Literally Links #5: Our Favorite Corners of the Internet

Happy Sunday, darlings! This weekend, Literally, Links is into being informed, aware, and just a little bit nerdy.

Literally Loves: Four Eyed News You Can Use

Every week at Literally, Links, we’ll be turning the spotlight on something we literally love: a cool site out there in the world wide web. This week, we’re excited to introduce you to an awesome news source that aggregates cool stories about nerddom, geekness, pop culture, gaming, and technology: Four Eyed News You Can Use. Make sure to check out their site, and give their podcast a listen.

 

Here’s to a educational Sunday!

Hope: Mosa’ab Elshamy’s coverage of the Egyptian riots

This Flickr set of Rabaa’s second massacre is one of the most powerful things I’ve seen in a long time. It offers a rare glimpse into what is actually happening in Egypt, and what we’re not seeing on the news. WARNING: this set contains pictures of violence, gore and dead bodies. The photos were taken in the aftermath of a clash between Morsi supporters and military. You can find Elshamy’s description of events in this wonderful article. The rest of the flickr has several sets that document the recent events and anti-Morsi protests. Mosa’ab Elshamy is a freelance photographer and journalist currently stationed in Cairo. I highly suggest following his Twitter. As you’re reading articles and news sources about the sudden violence this week, look at the photo tag- 8 times out of 10, it’s Elshamy.

Katie: Eric Sass writes for Mental Floss

mentalflossFirst of all, I’m a lover of all things Mental Floss as it is, but Eric Sass is the cherry on top of the perfect nerd-dom of the entire site. He focuses on history and war, and over the last two years has been gearing up for the centennial of the First World War by writing articles on the major events leading up to them on their hundred year anniversary. Since one of my biggest pet peeves is the lack of attention to the history of WWI in the United States, as well as the appalling way it is taught in our schools, an ongoing, featured article on a major site delights me. So for all you history nerds, make sure to add Eric to your reading list.

Jazmine: Michelle Obama helped put together a rap album

(I just want to write “LOL WUT” but I won’t.) Michelle Obama’s foremost project as First Lady is curbing childhood obesity, and to further her efforts, she’s helped curate a hip-hop album to inspire healthy living. The album includes track titles like “U R What You Eat,” and features the likes of Ashanti, Jordin Sparks, and Doug E. Fresh. If you don’t believe me, check out Rolling Stone’s article.

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Jazmine again: ‘Orange’ Creator Jenji Kohan: ‘Piper Was My Trojan Horse’

Everyone’s binging on – and LOVING – Jenji Kohan’s Orange is the New Black, a TV show lauded for the success found within its innovative release structure (it is another Netflix original). What’s even more impressive, however, is the complexity and diversity of its cast: it’s predominantly female, and at least half are women of color and/or LGBTQ. Kohan is refreshingly aware that this couldn’t have had been done without a white, blonde, girl-next-door protagonist: “You’re not going to go into a network and sell a show on really fascinating tales of black women, and Latina women, and old women and criminals. But if you take this white girl, this sort of fish out of water, and you follow her in, you can then expand your world and tell all of those other stories. But it’s a hard sell to just go in and try to sell those stories initially.” Let’s hope that Kohan’s made selling all those other stories a tiny bit easier for the rest of us. Listen to Kohan on NPR here.

Kate: Flavorwire’s The Ultimate Pop-Culture Feminist Syllabus

Michelle Dean at Flavorwire brings us “50 items that I think ought to be on every feminist’s read/watch/listen list.” It’s an eclectic syllabus – everything from Ani DiFranco to Paris is Burning to The Cosby Show to Margaret Cho – and it’s all worth a look. Check it out here.

What caught your eye (or ear!) on the internet this week? Let us know in the comments, or find us on Twitter at @LitDarling and include #LiterallyLinks in your tweet!

Cover photo by Abbie Redmon.

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