T LOunge for June 10th, 2021

Posted on June 10, 2021

La Santa María Gastrobar and Lounge at Barceló – Málaga, Spain

 

Let’s party like it’s the ’80s! Cocaine and diet pills for everyone! It’s THURSDAY, so why not?

We are in a very weird mood. We woke up this morning and immediately got pulled in several directions at once. First, very good news landed in our inbox. We took a big creative swing on something that we didn’t think was going to work and we got the go-ahead (in other news, we may just be getting better at pitches). We also got a very nice message from someone adjacent to a subject we recently covered, thanking us for what we wrote. We promise we don’t write with the goal of making famous people thank us, but in this case, it was a relief to hear.

It was tough to feel celebratory however, because Tom woke up with a migraine that almost immediately resulted in Face-Timing the toilet, if you know what we mean. But that was good! Because (at least when Tom’s concerned) you absolutely want to be hurling as soon as possible after a migraine sets in. After thirty minutes with an old-timey Bugs Bunny cartoon ice pack on his head (seriously, every house should have one of those things on hand), he’s good to go, but what a roller coaster ride the first 45 minutes of that day turned out to be. We’re ready for naps and it’s not even 10 am.

Other good news: Miss Miu Miu, who you may have met on our podcast or newsletter, is responding astoundingly well to her new thyroid treatment! Hey, you’ve gotta take your wins where you can get them and seeing our supermodel-thin girl put on a pound or two in the last month has been a major relief. An interesting and unsettling side effect is that our formerly EXTREMELY vocal girl has gone mostly quiet. Turns out her hyperthyroidism was making her literally hyper.

Today’s (possibly a little gross) medical/veterinary report is now concluded. We’re off to the Content Pastures to do some gathering. Talk amongst yourselves!

 

Leslie Grace Shines a Light on the Realities of Latinx Womanhood in In the Heights
The Dominican actress talks the “therapeutic” process of bringing her character, Nina, to life; first-generation dreams; and Afro-Latinx representation finally getting its due.

Leslie Grace’s Nina—one of the female leads of Lin-Manuel Miranda, Quiara Alegría Hudes, and Jon M. Chu’s film adaption of In the Heights—is a young woman carrying the world on her shoulders. Her story is one that resonates with Latinx women across the diaspora all too well, even 13 years after the musical’s Broadway debut.
Nina Rosario is the quintessential first-generation child: a whip-smart overachiever who feels that she has to fulfill the dreams of those in her family and of the generations that came before. She battles inner turmoil—a mix of longing to one’s comfort zone and feeling overwhelmed by the prospect of being your family’s sole financial hope and lifeline. It’s a narrative Grace knew young Latinx women have been waiting to see on the big screen.

 

Allyson Felix On The Tokyo Olympics, Naomi Osaka, And ‘Taking Space’ As A Black Female Athlete
For Pantene’s new What’s Your Legacy campaign, the six-time gold medalist opens up about life beyond the track.

Allyson Felix may be the most decorated US Olympian in women’s track and field history, but the six-time gold medalist wants her legacy to go beyond her hardware. Just ahead of the Tokyo Olympics, Felix is starring in Pantene’s new What’s Your Legacy campaign to share more of her life as an activist and mother to her 2-year-old daughter, Camryn.
“I love that they’re highlighting that my legacy is more than just what I’ve done on the track. It is about speaking up and using my voice, and also this heritage with my daughter and how I’ll pass that down to her.” For Felix, this also includes beauty traditions. “Growing up, it was really special when my mom used to do my hair. It was this time where we got to bond and spend time together. And so now as I start to do my daughter Cammy’s hair, we get to pass down this tradition,” she adds.

 

How I Took Down Bill Cosby
Read an exclusive first excerpt from Andrea Constand’s new book ‘The Moment’.

More than 60 women accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault, but the task of convincing a jury that “America’s dad” was a predator fell to just one: Andrea Constand. She met him in 2002 when Cosby came to a basketball game at Temple University, where Constand worked. It wasn’t long before he invited her to his home in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, to talk “about personal situations dealing with her life, growth, education.”
Instead, Cosby assaulted Constand after giving her wine and three pills that she says left her “frozen.” Cosby was arrested on charges of aggravated indecent assault in 2015, and after a mistrial was found guilty on all three counts in 2018. Below, an adapted excerpt from Constand’s new memoir The Moment (Viking Canada, September 7, 2021), which details her journey to hold accountable one of the most beloved men on television.

 

Won’t Call the Midwife
With high rates of maternal mortality and coercion in hospital settings, more American women are exploring childbirth without any medical assistance whatsoever. The Free Birth Society provides community, resources, and validation for these convention buckers. But experts warn that choice comes at the expense of safety.

Saldaya is the 35-year-old owner and founder of the Free Birth Society (FBS), an educational platform and online community dedicated to unassisted childbirth. That is, birth with no medical help at all: no doctor, no nurse, no licensed midwife present. While some unassisted births are not planned, a “free birth” is an active choice. It’s a deliberate rejection of the health-care system and a commitment to an ideal of childbirth that is autonomous and undisturbed. This is a radical idea that many people, and certainly the medical establishment, view as extreme, reckless, and naive. While home birth with midwives is becoming more widespread, free birth remains a fringe choice.

 

Queen Elizabeth Is Given a New Rose Named in Honor of Prince Philip
The Royal Horticultural Society bred a new rose in honor of what would have been Prince Philip’s 100th birthday.

Members of the British royal family have a long history of lending their names to flowers. Beginning in the 18th century with Queen Victoria, whose eponymous flower is the Queen Victoria Lobelia, everyone from Queen Elizabeth to Princess Diana to little Princess Charlotte has at least one namesake bloom. Last week, Prince Philip joined this tradition, with a newly bred rose named in his honor.
The rose makes its debut ahead of what would have been the late Duke of Edinburgh’s 100th birthday—he was born on June 10, 1921. Queen Elizabeth, Patron of the Royal Horticultural Society, was given the deep pink commemorative rose in honor of her husband.

 

The Nanny Was a Lesson in Dressing for My Personality
Fran Fine had a philosophy: To thine own self—and Moschino—be true. It may be time to live by The Nanny‘s rules.

When I was younger, sick days home from school meant one thing and one thing only: I got to spend the day with my caretaker. Not my mother or my family’s housekeeper, but my nanny—the Nanny, the irrepressible sitcom character Fran Fine who was memorably brought to life by the actress Fran Drescher for six seasons in the ’90s. I don’t remember the show’s major plot points, but the clothes? I remember the clothes, a kaleidoscope of animal prints, upbeat colors, and more joie de vivre in a single miniskirt than I thought possible. I wasn’t the only one whose mind was blown—it was the costume design by Brenda Cooper that earned The Nanny its only Emmy, and today the show remains a social media darling.

 

The Complex History of the Beauty Mark
From symbols of appeal to signs of misfortune, the meaning behind the beauty mark has vacillated over time.

Who knew that a tiny dot on your face could hold so much symbolic power? It turns out that the beauty mark has had an intricate past, related to the way in which it has been valued. But before we delve into the intriguing meaning behind the beauty mark, let’s get down to the basics first . On a scientific level, a beauty mark is equivalent to that of a mole; a small group of skin cells that grow in a cluster as opposed to spreading evenly. So, essentially the term beauty mark and mole are interchangeable. This group of cells fall into the category of melanocytes, which are responsible for producing melanin, skin’s natural pigment.

 

Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Grilling? Are You a Grilling Genius?
Grilling is one of summer’s greatest thrills (and year-round if it’s what truly gets you lit). Take this quiz to see if your skills are smokin’ hot, or could stand some sparking up.

 

50 Best Thriller Movies If You’re All About That Suspense
Thrillers that make you want to double check the front door is locked

Thriller movies are reserved for the most fearless of movie fanatics.
Rather than the blood and gore of many horror films, thrillers are full of conflict, unexpected twists and tensions that have you on the edge of your seats. Better yet, the anxiety, terror and uncertainty inflicted on a viewer by thrillers can force them to question themselves, their close ones and even their own reality.
From 2020 Oscar winner Parasite, which delves into the subjects of greed and class, to Rosamund Pike’s scene-stealing performance in psychological thriller Gone Girl, the best thrillers are the ones that seem so real they give us nightmares.
That’s why we’ve rounded up a list of the best thriller movies to watch that are sure to have you biting your nails throughout.

 

‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians’ Says Goodbye, Ending an Era for E!
When “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” premiered in 2007, production didn’t have the budget to provide hair and makeup. Fast forward through 20 seasons and nine spinoffs that spanned an additional 18 seasons and 440 episodes total, it’s safe to say the Kardashian-Jenners have no problem asking for glam — and whatever else they’d like — in their contracts.
Now, after 15 years of their hit reality show that reinvented pop culture and changed the definition of celebrity, arguably the most famous family in the world is ending its reality-show journey at E! on June 10, and heading to Hulu. While details are sparse, Kris Jenner and her daughters Kim, Kourtney, Khloé, Kendall and Kylie have inked a multiyear deal with the streamer, with new content expected to launch in late 2021.

 

Taking On the Whiteness of Country Music
Mickey Guyton was told she didn’t fit the genre, so she made it her own.

In early June, 2020, a week after the murder of George Floyd, the country singer Mickey Guyton released “Black Like Me,” a tender piano ballad about deep and relentless racial alienation. Her voice is velvety and propulsive, and when she leans into a big note it can feel cool and bracing, like sticking your head out the window of a moving car. She wrote “Black Like Me” in 2019. “The common response from people in Nashville was ‘I need to sit with this for a minute,’ ” Guyton, who is thirty-seven, told me recently. “It made people uncomfortable. Nobody was really writing songs like that in the country format.” When Guyton signed with Universal Music Group, in 2011, she was the only Black woman under contract with a major country-music label.

 

Digital driver’s licenses are coming
Apple and several states are making digital driver’s licenses a reality.

Driver’s licenses stored on our phones are not too far off down the road.
Apple announced earlier this week that, by this fall, its Wallet App will be expanded to include digital IDs from participating states. Meanwhile, New York State is working with IBM on the possibility of expanding its Excelsior Pass vaccine passport system to include driver’s licenses, according to a New York Times report. The federal government is also on board with the concept. In April, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said it was looking for input on upcoming rules for mobile digital driver’s licenses.
But are digital IDs a good thing? Maybe not, but they also seem to be inevitable.

 

Big events are back
After an 18-month hiatus, concerts, festivals, sports, and other big events are expected to return to their pre-pandemic glory.

When cities and states around the country began issuing stay-at-home orders in March of last year, Live For Live Music turned to tracking cancellations rather than promoting shows. But as vaccination rates rise and governments relax their pandemic regulations, the music marketing and production company’s site is getting back to normal. “For the first time in longer than we can remember, today’s update doesn’t feature a single cancellation or postponement,” reads a recent Live For Live Music blog post. The recovery of the event ecosystem is happening faster than expected. Events professionals see the number of events and event attendance reaching and potentially surpassing pre-pandemic levels in 2019. But that recovery is contingent on a number of factors, including how effective the vaccine program is, the nature of the events themselves, and where they are located.

 

Standing Between Care and Violence
Abortion-clinic escorts and defenders serve as human shields protecting patients from angry, aggressive protestors. Now, with emboldened extremists and the COVID crisis, they face more danger than ever before.

If you’ve been to an abortion clinic or driven past one, you’ve probably seen clinic escorts, defenders, or both in their signature brightly colored vests. These are two distinct roles that volunteers train for. (Training varies by clinic and location, but it usually involves a day or a weekend’s worth of education and mock situation practice with a more senior escort or defender.) The most important difference is that clinic defenders engage with protesters while escorts do not. Defenders distract or drown out anti-abortion-rights demonstrators, aiming to deflect harassment from patients entering the clinic. They may talk back to protesters or make noise, playing music, ringing bells, or shouting into bullhorns (something Shelley did often). Escorts, on the other hand, usually follow strict policies of non-engagement. They speak only to patients, providing them with comfort and helping them navigate the chaotic environment that exists outside many clinics. Escorts often use umbrellas to shield patients and their license plates from prying eyes and cameras. In states where abortion is more accessible, clinic escort collectives tend to have long waiting lists of interested volunteers. Recruiting can be more challenging in restrictive states, though many volunteer groups saw their numbers increase in the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election.

 

The finest royal wedding shoes of all time
Step aside, Cinderella

While all eyes might be on the incredible dress and the glittering tiara during a royal wedding, there’s often one detail we overlook, the bride’s wedding shoes of choice.
From painstakingly hand-crafted couture designs with intricate details almost invisible to the naked eye to low-key high street heels, over the years there really has been some iconic footwear from royal weddings. Who needs Cinderella when you have all this blue-blooded shoe inspiration?

 

 

 

 

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