1. “Stand Up” – Official Lyric Video – Performed by Cynthia Erivo. (video) “From the motion picture HARRIET, the Original Song ‘STAND UP’ was written by Joshuah Brian Campbell & Cynthia Erivo.” In related news, Why a new film about Harriet Tubman focuses on freedom, and What’s Fact and What’s Fiction in Harriet, and The ‘Superhero Journey’ Of Harriet Tubman, Now On Film.
3. Ten Years Ago, I Called Out David Letterman. This Month, We Sat Down to Talk. “It’s not often that you speak truth to power and power responds, ‘Oops, sorry,’ writes former Letterman writer Nell Scovell.”
5. Dogs and body image, a Twitter thread. Read it just for the pictures of the dogs. You won’t be sorry.
6. On Being with Krista Tippett: angel Kyodo williams, The World Is Our Field of Practice. “angel Kyodo williams is one of our wisest voices on social evolution and the spiritual aspect of social healing. She is an esteemed Zen priest and the second black woman recognized as a teacher in the Japanese Zen lineage. For those of us who are not monastics, she says, the world is our field of practice. To sink into conversation with her is to imagine and nourish the transformative potential of this moment toward human wholeness.”
7. Some Words of Encouragement for Regular People from Jena Schwartz. I cried when I read the final paragraphs of this, which means I really needed to hear it, which is why I’ll share them in my yoga class tomorrow morning. Thank you, Jena.
9. The L Word: Generation Q (2019) Official Trailer. (video) Yes, please!
11. Kitbull | Pixar SparkShorts. (video) “Kitbull, directed by Rosana Sullivan and produced by Kathryn Hendrickson, reveals an unlikely connection that sparks between two creatures: a fiercely independent stray kitten and a pit bull. Together, they experience friendship for the first time.”
13. The Photograph Trailer #1 (2020) (video) It seems mean to release this trailer when the movie won’t be out for THREE more months! I don’t want to wait. How can I wait?
14. Pretty, Big and Dancing from Great Big Story. “Akira Armstrong started dancing at 8 years old and never looked back. She even landed a featured appearance in two Beyoncé music videos, but when she decided to pursue dance professionally, she faced rejection from agencies because of her body type. She didn’t fit the physical mold of a typical dancer. So, Armstrong took matters into her own hands and started a plus-size dance company, Pretty Big Movement. Now she’s a mentor and teacher to a group of women who are striving to become professional dancers themselves, regardless of their body types.”
19. Obama Says Democrats Don’t Always Need To Be ‘Politically Woke.’ To be clear, I disagree with a lot of what he had to say.