The Daily T LOunge for August 12, 2020

Posted on August 12, 2020

Raised by Wolves Bar – San Diego, CA, USA

 

Let’s all throw our heads back and howl to the sky today, kittens! Do it for your own reasons or do it for no reason at all, but we guarantee it’ll feel good. Just don’t do it in public or folks might look at you a bit funny.

Today is WEDNESDAY. Hurray.

Yesterday was the first time in five months that everything in our grocery order was exactly what we asked for. T Lo’s favorite toilet paper is back! We got two big-ass containers of Lysol Wipes! Oh, everything is NORMAL AGAIN! Haha, just kidding. The very fact of us cheering on toilet paper is a pretty big indicator of just how weird these times are. In other news, our fam is in early talks to have some sort of combination Thanksgiving/Christmas dinner in early fall, while the weather’s still warm enough for us to gather outside. Again, it almost feels normal until you start thinking about why you’re planning a big turkey dinner for some time in late September. But normalcy’s over-rated and we’ve all got to make some sort of new normal for ourselves until the world starts looking like the one we remember. We went mask-shopping online yesterday because the New Normal is about making masks fashion instead of simply walking around like you’re about to commit surgery on someone. We had an extended debate as to whether we could wear floral print masks. We’ve got plenty of floral shirts and even some floral shorts, but the prospect of flowers blooming on our faces made us pause. We’re still working on that one.

Anyway, what’s your latest concession to the New Normal? And as always, if you don’t feel like pondering too much, you can always check out our artisanal selection of distractions:

 

100 Influential Women on Why They’re Voting in the 2020 Election
With fewer than 100 days until Election Day, Marie Claire asked 100 influential women—celebrities, politicians, activists, authors, and business leaders—to share their personal reason for casting a ballot this fall. We hope their answers inspire you to register to vote, then safely head to the polls (or mail in your ballot!) this November. Read the responses, below, then join the conversation using the hashtag #WhyImVoting to make your voice heard.
Former First Lady Michelle Obama on why she votes: “I’m voting for two reasons. First – it’s something I do every election. I grew up seeing my father, who had multiple sclerosis, vote in every election no matter what. He knew just how important it was to make his voice heard and do his part to ensure we have competent leaders in office. I’m not just talking about president of the United States; I’m talking about mayors, governors, senators, county supervisors, and everyone else. We need them all to have our best interests at heart. These folks make decisions that affect our daily lives – from how our schools are run to how our neighborhoods are policed to how our tax dollars are used. And voting is how we make sure the leaders in office reflect our values. When we all vote, we take our power back. And that’s the other big reason I’m voting: because this election could not be important, especially at a time of such uncertainty and upheaval. The truth is, a lot of folks are hoping we start questioning the power of our votes. So we’ve got to get registered and turn out – in person or through our mail-in ballots. It’s the surest path to achieve the changes that we seek.”

 

In a Newport Cemetery, Pre-Raphaelite Muses Are Resurrected
For years, a towering tumble of wisteria and ivy stood in Newport, Rhodes Island’s Island Cemetery. Though beguiling, few really noticed the verdant mass, located in a part of the cemetery frequented mainly by dog walkers. An even smaller group knew of the architecture beneath: the Belmont Chapel, completed in the spring of 1888 by financier August Belmont in honor of his daughter Jane Pauline, who passed suddenly at the age of 19.
Piotr Uklanski—the Polish-American artist famous for his revisionist histories of art, artists, and their female muses—now presents seven paintings in the chapel, directly inspired by seven Pre-Raphaelite works, in a show titled, Suicide Stunners’ Séance.

 

Unzipped at 25: Isaac Mizrahi and Douglas Keeve Weigh In on Their Iconic Fashion Documentary
The transitory nature of fashion makes it a tricky subject for a film, because it dates easily. Unzipped, which was well-received when it was first released, has stood the test of time. The film is ostensibly a story about the making of a collection, a subject that has been taken up by many a filmmaker since, but Keeve’s film is ultimately bigger than fashion, and that’s what has given it legs. In essence, Unzipped is an intimate and loving look at Mizrahi (who was dating Keeve at the time the movie was made), and a record of the process of creation, which is an intangible mixture of magic and madness. As an independent designer, Mizrahi is David to the industry’s Goliath. Caught in the endless cycle of seasons, he’s also like Sisyphus, pushing to the top of the hill. The goal is a fashion show—“the most wonderful 20 minutes of a designer’s life,” as Mizrahi puts it—and then it’s right back to the drawing board.

 

Being Black on Stage
Three of musical theater’s biggest stars pull back the curtain on the rampant tokenism and racism in the industry.
Musical theater has long had its “Black shows”: Motown, Dreamgirls, Porgy and Bess, The Color Purple, Ain’t Too Proud. It’s also long had its share of racism. For years, Les Misérables has been one of a few shows that employs color-conscious casting, with a revolving door of Asian, Latina, and Black leading women. But when it comes to coveted parts like Elphaba and Glinda in Wicked, Johanna in Sweeney Todd, and Cinderella in, well, Cinderella, for example, Black female leads are few and far between. Even when Black actresses have landed those roles and created firsts, it has often gone underreported.

 

A Look Back at Shirley Chisholm’s 1972 Presidential Run, in Photos
Kamala Harris is now the first Black woman to appear on a major political party’s presidential ticket—Chisholm paved the way for this moment.
There’s no question that Shirley Chisholm made history. The Brooklyn-born daughter of immigrants became the first African American woman elected to Congress, and then the first woman and African American to seek the nomination for president of the United States (as a Democrat in 1972). While unsuccessful in her presidential bid, Chisholm’s candidacy inspired millions in itself. She’d go on to serve in Congress for a total of 22 years, and be posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Today, Joe Biden announced Kamala Harris as his Vice Presidential pick, making her the first Black woman to run on a major political party’s presidential ticket. There’s no doubt that Chisholm’s candidacy paved the way for this moment. Inspired by Harris’s historic nomination, we took a look back at the real-life Chisholm’s groundbreaking 1972 presidential campaign.

 

Poldark Star Aidan Turner to Play Leonardo Da Vinci in New Series
A recently released clip shows Turner’s portrayal of the famed artist, engineer, and inventor in the upcoming series, Leonardo.
Poldark fans prepare yourselves; actor Aidan Turner has a big role coming up.
Turner is set to play Leonardo Da Vinci in the upcoming international drama series, Leonardo. The show, co-created by The Man In The High Castle writer Frank Spotnitz, will tell the story of the famed artist, engineer, and inventor. It will take place in the 15th and 16th centuries, during Da Vinci’s lifetime, and hopes to uncover little known stories about the genius.

 

Kamala Harris Gives New Meaning to the Biden Campaign
Biden has consistently said that he is just a “transitional” figure—a generational bridge. Now we know a bit more about who may come next.
The news of Joe Biden’s Vice-Presidential pick, when it finally came, arrived by a cheery text sent a little after 4:15 p.m. Tuesday to the campaign’s supporters. “Joe Biden here. Big news: I’ve chosen Kamala Harris as my running mate. Together, we’ll beat Donald Trump.” It was big, important, historic news—Harris is the first African-American woman and first person of Asian descent to be nominated to a major-party national ticket—and yet, in the moment, it was dimmed by the enforced anti-spectacle of Zoom. On cable television, ex-senators and columnists squinted and grinned from their home offices and tried to think of something helpful to say. Next week, instead of appearing at a convention hall in Milwaukee, Biden, Harris, and a long roster of Democratic National Convention speakers will weigh in via online video. Picking a running mate lost some of its pageantry and corporeality, but not its significance. Biden, who is seventy-seven, has said throughout this campaign that he is just a “transitional” figure—a generational bridge. Now we know a bit more about who may come next.

 

How Costume Designers for ‘The Crown,’ ‘Pose’ and Other Period Shows Re-created the Past
The Emmy-nominated designers behind ‘Hollywood,’ ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ and ‘Mrs. America’ also open up about how they gave each of the show’s characters a unique look, from Hollywood’s postwar golden age to the “crazy energy” to the gender-fluid ballroom dance scene of the 1990s.
‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’With Midge Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan) descending upon Miami Beach for the nominated episode “It’s Comedy or Cabbage,” costume designer Donna Zakowska took advantage of the cultural collision of her family’s Manhattanite sensibilities with the Cuban-influenced early-’60s environs.

 

Why Kamala Harris Matters to Me
As an Indian-American professor of African-American history, I am experiencing Biden’s vice-presidential pick as a personal gift.
Among Democrats, the emergence of politicians of Indian descent like Representatives Ro Khanna, Premilla Jayapal and Raja Krishnamoorthi has been far more exciting, at least to me. All were elected, like Ms. Harris, in 2016, an important ripple effect of the Obama presidency. They all had the audacity to hope. After an exciting start, Ms. Harris’s campaign came to a grinding halt before the major caucuses and primaries. But her historic run, following in the footsteps of Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman from a major party to run for the presidency, was undeniable. Ms. Harris was not just another Indian-American politician running for office; as a woman of Afro-Indian descent, she appeals to me despite my own politics being more to the left. Moreover, Black women, many of whom could not vote until the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, have since proven to be the most progressive voting bloc in American politics and the backbone of the Democratic Party.

 

 

 

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