T LOunge for January 20, 2021

Posted on January 20, 2021

The Next Whisky Bar at The Watergate Hotel – Washington D.C., USA

 

Kittens, it’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, and we’re feeling LIKE DRANKING ALL THROUGH IT. We won’t; don’t worry. Just maybe a little Champagne for breakfast and then we’ll see where things lead.

Today is WEDNESDAY. *cheeky smirk*

It would appear to be a nearly impossible task to distract you all from the events of the day, but we’ll be posting our way through it. If you want to know all our thoughts on the inauguration festivities, memorials, and even fashion moments, you can hear all of it in tomorrow morning’s podcast. Chat amongst yourselves, dolls!

 

The 5 Most Moving Moments of Joe Biden’s Tribute to the 400,000 Lives Lost to Coronavirus
At about 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon, just as the sun was setting over Washington, D.C. with a golden light bathing the nation’s capital, much of the nation paused for a few minutes to pay tribute to the 400,000 of their fellow Americans who have died of COVID-19.
Around the country, hundreds of towns, cities and communities joined in the tribute with lighting ceremonies of their own at buildings from the Empire State Building in New York to the Space Needle in Seattle.

 

From Sinatra to Gaga, an Annotated History of Inauguration Performers
Before everyone from Elton John to Celine Dion publicly refused to perform at Trump’s inauguration in 2017, accepting an inauguration invitation wasn’t considered much of a political statement. The ceremony’s traditional message of bipartisanship and unity is underlined by a history of celebrities participating in the festivities regardless of their political affiliation. James Brown brought the house down at Richard Nixon’s inauguration despite backing his Democratic opponent in the 1968 election, telling Jet magazine: “I want to give our new president a chance to bring the people of this nation together in every respect of our national life.”

 

The Future of Plus Size Sustainable Fashion Is Bright
The day when a “flattering” wardrobe would cease to satiate my appetite for brilliant, beautiful clothing was always going to come. The more I loved my body, the more I saw how my own internalized fatphobia was dictating the clothing I felt worthy of wearing. Once I realized that, I could hardly continue to wear clothes that seemed to apologize for my body’s own existence. And the most validating part has been finding clothing that empowers my body without sacrificing my values.

 

Justice Sonia Sotomayor Will Swear in Kamala Harris as Vice President, Using Thurgood Marshall’s Bible
Kamala Harris, the nation’s first female vice president and the first Black and South Asian person to be elected to the second-highest office in the land, will be sworn in on Wednesday by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
Sotomayor, the first Latina to be appointed to the Supreme Court and one of three women currently on the Court, will be using a Bible once owned by the late Thurgood Marshall, the first Black Supreme Court justice and a towering civil rights figure in the 1950s and ’60s.

 

The True Events That Inspired One Night in Miami
Regina King’s directorial debut features a great meeting between Malcolm X, Cassius Clay, Sam Cooke, and Jim Brown.

Regina King’s directorial debut, One Night in Miami, focuses on real-life heroes in a fictional story. Adapted from the play by Kemp Powers, it follows boxer Cassius Clay (later known as Muhammad Ali), civil rights leader Malcolm X, NFL star Jim Brown, and singer Sam Cooke, all in a motel room after Clay wins the title of heavyweight champion of the world. But instead of ringing in the victory with a big party, the quartet have a laid-back night in, falling into deep conversations and debates about race, faith, freedom, and what true equality really means.

 

Here’s Everything Coming to Netflix in February
Malcolm & Marie, To All the Boys: Always and Forever, and more releases are on the way.

A new month means a new slate of Netflix releases.
Get ready to see Zendaya and John David Washington star opposite each other in the highly anticipated Malcolm & Marie, a movie filmed entirely during quarantine. Also forthcoming is To All the Boys: Always and Forever, the third installment of the popular movie series based on the YA books by Jenny Han.
If you’re craving something a bit less indulgent on the romance factor, you’ll be able to queue up Christopher Nolan’s acclaimed Inception or get your spook on with The Conjuring (movies one and two).
Read on for the complete list of Netflix releases that are arriving next month.

 

From Melania Trump to Jacqueline Kennedy, a History of First Ladies’ Inauguration Day Style
Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday may look very different from any in American history due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic (and the noted lack of the man he’s replacing in the audience), but Dr. Jill Biden will surely continue on one American tradition by setting the tone for what to expect from her fashion statements as First Lady. Over the years, the dress chosen by the incoming presidential spouse to the swearing-in ceremony and official balls that follow has varied, from demure looks that are meant to blend in to dramatic and symbolic dresses that declare a new administration’s beginning, like Michelle Obama’s elegant Isabel Toledo suit from her husband’s first inaugural. Here, a look back at all of the tailored jackets, sequined gowns and everything in between of inaugurations throughout history.

 

Keep Beethoven Weird
We’ve put the scowling composer in a box.

Like so many major artists through the centuries, Beethoven adhered to no consistent ideology, and, in any event, the ease with which he has been assimilated into every imaginable form of propaganda—revolutionary, reactionary, communist, fascist—demonstrates that the explosive energy of his music carries with it no specific political message, even if one had been intended.
Is it possible that Beethoven felt confined by his own incipient myth—that he sought freedom, in a sense, from being Beethoven?

 

‘Bridgerton’ Director Julie Anne Robinson On Filming Balls, Horses & Those Honeymoon Scenes; Talks Casting & Music For Netflix Hit
With its mix of Jane Austen meets Gossip Girl with 35 Shades of Grey, as described by Bridgerton star Regé-Jean Page, Netflix’s Shondaland series has taken pop culture by storm since its Dec. 25 debut. Redefining the period drama and romance genres and breaking conventions on race while making global stars out of Page and Phoebe Dynevor, the adaptation of Julia Quinn’s novel captivated viewers to become one of Netflix’s most watched series premieres.
As we are awaiting a formal green light for Season 2, now casting, here is a deep dive into the Bridgerton phenomenon with fascinating Season 1 details from one of its key auspices, director Julie Anne Robinson.

 

What It Means to Look at Paintings of Snow
Today, works depicting the blankets of white that were once synonymous with the season evoke longing for a winter that never comes.

Last winter, on a day that would reach 66 degrees by noon, I saw, on the wall of the Whitney Museum, a painting of snow. Not just snow: “The Trapper” (1921) by Rockwell Kent also depicts a lone man; a dog; mountains, clouds, and sky; a pale half-moon. But it was the snow, along with the blue shadows graphed over it, that gripped me. In the dimly lit room (its dimness exacerbated by the over-bright sun outside) the whole painting seemed to glow. I couldn’t stop looking. The winter of 2019 would prove to be one of the warmest on record, during which only 4.8 inches of snow would fall. Stumbling on Kent’s painting felt like unearthing a picture of a lost loved one: the recognition, the elation, the grief. Yet I only wanted more.

 

Kamala Harris Has Always Worn Pearls. Now, in Sisterhood, So Will They.
Women across the country are pledging to wear pearls on Inauguration Day to support the country’s first female vice president-elect.

The idea is to honor Kamala Harris, the country’s first female vice president-elect, who wore her signature pearls when she graduated Howard University, was sworn into Congress, grilled Brett Kavanaugh, debated Vice President Mike Pence, as she received her Covid-19 vaccine and, it’s likely, again when she is sworn on Wednesday.“They represent sisterhood,” said Darnell-Jamal Lisby, a fashion historian. They are also the symbol of Ms. Harris’s sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha, which she joined while at Howard, a historically Black college.

 

 

 

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