The Daily T LOunge for July 9, 2020

Posted on July 09, 2020

Bond Bar, Melbourne, Australia


Let’s all head underground and be fabulous together, darlings! It’s hot out and everything having to do with the so-called “real world” kinda blows at the moment, so grab your cha-cha heels and your coke mirror and let’s HIT THE DANCE FLOOR! Or you can sit on the sidelines and drink Long Island Iced Teas all night. We’re not here to tell you how to live your tacky fantasies. We’re just here to provide you the backdrop for them. This looks like the kind of spot in which a person could get themselves into the right kind of trouble, so have at it. Let the fantasies fly. Go make out with a stranger in a dark corner. Go get into a fistfight in the ladies room. Go clear the dance floor with your fine-ass moves. Go flirt with obvious gangsters and bad dudes. Or just strut around the perimeter making sure everyone can see your killer outfit and how well you’re filling it out. The club is yours. Do what you want with it.

Also, today is THURSDAY. Which is kind of good news, if you think about it.

Things are pretty uneventful around T Lo Manor, with the big question of the day being “Waffles for breakfast? Or should we wait until the weekend?” We’re trying to be good here, you see. “Good” being a relative term, of course. At the moment, we’re defining it as “Hey, let’s NOT eat a cake every three days,” but that definition could change at any time. We’ll keep you updated on our efforts to be good people. In the mean time, please peruse the farm-to-table offerings on our Menu of Daily Distractions:


The Hairstyling Industry Has a Racism Problem, and It Starts With Beauty School
While it differs from state to state in the U.S., a hairstylist typically needs a high school degree or GED credential to apply to cosmetology school, and once admitted into a program, is usually enrolled for nine to twelve months before graduating with an associate’s degree in cosmetology. Then, to work as a professional hairstylist, a hairdressing license is required. After completing an accredited training program, and accumulating set hours of training, the final step is a hairstylist license exam. In terms of the courses and curriculum, there is a dramatic lack of exposure to textured hair. “In the beauty schools, you don’t learn how to do texture,” says celebrity hairstylist Tippi Shorter. “You really only learn how to do the bare minimum, understanding color theory and how to do basic hair cuts and a basic blow dry, to pass a board exam to get your license. I went to school for 1,600 hours, and we probably spent about five of those hours working on hair that wasn’t naturally straight. So as a stylist, you come out with very basic knowledge, and it’s not a culture that speaks to texture because their whole philosophy is about making hair straight.”


Meet Garden Marcus, the TikTok Plantfluencer Brimming With Positivity
In a sea of TikTok influencers, Garden Marcus is not only a trove of information if you’re looking to flex your green thumb, but a balm for the pandemic-induced chaos happening in the world.
Since launching his TikTok channel in December 2019, Marcus Bridgewater—aka Garden Marcus—has become a guru on the platform, relating botany to humanity. The Houston-based gardening enthusiast, who has been compared to Bob Ross and Mister Rogers, can often be found disseminating monologues, for instance, about how “uprooting and relocating has to be done with care” while detailing the removal of an asparagus fern or about the significance of perseverance from his attempts to grow a sweet potato plant four times.


The Best Summer Movies of 2020 (and Their Changing Release Dates)
The pandemic is rocking summer’s blockbuster slate. Here, the biggest films—and their shifting premiere dates—to keep on your radar.
Summer is typically the season when the box office is bursting at the seams with moneymaking franchises, star-studded blockbusters, and top-grossing headliners that producers want as many moviegoers as possible to see. But with the looming virus, we can’t help but wonder what summer 2020 will like, and how dark the brightest season for movies will actually get. Below, we’re highlighting the must-sees the season has and had slated, but know that many of them won’t see a theater until next year. Keep an eye on this space for updates. Fingers crossed, we’re back in the red velvet saddle soon.


Diane Keaton Wears Many Hats—Here’s a Look at All of Them
The Oscar-winner and fashion icon took to Instagram to give us a peek inside her collection.
A hat is a hat is a hat, except when it’s Diane Keaton’s hat—or her extensive hat collection, which she’s now revealing to the world. In recent months we’ve all seen how celebs can miss the mark on creating content while in lockdown. But Diane Keaton, Oscar-winner, fashion icon, and Instagram influencing underdog, never seems to fail us.


Inside Camilla’s Quarantine Turnaround
Embracing social media and offering glimpses into her life at home with Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall has come across as accessible and relatable during the pandemic—while keeping the focus on the issues close to her heart.
Alongside her husband Charles, the Prince of Wales, the duchess has been one of the most high-profile senior royals during the pandemic—despite the lockdown, we’ve seen more of Camilla than ever. Dressed down in her favorite jeans and comfy flat pumps, in her appearances from quarantine, the duchess has come across as accessible and relatable. From her down-to-earth video messages to her efforts to shine the spotlight on causes close to her heart to leading the national tributes on V-E Day, Camilla has been center stage and she has never looked happier.


Autistic Women Are Thriving on TikTok
When Chloé Hayden, known online as Princess Aspien, first joined TikTok to share videos about One Direction, she didn’t consider using it as a platform for advocacy. Now 22, she’s been posting about autism on her blog since she was 16. But as it took her a while to realize, “there’s actually a huge, really beautiful autistic community on TikTok, and they’re all doing incredible things.” She’s one of them: from “rating the places I’ve had meltdowns” to listing “autism traits in girls,” Chloé’s empathetic, warm videos can be funny and lighthearted, but they’re also a valuable learning tool for both other autistic people and neurotypical viewers.


The Chicks Are Done Caring What People Think
The trio formerly known as the Dixie Chicks is returning with its first album in 14 years, at peace with an industry that’s never made nice.
The women formerly known as the Dixie Chicks have survived the good old boys of country music, a legal battle with their record label, a feud with a president and arguably the first attempted cancellation of the internet era. As they plotted their comeback — writing their first album together in 14 years — they decided to have a little bit of fun with their reputation. So they called up restaurants across America with menu items named after the band.


Javicia Leslie becomes first Black actor to play Batwoman
She will star as a new character, Ryan Wilder, taking over from Ruby Rose, who left after only one season of playing Kate Kane.
“I am extremely proud to be the first black actress to play the iconic role of Batwoman on television, and as a bisexual woman, I am honoured to join this groundbreaking show, which has been such a trailblazer for the LGBTQ+ community,” she said in a statement.
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