Spike Lee shines a spotlight on police brutality in new short film

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Warning: the following video contains footage of the murder of black men by police officers.

Spike Lee has released a short film highlighting the brutality black men in America have suffered at the hands of the police and drawing parallels between the murders of George Floyd and Eric Garner with that of his Do the Right Thing character Radio Raheem. 

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A 20,000-Square-Foot Tribute to Healthcare Workers Emerges at Queens Museum

“Somos La Luz” (2020). All images © Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada, by Eduardo Amorim/Greenpoint Innovations

In the Queens Museum parking lot, Cuban-American artist Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada (previously) has painted a 20,000-square-foot mural as both an act of gratitude to Latinx healthcare workers, who have risked their own safety to care for others, and a nationwide call to action.

These are the people that make our city move, the people that care for us. These are the people that contribute socially, culturally, and economically to the nation… In the year 2020, where hindsight should not be clearer, it is amazing to me that we must continue to ask ourselves…how it is that minorities today still have to suffer the same injustices of the minorities of the past(?)

Somos La Luz,” or “We Are The Light,” is a large-scale rendering of Dr. Ydelfonso Decoo, a pediatrician who died when fighting the virus in New York City. Rodríguez-Gerada hopes to draw attention to the disproportionate number of COVID-19 cases among Latinx and Black populations across the United States, in addition to the alarming rates of infection in Queens, one of the city’s epicenters for the virus.

In an Instagram post about the project, Rodríguez-Gerada said presenting the masked figure on such a massive scale reflects the enormity of the issue. “This artwork ‘Somos La Luz’ strives to give deeper meaning to the loss of each life,” the artist writes. “It strives to make evident the importance of every life as well as to value the amazing contribution of migrant people.”

Best viewed aerially, the mural was commissioned by the immigrant healthcare organization SOMOS and Make the Road New York, an advocacy group. (via Hyperallergic)

 

Designers show support for BLM protests after their stores are trashed

Marc Jacobs raided LA store Black Lives Matter protest

Sparked by the killing of George Floyd, mass protests broke out across America across the course of the weekend. In Minneapolis, New York, Washington, and beyond, people took to the streets to demand justice for Floyd, where they faced more of the police brutality they were fighting back against.  

In many cities, luxury fashion stores became targets, with some set on fire and othershellip;

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Glossier pledges $500,000 to support black-owned beauty businesses

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Glossier has taken a stand against systemic racism and white supremacy and committed it’s support to the black community. As protests have erupted throughout the US over the past week in response to police brutality and institutionalised racial violence, the beauty brand has pledged a donation of $1 million to the cause. 

“We stand inhellip;

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K-pop stans are stopping protest snitches by spamming police app

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Protests have spread across the world this weekend (May 30 and 31) following the murder of the 46-year-old African American man, George Floyd, at the hands of a white police officer in Minneapolis. Demonstrators took to the streets in London, Berlin, and Toronto, showing solidarity with read more raquo;



Your monthly horoscope: June 2020

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Grace McGrade is an intuitive astrologer and priestess based in Los Angeles. She is the co-founder of ASTRAL ORACLES, an open-source spiritual community, and author of Palpable Magic; a website exploring prose about sex, love, Los Angeles and the occult.

June is a catalyst for big changes, and all signs are swept up by the air of celestial shifts, as we venture through the sign of Gemini. The Sun in Gemini makes us animated,hellip;

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