The Daily T LOunge for June 25, 2020

Posted on June 25, 2020

Lumen Bar and Lounge at The St. Regis, Rome, Italy


ELEGANZA! Italian style! Darlings, let’s all pretend we’re wearing fabulous but uncomfortable shoes and the most flattering outfits which were designed alta moda, just for us. It’s easier than actually putting on clothing, wouldn’t you say? Now grab a seat and let the Prosecco flow!

Today is THURSDAY. You can do this.

We don’t appear to have much to muse about this morning. Businesses are opening up all around us and we’re treating it all very gingerly. Folks outside our windows are still at only about 50% mask usage, and that’s not good enough for your ol’ pals T Lo to consider getting their hair cut or sitting in a restaurant. We wish (more than anything) that we could throw all caution to the wind, but for now, it’s looking like our personal lockdown has been extended through at least the fall.

But enough depressing bullshit! How are YOU feeling, dolls? Enjoy our menu of distractions if you need a moment:


After the Pandemic, We’ll Finally Have to Address the Impossible State of Motherhood
To moms in 2020, this passage will likely feel uncannily familiar. Swap out the phone call for a Zoom meeting, the newspapers for Twitter, and school for whatever screen time might pass as remotely educational, and this woman’s morning is nearly identical to most of mine. The pandemic has forced many mothers to accept a bumpy ride in a time machine toward a cramped past where our identities are whittled down to stale gender norms, where we become subsumed by domestic output and carework. It’s become uncomfortably clear that the fundamental drivers of the way our society devalues mothers never really went away — modern life just got better at covering them up.


First, They Saved Lives. Now, Nurses Want To Save America.
Americans want a better healthcare system. Who knows it better than a nurse?
“Even nurses who would never consider themselves political are now understanding really directly how policy decisions impact their practice and their patients’ experience.”


André Leon Talley on the Influential Black Fashion Designers You Should Know
The legendary fashion journalist and Elizabeth Way, co-curator of The Museum at FIT’s “Black Fashion Designers” virtual exhibition, talk with about decades of overlooked American fashion history.
In 2017, The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology presented “Black Fashion Designers,” a groundbreaking exhibition that examines the significant, but often-unrecognized, impact that Black designers have had on fashion. The expansive survey featured approximately 75 looks by more than 60 designers from the past eight decades. These designers included 1950s society dressmaker Ann Lowe, who designed Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’s wedding dress; 1970s bright stars Stephen Burrows and Scott Barrie, who defined the disco era’s glamorous body-con style; and rising talents of today, like LaQuan Smith and Pyer Moss designer Kerby Jean-Raymond.


‘Gone With the Wind’ Returns to HBO Max, With Context
Now, before the film plays on the service, it is preceded by a video from TCM host and University of Chicago cinema and media studies professor Jacqueline Stewart, who tells viewers, “You’re about to see one of the most enduringly popular films” of all time, but warns “the film has been repeatedly protested, dating back to the announcement of its production” due to its romantic depiction of the antebellum South and stereotypical Black characters.


Superman Meets Picard: Henry Cavill and Patrick Stewart on Their Life-Changing Roles
On “The Witcher,” Henry Cavill sheds Superman’s suit in favor of weighty armor and a blond wig to battle monsters as Geralt of Rivia, adapted from Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski’s fantasy books. The call to save humankind is nothing new for Patrick Stewart. In “Star Trek: Picard,” Stewart returns to the captain’s chair of the USS Enterprise; he first played Picard in 1987, when ”Star Trek: The Next Generation” launched. And years before Cavill became Superman on the big screen, he met his own hero — Stewart — on a theater audition that he would never forget. They talked to each other over video chat for Variety.


NASA Names Headquarters After Its First Black Female Engineer, Mary Jackson
Jackson’s contributions received widespread attention after the release of the 2016 film “Hidden Figures,” which chronicled black women’s work during the space race.
NASA announced on Wednesday that it would name its Washington, D.C., headquarters after Mary Jackson, the organization’s first black female engineer and a pivotal player in helping U.S. astronauts reach space. Jim Bridenstine, the administrator of NASA, said the agency would continue to honor those whose histories have long been overlooked.


Jenny Slate Apologizes for Voicing a Black Character on Big Mouth and Resigns
Slate will leave the Netflix comedy after its already completed fourth season. Soon after her decision, Kristen Bell revealed she would no longer voice a biracial character on Central Park.
Within hours on Wednesday, Jenny Slate and Kristen Bell respectively announced they will no longer provide the voices to biracial characters on streaming animated comedy series. On the Netflix series “Big Mouth,'”Slate played Missy, a hormonal teen whose mother is white and whose father is Black. “At the start of the show, I reasoned with myself that it was permissible for me to play ‘Missy’ because her mom is Jewish and white — as am I,” Slate wrote on Instagram. “But ‘Missy’ is also Black and Black characters on an animated show should be played by Black people.”




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