Racialicious website

31 Aug

http://www.racialicious.com/

Racialicious is a blog about the intersection of race and pop culture. Check out our daily updates on the latest celebrity gaffes, our no-holds-barred critique of questionable media representations, and of course, the inevitable Keanu Reeves John Cho newsflashes.

Latoya Peterson (DC) is the Owner and Editor (not the Founder!) of Racialicious, Arturo García (San Diego) is the Managing Editor, Andrea Plaid (NYC) is the Associate Editor. You can email us at team@racialicious.com.

The founders of Racialicious are Carmen Sognonvi and Jen Chau. They are no longer with the blog. Carmen now runs Urban Martial Arts with her husband and blogs about local business. Jen can still be found at Swirl or on her personal blog. Please do not send them emails here, they are no longer affiliated with this blog.

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“Drinkable book”

18 Aug

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-drinkable-book-provide-clean-water-developing-world-180956286/?no-ist

Local food and teaching the environment

1 Jul

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2015/06/30/418835394/communities-get-a-lift-as-local-food-sales-surge-to-11-billion-a-year

There’s a renaissance in local and regional food, and it’s not just farmers markets in urban areas that are driving it.

On this map, the U.S. Department of Agriculture pinpoints more than 4,000 local and regional food businesses and projects — from food hubs to farm-to-school programs to initiatives to expand healthy food access to low-income communities — in every state around the country.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/01/business/energy-environment/tackling-climate-change-one-class-at-a-time.html?_r=1

BAR HARBOR, Me. — Like many residents of this picturesque island town on the edge of Acadia National Park, Zach Soares had trouble keeping his house warm, going through five cords of wood in the winter. So he jumped at an offer last year for free energy improvements through a class project at the College of the Atlantic, where he works.

kids explain gay marriage

1 Jul

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/06/30/kids-gay-marriage-jimmy-kimmel-live_n_7696384.html

3 minute video, very cute, and points to the larger issues in life and marriage

Transgender swimmer choice of men’s or women’s team

1 Jul

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/06/30/418964333/transgender-swimmer-given-choice-of-harvards-mens-womens-teams

factory farm drones

1 Jul

http://factoryfarmdrones.com/

Video clip gives a glimpse into the movie Speciesism that discusses issues with factory farms.

John Doerr on climate change, greentech

30 Jun

“I don’t think we’re going to make it,” John Doerr says in an emotional talk about climate change and investment. To create a world fit for his daughter to live in, he says, we need to invest now in clean, green energy.

John Doerr, Silicon Valley’s legendary moneyman, is afraid of eco-apocalypse. After building his reputation (and a considerable fortune) investing in high-tech successes, he’s turning his focus toward green technologies, and hoping it isn’t too late.

Why you should listen

John Doerr, a partner in famed VC firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, made upwards of $1 billion picking dot-com stars like Amazon, Google, Compaq and Netscape. (He also picked some flops, like Go Corporation and the scandal-ridden MyCFO.com.) He was famously quoted saying, “The Internet is the greatest legal creation of wealth in history,” right before the dot-com crash. However, his business prowess earned him an appointment on President Obama’s Economic Advisory Board in 2009 following the economic downturn.

But now he’s back, warning that carbon-dioxide-sputtering, gas-powered capitalism will destroy us all, and that going green may be the “biggest economic opportunity of the 21st century.” So Kleiner Perkins has invested $200 million in so-called greentech, a combination of startups that are pioneering alternative energy, waste remediation and other schemes to prevent the coming environmental calamity. But Doerr is afraid that it might be too little, too late.

What others say

“[John Doerr] is, by all accounts, the most influential venture capitalist of his generation.” — Fast Company