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6 Feb

A Video Game That Teaches You to Write Poetry

by Bryan Lufkin WIRED Magazine   Videogames and poetry haven’t always gone hand in hand. We’re still a long way from Master Chief breaking into a Coleridge soliloquy. But game developers Ichiro Lambe and Ziba Scott have edged us a bit closer to that day with Elegy for a Dead World, a game they Kickstarted in October and released on Steam last month. Elegy lets players write prose and poetry as they explore distant planets and dead civilizations. The player faces 27 challenges in three worlds, each riffing on...
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6 Feb

U2 on the Tom Snyder Show 06/04/81

I was there, in an audience of about 100 people. We were thrilled to meet them after the show, and even though the excitement was palpable, we had no idea this band would become one of the major super groups of the century. All we knew was that "I Will Follow" was a Mudd Club favorite! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_K_I2SQsIZE          ...
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6 Feb

Google Doodle Honors Langston Hughes’ 113th Birthday 02/01/15

What does “I Dream A World” mean to you? To doodler Katy Wu, Langston Hughes’ poem is a message of equality and hope. “This poem has a hopeful message and I like that. It comes from a time where there was a lot of work to be done for civil rights,” says Katy. That’s a sentiment Hughes also shared when writing his poem, which first originated as a lyric in the the opera Troubled Island by William Grant Still. As Hughes experienced...
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5 Feb

19 Sci-Fi & Fantasy Novels By Women of Color

by Anjali Patel Buzzfeed 1. Parable of the Sower, by Octavia Butler Four Walls Eight Windows In the near future, chaos and anarchy emerge as the U.S. finds itself on the brink of governmental collapse. Lauren Olamina must form alliances to navigate the dangerous landscape as she travels up north to establish a community rooted in her new religion — Earthseed. 2. The Summer Prince, by Alaya Dawn Johnson  Arthur A. Levine Books In a futuristic Brazillian city, artist June Coast and the Summer King, Enki, team...
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5 Feb

“Crumbs”: An Ethiopian Post-Apocalyptic, Surreal, Sci-Fi Film

by Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act An unexpectedly peculiar film, and I love what I see here, if only for that reason. But there's more than enough in it to make me want to see the entire film. It's not exactly a regular occurrence that I come across post-apocalyptic, sci-fi romance films, starring Ethiopians. Miguel Llansó’s "Crumbs," a Spanish-Ethiopian co-production which made its world premiere on Tuesday (Jan 27) at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), will have its market premiere at...
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5 Feb

Maasai Cricket Warriors: A Kenyan Tribal Cricket Team Saving Their People

...and absolutely beautiful by HINT Fashion Magazine Semi-nomadic and cattle-dependent, the Maasai face catastrophic peril on nearly every front. They've experienced the ravages of HIV/AIDS, and the loss of land and livestock to outside threats. Meanwhile, they continue to suffer the entrenched practices of female genital mutilation and child marriage. The villagers' safety, livelihood, and very existence hang in the balance. So while the cricket players are out to win, they're also on a mission to bring education and equality to the tribe, and...
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21 Jan

Boy George Live @ Irving Plaza 12/2014

So I spontaneously decided to use my music magic last night and go see Boy George at Irving Plaza (one of the last original clubs left in NY, and great sound). I didn't have a ticket and it was sold out. I certainly wasn't going to spend the $50 lowest ticket price either. But I knew I'd get in. So I stood there, smiling and waiting. A very pretty boy came up and offered me a ticket at face value....
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21 Jan

The East Village in the 1980s: Then & Then

"Eighth Street Between Avenues B and C" 1983 | Ken Schles   I started hanging out in the East Village in my senior year at the HS of Art & Design; of course  young creatives flocked there (and not-so-young). We were advised do not go east of 1st Ave unless you were copping or selling. But many of my close friends lived right on the border (Felice, Halina, Shari, Jean-Ulrick ), and I also had friends who lived in deep in Losaida. Many a...
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