For the second year in a row, the Oscars are drawing howls of protest over a lack of racial diversity. The nominees for major acting awards are about as monochromatic as a Donald Trump campaign rally (even more so, actually), inspiring Spike Lee, Jada Pinkett Smith and many other prominent African Americans to boycott the 2016 ceremony. Yet the Academy is hardly new to racial and political contention. 

Dear friends of Mediander,

Connection, discovery and engagement—Mediander pursues these goals for every topic it presents. On every new Topic page, you’ll find related videos and relevant books, as well as other connected topics that let you see how they’re connected.

And we just added an exciting new content source to the Topic page mix: relevant, up-to-the-minute news articles from the Associated Press.

Connects is something we editors at Mediander, this one especially, spend a lot of time using. My favorite part of any given workday is, well, lunch. But my second favorite part is when I delve into a topic and discover how it relates to something I never knew existed.

I’ll give you an example:

The Apple Watch comes out today. Now, I don’t own any Apple products, and I’m not interested in buying one. Still, I’m excited about their smartwatch because I think it could be the device that makes wearable technology a thing. It could leap right over Glassholes and people who spend way too much money on Kickstarters, taking us one step closer to cybernetic enhancement and the idealistic, connected future Star Trek promised us. That or the dark, twisted cyberpunk future 1980s sci-fi novels promised us. Either way, it’s gonna be rad!

Every year, BookExpo America hosts a conference just for bloggers, and last month Mediander was honored to be its title sponsor. For us the most exciting moment by far was getting to meet Stacy Morrison, the dynamo editor in chief of BlogHer, the community-driven site developed for women by women. During the conference’s keynote event, our creative director, Kaethe Fine, asked Morrison about reading, micro-tribes, gatekeepers and empathy. As luck would have it, we got their entire conversation on video, which we’re pleased to share with you.