Have you heard of the #LemonadeSyllabus?

lemonade-syllabusWhen Beyoncé’s visual album Lemonade was released this past April, it became an internet sensation. But did you hear about the amazing resource, titled the Lemonade Syllabus, which was inspired by it?

After many people across the world watched Beyoncé’s visual album, writer and educator Candice Benbow wanted to find a way to continue the conversation around the album’s themes of Black female empowerment and feminism. So Benbow started the hashtag “#LemonadeSyllabus” and asked that Black women around the world use the hashtag to suggest songs, books, film and poetry that were “primarily by Black women- that they believe best accompanied Lemonade and spoke to the essence of Black womanhood in its historical and contemporary manifestations.”  Continue reading “Have you heard of the #LemonadeSyllabus?”

Thrift Shopping: Save Money by Finding Recycled Treasures

~posted by Siri A.

Shopping can be tough when you’re living on a budget – but thrift shopping is a great way to get what you need at a discount. Not only is it affordable, but you can also find some unique, quality items that you wouldn’t find in a regular store.

Here are some great items to look for when you’re thrift shopping:

T-Shirts, Pants, Dresses & Accessories: Thrift stores often have a bunch of low-priced, comfy T-shirts, pants (hem them if the fit is wrong or cut them to make shorts for the summer!), dresses, and accessories, such as jewelry and belts. Continue reading “Thrift Shopping: Save Money by Finding Recycled Treasures”

The Books That Kept Me Up All Night

By Siri A.

There are good books and there great books—and then there are the books that you simply can’t put down. Work, friends, sleep—it doesn’t matter. Everything else fades away and all you can think about is finishing that book. This is my favorite thing about reading, and it’s what I hope will happen every time I start a new book. Here are five that kept me so hooked that there was just no time for sleep.

Click here to find Jurassic Park in the SPL catalog Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

The movie Jurassic Park is one of my guilty pleasures, but the book, while different in many ways from the movie, is simply amazing. It’s fast-paced, action-packed and is written with such suspense that I found it impossible to tear myself away from its pages. Few books get me so caught up in their story that I want to yell to the characters to warn them of their impending doom. Continue reading “The Books That Kept Me Up All Night”

Movie Mondays: Passing the Bechdel Test

Ever since I learned about the Bechdel Test, a way of measuring how women relate to each other in film, I haven’t been able to watch movies without thinking about it.

Named after American cartoonist Alison Bechdel, who laid out the rules in a 1985 comic strip, there are three conditions that must be met for a movie to pass:

1. The film must have two or more women
2. These women must talk to each other
3. About anything other than a man Continue reading “Movie Mondays: Passing the Bechdel Test”