The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks was a rollercoaster. I started this biography in September… September guys. Sure my first year of college was hectic and I had boat loads of work, all the time, but it has never taken me this long to finish a book. Yet here we are. Author Rebecca Skloot first learned about Henrietta Lacks while studying Biology in community college. The most that Skloot’s instructor told her of Lacks was that she had a terrible case of cervical center and died in 1951. Scientists had been trying to keep cell cultures alive outside of the body for a while and didn’t succeed until Henrietta’s cells from her cervix landed in millions of laboratories across the world. The magic in Henrietta’s cells were that they were constantly reproducing new generations every 24 hours. Meaning that Lacks’s cells are IMMORTAL and are still reproducing today.
My fellow Hunger Games lovers know her as Rue but her first popular appearance was on Colombiana as young Cataleya. This week’s Magical Black Girl of the week is Amandla Stenberg.
Amandla is known for showing up and showing out for her black sisters and brothers. She often speaks on current black issues and the tainted images of black people in the media. Earlier this year Amandla made a video addressing cultural appropriation called “Don’t Cash Crop On My Cornrows”. In the video Amandla talks about how black culture is ingrained in hip-hop culture which has become a part of popular culture. Due to being paralleled, Black culture has also been popular and used as a form of costume for many fashion shows and non-Black music artists.
Aside from being the magical daughter of Lisa Bonet and Lenny Kravitz, I only knew two things about Zoe Kravitz. Being that I love A Different World I was aware that her birth was what caused Lisa Bonet to leave after the first season and as a Sci-Fi nerd I knew she was an actress from her role as Christina in Divergent and that was about it.