Also.Also.Also: Cara Delevingne Is ‘Manifesting’ a Baby, Whatever That Means

Feature Image of Cara Delevingne by Edward Berthelot/Getty Images

Broccoli and shells in a butter cheese sauce for tonight’s dinner, along with a homemade yellow cake with chocolate frosting if I can get my ass into gear. Who’s with me?

Queer as in F*ck You

I’m literally always a sucker for gay penguin content!! Same-Sex Penguins Succeed as Foster Parents in First for New York Zoo

We also included this in yesterday’s Pop Culture Fix, but it’s the best thing I’ve read in days so please make sure that you don’t miss it, especially on the first day of black History Month: The Many Visions of Lorraine Hansberry

Speaking of which, What We Lose When We Erase Queer Black History (excellent read from Refinery29: Unbothered’s Black History Month series)

Kris Wilka Just Wants to Play Football. “In South Dakota, one quintessentially American teenager — along with his deeply supportive community — is upending the outdated debate about transgender athletes in schools.

GUESS WHO IS HAVING A BABY!?!? DA BRAT AND HER GIRLFRIEND ARE HAVNG A BABY!!(Also Rihanna Is Pregnant! Singer and Fashion Icon Expecting First Baby with A$AP Rocky. I’m sure you’ve heard by now, and I know that technically this isn’t queer news, but all Rihanna news feels at least a little gay to me? You know what I mean?)

And in other baby related conversations, I have no idea what to do with this, can someone help me? Cara Delevingne Is ‘Manifesting’ a Baby

New music alert!! I’m never on TikTok but have been told this burning through TikTok

Saw This, Thought of You

This entire editorial package is just gorgeous, important, and if you’re going to read one thing from this round up today. Make it be something from this: 10 Years Since Trayvon: The Story of the First Decade of Black Lives Matter

Hungarian Roma Are Translating Amanda Gorman; Her Poetry Speaks to Their Experience. “White European translators have hesitated to work on Gorman’s poetry because of criticism that their race makes them inappropriate for the job. In Hungary, a marginalized community steps up.”

I Am a Doctor, and Having Hypnotherapy for IBS Has Changed My Belief About Pain

The Many Lives of Janet Jackson. I spent the weekend watching the new Janet Jackson docuseries and even though I didn’t love it, I can’t stop thinking about it.

Why Black Women Are Divesting From Excellence & Embracing Mediocrity. FUCK YES. THIS.

Political Snacks

I TRULY FUCKING LOVED THIS: The Disillusionment of a Young Biden Official. And a little behind the scenes commentary from the author, Jonathan Blitzer: “Andrea Flores grew up along the U.S.-Mexico border; served in the Obama Admin; & managed border issues for Biden’s NSC. Now she works in the Senate. My story about how she’s balanced her principles with pragmatism. It’s never been harder than right now.”

The Fallacy of Representation. This is actually in the Trayvon Martin Anniversary package that I listed above, but damn I cannot get it out of my head. What a reflection on what it has meant to be Black in America during (and after) the Obama Administration.

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Carmen Phillips

Carmen is Autostraddle's Editor-in-Chief and a Black Puerto Rican femme/inist writer. She claims many past homes, but left the largest parts of her heart in Detroit, Brooklyn, and Buffalo, NY. There were several years in her early 20s when she earnestly slept with a copy of James Baldwin’s “Fire Next Time” under her pillow. You can find her on twitter, @carmencitaloves.

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  1. thank you for the amanda gorman translation article! i think about this ALL THE TIME as i read translated articles on increasingly specialized and complex topics for grad school- the language i use to talk about disability is very informed by my personal and cultural context and i genuinely don’t know how a translator would weigh consideration of connotation vs denotation!

    also i’m literally two thirds of the way through one of the seminal texts in Roma studies (bury me standing by isabel fonseca) and the parallels of oppression are definitely there. i wish i had any knowledge of hungarian so i could read the translation!

  2. That manifesting a bday article made me laugh. The last line is brilliant: “However, if anyone could literally manifest a baby into existence, it would be the woman with the vagina tunnel in her house.”

    • Really the only thing that makes it ridiculous is the word manifesting. If she said, I’m looking forward to having a baby, or I’m setting aside money for IVF, or any of a million things everyday people do when they’re planning to have kids in the next five years, it would not be weird.

  3. Carmen-just want a take a second to compliment you on this fantastic roundup. Especially loved the piece on Lorraine. I spent all day putting on a giant display for Black History month and I got a gorgeous picture of her up next to Audre Lorde (and a bunch more incredible people.) with some of their best quotes. There was a lot of tape involved and I got a couple paper cuts but it was worth it

  4. Damn, Carmen. These are some incredible articles. I’m an idiot and thought since I’d read Looking for Lorraine I didn’t need to read the Hansberry article when I saw it yesterday. Thanks for including it again and giving me the push I needed.

    The football, black mediocrity, and representation articles were all fantastic as well. Can’t wait to read the rest.

    Also, it’s not gay, but a friend recommended the book The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris and it has stayed burrowed in my brain. Thought about it a bunch while reading many of these articles.

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