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Mansplain (v) to delighting in condescending, inaccurate explanations delivered with rock solid confidence of rightness and that slimy certainty that of course he is right, because he is the man in this conversation (via Urban Dictionary)
In the short span of 2:46 minutes singer-turned-actor-turned-Mr Harvey Tyrese manages to ignorantly speak about the “problem” with independent women, poodles, and gay men. Tami of What Tami Said saves us the trouble of having to go in on this video in her excellent review. Watch the video right hurr. Here’s a great quote from Tami’s post:
We must avoid being uneducated free-loaders, sayeth Tyrese, while being sure to remain needy and helpless enough to be attractive to men like him…Tyrese’s “helpful” advice carries the condescension and arrogance typical ofmansplaining, plus a dash of amorphous homophobia.
Shout out to Racialicious for the tip!
God bless the Slate senior editor Ta-Nehisi Coates for his amazing discovery of this viral gem.
“White women who’ve long dreamt of starring in movies meant for the African-American market have faced a number of hurdles in their quest to integrate the chitlin circuit, “ writes Coates. “Here social activist Eliza Skinner outlines the many problems plaguing the effort to create a straight-to-DVD market that looks like America.”
SO the real question here is who needs more help? Too-independent black women or white actresses looking to break into black Hollywood (otherwise known as Tyler Perrywood.) Watch right over dere.
*Psst! This is today’s Editor’s Choice link! Hoorah!*
At the risk of being late to this Tumblr blog, we’re still including it in case any of our readers haven’t come across its awesomeness yet. Maybe a blog solely for the ladies, but hey maybe not. Vanessa Valenti over atFeministing sums it up best: Nothing like some “[f]eminist theory flashcards from your favorite sensitive movie dude-turned-meme.” on your [Monday] morning.
Not really into feminist theory? Please see yourself to the door Well another Tumblr genius has created another Ryan Gosling niche blog all about typography. Making sans serif sexy since 2011.
Hey you! Yeah you over there watching the Dexter marathon for no other reason than fun. We’re not here to judge. Scoot over. *anxiously watches Dexter do his thing* The blogs are talking about the shows recent season finale, and whether or not we liked it or not, the fact is that we watched it. Well thanks to the invention of the web and Youtube, people can make their own real life violent non-fiction films, ie. viral violence. Alena Schaim’s new post for The Good Men Project thinks that our desensitization through entertainment has lead to our desensitization of Youtube violence:
“I think—perhaps generously—many watch them as a way of thinking that they are helping. People think that by watching the video and talking about it that they will change the culture somehow. I don’t want to be crude here, but no—that’s gossip. Just talking about what happened next door or across the country is just another way of doing nothing.”
What say you?
Wondering where all of the black actors and actresses are? Playing the best friend role, silly! How many can you name before heading to check out the photo gallery over at Washington Post? We also feel like they’ve forgotten so many other BBF though! What happened to Tara? And Mos Def (he and Dexter had such a cute, brooding bromance.)
(This isn’t exactly a hint, moreso an FYI/bonus water cooler fun fact: Oh and Morris Chestnut is alive ANDacting folks! One point for BH.)
Imagine having to narrow down the bajillion albums released in 2011 to make a top 10 list. Now try doing that for individual tracks to get the top 10 songs of the year. Chances are friends would be lost in the process. Some family members might even disown you. Well, Claire Suddath, the music editor of TIME Magazine, has the task of doing exactly this every year. If you’ve ever read said list or any magazine “top” lists for that matter and wondered how the hell they managed to narrow selections down, check out Suddath’s clear and pretty uncomplicated breakdown of her listing process. We wonder what pop song from 2011 has Claire second guessing herself? Hmm…
You know what’s (arguably) cooler than
attempting to reading David Foster Wallace novels? David Foster Wallace syllabi! Some of us are/were lucky to have that one professor who kept it really real, no BS style. The one whose crazy courses we flocked to for fun, and then actually ended up learning a sh*t load more than we had bargained for. Seems as if Wallace was one of those professors. Columnist Katie Roiphe turned to Wallace while sitting to write up her own syllabus for next semester. She writes:
One of the reasons I find his syllabuses so fascinating is that they are not polished pieces of writing. They are relatively devoid of his stylistic rococo, and while obviously not devoid of his astonishing level of self-consciousness, do provide some slight glimpse into the person, without the baffling ingenious mediation of his art.
Here’s what students could expect from a Wallace syllabi:
“This does not mean we have to sit around smiling sweetly at one another for three hours a week. … In class you are invited (more like urged) to disagree with one another and with me—and I get to disagree with you—provided we are all respectful of each other and not snide, savage or abusive. … In other words, English 102 is not just a Find-Out-What-The-Teacher-Thinks-And-Regurgitate-It-Back-at-Him course. It’s not like math or physics—there are no right or wrong answers (though there are interesting versus dull, fertile versus barren, plausible versus whacko answers).”
Run and tell your teachers to step up their syllabi game. Hopscotch.