Recommentunde - 27 Jan 2021
One year ago I was at a massive concert at the Staples Center. I miss people!
New year, new email template.
In each of these newsletters, I’m going to try to offer three things
What’s up with me. Recent work or upcoming events
A Brief Statement. Like a tiny op-ed
Links I’ve Clicked For You. I
That’s four things.
With that said, if there are parts of this newsletter you want to see more or less of, please reply and let me know.
WHAT’S UP WITH ME
Thursday Jan 28, 2021 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM PST
Joining Brian Williams on MSNBC
This is becoming a regular residency of sorts. I’m sure to work in a comment about my attire. Brian is lowkey hilarious, and I only do this show in hopes of Leslie Jones commenting on my room.
Friday Jan 29, 2021 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM PST
I will be hosting New York Times columnist Charles Blow on the service this week. If you’re on there, add the event to your calendar. The app is limited to invites and iOS devices for now but don’t worry, I’ll record it and share soon for my Patrons and eventually more publicly.
Tuesday Feb 2, 2021 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST
FREE on Eventbrite
I have the pleasure of moderating a panel with storytellers and worldshapers trying to save us all by telling climate stories that aren’t limited to dystopia. We got Rosario Dawson, Christiana Figueres, Dorothy Fortenberry, and Sarah Treem. Register here.
Recent press or other public appearances of note
I’m featured in the Person Place Thing podcast hosted by Randy Cohen. I offer stories I’ve rarely if ever shared before.
If you missed The People’s Inauguration kickoff, please watch the event. I’m so proud of what Valarie Kaur initiated and thing we would all benefit from taking part.
A BRIEF STATEMENT
I watched a live stream of President Biden (still feels good to say/type that) this week sign executive orders related to racial equity. It was niiiiiice! What stuck most was the president’s assertion that "systemic racism costs every American.... It makes us less prosperous, less successful, and less secure."
It’s been one week, and the new administration is mostly exceeding my expectations (which were simply not to launch nukes at the governor of Michigan). I’ve been watching the press conferences and enjoying the calm, competent, non-threatening, reality-based nature of them.
As you know I believe whoever the president is, it’s up to all of us to participate in self-government. We are currently in pre-production for season two of How To Citizen with Baratunde, and I’m excited to be working with the production team at Dustlight on this next round of the show.
LINKS I’VE CLICKED FOR YOU
This is Charles Blow’s provocative idea for Black Americans to migrate back to the South where we could comprise a political majority. I’m talking about this with him on Clubhouse this Friday.
Lots of good history in this one and a reminder not to engage in false equivalency between the Capitol extremists and Black freedom fighters from the 1800s to 2020.
Another great piece by Danielle Allen whose COVID-related work I amplified heavily last year. She’s a public philosopher and leader and is now exploring a run for governor of Massachusetts!
A good story about a great poet most of us met one week ago. My favorite small detail: she has a speech impediment. This connects her to President Biden in a simple but profound way, and I just love everything about this woman.
This is the neighborhood I grew up in until I was 12 and to which I still feel connected. This is the story of community choices, creativity, and resilience. I love it, and it makes me miss my original home.
Last week’s Celebrating America concert was beautiful, and I had never heard of Ant Clemons who’s a great artist. Check out the video for a song he performed with Justin Timberlake.
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