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The Legend Of #Lakshmeme (LIVE)


(ht Stephanie Black)

Since mid-December, I have been taking photos of public radio personalities, producers and strangers on the street wearing a hat that that makes an obviously false claim: “I AM LAKSHMI SINGH.” At a live event two weeks ago, NPR newscaster and personal hero Lakshmi Singh finally wore the hat, admitting the meme was exactly her kind of crazy. By the end of the event, audience members departed with their own Lakshmi Singh hats, doubling the meme’s half-life.

The so-called “#lakshmeme,” a tribute to the newscaster who inspired me to pursue a career in public radio, has amassed hundreds of portraits, posted and shared on Instagram, Twitter, and Tumblr. It even landed on the front page of Current, public media’s trade publication.

The meme drew to its satisfying, crazy conclusion – a public radio spelling bee and piñatas were involved – live in The Greene Space on May 26 when Lakshmi talked about her career in public radio and discussed the importance of diverse voices, names, and faces in media. We were joined by current This American Life and former Snap Judgment producer Stephanie Foo and “The Whiteness Of Public Radio Voice” author and Clemson University communications professor Chenjerai Kumanyika.

WATCH THE ENTIRE EVENT/LISTEN TO THE PODCAST:

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Lakshmi Coming Out

(sideshow digital)

got Lakshmi coming out on a Tuesday
took a while to get her here cuz she choosy
Lakshmi coming out on a Tuesday
took a while to get her here cuz she choosy
Lakshmi coming out on a Tuesday
took a while to get her here cuz she choosy
Lakshmi coming out on a Tuesday
took a while to get her here cuz she choosy

hat being worn
no more photos being posted
it’s been five goddamn months
podcast needs to be hosted
and the hat’s not looking good
but at least it’s got no lice
a lot of people wore it once
and one or two wore it twice
tell lakshmi put it on
we take a quick selfie
fill the room up with the squad
talk about diversity
then we’ll have a spelling bee
try to spell exotic names
hit the oversize p
play some sideshow sorta games
this is the end of lakshmeme
you’re gonna miss it when it’s gone
those damn instagrams and those tweets
should be immortalized in song
so we’re singing for you
public radio needs more memes
so maybe make yourself a hat
and put it on every last damn person that you know
and think about this and look back
on how we got Lakshmi coming out!

on a tuesday
took a while to get her here cuz she choosy
Lakshmi coming out on a Tuesday
took a while to get her here cuz she choosy
Lakshmi coming out on a Tuesday
took a while to get her here cuz she choosy
Lakshmi Singh coming out on a Tuesday
took a while to get her here cuz she choosy
got Lakshmi coming out!

YEAH You Are

Last night my dreams came true. You can watch Lakshmi wear the hat here:
http://www.thegreenespace.org/events/thegreenespace/2015/may/26/studio-360s-sideshow-live-lakshmi-wears-hat/

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