5 Friyays: February 12

5 Friyays: February 12

Hey, folks! It’s Dr. Erin with the Friyay duty this week. It’s been cold, and snowing, and cold here in Pittsburgh the whole month, so I’m ready for a metaphorical (if not actual) warm up! I was spoiled for choice this week for content. I’m delighted with what I chose, so let’s check it out!

Irish Guardí Jerusalema Challenge

Whether or not you know what the Jerusalema Challenge is (I had to Google it) – the submission by the Irish police force has to be the top contender. Great dedication, horses, and gorgeous Irish countryside.

A Museum Worthy Prom Dress

Since it’s my list, there’s usually at least one story related to Indigenous folks. For this week, I’m celebrating Bella Cornell’s prom dress. That might sound strange, but Bella (Choctaw Nation) had an activist-driven prom dress made by Della Bighair-Stump (Apsaalooke (Crow) Tribe of Montana). The design honors Bella’s Crow heritage while also drawing attention to missing and murdered Indigenous women by using the color read. It was recently added to a display at the National Museum of the American Indian, and it’s too cool a story not to share!

Sam Cooke, Civil Rights, and Award Nominations

Last week I caught a fabulous interview with Leslie Odom Jr. and Michael Eric Dyson on The Reid Out with Joy Reid. Not only is Joy’s joy contagious, but it’s a fabulous discussion about the historic meeting featured in Regina King’s ‘One Night in Miami’ and the complicated figure of the phenomenal artist Sam Cooke.

Black History with HOF Ice Hockey Player Angela James

There aren’t a lot of stories the NHL and ice hockey can tell during Black History Month. But one they can is the fantastic story of Angela James – the second woman ever elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Here she is discussing her career and legacy with an NHL historian.

Celebrating Modern Love

The latest edition of GQ’s Modern Love series profiles professional soccer player Megan Rapinoe and her fiancé professional basketball player Sue Bird. It’s a superb profile about their lives, their careers, their relationship, and their goals for the future. It came across my feed through Billy Jean King’s gracious share – admitting it’s a very different world from when she lost all 24 of her sponsors for coming out.

That’s what I’ve got for this week – hopefully these stories warmed your heart during these Baltic days of February. Dr. Kristen is up next week – I’ll see you at the end of the month!

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