02 Jan 5 Friyays: January 3
Hey, all! Welcome to the first 5 Friyays of 2020! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and wish you all the best in the coming year and decade! It’s been a quiet end to a very busy couple of weeks for me, so I’ve got an interesting and eclectic list for us. Let’s dive in!
Meet The New Chancellor
This Thursday, my alma mater Queen’s University Belfast announced its new Chancellor is Secretary Hillary Clinton. She is the first woman to fill the mostly ceremonial position, but this 5-year post is further proof of her and her husband’s dedication to Northern Ireland. I’m not sure what will come from the Clinton Chancellorship but I’m sure it will be good for the University.
15 Defining Moments for Women in 2019
Normally, I try and come up with a clever headline for each Friyay, but it’s hard to find a better title than the one in this article. This article produced by UN Women covers all the major accomplishments for women in the past year. From period emojis to spacewalks, and lots of amazing stories in between. It’s a great reminder of all that’s been done and all the work ahead!
The Latest Binge
Those loyal readers may know that Dr. Kristen and I struggled with the last few seasons of our beloved Game of Thrones. I’ve been a fan of fantasy practically since birth. My father raised me on a steady diet of Star Trek, Star Wars, and Tolkien – to name a few. In watching a couple interviews about Netflix’s newest fantasy show ‘The Witcher’ I decided to give it a go. In short, I really enjoyed it. It’s a whole new world for me, as I’ve neither read the books nor played the game. I enjoyed the story – which jumped through time a bit confusingly – but the payoff was always worth it. I cannot wait for season 2, so if you’re looking for a new show in the new year, give it a go.
New Year, New Music
Dr. Kristen used her last Friyay of 2019 to share some of her favorite music with you. In keeping with that theme, I’ve got some fabulous female artists to look out for in 2020!
An Ode to Kenan
This article appeared in one of my timeline’s shortly after Eddie Murphy’s return to SNL. Eddie was joined in his monologue by other famous POC male alums, including Kenan Thompson. But when many people shared the screen grab of the historic moment, Kenan got left out. This prompted a whole string of essays about his impact (longest-tenured cast member) – including this piece from the Washington Post. I’ve had Kenan on my TV since I was wee (watching “All That” and The Mighty Ducks) and I enjoyed learning more about him here.
That’s my Friyays for this weirdly short week with a holiday in the middle. I spent my New Year’s as I always do – watching movies and binging TV (P.S. ‘Jack Ryan’ is great). Happy New Year all and have a great weekend!