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I read 41 books this year (not including 5 I didn't finish because they weren't very good, and a handful I'm still reading). Here are some of my favorites:
The best non-fiction included
Oscar Martinez, A History of Violence (I wish every American would read this book) & @schemaly's Rage Becomes Her (I gifted several copies of this book this year)
@schemaly My favorite philosophical reads were @Plural_truth's Know it All Society, which seems pretty essential in today's social media-driven political world, and @SereneKhader's Decolonizing Universalism, which I only finished yesterday and wish I'd read sooner
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While I understand the need to winnow the field & Thursday's debate had more room for more discourse with fewer onstage, why can't there at least be a lower-polling debate? As I noted Thursday, I really felt the loss of Harris especially, but also Castro and Booker on stage.
This isn't 2016 when all the candidates were white and Hillary was to some degree Obama's heir-apparent. We began with six women and five POC. There are still five POC in the race (Harris out, Patrick in), but only one onstage. The absence is really apparent.
Sanders can turn every conversation about race, gender or LGBTQ to the billionaire class, but the fact is 75% of America is women and POC. White men are the minority. Maybe we should have a debate with just women and POC candidates? #RepresentationMatters
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Today I wrote (again) about women candidates getting negative media hype (turns out MSM let the insurance industry vet those anti-@ewarren pieces on #M4A).
I wrote over the weekend that @KamalaHarris had been featured negatively in stories promoting Biden's #NoMalarkeyBusTour.
Yet when @KamalaHarris launched HER #ForThePeople bus tour--no MSM spots promoting her.
Today Harris was with @rashadrobinson on the @VotingWhileBlk podcast.
Check out what the MSM is ignoring, because #RepresentationMatters:

Also: @ewarren had a ginormous rally this weekend that the MSM "forgot" to cover because Biden bought a bus. Here is a really moving moment from that event when she was asked whether someone had dissed her whose validation was important to her:

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Thread: #Kamala's historic campaign as only the 3rd Black woman to seek a major party nom (1st as top tier) isn't being met with the professionalism/culturally competent coverage it deserves. #RepresentationMatters so let these Black women reflect HOW it's done right. #Kamala2020
The media is often more interested in the horsesrace vs educating the public on a candidate. The GOLD STANDARD on researching/original substantive reporting is set by @juliacraven with a deep dive into #Kamala's Black maternal health work.…
We know that horsesrace coverage comes with the territory, however @emarvelous showed how to balance discussing the state of the race with providing space for rebuttal from #Kamala/supporters & providing perspective (i.e. acknowledging smear campaigns).…
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CN: assisted suicide

FYI, we have another #MeBeforeYou ableist clusterfuck coming up:

👀 “Susan Sarandon has voiced her support for assisted dying after taking on the role of a terminally ill woman.”…

#SuckItAbleism #RepresentationMatters #FilmDis
“In the film, Lily suffers from ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), which is a progressive degeneration of the nerve cells that control muscle movements. Around 80% of those diagnosed with it die within two to five years.”
“But despite her sympathy for those who choose to end their lives in such a position, Sarandon said it's not a choice she would make if she was terminally ill herself.”
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September is Deaf Awareness Month. If you're interested in the Deaf Culture/Deaf Ed/American Sign Language (ASL), here are a few things I've written about important issues facing our community
This is my personal favorite, about how hearing people enjoy and appropriate Deaf culture and ASL while simultaneously trying to eradicate d/Deaf people. (AKA--sign language for yuppie hearing babies, but not for deaf kids)…
About how the "least restrictive environment" for deaf kids may not be the mainstream:…
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I've been researching the diversity of characters with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) expertise in popular movies.

I've identified 500+ characters in 172 films

The films are among the top 300 domestic box office earners, adjusted for inflation (sold the most tickets).

Some are less popular, but were in my home video collection or within a popular franchise: 007, Godzilla, King Kong, Star Trek, Marvel, DC, ...
The STEM characters are not necessarily research scientists or academics. Sometimes they are a technical whiz whose skill features in the plot.

This thread will highlight some of the main characters from the most popular films.

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A cool little story about my little role on Noah Baumbach's new movie #MarriageStory @MarriageStory.

I tried out for the role of Greg. I booked it! But before I accepted, I asked if they could change "Greg" to something Persian. I have never known a Persian guy named Greg.
I thought it'd be cool to not just have a Persian actor in a Noah Baumbach movie, but a Persian *character*. But casting said I had to accept the role first, and then Noah would decide. I agreed.

I got to set, and nervously asked Noah if casting had mentioned--
"Oh the name thing? Yeah man, send me a list of names and I'll just pick one."

I was so delighted that Noah was so open and understanding!

I emailed him a list.

The next day,
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THREAD: Democrat Politics

Fam: I'm #YangGang until the man wins or gives up. I'm going down with this ship, m'kay?

I know politics. I know LOTS about politics. And I have nothing but respect for what @AndrewYang and @Zach_Graumann have built FROM NOTHING!!! That is AMAZING!
2/ But let me be real with you for a minute. There's a way to win the Democrat nomination. You know who has been studying it and strategizing it for years? #ElizabethWarren And she's running a smart, strategic CAMPAIGN. Her polling numbers have gone from 4% to 17.3% in 6 months.
3/ Now ask yourself: Why?

Has it been by "introducing herself?" No, we all knew who she was, already. She had a head start.

Was it by posting cringy vids of her drinking beer? No.

What she's done is to go meet people. She's gone where THEY are, met them, and written policies.
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@JayLender1 @vixelpixen Thunderbird was an original New X-Man. He was almost immediately killed off. His younger brother Warpath eventually took on the name and costume.
@JayLender1 @vixelpixen Black Crow, a Navajo nation superhero who fought Captain America:
@JayLender1 @vixelpixen Forge, an X-Man from the Cheyenne tribe whose super power is inventing stuff. He’s equal to or better than Tony Stark.
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#RepresentationMatters and what @KamalaHarris has advocated for and accomplished in places NO other Black women (SF DA/CA AG) or few (2nd Senator) have occupied offers proof of why we need to be on the inside. #Kamala2020 #KHive
Kamala being in the Senate meant the FIRST ever bill introduced to specifically tackle the Black maternal health crisis.
Kamala being elected California AG meant the creation of theBureau of Children's Justice, Racial & Identity Profiling Advisory Board, Open Justice Initiative, eCrime Unit, Mortgage Fraud Strike Force, Division of Recidivism Reduction & Re-Entry, etc
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2 months ago, I started drawing cartoons w/ women as different types of scientists & different STEM fields. Today, my collection “We are Scientists” has ~20 illustrations. I want to do more... What other STEM fields should I draw to show #WomenInSTEM? Which one represents you?
1/2 Thank you to all the scientists (and non-scientists) folks who have shared their preferred STEM fields. Now, I have a running list of >60 STEM fields and that gives me drawing material for the rest of the year ...
2/2 It is amazing to see and learn all the fields and sub-fields worked and studied by #Women and supporters. Your response to my post is amazing and I am grateful to be part of this community. Thank you! #RepresentationMatters #WomenInSTEM
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Pretty furioius to see @Sephora re-cut their "We belong to something beautiful" ad to excise @aaronphilipxo, a black trans #disabled model who was in the original ad in the opening sequence.
Just saw the recut @maddow on @MSNBC.

This is the fab Philip.

Here's the original, with @aaronphilipxo in the opening. So you can see what was cut. And ask @Sephora why.

.@aaronphilipxo was just featured on the cover of @papermagazine.
June 2019 by Myles Loftin, and interviewed by Naomi Campbell.
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A friend of mine has a little girl (about 6yo) who's mixed race with gorgeous natural black hair. She said she hates being black because all the pretty characters don't look like her. "I told her black is beautiful and she replied, ‘well, I’m not’." #RepresentationMatters
My friend tried to point out some black or mixed race characters and her daughter pointed out that they have loose curls or straightened hair so still don't look like her. Also, the passport software didn't recognise her photo because of her hair.
If anyone knows some age-appropriate black female characters that her daughter would love to see, let me know. Books, cartoons, whatever.
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A brief #tweetorial for those curious as to why I spend countless hours on a non-specialty medical organization. The basic premise of the @AmerMedicalAssn House of Delegates is actually simple. #healthpolicy #publichealth #MembersMoveMedicine 1/
It’s a representative democratic body consisting of members of societies from the US states and subspecialties of medicine, convening twice a year as the @AmerMedicalAssn House of Delegates (HoD). The majority of each meeting is spent deliberating policy proposals. #AMAmtg 2/
Any member or organization can bring resolutions with various policy goals to the HoD to be debated and voted on. These go through a multistep vetting process where everyone has the opportunity to speak on and amend these policies under the rules of parliamentary procedure. 3/
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If I hear about one more agent, manager or actor telling people “It’S hArD oUt tHeRe fOr wHiTe aCtoRs, eVeRyThInG’s gOiNg dIveRsE, mInOrItiEs aRe bOoKiNg eVeRyThInG!”


And yet I’ve heard it twice in the last wk


Here are some facts from the 2019 UCLA Hollywood Diversity Report:




Tracking films from 2017, this @UCLA study also shows whites remained over represented with 77% of all film roles.

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Hey #MadisonWI & anti-racist friends, please be aware of what's happening in Madison with @OvertureCenter's production of Miss Saigon. Originally Overture agreed to host a panel by Asian American Studies scholars on the representations of #AsianAmericans in the show.
Now, the day of the panel, @OvertureCenter has cancelled the panel entirely. Apparently leading up to this Overture staff did not up hold promises, refused to print the program note by Dr. Timothy Yu, and ultimately cancelled the entire panel.
The actions of Overture make several things clear. First the #racism in Madison is not limited to anti-black racism & we need to support our Asian and Asian American community members.
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Thread: I know it’s a small thing, but I just watched the new episode of @GreysABC where a patient character uses they/them #pronouns & Richard (@JamesPickensJR) struggles with it initially. While Jackson (@iJesseWilliams) doesn’t because, #WokeBae, duh.…
I know that for some viewers, this may have been their first introduction to #genderqueer & #nonbinary people or the concept of asking someone’s pronouns. It’s been happening in #queer & #feminist spaces for years. But this is mainstream. Majorly mainstream.
And for many genderqueer & non-binary folks, this may be the first time they’ve seen part of their experience represented on screen outside of smaller stage media*
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Real question. We know what we DON'T want to see from #autistic characters in film & tv (hold the puppet jokes pls), but what DO we want to see? Who do you want to watch and what's happening to them?
Eagerly waiting for aaalllll the comments. This is it. This is the time and place to speak your mind and be heard by people who can actually make a difference. Come thru #ActuallyAutistic #AskingAutistics #DisabledTwitter #DisabilityPride #Neurodiversity
Thanks everyone! You really came thru on this. I have LOTS of great input to share and responses to give to those inevitable questions. You've got my back and I've got yours! Here's to more of us, better represented, on screens in the near future. 🤞🏽✊🏽🎬
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Zu Tatort: Schwarze Menschen im Fernsehen. Ich bin seit Jahren zu Recherchezwecken bei einer Casting-Agentur angemeldet. Ich hatte 3 Castings. 1) Love Interest von einem Deutschen! Soul/Rap Artist, 2) Prostituierte bei den CopStories & 3) Flüchtling beim österreichischen Tatort
Nummer 2 & 3 waren einfach nur schlimm. Bei den CopStories sollte ich eine Schwarze Prostituierte spielen (Hurra beschissenes Klischee), die im Dialekt Steirisch oder Wienerisch spricht, weil es "lustig" ist. Dann sollte ich auch noch Rapid mögen, weil "überraschungseffekt".
Die Rolle war drauf ausgelegt, dass ich Leute unterhalten soll, weil ich "exotisch bin" und Dialekt da nicht "normal" ist und sie dabei halb-nackt auch noch anturne. Needles to say, meine Begeisterung beim Casting hielt sich in Grenzen.
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All y'all disabled folks (I'm looking at you fellow white disabled people, especially) need to stop with the, "disability is the last civil rights" stuff...

Y'all understand the fight for civil rights is not over for other marginalized communities, right?
Right now it's like this in Hollywood... white, nondisabled, cis men got like 78% of the pie. Cis, white, nondisabled women get like 20% of the pie. Black nondisabled people are lucky to get 1% of the pie.

*these numbers are not scientific – merely meant to represent exclusion
Now all the rest of us, disabled, nonwhite, LGBTQIA barely even share 1%...

Heaven forbid you are multiply marginalized, because you are most likely not represented at all anywhere.
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More of why #InspirationPorn is harmful to disabled folks: In TV/films, you rarely see us disabled go through 100s of appts, procedures, hospital stays, insurance fights, alone. Reality: the scariest times, we endure alone. But “too much” medical care/loneliness wouldn’t sell.
So disabled folks are surrounded by false societal projections foisting bad expectations on us. If we need high care or loved ones aren’t present for that care, it’s projected as “wrong” and the wrong is with us. Not with media, medicine, ableds for failing disabled reality.
Some ableds do this deliberately bc actual disability discomforts them. A film will only show one infusion, a show will cut various appts (even medical shows) bc disabled plots are so focused on answers or “getting better,” when many disabilities have no cure, don’t get better.
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I’ve been following the discussion of disability #RepresentationMatters for a while, and I have thoughts. So many thoughts. I wrote this thread out in advance to get them all in one place, and it ended up being super long, so be forewarned. A few stipulations:
First, I’m not going to use the term #cripface (but once). Just searching on here brought up enough concerns from disabled Black people to make me wary. And I already think the experience of being Black and being disabled are different in important ways.
‘Disability drag’ is also problematic. Disability mimicry is... fine. But 18 characters? We can do better. Some options: Disablry. Disablie. Criptic. I kind of like n. ‘crippicry’ = cripple + mimicry. adj. ‘crippic’. An actor who takes crippic roles can be a ‘crippocrite’.
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First out bisexual in the Senate,@kyrstensinema.

Here's another pic of @kyrstensinema, because #RepresentationMatters and also, she looks fantastic.
And when she arrived at the Senate.
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