Hi everyone,

Just as a reminder that we’re still in a pandemic; please please wear your mask.

This is a powerful essay at Vanity Fair: George Floyd Was Killed in My Neighborhood

Please read Stacia Brown’s piece at the Cut: The Sacrifice Black Children Shouldn’t Have to Make

This is great, from Daniel Radcliffe, at the Trevor Project, in response to JK Rowling’s most recent transphobic comments. [Note: We used DanRad because he played Harry Potter and is inexorably tied to her literary legacy in a way that became relevant when her comments were published, but we agree with the commenter who said other voices should be promoted here too; this essay by a trans writer at Slate breaks down JK’s comments. We’d also like to note that none of this involves shouting down or invalidating JK’s experiences as a sexual assault survivor; the issues can be untwined, and this piece does a great job with that.] She has proven profoundly, deeply, disappointing as a person. If you’re looking for a place to donate to help the Black trans community right now, The Okra Project “is a collective that seeks to address the global crisis faced by Black Trans people by bringing home cooked, healthy, and culturally specific meals and resources to Black Trans People wherever we can reach them.”

Keke Palmer is also great. She wrote this op-ed for Variety: I Have Waited for a Revolution My Entire Life

At The New Yorker: The Secret Project That Led to Black Lives Matter Murals Coast to Coast

This piece at the Los Angeles Times is so thoughtful and interesting: How do you sign ‘Black Lives Matter’ in ASL? For black deaf Angelenos, it’s complicated. It interviews, among others, one of the ASL interpreters who works for Los Angeles County, Rorri Burton, who I find riveting when she’s doing the pressers. She is so good.

Also at the LA Times is this illuminating/horrifying piece about Cops, the TV show, which has finally been cancelled.

At The Atlantic: The Black Women Who Paved the Way for This Moment: Today’s protests build on a long tradition of activism.

At Rolling Stone: Rewriting Country Music’s Racist History

At Variety: Padma Lakshmi on Creating ‘Taste the Nation’ and Letting Immigrants Tell Their Own Stories.

This is a powerful (and beautifully written0 essay, at Catapult: Whiteness Can’t Save Us

At British Vogue: “A New Generation Of Young People Who Aren’t Willing To Wait”: Sadiq Khan & Edward Enninful Talk Diversity And Creativity  

Vulture re-ran this piece from Angelica Jade Bastién this week, and it’s well worth your time: What Are We to Do With Cinematic Monuments to the Confederacy?

At Allure: The People Behind the Black Lives Matter Art Being Shared on Instagram