Nobu Bar and Restaurant, New York, USA
Kittens, grab a seat in today’s Lounge and prepare to feel important if not downright monumental in stature. We don’t know … we feel like Nobu’s one of those places that automatically corrects your posture when you walk in the door. You can’t not puff out your chest a little upon arriving. Or maybe that’s just us. Something about all those columns…
Anyway, today is WEDNESDAY. Attagirls.
We are prepared to note that this is officially our least productive week of the year so far. Book promoting has tapered off, and while there were plans for PRIDE month promotions, almost all of them have been put on hold because of recent events (i.e., the unprecedented 50-state protests against police brutality and in support of Black Lives Matters, in case anyone’s reading this in the farflung future and has no idea to what we’re referring). Similarly, the current state of affairs makes it exceedingly difficult for any digital publication to provide content because many people feel sites like ours should be put on pause; others feel that discussion of fashion and celebrities and pop culture is a waste of time at the moment. This isn’t complaining on our parts. We are fully supportive of having difficult conversations during a time of social upheaval and we understand the need for many to take a break from the frivolous while they’re trying to do difficult work. Many sites have risen to the challenge by having their writers focus on BLM and on topics of culture related to it. But this is one of the few times in our publishing history where we don’t feel we can position ourselves as the alternative to corporate media or larger digital publications. The fact of the matter is, when you want a publication to turn itself over to an important issue, that means you want their editorial and writing staffs to devote their resources to it. When a site is published by only two people – both of them white men – it means you’re just going to be getting the same limited perspective over and over again. That’s fine for pop culture and fashion reviews – in fact, we’ve always argued it’s our greatest strength as a tiny publication. But when larger issues need to take center stage – and when your two lovely hosts sit entirely outside the demographic most qualified to discuss those issues – content becomes almost impossible, especially since we’re in a time where pop culture has more or less been on a three-month pause along with everyone else. Short answer: As proud as we are of our site, we don’t have BIPOC staff members who can lead discussions on race or write pop culture stories from their own perspectives.
As we’ve said many a time regarding our blogging success: it all comes down to reading the zeitgeist and knowing your lane. We will continue to speak out about matters of racism or transphobia or misogyny or homophobia as they intersect with culture, but we think this is definitely a time when the voices of those most qualified to speak on – and most impacted by – these subjects should be leading the conversation.
Which isn’t to say we don’t have a mandate to provide folks with a place to recharge their batteries or distract themselves. We’ve got a few posts in the pipeline today and of course, you can always peruse the daily specials on our menu of distractions:
Can I Travel Internationally This Summer? These Are the Countries Beginning to Reopen For Tourists
Curious about international travel? As the pandemic ebbs, some countries are beginning to ease travel restrictions. But not completely: many places, for example, are only allowing domestic visitors or those from certain cherry-picked countries. Others have mandatory 14-day quarantines. And that’s if you can even land at their airport: due to decreased demand, airlines have slashed their flight schedules by up to 70 percent. As the summer ramps up, and with it, the traditional vacation season, many are left wondering: where should I—and where can I—go?
How Hollywood Found Mira Sorvino (Again)
Jeanne Crandall was originally an afterthought in Hollywood, Netflix’s latest offering from Ryan Murphy. The glitzy revisionist history reimagines what Tinseltown might have looked like if the gatekeepers of post–WW II entertainment sought to create a more inclusive film industry. Hollywood mixes real-life screen icons like Rock Hudson and Hattie McDaniel with fictional creations like Crandall, a blonde bombshell whose glamorous exterior camouflages the rejection she’s endured as a casualty of the Hollywood dream machine. She is styled after Lana Turner and Marilyn Monroe. Or if you’re like Murphy and think in more contemporary terms, Mira Sorvino.
New Photo of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip Released to Celebrate the Prince’s 99th Birthday
The portrait was taken earlier this month at Windsor Castle.
Prince Philip is entering his 100th year on June 10, and the royal family is celebrating by releasing a new photograph of Philip and Queen Elizabeth.
The sweet image was taken at Windsor Castle on June 1. For the dual portrait, Philip donned a Household Division tie, and the Queen wore a dress by Angela Kelly (her long-serving dressmaker) paired with the Cullinan V brooch. The heart-shaped diamond at the center of the brooch was fitting for the occasion.
Black Communities Have Always Used Food as Protest
For 500 years, Black communities in America have sustained and supported protest through food.
Black people in America have used food as a means of resistance, rebellion, and revolution since being forcefully brought here in the late 1500s. Food has always been a part of the culture and identity of Black communities and has played a role as a source of both comfort and strength for a people constantly subject to abuse, discrimination, and misunderstanding.
Why Gone With the Wind Was Temporarily Removed From HBO Max
The Oscar-winning 1939 film will return with new material framing its racist tropes and positive depiction of slave owners.
As Civil War monuments fall around the country, so does one that was rendered in film. Gone With the Wind is one of the most popular films in history—but its upbeat depiction of slavery, racist stereotypes, and other outdated aspects of its story has made it too toxic to stand alone.
That was the determination of HBO Max, which removed the film from its streaming service Tuesday night amid the protests in the United States over racial injustice, sparked by the killing of George Floyd beneath the knee of a Minneapolis police officer. His death has led to widespread demonstrations and a reckoning over longstanding wrongs throughout all corners of the culture.
The Most Interesting New Museum Is a Vintage Shop in Brooklyn
BLK MKT Vintage wants to be the “Blackest antique store there ever was.” But in trying to make Black cultural ephemera accessible to their community, its founders have revealed how often white curators control the narrative.
BLK MKT Vintage is a time capsule that’s not buried in a backyard, but in a storefront on the corner of Marcus Garvey Boulevard and Decatur Street in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. It’s the result of years of purposeful excavation by its owners, Jannah Handy and Kiyanna Stewart, a couple whose love for vintage almost eclipses their love for each other. Inside, the exposed brick is peppered with memorabilia from the NAACP, and a Howard University 1981 yearbook is at home in its library. Minnie Riperton’s falsetto comes through the speakers, followed by Lil Baby’s mumble. It is a fitting evocation of the soft and harsh fullness of the Black experience.
[Photo Credit: nycgo.com]