The Daily T LOunge for June 9, 2020

Posted on June 09, 2020

Scarfes Bar and Lounge, London, England


Today’s Lounge looks like a fantastic place to get together with a small gang and have a good old-fashioned gossip sesh over cocktails. We, for our parts, have just completed our regularly scheduled freakout about our inbox, which is groaning under the weight of months of lockdown, the distraction of our book promotion, and the ongoing epic saga that is the modern blogger’s attempt to generate on-brand content In These Uncertain Times. If you’ve sent us an email in the past few months and it went unanswered, trust: we are trying our best over here. And if you reached out about a book club appearance or any sort of book-related material, trust: we are going to get those decks cleared soon. We figure if we speak this out into the universe, it will help us get our shit together, but we also figured we’d throw the topic out to you guys. What part of your daily routine utterly broke down in the last few months? Is anyone else suffering from Inbox Anxiety at the mo?

Also: today is TUESDAY. Remember to enjoy it all day.

Distractions? We’ve got a few, but then again too few to mention:


This Couple Got Married Alongside a Black Lives Matter Protest in Philadelphia
Kerry Anne and Michael Gordon were initially meant to have their dream wedding on May 26, 2020. But as the pandemic made it clear that their original date would need to be postponed, the couple set their sights on a new concept: a “micro” wedding on June 6, 2020. What they didn’t realize, even then, was that the world would be turned upside down yet again, this time in the form of worldwide protests for justice and equality and the Black Lives Matter movement—and that they would eventually become a symbol of hope and love for thousands.


In Harlem, a Group of Black Men Pays Their Respects to George Floyd in Impeccable Style
When stylist Gabriel M. Garmon initially put the call out on social media about a demonstration in remembrance of George Floyd, he had hopes that 100 or so other Black men might join him on the march through Harlem this past Thursday. The invitation encouraged participants to wear a suit, a shirt and tie, or “your best,” as a mark of respect to Floyd, whose funeral in Minneapolis would coincide with the event, a dress code that he felt his community of Black fashion creatives would appreciate. “We wanted to honor him and our other lost brothers and sisters in a way that felt appropriate,” says Garmon who organized the event with the help of friends and fellow Black creatives Brandon Murphy and Harold Waight.


Paramount Is Making Selma Free To Rent For The Entire Month Of June
Filmmaker Ava DuVernay announced on her Instagram account that her 2014 movie, Selma, is going to be available to rent for free on all digital platforms, thanks to Paramount Pictures. The film follows the story of the 1965 civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.


Virtual Museum Mile Festival
Eight New York City museums normally join forces on the evening of the second Tuesday in June for a massive block party that runs up Fifth Avenue from 82nd to 110th Street. And this year these cultural institutions—The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Neue Galerie New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; The Jewish Museum; Museum of the City of New York; El Museo del Barrio; and The Africa Center—are going even bigger. From 9 A.M. to 9 P.M. E.D.T., each museum will host virtual exhibition tours, artist talks, music and dance performances, and other cultural happenings, streamed across their respective websites and social media platforms. The schedule will be listed on each participating museum’s website and you can also follow the hashtag #VirtualMuseumMile across Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to keep up with the action.


Cicely Tyson Receives Peabody Career Achievement Award
The actress was honored by Oprah Winfrey in a video released online, thanking Tyson for “not just paving the way for me and every other black woman who dared to have a career in entertainment, but being the way—standing for the truth in your art in all ways. And allowing us to be lifted by the light of your illustrious life.”


Daniel Radcliffe Responds to J.K. Rowling’s Tweets on Gender Identity
“I realize that certain press outlets will probably want to paint this as in-fighting between J.K. Rowling and myself, but that is really not what this is about, nor is it what’s important right now. While Jo is unquestionably responsible for the course my life has taken, as someone who has been honored to work with and continues to contribute to The Trevor Project for the last decade, and just as a human being, I feel compelled to say something at this moment.”


As the Art World Goes Online, a Generation Gap Opens
Young collectors are still viewing and buying pieces, but they’re spending far less time and money than their older counterparts once did. That’s a problem for the industry.


Bon Appétit Editor Adam Rapoport Resigns
The move comes hours after a photo of him resurfaced on social media, drawing condemnations from the staff for a stereotypical depiction of Puerto Ricans.


Shearing Sheep, and Hewing to Tradition, on an Island in Maine
In a remote area of Maine, the Wakeman family maintains the traditions of island shepherding, the cycles of which have been largely unchanged for centuries.


The Help Star Bryce Dallas Howard Thinks Everyone Should Be Watching a Different Movie
The Help is a fictional story told through the perspective of a white character and was created by predominantly white storytellers,” Howard said. “We can all go further.⁣”
Bryce Dallas Howard would like everybody to know that The Help is probably not the best movie to watch right now. As the country grapples with police brutality and racial inequality, spurring explosive protests met with violence by aggressive, militarized cops, The Help has become one of the most popular movies on Netflix—a predictable but still astonishing bit of face-palmery. In a Facebook post on Sunday, Howard, who played the racist villain in the film, gently reminded followers that there are much more relevant offerings they could be watching right now.




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