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Flashback Friday: The Summer of Love.

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The Summer of 1967 was something. Newark had riots. So did Detroit (there's currently a major motion picture about part of that out in theatres right now).

Yet... away from the heat and burning in the Northeast and Midwest, out in San Francisco, things were much cooler... things were groovy.

From The Week:

How did the Summer of Love begin?

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Throwback Thursday: On Plato's Cave & the Ultimate Light

Note: This post first appeared on my old blog, Far Above Rubies, on July 30, 2012. ~Li

 

A long, long time ago, back when Clinton was still president, Diddy was still Puff Daddy, and Victoria Beckham was most famous for being oh so posh, I studied Machiavelli, St. Augustine and Plato in my senior year of high school.

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Last week, I started thinking about Plato's Allegory of the Cave which is from "The Republic". If you're unfamiliar with the story, here's an excerpt from SparksNotes (you should the full thing out check it out, though... if 16 year old me could get it, so can you!):

Socrates describes a dark scene. A group of people have lived in a deep cave since birth, never seeing the light of day. These people are...
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A Pretend Pony Production.


So Z and I made this... 

 

 

 

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Some Sunday Stuff: August 6th.


Miss you, Jos.

 

Happy Sunday, Everyone. Today would've been my sister Joscelyne's 33rd birthday. Well, it still is to me. As I do everyday, I miss her. So Happy Birthday to my Baby, I will love you always.

 

Last week, I didn't post a "Some... Stuff", so time to play a bit of catch up here. To the links! First up, an Atlantic story by Victor Tan Chen on the political Left's religiosity (H/T: Britt):

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Flashback Friday: The oh-so Noble Mr. Johnson.


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A few months back, I shared the story of Madame Sul-Te-Wan, the Black actress who got her big Hollywood start in "The Birth of a Nation" in 1915. Madame was one of the few actors in the film playing Black characters who were actually Black; the main characters of color were actually White actors in blackface. 

Today, I want to talk about Noble Johnson, another Black actor who starred in films at the same time and enjoyed a long, successful career in Hollywood. Interestingly (although not surprisingly), Johnson was able to skirt the race issue by playing characters who were not Black. In a reverse of the "Birth" White actors, Noble gained fame and film credits, and became part of Hollywood...

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