T LOunge for March 8th, 2021

Posted on March 08, 2021

Gerry’s Bar at The Grand Hotel – Milan, Italy

Kittens, we figured you’d all want to convene somewhere posh while discussing the collapse of the British monarchy this fine morning. Grab a luxurious seating spot and start talking revolution.

Today is MONDAY. A day for tearing things down or not doing anything at all.

We’re off to throw a whole bunch of awards show “red carpet” looks at you again, plus there’s a little ol’ podcast on the schedule, where we recap the latest episode of Oprah. While we bang on drums to scare up content for the day, chat amongst yourselves!

Global Women 2021: 6 Countries, 6 Inspiring Communities
This year, for the first time, we decided to expand that idea with a collection of uplifting stories from around the world to coincide with International Women’s Day.

Over the past four years ago, we’ve invited the photographers we most admire to capture communities across the country, from the salmon fisherwomen on the frosty Kenai Peninsula in Alaska, to the water protectors at Standing Rock in North Dakota, to the sorority sisters of Alpha Kappa Alpha at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. Wide-ranging in scope yet intimate in feel, this extraordinary series has always stood as a life-affirming reminder not just of who we are, but of how far we’ve come.
This year, for the first time, we decided to expand that idea with a collection of uplifting stories from around the world to coincide with International Women’s Day. At a time when self-isolation has come to define our everyday lives, it felt especially necessary to look for inspiration beyond our own borders.


There’s No American History Without Black History. It’s Time To Rewrite The History Books.
Educator and activist Ilyasah Shabazz breaks down the necessary reforms and how the next generation can carry on the legacy of her parents, Dr. Betty Shabazz and Malcolm X.

The omission of Black, Indigenous, Brown, Asian, and Latinx history is not incidental. These exclusions distance people from their own heritage, their own lineage, and ultimately, their own sense of self. A whitewashed curriculum enforces the myth that there have never been scholars, thinkers, innovators, caregivers, iconoclasts, artists, and revolutionaries across these various identities. Consider, for example, the ancient African kingdoms that were full of immense progress, scholarship, and knowledge. If we learned about them in the same way we learned about ancient Greece and Rome, we would appreciate the present complexity of Black civilization and negate the teachings of biased and inherited hate and discrimination. We would teach respect.


Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Lived Off His Inheritance After They Left the Royal Family
Princess Diana reportedly left each of her sons several million pounds.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s interview with Oprah Winfrey, which aired on CBS on March 7, was full of bombshells, from Meghan revealing that she’d struggled with thoughts of dying by suicide due to the rabid tabloid reports about her, to Harry sharing that he had asked his family for and been denied any help with dealing with the press frenzy, and much more in between. Amid the couple’s accounts of their still-fractured relationship with the royal family, Harry also confirmed that they had been completely cut off financially after making the decision to step down as senior working royals. As a result, he said, he and Meghan had to support themselves, and did so largely with the help of the inheritance he was left by his mother, Princess Diana, after her 1997 death.


Costume Designer Ruth E. Carter on Creating Coming 2 America‘s Royal Look
The sequel to Coming to America, starring Eddie Murphy, premieres March 5 on Amazon Prime.

“I really wanted people to enjoy the movie as a spectacle of shapes and happiness,” Carter says. “If [Black Panther’s] Wakanda is the military center of Africa, then Zamunda is the place where you can explore bright scenes, colorful things, and clothing.” She worked with South African designers to create fabrics for the costumes, traveled to India for opulent embroidery, and thought carefully about what characters might wear depending on their rank and where in the world they are. Royals, like the princess played by KiKi Layne, are dressed in rich creams with tribal accents; outsiders, like Tracy Morgan’s socially ambitious American, get gaudier garments ideal for strivers.


Meet Muslim Sisterhood, The Art Collective Creating Spaces Of Radical Joy
What started out as a beautiful photography series on Instagram bringing together Muslim women and non-binary people soon became a powerful global movement challenging outdated rhetoric and pushing for inclusivity. Here, we speak to the people behind the project.

For photographers and artists Lamisa Khan, Zeinab Saleh and Sara Gulamali — founders of the art collective Muslim Sisterhood — the cultivation and representation of friendship, both offline and online, was a vocation preceding the pandemic. It’s an effort that has borne fruit in these times. Beginning as a photography project on Instagram, the highly stylised photoshoots became a vehicle to bring women and non-binary Muslims together, as Vancouver-based Gulamali recalls via Zoom. “We started connecting and meeting people with our Instagram acting as an archive of everyone we had met. We were really building [a community], unintentionally. They’d come as strangers and then leave as best friends. So we naturally formed all these relationships.”


These are the 10 most unforgettable Oprah Winfrey interviews of all time
Everyone knows that Oprah Winfrey is the queen of celebrity interviews.
She’s had everyone on her couch over the years, from Kim Kardashian, to Donald Trump, to Whitney Houston, and is known for her seemingly effortless ability to get even the most famous and sought-after celebrities to talk about topics they vowed they never would.


The 10 biggest bombshells Prince Harry and Meghan Markle dropped in their Oprah interview
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex shared intimate details about their personal lives and their struggles as working members of the royal family in a tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey that aired Sunday night.
The couple, who announced their intention to step back from the royal family in January 2020, spoke with Winfrey about their time at Kensington Palace and the family rift that has made headlines over the past few years.
Here are the 10 biggest bombshell revelations made during the CBS prime-time special “Oprah with Meghan and Harry.”


Painting the World As They See It
The artists Louis Fratino, María Berrío, and Anna Weyant are bringing a fresh perspective to figurative work.

The women and girls who populate her scenes are imaginary but intimately felt: The artist bases them on herself, on her family, and on the host of female figures who gather in her mind, whether drawn from her memories of Colombia or from documentary research. “I want to project women,” María Berrío says. “I want to project the courage and the strength, and also the vulnerability.”


‘Allen v. Farrow’ Team on Doc’s “Eye-Opening” Revisiting of Woody Allen, Mia Farrow Custody Case and Investigations
“There are facts and details and documents and people who are corroborating what [they] have said for years, and no one listened,” Amy Herdy, the investigative producer on the HBO docuersies, tells The Hollywood Reporter of Mia and Dylan Farrow being “gaslit” by Allen.
Mia Farrow took much convincing to appear in HBO’s Allen v. Farrow. The four-part docuseries, which aired its third episode Sunday night, features the actress and mother of 14 speaking publicly for the first time in decades about her former partner and collaborator, disgraced filmmaker Woody Allen, and the sexual abuse allegations that have long been leveled at him by daughter Dylan Farrow, who appears along with her in the documentary.


The Best Movie Performances of the Century So Far
The best cinematic performances don’t share some standard of craft or technique; what they have in common is a feeling of invention and discovery, of emotional depth and power, and a sense of self-consciousness regarding the idea and the art of performance itself. They also reflect broader transformations in the art of cinema during their times. Such actors as Joan Crawford, Barbara Stanwyck, and Jimmy Stewart were already stars in the high studio era of the nineteen-thirties, but their work became more freely expressive, more galvanic, in the postwar years, when the studios lost their tight grip on production—and when a new generation of directors made their mark in that freer environment. The French New Wave, developing new techniques with a new generation of actors (and crew), lifted layers of varnish from the art of acting to fill the screen with performances of jolting immediacy, spontaneity, and vulnerability.


How Allen v Farrow Obtained Never-Before-Seen Home Videotapes and Lost Documents
“About 14 months before we completed the film, but we were getting information all the way throughout. Obviously, we had initially thought that this was extensively covered. But as Amy Herdy dove into this, it became apparent that there was so much information that wasn’t out there. She was continually, from really early on, starting to get more information that people were really not aware of.”
“The stork of journalistic gold nuggets dropped several gifts our way. There are a few of those documents online; if you dig around, you can find them. My question was, “Where is the rest of it?” And I started digging, and we got our hands on the first trove of court documents around the end of 2018.”


The wisdom of cats
Philosopher John Gray explains why we’re doing it wrong and we should live more like cats. (Dogs, not so much.)

A new book by the esteemed British philosopher John Gray, called Feline Philosophy: Cats and the Meaning of Life, offers a somewhat provocative suggestion: If we’re looking for models of wisdom, we should look at cats. According to Gray, humans think too much. Indeed, we invented philosophy in order to divert ourselves from the anxieties created by our overactive minds.
Cats, on other hand, have nothing to learn from philosophy because they have no need for diversion. They’re among the wisest animals because they’re spontaneous and playful and content with whatever life presents them. And they’re too immersed in the present to worry about what might happen in the future. Cats aren’t exactly unique in this regard (a fact Gray happily admits), but they do seem to stand out.


Your Morning Granola Just Got an Upgrade
Filled with coconut and dried cherries, these breakfast treats from Frenchette Bakery are wholesome enough for breakfast, and sweet enough for dessert.

“You can take the basic formula and play with it, substituting raisins for cherries or peanut butter for almond butter, Mr. Edris told me. “It’s a lot like granola,” he said. “Sometimes, in the morning, after the cookies come out of the oven, I’ll crumble them into milk and eat them like cereal.” Since I adored the cookies as they were, I left the recipe pretty much alone. My only tweak was pressing the dough into a 9-inch square pan to make bars. It was slightly easier than forming individual cookies, and I liked the softer texture they took on. The bars will also stay fresh a little longer, up to a week rather than a few days.


Black Women Are Knitting Their Way Into History
Drawing on a long history as seamstresses and makers, Black knitters are grabbing their needles and shifting perceptions.
For some Black women, though, knitting is more than a pandemic hobby; it’s a way to celebrate an often overlooked history. Black seamstresses have always been a crucial part of the clothing trade, and during slavery and into the Jim Crow era, many used their sewing and knitting skills to scrap together clothes for themselves and their families.


Kelly Marie Tran: ‘I’m Not Afraid Anymore’
The actress has left the “Star Wars” bullies behind to star as Disney’s first Southeast Asian princess in “Raya and the Last Dragon.” She says, “I’m finally asking for the things I want.”
I was so afraid and put so much pressure on myself starting out. You feel like you have to do it the right way or else no one else is going to get a chance. But I’m a much stronger person now, and I have the tools to react to those situations when they happen. I’m not afraid anymore. I’m finally making room for myself and asking for the things that I want. God, I wish I knew how to do that 10 years ago! I’ve been very, very loud about the projects I do and don’t want to be involved in. I never want to further a stereotype or take a job that makes me feel like I’m perpetuating some sort of idea about what it is to be Asian.




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