The Mixtape // 05.11.18

May 11, 2018

It’s been a week of beautiful weather here in New York. We celebrated with a picnic dinner by the Hudson River on Wednesday night, and I’m not sure many things come closer to perfection than that. Jameson has since asked to have a picnic every day.

Here are some photos and a few links worth sharing from the week…Gotta love fried chicken at a picnic. And Manchego cheese with Ritz crackers. And random conversation topics with a three-year-old.

This is what NYC dreams are made of…

I recently finished reading Behold The Dreamers, and I can’t help but identify with the protagonist who lives in Harlem and is described this way: “But then the spring came, and his dreams of Phoenix evaporated like the dew in Marcus Garvey Park. He couldn’t imagine a city more beautiful, more delightful, more perfect for him than New York. Once the temperature rose about fifty-five, it was as if the city had awakened from a deep slumber and the buildings and trees and statues were singing as one.” AMEN.

If you’re still in need of a Mother’s Day gift idea, pulling together a last-minute box with items from the grocery store would be great.

Also, if Mother’s Day is a tough holiday for you, you might appreciate an old post I wrote about The Complexity of Mother’s Day.

In case you’re living under a rock and haven’t seen Childish Gambino’s video for his song “This is America,” here you go. A caution that it’s disturbing and mesmerizing (and not suitable for children) all at the same time. But it’s also artistic genius and packed with incredibly powerful messages.

And on the topic of race issues in America, Why Richard Wright Hated Zora Neale Hurston, is a really interesting article about how racism affected black literature and black literature affected black romantic relationships.

Finally, with the weather warming up, I’ve got summer on my mind. One of you who doesn’t have a post-baby body and does have some extra cash should totally buy this bathing suit. Can we also celebrate the fact that we can see the Mara Hoffman models’ stretch marks?! Hooray for realness.

Have a great weekend!
– Jessica




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  • Reply
    May 11, 2018 at 9:13 pm

    Such a beautiful family! Congrats on the new bundle of joy!

    I think I must have waatched This is America like 20 times! I’ve been loving the think pieces that I’ve stumbled upon analyzing Gambino’s work. Luvvie’s is my absolute fav.

    • Reply
      Jessica Rice
      May 27, 2018 at 10:30 pm

      Thanks so much, Rae! I finally got a chance to read Luvvie’s review, and I think it’s great. (I also loved reading all the comments on it too, which gave even more analysis!)

  • Reply
    September 5, 2018 at 3:01 pm

    wanted to let you know about this event in NYC on 9/23!


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