Mash-Up Round-Up: The White People’s Guide to Black BBQ

By Team Mash-Up

What’s with the aluminum foil?

Photo credit: Dwayne Bent/ flickr

The week of Saturday, Sept. 12 was: excuse us, scientists discovered a new relative in a cave; watching Hillary Clinton whip, and nae nae; and oh god, these missed connections from Burning Man are everything you ever hoped they would be. We hope you all netflix and chill this weekend. But first, this video about celebrating the rescue dogs who worked on Sept.11. We are grateful.

Mash-Ups in the News:

Hellos + Goodbyes

Welcome Back to the Air, Stephen Colbert

You will cry and fall further in love with Colbert (and Biden) afterwatching this. And we’ll always love this.

via The Atlantic 

Thanks for the Laughs, Key and Peele

How we will miss their ability to tell the best race jokes, and show us Mash-Up life from the inside out.

via Vulture

Maria, Sesame Street Will Never Be the Same

We didn’t realize how much Maria shaped our understanding of the world until we heard her voice again on this podcast. Many people’s first Latina “friend” also talks about sex and parenting.

via Death Sex & Money

More Good Stuff

White Male Poet Calls Himself Yi-Fen Chou, and That’s Only the Beginning

He apparently stole the name from a high school classmate. And the editor who placed Michael Derrick Hudson and his yellowface byline in the anthology of Best American Poetry of 2015 totally defended him in a nonsensical post about racial nepotism. The Asian American Writers Workshop has the best possible response with a “White Pen Name” generator. Guys, from now on we’ll be known as “Madison Davis.”

via Jezebel

Everything Bagel + Cantaloupe = No Longer by Accident

At Mash-Up HQ there is a debate about the potential deliciousness of this, but we think it’s absolutely worth a try to add all the spices of an everything bagel to your cantaloupe.

Persecuted Yazidis Find a Homeland in the Heartland

Lincoln, Neb. is home to the largest concentration of Yazidis in the U.S. Many hoped to one day be buried back in Iraq, but with the persecution of their friends and family, they are looking for a place to build a Yazidi cemetery right in Lincoln.

via NY Times

The Caucasian’s Guide to Black Barbecues

“I don’t know what the hell black people do with all the aluminum foil at cookouts, but they ALWAYS need more. I have long suspected that black cookouts were ploys by hosts to get free aluminum foil.” Dead.

via Michael Harriot

Americans Dress Way Casual Because We Are FREE (Kindof)

People use fashion to “jump in and out of socioeconomic class.” Please read this fascinating exploration of how Americans dress and why. Also, to add to the long list of jobs we didn’t know existed but are excited about: American fashion cultural historian.

via Washington Post

“No Blacks” Is Not a Sexual Preference, It’s Racism

Now that we can pre-select everyone on our dating apps, what does it mean to specifically exclude certain groups of people? And why do people use euphemisms like “no rice,” “no spice,” or “no curry” to make these exclusions? Are rice, spice and curry not among the best things on earth?

via Daily Beast 

Oliver Sacks: Memories of Gefilte Fish

In his last days, Sacks wrote about how his favorite childhood dish resurfaced throughout his life, including through his housekeeper Helen, an African-American woman from New York who made gefilte fish from scratch better than his mother. She called it “Filter fish.”

via New Yorker

The Most Important Part of the Apple Reveal: Taco Emoji

Taco and burrito emojis! Also you can now send your frenemies the middle finger. h/t our friends at All Kinds of Yum.

via Next Web

Is Being Black Bad for Your Health?

Damon Tweedy is a psychiatrist. Damon Tweedy is a Black man. He is exploring the deep (and well founded) mistrust that the Black community has of the healthcare system.

via NPR

A Dispatch from the Model Minority Factory

The factory, btw, is a room full of 12-year-old first-gen Vietnamese-Americans in SAT prep classes. Or Kumon math class, as was our experience.

via The Offing

Civil War Reenactments: A Way to Heal Intergenerational Trauma?

LARP’ing has a purpose friends. Your nerdiness is finally vindicated.

via Bitter Southerner

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