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Ava DuVernay’s New Netflix Documentary Confronts Mass Incarceration

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Directorial genius Ava DuVernay takes on mass incarceration in her new documentary, titled The 13th. In the film, DuVernay confronts the long standing history of mass incarceration and its effect on African Americans. Taking on issues like convict leasing and Jim Crow Laws, she explores some sensitive yet hard-hitting topics.

“I got to confront, and had to deal with, the stereotypes I’ve held. A big one for me was the notion that our current national status of having the world’s highest incarceration rate was the doing of Republicans, the doing of conservatives. In analyzing, investigating, and pulling back the layers, you start to see that there’s been political maneuvering that’s crossed party lines in very disturbing ways,” she says.

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These Mind-Altering Images Will Drastically Change Your Perception of The World

College student Kevin Wisbith conceived a clever project titled “A Quick Perspective,” where he features mind-blowing photographs, which prompt us to challenge our views of perception in real life.

Featuring present day examples including the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building to an extinct bug the size of a domestic cat, Wisbith’s images are mind altering, to say the least.

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I’m increasingly convinced that the greater part of what our culture considers to be “masculine” facial features are really just “human being who is not wearing heavy cosmetics” facial features.

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Fifth Avenue, New York (1897) - James H. White

Mike Davis was an artist, and the irate company-wide memorandum was his canvas. Few in the history of humankind have recognized the savage beauty in this lowliest of media. But Davis—the erstwhile head of Tiger Oil Company, now dead at eighty-five—shattered the limits of the form with routine ease, showing us just how big an asshole one man could be. Consider his memos a spin-off of the Theater of Cruelty: “ ‘There will be no more birthday celebrations, birthday cakes, levity or celebrations of any kind within the office,’ the boss wrote on Feb. 8, 1978. ‘This is a business office. If you have to celebrate, do it after office hours on your own time.’ … ‘Do not speak to me when you see me,’ the man had ordered in a memo the month before. ‘If I want to speak to you, I will do so. I want to save my throat. I don’t want to ruin it by saying hello to all of you.’ ”


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