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We don’t know about y’all, but we are in definite, one might even say dire need of some serious stimulation as we head into our 4th day of major red carpet coverage. So enjoy the colors and patterns and textures of today’s LOunge as they combine to ease you through your Thursday and prepare you for the home stretch. We’re off once again to scrutinize the choices of the famous, but feel free to order anything you want while we’re gone. Discussion prompts are to be found below, but as always, you are perfectly welcome to sit in a corner and sulk quietly all day too.
Dear Isis Gabrielle Union writes about wishing she had done better by her Bring It On character.
“should start where we met, Isis. We did the reading at a Hollywood theater, an assembly of actors where only a couple of people would end up landing the roles. I wanted this one. Setting aside my need to win everything, which I know we share, I needed the job. This is a big deal, I said to myself, holding the script just before the table read. But those words. Your lines were full of made-up slang that made me cringe.
As the only Black person at the reading, I already felt isolated. I didn’t want to read the words on the page, but I knew I had to because this was one step toward securing the offer. In the end, my fear of being maligned by my own community superseded my fear of getting replaced. I couldn’t live with facing Black people if I didn’t change that dialogue.”
Should You Put Olive Oil on Your Face: An Investigation
To be, or not to be, a walking salad? That is the question.
You’ve probably heard the rumor that olive oil, that beloved mainstay of your pantry, can work wonders on your skin and nails. The thing is, olive oil is thick—even the most skincare shy among us know that it’s sticky and heavy and, well, very oily—and while dousing my face in olive oil sounded like an interesting experiment, I had a bad feeling that it might clog my pores or break me out. So I went to a dermatologist to find the answer, once and for all: Does my favorite cooking staple double as a skincare savior? A.k.a. if I end up smelling like a Greek salad for days, will it be worth it?
The 18 Best Action Movies of 2021 (So Far)
This fall’s biggest films include a lot of kicking ass.
2In 2020, for example, we saw that “any time during a pandemic” was definitely not when studios wanted to release their big action movies. With many theaters across the country (and the globe, for that matter) closed and movie ticket sales down even when theaters happened to be open (because people—understandably and responsibly—weren’t jazzed about sitting shoulder-to-shoulder in a dark room packed with strangers for two hours amid a pandemic), many studios opted to delay the release of their biggest and most potentially lucrative titles.
The result: 2021’s action movie slate is stacked, and a lot of the titles on it are ones we’ve been dying to see for so long now that “highly-anticipated” doesn’t even begin to cover it. And, as if the amazing slate of movies weren’t enough, a lot of the most anticipated action movies of the year feature—or, even better, straight-up star—strong, kick-ass women (and it’s about damn time, TBH).
The Invisible Victims
Two years ago, Ashley Heavy Runner Loring vanished without a trace, like thousands of other Native American women who go missing at alarming rates every year. Around the country, a remarkable movement, driven by Native women themselves, is leading the charge to find them.
It’s harrowing for any family when a loved one goes missing. But on the 326 reservations in the U.S., the deaths and disappearances of Native American women are more frequent, less visible, and often harder to solve, due to ineffective law enforcement and prejudice. There is no official data on the number of cases since no agency is tasked with tracking it. A nationwide analysis in 2016 from the National Crime Information Center found 5,712 reports of missing Native women and girls.
These Comfy Designer Boots Are Made From Apples — and They Can’t Stay in Stock
People are going bananas for apple leather right now.
Fashion brands are coming up with unique new (and dare we say delicious?) ways to create shoes that look good without harming Mother Earth. In fact, one brand is on a mission to become fully vegan and plant-based by the end of this year. And no, we’re not talking about their diets; we’re talking about the materials used in the production of its incredibly stylish designer shoes that are made from apples. Yes, apples. As in the fruit.
Angelica Ross Doesn’t Take No For An Answer
The actress talks her role as The Chemist in American Horror Story and her growing nonprofit, TransTech.
A black woman is the brains behind American Horror Story’s latest horrific tale, Double Feature: Red Tide, and Angelica Ross gives her life. The horror anthology’s milestone 10th season takes place in a fictionalized Provincetown, Mass., whose residents have fallen under the sway of mysterious Black Pills. The pills, made by the unnamed Chemist, can unlock a talented artist’s full creative capacity, but it also gives them a hunger for human blood.
For the woman behind the pills, Ross says she is “paying homage to Black women.” In episode 4 of season 10, we learn about The Chemist’s previous life as a biochemist for the U.S. government, working to shut down the brain’s creative center to make more highly-effective soldiers. Ross took that detail and ran with it, infusing her performance with a story of a Black woman who has been underestimated.
40 Essential Latinx Films To Watch Year-Round
The members of the Film Posers podcast share their best recommendations.
The Latinx experience in cinema is composed of many dualities. You can have a light-hearted romantic comedy just as much as you can come across an unapologetic critique of injustice. Latinx Heritage Month serves as a reminder that such stories from Latinx creatives hold so much weight and value that often goes ignored. But with the cultural shift we’ve seen in recent years, more and more of our voices and faces are being heard and seen in the media. This change is probably what many of our younger selves needed. Now there is an opportunity to broadcast the reality of many of these countries, experiences, and realities through an authentic lens.
Hollywood Is Remaking Whitney Houston’s 1992 Drama ‘The Bodyguard’
So far, no cast has been announced, though Channing Tatum and Cardi B have been “floated.”
The reboot machine has revealed the limits of its audacity—and the limit does not exist. Hollywood is attempting to “reimagine” the 1992 romantic drama The Bodyguard, which you might remember as the film that launched the biggest movie soundtrack of all time and blessed us with Whitney Houston’s unforgettable cover of “I Will Always Love You.” Starring Kevin Costner and Houston as co-leads and lovers, the melodrama was not exactly a critical darling but nonetheless proved a boon for Houston’s already booming career. Thus why the film was later turned into a Broadway musical, its songbook based entirely off of Houston’s repertoire.
Heinz’s New Device Squeezes Every Last Drop Out of a Ketchup Packet
The Heinz Packet Roller arrives at a time when ketchup packet demand has skyrocketed.
A ketchup packet does not contain a lot of ketchup. Sure, the more ketchup averse among us may be able to get by with a single sachet, but it’s much more common to see people grabbing these tiny packs by the fistful, sometimes using as much as an entire packet on just a fry or two.
For these diehard ketchup enthusiasts, squeezing every last drop of condiment out of the packet can be crucial. And even for those with a plentiful supply, at a time when the world is trying to reduce its plastic packet waste, leaving unused ketchup inside while reaching to open another one is simply not environmentally friendly.
Planters Is Giving Fans a Chance to Stay in Their Gigantic Peanut ‘Motel’
Because what peanut lover doesn’t want to visit Mr. Peanut’s vacation home?
Planters is offering one lucky peanut fan a two-night stay in a 26-foot-long peanut on wheels in Duluth, Minn. It seems random, but Planters is relocating to Hormel Foods in Minnesota, and they opted to celebrate by inviting a few fans up to their new turf. Mr. Peanut put us through a lot last year with his whole death and rebirth — the least he can do is offer a few nights at his vacation home.
Many Artists Began Painting Outside During the Pandemic—And They Might Never Go Back
The tradition of plein air painting—painting outdoors—grew in popularity with French artists in the mid–19th century, when, for the first time, they were able to buy portable easels and oil paint in tubes. The idea was to make portraits of nature under the changing conditions of light and weather and season. Going out into the landscape became an important element of French Impressionism, as it had in the United States with the Hudson River School and the Luminists, who practically deified Mother Nature in all her bounties—mountains, forests, wildlife.
Missouri cave with ancient Native American drawings sold
A Missouri cave containing Native American artwork from more than 1,000 years ago was sold at auction Tuesday, disappointing leaders of the Osage Nation who hoped to buy the land to “protect and preserve our most sacred site.”
A bidder agreed to pay $2.2 million to private owners for what’s known as “Picture Cave,” along with the 43 hilly acres that surround it near the town of Warrenton, about 60 miles (97 kilometers) west of St. Louis.
Bryan Laughlin, director of Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers, the St. Louis-based firm handling the auction, said the winning bidder declined to be named. A St. Louis family that’s owned the land since 1953 has mainly used it for hunting.
The cave was the site of sacred rituals and burying of the dead. It also has more than 290 prehistoric glyphs, or hieroglyphic symbols used to represent sounds or meanings, “making it the largest collection of indigenous people’s polychrome paintings in Missouri,” according to the auction website.
This Winnie-the-Pooh-Themed Airbnb in England Looks Exactly Like You’d Imagine
The look-a-like listing will celebrate the book’s 95th anniversary.
It’s been 95 years since Winnie the Pooh was published, and Airbnb is celebrating with a stay in a magical treehouse in the original Hundred Acre Wood that’s worthy of a truly great nap.
The whimsical home, which the company told Travel + Leisure will be open for bookings next week, was inspired by the original illustrations of E.H. Shepard and is complete with shelves stocked with ‘hunny’ pots, a “Mr. Sanders” sign above the doorway, and tree branches wrapped around the home. Guests can play Poohsticks on the iconic Poohsticks Bridge, go on a guided tour of the Hundred Acre Wood — or Ashdown Forest in East Sussex, England — and eat “locally sourced hunny-inspired meals.”
Multigenerational living is making a comeback
So how does one go about buying a home that works for the whole family?
The pandemic changed life for everyone, and for some people, that included shacking up with a few familiar faces. Living with multiple generations under one roof is becoming increasingly popular, and it’s influencing what buyers look for in a house. So why is multigenerational living on the rise?
Let’s go back to 1940. During the Great Depression, money was tight in most American households. Seniors who were out of the workforce were often cared for at home by their adult children. At the time, almost a quarter of American houses were home to three or more generations. Then came World War II, which resulted in an economic boom for the US. The traditional American nuclear family flourished as more young adults were now able to afford single-family homes, and thanks to expanded Social Security benefits, seniors now had the means to live independently, too. That trend continued for a while… until 1980, when the number of multigenerational homes in the US started to shrink to just 12%. Those numbers remained somewhat steady for several decades.
Then, in 2020, COVID-19 hit.
How to end the American obsession with driving
To fight climate change, cities need to be designed with much more walking, biking, and public transit use in mind.
According to a 2021 study published in Frontiers, Houston, Chicago, and Los Angeles have some of the highest per-capita emissions totals in the world. The study broke down cities’ emissions based on sector, using the most recently available data (from 2009 and 2010), and found a large portion of those emissions come from transportation.
Data from the EPA shows that the transportation sector is actually the biggest source of pollution in the US, and that light-duty vehicles (or passenger cars) are responsible for 58 percent of those emissions. Overall, the EPA’s research — and the 2021 study — reinforce the fact that the transportation systems of American cities over-rely on cars in ways that are not sustainable should the US actually want to approach its stated greenhouse gas reduction goal of 50 percent by 2030, a number it has to reach in order to limit global warming by 1.5 degrees Celsius or less.
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