Whitechapel Cocktail Lounge, San Francisco, USA
Let’s fight shape-shifting space monsters and/or a cabal of steampunk lesbian vampires in our fabulously sunless bunker today, darlings! Let’s create glowing, bubbling CONCOCTIONS! And then DRINK THEM! Wearing top hats and monocles! Why? Because the world outside our little bunker is hot, wild, and currently alternates between annoying af and totally horrifying, depending on what time of day it is. Sure, we might be overstating things a weensy bit, but doesn’t a cool, dark bar and a cabal of steampunk lesbian vampires sound so much more interesting than whatever you’ve got planned for today? Sit. Avoid reality for a little longer.
Speaking of which, today is WEDNESDAY. Raise a glass to Odin in thanks for getting you to this point.
We, for our parts, will be endeavoring to provide you with a succession of often frivolous posts and pictures, as God intends for us. In the meantime, while we’re putting all our little dog-and-ponies together, feel free to peruse our exquisitely curated menu of distractions while you settle in and prepare to tell us all about your day.
Happy Birthday, Pat Cleveland! Celebrating the Supermodel’s Iconic Beauty Moments
“I knew I’d never have Grace Kelly’s little nose or Rita Hayworth’s figure,” writes Pat Cleveland in her memoir Walking with the Muses. “But I could have bright red lips, lots of hair, and a job with Halston.”
Since being discovered on a subway platform by then Vogue fashion editor Carrie Donovan in 1966, the Harlem-born supermodel has spent her decades-long career breaking boundaries. Not just as a Black woman in a predominantly white industry, but as a beauty whose talent and charisma made her different.
Judith Harrison Is Remaking the NYPD’s Special Victims Division
Harrison is the first Black person and the third woman to ever lead the NYPD’s beleaguered Special Victims Division. After about a year on the job, has enough changed?
The New York Police Department’s Special Victims Division (SVD) is dedicated to investigating sexual offenses—yes, just like the characters do on the hit TV show inspired by the squad. But in March of 2018, New York’s Department of Investigation (DOI) released a report that found that SVD was grossly understaffed, mishandling cases, and prioritizing rapes by strangers over acquaintance-rape cases. Though the NYPD challenged many of the findings, it did implement some changes. Among its first actions was tapping Judith Harrison, a former precinct commanding officer with 21 years of experience, to lead the department into the future.
30 Rock Episodes Featuring Blackface Are Being Removed at Tina Fey’s Request
30 Rock executive producers Tina Fey and Robert Carlock requested that four episodes of the sitcom be pulled from streaming services and taken out of circulation due to various characters’ use of blackface.
“I understand now that ‘intent’ is not a free pass for white people to use these images,” Fey wrote. “I apologize for pain they have caused. Going forward, no comedy-loving kid needs to stumble on these tropes and be stung by their ugliness. I thank NBCUniversal for honoring this request.”
The One Where Jennifer Aniston and Lisa Kudrow Have a Glorious ‘Friends’ Reunion
Over video chat for Variety‘s Actors on Actors issue, as they discussed their work, Aniston and Kudrow laughed and reminisced. They also discussed the enduring popularity of “Friends,” and why they feel like the show worked so well. At one point, Aniston even referenced this classic bit with Ross, Chandler, Rachel and a couch, which was delightful.
How Leaders of the LGBTQ+ Community Are Celebrating Pride at Home
With the spirit of protest pervading 2020, there’s no stopping LGBTQ+ organizations and individuals from expressing Pride and promoting equality—even amid a global pandemic.
Pride was born out of protest. As the legend goes, it started with the throwing of a brick by a trans woman of color who was exasperated by the status quo. Her name was Marsha P. Johnson, and like all the patrons at the Stonewall Inn in June of 1969, she was fed up with the constant persecution of the LGBTQ+ community by the New York City Police Department. Her act of defiance would spark an uprising that would lead to demonstrations calling for justice and equality for her marginalized community—a rallying cry that 51 one years later is all too familiar.
The Haunting Beauty of a Hut-to-Hut Hike in the Dolomites
With their colossal limestone walls and gloriously green valleys, Italy’s Dolomites are home to some of the world’s most majestic scenery — and mountain huts called rifugios make it all the more accessible.
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