Nonfiction: Isabel Wilkerson on Michelle Obama and the Great Migration

The former first lady’s long-awaited new memoir, “Becoming,” recounts with insight, candor and wit her family’s trajectory from the Jim Crow South to Chicago’s South Side and her own improbable journey from there to the White House.
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Backlash after Fox News ‘summer camps’ migration comment

Fox News is facing a Hollywood backlash after presenter Laura Ingraham described detention centres for children on the southern US border as “essentially summer camps”.
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Global Migration Meets Magic in Mohsin Hamid’s Timely Novel

Mr. Hamid’s “Exit West” seems poised to become one of this year’s most important literary works.
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Who Set You Flowin’?: The African-American Migration Narrative

Who Set You Flowin’?: The African-American Migration Narrative

Twentieth-century America has witnessed the most widespread and sustained movement of African-Americans from the South to urban centers in the North. Who Set You Flowin’? examines the impact of this dislocation and urbanization, identifying the resulting Migration Narratives as a major genre in African-American cultural production. Griffin takes an interdisciplinary approach with readings of several literary texts, migrant correspondence, painting, photography, rap music, blues, and rhythm and blues. From these various sources Griffin isolates the tropes of Ancestor, Stranger, and Safe Space, which, though common to all Migration Narratives, vary in their portrayal. She argues that the emergence of a dominant portrayal of these tropes is the product of the historical and political moment, often challenged by alternative portrayals in other texts or artistic forms, as well as intra-textually. Richard Wright’s bleak, yet cosmopolitan portraits were countered by Dorothy West’s longing for Black Southern communities. Ralph Ellison, while continuing Wright’s vision, reexamined the significance of Black Southern culture. Griffin concludes with Toni Morrison embracing the South as a site of African-American history and culture, a place to be redeemed.

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Women, Soccer And Transnational Migration

Women, Soccer And Transnational Migration

Estimated participation figures of almost 30 million worldwide make soccer the most prominent team sport amongst girls and women. However, making a living as a female player is only deemed possible in approximately 20 out of around 150 FIFA-listed women''s soccer countries. This has led to a situation where highly skilled sports women have to migrate from their homelands to find employment with a professional team.Women, Soccer and Transnational Migrationrepresents a substantial contribution to our knowledge on the development of women''s soccer, to research into sports labor migration and sport and globalization more broadly.The book consists of three parts. Firstly, it provides an overview and an analysis of migration in women''s soccer from its earliest forms until now. It then presents several case studies, delivered by scholars from around the world, illustrating how female players are increasingly being drawn to the USA, Northern Europe and Scandinavia due to their ability to support professional leagues. Finally, all the themes and patterns of these case studies are drawn together to be able to compare and contrast migration in women''s soccer to sport migration and globalization more broadly.This study not only makes recommendations for future researchers, but may also serve as an important source of information for those in charge of policy. As such, it is essential reading for students, lecturers, researchers and practitioners involved in sports migration and women''s sport.
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Man Captures Amazing Aerial Footage Of Dolphin Megapod Migration (VIDEO)

This incredible footage from a drone flying over Dana Point in Orange County, Calif. was captured by Captain Dave Anderson of Capt. Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Safari. In this five-minute segment, we get soaring views over a megapod of dolphins and three gray whales migrating down the coast off San Clemente. Edited in is also some breathtaking footage of a Humpback whale calf nuzzling its mother, and an escort whale in Maui.

In the video description, Captain Dave says, “This is the most beautiful and compelling five-minute video I have ever put together. I learned so much about these whales and dolphins from this drone footage that it feels like I have entered a new dimension! I have not been this excited about a new technology since we built our underwater viewing pods on our whale watching boat.”

Amazingly, Captain Dave filmed the entire thing from a small inflatable boat, where he launched and caught the quadcopter by hand. It was a dangerous process, but no laws were broken. Still, wildlife videographers should not attempt to repeat the feat unless they are experienced and abiding by all laws.

Captain Dave works to educate the public about the massive whale and dolphin population off the California coast. He even started Orange County’s first whale disentanglement group in 2008, as entanglement in fishing gear is a major cause of dolphin and whale deaths around the world.

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