Black History In the Making: “SNL’ Hires 2 Black Women as Writers”

Black History Month not only honors individuals who have made a difference in the past, but also acknowledges those who continue to make contributions. The Washington Post recognized two women, LeKendra Tookes and Leslie Jones, who are the newest Saturday Night Live writers. This is amazing news because comedy remains a business that is dominated by white men.  When the network was critiqued for not having a consistency of black women characters, the time for change was evident. Although Tookes and Jones won’t be the ones seen on the screen, their influence will certainly be seen in the skits through the characters.

Below is the video that got LeKendra Tookes a great new career.

Be Productive, Be Water, My Friend

“Water can flow, or it can crash,” Bruce Lee said. “Be water my friend.” Now, you may just write off Bruce Lee’s advice as similar to Mr. Miyagi’s wax-on-wax-off nonsense. If you read between the lines, you may find there is more truth to Lee’s metaphors than at first glance. A mix of martial arts and philosophy, Jeet Kune Do was one of Lee’s greatest legacies. The motivation behind the art was to cut away the unessential and focus on simplicity. One of the ways he achieved this was by paying attention to how he interacted with others. By reflecting not only on how he reacted to others but how he communicated with them, he was better able to understand himself.

Of course, it helps to be more aware of your surroundings, the people and elements around you. Being able to adapt to your ever-changing environment is essential to learning and growing as a person. Of course, this comes back around to “be water my friend”. Just like water takes the shape of the container it’s in, so must you with every environment you find yourself in. Taking into account the people and circumstance you are in, you can better interact with others and learn from your situation. Learn more about Bruce Lee’s legacy at Lifehacker.

The 24 Hour Deadline

Source: HackCollege
Source: HackCollege

I’ve always believed that my best work comes when I’m pressed for time and my paper is due tomorrow and I haven’t started it at all so I have to furiously type away at the keyboard until it’s done. That worked well in high school when I produced an entirety of a 36-page research paper by pulling an all-nighter the night before it was due. Or maybe I’m just amazed that I did it in the first place. Regardless, it’s not the best method for producing quality papers. HackCollege suggests the first place to start is with an outline. Rarely do you find a paper that doesn’t have some form of a structure. From there, you just need to get all your ideas down. Write, don’t edit. That comes later. Get all the key points down, even if it’s not quite right. It’s just important to put it all down on paper. However, this can be the hardest part.

Maybe nothing is coming to you and you feel exhausted or restless or uninspired. Take a walk, talk to a friend about your ideas, take a snack break. When you come back, you’ll have a different outlook on the idea and hopefully be inspired to write more. You need to manage your time well during the writing phase. Maybe spread it out over a few days, write in short bursts so it doesn’t overwhelm you. Planning ahead and getting a few thoughts down at a time is the best course of action. Don’t leave it to the night before. Hit up HackCollege for more tips on writing papers.

Reading Comprehension: Don’t Hate the Internet, Hate the Game

Contrary to popular belief, people are actually reading more now than they ever have before. However, we’re not all cracking open Charles Dickens or Emily Bronte. The majority of information we absorb is through reading in the media. Even social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr require us to read, albeit in a very different way. Our reading comprehension is not actually suffering as it has been strained of late. With too much stimuli bombarding us at every moment, our attention spans have become shorter and shorter, limiting our ability to comprehend and absorb what we read. We need to reconsider our relationship with reading and what it means to us.

Nowadays, we are more interested on having an opinion on a topic rather than thoughtfully and critically thinking about it before commenting. While a lot of us gravitate towards sources that validate our own opinions, we should be seeking out opposing voices. This will slow down one’s reading consumption and help create a more well-rounded reading base. If reading, in whatever form that comes to you, causes you anxiety and you feel like it’s more of a chore that you have to keep up with, then you need to reevaluate how and what you read. To learn more about boosting your reading comprehension and being a smarter, more conscientious reader, check out Lifehacker’s article.