Hi! We’re Haley and Emeline, CCAT contributors and editors, and we’re happy to announce that we’ll be reviving MadCat’s “Stuff You Should Know” column. Join us here every week for links to things we think you should know about, spanning everything from politics to humor. If you find anything that we should know about, tweet us @madcatlitmag. We’ll always welcome your feedback!
- This week, the first of six officers charged with the death of Freddy Gray is standing trial. On Tuesday, the prosecution rested its case, but not before bringing several expert witnesses to the stand. Among these witnesses were a DNA analyst, crime lab technician, and criminologist, all of whom attested to the severity of Gray’s injuries. According to WBAL news, the prosecution has asserted that Porter had a “shared responsibility” with the other officers present to ensure Gray’s safety and showed “criminal indifference” in his actions towards Gray. The trial is expected to conclude by the 17th: http://www.wbaltv.com/news/state-rests-case-in-trial-of-officer-william-porter/36856210
- Baltimore Author D. Watkins discusses his new book “Living and Dying While Black in America”: http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2015/10/01/444978356/baltimore-author-discusses-living-and-dying-while-black
- SNL skit cut for time features Ryan Gosling in a parody of 90s sitcoms: http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2015/12/08/ryan_gosling_stars_in_cut_90s_sitcom_snl_sketch_with_kyle_mooney_beck_bennett.html
- Playwright Anna Deavere Smith on her play, “Notes from the Field,” about the school-to-prison-pipeline, which is now playing at Center Stage: http://www.npr.org/2015/12/07/458742076/anna-deavere-smith-wants-playgoers-to-do-what-they-can-to-counter-violence
- A woman who is actually disabled responds to Kylie Jenner’s Interview cover, in which the able-bodied actress sits in a wheelchair: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/arts-and-entertainment/wp/2015/12/07/i-can-barely-get-people-to-make-eye-contact-with-me-what-kylie-jenner-should-know-about-what-its-like-to-live-in-a-wheelchair/
- Writer Fariha Roisin on Zayn Malik as the modern Muslim man: https://medium.com/matter/soft-power-eda0a2d45e4e#.vgw0dzcc5