Five Star Friday's 247th Edition Is Brought to You By Sarah Hall

This week's Five Star Friday is brought to you by the experience of being a black male in America, getting a grip on what constitutes the real world, rules of engagement for transformative conversation, a recognition of one's own white privilege, a third time being the charm, another roundup that shares writing about being born black in America, and

Sarah Hall

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Sarah Hall

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Of all the conditions we experience, solitude is perhaps the most misunderstood.
— Sarah Hall, How to Paint a Dead Man

Happy Friday!

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What I Want You to Know About Being a Young Black Man In America

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Wesley Hall

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Rage Against the Minivan

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…as scary as people think black males are, black males are conditioned to be ten times more afraid of everyone else. We're conditioned to be afraid of going to certain parts of the country, afraid of people with certain political views, afraid of police officers, and sometimes even afraid of other black and Latino males. The most sickening thing about this whole trial has been the deliberate campaign to rob Trayvon of his right to be afraid. I know I would have been.

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I'm Still Here: Back Online After a Year Without the Internet

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Paul Miller

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The Verge

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As it turned out, a dozen letters a week could prove to be as overwhelming as a hundred emails a day. And that was the way it went in most aspects of my life. A good book took motivation to read, whether I had the internet as an alternative or not. Leaving the house to hang out with people took just as much courage as it ever did.

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Tenemos: Boundaries for Meaningful Conversations About Difficult Things

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Kyran Pittman

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Planting Dandelions

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Tenemos provides rules of engagement for transformative conversation. Good tenemos keeps an individual from dominating the discussion. It prevents a mob pile-on. It creates space for thinking and listening. It may not assure comfort, but it communicates safety. It invites people to be honest and vulnerable, without fear of being personally attacked. It defines clear expectations around privacy and confidentiality. It tells us how to enter the space of transformation, and how to leave it.

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From My Perch of White Privilege

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Connie Schultz

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Creators Syndicate

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Ever since the verdict was announced and Zimmerman walked free, I've been trying to write this column. How can I not have something to say about this?
Yet every approach feels wrong.

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Eight Years Ago Today

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Lisa Page Rosenberg

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Smacksy

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"Lisa? I promise to love your cat as my own.V
"Good one."
"I promise not to throw my clothes on the floor… as much."
"Oh, okay. Are we doing this?"

Another roundup of great blog entries: "

Born Black in America

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Darcel

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Mahogany Motherhood

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The fact that my children will at some point suffer such hatred and ignorance for being Born Black feels like two tons on my chest. I've been trying to go about my day and I do, but numerous times I day I find myself drifting off. I can't help but wonder what the future will hold for my children. To have such hate in your heart that you can take another life and feel no remorse is very disturbing to me. I can't imagine my children not being in my life and there are too many mothers out here living without their babies because they were born Black.

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