The Daily T LOunge for June 8, 2020

Posted on June 08, 2020

Joben Bistro Bar, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

 

Put on your top hat. pince-nez, and leather trench coat because today’s Lounge is asking you to serve your best steampunk realness, darlings. We can’t say the comfy seating options are plentiful, but the lighting is flattering and the mood is dramatic. Perfect for kicking off your week.

That’s right. Today is MONDAY. You can do this.

We are feeling uncharacteristically optimistic and downright perky this a.m., but given our propensity for mood swings of late, that could change at any moment. The world outside the walls of T Lo Manor is opening up bit by bit, even as the storefronts in our neighborhood remain boarded up in response to all the protests. It’s a weird time. To say the least. Fortunately, we have a roster of posts in the pipeline for today, which means we are blessedly busy for the next several hours and you will have even more options for distraction today. Until then, please look over our daily specials to see if there’s anything that catches your fancy.

 

Activist Tamika D. Mallory on Her Viral Speech and What True Allyship Looks Like
When it comes to what true allyship looks like, Mallory says it’s a bit more complicated than, say, a black box. “It’s not about those who are not directly, or as severely, impacted by these injustices putting themselves at the center of the movement. We’ve seen it happen too many times,” she says. “It’s about amplifying the voices that are most impacted.” This extends to on-the-ground activism, too. At a protest, Mallory says, “a good ally places themselves in between the system and those people the system is harming, using their privilege to allow the voices of the impacted folks to be heard and protected.”

 

Get to Know Serendipitous Project, a Black-Owned Sustainable Jewelry Company with a Charitable Cause
As we continue to support black communities — now and always — shopping at black-owned businesses is one meaningful way to effect change. In 2019, Sydney Ziems founded her company, Serendipitous Project, with the goal of creating eco-friendly jewelry and accessories. Since then, she has created and sold countless pieces made with materials from the earth, such as sea glass, as well as vintage items from brands like Oscar de la Renta and Carolina Herrera. Now, Ziems is donating all of Serendipitous Project’s profits to the Minnesota Freedom Fund for two weeks. Vogue spoke to Sydney Ziems about how she uses her platform for good, what it means to be a black female business owner, and the importance of inclusivity.

 

The Stunning Intricacies of an Uzbek Wedding Captured by One Photographer
Photographer Olya Shurygina has long had ties to Uzbekistan. For more than three years, Shurygina spent several months in the Central Asian country retracing her roots. Her grandmother was born in Uzbekistan and was a pattern designer in the city of Margilan in the Fergana Valley, a region that has long been famous for its textile manufacturing. When Shurygina first visited Uzbekistan, she observed how it felt like women were front and center. “I began to notice how much a woman’s country it was,” she says over the phone in Russian from Moscow. “Sometimes I would go through the street and I wouldn’t even notice a man. The men all dress the same and modestly. The women are always bright.” In 2019, Shurygina traveled to a village in the Forish Valley, located roughly a four-hour ride southwest of Uzbekistan’s capital of Tashkent, where she documented a local wedding of a couple, Zarif and Machliye, whom she had met through a family friend.

 

We Need to Start Caring More About the People Who Feed Us
Experts weigh in on how we can best support food and agriculture workers during the pandemic—and beyond.

 

“We’ve Been Here All Along, Doing It With Style”: The Lesser-Known History of the Black Cowboy
Black cowboys and cowgirls have shown up to support Black Lives Matter this week, but their presence also symbolizes something much more. Black cowboys have long been part of American history: Historians estimate that during the 19th century, one in four cowboys was black. Many ranchers depended on these skilled black workers to herd their cattle, and many went on to become famous rodeo stars themselves, such as Bill Pickett, who invented the bulldogging technique.

 

J.K. Rowling Under Fire by L.G.B.T.Q. Groups Over Tweets
The creator of the “Harry Potter” series faced a backlash after she took aim at an article that referred to “people who menstruate.”

 

16 Black-Owned Bookstores To Shop From Today And Every Day
While some of the bookstores on this list are closed due to coronavirus, they all have extensive online catalogues from which you can order, and several shops extend their reach beyond books. For example, Harriett’s Bookshop in Philadelphia has an initiative called “Essentials for Essentials” where customers can purchase books for essential workers. It’s not enough to simply read—we must pour money into these communities so more initiatives like this can be established. From Washington, D.C. to Kentucky, Black-owned bookstores are everywhere and deserve your dollar. Below, ELLE.com’s list of 15 Black-owned bookstores to buy from today and always.

 

 

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