feature photo credit to Robin Roemer
Before last Friday, I hadn’t listened to the Hamilton cast album in months… but after watching the show on Disney+ for the first time, I’m back to obsessively listening to it, the mixtape and the Hamildrops and reliving some of my favorite #Ham4Ham performances. Consider this roundup my effort at breaking through my growing addiction.
Queer as in F*ck You
+ If you pay close attention to Roxane Gay’s latest piece, “The World, Opened Up,” you may notice a little bit of personal news:
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Yup! It's true! @roxanegay74 and I have eloped! We're still going to have a wedding someday–hopefully in 2021. Along with my cousin @ileneros and her partner Kenny, and our dear pals @thedeedeegordon @mosesberkson, and with our family on FaceTime, we popped into a place called Instant Marriage (yes, really) –masks and all– and tied the knot under a pretty, plastic Chuppah. The image above is from an article written by Roxane and the link is in my bio. Image two is an amazing photograph taken by the photographer @allanamato, logo in image three is by my darling @chip_kidd and the calligraphy in image four is by my dear friend and colleague @chochinov. 🥰❤️🌈🌟👩🏾🤝👩🏼
Congratulations to Roxane and Debbie on their nuptials!
+ Loved this from Kristen Arnett: “[Dorothy Allison’s Bastard Out of Carolina] not only made me want to write, but it showed me the kind of writing that I wanted to do, which felt so significant to me” – Kristen Arnett on the Butch Women Who Inspired Her
+ Raquel Willis is having a moment and I am here for it: How I Get It Done: Writer and Activist Raquel Willis
+ Give the alliance forged during the Moral Mondays movement, this is no surprise: Black lives matter, LGBTQ groups find common ground in fight against police brutality
Saw This, Thought of You
+ As I attempt to evolve my own thinking about what policing should look like, pieces like this are helpful in conceptualizing abolition: How I Became a Police Abolitionist
+ Could I stan Meghan Markle more? Apparently so: Harry and Meghan call for Britain to confront colonial past
Saw This, Thought of You: Sportsball Edition
+ It was a great weekend of NWSL action in the Challenge Cup. I’d pick this header from Houston’s Shea Groom as my favorite goal of this round:
2-0 | #HOUvRGN
— NWSL (@NWSL) July 5, 2020
This goal from Lindsey Horan, though? A close second:
— Portland Thorns FC (@ThornsFC) July 6, 2020
NWSL action resumes tomorrow with the Utah Royals taking on OL Reign and the Dash back in action against Sky Blue FC.
+ Two weeks ago, Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA), who’s caught in middle of a highly contentious special election, called protesting the death of Rayshard Brooks at the hands of police, while exercising their rights to open carry, were an example of “mob rule.” Aside from just being generally repugnant, Loeffler’s comments drew particular attention because she’s also co-owner of the Atlanta Dream, a WNBA team that with a majority black roster.
Now WNBA players are speaking out: WNBA stars call for ousting of Sen. Kelly Loeffler as team owner after ‘mob rule’ comments.
+ WNBA teams have arrived in Florida and are currently quarantined in their Bradenton villas (aka the “Wubble”). One of the funnest players to watch is not among them: Las Vegas Aces’ Liz Cambage expected to miss WNBA season, agent says
+ I worry she’s not wrong: After questioning safety of upcoming WNBA season, Sky assistant coach Bridget Pettis resigns
+ Congratulations to Las Vegas’ Angel McCoughtry on speaking this into existence: WNBA players to spotlight Breonna Taylor’s name on jerseys; ‘Say Her Name’ on warm-ups
+ Related: The WNBA also announced the creation of a Social Justice Council which will “be a driving force of necessary and continuing conversations about race, voting rights, LGBTQ+ advocacy, and gun control amongst other important societal issues.”
+ In “Men Also Play Sports” news: Report: Every member of the Washington ownership group not named Snyder wants out of the team
+ A few weeks ago, in a huge blow to environmental activists, the Supreme Court ruled that the U.S. Forest Service could permit the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to run underneath the Appalachian Trail. But, over the weekend, the energy companies behind the pipeline announced that they were cancelling the project.
+ Just when I think they can sink no lower, they do: ICE: Foreign Students Must Leave The U.S. If Their Colleges Go Online-Only This Fall