05 Jul 5 Friyays: July 5
Hey, ya’ll! It’s Dr. Hinson back with my 5 Friyays! I’m back from holiday, back in America, and finally over my jet lag. I’ve got a pretty happy list for my Friyays this week. We’re getting a little America with a video about one of my favorite museums and the AWESOME US Women’s National Soccer Team, and then the rest of the list is just TV and film recommendations – because let’s be honest – the world is on fire and we all need to find joy where we can.
The Intersectional Story of America
When I first moved back to America after 5 years abroad, one of the most formative experiences was a day spent with Dr. Donnelly in her hometown of Philly. We did the whole America + experience – even eating at a restaurant that was loved by John Adams! The first stop on the list was the newly opened Museum of the American Revolution and it is still one of my favorite all-time museum experiences. Why? Because it’s intersectional – it deals honestly with the imperfect nature of our Union, with the horrific way settlers treated black and brown people. It includes stories of Black and Native people in the story – which of course they were a part of, but are so often written out! Watch this video and you’ll see what I mean.
Megan Rapinoe is an American Hero and Icon, and that’s the Tea.
I hope you all have been religiously following the USWNT’s scorching path to the Women’s World Cup Final (and you better be calling it the Men’s World Cup after this because men are NOT the default). One of team USA’s leading players made the news last week with her comments about visiting the White House under the current administration. Without straying too far into politics, I loved this article explaining what Megan stands (and doesn’t stand for) and why she represents the best of American values. Here’s hoping these fierce ladies can pull off another amazing victory on Sunday against the Netherlands squad!!
A Good Old Summer Joy Fest
You don’t have to love The Beatles (even though I do) to love the new movie ‘Yesterday,’ which opened last Friday. I went to see it this weekend with my Mom and it was 2 hours of pure joy. No special effects, no CGI, no period piece, just funny, endearing, slightly odd rom-com about being the only person who remembers one of the greatest bands of all time. I cannot recommend it enough.
The Kids are Back in Hawkins
Speaking of Summer joy, let’s talk about the new season of Stranger Things, which dropped on America Day. I’ll be watching it as quickly as possible because it’s amazing. If you haven’t already seen it, do yourself a favor. Plus they’ve also done a handy recap of seasons 1 and 2, which I found quite useful.
Queer Eye is Everything: Better Late than Never
I am one of those people that saw the internet talk about wonderful Queer Eye is for 3 years and did not do a thing about it … until a few weeks’ ago. One of my dear friends in Belfast made me watch the first episode and in Jonathan’s words, I am obsessed. If you are like me, and still haven’t watched this gem of a show, it is gorgeous. It is the best of humanity, each episode, and the boys are brilliant, and hilarious, and human, and wonderfully self-affirming. I feel like a better person after every episode. Name a show that does that for you.
That’s my 5 Friyays for this past week! Though Dr. Donnelly is away on another international trip, she has the Friyays for next week. Hope all our American readers had a safe and happy 4th – roll on July!