Consciously Curated: Hamilton, Hip-Hop & Mental Health and Scamming Twitter (Oh, and Marvin Gaye)

Photo by Gabriel Barletta
Photo by Gabriel Barletta

Here is a roundup of news and information from other sources across the web to help you keep thinking good:

Upworthy: History has its eyes on you, Mike Pence

“Vice President-elect Pence, we welcome you, and we truly thank you for joining us here at ‘Hamilton: An American Musical,’ we really do. We, sir, we are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us — our planet, our children, our parents — or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights, sir. But we truly hope that this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us. All of us. Again we truly thank you for sharing this show, this wonderful American story told by a diverse group of men and women of different colors, creeds, and orientations.” 

Read Thinking Good’s Hamilton inspired take on the election: Thoughts on America, on this day

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Upworthy: Kanye’s Ultralight Beam on Mental Health

“It’s estimated that 5%-10% of African-American men face depression, but evidence of mental health services for black people across the globe is low. While issues like poverty and racism only add fuel to the fire for mental health issues in the black community, many find it difficult to talk about those issues and find help.

“For years, black men have been told they shouldn’t be emotional, their strength and endurance against anything is what makes them a man, and mental health certainly isn’t a point of discussion. Much of this is due to racism and the effects of hypermasculinity in the black community, where mental health is still heavily stigmatized — though many black women and men are actively working to change that narrative.”

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Vibe: Hip Hop and Depression
Washington Post: Kanye West and how hip-hop tackles mental health

New Yorker: How I Learned to Game Twitter

My goal was to have the world’s highest count of followers, all of them fake. It would be an elaborate meta-joke, a piece of performance art demonstrating that social media is stupid and fame is meaningless. When I explained my plan to my girlfriend, she reminded me that I used to be “too cool for Twitter.” I told her that I still was—and this would prove it!

FiveThirtyEight: Education, Not Income, Predicted Who Would Vote For Trump

“In short, it appears as though educational levels are the critical factor in predicting shifts in the vote between 2012 and 2016. You can come to that conclusion with a relatively simple analysis, like the one I’ve conducted above, or by using fancier methods. In a regression analysis at the county level, for instance, lower-income counties were no more likely to shift to Trump once you control for education levels.”

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