T LOunge for April 23rd, 2021

Posted on April 23, 2021

NuBel Bar, Restaurant and Lounge – Madrid, Spain


YAY! It’s FRIDAY FRIDAY FRIDAY! Let’s have some color up here in this joint! Some pop, some energy, some LIFE!

Or, y’know, you can sullenly sit in the shadows because God knows, we’ve all earned the right to this past year. Anyway, we have a surprisingly heavy load today, thanks to the Independent Spirit Awards, The Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards, a podcast, and one more Ology post to get to. Busy bees we may be, but you’re not gonna hear us complain about having actual, for-real red carpetry to discuss. We’re off to make judgmental posts to distract you throughout the day, darlings. Chat amongst ya’selves.


Are All Celebrities Painting Now?
A-list artists are on the rise, from George W. Bush to Sharon Stone.

There is a long history of celebrity-artists, Marilyn Monroe, Bob Dylan, and Tony Bennett all painted. Prince Charles does water colors and Lucy Liu regularly auctions off her artwork for charity. Hunter Biden made Page Six headlines in December when it was announced that he was planning to have a show at Georges Berges Gallery (who did not respond for comment) at some point this year. The biggest contingency of artistic amateurs, however, comes from actors who found themselves with extra time and creativity to spare.


Our 16 Best Muffin Recipes
Zucchini muffins! Blueberry muffins! Scallion-corn muffins! Muffins are a great choose-your-own adventure kind of food, and you can make them sweet or savory, big or small. We’ve gathered some of our favorites in this roundup, from white-chocolate walnut to mini deviled crab cornbread muffins. Read on for even more recipes to try and start preheating your oven now.


Kate Middleton Shares An Adorable New Prince Louis Photo For His Third Birthday
Kate Middleton and Prince William continued their tradition of posting portraits of their children to mark their birthdays this afternoon. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s youngest child, Prince Louis, turns three tomorrow. The couple marked the occasion by posting a new Instagram featuring a photo of Louis before he went to his first day of nursery school. It was taken by Kate, of course. The new shot showcases how much Louis has grown in the last year—and how much he resembles his mother.


Dear Survivor: You Are Enough by Merely Existing
In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Rise founder Amanda Nguyen writes a love letter to her younger self.

“There’s no easy way to put this—it takes time. That time might not be in our lifetime. We are, after all, ahead of our time, pushing the moral arc of the universe everyday, putting in safeguards—à la civil rights—so that the rest of the world can catch up. In the meantime, in a world that’s not already there, all we can choose is to forge peace for ourselves. This is a task excruciatingly harder done than said.”


The Cast of ‘Shadow and Bone’: Get to Know Who’s Who
Your primer on the stars of Netflix’s new fantasy show.

If you, like me, have been waiting for a new fantasy series to distract you from the chaos of real life, Netflix has a new hit incoming: The much-anticipated Shadow and Bone premieres on April 23. Based on the first book in author Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse series, Shadow and Bone takes place in a war-torn country called Ravka that’s split in half by a region of tangible darkness filled with monsters known as the Shadow Fold. The first season follows Alina Starkov (Jessie Mei Li), a mapmaker who discovers that she has the power to summon sunlight, a rare power that could dissolve the Fold. After her power becomes known, she’s swept away from her former life to train with Ravka’s other magic-users, led by General Kirigan (Ben Barnes).


The Unbearable Whiteness of Ballet
In an exclusive excerpt from her new book Turning Pointe, contributing editor Chloe Angyal lays out the ways that white supremacy is embedded in ballet’s most basic foundations.

Sasha grew up in a suburb of Indianapolis and is now 16. She trains at the Royal Ballet School in London, an exclusive training ground that serves as a feeder school for the Royal Ballet. It’s widely acknowledged to be one of the best ballet schools in the world.
Wilmara says that people often express their surprise at the quality of Sasha’s training and technique. “Oh wow, you’re really good,” Wilmara says by way of example. “Where do you train? Have you been dancing for a long time?” She says that while she tries to give these white people the benefit of the doubt, she knows what they usually mean, and she’d prefer they just come out and say it: “I’m surprised you’re that good. You’re Black and you’re dancing and you’re good.”


Hold On To Your Hair Dye: Bleach London Is Coming to America!
I certainly wouldn’t be the first woman in history to use hair color as a means of participating in a seismic cultural shift. Rebellious flappers mimicking Clara Bow and Theda Bara went jet black to mark the carefree excess of the postwar era, while the atomic blondes of the 1950s defied the dowdy-housewife persona, offering a prescient glimpse of the women’s-​empowerment movement on the horizon; in the ’80s, neon hues gave punks the visual apparatus to reject Reaganism’s push toward conservative family values. The COVID era will similarly be colored by stained fingertips and splattered linens, relics of the year when boxed dye and Zoom consultations were the closest we could get to a salon appointment.


Saving the Super Bloom: Why California’s Wildflowers Are Under Siege
Due to social media and two nearly back to back super blooms in recent years, the term seeded itself in America’s cultural consciousness. Over 50 brands, from Urban Outfitters to Carolina Herrera, have sold products and fashion lines inspired by the blooms; music festivals, underwear collections, and one chronic illness app have also taken the name of the phenomenon. Countless influencers have posed and promoted products among the poppies. A 2020 study in Human Ecology showed that the ephemeral events are also socially, economically, and culturally significant to the desert communities they surround.


Shea Couleé Gives Earth Day a Stylish, Drag-ified Twist
To honor Earth Day, the drag star collaborated with designer @zerowastedaniel on a gown that’s made entirely out of reused and reclaimed materials (the label specializes in creating designs that are made with zero waste). “This planet is so precious and beautiful, and we as a people need to do better to soften our environmental impact,” wrote Couleé of her new Earth Day look. “As a lover of fashion, I am all too familiar with the negative effects that the fashion industry has on the planet.”


In London, Photographer James Barnor’s Virtuosic Portraits Find a New Audience
The title of the 91-year-old Ghanaian-British photographer James Barnor’s new retrospective at the Serpentine Galleries, “Accra/London,” is deceptively simple. As well as being very literally the names of the cities where the bulk of his pioneering work was made between the 1950s to the 1980s, it’s also a reflection of the unparalleled window those images offer into a pivotal moment in history. The world was opening up to an independent, post-colonial Ghana, with Accra quickly became one of West Africa’s most dynamic and cosmopolitan capitals; meanwhile, Black British culture was flourishing, even in the face of both widespread racism and the devastating effects of the Commonwealth Immigrants Acts on London’s diasporic communities throughout the 1960s.


From A Royal Tribute To A Wales Shout-Out, The Most Quintessentially British Moments In Oscars History
This year’s Oscars is already a history-making one for Brits. In light of the pandemic (and a less-than-thrilled response to the organisers’ no-Zoom-speeches policy), Steven Soderbergh and co have arranged a London hub for the Academy Awards at BFI Southbank, where this year’s UK-based nominees will congregate on Sunday night (between the distinctly anti-social hours of 1am and 4am GMT, no less).
Among the Great British Talents in the running for the top prizes? Emerald Fennell (Best Director); Vanessa Kirby and Carey Mulligan (Best Actress); and Gary Oldman, Riz Ahmed, and Anthony Hopkins (Best Actor). (Notably, Hopkins pipped favourite Chadwick Boseman to Best Actor at the BAFTAs, while this year’s Best Actress statuette could truly be anybody’s). Meanwhile, both Olivia Colman and Daniel Kaluuya are up for their supporting roles in The Father and Judas and the Black Messiah, respectively.
In honour of another British coup at Hollywood’s most prestigious awards ceremony, revisit the most drily hilarious moments from UK talent in Oscars history.


Karla Welch Has Always Been Her Own Muse and Inspiration
The multi-threat stylist keeps expanding her resume.

Throughout a career that has spanned 17-plus years, Karla Welch has continued to find new lanes. She, of course, has an all-star list of clients. There’s also the app she co-founded, Wishi, that offers styling and wardrobe advice to those who want it, but don’t necessarily have the means to keep an A-list fashion mind on retainer. And increasingly there are her own clothes—via collaborations with brands such as Express, Levi’s, Dockers, and Eddie Baur—or her own label xKarla. The idea came out of her work for her longtime client Justin Beiber, whose go-to list always includes a classic white t-shirt. Welch, who has a similar need for the standard, decided to make her own.


The 36 Best Oscars Beauty Moments, from Grace Kelly to Cynthia Erivo
While much of the focus at the Academy Awards is on who won (and what they wore)–the most memorable looks of all time wouldn’t have gone down in history without the right hair and makeup. And whether these actresses opted for a more refined glamour with polished curls and minimal makeup or a more daring approach with bold lips and edgy pixie cuts, these stars define grace and style on the red carpet. There is, of course, Grace Kelly and Cher, who wore embellished up-dos, Farrah Fawcett and her iconic beach waves, and Halle Berry’s ultra sleek pixie cut. All of these leading ladies prove that hair is ultimate beauty accessory. Meanwhile Michelle Williams’s scarlet red lips, Cate Blanchett’s bright pink berry lip, and Marion Cotillard and Jennifer Lawrence’s shimmering smokey eyes, make it clear that at the Oscars, beauty is more than just a finishing touch.


What Shakespeare Wrote About the Plague
From the archive: the playwright lived in the shadow of bubonic plague.

Shakespeare lived his entire life in the shadow of bubonic plague. On April 26, 1564, in the parish register of Holy Trinity Church, in Stratford-upon-Avon, the vicar, John Bretchgirdle, recorded the baptism of one “*Gulielmus filius Johannes Shakspere*.” A few months later, in the same register, the vicar noted the death of Oliver Gunne, an apprentice weaver, and in the margins next to that entry scribbled the words “*hic incipit pestis*” (here begins the plague). On that occasion, the epidemic took the lives of around a fifth of the town’s population. By good fortune, it spared the life of the infant William Shakespeare and his family.


Are our pets gobbling up the planet?
From the meat-based meals to kitty litter to plastic poop bags, pet care is unarguably bad for the environment. What can we do about it?


How to walk away from an awkward conversation
A psychologist explains why we want conversations to end sooner but usually get stuck.

Have you ever been stuck in an awkward conversation?
Of course you have. Who hasn’t bumped into that weirdo at the party who can’t stop talking? Or the chatty “gym guy” who can’t seem to understand that wearing headphones means “leave me alone”? Or the coworker who has to complain about something new every morning in the elevator?
Here’s the good news: The pandemic is almost over. We’re all going to be re-released into the social wilderness. The bad news is that you won’t be able to avoid thorny encounters anymore.


Vegan Cheese, but Make It Delicious
Cheesemakers are pushing the boundaries of cultured, plant-based milks, producing more compelling vegan cheeses than ever before.

The pleasures of a bloomy-rind cheese begin before you slice into it — the softly wrinkled wheel, dappled and dimpled like the face of the moon. The promising stink, getting stronger by the minute. But I considered the velvety rind of a two-pound Barn Cat with more than a glint of skepticism. This cheese was made of cashews and coconut, run through with a dark line of vegetable ash, and I doubted these ingredients could undergo any kind of meaningful transformation. I was wrong. I was unprepared for the mellow, pleasingly dank flavors of a soft-ripened goat cheese, for the mildly peppery tang, for the dense, luxurious creaminess.




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