By Allison Lantagne
Hey y’all, and welcome back to A to ZEE Weekly! Today is January 5th, 2018. Happy Friday! This week in news:
A Senate trip to Russia was cancelled after Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), who openly supported a bill that strengthened Russian sanctions in 2017, was denied a visa by the Kremlin. Shaheen has also recently been outspoken in support of the #MeToo movement, penning an article for Glamour last week in support of sexual assault victims and the Silence Breakers, TIME’s 2017 People of the Year.
Erica Garner, daughter of Eric Garner, passed last week, suffering from brain damage as a consequence of a heart attack. Speaking about her activism in the Black Lives Matter community, Erica said to NPR “I’m never giving up. I’m never going to forget. And I don’t want the world to forget what happened to my dad.” Erica rose into activism after her father’s death. This article from the American Psychological Association explains and provides further information regarding the physiological and psychological effects of racism on the health of African Americans. May Erica rest in power.
On Wednesday, Tina Smith was inaugurated into the United States Senate, taking the place of Democratic former senator Al Franken. She made a historic 22nd female senator—increasing the number of women in the senate to the most that have ever served at one time. Just a gentle reminder that women are 51% of the US population, but only 1/5th of the Senate. They make up an even smaller portion of the House of Representatives.
Winter Storm Grayson is battering the east coast, cancelling flights, freezing pipes, and even bringing snow to states that rarely receive them such as Florida.
Presenters for the Golden Globes were announced this week, with a majority of them being women. Many actresses, including Meryl Streep, have also committed to wearing black to this awards ceremony as an act of protest against the rampant sexual harassment culture in Hollywood.
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend found themselves fighting against Pizzagate Conspiracy accusations this week, with Twitter user Liz Conkin accusing the couple of being involved in a child sex trafficking ring. “Pizzagate” theories were debunked in the fall of 2016.
YouTuber Logan Paul faced severe backlash for recording an insensitive video in Japan’s “Suicide Forest,” featuring the body of a man who had hanged himself. He later apologized, but many have pointed out that this video was not the consequence of one simple mistake. It was a series of decisions (going to the forest, deciding to shoot a vlog, discovering the body, not putting the camera away, going home with the footage, editing it, and publishing it) that led to this video being posted on the internet, for all of his fans, including young children, to see. Paul later removed the video, but many are criticizing YouTube for not taking any actions against Paul’s account.
The Black-ish spinoff, Grown-ish premiered to positive reviews on Wednesday, with Gen-Z actress and activist Yara Shahidi at the helm in the role of Zoey Johnson. Fellow ZEE contributor Lindsey Mutz reviews last night’s episodes here.
The rollercoaster that is Shondaland got a little bit twistier this week when a How to Get Away With Murder and Scandal crossover was announced. Few details have been revealed, but Kerry Washington did share a picture from a HTGAWM table read on her Instagram.
That’s all I’ve got for you this week, folks! My pop culture plug is the movie Spotlight. Yes, yes, I know this movie won an Academy Award three years ago and I’m way behind the curve here, but if you’re movie-illiterate like me, give this one a shot. And before I go, you should know that our lovely editor Ana will be taking over for me next Friday as I will be out of the country. Ciao for now! Go forth and be news savvy.