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icymi: february 2023
news and pop culture updates from last month
whew…how is it already march? although i’m thrilled that it’s pisces season and my favorite month of the year (because of my birthday), i can’t help but to feel worried that the year is going to accelerate, causing it to be summer in the blink of an eye.
last month, i released my new series for this newsletter, icymi (in case you missed it) of things i saw in the news, pop culture trends, and things i read/watched. read january’s edition of icymi here.
here’s february’s *very late* installation of icymi — enjoy!
disclaimer: these are not in chronological order. also, there will be a mention about the shooting at michigan state university and sexual assault revolving around r. kelly and harvey weinstein’s updated prison sentences in this month’s edition in case you need to click off this post.
netflix unveiled their plan to crack down on password sharing, and obviously nobody wants it (frankly, it doesn’t make that much sense either)
the biden administration gave the state of the union address. here’s some takeaways from the event
at the grammys, and harry styles’ harry’s house won the award for album of the year, clearly snubbing bad bunny’s un verano sin ti and beyoncé’s renaissance. here’s more of my thoughts on why renaissance should’ve won
viola davis achieved an egot status. in the words of ariana debose: viola davis, my woman king!
a handful of albums were released: kelela, paramore, liv.e, bktherula, and gorillaz
on february 3, a norfolk southern train carrying toxic chemicals derailed in east palestine, ohio, subjecting the town to more than 100,000 gallons of chemical residue. i highly recommend reading this article by prem thakker about how the residents (and their sick animals) are recovering post-derailment
architectural digest released a tour of david harbour and lily allen’s home, and the controversial carpet in their bathroom rightfully received a lot of backlash
rihanna performed at the super bowl halftime show and announced that she’s pregnant with her and asap rocky’s second child. *sigh* also, they were featured on the cover of british vogue with baby fenty, which unfortunately led to this photo. there’s false claims by delusional black men and women that rocky — and black men, in general — are being emasculated, but you can read this article by tayo bero to hear more about why the emasculation of black men isn’t real
the mississippi house of representatives has voted this jim crow-esque court system in jackson, mississippi: “the capitol police, run by the state of mississippi, will have jurisdiction over all of the capital city if mississippi senate bill 2343 becomes law. the legislation would grant currently all-white state officials control over policing in the 82% black capital city of the 38% black state. the capitol police would work alongside locally elected law enforcement officials.” this excerpt was written by kayode crown for the mississippi free press
nearly 200 contributors to the new york times signed an open letter to call out the legacy newspaper for their transphobic coverage
in a big W for the marvel cinematic universe, steven yeun has been casted in a mystery role for the thunderbolts
microsoft and nintendo have negotiated a ten year contract to bring call of duty and other xbox games to nintendo consoles
florida college students held a statewide walkout on february 23 to protest the desantis administration for their recent actions against queer and bipoc communities
after 66 days on strike, the 250 unionized employees at harpercollins publishing reached a tentative agreement for their proposed contract
two media sites were shuttered in february: gawker and catapult. after their short-lived (18-month) revival, bustle digital group decided to close gawker, and catapult will be closing its online magazine and writing classesCatapult was one of the very few avenues BIPOC and working-class writers could access to the literary world via classes or generous editors who took a chance on pitches. I just feel so much for the editors, writers, and teachers, and the huge loss this means for us all.The decision to suspend the publisher's editorial and educational arms will "consolidate our efforts around our book publishing program," the publisher said in a statement. https://t.co/DkYiQn0CGCPublishers Weekly @PublishersWkly
the descendants of malcolm x announced their plan to file for a wrongful death $100 million lawsuit against the nypd, state of new york, fbi, and cia for the mishandling of his assassination in 1965
dylan lyons, a tv news reporter for spectrum news 13, and t’yonna major, 9-year-old girl, were two victims of a shooting in orlando. this cnn article details the string of events that started with the shooting of nathacha augustin. t’yonna’s mother and dylan’s photographer were also injured on the scene, and there is a gofundme available for both families
r. kelly — who is already serving a 30-year prison sentence for racketeering and sex trafficking — has received an additional 20-year sentence for child pornography crimes. harvey weinstein — who is also already serving a 23-year sentence in prison for rape and sexual assault — is likely to be spending the rest of his life in prison after being sentenced to 16 additional years for more sex crimes
there’s beef between selena gomez and hailey bieber, and i don’t quite know what’s going on, but maybe these explainers by cosmopolitan and rolling stone can help you figure it out. i’m going to mind my black business!
ant-man and the wasp: quantumania was released in theaters, and the movie was catching multiple strays for its storyline, graphics, evangeline lilly’s anti-vaxx nature, and similarity to the adventures of sharkboy and lavagirl
angela bassett did the thing!
things i wrote
i really enjoyed profiling markus and hearing his story about shooting the infamous, glimmering cover of bey’s dangerously in love
what i loved reading in february:
the grammys call dr. dre an icon. dee barnes calls him an abuser by mankaprr conteh
with raven, kelela reclaims dance music for black artists and looks to the future by jaelani turner-williams
young, gifted and black: meet the next generation of black hollywood by ruth e. samuel
how usher became the new king of vegas by hunter harris
sza has always been alternative—you just weren’t listening by sydney gore
how the peacock chair became a symbol of black power and liberation by j. nailah avery
why black families are leaving new york, and what it means for the city by troy closson and nicole hong
composing climate change: the radical legacy of black musicians by jaelani turner-williams
the underbelly of stan culture: the psychology, legality, of the stan experience by daric l. cottingham
my meet-cute with jonathan majors by tahirah hairston
what really happens if a bear does cocaine, explained by an ursinologist by alex abad-santos
ordinary black lives should be remembered, too by gabrielle ione hickmon
yes, please, we should ALL be masking in public: an open letter to empathetic people by sydney n. sweeney
what i loved watching in february:
harley quinn: a very problematic valentine’s day special
puss in boots: the last wish
marcel the shell with shoes on
what i loved listening to in february:
nasty dancer by flo milli
ghost in the machine by sza ft. phoebe bridgers
raven by kelela
this is why by paramore
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