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Art, film, music, and more to look forward to as you ring in the beginning of the new year.
New Years are always meaningful to me. Although the change in years is more or less superficial, with nothing really changing as time passes as usual, to me, new years symbolize new beginnings and an ability to start fresh. I ring each new year hugging my friends as we cheer, not only with the hope that we will be better, but that the things around us will be better — that there will be less violence and more good TV shows to binge. The upcoming new year is especially meaningful to me, because it signifies a new decade — which to me represents not an immediate change but the markings of a new chapter with so much to look forward to. In the 2010s, I danced along to five new Ariana Grande albums, was shaken and changed by Get Out, and explored the Moma after its four month renovation. Although I won’t be leaving these behind anytime soon, I’m excited to see what new cultural experiences await me in the roaring twenties of the twenty-first century.
January 17, 2020: Sex Education Season 2
Remember having the awkward birds and bees talk in high school, in which you didn’t learn anything you didn’t already know, while at the same didn’t learn anything you really wished you knew? Netflix original Sex Education explores this awkward adolescent phase in which sexuality is still being explored and trying to be understood. Set in Moordale High School, viewers are exposed to the sexual problems, thoughts, and complications that teens are faced — hilarious because of how awkward yet realistic these topics are handled by the teens. Released earlier this year, Sex Education stars Asa Butterfield, Emma Mackey, Ncuti Gatwa, and Gillian Anderson. With main character Otis accidentally telling his date that she is subpar to another girl, each interaction in the show reveals the dynamics between friends, lovers, and children to parents that hit so close to home. In the second season, I am looking forward to seeing if Otis finally breaks out of his shell and gets the girl of his dreams, perhaps overcoming his awkwardness or even in spite of his awkwardness.
January 26, 2020: The Grammy Awards Show
The Grammys are always something I look forward to as a music lover. Last year, because Kacey Musgraves’ Golden Hour won the Album of the Year, I decided to give it a listen — prompting Kacey to be one of my top five most listened to artists of the year. I am excited to see who will win at this year’s Grammys, especially with both of the most nominated artists being female powerhouses (Lizzo and Billie Eilish), and one of them being only 18-years-old (Billie Eilish). In addition, Alicia Keys is hosting the awards show for the second year in a row. She is not only a talented musician, but she is also making history as the third woman and first female musician to host the show twice. I can only dream that Alicia Keys and Billie Eilish perform an encore of their duet, as they did on the Late Late Show with James Cordon.
January 28, 2020: Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu
Charles Yu is a Taiwanese American writer who has released three books and was honored as one of the “5 Under 35” by the National Book Foundation. In January, his fourth book, Interior Chinatown, is set to be released. Interior Chinatown is about an Asian actor who dreams of being a star but is met with bigotry in the West as he tries to move out of a background role into a main role. During a time in which casting directors would rather cast Scarlett Johnasson as a Japanese woman than cast one of the many Japanese actresses, Interior Chinatown, although fiction, seems extremely relevant as an exposé of the American entertainment industry and America’s overall view on Asian immigrants.
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Galleys for INTERIOR CHINATOWN have arrived! We can't wait for you to read the new book from Charles Yu, the infinitely inventive author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe. ✨🎥 Learn more about INTERIOR CHINATOWN, a powerful yet playful novel about race, pop culture, and escaping the roles we are forced to play at the link in our bio. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #bookish #reader #amreading #instareads #bookstagram #alwaysreading #booklover #bibliophile #interiorchinatown #charlesyu #howtolivesafelyinasciencefictionaluniverse
January 31, 2020: Kesha’s New Album, High Road
Wake up in the morning feeling like P-Diddy. That’s the first line to Kesha’s iconic song, TiK ToK, that I inevitably sing and dance along to every time I hear it played. Coming in January, High Road is Kesha’s fourth studio album, set to return back to her pop sound — exemplified by TiK ToK. In her trailer, she declares that through her new album, she will be returning back to her roots of “pure and utter debaucherous joy.” Although I appreciated the rawness of her previous album, Rainbow, which addressed her struggle with producer Dr. Luke, whom had sexually and emotionally abused her, I am equally excited to return to Kesha’s wild and unapologetic side. High Road marks her departure from the darker period in her life, representing a newfound freedom and strength, or as Kesha puts it: “Kesha got her balls back and they’re bigger than ever.”
March 6, 2020: “Creating Icons: How We Remember Women’s Suffrage” Exhibit
2020 marks the 100 year anniversary from when suffrage was granted to American women in 1920. In honor of this historic milestone, the National Museum of American History in Washington D.C. is displaying an exhibit called “Creating Icons: How We Remember Women’s Suffrage.” This exhibition will commemorate the fight for women’s suffrage, honoring key activists, as well as show items from suffrage and women’s activism collections. The exhibit invites audiences to remember and explore how exclusions of people in the women’s movement continue to impact women’s politics. While this exhibit is important in honoring the past, it is also a reminder that that was only the beginning and our fight for equality is not finished.
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99 years ago today, the 19th Amendment became law. But 100 years ago, the future wasn't certain. On Aug. 26, 1919, what still had to happen? 📃Earlier in 1919, the 19th Amendment passed in Congress. It needed to be ratified by 36 states to become law. By August, 14 states had ratified it (and Georgia had rejected it). 📃In the west—where women had already won the vote on a state level—suffragists needed to organize support for a federal amendment. They joined various organizations in a united campaign, based on a model used earlier in New York. 📃1920 was a presidential campaign year, so suffragists were at the Democratic and Republican national conventions, fighting to get woman's suffrage added to the party platforms. 📃Tennessee was the 36th state to ratify on Aug. 18, and the amendment became official on Aug. 26. Many women were still denied access to the ballot, including: • Native American women, who received U.S. citizenship in 1924 • African American women, who could not vote unimpeded until the Voting Rights Act in 1965 • Puerto Rican women, who gained full suffrage in 1935 • Asian American women, unable to vote until the repeal of laws like the Chinese Exclusion Act in 1943 and passage of the Immigration and Nationality Act in 1952 These pins are in our @amhistorymuseum. #WomensEqualityDay #BecauseOfHerStory
March 27, 2020: Mulan
The live action version of Mulan is being released twenty-two years after the original animation. While many people are upset that Mushu has been cut from the new film, I am personally hopeful that the elimination of Mushu will make an even stronger film. Featuring an all-asian cast, Mulan is a groundbreaking film of Asian representation and female empowerment. More dramatic and powerful than hilarious and light-hearted, I am ready to be captivated and inspired by the new Mulan. Read more about why I’m excited about the new Mulan here.