Katharine Strange reviews Something Happened in Our Town, by Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins, and Ann Hazzard, and Version Control, by Dexter Palmer.
In high-poverty areas, a lack of resources can make accessing sports very difficult. While coaching children’s sports can be very rewarding, it’s also a large time commitment. In communities where parents are struggling to make rent every month, volunteering to coach soccer or little league might not be feasible.
Mutanda Kwesele hopes to change all that. As the founder and director of non-profit The Rising Point, Kwesele aims to bring high-quality soccer coaching to marginalized communities.
Positive counter-narratives are important. Children form ideas about groups of people based on personal relationships and media exposure. If the only Hispanic character your kids know is Ramon from Cars, (guilty) they are going to develop implicit bias and stereotypes about Hispanic peoples.
Hispanic Heritage month (Sept 15-Oct 15) is a great time to read, learn, and discuss Hispanic and Latinx peoples and culture with your kids.
“America’s Musical Journey 3D” provides a refreshing take on America’s musical history. While many of the narratives that my generation learned about American music focused on White performers like Elvis, this film gives a broad (but concise) overview of many of the different people who helped create the “American” styles of music--jazz, rock, country, and hip hop.
When I finally saw To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, Netflix’s highly-anticipated teen rom-com adaptation of Jenny Han’s 2014 novel of the same name, I did not fall in love. Instead, I felt a growing unease that left me feeling incredibly uncomfortable by the supposed “happily ever after” conclusion of the film.
When I was little, my great-aunt told me our however-many-greats-granddad was Abraham Lincoln. Gosh was that exciting. It wasn’t true, of course, but we were tall and White and Very Serious and it made loads of sense. We took the idea of freedom Very Seriously, just like him. We must have gotten that from his side of the family.