With the upcoming US Memorial Day Holiday, and the SSP Annual Meeting currently filling our brains with so much to think about, we’re going to take a break and we’ll be back with new posts on June 1. Make sure to catch the closing plenary on Thursday to hear from a group of Scholarly Kitchen Chefs that don’t normally get the opportunity to speak at SSP.
In the meantime I’ll share with you two of my favorite things, public libraries and an awesome new band. Live from the Los Angeles Public Library, here are the Linda Lindas (10-year old Mila, 13-year old Eloise, 14-year old Lucia, and 16-year old Bela). They’ve been getting notice for a couple of years now, and have opened for Bikini Kill at a reunion show in 2019, but their latest song has brought a huge wave of attention. Drummer Mila explains the inspiration behind that song, “Racist, Sexist Boy”:
A little while before we went into lockdown, a boy in my class came up to me and said that his dad told him to stay away from Chinese people,” Mila said during the library show May 4. “After I told him that I was Chinese, he backed away from me. Eloise and I wrote this song based on that experience.
The song, below, is about as intense as it gets. The whole concert is also available.