Super Lyan Bar, Amsterdam, Netherlands
The sun may be shining outside the windows of T Lo Manor this morning, but we are completely in the mood for sitting in a cool, dark, colorfully soothing lounge. Who needs all that heat and light? Who feels like dodging other people on the sidewalk? Not us. Sit us down in the dark and hand us something that will tingle our tongues when we wash it down.
Today is TUESDAY. Savor it.
The Oscars have been pushed back two months, which means almost all of the other major cinema awards ceremonies will also be pushed back. We find ourselves wondering what this will mean for the upcoming Oscar campaigns. These things are our bread-and-butter, because several months of big stars wearing high-end fashion while they poledance for industry recognition is how Daddy Tom and Papa Lorenzo make their dolla bills. Will the campaigns start later or will they start around the usual time and just last longer? We’ve gotta say, we’re hoping for the latter. Two extra months of gowns and luncheons would make up for the arid desert of celebrity fashion the last few months have been.
Anyway, please peruse today’s Menu of Distractions and hit up anything that catches your eye.
Shea Couleé’s Drag Race Look Has a Deeper Meaning
It made for a powerful message that surpassed just aesthetics, especially as the Black Lives Matter movement continues to gain momentum across the nation along with anti-racism protests. While the episode was filmed last year, the statement resonated today. It was clear and dead-on: I am beautiful.
A Vibrant New Campaign Created By an All-Native Cast and Crew
For this particular assortment, Good Day didn’t want to reinvent or modernize her traditions, rather focus on developing prints and patterns that are completely authentic to her tribes. “There is much appropriation in the fashion world when it comes to non-Indigenous designers using or being ‘inspired by’ Indigenous designs,” she says. “I really hope to be an example of culturally-appropriate Native fashion.”
Dominique Jackson Is Ready for Her Next Steps as an Icon and Advocate
The ‘Pose’ star gets candid about the ups-and-downs of being a vocal member of the transgender community.
“When I see people that are gender fluid and non-binary just living their lives, and coming to work…that brings me back,” she says. “Sometimes I just look around and I go, Look at God. The same God that they told us didn’t love us is the same God that has us all here in this space working together.”
Whitney Houston’s ’80s Outfits Were Full of Timeless Fashion Lessons
Whenever we hear the name Whitney Houston, we can’t help but reflect on her spectacular career. Almost immediately, songs such as “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” pop into our head, and we suddenly feel the urge to rewatch The Bodyguard or 1997’s Cinderella (arguably the best version), in which she played the Fairy Godmother. And, let’s not forget the late artist’s outfits — specifically, the ones she wore in the ’80s. Houston stuck to a signature style, and never shied away from sequined, printed, and embellished designs. A true fashion icon.
The Female Muralists Behind Black Lives Matter’s Most Visceral Imagery
Five artists from around the country who are building solidarity with symbolism.
Following the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police in May, striking street art began cropping up on buildings, in alleyways, and across busy highways.
Just steps from where Floyd was killed, his face appeared on the side of a grocery store surrounded by a sunflower representing longevity and loyalty. Chicago artists worked overnight on this powerful portrait of Breonna Taylor, who was shot and killed by police in her own home. In D.C., the pavement where people are marching against policy brutality has itself become part of the protest.
Without systemic change, murals are just window dressing. But artists know their collective response to police brutality can help focus attention on action that matters. We spoke to five women all over the country building solidarity with symbolism.
Where to Donate to Support Black Trans Lives
Here are just a few ways to materially support the Black transgender and gender nonconforming community.
As more and more people take to the streets demanding justice for Black lives lost to police violence, the protests are also beginning to shed light on an “epidemic” of violence waged against Black transgender people.
Last year, the Human Rights Campaign found at least 26 deaths of transgender people, the majority of whom were Black women. This year, at least 14 transgender or gender nonconforming people have been killed.
People across the world are fighting back against transphobic cruelty. In Brooklyn, New York, on Sunday, 15,000 people donning white participated in a silent march for Black trans lives, a historic protest dubbed Brooklyn Liberation by organizers.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Why ‘Gone With the Wind’ Needs a Warning Label, Not a Ban
The Hollywood Reporter’s columnist says that though such racist content is damaging, “we need a way to present art within its historical context so the works can still be available and appreciated for their achievements but not admired for their cultural failings.”
Why the Supreme Court’s Decision Is an LGBT+ Victory 43 Years in the Making
[Yesterday’s] Supreme Court decision in Bostock v. Clayton County finally makes employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity illegal across the United States. Until [yesterday], a person could be fired for simply being gay or transgender with no questions asked in 17 states (including two of the three most populated, Texas and Florida). Several other states only had protections for employees in the public sector. The decision, written (somewhat surprisingly) by Trump-appointee Neil Gorsuch, concluded that the LGBT+ community is protected under the Civil Rights act.
The National Book Critics Circle Has Imploded
Those hopes faded as quickly as they materialized. Just as the group was about to share the statement with the world, their organization began to fracture and then implode, joining a number of cultural institutions across America that have erupted into conflict in recent weeks over issues of race, power, and structural inequality. Over the past several days, more than half of the National Books Critics Circle’s 24 board members, which had included six people of color, have resigned in a flurry of recriminations over racism, privacy concerns, and political correctness. Some who remain are uncertain whether or how the organization will continue to exist at all.
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