Play It Cool This Weekend Reading List

Featuring: white people hating on Chinese food, a condensed history of Go-Go music, the uncertain future of baby making music, a continued disdain for black history, and a magical black man. 

By Wallace Mack


How The White Establishment Waged A 'War' On Chinese Restaurants In The U.S.

Kat Chow, NPR Code Switch 

You'd be surprised to know that white people have been trying to get Sesame Chicken out of here for a long, long time.  

Go-Go Forever: The Rise, Fall, and Afterlife Of Washington, D.C.’s Ultimate Rhythm

Ericka Blount Danois, MTV News 

This is an eloquently written personal narrative that in some places, lends itself a reported piece, about the history and essence of Go-Go music. BONUS: It's written by a black woman from the DMV and not a white boy from Wisconsin. 

Trey Songz and the Sad State of Pelvic-Thrust R&B

Hannah Giorgis, The Ringer

This is one the most well-researched pieces of music journalism I've encountered so far this year. Hannah Giorgis is one of my favorite contemporary writers because she has a knack for informing her readers, while still getting these jokes off. A queen. 

Bill Maher, Mitch Landrieu, and Echoes of the Civil War

Jelani Cobb, The New Yorker 

A short conversation about "The N Word", if you're down for another one of those. This opens with a beautiful first paragraph if that helps sway you to read it all :-) 

I Spoke With My Dad About Why He’s Devoted To Teaching Black Children About Their Power

Lakin Starling, The Fader 

I adore loving and compassionate father-child relationships and naturally gravitated toward this piece by the talented Lakin Starling. Here is an awesome Father's Day Weekend story about a black man that is passionate, not just about his daughter (Lakin), but the children in his community. 

Oh yea, and this is how I'm feeling this weekend.