The Vanishing Halfis an epic of sorts, following two twin sisters growing up in a fictional town in Jim Crow Louisiana that was established for light-skinned Black residents. The sisters leave home at 16 and their lives diverge—one moves to New Orleans and marries “the darkest man she could find,” and the other moves to California, where she passes for white and starts a white family.
AdvertisementThe book came out earlier this month and the response has been explosive. It hit No. 1 on theNew York Timesand has been listed as aGood Morning Americaick, among others; Bennett’s debut novelThe Mothersdevelopingit as a feature film.In 2014, in response to the police killings of Michael Brown in Ferguson and Eric Garner in New York, Bennett wrote an essay for Jezebel titled “I Don’t Know What to Do With Good White People.” It’s just as relevant today as it was then:
Over the past two weeks, I’ve seen good white people congratulate themselves for deleting racist friends or debating family members or performing small acts of kindness to Black people. Sometimes I think I’d prefer racist trolling to this grade of self-aggrandizement. A racist troll is easy to dismiss. He does not think decency is enough. Sometimes I think good white people expect to be rewarded for their decency. We are not like those other white people. See how enlightened and aware we are? See how we are good?
Over the past two weeks, I have fluctuated between anger and grief. I feel surrounded by Black death. What a privilege, to concern yourself with seeming good while the rest of us want to seem worthy of life. Read more: Jezebel »
HBO Wins ‘The Vanishing Half’ Auction In 7-Figure Deal; 17 Bidders Pursued Brit Bennett BestsellerEXCLUSIVE: HBO won a wild auction that sources said saw 17 bidders vying for The Vanishing Half , the novel by Brit Bennett that is currently atop The New York Times bestseller list. Sources said HB… readwithcindy MA’AM IT IS HAPPENING? britrbennett i have been obsessed with your work since i read 'good white people' & you deserve everything amazing This is such a wonderful novel.
July 1 - HBO Max's New Releases Coming in JulyFrom blockbusters to subtle indie flicks, here is everything coming to HBO Max in July: The fence or sitting on the fence is what 25-40% of Americans do before voting time from 3yrs up to final voting day. Its like this for many reasons like undecided, confusion, the candidates are even or terrible and waiting for better proposals. The fence no longer exists. I would pay extra for a monthly printed guide - with photos and descriptions. Actually, I don’t even need the channel. I would subscribe to a printed guide of a mythical premium channel with photos and descriptions. But seriously, think about a printed guide as a premium add on.
HBO Max's New Releases Coming in JulyTake a look at the movies and TV shows that will be added to the premium outlet next month. hbomax When will it be on roku?
HBO Max Acquires Streaming Rights To Tarell Alvin McCraney’s ‘David Makes Man’The first season of David Makes Man from Oscar-winning screenwriter Tarell Alvin McCraney is making its way to streaming. HBO Max has acquired exclusive streaming rights to the Peabody Award-winnin…
‘The Weight Of Gold’ Docu On Olympic Athletes & Mental Health Featuring Michael Phelps Set At HBO HBO has acquired and set a premiere date for The Weight of Gold, a feature documentary on the mental health challenges that Olympic athletes often face. All-time medal champ Michael Phelps is among… I hope Kurt Angle, Mark Henry and Chad Gable are in this! NerdHeather If I won more gold medals than literally anyone ever, and my home country vilified me for smoking weed, my mental health would suffer too.
HBO Max: Movies Leaving in JulyTake a look at the movies that will disappear from the premium outlet next month. Like the live action Batman movies are leaving in 2 days