5 Friyays – September 11

5 Friyays – September 11

We’ve made it through another week, everyone, and it’s been a doozy. With all the horribleness of 2020, I did manage to find a few celebratory tidbits to make up my Friyays. Pretty on brand topics for me, so let’s get to it. 

Reading in the Time of COVID

For regular readers of our Friyays, you’ll know that Dr. Kristen and I spend a lot of money attending Broadway plays and musicals. Obviously, with Broadway dark during COVID, we had some spare spending money lying around. We’ve been splitting that cash between donations and books. Through a few new projects, we’ve found a couple rabbit holes to fall down. Thus, when Time released its list for new Fall books, we shared a collective, gleeful squeal about this richly diverse list. Find a local bookstore and get shopping!

Together As One – International Lacrosse Solidarity

My favorite story from this week is the decision of the Irish lacrosse team to give up their spot at the World championship in 2021 to the Iroquois Nationals. Though they qualified on points, the Nationals were originally excluded because they did not represent a ‘sovereign nation.’ When World Lacrosse reversed the decision, the Irish team made their call. It’s a beautiful gesture and should be applauded by all. Seeing as Indigenous folks invented the game, it’s only fitting they should be represented on the world stage.

An Inconceivable Reunion

We strive to stay out of specific politics here at AR, but I could not resist sharing the exciting news that the cast of my favorite movie, ‘The Princess Bride’ is reuniting for a fundraising read-through. Follow the link to learn more about what they’re supporting and why it’s sparked some disagreement, but I’ll be there on Sunday with bells on.

Reviving Indigenous Languages

This story, about Blackfoot actor Eugene Brave Rock’s new initiative to revive his Native language, is another of my favorite stories of the week. Through his work on the blockbuster film ‘Wonder Woman’ he realized the importance of preserving his language and heritage. I really enjoyed this story and learning more about the Blackfeet languages and tribes.

Oscars Maybe Not So White (by 2024)

We’ve been very critical of the Academy Awards and their startling lack of diversity for years. It’s good news this week to see the announcement of their four new standards for ensuring diverse representation. I’m not thrilled that they aren’t being applied till 2024, but we’ll take a win where we can get them. Hopefully these standards can lead to more equitable representation of marginalized groups both in front of and behind the camera!

That’s a wrap on my Friyays for this week. We hope you are all safe and well! Dr. Kristen will be back next week!


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