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Dear Dean Magazine: Issue 19 | July 2023 By Myron J. Clifton Subscribe online www.deardeanpublishing.com/subscribe

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M A G A Z I N E<br />

Featured Contributor: Joshua Doss<br />




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Plus!<br />

Myron's Hit or Miss List<br />

New Movie Reviews<br />

What I'm Streaming Right Now<br />

Hot Takes<br />

HOT APP<br />

SUMMER<br />

+ Mental Health in the<br />

Age of Malarkey


03 Welcome From Myron<br />

06<br />

The Great Re-Segregation:<br />

Are Democrats too Educated for<br />

Working-Class People?<br />

by Joshua Doss<br />

10 Mental Health in the Age of Malarkey<br />

by Tracey Ferraro<br />

16 Hot App Summer<br />

by Myron J. Clifton<br />

22<br />

Premio Didn't Vote<br />

by Steven Evangelista<br />

26<br />

The Marriage of the Supreme Court<br />

and Moms For Liberty<br />

by Myron J. Clifton<br />

30 Independence From Black Joy<br />

by Myron J. Clifton<br />

34<br />

36<br />

38<br />

Myron's HIT or MISS List<br />

Hot Take! x2<br />

Movie Reviews / My Favorite<br />

Things Streaming Right Now<br />

D E A R D E A N M A G A Z I N E , W E B S I T E ,<br />

B L O G S A N D B O O K S A R E D E S I G N E D<br />


Welcome!<br />

Social Media wars heat up as Mark Zuckerberg’s<br />

Meta launches Threads and Elon Musk accelerates<br />

the destruction of Twitter. Spoutible, spunky and cando<br />

app that continues to grow and surprise its<br />

competitors. Spill is another new social app that is<br />

looking attract mega-users known as “Black Twitter”<br />

while capitalizing, along with new competitor<br />

Spoutible, users who have long complained of being<br />

targets on Twitter. The summer of Apps is here and<br />

there will be fierce battles for users, features, and<br />

advertisers.<br />

Take a joyful walk with us as we look at America’s<br />

missing connection to Black joy, the unfortunate<br />

connection between the Supreme Court and hate<br />

group Moms For Liberty.<br />

We have excellent articles from contributors every<br />

month and this month is no different.<br />

We pause for a moment to hear from contributor<br />

Tracey Ferraro who writes about mental health, and<br />

frequent contributor Steven Evangelista who shares a<br />

conversation about politics and race in a unique way<br />

that we know you will enjoy.<br />

There’s a lot here and we hope you enjoy it all, share<br />

it all, and let us know your thoughts & feelings on<br />

social media.<br />

We publish thought-provoking articles on<br />

government, gender, race, and politics, while also<br />

providing space for movie and television reviews,<br />

poetry, short stories, food, pets, fun, and a<br />

welcoming platform for independent authors and<br />

writers.<br />

And we provide this space for free – because our<br />

motto is and will remain: Some Art Deserves to be<br />

Free.<br />

Enjoy this month’s issue, please support the writers<br />

and the authors whose books we advertise for free.<br />

We appreciate you as a reader and we thank you for<br />

sharing the magazine to your social media network,<br />

friends, and family.<br />

Threads<br />

Spoutible<br />

Spills<br />

Twitter<br />

All your favorites are here – movie and television<br />

reviews, Hot Takes, Hit/Miss, and don’t miss our latest<br />

book advertisements from our readers.<br />

Finally, our featured contributor this month is Joshua<br />

Doss -- a Political Research and Communications<br />

consultant from Chicago. He specializes in economic<br />

policy communications and has worked in politics at<br />

the state and federal level as a polling/message<br />

development strategist. We are excited to welcome<br />

him as a new contributor to Dear <strong>Dean</strong> and hope you<br />

enjoy this month's feature, The Great Re-Segregation:<br />

Are Democrats too Educated for Working-Class People?<br />

And we look forward to seeing YOUR contribution<br />

soon.<br />

Myron<br />

DEAR DEAN MAGAZINE | <strong>July</strong> <strong>2023</strong> | p.3

About Me<br />

Website | Bookshop | Twitter<br />

Myron J. Clifton is an author of novels Jamaal’s Incredible Adventures in the Black Church;<br />

Monuments: A Deadly Day at Jefferson Park; BLM-PD: Revenge was Inevitable; Her Legend Lives in<br />

You: The Untold Story Honoring the Goddess & Our Daughters; and short story collection, We<br />

Couldn’t Be Heroes, and Other Stories. Also check out his weekly podcast, Voice Memos, his FREE<br />

digital magazine, Dear <strong>Dean</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong>, and his weekly blog at both Medium and Dear<strong>Dean</strong>.com.<br />

Myron lives in Sacramento, California, and is an avid Bay Area sports fan. He likes comic books, telling<br />

stories about his late mom to his beloved daughter Leah, and talking to his friends. BOOKS ON<br />

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DEAR DEAN MAGAZINE | <strong>July</strong> <strong>2023</strong> | p.4

F E A T U R E D B O O K<br />

The intimate and heartbreaking story of a Black undercover police officer who famously kneeled by the<br />

assassinated Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr--and a daughter's quest for the truth about her father.<br />

In the famous photograph of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. on the balcony of Memphis's<br />

Lorraine Motel, one man kneeled down beside King, trying to staunch the blood from his fatal head wound<br />

with a borrowed towel.<br />

This kneeling man was a member of the Invaders, an activist group that was in talks with King in the days<br />

leading up to the murder. But he also had another identity: an undercover Memphis police officer reporting<br />

on the activities of this group, which was thought to be possibly dangerous and potentially violent. This<br />

kneeling man is Leta McCollough Seletzky's father..<br />

Marrell McCollough was a Black man working secretly with the white power structure, a spy. This was so<br />

far from her understanding of what it meant to be Black in America, of everything she eventually devoted<br />

her life and career to, that she set out to learn what she could about his life, his actions and motivations.<br />

But with that decision came risk. What would she uncover about her father, who went on to a career at the<br />

CIA, and did she want to bear the weight of knowing?<br />

DEAR DEAN MAGAZINE | <strong>July</strong> <strong>2023</strong> | p.5


Are Democrats too Educated for<br />

Working-Class People?<br />

F E A T U R E D C O N T R I B U T O R<br />

Joshua Doss<br />

In 2020, polling data showed that 52% of voters with a<br />

college degree support Democrats. Are we surprised?<br />

Surviving an institution that requires you to work<br />

alongside strangers far from the echo-chamber of your<br />

hometown and back up your thoughts with a peerreviewed<br />

source, may push you away from the party<br />

drunk on conspiracy and contradiction. But as<br />

Democratic majorities across the country become<br />

increasingly dependent on college-educated voters, the<br />

left is creating an enormous blind spot that even the<br />

strategists may be missing.<br />

Much like the 1932 political realignment that replaced<br />

the populist-era with new-deal liberalism and modern<br />

conservatism, we are watching a historic realignment of<br />

voters in front of our very eyes. And while the<br />

Democratic party is becoming whiter, richer, and more<br />

educated, America is not. This bifurcation was on full<br />

display during the 2022 House midterms, when<br />

Democrats were asked about what their political<br />

priorities are. White Democrats were nearly three<br />

times as likely (34%) as non-white Democrats (11%) to<br />

say post-material issues like “climate change,” whereas<br />

non-white Democrats were nearly twice as likely (44%)<br />

than white Democrats (25%) to say economic issues<br />

like inflation, wages, and cost of living. Locked inside<br />

the pyramid of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, throwing<br />

silent punches, white and non-white Democrats are<br />

fighting for the priorities of the Democratic party.<br />

Meanwhile, Republicans are quietly building a<br />

multiracial coalition of non-college-educated, workingclass<br />

voters, with inflation as an accelerant.<br />

Though the growing presence of white educated voters<br />

in the Democratic party is occasionally discussed, the<br />

discourse is often missing a key appendage that could<br />

make this new identity catastrophic. At the same time<br />

America is desegregating racially, we are resegregating<br />

along educational lines. Almost 90% of all college grads<br />

live in urban and suburban counties with more than<br />

60% of them living in large metros. These migrations<br />

are increasing non-college-educated people’s voting<br />

power and geographical dominance in downstate<br />

elections. This should be terrifying news to the<br />

DEAR DEAN MAGAZINE | <strong>July</strong> <strong>2023</strong> | p.6

F E A T U R E D : J O S H U A D O S S<br />

Democratic party, an entity that saw its support from noncollege-educated<br />

voters drop 20 points from 2012 to<br />

2020. And as the Democratic party continues to ignore its<br />

glaring inability to connect and communicate to noncollege-educated/working-class<br />

voters, it insists upon<br />

leaving progressive governing majorities on the state level<br />

at risk.<br />

For the last 2 years I’ve been working on an economic<br />

narrative project called the Winning Jobs Narrative. With<br />

this team, we have conducted more than 90,000 voter<br />

conversations with the goal of bringing non-collegeeducated<br />

voters back toward the party that is fighting for<br />

worker benefits, higher wages, and lower barriers to<br />

economic well-being. This project has crafted a framework<br />

for how to reach voters—particularly non-collegeeducated<br />

voters who comprised 65% of the voting<br />

electorate in 2020.<br />

Despite this, the Winning Jobs Narrative research<br />

shows that leaning into hard work is actually more<br />

effective for Democrats than Republicans. Because<br />

hard work is a love language to non-collegeeducated/working<br />

class, when we frame our policies<br />

only as ones that “give to the needy,” we effectively<br />

dispossess their agency and tell them their sacrifices<br />

have no room in our story.<br />

Hidden somewhere in the ivory tower, Oxfordapproved,<br />

six-syllable madness that is the Democratic<br />

party’s messaging, there are clear distinctions from<br />

the right that would positively impact working<br />

people's lives forever. It’s time progressives meet<br />

working people where they are instead of forcing<br />

them to fit in the “progressive narrative.” By centering<br />

working people in our narrative and showing our<br />

shared value for hard work, we can reclaim the<br />

escaping working class.<br />

So, how do we reconnect with these working-class<br />

voters? We must begin by highlighting all the ways our<br />

policies respect and reward hard work and contribution.<br />

Democrats have been terrified to talk about “hard work,”<br />

due to the outstanding job Republicans have done<br />

radicalizing the conversation. For years, Republicans have<br />

tried to make hard work about competitive individualism,<br />

zero sum games, and bootstrapism, all while creating tax<br />

cuts that allow the richest Americans to compound their<br />

wealth by extracting from working class labor.<br />

Joshua Doss is a Political Research and Communications<br />

consultant from Chicago. He specializes in economic policy<br />

communications and has worked in politics at the state and<br />

federal level as a polling/message development strategist.<br />

Using social media as a direct and unfiltered way to<br />

connect with voters, Joshua has amassed well over 15<br />

million views and 140k subscribers to his platform.<br />

click<br />

DEAR DEAN MAGAZINE | <strong>July</strong> <strong>2023</strong> | p.7

Jamaal's Incredible Adventures in the<br />

Black Church by Myron J. Clifton<br />

Before Jamaal's seventeenth birthday, he’s appointed as his preacher uncle’s<br />

designated driver and unwilling personal confidant. Behind the fine outfits and<br />

hats, behind the delicious cooking, Jamaal is exposed to crazy aunties, sexy church<br />

sisters, corrupt pastors, and predator deacons. A good kid who just wants time to<br />

finish his homework and kiss a girl his own age, Jamaal is dragged through the<br />

strange world of the Black church. You best pray for him.<br />

DEAR DEAN MAGAZINE | <strong>July</strong> <strong>2023</strong> | p.8

We Couldn't Be Heroes<br />

Short Story Collection: We Couldn't Be Heroes And Other Stories What if a Black<br />

man could control the weather, God called 911, or aliens took our souls? Would<br />

we notice? Would we care?... Enjoy the entire collection, seven stories in all, on<br />

earth and in space and in any order.<br />

DEAR DEAN MAGAZINE | <strong>July</strong> <strong>2023</strong> | p.9

F E A T U R E D S P O T L I G H T<br />

by Tracey Ferraro<br />

We are living in the age of Malarkey. While the GOP has<br />

citizens without (further) harming our mental health?<br />

played fast and loose with honesty and integrity<br />

throughout history, after 2016, lying pretty much became<br />

the air Republicans breathe: Russian-backed disinfo Ops<br />

via social media to help elect TFG; Trump himself lying<br />

16,000+ times over the course of his Presidency; the<br />

politicization of a public health emergency; and then, of<br />

course, “The Big Lie” that spawned an insurrection--just<br />

to name a few. Are we now living in a Post-truth society<br />

where those who scream “Debate me!” the loudest are an<br />

apathetic MSM’s arbiters of truth? And don’t get me<br />

started on the Very Online Left–a collection of grifters<br />

and their feckless acolytes more intent on hating<br />

Democrats and arguing disingenuously, than focusing<br />

Self-care is key, but that means different things to<br />

different people. For me, self care is innately connected<br />

to writing. From the lock-and-key secrets of my<br />

childhood diary, to stopping and starting a few different<br />

blogs over the years, writing has gotten me through<br />

some of my darkest, most broken, moments. Nowadays,<br />

I’ve mostly moved my writing to Twitter–while it’s still<br />

here–in order to hash out my emotions and stop my<br />

thoughts and fears from roiling and festering inside. An<br />

added benefit of tweeting through it is when a good<br />

venting session goes (semi)-viral, the dopamine hit of<br />

knowing I’m not alone in my feelings helps, too.<br />

their ire at the party fully intent on bringing Fascism to<br />

our collective shores.<br />

But sometimes venting alone can’t fix everything. On<br />

days like this past June 30th, when an illegitimate<br />

With the almost-daily assault on people of consciences’<br />

psyches since that traumatic election night in 2016, how<br />

have we handled our collective mental health? From the<br />

death by 1,000 atrocities of the Trump years, to the<br />

isolation of COVID lockdowns, to how Clinton’s most<br />

devout supporters have seen, like the doomed Cassandra<br />

of Greek myth, their prophecies of a hyper-partisan<br />

SCOTUS declared that discrimination was legal again, I<br />

had to take a break from Twitter and screaming at<br />

Leftists and literally go touch grass for fear that if I<br />

didn’t, I would collapse under the weight of my rage. It<br />

helped a little–but not enough. The angry tears<br />

wouldn’t stop, and my thoughts were a whirlwind of<br />

fury and pain.<br />

SCOTUS play out in real time, it’s been a Hell of a time for<br />

everyone–not just Highly Sensitive People like myself.<br />

The hits just keep coming, with no foreseeable end in<br />

sight.<br />

So I called up the next trick in my rolodex of Mental<br />

Health antidotes; I got off my butt and volunteered to<br />

help my fellow (hu)man. My husband and I spent that<br />

next Saturday morning at our local food bank working<br />

So how do we remain an informed and active global<br />

and watching the food we prepped go out the door and<br />

DEAR DEAN MAGAZINE | <strong>July</strong> <strong>2023</strong> | p.10

T R A C E Y F E R R A R O<br />

into peoples’ cars; knowing that because of the part we<br />

played, our clients would have a large, nutritious, and<br />

delicious meal that day to enjoy with their families.<br />

Working at the food bank is always a boon for me<br />

because not only does it consciously and effectively<br />

remind me of the several layers of privilege I’m<br />

cocooned in, but it gives me the chance to make a<br />

difference in my little corner of the world. Not only that,<br />

but the constant push and pull, bend and lift, sort and<br />

pack, with a team of like-minded people, fulfills both my<br />

need for exercise and community. Doing good for others<br />

gets me out of my head and into the present and<br />

reminds me that even when the world seems to be just<br />

too much, there are still good people out there striving<br />

to make it a better place for all.<br />

And it helped. Although I was stiff and sore the next day,<br />

the miasma of my rage had lifted, and I was once again<br />

centered and–to borrow a phrase from the late<br />

Honorable John Lewis – ready to make good trouble. In<br />

light of SCOTUS’s civil rights setbacks, I’m now, more<br />

than ever, determined to work to get out the vote in the<br />

truly Purple state of Texas. Not only to locally beat back<br />

the partisan machinations of Gregg Abbott, Ken Paxton<br />

and their bigoted ilk, but because sooner or later, we’re<br />

gonna flip this State Blue at a National level, too, (Watch<br />

out, Ted Cruz!) and we’ll be one step closer to righting<br />

the wrongs of both the near and distant past.<br />

So take a break, regroup, reset, and remember–as the<br />

Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said– “The arc<br />

of the moral universe is long, but it eventually bends<br />

towards justice.” We must allow ourselves grace to rest<br />

and fight again another day. We must remember that<br />

we are not alone–although it may feel like it at times–<br />

and that we are stronger together. Caring for ourselves<br />

and remembering our connections is how we can<br />

protect our peace, and our mental health, in this Age of<br />

Malarkey.<br />

Nowadays, Tracey’s life is approximately 4 to 7 chronic<br />

aches and pains in a trench coat. When she’s feeling well<br />

enough to function, she volunteers in her local<br />

community, goes thrifting, writes, and cares for her<br />

menagerie of furballs. When she isn’t feeling well<br />

enough to function, she drinks a lot of coffee and yells at<br />

people on Twitter. You can find her @TeeEmEff on both<br />

Twitter and Spoutible.<br />

DEAR DEAN MAGAZINE | <strong>July</strong> <strong>2023</strong> | p.11

F E A T U R E D B O O K<br />

In anticipation of the fiftieth anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision, Catherine<br />

Prendergast draws on a combination of insights from legal studies and literacy studies to interrogate<br />

contemporary multicultural literacy initiatives, thus providing a sound historical basis that informs current<br />

debates over affirmative action, school vouchers, reparations, and high-stakes standardized testing.<br />

As a result of Brown and subsequent crucial civil rights court cases, literacy and racial justice are firmly<br />

enmeshed in the American imagination—so much so that it is difficult to discuss one without referencing<br />

the other. Breaking with the accepted wisdom that the Brown decision was an unambiguous victory for the<br />

betterment of race relations, Literacy and Racial Justice: The Politics of Learning after Brown v. Board of<br />

Education finds that the ruling reinforced traditional conceptions of literacy as primarily white property to<br />

be controlled and disseminated by an empowered majority. Prendergast examines civil rights era Supreme<br />

Court rulings and immigration cases spanning a century of racial injustice to challenge the myth of<br />

assimilation through literacy. Advancing from Ways with Words, Shirley Brice Heath’s landmark study of<br />

desegregated communities, Prendergast argues that it is a shared understanding of literacy as white<br />

property which continues to impact problematic classroom dynamics and education practices.<br />

To offer a positive model for reimagining literacy instruction that is truly in the service of racial justice,<br />

Prendergast presents a naturalistic study of an alternative public secondary school. Outlining new<br />

directions and priorities for inclusive literacy scholarship in America, Literacy and Racial Justice concludes<br />

that a literate citizen is one who can engage rather than overlook longstanding legacies of racial strife.<br />

DEAR DEAN MAGAZINE | <strong>July</strong> <strong>2023</strong> | p.12

F E A T U R E D B O O K<br />

Motorcycling in California's<br />

Central Valley<br />

The heart of California's Central Valley--from Lodi, Stockton, and Tracy through Modesto, Oakdale, and<br />

Turlock--embraced motorcycling from the beginning of the sport and lifestyle. Eleven riders from the region<br />

are in the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) Hall of Fame, spanning every decade from the 1900s.<br />

The popularity of bicycling in the 1890s led to early motorcycle shops, riders, and champion racers<br />

in the 1900-1910s.<br />

Area motorcycle club recreational rides and field meets started in 1914. Central Valley police departments<br />

were among the first to develop motorcycle traffic units in the 1920s, before the California Highway Patrol.<br />

Early racing venues such as repurposed bicycle velodromes, college stadiums, and horse tracks were<br />

expanded when the Lodi Cycle Bowl was developed in the 1950s; it gave newcomers such as Modesto's<br />

Kenny Roberts and Stockton's Alex Jorgensen, Chris Carr, and Fred Merkel--all now AMA Hall of Famers--a<br />

track at which to compete weekly.<br />

DEAR DEAN MAGAZINE | <strong>July</strong> <strong>2023</strong> | p.13


THE HOSTS!<br />

MYRON<br />

JENN<br />

Two longtime friends have informative, yet<br />

brief discussions about multitudinous topics.<br />


DEAR DEAN MAGAZINE | <strong>July</strong> <strong>2023</strong> | p.14



Listen Now!<br />

Stay<br />

Shallow!<br />

Like listening to your BFFs<br />

June 2, 2022 <br />



by Myron J. Clifton<br />

The App wars are heating up as millions of people are<br />

signing up for a new group of social media apps which are<br />

all trying to fill the void created when Elon Musk bought<br />

Twitter and decided to turn it into an incel, nazi, and white<br />

supremacist sewer.<br />

Twitter has shedded millions of users, advertisers and<br />

revenue. And when Elon decided to charge for verification<br />

— blue check marks — and allowed hate, racism,<br />

antisemitism, homophobia, and foreign disinformation<br />

and misinformation to thrive on the app he and his Saudi<br />

backers purchased for a whopping — and vastly<br />

overpriced — $46 billion dollars, things quickly got worse.<br />

The pace of the fall and decline of Twitter left users<br />

confused and angry.<br />

Some reports say revenues are down by as much as 40%<br />

since the misnamed “genius” took over the app from<br />

perpetually weird and faux zen Jack Dorsey. Jack even has<br />

a new app to compete with Twitter because I guess his<br />

non-compete clause expired or something.<br />

Jack’s app, like his brand of new-age mumbo-jumbo, is<br />

garbage, thus proving again that lightning does not<br />

strike twice.<br />

But Jack isn’t the only one trying to cash in on Musk’s<br />

disastrous foray into social media. Musk’s Twitter is<br />

crashing and burning faster than his Tesla’s on autopilot.<br />

There were a couple of new apps who sought to quickly<br />

capitalize on Musk’s nonsense — Post, which launched<br />

in April <strong>2023</strong>, and which is owned by Noam Bardin, and<br />

Mastodon, owned by Eugen Rochko, which launched in<br />

2016. Each app has limited reach and appeal, and even<br />

less general awareness.<br />

Both apps are clunky, limiting, and not very inviting to<br />

the general public. They are also each virtually absent<br />

from the most influential twitter network — Black<br />

Twitter. And from reading comments about the apps<br />

from Twitter users, they’ll never be the go-to place for<br />

Black social media users.<br />

DEAR DEAN MAGAZINE | <strong>July</strong> <strong>2023</strong> | p.16

M Y R O N J . C L I F T O N<br />

Both apps seem to be okay with that since neither has<br />

made an effort to reach out to Black users or to advertise<br />

themselves as an alternative to the hate that is commonly<br />

directed at Black social users on Twitter.<br />

Conversely, two other new apps expressly presented<br />

themselves as safe places for Black users and other<br />

marginalized users, including the LGBTQ and Jewish<br />

communities, both also frequent targets of online hate<br />

that Elon Musk and Jack Dorsey allowed and at times<br />

seemed to encourage.<br />

enhancements including: joint threads, ability to include<br />

up to 10 photos per post, auto-numbered threads, and of<br />

course better security features that users control. Bouzy<br />

also pledged to prevent cross-platform harassment —<br />

get blocked and banned on Twitter for harassing<br />

someone? Spoutible will see to it the block follows the<br />

users. Spoutible also made migrating verified accounts<br />

easy for users as well and that helped spread the word to<br />

key national media users, reporters and writers, and<br />

social media marketing users.<br />

The first of these new apps is Spoutible which launched in<br />

January <strong>2023</strong> and is owned by Christopher Bouzy, the<br />

owner of the popular Bot Sentinel program that is used<br />

by journalists and researchers. Spoutible, which I wrote<br />

about here:<br />

Spoutible is smartly growing while fending off non stop<br />

attacks from bots and foreign (and maybe domestic) bad<br />

actors who have repeatedly launched attacks at the app.<br />

The general consensus from users of Spoutible is the<br />

attacks are presumably because it is Black owned and it is<br />

powered by Bot Sentinel which is loathed by.. makers of<br />

bots and single purpose harassment accounts of the types<br />

that relentless attack famous Black women like Meghan<br />

Markle and Michelle Obama.<br />

The recent launch of the app for Android users is being<br />

touted as positive but the launch also has IOS users more<br />

impatient than ever. Bouzy says the IOS app, which is in<br />

beta testing now with selected users, will launch soon.<br />

He recently shared a screenshot of the IOS app that<br />

received positive feedback from those who viewed it.<br />

Taking an idea from Spoutible to another level, SPILL<br />

launched a week ago to wild excitement as the app<br />

specifically said it was *for Black people. And Black social<br />

media users went wild and Spill quickly reached top of<br />

trends as the most vociferous and motivated user group<br />

spread the word that there was a safe and exciting place<br />

for the unique social presence of Black users.<br />

Spoutible’s launch was slow as it was at first only web<br />

based, something social media users pretty much<br />

universally loathe. The reasoning made sense — managed<br />

growth to ensure the best security for the communities<br />

Bouzy said he was determined to protect.<br />

Spoutible recreated much of the functionality of Twitter,<br />

but added some much needed and asked for<br />

DEAR DEAN MAGAZINE | <strong>July</strong> <strong>2023</strong> | p.17

M Y R O N J . C L I F T O N<br />

D R . M Y R O N J . C L I F T O N<br />

Spill was founded and is owned by Alphonzo “Phonz”<br />

Terrell and DeVaris Brown. Spill, with a team of former<br />

Twitter employees, directed their marketing efforts and<br />

key influencers square into the middle of Black Twitter by<br />

using the language and phrases familiar to Black people —<br />

Visual Conversation at the Speed of Culture.<br />

that have different menus, different decor, different<br />

atmospheres, different clientele, and different prices.<br />

You will visit both as the mood hits, and you’ll enjoy both<br />

differently.<br />

What will undoubtedly have the biggest impact and<br />

dominate the Hot App Summer though is Threads, from<br />

Mark Zuckerberg’s Meta.<br />

Even their functionality is culture-based and instead of a<br />

Tweet or a Spout, there’s Tea and Brewing your Tea. And<br />

the app allowed videos, memes, and gifs at launch,<br />

recognizing that their user base creates and uses the<br />

functionality more than any other users.<br />

Like Spoutible, Spill had a limited launch, going with the<br />

“Invitation only” route and only on IOS initially. The<br />

exclusivity helped drive early demand as users searched<br />

social media looking and asking for the elusive Invite<br />

Codes. It was a necessary tactic as the Spill team ramps up<br />

capacity and finishes testing, and they handled it in a way<br />

that created demand and word of mouth even though they<br />

could not initially meet the demand.<br />

The media frenzy exceeded that of Spoutbile (and<br />

Post/Mastodon) which was more methodical, but as or<br />

even more effective for growth.<br />

The public got to witness in real time two different<br />

marketing strategies, each with varying degrees of success<br />

and stumbles.<br />

Threads was launched <strong>July</strong> 7th and within an hour there<br />

were 5 million users. By the next morning there were 70<br />

million as of day 3. And the march to a billion is on, which,<br />

at its current rate they will hit by the end of the year, if not<br />

sooner.<br />

Threads had a built-in advantage though, since Mark<br />

Zuckerberg also owns Meta/Facebook/Instagram, whose<br />

combined user base is almost 4 BILLION — or half the<br />

world’s population.<br />

Seeing those numbers makes it easy to realize that<br />

reaching a billion users is a done deal.<br />

Zuckerberg hired workers Musk fired and already<br />

humiliated. And many of the workers say they were<br />

cheated out of severance. Twitter employees were also<br />

asked (some say forced) to sleep on floors, clean their own<br />

restrooms, and endure other degrading treatment by<br />

Musk before being fired.<br />

Zuckerberg and Musk have mutual dislike so there’s no<br />

doubt Zuckerberg is enjoying the collapse of Twitter as<br />

much as he’s enjoying the accelerated ramp up of Threads.<br />

Though I have used Spoutbile since launch and have more<br />

experience with it and I’ve only used Spill for a few days, I<br />

believe there is room for both apps in the social media<br />

landscape as their approaches are different, the user base<br />

is generally different — though certainly there will be<br />

crossover users as I am — and their growth strategies<br />

different. Think of them like two very good restaurants<br />

DEAR DEAN MAGAZINE | <strong>July</strong> <strong>2023</strong> | p.18

M Y R O N J . C L I F T O N<br />

D R . M Y R O N J . C L I F T O N<br />

Musk threatened to sue Zuckerberg for hiring his ex<br />

employees, and for allegedly stealing trade secrets. Musk is<br />

the current laughingstock across social media and because<br />

of it his famous petulance is raging and lashing out. He<br />

suspended Spoutible’s and Bot Sentinel’s accounts, and his<br />

law team’s letter to Meta/Zuckerberg is making the round<br />

on Twitter and Threads — as the butt of all the jokes, of<br />

course.<br />

Imagine being so hated that people flee to another<br />

Zuckerberg app. Elon Musk unlocked that level of scorn in<br />

record time. But when you pal around with folk like the<br />

Saudi’s and Jared Kushner, encourage Nazi’s, and side with<br />

white supremacists, dictators, Russia, and the worst trolls<br />

and insurrectionists… what do you expect normal humans<br />

with moral guidance to do?<br />

The functionality of Threads is similar to Twitter — gifs are<br />

funky, and users are warned that if they delete Threads<br />

they will be deleting Instagram.<br />

Zuckerberg gonna Zuckerberg.<br />

It is good to remember that Threads has a built in user<br />

base and though the numbers are impressive, that is to be<br />

expected when you literally have 4 Billion users across<br />

your platforms.<br />

Zuckerberg leveraged having everyone’s information<br />

already to make joining Threads easier than the sign-up<br />

processes of the other new apps.<br />

Users just just needed to make a few keystrokes and<br />

Threads would automatically import all their information<br />

from Instagram — bios and links, and then it would autofollow<br />

any other Instagram user who you were already<br />

following and who had also opted in.<br />

It took me about five minutes to activate and start<br />

Threading.<br />

There’s no doubt Threads will also have incremental growth<br />

— new users who were not previously on Instagram or<br />

Facebook — because there remains social media<br />

opportunities for the apps that can create — recreate that<br />

is, the global town square that Twitter had dominated<br />

outside of the Facebook/Instagram apps.<br />

There may also be consolidation soon as the overlap<br />

creates opportunities for the capitalists to do what<br />

capitalists do.<br />

The good news is that social media users have a choice on<br />

where to spend their valuable and limited online time.<br />

DEAR DEAN MAGAZINE | <strong>July</strong> <strong>2023</strong> | p.19

M Y R O N J . C L I F T O N<br />

D R . M Y R O N J . C L I F T O N<br />

We have seen the maturing of social media over the past<br />

twenty years or so and it is following the same trajectory as<br />

all other industries, just a lot quicker.<br />

The social media landscape of the past — AOL Instant<br />

Messenger (AIM), MySpace, Aimster, Google Wave, Yik<br />

Yak, Vine, Google +, ITunes Ping, SnapChat and others —<br />

gave way to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok, and<br />

now Threads, Spill, and Spoutible.<br />

The summer of hot apps is just heating up and the battle for<br />

users, popularity, and trend-setting hot takes will be fun to<br />

watch — and participate in as users and advertisers.<br />

What will be most critical though will be how the apps<br />

function during the presidential campaign.<br />

Will they be slow to respond to foreign interference again?<br />

Will they allow insurrections to be planned in the open on<br />

their apps?<br />

Will they allow foreign and domestic shadowy<br />

organizations to spread misinformation and<br />

disinformation?<br />

Will they allow more single-purpose hate accounts to again<br />

thrive? Will they allow Russians to buy ads, create fake<br />

accounts, and use those accounts and the advertising<br />

targeting tools to suppress Black voters like Facebook and<br />

Twitter did last election?<br />

Whether you are online or not you will not stop most of<br />

the global population from being online and influencing<br />

what you see, read, listen to, watch, and buy.<br />

The power of social media is proven and will only gain<br />

more traction and influence in the coming years.<br />

It will be fun to see what the current and next waves bring<br />

starting in this Hot App Summer.<br />

Time will tell and we will all see it play out in real time.<br />

Again.<br />

In the meantime, now is the time to test drive the apps and<br />

find the one or ones that fit your specific aesthetic, if any,<br />

for online engagement. You can use them all or use none.<br />

You aren’t required to do anything, to follow anyone, or to<br />

promote any app. You are the “Get” for the apps,<br />

advertisers, and creators. They want your eyes, your<br />

influence, your networks, and of course, your money.<br />

DEAR DEAN MAGAZINE | <strong>July</strong> <strong>2023</strong> | p.20

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by Steven Evangelista<br />

“What do you mean, you didn’t vote last year? You have so<br />

many strong opinions.”<br />

to the voters who will turn out, especially those who are<br />

undecided.”<br />

It was hard to make out through video chat whether<br />

Premio’s face really shifted at my comment, but I thought I<br />

saw his mouth contort uncomfortably. Perhaps it was<br />

confusion.<br />

Premio shrugged. “What difference does it make if they<br />

care about me? The politicians are all liars anyway; I see<br />

other people getting all these phone calls and mailings,<br />

and I don’t have to deal with that bullshit.”<br />

“I don’t know, maybe I did,” he said. “I don’t remember. The<br />

election isn’t until next year, I thought. That’s all Trump<br />

keeps talking about, 2024, 2024.”<br />

It was one of those moments of a flash decision, which<br />

seemed to happen frequently in my now-weekly video chats<br />

with Premio. His bringing up Trump reminded me that if I<br />

encouraged him to vote, I would be hurting my own cause.<br />

But if I didn’t engage him in genuine conversation about his<br />

civic duty, I would have no chance of changing his mind.<br />

I chose to dive in.<br />

“You know,” I started. “You’re the type of citizen that the<br />

campaigns don’t even care about. If they think you aren’t<br />

going to vote, they will lump you in with people they can<br />

ignore. Their time and money are limited so they will cater<br />

After a pause, he went on the offensive. “Why do you<br />

waste your time with this crap?”<br />

“People died for the right to vote,” I said. “And like you, I<br />

have ideas for how my community, and my country,<br />

should work. If I don’t vote, I don’t have a say. That’s the<br />

essence of democracy.<br />

If you don’t get to the polls, you have no right to<br />

complain about the Pledge of Allegiance not being<br />

required in schools, or taxes being too high, or ‘In God<br />

We Trust’ coming off the currency, or any of the other<br />

crazy conspiracy theories you’ve told me about.”<br />

And as I registered my own flustered tone, I realized<br />

that, yet again, while I thought I would be pushing his<br />

buttons, Premio was riling me up instead.<br />

DEAR DEAN MAGAZINE | <strong>July</strong> <strong>2023</strong> | p.22

S T E V E N E V A N G E L I S T A<br />

Premio shrugged once more. “No one ever took away my<br />

right to vote. You are always talking about that guy, the<br />

one who died, and Black people and women and all that.<br />

Well, they always had the right to vote for white men like<br />

me. I’m fine, I’ll use my vote when I want to. I am too busy<br />

chasing girls and getting good at barbecue now that I am in<br />

the South. And I still don’t see how it makes any difference<br />

for things I care about. One and one don’t make three, and<br />

voting doesn’t matter to me. They won’t even know<br />

whether I vote or not.”<br />

“Do you mean John Lewis, the ‘guy who died’? That was a<br />

great man. And yes, he wanted expanded access to the<br />

ballot for all Americans.” I wasn’t getting anywhere with<br />

self-interest, but he mentioned race and gender! Maybe I<br />

could find a shred of empathy for others.<br />

“If you aren’t engaged in the political process,” I asked as I<br />

looked at the screen directly in Premio’s eyes, “how can<br />

you use your safe and secure voice for the voiceless? There<br />

are Black people across the country, probably in your state<br />

too, who have only one polling site in their district, who<br />

have to wait online for hours to vote. In Georgia–that’s<br />

right next to your new state, you know–you can’t even<br />

bring someone a bottle of water in that heat while they<br />

wait!”<br />

my voting or not voting is not part of it. They want<br />

barbecue, girls and beer just like me.”<br />

“That’s not what that one Black friend trope is about. It’s<br />

used by white people who want to prove they aren’t<br />

racist, when in fact they live their lives indifferent to the<br />

common good, which inevitably hurts Black and brown<br />

people, or they are overtly racist. But they have managed<br />

to find one Black person who will overlook their<br />

indiscretions. Proximity to whiteness can be intoxicating<br />

for striving, marginalized people.”<br />

“I would never get a person drunk against their will, Black<br />

or otherwise. No roofies here neither. In fact, I’m afraid of<br />

Black people. I think it would be even worse if they were<br />

drunk. Do you see all that shooting in Chicago?”<br />

At this point I was lost in the sea of Premio’s confusion.<br />

“There’s no map to get out of your brain, is there?” I<br />

asked.<br />

“What do you mean?” he replied.<br />

“Maybe,” I told Premio before ending the call, “it’s best if<br />

you just don’t vote.”<br />

“What does water have to do with it?” Premio said. “And I<br />

have one Black friend, I know what those people want and<br />

Steven Evangelista, a lifelong New York City resident and<br />

a product of New York City public schools, is a father of<br />

two living in Manhattan. After teaching various elementary<br />

school grades in Upper Manhattan, he co-founded and coled<br />

Harlem Link Charter School for 17 years.<br />

DEAR DEAN MAGAZINE | <strong>July</strong> <strong>2023</strong> | p.23

Vernon L. Andrews<br />

Policing Black Athletes<br />

Racial Disconnect in Sports<br />

O R D E R<br />

T O D A Y !

BLM-PD<br />

BLM-PD<br />

BLM-PD<br />


BLM-PD<br />

In the not too distant future, the US has been taken over by white nationalists, and<br />

the institutionalized racism that has underscored the country’s entire history has<br />

once again been codified. California has seceded from the US, and a band of strong<br />

women plan to start the next civil war following the death of their friend at the hands<br />

of the police. This is BLM-PD.

F E A T U R E D S P O T L I G H T<br />



by Myron J. Clifton<br />

The Supreme Court struck down Harvard’s and University<br />

of North Carolina’s affirmative action efforts 6–3,<br />

continuing the Robert’s court deep efforts to undo civil<br />

rights gains won over the past 60 years.<br />

Every justice on the supreme court benefited from<br />

affirmative action to get into and through university, and<br />

into every post law school job, and finally onto the very job<br />

that allows them to undue civil rights gains our parents and<br />

grandparents protested, fought, died, were beaten, and<br />

voted for.<br />

Just like with women’s right to an abortion, the Supreme<br />

Court is upholding and reinforcing both the patriarch and<br />

white supremacy.<br />

American history made it illegal for Black people to learn. It<br />

was illegal to read, to have a school, and of course to attend<br />

university, unless we were building them, being sold to pay<br />

school debts, or cleaning and maintaining them. The story of<br />

Georgetown is one of many examples of a school<br />

recognizing its role in enslavement and white supremacy.<br />

Georgetown Reflects on Slavery, Memory, and<br />

Reconciliation - Georgetown University<br />

Home Georgetown Reflects on Slavery, Memory, and<br />

Reconciliation Georgetown Reflects on Slavery, Memory,<br />

and…www.georgetown.edu<br />

But Black folk were not to be stopped. Our ancestors (many<br />

still living) created their own schools, trained their own<br />

teachers, and taught their children the value of<br />

education as a way to liberation and better lives.<br />

My own grandparents attended school in the south that<br />

was K-12 — in one room with two teachers.<br />

It is worth noting that schools that primarily serve Black<br />

students are underfunded by billions of dollars even<br />

now.<br />

Legacy of Jim Crow still affects funding for public<br />

schools<br />

The Brown v. Board of Education decision framed racial<br />

segregation as the cause of educational inequality.<br />

Brown's…sc.edu<br />

The ruling doesn’t end affirmative action — that is only<br />

half the truth.<br />

The ruling ends affirmative action for Black people. It<br />

keeps intact affirmative action for white people which is<br />

why the court didn’t invalidate legacy, donor, employee<br />

families and special recommendations which are still<br />

allowed and are almost exclusively utilized by white<br />

students.<br />

It is also important to note that affirmative action<br />

benefits white women the most and that about 70% of<br />

white women support ending affirmative action as this<br />

DEAR DEAN MAGAZINE | <strong>July</strong> <strong>2023</strong> | p.26

M Y R O N J . C L I F T O N<br />

excerpt from @teenvogue explains:<br />

“Despite these impressive gains for white women,<br />

approximately 70% of them somewhat or strongly oppose<br />

affirmative action, according to the 2014 Cooperative<br />

Congressional Election Study. Many scholars, myself<br />

included, argue this opposition is clearly related to right-wing<br />

anti-affirmative action campaigns that have successfully<br />

focused national attention on race-based affirmative action.”<br />

The only way to change the system is to vote for<br />

Democrats in every local and national election. No<br />

republican running for any office will work to ensure<br />

equality, equity, inclusion, or diversity. None will<br />

advocate for fair public-school funding. None will work to<br />

dismantle white supremacy, unfair college admissions, or<br />

student debt relief.<br />

Folk won’t be complaining about student debt when you<br />

can’t get into universities in the first place.<br />

All voting is local and also all voting is national.<br />

White Women Benefit Most From Affirmative Action<br />

White women benefit most from affirmative action. It's<br />

not an accident that conversations about affirmative<br />

action tend…www.teenvogue.com<br />

While the Supreme Court upholds white supremacy for<br />

universities, at the K-12 schools, the Moms for Liberty<br />

are furiously working to end all teaching about Black<br />

history and to ban books from Black and other POC<br />

authors.<br />

The marriage and alignment of the Supreme Court and<br />

Moms for Liberty will have devastating consequences for<br />

education in America for everyone, not just Black folk.<br />

In the 2016 presidential election Hillary Clinton<br />

prophesied that if Trump wins he could reshape the<br />

supreme court by appointing 4 justices:<br />

“In a speech in Wisconsin, Clinton put the future of the<br />

Supreme Court at the center of the election debate,<br />

cautioning that any Trump-appointed justices would be likely<br />

to roll back workers’ and abortion rights and “demolish pillars<br />

of the progressive movement.”<br />

Hillary Clinton, March 28th, 2016<br />


Does that headline bother you? Do you think it is<br />

extreme or hyperbole? Or maybe you think the headline<br />

is clickbait…myronclifton.medium.com<br />

Black Americans are fighting wars on multiple fronts<br />

trying to stem the ever-present tide of dirty water that is<br />

educational white supremacy, and we can’t do it alone.<br />

We need the rest of the democrats so-called big tent to<br />

help us out, especially but not exclusively, white women.<br />

The same folk who benefit the most from affirmative<br />

action have by majority voted against democratic<br />

presidential candidates since the 1960’s.<br />

With the 2024 election on the horizon the ruling by the<br />

supreme court will galvanize republican voters who are<br />

feeling victory today. They will want to preserve the<br />

ruling, preserve the ban on abortion, and preserve<br />

patriarchal white supremacy..<br />

Make that make sense.<br />

DEAR DEAN MAGAZINE | <strong>July</strong> <strong>2023</strong> | p.27

M Y R O N J . C L I F T O N<br />

Democratic voters must be more motivated to change<br />

the course the nation is headed in.<br />

The message from republicans is clear and the<br />

message from democrats, in the form of overwhelming<br />

voting responses must be clearer still: We are not going<br />

backwards, the rights of everyone will be respected, our<br />

full history will be taught, and we will continue to work to<br />

unravel the remaining vestiges of racism in all its forms<br />

and wherever it reaches.<br />

DEAR DEAN MAGAZINE | <strong>July</strong> <strong>2023</strong> | p.28

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F E A T U R E D S P O T L I G H T<br />



by Myron J. Clifton<br />

Many Americans will celebrate Independence Day<br />

today/tomorrow in celebration and honor of the nation<br />

breaking away from England’s rule.<br />

All that freedom talk and posturing in support of being<br />

free while upholding and expanding the institution of<br />

chattel slavery remains one of the most hypocritical acts<br />

by American men regarded as champions of freedom,<br />

democracy, and inalienable rights.<br />

Something else those men — known to some as founding<br />

fathers — got independence from? Black Joy.<br />

In their work to build a nation free from tyranny and<br />

freedom while still owning Black people, early white<br />

Americans separated themselves from Black Joy.<br />

Though they worked nonstop to keep our ancestors in a<br />

constant state of fear and pain, and without hope, they<br />

failed miserably in small and large ways.<br />

The didn’t stop our ancestors from finding internal joy,<br />

sharing joy among themselves, and figuring out how to<br />

imagine and hope for a future for their descendants that<br />

would be safe for us to loudly express our joy in ways they<br />

could not.<br />

And now we do.<br />

In music, theatre, movies, television, books, and in our<br />

homes, offices, churches, and parks. And we do it on<br />

social media with such energy and enthusiasm, and in<br />

such overwhelming numbers, that every social app’s<br />

most popular trends, memes, gifs, comments, tweets,<br />

Spouts, Spills, photos, and videos/TikToks, are most<br />

often created and shared by Black users.<br />

And no matter how racists, magas, Russians and other<br />

foreign and domestic trolls and haters try to attack<br />

Black users, and no matter how Twitter, TikTok, and<br />

Facebook allow Black users to be the most attacked<br />

groups on social media, Black joy online remains<br />

undefeated.<br />

DEAR DEAN MAGAZINE | <strong>July</strong> <strong>2023</strong> | p.30

M Y R O N J . C L I F T O N<br />

Black words light up social media and generate laughs<br />

across the globe and causes various other communities<br />

to come together to laugh with us.<br />

Black humor recognizes no boundaries or limits and has<br />

disregard for tact, style, grace, unwritten and written<br />

rules, and your sensibilities.<br />

In short, Black online humor is the continuation of what<br />

Black folk have long done at home and on the streets:<br />

Cappin,’ Rankin,” Shootin’ the shit, Dissin’,<br />

Throwin’ Shade, Spillin’ Tea, Droppin’ dimes,<br />

And one of the oldest, The Dozens.<br />

The Black diaspora (African, Caribbean, American,<br />

European, the Americas) and Irish Twitter and TikTok<br />

came together in harmony when British royals started<br />

dying.<br />

Black Twitter will make insults about the twitter owner,<br />

Elon Musk, trend:<br />

The joy Black people experience and express in words<br />

and on video is the standard and trendsetter for other<br />

entertainment industries. And also, that joy is expressed<br />

within Black family and friend groups, work associates,<br />

and even with strangers. With just a look Black folk will<br />

communicate “All the things” without saying a word.<br />

And when dumb billionaires started sinking in homemade<br />

bathtub submarines.<br />

Famously, one of the greatest “speeches” in Black<br />

history is simply Chadwick Boseman’s look back at his<br />

friend, Michael B. Jordan, upon hearing that his movie<br />

The Black Panther, did not win Best Picture at the<br />

Oscars, losing to the travesty that was the white savior<br />

movie, The Green Book.<br />

Every Black person understood Chadwick’s visual<br />

sermon.<br />

And the thing is, Black people willingly share our joy with<br />

the world and most of the world reacts appropriately<br />

and some even join in.<br />

DEAR DEAN MAGAZINE | <strong>July</strong> <strong>2023</strong> | p.31

M Y R O N J . C L I F T O N<br />

And of course when so many white people were so upset<br />

that a fictional mermaid was Black.<br />

Because Black humor is the humor of community, family,<br />

and of the need and ability to cut to the heart of any issue,<br />

controversy, or even death, and then extract humor that<br />

touches funny bones, hearts, emotions, and minds.<br />

It is too bad that so many white Americans decided to<br />

hate Black people so much that they’d declare<br />

independence from the healing abilities of Black<br />

Americans’ humor.<br />

With so much hatred, racism, insurrections, racial<br />

violence, and taking away rights, some may question how<br />

and why Black people can continue to find humor in this<br />

nation.<br />

But how can we not?<br />

The fact is that Black joy and humor has no limits and no<br />

restrictions. It cannot be contained or stopped by “Terms<br />

and Conditions” because it is part of our DNA and part of<br />

the fuel that helped our ancestors survive and our more<br />

recent ancestors to thrive.<br />

Our humor is the chitlin circuit.<br />

And it is Mom’s Mabley, Redd Foxx, Richard Pryor, Eddie<br />

Murphy, Wanda Sykes, Mo’nique, the Wayans family, Flip<br />

Wilson, Paul Mooney, Arsenio Hall, Nipsey Russell, Issa<br />

Rae, Quinta Brunson, Kenan Thompson, Rudy Frank<br />

Moore/Dolemite, Bernie Mac, and so many other women<br />

and men who set the standards followed and co-opted<br />

and plagiarized by mainstream media and entertainment.<br />

As bad as America is and has been to Black people, this<br />

generations struggles, like past horrors, provide nonstop<br />

fuel for Black content and humor because without humor<br />

things would not be as pleasant for the purveyors of hate<br />

directed at us.<br />

The next time you laugh at or use a meme, gif, video, or<br />

comment from a Black person on any of the social media<br />

sites, just know that there’s plenty more where that<br />

comes from but to get access to it, you need to exit your<br />

silo of whiteness, your gated community, and all-white<br />

schools and neighborhoods to access it.<br />

Independence from Black Joy was never a good choice<br />

and those who continue to segregate themselves from us,<br />

our humanity, and our humor and joy, continue to pay the<br />

price that comes with disregarding the best part of<br />

America.<br />

White America loves to consume our humor but long ago<br />

declared independence from the culture out of which our<br />

humor is born and nurtured.<br />

And that is too bad because Black humor could be the<br />

magnet that attracts community and the glue that holds<br />

disparate communities together.<br />

DEAR DEAN MAGAZINE | <strong>July</strong> <strong>2023</strong> | p.32

MYRON'S<br />


list<br />

President Biden and VP Harris announced<br />

another $39b in student debt relief.<br />

DEAR DEAN MAGAZINE | June <strong>2023</strong> | p.34

MISS<br />

President Biden didn’t wear socks one day and<br />

conservative media lost their minds.<br />

MISS<br />

Republicans bastardized the latest military budget by<br />

forcing in restrictions on diversity, gender, and access to<br />

abortions.<br />

HIT<br />

President Biden uses Marjorie Taylor Green’s own<br />

words to make wonderful campaign video.<br />

MISS<br />

Country singer Jason Aldean makes song celebrating sundown<br />

towns and lynching then gets mad when he’s called out.<br />

HIT<br />

The Women’s World Cup starts and the US Women’s<br />

team are expected to .. maybe win it all!<br />

MISS<br />

Marjorie Taylor Green uses Hunter Biden nude<br />

photos at congressional hearings that had nothing<br />

to do with hunter Biden.<br />

HIT<br />

Hollywood writers and actors are on strike seeking<br />

better pay, residuals, healthcare, and guarantees<br />

against Automated Intelligence – AI.<br />

MISS<br />

Hollywood CEOs with salaries ranging from<br />

$20M to over $200m per year, gleefully<br />

declaring they will starve writers/actors and<br />

hold out until they start losing<br />

apartments/housing.<br />

DEAR DEAN MAGAZINE | <strong>July</strong> <strong>2023</strong> | p.35

HOT TAKE<br />

#1<br />

Elon Musk is a terrible businessman and that<br />

may be his *best quality, as he is also racist,<br />

antisemitic, homophobic, and transphobic.<br />

#2<br />

Mark Zuckerberg isn’t a hero for taking on and<br />

defeating Elon Musk and Twitter. His issues from<br />

selling data, allowing misinformation and<br />

disinformation to thrive across his platforms, and<br />

his profiting from paid ads directing hate to Black<br />

users will never be forgiven. He is though, useful in<br />

taking on and hopefully taking down Elon Musk.<br />

DEAR DEAN MAGAZINE | <strong>July</strong> <strong>2023</strong> | p.36

NEW!<br />

ON SALE<br />

NOW<br />

A cup of coffee or tea paired with interesting company is an unbeatable combination. We learn<br />

and share so much through this simple social ritual. Nuanced origin stories. Brow-raising<br />

secrets. Good news. Bad news. Hopes and dreams, insecurities and fears. Sip by sip, we do<br />

business, catch up, plan our lives, and discover common ground.<br />

To gain a better understanding of his friends, Myron went on a mission to try their favorite<br />

drinks. He was struck by the complex flavors and simple pleasures that characterized their<br />

personalities. Sweet. Spicy. Bold. Bewitching. Optimistic. Ostentatious. Practical. Perfectionist.<br />

In Coffee, Grounded, Myron reviews these drinks and brews up a perfect blend of culture and<br />

caffeine. He examines the history of various ingredients and coffee-growing regions, painting a<br />

vivid picture of faraway lands and hometown haunts.<br />

Pour yourself a cup and curl up with this tasty collection of stories steeped in friendship and fun.<br />

Order & Indulge!<br />

DEAR DEAN MAGAZINE | <strong>July</strong> <strong>2023</strong> | p.37

MOVIE<br />


by Myron J. Clifton<br />

The Flash and Avatar: The Way of Water<br />

It was a bad movie that was too long. The plot was dumb, the<br />

acting mediocre, and there were so many plot holes there<br />

was unintended humor. The movie was 5 years overdue and<br />

would have been bad even then because the director clearly<br />

didn’t get or listen to feedback on how to make the movie<br />

better.<br />

Indiana Jones and The Dial of Destiny<br />

Indiana Jones is a fun movie that completes the Indiana<br />

journey. He’s his same adventurous cranky self. There’s<br />

horses in NYC subways, motor chases in Morocco,<br />

planes, trains, and wars that Professor Indy teaches<br />

and love so much. If you love Indiana Jones the<br />

character, then you’ll love the nonstop action and older<br />

Indy at his best.<br />

DEAR DEAN MAGAZINE | <strong>July</strong> <strong>2023</strong> | p.38

MOVIE<br />


Nimona / Netflix<br />

It’s a fun movie kids 4 and up will enjoy. It’s a cute story with surprising turns and interesting look at<br />

legends and mythologies societies lies tell themselves and build their self-indulgent lies upon. The<br />

animated movie looks great, has great action, cute protagonists and antagonists’ kids will identify<br />

with and love. The story has a few twists and heartfelt turns that older kids and adults will love. This<br />

movie deserves a wider audience so hopefully it’ll get one on streaming. It is a great movie kids can<br />

watch many times over.<br />

DEAR DEAN MAGAZINE | <strong>July</strong> <strong>2023</strong> | p.39


streaming right<br />


S T R E A M I N G N O W<br />

PEACOCK – Polite Society<br />

A delightful and fun movie about sisters who are at<br />

odds over the older sister getting engaged to<br />

gentlemen from a high society family. The younger<br />

sister has a vivid imagination – she wants to be a<br />

stuntwomen despite her parent’s protestation. She<br />

uses her wit, silliness, and imagination to both plan her<br />

future, disappoint her parents, and plot a scheme to<br />

disrupt her older sister’s engagement. There are plot<br />

twists, surprises, humor, highbrow and low brow<br />

comedy, and plenty of action, and fun. The movie is<br />

funny, slick, snappy, and will surprise with the<br />

choreographed fights and humor.<br />

Apple+ TV: Platonic – Season 1<br />

Best friends reconnect and help but also disrupt each<br />

other’s relationships, careers, and their own lives. It’s<br />

funny with some unscripted dialogue, a good cast of side<br />

characters who are equally quirky, pleasant, weird, and<br />

fun to watch.<br />

Disney+ Kizazi Moto: Generation Fire: Season 1<br />

A first for Disney, this pan-African Disney+ original<br />

animated series showcases different artists and art styles<br />

for the series highlighting different legends, mythology, and<br />

Afro-futurism. Each animated feature is ten to fifteen<br />

minutes, and the stories and art are fantastic. Kids and<br />

adults will love the series.<br />

DEAR DEAN MAGAZINE | <strong>July</strong> <strong>2023</strong> | p.41

NEW!<br />

ON SALE<br />

NOW<br />

Sometimes, when you’re at a crossroads, a door will open and what enters will inspire you. Other<br />

times, what enters will make you gag. These stories by a ride-share short-timer might have the<br />

same effect on you. A man, recently laid off from his job and intrigued by the people he might<br />

meet (and the money he might make) decides to drive ride-share while looking for a new<br />

professional management position.<br />

Don’t want to drive drunk? Well, then, by all means, plug in your location and get your friendly<br />

neighborhood ride-share driver to ferry you to your next bar. Need to move but can’t afford<br />

movers? There’s an App for that! Tired of waiting for tricks on the corner? Wait—I’ve got an idea. .<br />

.<br />

The behavior and stories of folks who call on ride-share turned into a unique anthropological<br />

study for one man who decided to drive ride-share while looking for a new professional<br />

management position. Recently laid off from his job and intrigued by the people he might meet<br />

(and the money he might make), the author unwittingly became the anonymous confidant for<br />

men, women, nonbinary people, and children. Unfortunately for him, he also became the innocent<br />

target of people who couldn’t hold their liquor, others who couldn’t hold their temper, and at<br />

least one who couldn’t keep his hands to himself.<br />

Little did they know they were in the Prius of a writer, who would be able to look in the rear view<br />

and tell their stories.<br />

This collection of anecdotes is non-judgmental, full of irony and dry humor, and may help<br />

someone else decide: Is driving ride-share for you?<br />

DEAR DEAN MAGAZINE | <strong>July</strong> <strong>2023</strong> | p.42

Robin Martin, Editorial<br />

The Joyful Warrior<br />

Podcast Network<br />

Music App<br />

Mark Lerner Astrology<br />

Katya Juliet's Jewel Box<br />

Great Start Initiative

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