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Mapei Don't Give Up (Kingdom Remix)
Don't Give Up (Kingdom Remix)


Mapei - Don’t Give Up (Kingdom Remix)

So, I’m moving down to DC in two weeks and my dad just informed there are a bunch of bins in our basement with my stuff in it, stuff I put in storage before I studied abroad LAST spring semester. As you can imagine, it’s been an absolute treasure trove of belongings that for the last year and a half I would randomly remember and go “Hey, I wonder where that is?” before forgetting about it a few seconds later. Below you can find a very incomplete list of some of the best things I’ve found so far:

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Jay-Z and Beyonce at the Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014

Jay-Z and Beyonce at the Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014

"We praise people for being “naturally” smart, too, “naturally” athletic, and etc. But studies continue to show, as they have for some time now, that it is generally healthier to praise schoolchildren for being hardworking, than for being naturally gifted. We know now that to emphasize a child’s inherent ability places pressure on that child to continue to be accidentally talented, which is something that is hard for anyone to control. When the children who are applauded for their natural skills fail, they are shown to take the failure very personally. After all, the process of their success has always seemed mysterious and basic and inseparable from the rest of their identity, so it must be they who are failing as whole people. When students are instead complimented and rewarded for their effort and improvement, they tend to not be so hard on themselves. When they fail, they reason, “Well, I’ll work harder next time.” They learn that they are capable of success, rather than constantly automatically deserving of it, and they learn simultaneously that they are bigger and more complex than their individual successes or failures."

Kate of Eat the Damn Cake, The Stupidity of “Natural” Beauty (via theimperfectascent)

I lost whole years of my life to self-loathing and self-sabotaging because I couldn’t sustain being ‘gifted’.  Don’t make the same mistake.

(via mossonhighheels)

This is so, so important for teachers to understand. I try, in every report card, to focus on effort, not natural ability. And you know what? It makes a big difference in my classroom.

(via sanityscraps)


The thing is, we can’t pretend John Green’s whiteness, his maleness, and his heterosexuality aren’t central to his brand. They’re essential to his brand. The adorkable, young, slim, non-threatening, able-bodied, bookish, handsome guy who took YouTube by storm (with his adorkable, young, slim, non-threatening, able-bodied, bookish, handsome brother) would not have had the same response if he was a white woman (she’s a fake geek girl), or a black man (he’s angry/scary), or a fat woman (she’s unhealthy/a poor role model/gross), or a genderqueer person (think of the children), or a Muslim woman (let’s debate her hijab or lack of hijab), or a man with cerebral palsy (aw he’s so inspirational!), because he would not have been the fantasy. John Green is the fantasy boyfriend of nerdy girls everywhere, and he combines that with his not insignificant writing talent to be a BIG CULTURAL DEAL. I am not blaming John Green for these things. His success is not undeserved simply by virtue of his privilege. But we can’t divorce him and his success from these things, either.

John Green is aware of his privilege, and I think that’s rad. But, you know, unless he acts on it, that’s kind of like BookCon telling us all that they’re “committed to diversity.” It seems empty when all we’re hearing is silence.

Which is why what I have been desperate to hear over the last few days is John Green saying, “It is not okay that BookCon is so lacking in diversity. I am pulling my name from the event until this is remedied.”

Because really, what does he have to lose?



Watch what happens when Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Vice President Joe Biden do not go to the White House Correspondent’s Dinner.

Mila Kunis | Esquire (2012)

Mila Kunis | Esquire (2012)