Thompson Lounge and Bar, Toronto, Canada
Bright! Bold! Colorful! These are your buzzwords for the week and also not coincidentally descriptions of today’s Lounge. Let’s all be bright, bold and colorful today, kittens! And if you feel you’re not up to the task of being bright, bold and/or colorful today, that’s okay too. Just enjoy the show and try again tomorrow.
Today is MONDAY. Sorry.
We got out and enjoyed a little bit of sun and fresh air this weekend, which was a tonic. Still not ready to go into any stores or restaurants, especially since no one seems to have a handle on what’s safe and what’s not when it comes to enclosed spaces (we remain completely befuddled by restaurants with signs that say you can’t enter without a mask, since the entire point of going to restaurant negates mask-wearing). As shooting resumes on TV series and films, and the Emmys are planning on going ahead with a ceremony, we remain a weensy bit hopeful that we won’t have such a hard time generating content by the time the summer’s over. We’ll see. Try and stay masked when you’re out, darlings. Otherwise, this sitch will go on indefinitely.
But enough super-cereal talk (as we used to say in the ’80s). The point of this lounge is fun, relaxation, and distraction, so have at it.
From Acting to Activism: Angelina Jolie Talks About the Global Refugee Crisis and Motherhood
As far as acting and filmmaking goes, Angelina Jolie has had some pretty enviable tutelage in her 45 years. Born to Hollywood royalty Jon Voight and the late Marcheline Bertrand, she studied at the prestigious Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute before starring in the likes of 1999’s Girl, Interrupted — earning her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2000 — and Clint Eastwood’s Changeling (2008). Then, for her directorial debut 2011’s In the Land of Blood and Honey, about the Bosnian War, she sought only the most experienced collaborators — casting actors from the Balkans whom she encouraged to consult on the production and dialogue. But it’s perhaps her humanitarian work with refugees that’s taught her the greatest lessons of all.
Meet Textured Waves, the Surf Collective Inviting More Women of Color Into the Water
On June 3, thousands of surfers gathered at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas, California, where they formed the word UNITY with their surfboards in the sand. They were there for the Paddle Out for Unity in Solidarity With Black Lives Matter. “We’re going to take the full 8 minutes and 46 seconds that George Floyd experienced in that brutal lynching that we watched on television,” speaker Selema Masekela said, asking the crowd to fall silent in Floyd’s honor. Those nearly nine minutes passed, then everyone picked up their boards and paddled into the waves together, chanting, “Black lives matter.”
How Mark Bradford and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth Are Reinventing Outdoor Art
“Many of the communities that they’re in are mostly populated with people of color, and many of the billboards that are peppered throughout that landscape are just kind of commercial advertisements, and predatory to the socioeconomic class of people residing there.” Through the project, adds Tiffany Wolf Smith, a fellow assistant curator of education, the Modern has seized an opportunity to “insert art directly into our communities outside of our museum walls.”
Nobel Peace Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai Graduates From Oxford
Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani activist who was shot and almost killed by the Taliban for promoting the right of girls to get an education and who, at age 17, became the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize, graduated from Oxford University this weekend.
“Hard to express my joy and gratitude right now as I completed my Philosophy, Politics and Economics degree at Oxford,” Malala, now 22, tweeted on Friday. She added, “I don’t know what’s ahead. For now, it will be Netflix, reading and sleep.”
How Micaiah Carter, Andre D. Wagner, Rahim Fortune and Other Photographers Are Investing In Black Visibility
For too long, default images of American life—from stock photos to high-grossing films—have been perpetuating a racist ideal that protestors are currently out in the streets decrying. Now, a group of Black photographers that includes Micaiah Carter, Andre D. Wagner, Rahim Fortune and Miranda Barnes have formed a collective to try to shift that paradigm.
The Bake Sale Returns to Its Political Roots
Bakers Against Racism and other groups of pastry chefs are reimagining the bake sale as a vehicle to raise money for political causes.
Bakers Against Racism is just one recent example of a modern and powerful grassroots movement fronted by pastry chefs who are reimagining the bake sale as a vehicle to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for political causes. “Bake sales are a form of protest,” says NYC-based pastry chef Natasha Pickowicz. “They are organizational frameworks that can be used to support or enforce certain values and movements.”
From Miss Juneteenth to Jezebel, Black Female Directors Lead a New Hollywood Vanguard
For too long, people have gotten away with not being able to list any Black female filmmakers. In recent years, some pointed to Ava DuVernay or Lena Waithe as the sole Black female creators they knew off the top of their heads—but there are more Black female filmmakers putting in the work for years who deserve to be recognized for their contributions to cinema.
Michelle Obama Wants You to Remember the Impact of a Single Vote
Former First Lady Michelle Obama talks to writer and producer Shonda Rhimes about why voting matters—maybe now more than ever.
“Voting is so much bigger than one election, one party, or one candidate. It’s great to feel inspired by candidates and the visions they put forth, but it is by no means a prerequisite to casting a ballot. Because at the end of the day, someone is going to be making the decisions about how much money your schools get and how tax money is distributed. Voting gives you a say in those matters. It can also be your way of saying that you care about your community and the people in it, that you are going to keep showing up and making your voice heard, even when the candidates don’t set your heart on fire. Because if you wait for that to happen, you might be waiting a long time. And meanwhile, the world moves on without you. But when we all vote, in all elections, we get the kind of responsive leadership that speaks for our families and our communities.”
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