12 Jun 5 Friyays: June 12
Happy Friday, folks! And before I say anything else, happy almost birthday to my darling Dr. Erin – who celebrates another year around the sun on Sunday. Happiest of days, dear one!
Self-Care and Protesting
I appreciated this article from Dr. Tyffani Dent about the psychological and physical needs of self-care during and after attending a protest.
Reinventing Communal Music
I loved this story from The Guardian about virtual choirs. There’s a lot of research that communal singing can improve people’s mental health exponentially and so I’m glad that it can be one of the things that’s evolving in this new world.
Nike Makes Juneteenth a Holiday
Love, love, LOVE this news from Nike that they’re making Juneteenth – the only official recognition of the end of slavery in the U.S. – a paid holiday day for their workers. Next, I’d like to nominate getting rid of Columbus Day and replacing it with Election Day, but I’ll take Juneteenth!
Over the past several months, I’ve been learning about the K-Pop (and BTS specifically) fandom from a friend of mine who is active in it, so I was delighted to see their activity covered in the Washington Post this week. For anyone who doesn’t know, K-Pop stands for ‘Korean Pop’ and it is a movement of music production and fandom out of South Korea. The biggest international success from it is the band BTS and I cannot say that I know anything beyond that, but I do know that K-Pop fans are passionate and active. They essentially took over an #alllivesmatter hashtag earlier this week and subverted the message back to black lives. They’ve invaded white supremacist hashtags and taken them over as well. Gwan, K-Pop fans!
LIVERPOOL FOOTBALL IS BAAAAAACKKKKKK
Father’s Day. 2pm. Merseyside Derby. On my television. Football. Glory.
That’s it from me this week – please take care of yourselves. Wash your hands, stay home, breathe deep, and remember this too shall pass because that’s what the laws of time and space dictate, but I get we feel far from that.