- The Woman Who Helped Change How Police Treat Transgender People – “After D.C. resident Patti Hammond Shaw was arrested, she claimed male officers searched her and locked her up with men who allegedly abused and threatened her. This is how she fought to make sure this won’t happen to others.” Content warning: graphic descriptions of abuse.
- Kids’ Films And Stories Share A Dark Theme: Dead Mothers – An interesting essay about the “dead mother” trope in kids’ films. Also, a mention on how the “evil stepmother” is being replaced with the “perfect dad” trope.
- Royal Greenwich Observatory’s Astrophotographer of the Year Contest – Check out these amazing photos on Phil Plait’s blog!
- Princess Of ‘Fresh Prince’ Brings History To Children – “She’s back, but in a different light. Actress Karyn Parsons has started a new organization — Sweet Blackberry — that makes short, animated films about influential, yet lesser-known African-Americans.” (By the way, if you’re not already reading NPR’s Code Switch on a regular basis, you should keep it on your radar.)
BONUS: Joss Whedon Makes More ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ (yesssss!)