T LOunge for August 24th, 2021

Posted on August 24, 2021

Coya Angel Court Bar and Restaurant – London, England


Let’s break off into small groups and spend the day gossiping. This looks like the right LOunge for it, wouldn’t you say? Cozy, colorful, conducive to whispered conversations and side glances. We know we’re supposed to be a font of positivity in these uncertain times, but let’s indulge our negative sides, yes! Scratch out that LIVE LAUGH LOVE sign and write GOSSIP, EAT JUNK  and HOLD GRUDGES under it. Just for today. Toxic positivity is exhausting and sometimes we all just want to be selfish cranks. Go for it, we say! After all, it’s TUESDAY. And if that doesn’t incite some negative vibes in you, you’re far too kind-hearted for this world.

But as we always say, the LOunge is for everyone, so if you’re feeling chipper and upbeat, there’s almost certainly someone who needs to hear that today so chat amongst yourselves! Just save the really nasty dish for later, when we have a chance to read it.


Megan Rapinoe’s New Book Club Isn’t Meant For Surface-Level Conversation
Fresh off a bronze medal win at the Tokyo Olympics, Megan Rapinoe is ready to relax—with a good book in hand. And she’d like you to join. The soccer superstar is one of several athletes, actors, and activists to launch a virtual book club during the pandemic with Austin-based literary startup Literati. Rapinoe is calling her literary circle—which she says will discuss titles that explore topics like racism, immigration, transgender rights, body positivity, and addiction—the “Call In.”
“I want to discuss topics that affect so many of us—or maybe haven’t affected us personally—[and bring together] a community… to ask tough questions,” she says.


Star Trek Wine Goes Blue as Two More Aliens Get Their Own Bottles
With new Andorian and Cardassian varieties, Star Trek now has six official wines — and you can buy them all for $299.

Debuting in 1966, the original Star Trek TV series ran for just three seasons — but the media empire it spawned continues to proliferate to this day: spinoff series, movies, books, games, and more. Speaking of more, in 2019, Star Trek launched its own line of wines — and now, similar to the series itself, that wine collection is also continuing to expand: Star Trek Wines has just announced the addition of two more bottles to its now six-bottle lineup.


Inside The Twisted World Of Curl Gatekeeping
How a safe space for the curl community spiraled out of control.

Almost everyone who grew up with curly hair will tell you: The journey to love your hair is hard. Learning to style it, care for it, rock it, and be unselfconscious about it can be even harder. For me, having spent my formative years clutching a flat iron in the era where the beauty standard was pin-straight hair, curly hair wasn’t just “unmanageable,” “unruly,” and “untamed.” It was “unprofessional,” “unkept,” and ultimately, just not beautiful.
While hair discrimination is still an ever-present reality, we’re thankfully moving into a space–online, at least–where there is more consumable content than ever that can teach people how to care for their various curls and textures. Social media sites and apps like YouTube, TikTok, and Instagram are giving platforms to curly girls, where they share tips, favorite products, and priceless advice to anyone who needs it. But just beneath the surface, the bullies are still there. Only now, they have curly hair, too.


This Is the Real Philadelphia Cream Cheese
Yoav Perry’s schmear tastes better than anything you’ll find in a block—and it’s actually made in Philly.

Philadelphia cream cheese was invented in 1872, named in a deft marketing move to associate the soft cheese bricks with Philly’s high-quality dairy farms. Despite its enduring branding, though, the grocery store staple was never made in the City of Brotherly Love. Now, nearly 150 years later, Philly can finally claim its own version.
Cheesemaker Yoav Perry recently introduced The Real Philly—technically a schmear, since it’s made with whole milk instead of cream. Perry crafts the spread, along with a host of other interesting, innovative, and downright delicious cheeses, from Pennsylvania milk at Perrystead Dairy in the heart of the city’s South Kensington neighborhood.


Wine Didn’t Make Me a Better Mom
But you wouldn’t know that scrolling through Instagram. Instead of peddling alcohol and memes, society should give women what they really need: support and resources.

All of these memes, marketing, and merchandise are supposed to be so LOL funny. But what they really do is normalize dangerous behaviors and obscure the truth of alcohol, which is that it’s a category one carcinogen, in the same class as tobacco and asbestos. Just two glasses of wine a day is linked to a 30-to-50 percent increased risk of breast cancer. Aside from tobacco, alcohol is the deadliest drug on the planet, killing more people globally than all other drugs combined.


Jay-Z and Beyonce’s Basquiat controversy illustrates the complexity of Black wealth
Jay-Z and Beyonce are too rich to not make history and controversy at the same time. As part of luxury jeweler Tiffany & Co’s “ABOUT LOVE” campaign, Jay-Z and Beyonce pose in front of a never-before-seen painting from Jean-Michel Basquiat’s private collection, a decision that is as historic as it is controversial.
The Carters were announced as the stars of Tiffany & Co’s “ABOUT LOVE” ad campaign, which came with photos of the billionaire couple spread to the world from one of the most sacred places in all of the internet: Beyonce’s Instagram. Beyonce becomes the first Black woman in Tiffany & Co’s 184-year history to wear the prestigious 128.54 “Tiffany Diamond,” the “ABOUT LOVE” is the married couple’s first ever ad campaign together, and the campaign is another example of Beyonce and Jay-Z’s penchant for decadent, aspirational Black love. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple.


This book unearths forgotten photos from Prestwich’s psychiatric hospital
Austin Collings spent five years trawling Charles Gordon Montgomery’s dusty loft to collate his photographs of the Manchester town, its residents, and their mutual friend Mark E Smith

In the mid-70s, a man called Charles Gordon ‘Don’ Montgomery cycled two days from Croydon to Prestwich, after a group of strangers in the pub asked him to move there with them. The Belfast-born 20-something had just returned from a hitchhiking trip around Europe and was looking for his next adventure. By the end of the decade, Don had found his home. He spent his nights in the local pubs, playing pool and smoking weed, and his days in Prestwich ‘Mental’ Hospital, where he worked as the so-called ‘boiler man’. When the boiler ran smoothly, Don didn’t have much to do except read, drop acid and wander the halls, and take photos of the corridors, the staff, and the idiosyncratic day-to-day life of the hospital’s patients.


The Jeopardy hosting saga has become a cautionary morality tale
Jeopardy is a wholesome American icon. Its Mike Richards crisis may change that.

The show is a test of its audience’s intelligence and cleverness, and its egalitarian format makes it a microcosm of the American dream. The contest rewards anyone with a lot of knowledge and a little skill at making good bets, which is practically a template for how success in the US is theoretically supposed to work: On Jeopardy, we can see that fabled merit system reward nightly dividends.
The hosts are part of Jeopardy’s myth-making. In its decades-long run, the show has had only two main hosts — original host Art Fleming and longtime host Trebek, each with reputations that matched the show’s largely scandal-free record.
Given how leery many were of Richards’s selection, it was all but a given that his reputation and past history would be highly scrutinized to make sure they could live up to the reputation of Jeopardy itself.


The story of amusement parks is the story of America
With all of its sparkle and chipped paint.

“Theme parks are all about us,” says Margaret King, who has studied and written about theme parks throughout her career and is the director of the Center for Cultural Studies and Analysis, a market research institute. “It’s a museum of us, of America. It’s a distillation of the qualities we most value and like about ourselves.” The Disney parks, in particular, reflect the small-town ideals, the innocence, the inventiveness, the strong work ethic, and other characteristics that are part of Americans’ self-image.
We are nostalgic for places that never really were, she says. Disney’s Main Street USA, the thoroughfares themed to the early-20th century that serve as gateways to the rest of Disneyland and Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, are idealized portrayals of a more genteel, if unrealistic America. They are spotlessly clean, impeccably landscaped, and overflowing with cheery optimism (as well as plenty of keepsake merch). Visiting the Disney parks is “like going back to your hometown,” King says. “It’s the hometown that’s shared by everyone in the country.”


Tommy Dorfman on the Beauty of Becoming Herself
The actress says she has finally found clarity. Now, she wants others to feel freer to do the same.

In 2016, Tommy Dorfman, a young actor from Atlanta who had graduated from Fordham University’s drama program, was cast in 13 Reasons Why, a Netflix teen drama produced by Selena Gomez. Dorfman, who was working in a bagel shop at the time, became very famous, very quickly. While the success was welcome, the subsequent exposure was more challenging. That’s because Dorfman was living in the wrong body.
In late July, Dorfman, 29, “clarified” in Time magazine that she was a trans woman. This was not a grand raise of a curtain, however, as Dorfman’s physical changes had been presented straightforwardly on Instagram for close to a year. It’s this frankness, even more than gender, that has defined Dorfman’s moment — and will redefine her career.


What Ever Happened to the TV Movie?
The once-dominant format for prestige TV is at risk of extinction.

In 2021, everything and nothing is a TV movie. The streaming age was already blurring the lines between television and film before the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated things. This year, Netflix and Amazon Studios fielded Oscar nominations for movies viewed mostly or entirely online, and Warner Bros. began same-day debuts for all theatrical films on its streaming service, HBO Max. There’s an understanding in Hollywood, communicated in off-the-record whispers and the occasional joke, that studios are playing this confusion to their advantage—dividing their slates via razor-thin technicalities that determine who goes to the Oscars and who may not even make it to the prime-time Emmys.


“It’s the freest place I’ve ever been”: How Martha’s Vineyard became a Black summertime sanctuary
For generations, forces worked to curtail Black freedom and joy. The Vineyard proved a safe place.

The Inkwell, as one of Martha’s Vineyard’s famed beaches is known, stretches hardly 100 yards between jetties on the north shore of the island. To see it, it amounts to just a sliver of sand, but on a sunny day, the sea is vast and the precise color of jade, beckoning swimmers whose families have descended on the island in the summertime for generations.
Since the 1800s, Martha’s Vineyard (and the Inkwell) has been a renowned getaway for these Black families. The elite mingle with middle-class families on the island: Former President Barack Obama is rumored to have celebrated his birthday this month in his seven-bedroom mansion on Martha’s Vineyard. The island’s regulars over the years have included Henry Louis Gates Jr. and the late Vernon Jordan; Maya Angelou once described the town of Oak Bluffs, which includes Inkwell Beach, as “a safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.”


Back with a Bang: Military Band performs at Changing the Guard for first time in 17 months
The centuries-old tradition has been restored to its former glory at Buckingham Palace

Few sights are as synonymous with England as Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace. And now, for the first time since the pandemic began, the event is back in all its pomp and ceremony, as the State Ceremonial Musicians of the Band of the Household Division join the performance once again.




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