7 things we’ve been talking about this week
It’s Friday! You made it through another week of grinding hard and working on reaching official #girlboss status. Between making moves, preparing for graduation (Congrats CO’ 2016!) and taking care of business, you may have missed some of the week’s hottest beauty, fashion, pop culture and world news. Here’s a recap of what we’ve been talking about this week:
Teen Vogue names Elaine Welteroth as editor-in-chief
After a couple mishaps last year, such as featuring white models for an article on senegalese twists, Teen Vogue is rebounding by naming 29-year-old Elaine Welteroth as the magazine’s new editor-in-chief. According to essence.com, Welteroth is the second African-American editor-in-chief in Conde Nast’s (Teen Vogue’s publisher) history. Congrats, Elaine, and bring some of that #blackgirlmagic to the pages of Teen Vogue!
Missouri teen breaks the internet with her Beyonce-inspired prom look
This week, Missouri teen India Ross broke the internet with her Beyonce-inspired prom look. Ross asked her designer to recreate Beyonce’s sheer and bedazzled 2015 Met Gala look. She recreated the look perfectly from head-to-toe, and she even snapped a picture holding up her long, blonde side pony, just like Queen B herself. Although she received some criticism for her look, India says she was happy with how the dress turned out and that she felt “like Beyonce.” According to people.com, India will most likely be sporting another Beyonce-esque dress soon since she’ll be going to school for fashion design.
Bella Hadid is not in “Formation”
Since February, everyone has been trying to get in formation, especially black women who have made the song an anthem of self-love and appreciation. The designer behind the Misha Collection was apparently feeling the song too, and decided to use “Formation” to close out the show that featured all white models. Bella Hadid, who opened and closed the show, received quick backlash on the internet, and the designer has yet to speak out about their choice.
Blake Lively has an “Oakland booty”
Blake Lively was feeling herself at the Cannes Film Festival, and she posted a side-by-side shot of herself with the caption, “L.A. face with an Oakland booty.” Soon after, Black Twitter erupted with claims of cultural appropriation since the caption comes from Sir Mix-A-Lot’s famous song, “Baby Got Back.” Dom Jones of Blavity says Lively probably thought nothing of the caption, but her absentmindedness highlights issues around the gentrification of historically black cities such as Oakland.
The rest of the “Black Panther” cast gets announced and it’s lit
I watched “Captain America: Civil War” and immediately got hype when Chadwick Boseman came across the screen. And did you see his fierce, bald bodyguard?! You go, girl! This week, Ryan Coogler announced some of the other main characters, and Lupita Nyongo and Micheal B. Jordan will be on screen as T’Challa’s love interest and main nemesis, respectively. 2018 can’t get here fast enough.
Laverne Cox snags lead role in upcoming CBS drama
Laverne Cox stole our hearts in Orange is the New Black as Sophia, and she’s aiming to do it all again with an upcoming drama on CBS. The show, Doubt, will focus on “a smart, chic, successful defense lawyer at a boutique firm who shockingly gets romantically involved with one of her clients, who may or may not be guilty of a brutal crime.”
NAACP sues Michigan and its governor over Flint water crisis
Although the Flint water crisis isn’t getting as much mainstream news attention, the fight is far from over. This week, the NAACP filed a federal class action lawsuit against Michigan and Michigan’s governor, Rick Snyder. According to the national NAACP website, the organization is suing on behalf of Flint’s residents, and is seeking “property damages, pain and suffering damages, emotional distress damages, medical monitoring, and other injunctive relief for affected city residents and businesses to be determined by the court.”
Happy Birthday, Malcolm X!
On May 19, the world celebrated what would have been Malcolm X’s 91st birthday. Google joined in the celebration with a Google Doodle of Yuri Kochiyama, a Japanese-American woman who became a supporter and close friend of Malcolm X in the year before his death. Kochiyama says she identified with Malcolm’s fight for equality, since some of her family were placed in interment camps after WWII. Kochiyama worked closely with Malcolm, and was even there the day he was assassinated at the Audubon.
Yesterday, the hashtag #quedawgtwitter started trending on Twitter, and it’s not for the faint of heart. Anyone who went to an HBCU or was part of greek life on any campus knows how wild the Ques can get. Search for the hashtag, and take a trip down memory lane. Just keep a bottle of water and a few prayers for forgiveness nearby.
What captured your attention this week? Let me know!