Read more on Code Switch: Ruby Dee: An Actress Who Marched On Washington And Onto The Screen
A few highlights in this dress code-free office:
- Nina Totenberg, legal affairs correspondent, recalls looking at footage of herself at a press conference with Gerald Ford in the 1970s. She said: “If I had had any idea then that I was that pretty, I would’ve had a lot easier life.” Her reminder to younger folks: “You are really pretty. You just don’t know it.”
- Scott Simon, host of “Weekend Edition Saturday,” loves red socks and gets almost all of his clothes at a London store called Cordings. His colleagues tease him for looking stylish even in war zones.
- Gene Demby, lead blogger of “Code Switch,” calls his style “schlubby preppy.” He and his boss pick a different color to wear during the first week of every month.
- Michel Martin, host of “Tell Me More,” on how clothing is information. “If what you want to say is, ‘I just got out of bed and didn’t take a shower,’ that’s fine. But that’s not what I’m trying to say.”
- Bob Boilen, host of “All Songs Considered,” saves items like Adele’s water bottle and Daniel Johnston’s leftover cookie for his music memorabilia shelves.
"Project Runway" happening over at NPR.
That navy & white dress is giving me life!
The Harlem Hellfighters
1, Men of the 369th Infantry who won the Croix de Guerre (highest French military honor). In front row from left to right are: Privates Ed. Williams, Herbert Taylor, Leon Fraitor and Ralph Hawkins. In rear row are Private H. D. Prunes, Sgt. D. Stormes, Private Joe Williams. Private Arthur Menly and Corp. Taylor. - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/369th_Infantry_Regiment_(United_States)
2. Movie poster advertises ‘Our Colored Fighters,’ a WW1 recruiting documentary on the all-black 369th Regiment nicknamed the ‘Harlem Hellfighters,- http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/blacks-military-uphold-u-s-ideals-battling-rights-article-1.1256674
3. In the trenches, war photography, - http://www.albany.edu/history/HIS530/HarlemProject/Documents_Fish.html
4. The Hellfighters during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, U.S. Army - http://www.history.army.mil/html/topics/afam/aa-art-2.html
Will Smith’s production company, Overbrook Entertainment, has signed on to produce the film adaptation of the graphic novel inspired by the true story of the African-American 369th Infantry Regiment.
I was recently commissioned to photograph five generations of descendants of Solomon Northup, author of “12 Years a Slave”. The feature can be seen in this week’s newsstand ‘Oscar’s Edition’ of The Hollywood Reporter as well as here.
However small, I feel honored to play a role in the sharing of Solomon Northup’s legacy. It was definitely an experience that I’ll always treasure. Enjoy!
This is everything!!
"It doesn’t escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life is thanks to so much pain in someone else’s."
— Lupita Nyong’o, accepting her Oscar
Congrats again to the stunning Lupita Nyong’o on her Oscar win!
Nprcodeswitch gets this right.
Happy birthday, Teena Marie! “Portuguese Love” and many other tracks from the soulful chanteuse can be heard in NPR Music’s R&B channel, I’ll Take You There.
We miss you, Teena!
We gave you a little taste last week, and now the full piece is up on NPR’s Code Switch blog: award-winning comic artist Afua Richardson’s lovely rendering of the Langston Hughes poem, “The Negro Speaks of Rivers.”
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This is deep