Using Music in Writing: Just the Basics


Music is unquestionably very powerful. It can remind us of past times, contributes to mood, and even helps build our characters (the old show vs tell). However, using other’s work can be iffy at best, and for most of us, buying the rights isn’t a financial option. Editors, so I have read, also get pretty nervous around using published songs in writing (even legal aspects), so that’s something to keep in mind when sending your manuscript out!

So what are your options?

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Understanding Privilege: New Pew Report Sheds Light On What We Already Knew


Pew released a new report on how both black Americans and white Americans view racial inequality and it only serves to validate generally held ideas about white privilege. To summarize, the report demonstrates that not only do white Americans underestimate the level of inequality felt by black Americans, but that black Americans are not especially hopeful for any change (about 43% believe it will likely never happen) versus white Americans (about 11% believe the same).You can read the full report here.

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