Mash-Up Round-Up: Becoming Less White
And lest we forget, all hail the bacon egg and cheese on a roll.
Mash-Ups In The News:
Remember Rue? Well she’s a 16-year-old Danish-Black-American Mash-Up and she made a super smart video about the history of Black hair and cultural appropriation for her history class. Feeling pretty psyched we never got cornrows on spring break right about now.
There’s an insane black market for a recently introduced new chip flavor in South Korea. Reminds us of Cool Ranch Doritos on the playground in 1991.
The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl Issa Rae are actually her adventures in dominating film and television by being true to who she is. She’s directing, producing, acting and hanging out with Shonda and Oprah.
via Huffington Post
Kim and Kanye went to Armenia last week and helped start a significant conversation about the Armenian genocide. The new Kimye: UN Ambassadors!
via The Guardian
B-Boys from around the world talk about how Hip-Hop has been their guide and inspiration. Produced by one of the greatest MCs of all time, Nas, it also includes sweet dance moves.
Forced marriage is usually connected with extremely religious communities, but is common across religions. These women are being coerced and threatened into marriages at a young age.
This article sparked a hearty debate at Mash-Up HQ: What does it mean to feel less white because you are in an interracial marriage and your kids are biracial? On one hand this story was very resonant. Of course your sense of self grows and changes especially as you identify so strongly with your kids. On the other hand, “Some of my best friends are Black!” Uh. What do you guys think?
via NY Times
Much like the Russian Olympians, these teen ladies who created a Winnie-the-Pooh-themed twerk and floor humping dance have shown true dedication and commitment (and amazing synchronizing skills). Also, 17 million views later the government is investigating them for “depravity.”
via Washington Post
They have all had the pleasure of being photoshopped out of photos by Ultra Orthodox Jewish news sites!
This is one debate we are actually delighted to have with Rubio. We completely disagree about Eminem being the only MC with a message, but we respect Rubio’s choices. You can even listen to his Spotify playlist and judge his taste for yourself.
via Washington Post
In theory, these MRE’s (Meals, Ready to Eat) that the Chinese government mandates for the military sound pretty awesome. Self-Heating Curry Chicken Fried Rice? Yes please! Apparently, they are neither self-heating nor really rice. Nevermind.
via Roads and Kingdoms