In honor and observance of Black History Month, the team here at Social Studies committed to some “MUST ______” with the intention of celebrating – and continuing to celebrate, beyond 2/28 – Black voices, accomplishments, culture and contributions, to name just a few. Read on for five team member’s musts…
“I’m all about showing major love to Black creators on social media and beyond. This month, I’ll continue to discover and support Black creators and communities on Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, etc. Following, liking, saving and subscribing all go a LONG way. Some of my favorite accounts are @blackownedeverything (pictured), @seeinblackproject, @rickeythompson, @tytyrone, and @raisaflowers.
Also on my MUST DO list? Finally tracing my African American lineage!!”
“Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019 by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain is on my nightstand and it’s a #1 New York Time’s Bestseller for good reason.”
“Miss Juneteenth! An incredible production with powerful performances by very powerful and captivating people. I think Miss Juneteenth is a must see for sure. Also be sure to check out more from the director, Channing Godfrey Peoples. She has some very interesting projects/works under her belt.”
“NYT podcast Still Processing. Wesley Morris and Jenna Wortham, two culture writers for The New York Times, get into the pleasures and pathologies of America in 2020. They talk all things TV, movies, art, music and the internet to find the things that move them.
And in light of Michaela Coel being snubbed for her amazing show, I May Destroy You, an important listen is her interview with Trevor Noah where she discusses the importance of telling sexual assault stories and the definition of consent.”
“This month, I’m embracing some self love by keeping focused on what I need both physically and emotionally. That means regular yoga practice to help me wind down and quiet my mind.
I recently invested in a bolster and yoga blanket. I love this blanket from bolé road textiles [Ed. Note: an amazing black-owned home decor business].”
BONUS: If you’re interested in discovering more works by Black artists across the cultural landscape, we strongly recommend you read TIME’s “The 25 Defining Works of the Black Renaissance” – a list curated by some of the era’s most influential figures including Ava DuVernay, Ibram X. Kendi (featured in this Round Up!) and FKA Twigs.