engaging, and thought-provoking ways. She can pack more knowledge into a three-minute YouTube video than most writers can in a three-hour lecture.
Last night, thousands of people protested the failure to indict the police officer who killed Eric Garner. Photo by David Bledsoe.
One hundred and twenty-two years ago, Ida B. Wells, an African American journalist who reported on the horrors carried out by white lynch mobs against Southern blacks, penned a oft-pronounced slogan that still rings true today: “This is a white man's country and the white man must rule.”
• After a New York grand announced yesterday that they would not indict the NYPD officer who killed Eric Garner with a chokehold, protesters in the city and across the country took to the streeets and chanted his last words, "I can't breathe." [New York Times]