After all of the heartbreaking and troubling events of the last three weeks, I wasn’t sure if today was the right day to launch WOW THANKS YAY.
After some reflection I decided that perhaps a little dose of wonder, gratitude, and celebration might be exactly the medicine we all need right now. This first edition will mark this particular moment in time, however, by focusing solely on contributions by people of color. Enjoy!
From her studies of bees in the backyard to peering into the deepest foundations of matter at CERN, Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson is the very embodiment of curiosity and wonder. Having served in the very highest echelons of science, industry and government during her incredible career as a theoretical physicist, she is also an exemplar of the limitation-blasting determination of the human spirit.
Continuing with the inadvertent theme of bees and amazing human be-ings, I’m very grateful for all the bees and the important life-giving work they do for our ecosystem. I’m likewise grateful for this beautiful man and the creative cross-pollination he does:
Shabazz Larkin is a brilliant Nashville-based artist, poet, author and creative director. Ashlinn and I are also very proud to call him a dear friend. His most recent children’s book, The Thing About Bees, is a pure delight. In Shabazz’s own words, “it’s a love letter to my sons about the fragility of the earth, the fear of bees and the power of love.”
And here you will find what is perhaps the most tasteful use of autotune ever, as excerpts from MLK’s final “Over the Mountaintop” speech are laid down over a rousing track and powerful archival footage of the Civil Rights Movement. A rousing celebration of this beautiful soul that never fails to move me!
Speak to you soon,