It's Friday! Time for your Burnt Orange Reporters to close some browser tabs and touch on the issues of the week.
First up this week, a “Taste of America” bracket pits every state's most beloved or iconic food against the rest of the country. Texas barbecue is neck and neck with Kentucky Fried Chicken right now, and if it advances, it'll be a meaty showdown against Memphis barbecue.
Below the jump, the latest on the Reading Rainbow Kickstarter and more…
As we celebrate the life and accomplishments of Maya Angelou, one of my favorite recordings has to be her children's poem, which she wrote “for all children who whistle in the dark and who refuse to admit that they're frightened out of their wits.” I think life is a little less frightening after hearing Angelou read “Life Doesn't Frighten Me.”
This tear-jerking story of a family learning how to provide a supportive, loving future for their trans child is incredibly inspiring. Trans kids typically express their gender identity when they are young, and too often, parents write it off as “just a phase” and ignore it. The Whittingtons listened to Ryland and helped facilitate his transition, because in their words, “We signed up as parents with no strings attached.”
-Natalie San Luis
LeVar Burton, everyone's favorite Star Trek butterfly in the sky Kunta Kinte is back! And he wants to bring the magic of Reading Rainbow to every child, every where. That's why they started a Kickstarter yesterday with the goal of raising a million dollars in a month – and beat that goal in a day. The video is almost as awesome as this news.
A university study took on one of the most pressing issues of our time: has Doctor Who become less female friendly with writer Steven Moffat? Hordes of fans have been arguing the point since Russel T. Davies passed on the mantle four years ago, and now we have a definitive answer: Yes. We also have this nifty infographic!