tweets for 2020-06-04

June 5th, 2020 2:00 am by mad mags

tweets for 2020-06-03

June 4th, 2020 2:00 am by mad mags
  • RT @BrandyLJensen: lots to loathe about “simply meet bad opinions with better ones” but the particular onus on black writers to drop what t… ->
  • The moms of America expect every member of Congress to condemn Trump’s military attack on people peacefully exercis… https://t.co/19RK8OSCGn ->
  • RT @joshfoxfilm: People stuck in traffic are witnessing NYPD beat up folks on their way home. https://t.co/AkUGPQQOIf ->
  • RT @ladon_alex: do people realize if we had a higher quality of life there would be less crime and not the other way around ->
  • RT @BootsRiley: most police are not from and do not live in the communities they are policing.
    Paid, outside agitators. ->
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tweets for 2020-06-02

June 3rd, 2020 2:00 am by mad mags
  • RT @TheySay_LA: THIS IS THE ONE 🗣 https://t.co/Db6cMdwcLk ->
  • RT @Aaron_Cole: I HAVE NEWS!!
    My #DvPit Rap Competition novel, about an anxious Afro-Latinx rapper who falls for his rival, has found it’s… ->
  • RT @shannonrwatts: Ferguson, Missouri – which is a 67.4% Black majority city – just elected its first Black mayor-elect tonight: Ella Jones… ->
  • RT @danikwateng: I want y’all to care AFTER the protests have ended. That’s all. ->
  • RT @machineiv: Liberals right now are like, "the single most important thing you can do is get out there and vote in November," meanwhile D… ->
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Book Review: Hey Little Rockabye: A Lullaby for Pet Adoption by Buffy Sainte-Marie & Ben Hodson (2020)

June 2nd, 2020 7:00 am by mad mags

The absolute sweetest!

four out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC for review through Edelweiss.)

After seeing all the human-canine BFF packs chilling at the park, the adorable, unnamed star of this story decides that she wants a dog friend, too. But not just any dog: a rescue pup, from the animal shelter and everything.

After nights spent dreaming of dogs and cats and guinea pigs and rabbits, and a massive ad campaign that threatens to bury the family’s refrigerator, her parents oblige. Our hero gets her pup – and saves a life, to boot.

Written by singer-songwriter, composer, musician, educator, activist, and Indigenous Canadian-American Buffy Sainte-Marie, and illustrated by the talented Ben Hodson, Hey Little Rockabye: A Lullaby for Pet Adoption just oozes charm (in the best way possible). The illustrations are lovely, and their beauty only blooms brighter when coupled with Sainte-Marie’s compassionate message.

The narrative is pretty simple – the only text is comprised of a lullaby that Sainte-Marie sings to all of her adopted family members – but it’s sweet, to the point, and nicely tailored to the intended age group of 3-7 years.

I would have liked to have seen a note on animal rescue/adoption at the end; something to the tune of “6.5 million companion animals enter U.S. animal shelters every year, 1.5 million of whom are euthanized. Adopt, don’t shop!” (Source.) That said, I was lucky enough to read an early digital copy that still had forthcoming front and back matter, so fingers crossed.

Get it if: you’re a vegan parent who’s desperate to find some truly animal-friendly picture books for your child; if your family is thinking about welcoming a furry family member into the fold (this could make a sweet memento for the youngest members); if you want to instill a sense of compassion and respect for nonhumans in the kids you know and love.

(This review is also available on Amazon, Library Thing, and Goodreads. Please click through and vote it helpful if you’re so inclined!)

tweets for 2020-06-01

June 2nd, 2020 2:00 am by mad mags
  • RT @monaeltahawy: I am grateful to @prisonculture, an abolitionist I have learned so much from.
    And I appreciate activists whose work lay… ->
  • RT @94liIac: elizabeth eckford is only 78 years old now…. the white scum who mobbed her and threatened to lynch 15 year old her just for… ->
  • RT @ceciliakang: Civil rights leaders went into a call with Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg tonight with low expectations. They were no… ->
  • RT @jaredlholt: A reporter in Philly was beaten bloody for filming a bat-wielding gang that was terrorizing protesters with the apparent bl… ->
  • RT @dannychun: Just now in LA. Cops show up to a store that requested help against looters and immediately put the black store owners in ha… ->
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tweets for 2020-05-31

June 1st, 2020 2:00 am by mad mags

tweets for 2020-05-30

May 31st, 2020 2:00 am by mad mags
  • RT @mjames323: The reason we don’t see cops shutting down KKK rallies is the same reason we’ll never see Miley Cyrus and Hannah Montana in… ->
  • RT @MegGibson48: Rally in Rochester, NY — 2000+ people stand together in solidarity — https://t.co/yNXWDqfqLU ->
  • RT @KillerMartinis: an update: I am permanently blind in my left eye, and the docs absolutely refuse to let me go back to work for they say… ->
  • RT @PennyRed: This is untrue. The protest was peaceful until the LAPD showed up with weapons. I saw your uniformed officers firing at peopl… ->
  • RT @RexChapman: As riots in Minneapolis continue, a center for low-income housing put out a call asking for food donations.
    This is how pe… ->
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Book Review: Superman Smashes The Klan by Gene Luen Yang & Gurihiru (2020)

May 19th, 2020 7:00 am by mad mags

The Hero We Need

five out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC for review through NetGalley. Obvious trigger warning for racist violence.)

The year is 1946, and the Lee family – mom, dad, Roberta, and Tommy – has just moved from Chinatown to Metropolis, so that Mr. Lee can begin a new job as Chief Bacteriologist of the Health Department. Gregarious and handsome, Tommy fits right in, easily slipping into the spot of star pitcher at the Unity House. An aspiring journalist with a stomach made of jelly,* Roberta – birth name Lan-Shin – is immediately homesick for Chinatown, where she didn’t feel like such a “weirdo”.

And then her family is targeted by the local chapter of the Clan of the Fiery Red Cross, which lights a cross on the Lee’s front lawn and attempts to fire bomb their house. The Allies may have won World War II, and Superman literally just crushed the Nazi supersoldier Atom Man, but racism is still alive and thriving – and firmly entrenched in Metropolis’s social institutions.

Luckily, the Lees live right across the street from cub reporter Jimmy Olsen (who is obviously and adorably smitten with Roberta), and Superman and Lois Lane are pursuing the case, each in their own ways.

I’ve really been enjoying DC’s YA imprint, but Superman Smashes The Klan takes things to the next level. Based on a sixteen-part radio show that aired in 1946 called “The Clan of the Fiery Cross”**, the story expertly dovetails Roberta’s journey with that of her idol, Superman. At this point in his story, Clark Kent is thirty-something and has only been superheroing for ten years. As a kid growing up in Smallville, his differences were a source of shame: they marked him as different, a freak, nonhuman. Demonic, even. And so he learned to suppress and ignore his powers. It wasn’t until a circus tent that he, the Kents, and Lana Lang were sitting under caught fire that Clark used his super strength for good. After that, Mrs. Kent sewed Clark his iconic red cape and Superman was born.

Yet, even as Superman, Clark hides pieces of himself: he has super strength and super speed, yes, but he runs along phone lines rather than flying, because defying gravity would give him away as not entirely of this world. And his ruse works, a little too well: the story’s big bad, a grand Scorpion of the Klan, proudly claims Superman as the best of what the white race has to offer; irrefutable evidence of white superiority.

An honest-to-goodness alien from another world, created by two first-generation Jewish immigrants, Superman has always functioned as a stand-in for marginalized groups: refugees and immigrants of various races, religions, and ethnicities (depending on which group is currently being scapegoated). Superman is as American as apple pie and AK-47s, and he’s a legit alien. Yang masterfully underscores this aspect of Superman’s identity by enmeshing his story with Roberta’s. Both of these “weirdos” learn to embrace their differences, because it’s what makes them – and, indeed, the world – so damn special.

Yang’s story is also deeply steeped in history, in ways I wouldn’t have fully appreciated without reading his essay “Superman and Me” (it appears in pieces in the single issues, and as a whole in the TP). I especially loved the showdown between the scorpion and grand wizard, as the two clashed over the Clan’s true purpose.

This piece, in particular, seems especially relevant today.

* Roberta’s “gurgly stomach” is a mood.

** “To avoid getting sued by an organization that was legally recognized in several states, the show’s writers created a stand-in organization called The Clan of the Fiery Cross,” Yang explains in “Superman and Me.”

(This review is also available on Amazon, Library Thing, and Goodreads. Please click through and vote it helpful if you’re so inclined!)

tweets for 2020-05-18

May 19th, 2020 2:00 am by mad mags