T Lo’s Weekend Pop Culture Reading List

Posted on May 25, 2018


Kittens, here are all the links and stories that kept us intrigued and entertained throughout the week, although from where we’re sitting, there was one major story of the week that we never got around to covering because we were covering all the other major stories of the week: Michelle Obama’s stunning cover to her upcoming autobiography, BECOMING.


“I’m thrilled to share with all of you the cover for BECOMING,” she wrote. “The process of writing this book has been so personally meaningful and illuminating for me. As I prepare to share BECOMING this fall, I hope you’ll also think about your own story, and trust that it will help you become whoever you aspire to be. Your story is what you have, what you will always have. It is something to own.”

Yes, Yes, Yes! Michelle Obama Shares Cover For New Book ‘Becoming’ by Sydney Scott at Essence




“The straight types just don’t get the irony,” she said, later adding: “We had to say to the guys, ‘Look, the girls in this show just aren’t going to wear miniskirts with high heels. No one in New York dresses like that. Period. That really was a blow to a lot of people.”

Patricia Field Changed the Way We Dress Through Her ‘Sex and the City’ Costumes by Fawnia Soo Hoo for Fashionista




Kanneh-Mason, from Nottingham, made history in 2016 when he became the first black winner of the BBC Young Musician competition.

Kensington Palace confirmed that Harry has seen him play at a charity concert in London and gave him the honour. 

So Who Is The Amazing Guy On The Cello At The Royal Wedding? by Staff for Esquire magazine



“We’re familiar with the hormonal, body, and emotional changes that have been described in teenagers, and that they can create discomfort, and we have conversations and normalizing and support around this transition,” says reproductive psychiatrist Alexandra Sacks, a co-author of a forthcoming book on the emotions of pregnancy and new motherhood. But we don’t really have those same conversations about “the analogous transition that happens to a woman when she becomes a mother” — or at least, not in a way that reflects reality.

The Identity Transformation of Becoming a Mom by Erin Zimmerman for The Cut




Women die in Ireland because of the 8th Amendment, constantly. There’s no shortage of stories of complications, backstreet procedures and bad reactions to unregulated abortion pills. It’s also a constant reminder that our constitution doesn’t respect women, their health or their agency. We’re not equal, and not trusted.

5 Irish Women on What Legalizing Abortion Would Mean to Them by Katie Heaney for The Cut



Weinstein was charged with rape, a criminal sex act, sex abuse and sexual misconduct for encounters with two women, according to a statement from the NYPD, and he is expected to be arraigned later today.

Wearing a white button-down shirt and light-blue sweater under a black blazer and gray pants and carrying two books, Weinstein entered the first precinct police station in Manhattan’s Tribeca neighborhood, just blocks away from his longtime Weinstein Co. offices.

What Matters in Hollywood Today by Staff for The Hollywood Reporter



“I sound like I’m condoning yelling at work. I do not. It sounds like I’m excusing Jeffery. I do not. It sounds like I’m insensitive to Jessica, I am not,” he said in part. He conitinued, “This is a big learning moment for me. I shouldn’t have tried so hard to mansplain, or fix a fight, or make everything OK.”

Jason Bateman Responds to ‘Arrested Development’ N.Y. Times Interview Backlash: “I Was Wrong Here” by Alex Ritman for The Hollywood Reporter




“At this time we have decided not to move ahead with promotional activity in the U.K. but hope to bring the cast back at another time.”

Netflix Cancels ‘Arrested Development’ U.K. Press Tour Amid Jeffrey Tambor Backlash” by Katie Kilkenny for The Hollywood Reporter




Samantha Cohen, who serves as the assistant private secretary to the Queen, “will be joining the household later this summer as acting private secretary to both the Duke and Duchess of Sussex,” according to one Palace aide. A Daily Mail report suggested that Cohen, nicknamed “Samantha the Panther” for her no-nonsense style, will help Meghan and Harry through their first year of marriage, and that Meghan is preparing for “six months of listening” to the experienced aide.

Cohen, who will shortly complete her tenure working for the Queen, is one of Her Majesty’s most long-serving and trusted aides and has a wealth of experience. At the Palace, she is seen as a “safe pair of hands” and is well liked. She was personally selected by Harry to help his new bride navigate the early months of her new life as a royal.

Meghan Markle Is Getting Help from Both the Queen and Kate Middleton’s Trusted Advisers by Josh Duboff and Katie Nichol at Vanity Fair




When reached by The Hollywood Reporter, a rep for Freeman provided the following statement from the actor: “Anyone who knows me or has worked with me knows I am not someone who would intentionally offend or knowingly make anyone feel uneasy. I apologize to anyone who felt uncomfortable or disrespected — that was never my intent.”

Multiple Women Accuse Morgan Freeman of Sexual Harassment, Inappropriate Behavior” by Evan Real for The Hollywood Reporter




But one could perceive Ragland softly reeling beneath her composure. Her lips trembled as her daughter walked down the aisle. She cried gently. When Curry spoke about the example of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the power of radical, social love, she nodded unreservedly; when the East London choir roused the room with Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me,” she swayed. Sometimes the cameras would catch Ragland as if she were in a trance, lost in some intimate thought.

The Profound Presence of Doria Ragland by Doreen St. Felix at The New Yorker




But one hundred years after the puff piece floated into our consciousness, it is being swept aside by a new kind of celebrity profile, developed within a newly engaged culture. It may be no less calculating than its predecessor, but its purpose is the opposite. Rather than meaning nothing, it means everything. The power piece positions itself as the celebrity profile as activism, and sometimes it even succeeds.

Vanity Foul by Soraya Roberts at The Baffler




“I think that there are people who were caught and there were people who were not caught, but the important thing is that they are forever changed. And if that’s the case, I don’t see any reason why they can’t continue being artists. Now, whether they’re popular artists or not is up to the audience. I have compassion. There are people that just deny everything they’re accused of and they continue to be the politicians or the filmmakers that they are. And there are people that come and say, I’m guilty of these things, and I’m wrong, and I want to be changed from this. And yet those are the ones that kind of are excommunicated forever. He’s my brother, so it’s hard. I may not have a very clear perspective on it, but I’m trying to.”

Sarah Silverman is the Troll-Slayer by Drew Magary at GQ



Have a fabulous weekend, kittens!



[Photo Credit: Michelle Obama/Instagram]

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