The Weekly ReFRESH

August 14, 2015

Edited by Mara Meyers

This week we’ve got a letter from the president, a new take on hospice care, and many haunting reflections a year after Mike Brown’s murder.

What we’ve been checking out…

Instead of telling those who live in poor neighborhoods what is wrong with them, we need to start asking more questions.

One year after Michael Brown’s murder, these young black writers thoughts on Black Lives Matter will be the most meaningful reflections you’ll read.

Your public speaking expertise is one more thing you can thank your parents for. This week Quartz revealed that you learned everything you need to know about public speaking in childhood.

When it comes to #BlackLivesMatter, liberals’ deflection of blame is just as bad as conservatives condemning the victims of police brutality.

Here are seven pieces of bad public speaking advice that we must ditch immediately. The first to go: stop imagining the audience in their underwear.

And then there was that moment when President Obama wrote a letter to the editor of the New York Times about how the Voting Rights Act has been undermined.

The latest from our speakers…

Although the lack of diversity in Silicon Valley is often the focus of our conversations about race in tech, Latoya Peterson points out that apps may be the real bed of implicit bias.

Mychal Denzel Smith’s latest in the Nation addresses how his generation is reviving black rage and why it’s essential for holding America accountable.

Samhita Mukhopadhyay wonders why we’re so scared of our favorite rom-coms ending with a single woman.

Julie Zeilinger offers eight basic ideas that feminists wish were just common knowledge at this point.

This past week, Ferguson police reacted to peaceful protesters in a similarly horrific way as they did a year ago. Brittney Cooper addresses white America’s amnesia and why black America cannot forget the long history of anti-black atrocities.

What if we stopped attempting to cure terminally ill patients and cared for them instead? Courtney Martin offers a new perspective on hospice care courtesy of the Zen Hospice Project.


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