T LOunge for February 26, 2021

Posted on February 26, 2021

Bar Botanique Cafe Tropique – Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Let’s get some sun all up in here on this day! Why? You know why.

Because today is FRIDAY. All praise to Frigga, for making it possible. The woman gave us Thor and the best day of the week. Bow down.

Anyway, as per the uzh, we’re off to round up and tame some wild content roaming the content prairies this morn. Talk amongst yourselves, dolls! Bar’s open!


Viola Davis Will Play Michelle Obama in an Upcoming Series About U.S. First Ladies
The anthology series will also star Gillian Anderson as Eleanor Roosevelt and Michelle Pfeiffer as Betty Ford.

The actress responded to the news on Twitter. “Sooo proud!!! Honoring and elevating these powerful, worthy Queens with respect,” she wrote.
“Now I am in the place of a little bit of fear—well, I’m not going to lie, a lot of fear,” she says preparing for her role. When it came to research, which she began last year, Davis was able to speak to Obama, as well as read her book and watch her documentary.


Tom Hayden “Hated” Jane Fonda’s Workout Videos
Fonda’s fitness empire began as a fundraiser for her and ex-husband Hayden’s political action committee.

The franchise began as a fundraiser for Fonda and Hayden’s political action committee, the Campaign for Economic Democracy.
Fonda’s first workout video became an instant hit and revolutionized the fitness industry. “It was owned by the campaign for economic democracy,” Fonda clarified in her documentary. “The organization owned it, not me, and all the profits went into the organization.”


Here’s Everything Coming to Netflix in March
Audrey, a documentary about the silver screen icon; Crazy, Stupid, Love; and more releases are on the way.

In March, the streaming service will see a slew of fresh shows and films, including Audrey, the 2020 documentary that humanizes silver screen icon Audrey Hepburn. “The Audrey that we know and that we see on-screen and the photographs, they were all sort of planned and everything had to be very carefully crafted, in terms of the image that she put forward to the world,” Emma Ferrer, Hepburn’s granddaughter, told Harper’s Bazaar earlier this year. “I think she was open to discussing certain struggles, especially if she felt like they would benefit other women.”
The Pursuit of Happyness, Coven of Sisters, and Crazy, Stupid, Love are also headed to the platform. Read on for the complete list of next month’s Netflix releases.


Lady Gaga Is Offering a $500,000 Reward for the Return of Her Stolen Dogs
Thieves shot her dog walker and made off with two of her French bulldogs.

TMZ reports law enforcement sources saying two of the singer’s French bulldogs were stolen after her dog walker had been walking three of her dogs in West Hollywood at around 10 p.m. on Wednesday night. The outlet says the third dog managed to escape, and was later recovered.


Inside The Historic Amazon Union Vote: ‘I Think This Will Be Like A Fire Starter’
Alabama warehouse workers—the majority of whom are Black and women—are voting to become Amazon’s first unionized facility.

From the day she stepped foot into the Amazon warehouse, Jennifer Bates could tell this was going to be a difficult job. Bates works in the fulfillment center in Bessemer, AL, where she says she works long, physically-challenging shifts with short breaks. Other employees have reported needing to meet demanding production quotas, with Amazon closely tracking time spent going to the bathroom or getting water. It was these conditions that prompted Bates to help organize the company’s biggest unionization effort since Amazon was founded more than 25 years ago.


Lara Jean’s To All The Boys: Always And Forever Costumes Offer A Bright Outlook
Costume designer Lorraine Carson breaks down Lara Jean’s evolving style, senior year milestones, and NYU-ready wardrobe.

“We dropped some hemlines for when she went to New York because she thought that was more sophisticated,” Carson says, noting the purposeful shift toward softer tones. Platform Keds is Lara Jean’s version of commuter sneakers (“I want to look like a local,” she tells Chris while packing) paired with a lemon yellow ‘50s striped dress that is “very much a Lara Jean kind of look.” Carson switched glass buttons for a yellow camera-friendly option and paired the dress with a pink belt and the aforementioned sneakers.


The Conscience of the Catholic Church
Anne Barrett Doyle is a devoted mother, practicing Catholic, and one of the fiercest crusaders against clergy sex abuse.

“Some of my closest friends are survivors [of abuse], and they would say I’m supporting a corrupt and evil hierarchy,” she told me. “I don’t attempt to defend it, and I can’t even explain it. I just know that I am a Catholic to my core. Part of my motivation is to be an agent of change in the Church.”
But the 62-year-old Boston native is more than just a force for good. She is one of the most feared and respected members of the Catholic Church; a steward of the world’s largest trove of documents holding accountable powerful men who have committed unforgivable acts—and unimaginable sin.


It’s a Sin’s Breakout Star Callum Scott Howells Is Just “Bloody Grateful” To Be Here
Each performer holds their own in this life-affirming historical account of a turning point in global culture, but it is 21-year-old newcomer Callum Scott Howells who brings a remarkable sensitivity to the bright-eyed and bushy-tailed character of Colin, a neophyte tailor on Savile Row, who at first forms a friendship with an older gay coworker (played by Neil Patrick Harris), and eventually moves in with the Pink Palace crew. It was a dream for the Welsh actor plucked straight from drama school to work with Harris, one of his idols. “I used to stream the Tony Awards in my bedroom at stupid-o-clock because over here, I was hours ahead,” he joked one afternoon on Zoom from his home in Wales. “In a way, I didn’t really have to act opposite him because I was so in awe of him anyway.”


Caring for Plants, and a Marriage, in “Noble Planta”
Listening to your plants may be easier than listening to your loved ones.

Beck’s film is a sort of “Odd Couple” in the flower district, a portrait of a marriage in which the bickering can be affectionate but is also, sometimes, a reflection of genuine dissatisfaction and resentment. Ched, the more voluble of the pair, is a charmer and a schmoozer; Maria is reserved and, initially, a bit prickly. Her role, as the store’s designated bad cop, is the thankless one, even if it’s crucial to keeping them afloat. (“Five dollars for the ladies,” Ched croons at a pair of young female customers. “It’s supposed to be eight,” Maria corrects him, out of view, her eye roll practically audible.) Along the way, the documentary celebrates the minor miracle of what the couple contributes to New York City, vivifying the urban jungle with just a bit of actual jungle (as well as forest and field). At the start of “Noble Planta,” narration excerpted from an old educational film proclaims viewers’ good fortune to be surrounded by green—a sentiment that Beck colorfully confirms with shots of the Markovics’ wares bringing life to a sidewalk, a barbershop, a subway car, and an apartment.


The Chicken Recipe That Changed My Life
Five fantastic chicken dishes that will change your dinner game forever.

” When the bird arrives, flanked by impossibly flaky roti for sopping, you’ve got to be all in, tearing the juicy meat from the bone and swiping the bread through the rich and spicy sauce, table manners be damned.
Techamuanvivit told me that Thai food should be fiery but not burn you, and this dish demonstrates what she means: A mix of green Thai chiles, serranos, and jalapeños yields just the right balance of heat. It is so delicious that if you make it at home to share, be warned: You’ll be fighting for that last drop of curry sauce.”


Lauren Bacall’s Long, Lucky Life
In By Myself and Then Some, the screen siren recounts her career—and romances with the likes of Humphrey Bogart and Frank Sinatra—with sharp insight and sly humor.

Born Betty Joan Perske in 1924, Lauren Bacall lived a lucky life—and she knew it. In her 1978 autobiography “By Myself,” republished with additional material in 2005 as “By Myself and Then Some,” the word “luck” seems to appear more frequently than any other. In these pages, Bacall—long painted as a difficult diva—recounts her life with a sense of humor, curiosity, and gratitude that’s miles from her icy, grande dame persona. From her worshipful flirtation with politician Adlai Stevenson to her friendships with everyone from Robert Kennedy to Vivien Leigh and Nicole Kidman, Bacall recounts her exciting life in an honest, emotional, and vulnerable way that’s rare to find in a celebrity autobiography. “I realize that I’ve lived a long time,” she wrote in 2005. “But still not long enough to suit me.”


Taking a Stroll in Renoir’s “The Promenade”
“The Promenade” (“the stroll” in French) is one of the most engaging and approachable of all Impressionist paintings. Step into Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s enticing depiction of a youthful couple on a romantic promenade.

“La Promenade” is among his first paintings to depict large-scale figures in an outdoor setting using the light, broken brushstrokes of the new Impressionist technique, which he had been developing closely with Claude Monet.



Why I’m No Longer Staying Silent About Anti-Asian Racism
With hate crimes skyrocketing during the pandemic, one writer explains why it’s so important that we stand up against anti-Asian racism and the ways in which you can help support the community.

“Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me,” I remember saying as a seven-year-old to the other kids at school when they would make fun of me or tell me to “go back to China.” Often they were real bullies, but sometimes it was actual ‘friends’ who, not knowing any better, would ask me if I ate dogs as they pulled their eyes to a slant on each side with their hands.
As a kid, I needed this saying. I was born in Minnesota, US, but lived with my grandparents in the province of Shandong, China, between the ages of two and four. I came back to Minnesota right before pre-school, not remembering a word of English. My parents considered holding me back a year as my English was so limited, I had to relearn my ABCs. I remember staying silent more often than not to guarantee that I wouldn’t make a mistake or speak with an accent when attempting this new language. I made a vow to myself that the words of others would never hurt me, even if I didn’t fully understand the insult at such a young age.


The Black Gondoliers of Renaissance Venice
A painting shows life on the Grand Canal

The Miracle of the Relic of the Cross at the Rialto Bridge by Vittore Carpaccio, painted around 1495–96, is one of the most fascinating depictions of contemporary life in Renaissance Venice. Although it is primarily a religious painting, it also reveals an aspect of the life of Black Africans in Venice.
The scene shows people in contemporary clothing, from Venetian senators in their red robes to elegant dandies with their striped stockings and long, curly hair (they were members of theatrical associations, known as “Compagnie della calza” or “Companies of Trousers”). But the most striking aspect of the picture is the depiction of the gondolas in the middle of the canal. The gondoliers are very elegantly dressed, perhaps because of the festive occasion.




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