Another weekend is upon us; we hope everyone is staying strong and mobilized, and that you’re taking care of yourselves and each other. More ways to get involved and stay involved coming up the next few days, all of which we’ll get into in just a second. (Also, be sure to follow us on Instagram @brightestyoungthings; we’ve been trying to keep our stories up to date with all the latest info.)
Briefly first, here are some things you might be interested in from the BYT universe this week:
- Here are four photographers’ POVs from the Juneteenth Million Moe March.
- We were excited to announce two events – first, #VoiceOurFuture is a UN Foundation x Artechouse collab which launches today (June 26th) in honor of UN Charter Day.
- Second, Politics and Prose and Penguin Random House will virtually host authors Brenda Jones and Krishan Trotman for a conversation about their new, four part book series, Queens of the Resistance, celebrating four incredible and influential congresswomen – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Nancy Pelosi, Maxine Waters, and Elizabeth Warren on July 11th.
- “Everything will, and should, change.” We spoke to Caryn Coleman, Founder of The Future of Film Is Female, about the state of cinema right now. You can also catch her presentation of a Q+A with Josephine Decker, director of Shirley, this Sunday at 8pm ET.
- And from the food world, we spoke to three new DC restaurants about the highs and lows of opening during a pandemic.
- Plus your weekly guide to being a better ally, as well as five places to donate.
- You can also spend local and support social justice through Carbonado’s new campaign, #BLACKEATSDMV, which aims to publicize over 300 Black-owned eateries in the DMV area and raise money for Movement for Black Lives. Check out the details and the PDF guide here.
Friday June 26th
- It is the last weekend of Pride Month and we’d love to point you in the direction of Smithsonian’s Project Pride – feat. Big Freedia, Pabblo Vittar, Girl in Red, Madame Ghandi, Tunde Olaniran, VNCNT, Nakhane, Indigo Girls, Rufus Wainwright, Tig Notaro, Roxane Gay and so much more. Enjoy it anytime. Enjoyable and informative, anytime.
- At 3pm there’s a Complicity In White Supremacy Protest starting at Fort Reno, eventually ending at Mass. Observatory.
- By The People x Monochrome Collective Art Fair kicks off today. Featuring 100+ DMV artists, it’s definitely not to be missed.
- And watch Arthur Jafa’s “Love Is The Message, The Message Is Death” for free across 13 global cultural institutions’ streaming platforms starting at 2pm today, plus check out panel discussions with the artist tomorrow and Sunday.
- Music-wise, DC JazzFest From Home continues now through the 29th ft. all-donation-based performances.
- Meanwhile, House of Yes will host Rosa Perreo PRIDE: Digital Dance Party, a special Pride edition of the free Latinx club reggaeton party.
- Additionally, 14th DC Latinx Pride Official Dance Party: La Fiesta En Casa is happening starting at 8pm ET, and will benefit Queer Families Covid-19 Relief Fund; tickets are $5-$10.
- Plus there are new records out today from Arca, HAIM, Gordi, Jessie Ware, Khruangbin and Raleigh Ritchie.
- And Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga premieres on Netflix.
Saturday June 27th
- Back to Black is a great charity pop-up happening at Serenata this weekend intended to amplify Black voices within the beverage industry. Several organizations to benefit, so make sure to grab some cocktails (there is also a non-alcoholic option available) today and tomorrow.
- Swing by Chocolate City Experience & Black Lives Matter DC’s block party at Black Lives Matter Plaza ft. resources for the Black community, Black vendors, Chocolate City farmer’s market, yoga, double dutch and more from noon until 5pm.
- There’s also an FTP March at 7pm starting out at Dupont Circle (end location disclosed for now) ft. 6pm white accomplices orientation.
- Music-wise, you can start streaming Black Power Live at 8pm ET; hosted by Patrisse Cullors, the stream will benefit organizations across the Movement for Black Lives, and will feature performances by Aloe Blacc, Dev Hynes, Doja Cat and many more.
- The virtual Roots Picnic 2020 is partnering with Michelle Obama to try to reach voters this year, and performers will include The Roots, H.E.R., Roddy Ricch, Lil Baby and more, plus appearances from Kerry Washington, Janelle Monae and more.
- Global Pride is also today; celebrate with House of Yes’ Soundtrack For A Movement: GLITTERBOX Pride ft. Natasha Diggs, Sippin T and Sabine Blaizin, a virtual party that will benefit G.L.I.T.S., a queer grassroots organization raising money to create housing for black trans women and a support system for black trans folks who have been incarcerated.
- Or, again, if you haven’t gotten a chance to watch Smithsonian Project Pride from a few weeks ago, it’s a positive and reflective viewing experience featuring amazing performances from Madame Gandhi, Big Freedia, Girl In Red, Rufus Wainwright, Pabllo Vittar, Indigo Girls and more, and we hope you’ll check it out.
- (You can also put on a Pride playlist made for us by Australian artist Harmony Byrne.)
- If you’re more interested in cinema, Nitehawk is hosting a virtual screening of SHIRLEY tonight ft. live Q+A with Elizabeth Moss and director Josephine Decker; tickets are $12.
- In terms of TV, you can tune into Chilling Eve II, a virtual chat w/ special guests hosted by Killing Eve and Paper, starting at 3pm ET on FB Live.
- Meanwhile, the NWSL returns as one of the first sports leagues to attempt to resume play; today’s 2020 Challenge Cup matches include NC Courage vs Portland Thorns FC at 12:30pm ET, and Orlando Pride vs Chicago Red Stars at 10pm ET.
- Plus the third and final season of Dark hits Netflix today.
Sunday June 28th
- The weather sounds like it might be rainy today, in which case you might consider spending the day virtually at these Black museums around the country.
- Tonight at 8pm ET be sure to tune into NEON and The Future of Film Is Female’s presentation of a live virtual Q+A with Josephine Decker, director of SHIRLEY. Moderated by Shayana Filmore, it should be a great talk.
- (And be sure to check out all of FOFIF’s great June programming via their STREAMING platform.)
- Also at 8pm ET we’ve got the 2020 BET Awards ft. performances from Nas, Rapsody, YG and more.
- Plus Health’s Angels, a live virtual storytelling show with womxn sharing their physical, mental, and emotional health stories, will also be happening at 8pm ET; proceeds to go to Freedom Fighters DC.
Thank you, and remember to stay safe, mobilized, vigilant and hydrated out there. Did we miss something? Get in touch at [email protected]
Featured photo by Chris Henry