Wanna honor Labor Day but not work at it? Check out any of these pop culture expressions from the last year. Just in time for your nod to Labor Day, lets give props to those who have amplified workers' voices in one form or another this year.
THE LIST (* indicates best in category)
Ice Road Truckers
America's Toughest Jobs
Parks and Recreation
United States of Tara
Music (For Listening)
*"Even If Its So" - Q Tip
"Two Step Blues" - Little Brother
"21st Century Breakdown" - Green Day
"Hope" - Rahel
Music (For Rallying)
*"Fight Smash Win" - Street Sweeper Social Club
"Drop It (Like a Hot Muppet)" - Magic Drum Orchestra
*"Myth and Manpower" - Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles
"Closed Mondays" - grayDUCK Gallery, Austin
"Today I Made Nothing" - Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York
"Small Trades (Irving Penn)" - Getty Center
*"Shopclass as Soulcraft" - Matthew Crawford
"Border Songs" - Jim Lynch
"Wherever There is a Fight" - Elaine Elinson
"The Legend of Colton Bryant" - Alexandra Fuller
*Up In the Air
*Yes Men Fix The World
Capitalism: A Love Story
The Philosopher Kings
Parking Lot Movie
For detailed commentary on each of these categories, check out the whole series of blogs on workers voices in arts and entertainment (all freshly posted in last two weeks) at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/wyatt-closs or click right here.
Special thanks to those who served on a loose-knit jury of artists, entertainment professionals, and economic justice activists to help make these selections.
Hopefully, this list inspires many in the arts, letters, and entertainment worlds to take on more stories and expressions about work, workers, and working family issues. As said at the outset of this series, there are so many rich stories out there about America's workers and a tremendous market for those stories as well.
Maybe at some point we'll get a Downtown LA hotel ballroom, a red carpet, the obligatory step-and-repeat wall, starlets pumping their fists in the air going "Woo, workers rock!" Yeah. Until then, there's this.
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