Yes, yes, I know – floods, Nazis, everything is terrible right now. But you’d be forgiven for not being entirely in the loop; as I’m sure you all know, there’s been a recent major international event that’s been permeating our consciousness.
This weekend L & Q welcomed in the New Year with a romantic jaunt to la belle Paris. From the time our plane landed to the time we left French soil again, our trip totalled almost exactly 48 hours. In that time we not only saw all the major tourist landmarks, but also absorbed some local culture and authentic Parisian charm. Here is how we did Paris in a weekend.
God wasn’t 2016 rubbish? In the next few weeks, Boshemia will almost definitely be musing over how god awful the last year was, but today we’re going to be looking at one of the prevailing themes of the year: Toxic Masculinity. In a year of Trump asserting his masculinity in dangerous ways over everything he seemed to cross, and then somehow getting awarded for it; a year of Brexit and the following fight for the Prime Minister spot being nothing more than a dick measuring contest, only for the cursed position to go for a woman, almost certainly setting her up for failure. In a year of rape accusations, police shootings, terrorist attacks (good god the year’s even worse when you write it all down!), we coincidentally lost three icons of masculinity and gender subversion. On December 25th, aged 53, George Michael joined Prince and David Bowie in the pantheon of people destroyed by 2016; the trifecta of 80s queer icons has gone, politicians are swiftly moonwalking away from identity politics, and the world is basking in the stench of toxic masculinity. Merry Christmas.
So, it’s been a week since Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life went live on Netflix. The internet has had a lot of opinions and emotions about it, and Boshemia babes Q and L are no different (E is still on Season 2, sweet summer child that she is. Oh the things you have to come!). We got together to discuss our fresh-off-the-box, knee-jerk response thoughts on the revival.
“The ache for home lives in all of us. The safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.” -Maya Angelou, “All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes”
Boldly embossed on a gallery wall of the third floor, Maya Angelou’s words are some of the last you encounter at the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). The quote hangs over the heads of the visitors like a hopeful coda, illustrating this sense of “home” that visitors have arrived at in their journey through the floors of African American history, and speaking indeed to the place of home that has been forged with this museum.
I was lucky enough to read Maya Angelou’s words for myself this weekend, after the Grand Opening dedication ceremony. I joined the 28,000 visitors who gathered together to see the opening of the museum and to hear President Obama address a nation with the hope that this museum would “bind us together, and reaffirm[s] we are all Americans.”
Alongside his wife, Michelle—the first black woman to be the First Lady of the United States—and Ruth Bonner—the 99-year-old daughter of a man born a slave—President Obama rang the Freedom Bell and called African Americans home.
As the first autumnal leaves begin to tumble and the humidity of summer rolls out, we at Boshemia thought that now would be the perfect time to pause and take a second to mull it all over, wondering what it all meant.
The past few months have been an incredibly busy time both in front of and behind the scenes at Boshemia HQ. Q & L’s visit to see E in the USA back in June was a big landmark in the Bo-calendar, and this season has also seen the launch of our new Women to Watch Wednesday series; reviews on pop culture and politics; no fewer than seven guest articles; and behind the scenes, two job scores and one impressive placement in South Africa.
By way of review we crafted a couple of questions for each other to reflect on Summer of 2016.