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ReLIT: Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem: A Memoir

ReLIT: Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem: A Memoir

September 2, 2021

This Thursday we're getting reLIT with a throwback to one of our favorite shows from season one!

📖 Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem: A Memoir.

A streetwise hustler grows up during America’s fight against drugs, poverty, and civility. He takes the lessons he’s learned and marries them to the philosophies and ideologies he picks up as an avid reader. With this knowledge, and after two trips to Africa, which inspired his path, he begins working on his life’s biggest hustle. He’s all in, but will his underground lifestyle take him OUT for good?

The hustler’s name is Daniel Day.

The book is Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem.

LET’S GET LIT! See you Thursday!

Opening song: Men at Work by Kool G Rap;

Break Song: Money Makes Us Happy by Skyzoo f/ Black Thought and Bilal.

The video Kari refers to is by AT&T, found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jb_sjwUq7Jk

 

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson (Part 2)

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson (Part 2)

August 26, 2021

Before finishing our discussion of Caste by Isabel Wilkerson, we're talking about the first black pilots who helped us all get flewed out. Never forget, they broke boundaries and shattered ceilings so that none of us would have to fly Spirit today. They were uppity in more ways than one, and we can't help but aspire to their level flyness.

Then it's on to Caste, a book Kari calls "a history book somewhat like any other you'd find in a well-stocked high school classroom." Of course, there are a few key differences. For one, Caste doesn't fade to black when it comes to the horrors of post-slavery America. It also lays out Nazi obsession with the American caste system and the reasons why our brand of cruelty was so popular with "der Führer". 

Got the bandwidth for uncomfortable facts? This episode’s for you! 

LET’S GET LIT!

 

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Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson (PART 1)

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson (PART 1)

August 19, 2021

Caste is a history book somewhat like any other you'd find in a well-stocked high school classroom. The difference is that its contents dissect a country's most embarrassing and evil parts, lighting the anger and disbelief of purposely obtuse skeptics. However, it is complete with sources, and none of its information is new. It reminds us that no matter how embarrassed or angry we become by it, history does not change. 

 

The book? Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents 

 

The author? Isabel Wilkerson

 

LET'S GET LIT!

 

NOTE: Article from THE GUARDIAN is accidentally referenced as being from THE ATLANTIC: https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2004/feb/06/race.usa

 

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More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say) by Elaine Welteroth

More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say) by Elaine Welteroth

August 12, 2021

In a memoir about standing up and standing out, one writer-slash-fashion editor must weave her way through society’s expectations, cheating boyfriends, and the racism, sexism, and doing-too-much-ism of corporate before finding she needs none of it to be enough.

 

The editor? Elaine Welteroth

 

The book: More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say)

 

LET’S GET LIT!

Theme of the week topic source: https://www.glamourmagazine.co.uk/article/how-to-ask-for-a-pay-rise

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The Wedding by Dorothy West

The Wedding by Dorothy West

August 5, 2021

Before Tom Joyner was cruising with your parents, Black Americans enjoyed resorts and vacations for us by us. What is the history of Black getaways? That's our theme this week. It's a lot of fun. Then, on to our book.

 

There's death in the air, even though this summer on the island of Martha's Vineyard, a wealthy, upper-class Black American beauty is planning her wedding to a white jazz musician of little means. Her eagerness to pursue a new life with one outside of her class and race forces everyone in her family to face their fears and insecurities and drives one man to desperation as he vows to take the soon-to-be bride for himself. Within 24 hours, secrets are unloaded, hearts are broken. Will former sins bring new woe's to the families both elevated and captivated by their past. By the end of summer, will they stand before an alter or a casket?

 

The bride-to-be? Shelby Cole

 

The book: The Wedding by Dorothy West

 

LET'S GET LIT!

 

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One Drop: Shifting the Lens on Race by Yaba Blay

One Drop: Shifting the Lens on Race by Yaba Blay

July 29, 2021

Who's black?
Who's white?
And who cares?

One researcher challenges us to re-examine our self-identity.
She explores how historical definitions of race continue to shape contemporary racial identities and lived experiences.
Through a series of interviews and profiles, we realize race isn't black and white.

The researcher? Dr. Yaba Blay

The book: One Drop: Shifting the Lens on Race

 

LET'S GET LIT!

 

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Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

July 22, 2021

The power of genius is considered the key to success in life and business. That genius, it is thought, cannot be earned; it is divinely gifted. Inexplicable.

However, one writer follows exceptional cases and arrives at one conclusion: The power of genius is nothing compared to The Power of Community.

The latter made the Beatles THE BEATLES. When you have the ability, this writer concludes, what gets you to the top is not genius. It's work. What's more, the exact amount of work necessary to reach outlier status is quantifiable: 10,000 hours = or 3 hrs per day / 20hrs per week for ten years.

The writer: Malcolm Gladwell

The book: Outliers

LET'S GET LIT!

 

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The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda

The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda

July 15, 2021

As travelers who fluctuate between Airbnb homes and hotels, we are no strangers to short-term rental living. But do you know what happens when Airbnb stays go wrong? Who's in charge of the cover-up, the investigations, and the big cash settlements? We've got the answers in our theme of the week discussion.

Then, it's on to our book: An infamous and influential family in a wealthy New England town finds their only daughter dead under suspicious circumstances. Naturally, attention turns to her best friend, Avery Greer, an unconnected wannabe with a suspiciously tragic past. Will the truth exonerate Avery or unearth secrets long hidden by the most twisted and powerful members of her circle.

The book? The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda

Let's get LIT!

 

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Joe Gould’s Secret by Joseph Mitchell

Joe Gould’s Secret by Joseph Mitchell

July 8, 2021

Are "BOHEMIANS" people from the Bahamas? Spoiler - no. No, they're not. But who exactly are the Bohemians and how did the moniker pass on to artists, writers, and the Kravitz family? We're getting to the bottom of the term BOHO, and (surprise!) its origins are pseudo-intellectual, semi-racist.

After our theme of the week discussion, we'll get into the nonfiction story of a writer, his subject, and the singular truth that both of them are hiding from the world. It is as much about an eccentric bohemian flophouse frequenter, as it is about a writer for the New York Magazine who's battling with doubt and depression. In the end, one will expose the other and, by doing so, perhaps free them both.

The writer? Joseph Mitchell. 

The book? Joe Gould's Secret.

 

Let's get LIT!

 

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ReLIT: Animal Farm by George Orwell

ReLIT: Animal Farm by George Orwell

July 1, 2021

This week we're taking it back, way back. Before we were on YouTube, when we were still recording in Kari's dining room and taking pizza breaks midway through each episode, we cut one of our favorite shows – Animal Farm by George Orwell, and Compliance and Power of Authority. This book prompted a discussion about conformity that listeners still reference to this day. 

While we're on break this week, we’re thrilled to revisit this episode with you during our extended weekend. We’ve even added a convo to the beginning that we know you'll love.

Enjoy, and we look forward to seeing you again on June 8th with a new episode: Joe Gould's Secret by Joseph Mitchell and Are Bohemians People from the Bahamas. See you next week!

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