Barbie from Each State in Mexico

Barbie from each Mexican state

Forget Barbie, Mex-Am Company Makes Dolls Dressed In Traditional Traje Of Each Mexican State

The company in the above linked article makes dolls showing off the costumes from each state in Mexico. These dolls are beautiful and are made in Mexico, so these dolls are actually coming from the country they represent. The dolls above are just a sample of the dolls available. The article above tells more about them, and shows other dolls from the other states.

Demolishing the School

Demolishing the school

The above linked article is a YouTube video of an 8 year old trying to convince a demolition company to knock down her school. It’s cute and entertained the employees of the company.

I found out that the girl has several videos out, making prank calls. They are cute and harmless. I’m impressed that she doesn’t crack up on the phone. I sure was laughing at a few of them.

Bee Keeper

Bee keeper

The Bartlett Bee Whisperer is a very interesting page that I came across on Facebook. A beekeeper helps remove bees from homes and businesses without killing the bees. I have spent many hours reading his posts and looking at the photos. I have learned a lot about honey combs and how to tell which are new or old, and which ones hold the queen or larvae.

I hope never to need this information any time soon, but it is really interesting. The above linked article shows one building that he recently debeed. This article and the others he posts on Facebook are truly fascinating to me. Especially since I can’t get stung watching online.

Black Experience Films

Black experience films

The author of the above linked article asked four film scholars to offer recommendations that speak to black culture. Below are the films mentioned, and the scholars who recommended them. The article tells more about why the films were chosen and what the films are about. I haven’t seen most of these.

Donald Bogle: Film Historian

Mr. Bogle is the author of books including “Toms, Coons, Mulattoes, Mammies, & Bucks,” and “Hollywood Black: The Stars, the Films, the Filmmakers.”

“Nothing But a Man” (YouTube)

“Boyz n the Hood” (Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, Hulu, and others)

Maori Karmael Holmes: Artistic Director, BlackStar Film Festival

Ms. Holmes is the founder of an annual event showcasing films by black, brown and indigenous people from around the world.

“Whose Streets?” (Google Play, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu)

“Always in Season” (

Dr. Todd Boyd, Race in Pop Culture Scholar

Dr. Boyd is the professor of cinema and media studies at USC School of Cinematic Arts and the Katherine and Frank Price Endowed Chair for the Study of Race and Popular Culture

“In the Heat of the Night” (Amazon Prime Video)

“Dead Presidents” (VUDU, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube)

Ina Diane Archer, Media Conservator

Media conservation and digitization specialist at the National Museum of African American History and Culture

“Night of the Living Dead” (Tubi, YouTube, Google Play)

“When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts” (Hulu, YouTube TV)

Palacio de Cristal in Madrid

Crystal palace

Virtual tour

The two above links show the Crystal Palace in Madrid. The top one is the Wikipedia link telling about the Palace, and the bottom one is an actual virtual tour.

I first looked up this place because of photos from a friend that showed how the glass acted as prisms and the colors are beautiful in certain lights. Just the video from the virtual tour shows what a huge place this is. I hope to see it one day in person.

28 Black Films Better than The Help

28 black films

I have seen a few of these films mentioned in the above linked article which recommends them as teaching films. I have read some of the books, too. I am adding some of them to my todo list for weekend watching. They all look good.

When They See Us

Director: Ava DuVernay

Sorry to Bother You

Director: Boots Riley

Higher Learning

Director: John Singleton


Director: Spike Lee

Malcolm X

Director: Spike Lee


Director: Ava DuVernay


Director: Barry Jenkins

Poetic Justice

Director: John Singleton


Director: Rick Famuyiwa

Set it Off

Director: F. Gary Gray

I Am Not Your Negro

Director: Raoul Peck

The Watermelon Woman

Director: Cheryl Dunye


Director: Ava DuVernay

Get Out

Director: Jordan Peele


Director: Hype Williams

Barber Shop

Director: Timothy Kevin Story

Fruitvale Station

Director: Ryan Coogler


Director:Denzel Washington


Director: Dee Rees


Director: Spike Lee

Menace II Society

Director: Allen Hughes, Albert Hughes


Director: Ernest R. Dickerson

Daughters of the Dust

Director: Julie Dash

The Hate U Give 

Director: George Tillman Jr.


Director: D’Urville Martin

Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song

Director: Melvin Van Peebles

Queen & Slim

Director: Melina Matsoukas

Black Panther

Director: Ryan Coogler

Here are some that weren’t mentioned in the article, but were also recommended – LA 92. Dear White People. On My Block. HiphopEvolution. Spider-Man into the Spider Verse

Alcatraz Escape

Alcatraz escape

The above linked article from 2014 tells about the Alcatraz escape on June 11, 1962. We’ve heard about this escape over the years, where three men made a rubber raft of raincoats and attempted to paddle out of the San Francisco Bay.

They tell about the tests that were attempted by Mythbusters back in 2003. The video is interesting to watch. Depending on the time they left, they may have made it. Some evidence shows that they did.

Here’s the Wikipedia article on the escape: The Escape. There is a lot of information there.

Part of why they think that the men didn’t make it to shore had to do with being in the water for a long length of time. So many people do a similar swim annually, that I think that it was possible. The speed that they’d have to go would be not an unreasonable speed in a boat. I think there’s a good chance they made it. One day we might know?