Well folks, it's Friday again, and since Dr. Donnelly took last weeks' post, it's my turn to share what I've found most interesting or inspiring over the last week!
1. To start on a light note, Disney announced the new cast for The Lion King revival, which will release in Summer 2019. The cast includes Beyoncé and Donald Glover in the starring roles, and boasts a diverse group of actors. With continuing conversations about the underrepresentation of POC in film, this production will certainly take a step in the right direction!
2. We're always on the look-out for blogs and podcasts we can highlight. This week I stumbled upon Criminal (In)Justice, which is a podcast project created (and hosted) by University of Pittsburgh Law Professor David Harris. Just launching it's fourth season, Harris and his guests tackle any number of topics related to police brutality, sentencing issues, bail reform, and mass incarceration. Give it a listen and you're sure to learn something new!
3. In case you missed it, Ronan Farrow's piece in The New Yorker Harvey Weinstein's Army of Spies outlines just how a famous and powerful movie mogul can hide his sexual harassment for so long, through bullying, intimidation, and hiring former Israeli spies (as you do).
4. Since we work on issues of employee engagement and retention, Amazon's announcement this week of their 11 perks for new employees caught my eye. Most revolve around food (how else to keep people happy) and include free snacks, free breakfast and lunch, and scheduled happy hours.
5. To end on a light note, this Tuesday marked the first national election since perhaps the most divisive presidential election in modern history. Though this was considered an off election year, there were plenty of issues and candidates on ballots across the country. No matter your political perspective, the healthiest way to engage in our democracy is to participate in it -- inform yourself and vote in every election, who knows what change you can enact simply by showing up!