It was a holiday weekend here in the U.S., but that doesn’t mean we all just hung out and barbecued all weekend chanting, U-S-A, U-S-A. Some of us did that and plenty more!
If Mexicans celebrated the 4th of July, the way Americans celebrate Cinco de Mayo, this is what it would look like.
Hey, we all know Donald Trump is terrible, but luckily his comments have unleashed a tidal wave of action and boycotts:
- Costa Rica backs out of the Miss Universe 2015 pageant.
- Univision ended their deal to cover the pageant; Trump is suing for breach of contract.
- NBC broke their ties to Trump, as well.
- Latino celebrities America Ferrera and Shakira (among others) condemned Trump.
Facebook’s staff, still very white.
Recently, the world was introduced to activist Bree Newsome in her valiant attempt to take down the Confederate flag outside the South Carolina State Capitol. Here she is, in her own words.
Newsome is also a filmmaker and you can now catch her work online.
A college scholarship fund set up in the name of Senator the Rev. Clementa Pinckney has raised $3 million.
Following a rash of church fires around the southeast, there is a silence around race and the history of violence around these incidents. Here’s how you can contribute to those churches as they rebuild.
NPR discusses the psychological trauma of violence on the black community.
Longtime controversial academic Andrea Smith’s sketchy “race” cred is finally garnering mainstream attention, thanks to Rachel Dolezal.
Colleges in the U.S. may face some major diversity overhauls pending a Supreme Court review of race-based admissions.
In sports, reigning tennis queen Serena Williams dealt with booing from the Wimbledon crowd, where her simple response (after speaking to the game officials) was, “Don’t try me.”
Misty Copeland became The American Ballet Theater’s first black principal ballerina!
You can check out Michael B. Jordan and Tessa Thompson in the Rocky spinoff Creed, directed by Fruitvale Station’s Ryan Coogler.
Ava DuVernay breaks our hearts by telling us that she isn’t directing the Black Panther movie.
George Takei called Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas “a clown in blackface” and then apologized.
Sonia Manzano, also known as Maria on Sesame Street, is retiring after 44 years on the beloved children’s show. She will be missed.
We must come up with a plan to rescue Malia Obama! It seems the young teen is interning for Lena Dunham.
Anthony Mackie will play Martin Luther King, Jr. in HBO’s adaptation of the Lyndon B. Johnson-based play All the Way.
The remake of Roots has added Laurence Fishburne as Alex Haley in the A&E/Lifetime production.
Claire Denis’s English-language debut film will be from a script written by Zadie Smith.
Donald Glover’s FX pilot, Atlanta, adds Brian Tyree Henry (The Book of Mormon) and Lakeith Lee Stanfield (Short Term 12).
Here’s a great video of Hannibal Buress in a shark costume!
Speaking of funny, Key and Peele point to the way the media identifies people in the audience.
Roxane Gay, author of my new fave Bad Feminist, has an amazing TED talk on feminism, inclusivity, and pop culture.
Get your Amazon wishlists ready, Grace Jones’ memoir, I’ll Never Write My Memoirs, is coming out September 29th.
Prince has a new song called “HARDROCKLOVER,” because of course he does.
Dev Hynes, aka Blood Orange, released an 11-minute song about racial inequality in America called “Do You See My Skin Through the Flames?”
The Netflix documentary What Happened, Miss Simone got mixed reviews following its release and the complicated discourse around mental illness, abuse, and genius, where the documentary occasionally misses the mark.
Rihanna, no stranger to controversy, released her video for “Bitch Better Have My Money.” May all the thought pieces flood your RSS reader!
That’s all for this week! Our deadline just misses the USA vs. Japan Women’s World Cup Final, so if you want to add any news about the dramatic events from last night, add them below!