Hey, hi, hello! How are you? What’s up? Last night I watched Titanic for what feels like the first time since you could only watch it using two VHS tapes. It’s still… exactly what I expected it to be! Also, the government is still shut down, as far as I know, which frankly, is a bummer. I hope you aren’t too affected by it/have a community to help you survive it if you are. Here’s some good news from the past week to help cheer you up.
On its debut full-length album Sistahs, punk band Big Joanie present sisterhood as a microcosm of black feminist liberation. Pairing DIY aesthetics — worn-in cassette-tape hiss and other audio imperfections — with playful instrumental flourishes, the album is as much a declaration of the band’s political vision as it is a refusal to be defined.
Public service announcement ! pic.twitter.com/inpOQAJijK
— Miss Major (@immissmajor) January 16, 2019
Last Wednesday, Ramesh put pen to paper. On the first day of the NCAA’s early signing period, the 17-year-old signed a national letter of intent to play at Northern Arizona University (NAU). Standing at 6-feet, Ramesh is just the second woman born in India to receive a Division I women’s basketball scholarship. The first was Kavita Akula, who is a senior at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix via Garden City Community College in Kansas. Ramesh has never been to the United States, but the connection she forged with the NAU coaching staff has given her the confidence that this choice is the right one.
For two years, she piloted the class with students in the high school’s gender and sexuality alliance. Then she submitted the course to the school committee for approval, and was shocked when she quickly got the OK.
“I really wanted it to happen, but I knew that it was controversial,” she said. “Gay marriage was still not legal in any state in the country. It was a different time, 17 years ago.”
Barber-Just says she thinks it’s one of the earliest classes of its kind in an American public high school. “I think it was the first,” she said. “Everywhere that I’ve read, it was the first gay and lesbian literature class in a public high school in the United States.”
+ Bigotry? In Governor Laura Kelly’s state? It’s less likely than you think after she reinstated protections for LGBTQ state employees.
As my first official act as Governor, I am reinstating protections to state employees who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. EO 2019-02 restores rights that were taken away in recent years.
Discrimination of any kind has no place in Kansas. It will not be tolerated. pic.twitter.com/MAi7mFzuYN
— Governor Laura Kelly (@GovLauraKelly) January 15, 2019
Have a beautiful week you weird beautiful nerds.