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It’s woody, it’s cozy, and you can’t even tell there’s a world outside. Today’s Lounge is PERFECT. Let’s all drink and then take naps in front of the fire. Then let’s wake up looking fabulous and do it all over again.
Today is THURSDAY. Please make a note of it.
As always, we don’t want to pretend the events of the last few weeks/months aren’t happening and we’d never suggest that anyone remain uninformed, but we really do think it’s important for everyone to take some time each day to unwind, un-process, and breathe a little. So in that light (a warm, comforting light), please take some time flipping through our daily distractions menu:
The 50 Most Powerful LGBTQ Players in Hollywood
LGBTQ representation in Hollywood is at an all-time high. Thanks to the showrunners driving authentic stories, filmmakers bucking decades-old heteronormative paradigms, actors emboldened to live more honestly and platforms bankrolling so much of it, being gay, queer, transgender or any other other has never been more widely embraced in the entertainment industry.
For its inaugural Pride issue, The Hollywood Reporter homed in on the talent and makers helping boost visibility and creating opportunities for members of the extended LGBTQ community. These 50-plus power players, from Laverne Cox to the cast of Queer Eye, each make a unique contribution — and share here where they first felt seen by Hollywood and what work still needs to be done to achieve equitable representation.
Social-Media Challenges That Are Too Complicated to Go Viral
“Put on Jeans” Challenge: Sorry, Levi’s, we’re never wearing jeans again. We’ve progressed to a highly developed sweatpants culture.
With so many challenges on the Internet, there are inevitably some that are either too hard or just not fun enough to get their fifteen seconds of fame. Here are a few challenges that were too complicated to go viral.
How Can I Become a Better White Ally?
Do not ask a POC to educate you. This work is on you.
As protests against racial violence in the country continue to escalate, many white people are asking, “Why are these riots happening?” and “Why are people so angry?” I’ve even seen: “I have feelings and I must share them right now!” and “All lives matter.” While some of these thoughts might be well-meaning, more often than not, the comments are actually extremely harmful.
15 Books About Race and Racism for Kids to Start the Dialogue at Home
The change starts with you.
As a Black mother to a Black son in America, there is a time in my life that I will have to sit my child down for the talk. No, the talk won’t be about the birds and the bees or the importance of putting the toilet seat down after he’s done using it. This talk will be about how to navigate and survive as a Black man. Whether this survival has to kick in during a random traffic stop or when he is jogging through a neighborhood, I will have to talk to him about how to stay alive and not be seen as a threat. My conversation with my child about race, racism, and discrimination is not optional, as it is my duty to protect him.
Like Its Complicated History, Banana Pudding Has Many Layers
Like our country, banana pudding was spurred by capitalism and is linked to the South—warranted or not. And though Americans lay claim to the confection, the fruit isn’t native to the land, and we weren’t the first to layer its ingredients in such a manner.
Dear Class of 2020
In an effort to celebrate recent high school and college graduates who weren’t able to participate in formal graduation ceremonies, YouTube is hosting Dear Class of 2020, a livestream special featuring appearances from a star-studded list of inspirational leaders and performers. Along with Barack and Michelle Obama, who will be delivering commencement addresses, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Lady Gaga, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Demi Lovato, Zendaya, Malala Yousafzai, Jennifer Lopez, Lizzo, and many others are slated to participate. Kicking off at 3 P.M. EST, the multi-hour program will feature talks on traditional graduation-day themes and live musical performances, as well as a crowd-sourced commencement speech featuring students from all around the world.
Ella Jones is Elected as the First Black and First Woman Mayor of Ferguson
Ms. Jones makes history in Missouri city that was the center of protests against police brutality in 2014.
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