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Jenna Wortham

Staff Writer, New York Times Magazine — The New York Times
Covers:  start-ups, howwelivenow, business, internet, thenewebeconomy, internetculture

Black Bill Gates in the making. Staff writer @NYTMag and co-host of Still Processing | △△△

Success of Crowdfunding Puts Pressure on Entrepreneurs — Much of the time this works out. But some projects, including several prominent and in-demand ones, have run into missteps and lengthy delays. The permits for a new food truck might not come through. Or a gadget like the Elevation Dock might be harder than expected to manufacture and ship.

Black Health Matters — All the rage and mourning and angst works to exhaust you; it eats you alive with its relentlessness. These slayings obey no humane logic. They force you to reconcile your own helplessness in the face of such brutal injustice, and the terrifying reality that it could happen to you, or someone you hold dear.

Turning Instagram Into a Radically Unfiltered Travel Guide — When I was a kid, "Quantum Leap" was one of my favorite TV shows. Its conceit was ludicrous, but in a way that allowed for maximum entertainment: A time-travel experiment gone awry forces the handsome Dr. Sam Beckett to "leap" among different bodies at various points in history.

The Bloop Guide to Wellness — Bloop is a joint venture between Aminatou Sow and Jenna Wortham . Bloop is a combination of "black" and "Goop" -  basically, what it would be like if Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop were written exclusively by and for blackwomen. Bloop baes! How's summer treating you? You still out there looking cute and shit?

A Flashy Bet for Yahoo on a Shift in Social Media — Plus, Facebook is still a force to be reckoned with. The company has a billion-plus users and generated $5 billion in revenue last year. But except for the Instagram acquisition, Facebook has been slow to introduce tools to let members make and create interesting content beyond uploading photos and videos.

Can S. Valley Do Anything to Stop Police Violence?

Can Silicon Valley Really Do Anything to Stop Police Violence? — In the moments immediately after Philando Castile was shot several times by a police officer during a traffic stop in Minnesota, his girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, began streaming the scene on Facebook Live.

When Everyone Can Be ‘Queer,’ Is Anyone? — Earlier this year, Vice published an essay that posed the question "Can Straight People Be Queer?" The article includes an image from Jaden Smith's Facebook page of the musician looking petulant in a skirt, alongside the caption "My mood when they try to hate."

Why Travel Can Never Provide Pure Escape — All leavings have purpose. In 2014, poet Claudia Rankine unfurled the idea that "because white men can't police their imagination, black men are dying." And so, last year, a handful of friends and I decided to flee America for Morocco. We left because of the nightmares white men had started to give us.

How an Archive of the Internet Could Change History — A few years ago, the Brooklyn Museum put on a Keith Haring exhibition, with a focus on his early career. There were videos of Haring at work, feverishly painting his way across an enormous scroll, and a room filled with drawings he illegally chalked in subway stations.
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Sep 25, 2016

@ethiopienne your newsletter reminded me : we had the best late night drunk meal at habesha market last night

Sep 25, 2016

Isn't it time to stop assuming that wanting to document/record your life automatically equals narcissism? 

Sep 25, 2016

My favorite thing about my trip to the museum might have been all the live streaming and videos for friends and families who weren't there

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