WATCH: Kerry Washington Brings to Life Sojourner Truth’s “Ain’t I A Woman” Speech


Sojourner Truth’s “Ain’t I A Woman” speech from 1851 is an iconic precursor to contemporary feminist/womanist discourse. In the speech, Truth talks about how her Black womanhood is rarely acknowledged by those who instead seek to dehumanize and humiliate her.

The Vlog Brothers

A quick link and intro to the Vlog Brothers, John and Hank Green. John Green is the remarkably talented writer behind The Fault in Our Stars and Hank is his brother, who is a musician who also works for EcoGeek. Together they create regular videos for YouTube about everything from “How to Become an Adult” to “The 5 Worst Typos in History.” If you are between the ages of 10 and 16 then you already know about the Vlog Brothers. I thought maybe the rest of you should learn about them too. They have over 1 million subscribers and their enthusiasm and dedication to their audience show no signs of waning.


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“Eleanor and Park” movie news!

I know a lot of you are as crazy about “Eleanor and Park”

by Rainbow Rowell as I am, so you’ll be excited by

this news posted by Entertainment Weekly:


Big Red is headed to the big screen.

The girl with the flaming curls (and not-so-flattering nickname) from Eleanor & Park and her soft-spoken, comic-book-loving crush will soon be getting the cinematic treatment, with DreamWorks Studios picking up film rights to Rainbow Rowell’s bestselling novel.

“Every girl who has read it says, ‘That was me in high school, or that was me in 7th grade,’” Holly Bario, DreamWorks president of production, tells EW. “It reminded all of us of our own sort of awkwardness, or family dysfunction.”

The studio was drawn to the teenage love story for the same reason as its legions of fans. “It’s not the typical story where the ugly duckling is in love with the hot guy,” Bario says. “They’re both trying to find their way. They’re both outcasts.”

Set in 1986, and following one school year in Omaha, the novel follows the tentative romance of two 16-year-olds: Eleanor, a somewhat heavy girl overwhelmed by insecurities and trying to survive an abusive household, and Park, the quiet, half-Korean kid who also doesn’t feel like he fits in, but finds refuge in music and comic books.

After its publication in February 2013, the book spent 12 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, and has inspired a passionate, devoted following.

“The book is uniquely structured in that one chapter is told by Eleanor and one chapter is told from Park’s perspective, and they alternate,” Bario points out. “So we’re trying to figure out how to do that in a movie. There are all storts of groovy stylistic things you could do with voice over, or words on the screen, but we want something that’s real Rainbow.”

With that in mind, Rowell – who is repped by UTA — has also been hired to write the screenplay. “She’s in the middle of writing another book, so we’re patiently waiting for her,” Bario said.

Already on board the project are producer Carla Hacken, who as a studio executive oversaw Walk the Line and The Devil Wears Prada, and executive producer Matt Kennedy (the upcoming Predestination.)

Once the script is in, a director and cast will be attached. DreamWorks hopes to start shooting in 2015.

But fans don’t need to wait for that … Who would YOU cast in the two main roles? Better to go with unknowns, or find a pair of young actors already on the rise?

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