We meet again. I hope you are as well as can be expected.

First: We’re doing an virtual event TODAY — Friday, June 26th — with Jasmine Guillory, to celebrate her great new book, Party of Two, on the Ripped Bodice’s Facebook page. Please join us!

We’re also giving away the newest book from Farrah Rochon, The Boyfriend Project!

Our new book, The Heir Affair, comes out in less than two weeks and we have info about virtual events and ways to get signed books here. (If you’re sure you want to attend our Vroman’s event on the 7th with Linda Holmes, the tickets — which come with a signed book — are available here.)

Enough about us:

This piece about reparations at the New York Times, by Nikole Hannah-Jones, is clear, direct, thoughtful, illuminating, and incredibly worth your time. I hugely recommend it. (If you missed the piece she wrote last year as part of the 1619 project for which she won the Pulitzer Prize, it is also outstanding.)

This is also so worth your time, at Jezebel: On Performing Gratitude

This is fantastic, at T: Nine Black Artists and Cultural Leaders on Seeing and Being Seen

At LitHub: Meet Ed Vaughn, an understated Black Power icon and former bookstore owner.

Really informative, at Teen Vogue: Police Unions: What to Know and Why They Don’t Belong in the Labor Movement

Great, at EW: Stacey Abrams talks new census PSA featuring Meryl Streep, Darren Criss, and more. 

Also, have you filled out the census yet? You can do it right here.

Related, at the NYT: Want to Be in Stacey Abrams’s Book Club? Sorry, It’s Family Only

At The Atlantic: The Girlboss Has Left the Building

This seems about right, via The New Yorker: A Guy Named Craig May Soon Have Control Over a Large Swath of Utah

Again, at The Atlantic: We’re Living in the Retro-Future

At Texas Monthly, this is lovely: Texas First: How Willie Nelson Brought Me Closer to My Mom

This is really good, at Town & County: Fabrice’s Lavish Beaded Dresses Defined ’80s Party Culture. It’s Time He Got His Due.

At The Root: The Newly Formed Black in Fashion Council Will Gauge Industry Accountability With an ‘Equality Index’

At ProPublica: The Secret, Absurd World of Coronavirus Mask Traders and Middlemen Trying To Get Rich Off Government Money

Loved this, at Tom and Lorenzo: A Gorgeous Gallery of Vintage Mid-Century Ebony Magazine Covers

Related, this is really good, at The Cut: The Black Media Mogul Who Changed History John H. Johnson, founder of Ebony and Jet magazines, created his empire against all odds.

I thought this was interesting at Pajiba: Kristen Bell Wants To Be The Heir to Ellen DeGeneres; That’s Not a Good Thing

This is a great essay about Joel Schumacher, at Hazlit: Paper Faces on Parade

And this is interesting, about the Hollywood Reporter’s Actresses roundtable. [Lainey]

Somehow I missed that Novak Djokovic hosted a tennis tournament that…spread a lot of coronavirus? Yikes! [Celebitchy]

This is a good piece at the AV Club: A little ditty about Sam and Diane: Cheers gave TV its most riveting incompatible couple