Extra! Extra! Read all about it!! Got a new addition to the site for you all!! Everyday I find myself learning the latest trends in fashion, getting the latest news in media, uncovering the next great memoir, new restaurant openings, and where I should be traveling to next. It’s also necessary that I share this news as I am a huge proponent of showcasing the joys and achievements of what is happening in the world especially as it pertains to Black and Brown folks!! So I figured, why not share these with you and share in the wealth…I’m calling it Dr. G’s Weekly Hot Topics!!
Each week, much like the trailer alerts, I will share some of the top news stories with you! Without further ado, let’s see what is on the docket this week!
Black Brewers are changing the Washington, DC landscape of craft beer!! To date DC has three Black-owned breweries, making up 20% of the city’s total of 15 (Sankofa Beer Company , Soul Mega , and Urban Garden Brewing ). Along with these breweries making their mark, DC Black beer fans can also bridge the brewery gap and build community through the Black Brew Movement. Our nation’s capital is shaping up to be another prime location for Black owned breweries. DC is truly taking a leading role with other Black-owned breweries in such places as Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and neighboring state Maryland. Who says representation does not matter in the beer game?!
For all my travelers near and far, there is a new Black-owned travel bottle company, “Ries Beauty“!! Looking for a refillable, TSA-friendly bottle that will not leak all over suitcase, ruining your good clothes…Ries Beauty is the product for you!! Founded by a Black-woman Megan Graham, who was once the beauty market director at Vogue, Graham has created the first reusable travel bottle and has partnered with Sephora to launch the product. As told to WWD by Graham, “Ries is built for women and people in the way that we truly travel. Historically the bottles in the beauty industry have been build on single-use, cheap, inexpensive virgin plastics—they’re not built for the functionality that Ries provides.” Ries is available now on Ries-Ries.com and Sephora.com
Now these are some things we ought to be talking about and sharing with the masses!! And make sure you stay tuned next week for more Hot Topics!!
The continuous struggle for women’s participation and equality in all spheres of life and society!!
August 26th is a day to commemorate the 1920 adoption of the 19th Amendment (Amendment XIX) to the United States Constitution, which prohibits the states and the federal government from denying the right to vote to citizens of the United States on the basis of sex.
The amendment was first introduced in 1878. In 1971, the U.S. Congress designated August 26 as Women’s Equality Day.
Some interesting things to know about Women’s Equality Day:
U.S. Congress designated August 26 as Women’s Equality Day in 1973 in order to commemorate the 19th Amendment.
Women’s Equality Day, commemorates the passage of women’s suffrage in the U.S. and reminds us of the hurdles overcome by the heroic women who faced violence and discrimination to propel the women’s movement forward.
The same year Women’s Equality Day was officially recognized by Congress, on Aug. 26, 50,000 women marched in New York City for the Women’s Strike For Equality March
For educational resources and some ideas on how to celebrate, check out the following site!!
It’s My Birthday Month!! Yay!! Nothing like celebrating another year of life…one full of blessings!!
This list right here…I’m really digging it!! Not just because it’s my Birthday month, but because these some hot literary joints!! One even has a film adaptation hitting theaters soon! But don’t take my word for it, check them out for yourself!!
The Silent Twins~Marjorie Wallace
Golden Ax ~Rio Cortez
How You Grow Wings ~Rimma Onoseta
The Witchery ~S. Isabelle
The Black Period~Hafizan Augustus Geter
The Getaway ~Lamar Giles
And remember you can always go back and check out the previous month’s list and past recommendations in the “Resource” section of the website!!
“We have to talk about liberating minds as well as liberating society.” ~Angela Davis
Tune in on this Thursday August 18th at 3 pm/ET as Dr. Robinson and I bring you a special #SummertimeConversation on the 2022 summer film from Jordan Peele Nope!! While we wrapped up Season 2 with our discussion on Blackness and horror, we could not help but offer a few thoughts on this compelling film!!
This discussion explores the newest Jordan Peele film Nope. The residents of a lonely gulch in inland California bear witness to an uncanny and chilling discovery. After random objects falling from the sky result in the death of their father, ranch-owning siblings OJ and Emerald Haywood attempt to capture video evidence of an unidentified flying object with the help of tech salesman Angel Torres and documentarian Antlers Holst.
And just in case you want to refresh your memory of the movie, check out the trailer below AND go see it in a theater near you:
August 16th, 1981…41 years ago today the Creator saw fit for me to come into this world. Leading up to this day has been one eventful year… let’s just say one for the books!! Bringing in 40 brought much joy, pain, new beginnings, but no regrets! The one thing I love about my birthday is that I get to reflect on what happened in the previous months, and what I can do in the months ahead.
So you know as I enter year 41, I always like to peel back and understand the significance of that number and everything that comes with it…The number 41 represents a symbol of hope and affirmation. This year I strive to maintain and increase my focus on physical, emotional, and financial security. Now I would be fooling myself if I did not say I was curious about what is in store for this new year. It’s amazing what can happen in a day, a week, a month, and even a year!
Now 41 also symbolizes creation and imagination…I got a few new projects on the rise, some projects in the process, and a few on the verge of completion.
41 also brings the essence of the following thoughts:
Expression of Personal Freedom
As always I am looking towards new possibilities that lead to great places. I’m ready, a little anxious, but alert for what is on the horizon!!
Cheers to this new year of blessings!! Another chapter to write!! Welcome 41!!
Nothing like a new television series to take you back to your childhood days!!
During last month’s San Diego Comic Con there were several major announcements made and trailers revealed!! Two in particular that stopped me in my tracks were of course the trailer for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and the trailer for the much anticipated animated series Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur!! With Moon Girl (Lunella Lafayette) being deemed as one of the smartest people in the Marvel Universe, this is prime content for little girls (especially little Black girls) who are interested in the STEM field. As a follower and reader of the comic (even wrote a chapter in my dissertation about her), I am truly hyped to see this hit the television screens!!
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur follows the adventures of 13-year-old Lunella (voiced by Diamond White) and her 10-ton T-rex, Devil Dinosaur (voiced by Fred Tatasciore). Additionally, the main cast includes Alfre Woodard as Lunella’s grandmother, Mimi, Libe Barer as Lunella’s best friend/manager, Casey, Sasheer Zamata as Lunella’s mom, Adria, Jermaine Fowler as Lunella’s dad, James Jr., Gary Anthony Williams as Lunella’s grandfather, Pops, and executive producer Laurence Fishburne as The Beyonder,
Also announced at San Diego Comic Con, the legendary Raphael Saadiq will serve as the executive music producer for the show.
To get a little taste of the series and Lunella, Casey and Devil Dinosaur prepare for their mission in New York City’s Lower East Side, check out the teaser trailer below:
In addition to the lead roles, the series is is set to feature the following star power guests: Alison Brie, Andy Cohen, Daveed Diggs, Maya Hawke, Jennifer Hudson, Wilson Cruz, Method Man, Asia Kate Dillon, Cobi Smulders, Wesley Snipes, and more. Additionally the following actors will have recurring roles: Omid Abtahi, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Michael Cimino, Indya Moore and Craig Robinson.
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur is set to premiere on the Disney Channel and Disney+ in 2023!! Looking forward to this animated goodness!!