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Today’s LOunge looks like a place where impossibly chic ’60s mod vampires hang out. Let that be your aesthetic framework for today. When it all gets to be too much or too stupid, close your eyes and intone “I am an impossibly chic ’60s mod vampire and none of this matters.” There are worse ways to deal with reality.
Speaking of which, today is TUESDAY.
We are delighted to announce that we have another full day of posting ahead of us, on royal matters, pop star fashion and a celebrity surprise that caught everyone off guard. We’ve got to get to it, so feel free to chat amongst yourselves on topics of little to no import.
Naomi Osaka Pays Tribute to Breonna Taylor at the US Open
While there were plenty of highlights on day one of the US Open yesterday, all eyes were on Naomi Osaka, who kicked off the first round of women’s singles with a decisive victory over Misaki Doi. It wasn’t just her spectacular play that drew attention, however: the 22-year-old tennis star used her moment in the spotlight to pay tribute to Breonna Taylor, wearing a face mask emblazoned with her name.
On Adele and What You Don’t Get from an Instagram Post
Our beloved Internet was set ablaze when Adele posted an ode to London’s Corona-grounded Notting Hill Carnival. Shunning the easy carnival tradition of a red, gold, and green shoelace with a whistle, she upped the ante with a feather headdress, bantu knots scalped from Scary in Spice World, and a Jamaican-flag bikini top. The look is refreshingly different. Gone are the neat dresses of the stadium diva—behold a woman on the precipice of newness. It feels very: take the shackles off my feet so I can date. Or choose to date. Or whatever Adele wants, because she’s back in the driving seat.
Indigenous Queen Ilona Verley On Bringing Two-Spirit Representation to Canada’s Drag Race
In addition to the fiery entrance—and her striking, monochromatic drag looks that followed—Verley brought something else unique to the season: representation for Indigenous, Two-Spirit queens. The 25-year-old, who is Nlaka’pamux, made history as the first Indigenous Two-Spirit queen to compete on the reality series. (Two-Spirits are Indigenous people who identify with both male and female spirits.) Though she did not end up winning the grand prize, competing on the series still proved to be a surreal experience for the Canadian queen. “For me, Drag Race has always been the ultimate goal,” she says.
Why Changing Your Career in the Midst of a Pandemic Is Actually a Good Idea
If you’ve been waiting to take the leap, now’s the time to jump.
More than a year ago, I had a chat with a new acquaintance. An accomplished IT exec with a decade-and-a-half of experience under her belt, she was seriously impressive; but she was also unfulfilled in her job. “I wish I could change careers,” she told me. “I just don’t know how.”
It’s terrifying to say goodbye to a path you’ve spent years carving out for yourself, and can seem impossible to imagine rebuilding from scratch — especially during a pandemic when unemployment still sits at a staggering 10%, as of July. But for some, now more than ever, it feels necessary to entertain the idea of something entirely new.
Channing Tatum Announced His Children’s Book With a Shirtless Photo
And he dedicated it to his daughter, Everly.
Channing Tatum, the actor, director, sculptor, dancer, and living embodiment of a thirst trap thanks to the incomparable Magic Mike, is taking a decidedly G-rated pivot and releasing his first children’s book, The One and Only Sparkella. Naturally, he announced the news on Instagram via a shirtless photo complete with plush unicorns, Hello Kitty (unicorns are a recurring theme in Tatum’s oeuvre), and the book’s cover alongside his sculpted deltoids and biceps. While fans will have to wait a while to see what’s on the sure-to-be-pastel pages — the release date is May 4, 2021 — Tatum did offer a glimpse of the book’s dedication, which goes to his daughter, Everly.
How The Crown Recreated The Tragedy Of Aberfan
The team behind the Emmy-nominated episode on depicting a painful moment in British history.
On October 21, 1966, a coal tip flooded by heavy rains collapsed in Aberfan, Wales, engulfing parts of the village, including the Pantglas Junior School, and killing 116 children and 28 adults. The disaster was dramatized for the first time onscreen in the third season of The Crown; the episode, titled “Aberfan,” details the day leading up to the tragedy and its aftermath, as the town’s surviving inhabitants dig through the rubble and eventually receive a visit from Queen Elizabeth (Olivia Colman). It’s a harrowing and palpably realistic hour of TV, existing almost as a stand-alone film in its intensity and unusual plot structure. It’s no surprise, then, that many of the series crew are nominated for an Emmy for the episode.
A Look Back at Princess Diana’s Sweetest Family Moments in Photos
Remembering the late royal’s role as mom 23 years after her tragic death.
As August 31 marks the 22nd anniversary of Princess Diana’s tragic death, we’re celebrating the legacy the late royal left behind. From her trend-setting sense of style, to her philanthropic endeavors and travels around the world, Princess Di became the “People’s Princess” not only to the people of Britain, but to the entire world. One of her most important roles, however, was always doting mom to Prince William and Prince Harry. Take a look back at Diana’s sweetest moments with her sons over the years.
The Power of Celebrity at the 1963 March on Washington
The leaders of the civil rights movement were media savvy and expert political strategists.
The first March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom took place on August 28, 1963 and became the embodiment of what a massive demonstration could look like. It is best known as the place Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his seminal “I Have a Dream Speech” and is considered a key turning point for the civil rights movement, leading to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Although no one knew how important the event would be at the time, its leaders, A. Philip Randolph and Bayard Rustin, were savvy to what it would take to make an impact.
Miss America’s History-Makers and Rule-Breakers
For a century, women have conformed to, and rebelled against, the contest’s strictures. But are beauty pageants finally beyond redemption?
Participation has been declining for decades, but Miss America still commands attention, rivalling perhaps only major-league baseball in outsized nostalgia-based influence. The pageant isn’t a state-sponsored ritual, but its winners are invited to meet with Presidents and to address legislative committees. In 1995, Hillary Rodham Clinton, at that time the First Lady, called in to a pre-competition press conference to chat with the reigning queen. Since girlhood, Clinton claimed, she had never gone a year without watching the pageant. “This is the only way I would ever, ever appear on a Miss America contest,” she said, deprecating herself instead of the contest’s premise. “It’s one of those dreams deferred, but it’s finally coming true.”
5 Standout Recipes From Julia Reed, an Irreverent Voice of the South
The journalist, who died last week at 59, mixed sophistication and down-home pleasures in her cooking.
That August column, her next-to-last, is hard to read. She chronicled the aggressive online ordering and ambitious recipes that she, like so many of us, embraced during the early days of the pandemic. She took a side trip into her experiences reporting on white supremacists, likening them to the biting buffalo gnats that invaded Greenville last spring. (“These guys were like the damn gnats: You don’t always see them coming and you don’t know the harm they’ve done until you are practically bleeding to death.”)
She ended by reflecting on how the small act of cooking can help with the great reckonings facing America, and some suggestions for what should be on the table at a funeral lunch. We are in the midst of a national wake, she wrote, grieving for lives lost and dreams deferred.
But Ms. Reed put cooking at the center of that column. When she wrote it, she knew that the end of her life was probably not far away. Perhaps she left it for us as a road map.
Over the course of her life, Ms. Reed contributed more than 100 recipes to The New York Times. Here are some of our favorites.
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