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Lady Inspiration: Issa Rae on The Conversation

Remember how awesome The Conversation was when it was on Lifetime? Well, good news! It’s still being awesome, just online now! Amanda de Cadenet is still interviewing ladies like Kelly Oxford, Milla Jovovich, and Issa Rae of Awkward Black Girl. She has a lot of wisdom to share about how there were way more African-American centered television shows in the 90s, how people wanted her to change her show, and also her favorite sex position. Amanda de Cadenet always asks women their favorite sex positon and they always answer unless they’re Rita Wilson.

If you want more Issa Rae, be sure to check out her interview on How Was Your Week. I’m honest enough to admit that I hadn’t actually watched any of Awkward Black Girl until I heard her interview there and fell in love with how smart, funny, and great she is. Sometimes I’m really dumb, but you guys already knew this. Anyway, check out her website to see more about all of the cool stuff she does.

And also, full disclaimer, I’ve written a few things for The Conversation. Not that I wouldn’t love the show/site anyway, but, you know.

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Hey guys! I hope all of you are having a great weekend. I went hiking with H. and ate Captain Crunch french toast at my parents’ house, so yeah, I’d say things are going pretty well for me. This is a chattier than usual intro, isn’t it? Either way! In the past week or so a few different articles have gone up that I keep forgetting to share with you. Check them out if you’re so inclined!

-I wrote a guide to Public Speaking for Introverts on The Conversation. These are all the tricks I use to keep myself from barfing when I have to speak.

-In my last column for the News Journal, I wrote about my hometown’s street fair. It’s the best fair ever (totally unbiased) and I can’t wait for this year’s. Also, I’d like to say I can’t believe that this is my last News Journal column, but I totally can. It’s been an eventful year, to say the least. If you live in the area and you like to write, you should consider doing it (there’s a box with information about it on the left side of the post).

-On HelloGiggles, I wrote about Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak (yikes, so good) and the graphic novel Ghost World. Seriously, you guys, I found THE EXACT SHIRT from the cover of Ghost World for my Enid Coleslaw Halloween costume. And not even on purpose! It was just waiting for me in the little boys’ section of the thrift store! I think about that whenever I start to doubt the power of the universe.

Links, Links, Links

-NPR has a list of the Top 100 YA novels (as voted in by readers). I don’t understand their criteria, but whatever, genre means nothing.

-After reading this interview on The Hairpin, I have to read Catilin Moran’s How to Be a Woman.

-You’ve probably heard the terrible news about Tig Notaro’s cancer diagnosis. Obviously I don’t know her personally, but I had the pleasure of seeing her last year at the Comedy Attic and she was absolutely fantastic. I laughed until my stomach hurt. She’s such a ballsy, brave, funny, wonderful comedian and I wish her nothing but the best in her treatment.

Becoming Stephen King on the Awl.

-I’ve been listening to a lot of extra great podcasts lately, including Kulap Vilaysack on the JV Club, Mark Duplass on WTF, and Scott Aukerman on Totally Laime.How Was Your Week was especially good this week, because Julie interviewed Gabe Liedman and Alison Rich, who talked about The Conversation.

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I had a busy weekend, which meant I forgot to post about my most recent columns. Not that I assume any of you were exactly holding your breath for this, but here they are nonetheless:

-I’m very excited to now be a contributor for The Conversation! Last week, I wrote about my underbite and the surgery I underwent to correct it. I’ll admit that it felt very, very strange to write something so personal in such a public forum (I’m aware that I write things in a public forum all the time, but they are usually not about my “feelings”). As I wrote it, though, I kept thinking that maybe it would help some other girl who’s dealing with the (relatively small, in retrospect) problem that I had. Connecting with other people is one of the biggest reasons to write, isn’t it?

Anyway, I know I’ve already talked many times about how much I love The Conversation and its lady-positive message, so I’ll spare you this time. Just go check it out!

-Last week’s Hello Giggles column is about Alice in Rapture, Sort Of, also known as one of my favorite books. I love a YA book about the beach.

Lady Inspiration: Rita Wilson

“I do think you have to scare yourself. That’s where your creativity or your growth comes from. Scaring yourself, challenging yourself, taking those risks, and not caring about what anyone thinks.”
-Rita Wilson on the second episode of The Conversation, which is just as good as the first!

I have a very intense love of Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson’s relationship, by the way. I think that if they ever split up, I would actually be really depressed. They’re America’s Mom and Dad.