feature image of Angelica Ross (styled by Amiyah Scott) by Malik Aamir for Interview
It’s Thursday, Straddlers! To borrow from one of my favorite podcasts, “drink some water, take your meds, call your person” …and, of course, enjoy this link round-up.
Queer as in F*ck You
+ “I think that is what is so radical about Black excellence — that we defy all of that and, in the face of our oppressors, we’re still able to not only find moments of joy, but show up and kill shit…”
There are so many gems in this Raquel Willis interview with Angelica Ross. It’s very much worth a read: “I Was Born For This:” Angelica Ross is Black, Trans, and Fearless
+ Recently, Liberty University has seen an exodus of Black student-athletes due to the cultural incompetence of the school’s leadership. That got me thinking about how queer students survive in that oppressive environment and I got my answer: Despite a culture ‘entrenched in fear,’ LGBTQ students find ways to thrive at Liberty University
Saw This, Thought of You
+ This is repugnant: Hair weaves from Chinese prison camps seized
Saw This, Thought of You: Sportsball Edition
+ A great treatise on women’s sports, at this moment, from Lindsay Gibbs: Going first.
+ From North Carolina Courage’s Abby Dahlkemper: NWSL Challenge Cup a return to normalcy and a chance for change
+ I’m a little biased but this might be my favorite goal of the Challenge Cup thus far:
Decent debut, Rook 😏 pic.twitter.com/oWVC55Osv3
— Utah Royals FC (@UtahRoyalsFC) June 30, 2020
+ Etch Maya Moore’s name in the history books — not for winning WNBA titles or gold medals — but for following in the footsteps of Muhammad Ali and stepping away from sports, at the prime of her career, for a cause truly bigger than basketball: Jonathan Irons, Helped by WNBA Star Maya Moore, Freed From Prison
+ Details are still scant on the forthcoming abbreviated WNBA season, despite the fact that training camp is supposed to start next week.
+ Related: Cloud’s hometown team, the Philadelphia 76ers, highlighted her advocacy, visibility and activism as part of their 2020 Pride series. I am not ashamed to say this was my favorite part:
+ Tennis phenom Naomi Osaka speaks “up about systemic racism and police brutality:” I Never Would’ve Imagined Writing This Two Years Ago
+ I haven’t been a big fan of all of the name changes recently, mostly because they seem like cosmetic fixes on a systemic problem, but if this name change happens, I’ll be celebrating: Unless Daniel Snyder changes [DC’s NFL team’s] name, RFK site is off the table, officials say
+ Mary Trump’s book’s going to press and in his vain attempt to keep it out of the public view, her uncle, the president, made it a best seller: Tell-All Book on Trump Can Move Forward Pending Hearing, Judge Rules
+ OF. COURSE. THEY. ARE.: The RNC Is Paying a Former Apprentice Hand Accused of Having Trump Dirt