So much happened in the past two weeks, but I tried to ease my way back into the internet. Nicki Minaj is pregnant and the Emmy nominations got a few things right and a lot of things wrong. Highlights: John Lewis in his own words, Black public discourse, Noname’s book club, we need to do better for Black women and femmes, Keyshia Cole 15 years later, Beyoncé’s Black is King, #challengeaccepted, Baltimore Police Department corruption, the universe of the NBA, and Hong Kong’s delayed election.
Before Congressman John Lewis died on July 17th, he wrote this essay. “He wanted it to be published on the day of his funeral. His staff provided a copy of the essay to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on the morning of July 30, four hours before his 11 a.m. funeral was to start.” In his own words, Lewis reflects on his legacy and how “democracy is not a state. It is an act, and each generation must do its part to help build what we called the Beloved Community, a nation and world society at peace with itself.”