We’re seeing an unprecedented level of political engagement in this cultural moment. In the two months since the Internet-Wide Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality, those efforts have crystallized into a decentralized grassroots movement to defend a free and open internet.
This week the Trump administration began a blitz of activities, appointments and directives that embrace racism, sexism, xenophobia and other forms of hatred. We need to hold on to the things that inspire us — and fuel ourselves for the long haul.
As a teenager, I was an advertiser’s dream. I soaked up any fashion magazines I could get my hands on. I read them cover to cover and then paged through them backward.
But there was a point when all that changed.
On Thursday night, American swimmer Simone Manuel tied with Canadian Penny Oleksiak for a historic gold medal in the 100m freestyle. NBC didn’t air Manuel’s medal ceremony — even though she’s the first African American woman to win gold for an individual swim.