Happy Friday, all! How are you spending your weekend? Pictured, a man drinking a beer with his afternoon lunch.
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Having a cold one with my pops as we speak. Genesee Cream Ale. Yeah we took it there.
“Sesame Street” Toolkit Helps Kids Cope with Parents in Prison
What in the…man, I don’t know how I feel about this…
I is for Incarceration.
The producers of “Sesame Street” have come up with new tools on their website to help children and caregivers cope when parents land in prison.
The program “Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration” includes a toolkit complete with printable guidebooks, storybooks, activity books, videos and tips for caregivers to help children manage their anxiety while their parent is in prison. There is even an iPhone and Androidapp.
It’s a topic that caregivers have trouble addressing, but Justice Department data shows that more than 2.7 million children in the U.S. have a parent behind bars, according to psychologist Julie Poehlmann.
“Half of families say nothing,” said Poehlmann, who helped the creators of “Sesame Street” develop the learning materials. “Another third say the parent is in the hospital or something like that. They don’t know how to talk about it.”
More than 1.2 million of the 2.3 million people behind bars in the U.S. are parents to children under the age of 18, according to a 2010 study by the Pew Charitable Trust.
Research shows that kids with parents who are serving time tend to fare poorly in school. Twenty three percent of children with a father who has served time have been expelled or suspended, compared with only four percent of children whose fathers have not been in jail, the Pew report says.
To help children maintain stability, the website dispenses tips for adults like “Build Security: In the morning, let your child know some of the things that will happen throughout the day. For example, ‘Grandma will pick you up from school. Then you’ll go to the park, and later we’ll all have dinner together.’”
One of the activity books prompt children to draw pictures that reflect how they’re feeling — angry, upset or sad. The reading material includes a book that tells the story of Rosita, who finds herself feeling sad when her school’s Family Fun Night reminds her that her father is unable to join because he is in prison.
Rosita’s story concludes with her uncle reminding her that in her father’s absense, he will love and care for her.
“We need to help kids realize it’s not their fault,” Poehlmann says.
This is one of my all time favorite albums. Alanis, darling, thanks for keeping me out of the psychiatrist chair. You saved my life back then. I love you!
rollingstone: “The record is my story,” Morissette says. “I think of the album as running over the different facets of my personality, one of them being my sexual self.
To isolate “You Oughta Know’ is a misrepresentation of the whole story. By no means is this record just a sexual angry record. That song wasn’t written for the sake of revenge, it was written for the sake of release. I’m actually a pretty rational, calm person.”
Jagged Little Pill was released 18 years ago today. Find out what Alanis Morissette had to say about the album in 1995.
BREAKING NEWS: U.S. concludes the Syrian government has used chemical weapons against the opposition, including the nerve agent sarin
The conspiracy theorist in me hopes this is not propaganda and at the same time hopes this is not true. This is horrible news.
Last Minute Father’s Day Gifts
If you’re anything like me (and everyone else) you are waiting until the last minute to pick something up for dear old dad…if you plan getting him anything, anyway.
Check these out. I categorized them by cost so whether your budget is broke or ballin’ you should be able to find something cool and/or classy for your pops.
By the way, I plan to get the cognac below for my “baby daddy”.
$10 - Card and lottery, lotto, or scratch-off tickets. Speaking of classy, right?! ha! But really, I’ve done this in the past as Christmas gifts for co-workers and family and it has always been a good hit.
$20+ Gift cards
$50 - Coffee Press - $39.99 @ Target
$89.99 - Char-Broil 2 Burner Gas Grill @ Target
$110 - ABK6 OX Cognac (there is also a VSOP version available for around $50-60)
$139.99 - Keurig Home Brewing System @ Target
$199.99 - 12 Bottle Wine Chiller @ Brookstone
$235 - The Art of Shaving Kit
$200-$400 - Kindle or Tablet (including iPad)
$998 - Bamboo Turntable
Hope this helps!
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Thanks! I’m pretty new to this but love the whole natural hair movement. Would be a pleasure to support. Take care.
Rise of the Colored Empires
As Hua Hsu wrote for our magazine in 2009’s “The End of White America,” Fitzgerald’s mention of the book by “this man Goddard” was a thinly veiled nod to eugenecist Lothrop Stoddard’s The Rising Tide of Color Against White World-Supremacy, which had been published in 1920. The book included a series of foldout maps like the one above, warning that “colored migration is a universal peril, menacing every part of the white world.”
Not everyone’s identity is as tied to precariously elite social station as is that of the Buchanans. Still at this turning point in statistic history, a good time to revisit Hsu’s theses: “What will it mean to be white when whiteness is no longer the norm? And will a post-white America be less racially divided, or more so?”
These were some natural bride styles I saw on Essence.com
These are honestly kind of typical but still cool for folks like me who are new to the whole natural hair thing. Well that’s not entirely true…been natural for over 8 years but just recently started experimenting with natural styles. I wear my hair straighten most days, but just becoming more comfortable with styling it natural styles.
* Thursday, June 13-Thursday, June 20: NORTHSIDE FESTIVAL, WILLIAMSBURG: This has to be the hippest festival ever (probably) of music, film and tech stuff. Biggish music headliners include the Walkmen, Black Flag, and Solange. Check out Brooklyn Vegan’s handy GUIDE to the big shows for more details, and pump yourself up to be surrounded by all the 22-year-old Billyburg scenesters. Music until the 16th, tech the 13th and 14th, and film the 17th through 20th. $80-$260 (depending on how much of it you want to see).
* Thursday, June 13-Saturday, June 15: CELEBRATE BROOKLYN, BANDSHELL: It’s the very height of the Prospect Park Bandshell season, and the BRIC folks have a full lineup for your spoiled ear tubes this weekend. Thursday, GROUPLOVE will either lift your spirits with poppy, hook-y indie rock or convince you to engage in an orgy. I’m kidding — that’s not an either/or proposition. Friday, soul legend MAVIS STAPLESwill croon you some tunes that will be good for you, both in a spiritual and good-taste sense. Then, Saturday, CALEXICO folds Latin music into country, ’50s jazz and rock, topping all of that with a fresh mango salsa with hints of lime. 7pm or 7:30pm, All Shows FREE ($3 suggested donation).
* Saturday, June 15: BURROUGHS’ “WILD BOYS,” SILENT BARN (BUSHWICK): One of William S. Burrough’s crazier works (if that even makes sense), “The Wild Boys” is all apocalyptic, youthful violence (that happened to also inspire Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust look). So, the Silent Barn wanted to stage it. See how that goes. Or, you could go inhale the new “Superman” movie. OR, you could see something you WON’T forget five minutes after it’s over. Or five days. And probably longer. 7pm-1am, $8.
* Sunday, June 16: BULLSHIT HISTORY, FREDDY’S: Come make shit up and be acknowledged for your bullshittery. This audience-powered game show, from the creators of Punderdome, asks competitors to invent crazy-ass theories about the past. Think of it as a more-fun version of Fox News. (Hey-oh!) 9:30pm, FREE.
* Tuesday, June 18: ROOTS AND JIM JAMES, BANDSHELL: Yes, I’ve already mentioned some Celebrate Brooklyn shows in this Whassup, but this is the Roots, in Brooklyn, with My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James at the mic. Come on now, you wanna see what that mix of rock/hip-hop/Americana looks/sounds/smells like, don’t you? Do it with your ears and your booties, people. Anyway, this one’s a benefit show for BRIC, so it costs the money. 7pm, $41 (Yeah, weird, right? Forty-ONE. Because 40 would be underselling it? I don’t know.).
* Tuesday, June 18: OUR ROBOTS, OURSELVES, BELL HOUSE: It’s been a while since I’ve pimped a Secret Science Club show on here, because I don’t want to overdo it with the nerdtastic events (plus, all Slopers know about SSC by now, right?). But this one looks ‘specially cool: cognitive scientist John Long builds robots to teach us fleshbags about ourselves. And if they believe hard enough, some of them become real boys. 8pm, FREE.
* ALL SUMMER: OUTDOOR FILM MEGALIST: Yesterday, FiPS OG Ninedaves did a far, far better thing than any of us other FiPS degenerates have ever done: he compiled (almost) all the free, outdoor films around NYC this summer. Holy shit. I gotta be honest, I would never do that for you all. Never. But he did, so I want to make sure anyone reading this post looking for entertainment gets use of the research. There’s everything from “Reservoir Dogs” at Tompkins Square Park in June to Goonies at McCarren Park in July to Vertigo at Brooklyn Bridge Park in August to HOLYSHITYOUGUYSTHEREAREATONOFMOVIES!! Also, as the folks at ROOFTOP FILMS were kind enough to let us know — we forgot about them. So, check out some films shown at great heights. It’s the best reason to go up on the roof this side of pissing on an enemy.
List courtesy F*cked in Park Slope
And here are some others around town. Lists courtesy F*ckedinparkslope.com
CENTRAL PARK CONSERVANCY FILM FESTIVAL: Landscape between Sheep Meadow and the 72nd Street Cross Drive. Voting ends June 23.
CONEY ISLAND FLICKS ON THE BEACH: Coney Island, W. 10th Street
EAST RIVER STATE PARK: Williamsburg
FILMS ON THE GREEN: Various Parks
FILMS IN TOMPKINS: Tompkins Square Park
HBO BRYANT PARK SUMMER FILM FESTIVAL: Bryant Park
INTREPID SUMMER MOVIE SERIES: Pier 86
MOVIES UNDER THE STARS: Pier 1 in Riverside Park South
RED HOOK FLICKS: Valentino Pier
RIVERFLICKS FOR GROWN-UPS: Pier 63 Lawn in Chelsea
RIVERFLICKS FOR KIDS: Pier 46 in Greenwich Village
SUMMERSCREEN: McCarren Park, Williamsburg
SYFY MOVIES WITH A VIEW: Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1
SOCRATES SCULPTURE PARK in Queens