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Ryanair is offering fares from as little as £5, in a 48-hour seat sale today and tomorrow. The bargain giveaway is available across 1 million seats, with destinations including Barcelona, Milan and Bordeaux. You'll have to travel light, as the £5 fares include hand baggage only. To avail of a 10kg cabin bag allowance, you must upgrade to a 'Regular' fare – which of course comes at a premium (around £22 extra, each way). For example, flying from Stansted to Thessaloniki, Greece, on September 8 costs just £5 one-way for hand baggage only; or £27.85 with hold luggage. Departure airports include London Stansted, Gatwick, Luton and Southend, as well as regional Ryanair hubs across the UK – such as Birmingham, Belfast and Bristol. Ryanir currently services 240 destinations. There are, however, a few caveats. The fares are only available for trips taken in September and October, so can only be used for a relatively last-minute trip. And of course, the sale is only live for 48 hours, so flights must be booked before midnight on Wednesday September 2. It is also essential to note that most destinations included in the sale would currently require passengers to quarantine for two weeks on their return to UK soil. There are a few exceptions – such as Greece (Corfu, Kefalonia, Thessaloniki, Athens), Hungary (Budapest) and Germany (Berlin and Dusseldorf). The Irish carrier's CEO Michael O'Leary has been vocal about his disdain for the UK's current quarantine restrictions, stating in July when Ryanair relauched its post-lockdown flights: "It’s quite clear that British families going on holidays have decided, one, either the quarantine will be removed before they come home, or two, they will fill in the form and then just go about their normal lives [on return]. I don’t think anyone is going to pay any attention to the form-filling exercise." He has since added in regards to ongoing government talks: “Ryanair gave up on going on the Department for Transport [conference] calls. Complete waste of time. They have no idea what they are talking about. “None of [the quarantine or air bridge plans] is science-based.” Last month, Ryanair was forced to slashed flight capacity by a fifth for September and October after demand was hammered by a surge in coronavirus cases across Europe. The airline has once again called for proper Covid testing to take place at airports alongside an effective tracing system, saying it is the only safe way to bring back travel within the European Union while still keeping Covid under control.
In many ways, YouTube creator, influencer, and most recently, beauty entrepreneur (phew!) Patrick Starrr‘s makeup closet is exactly what we dreamed it would be: Shades on shades of foundation and concealer, dramatic false lashes, and a truly expert lighting setup. In Refinery29’s latest episode of Beauty Drawer, we’re getting up close and personal with the self-taught MUA’s (who has nabbed more MAC collabs, than we can keep track of) next-level organisation setup, which involves what we can only assume is a custom-built system of drawers housing enough product to rival your local Sephora store.“My most favourite item right now is my One/Size Beauty Visionary Eyeshadow Palette,” Starrr says of his current makeup ‘it’ item. “[It’s] literally something I would use every day for my Zoom meetings, Zoom dates, Zoom hookups — all of the above!” (Oh, and the secret behind the name? “Makeup is one size fits all.”) Watch the entire video above to find out the rest of the mega-influencer’s key products, and how he keeps it all camera-ready.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?The UK's Cutest Ethical Beauty SalonsIs Beauty Sleep Real? The Answer May Surprise YouThe Products R29 Beauty Writers Can't Live Without
Warning: Major spoilers ahead for Lovecraft Country episode 3, “Holy Ghost.” “My house is haunted.” If you heard those words from a friend you would be alarmed. If you heard those words from a friend who was frantically scribbling something down in the dark corner booth of a bar, with various newspaper clippings strewn around the table, you would probably be on the precipice of a Very Serious Conversation. In Lovecraft Country, no such concern is necessary. Instead, when Leticia “Leti” Lewis (Jurnee Smollett) sighs those four words at love interest Atticus “Tic” Freeman (Jonathan Majors) in third episode “Holy Ghost,” Tic isn’t phased in the least. Tic simply takes a small breath, calmly sits down, and says, “Walk me through it.” Because Leti isn’t in the middle of a crisis. Her home is haunted — by nine spirits, no less. While “Ghost” raises Lovecraft country’s ghost problem so quickly it’s almost impossible to understand it, there are many clues along the way to make sense of the Haunting of the “Winthrop” House. Then there is the matter of understanding why Leti’s home is called The Winthrop House is the first place. As with many problems in Lovecraft Country, that mystery can be tied back to Christina Brathwhite (Abbey Lee). The aforementioned bar scene offers all the necessary backstory to understanding why Leti’s home is haunted. The prior owner of her home was a man named Hiram Epstein (Miles Doleac). Hiram was a University of Chicago scientist who was fired for “unethical practices,” or, in more straightforward terms, “dangerous human experimentation.” After Hiram was pushed out of academia, it appears he began experimenting on human people in his own home. As Chicago police captain Seamus Lancaster (Mac Brandt) tells Leti at the midpoint of the episode, the bodies of eight Black people were found in the room below what is now Leti’s basement. Around this same time of that ghastly discovery, eight Black residents of Chicago’s South Side were reported missing. Captain Lancaster was “in charge” of solving the case; Lancaster was also seen in a chummy photo with Hiram back in 1948, prior to the bodies being found in the latter’s home. Leti and Tic realise Lancaster was supplying Hiram with innocent Black people for experimentation. Those are the spirits who are now trapped in Leti’s home, along with Hiram, the man who tortured and murdered them. Leti has proof of this fact since the ghostly faces of Hiram’s victims appear in various present-day photos Leti took in the house. When those images were all put together, Hiram’s own spirit appeared to Leti to threaten her. The spirits of Hiram’s victims hadn’t been trying to harm her throughout “Ghost;” they were trying to warn her. Any ghostly violence against Black people in the episode — like the would-be beheading elevator or the taunting ouija board message — came from Hiram (it is unclear when, exactly, Hiram died). Hiram’s victims are given their chance at revenge once Leti puts all of these pieces together and brings in a Black magical practitioner of her own, who is named Martine (Andrene Ward-Hammond). After the darkness of Lovecraft Country’s first two episodes, it is overwhelmingly powerful to see a Black person wield the supernatural in order to help our heroes rather than harm them. Martine eventually takes Leti and Tic to the basement to exorcise the spirit of Hiram from the house and free his victims. If you’ve ever witnessed an exorcism in any piece of pop culture, you won’t be surprised to see this one quickly go awry. Martine is knocked out and possessed by Hiram, who then tries to murder Tic. When that doesn’t work, Hiram just jumps into Tic’s body. This horrible turn of events brings “Holy Ghost” to the most unforgettable scene in Lovecraft Country yet. Leti calls upon Hiram’s victims — who, up until this point, are busy terrorising the dangerous racists roaming around upstairs — to save her. It’s a not-so-subtle nod to the strength of calling upon your ancestors in times of need. The tormented spirits appear and lock hands with Leti. To the sound of gospel music, these multiple generations of Black people eradicate at least one bastion of white supremacy from our plane, saving the soul of a Black man like Tic in the process. At last, the mutilated spirits’ forms return to their prior dignity. With Hiram gone forever, these eight souls can finally rest. Now that Hiram is gone, Leti and Tic can attempt to figure out why they were thrown into this mess in the first place. The answer is Christina, who enacted an elaborate scheme to get Leti in the Winthrop House (she paid for the home, not surprise inheritance from Leti’s dead mother). Christina went through all of that trouble to gain surreptitious access to the house because it was initially owned by a man named Horatio Winthrop. Horatio was a founding member of the Sons of Adam, like Tic’s rapist grand-ancestor Titus Braithwhite. Horatio’s name can be seen etched into a painting in previous episode, “Whitey’s on the Moon.” In the 1800s, Horatio was tired of Titus monopolising access to the much-talked about Book of Names, which grants the Sons all of their knowledge of magic. Winthrop stole a few pages out of the book and fled to Chicago. Hiram Epstein eventually became a follower of Horatio’s (it is unclear whether the two men ever met directly, since Titus lived over a century before the events of Lovecraft). With Christina’s father dead, she wants Horatio’s pages in order to decode the “Language of Adam” in its entirety. Apparently, Christina believes Tic and Leti can be her pawns in this game. But, as Leti tells a reporter towards the end of the episode, “I’ve gotta face this new world head-on. And stake my claim in it.” Letitia Lewis is nobody’s puppet. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Inside Leti's First Lovecraft Sex SceneYour Guide To HBO's "Lovecraft Country" CharactersEvery Song From 'Lovecraft Country'
In the first episode of The Michelle Obama Podcast, the former first lady sat down with her husband to talk about young people and politics. Falling into a generations-old cliché that casts young people as lazy and apathetic, Mrs. Obama said, “The average young person knows more about the cereal they’re eating and the car they’re driving than they do about what the government actually does for them.” But being young isn’t always easy. Once again, young people are courageously putting their bodies on the line to fight police brutality. They’re organising, mobilising, and teaching each other to do better. Oluwatoyin Salau, for example, died doing just that. She would’ve turned 20 this month.To get a better understanding of what it’s really like to be a young organiser right now, Refinery29 caught up with Thandiwe Abdullah, a 16-year-old activist whose work around police violence is embedded into the Black Lives Matter movement. Also a first-year student at Howard University, Abdullah’s activism focuses on mobilising teenagers and defunding the police in the hopes of getting them out of schools. She’s been moving through political spaces since she was ten years old, taking notes from the politically active elders in her family. During a moment when Gen Z has become increasingly visible for its politics, Refinery29 talked to Abdullah about organising at a young age, intergenerational collaboration, and why Gen Z can yell at a cop but is too anxious to make their own doctor’s appointments.Gen Z is not here to save you. They’re just fighting for their future. For the Future spotlights young activists and goes beyond the myth of the Saviour Generation. They’re not superheroes, they’re not untouchable, they’re simply young people pushing to make a difference in their own worlds.Refinery29: When it comes to political and activist spaces, how often do you find yourself being the youngest person in the room? Do you feel like that puts you at an advantage or do you find yourself working against that?Thandiwe Abdullah: I used to feel like that a lot more than I do now because when I started in BLM, I was ten years old and there were no people my age and it was very awkward to be sitting in those spaces. I was probably the only kid there, along with my siblings. But now, the way culture has shifted, it’s allowing for more young people to be involved in this work, even though I still sometimes find myself being the youngest person in a group of young people. All these young people are in their twenties or grown and I get it, there’s a lot more freedom when you’re that old, but I do think there’s a lot of work that needs to be done in terms of organising even middle-school-aged kids.I’m 16, but I’ve always come across as older. I think a lot of times people are surprised when I say that. I make sure to say it before I speak because immediately after I say something and I mention my age, it’s automatically used to discredit me or I get microaggressions like, “you’re so eloquent,” or “you’re so well-spoken,” which can also be racially charged too. I still hear stuff like that all the time. I was at a protest and I was talking about how police should not be the first responders for domestic abuse, and I talked about how I was abused and someone came up to me telling me how it was inappropriate that a girl my age was talking about this. Saying, “If you say you’re sixteen you shouldn’t be talking about this stuff.” So it’s a fact that a lot of people use age to discredit trauma, to discredit people’s stories, and to make you second-guess yourself. R29: So it seems like people dismiss what you say because you’re young when you’re challenging the status quo or questioning the way things are done. Those are two things I think people often associate with youth – radicalism and curiosity. And it’s usually older people telling young people to “grow up” and deal with things as they are. As if only the young and naive think radical change is possible. Do you think being young affects your politics?TA: I wouldn’t say that radicalism is only for youth but what I will say is that radicalism and creativity go hand-in-hand. And I think we’re taught that creativity leaves us as we grow up. So when we’re dismantling, we’re also building, and that can’t happen unless we’re radically imagining a better world. And unfortunately, that imagination and that creativity is something that we confine to young people. Young people are the dreamers, they have so much imagination, people often say, “ugh I wish I still had that.” We hear adults say that type of stuff all the time. When in reality, we do it to ourselves; old people can have that same creativity, that same imagination, that drive. But we literally box off generations and say, “this generation is creative and this generation is old.” I think if we get rid of that, any generation can be radicalised.R29: It seems like all eyes are on Gen Z right now and I wonder if it’s connected with how obsessed with youth we are as a society. It’s always about accomplishing as much as you can while you’re young. Does that weigh on you or your work at all?TA: There’s a lot to unpack there but as a society, we fetishise youth a lot in a lot of weird ways. We unload a lot of our expectations on young people. Deep down, I feel like a lot of adults want this change. We’ve been spoon-fed that, when you get to a certain age, your time to do things is over. I was even talking to my mom about this, in Hollywood when you hit a certain age, especially women, you can’t act anymore. There’s nothing else for you to do so you take the money you made when you were younger and then you retire. There’s not much you can do when you’re old and we’ve been told that our entire lives.So I feel like adults and people who aren’t Gen Z have so much hope. I think they’re just excited, almost in a weird obsessive way. They want to watch. But they would rather watch Gen Z’s revolution from a screen than, like, be in the streets and do the work themselves, and partially, it’s because of what they’ve been told. Also who wouldn’t want to fulfil that role? You get to sit down and say you’re done: I’m done learning, I’m done being active, I’m done risking my life because I’m older.R29: You’ve been able to build a platform partially because you can speak on behalf of your generation. It seems so many people and places are looking to get in on Gen Z’s popularity, but nobody is young forever.TA: I think about it all the time. I’m not ashamed to admit it: I do use my age to get certain things or to draw people in because, unfortunately, these are things that exist. We have a weird obsession with youth, so why not? A lot of times, people don’t listen to me, so I do use my age to my advantage.But at the same time, I always have this weird anxiety about my age. The older I get, the less people will want to pay attention to me, the less important my voice becomes. Which is really weird because when I was young – I still am – but when I was younger, I would think no one would listen to me unless I’m an adult or no one would hear what I had to say. I wanted to grow up so quick just because I thought it was better. But now I’m at the point when I realise that there’s this window of youth where it’s the perfect mix of being able to use that youth but also being old enough to the point where people think you are educated, and you are worth listening to. So I think I’m in that window now, but I’m so scared because it’s so small and I think a lot of other youth organisers feel like, as soon as I hit this age, will my work still be important? Will my work still go places?R29: Right, so we have older people dismissing Gen Z and talking down to young people. But it’s obvious that Gen Z is taking charge at this crucial moment. Do you think there’s a bit of antagonism or miscommunication between Gen Z and older generations?TA: I think Gen Z, we’re getting better at it. I think we’re just very wary of old people. Part of being radical is that we don’t like ageism, which is rampant in our politics, in our community, in our culture. Looking at political offices, who occupies those positions, who is passing the harmful legislation? A lot of the times it is older people and a lot of the times younger people are barred from these high political offices. I think there is just this distrust, we feel excluded. And it’s not just a Gen Z thing, I’m sure that every generation felt this way when they were young. But I think it has created this division and mistrust alongside the thing about not learning or being open, and that makes it hard to connect.On the other hand, people like Bernie Sanders, Gen Z loves him and it’s because he embodies so much of the things we like. Maxine Waters, all of these amazing older folks, we love you. Because they get it.R29: So as a young person, as a member of Gen Z, what do you personally think Gen Z does really well? What’s good about Gen Z?TA: Gen Z is very anxious and we’re weird, like, the tweets about how we’re too scared to make a doctor’s appointment but we’ll yell at cops are so true. I think we’re very good with the turnout – if something happens, best believe there will be a rally the next day, we’ll make flyers, circulate. We’re very good at getting people to show up however they can with either donations, or petitions, or calls to action.R29: Do you think it’s fair for people to say things like, “Gen Z is going to save us all”? Does that feel encouraging or does it add unnecessary pressure?We’re not your saviours, we’re doing the bare minimum, stop unloading all of your hopes and dreams on youth. Do it yourself. We’ll be alongside you but at the end of the day, it’s not our job to save the entire universe, we’re not superheroes.This interview has been edited and condensed for length and clarity. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Gen Z Consulting Is Booming Right NowCalvin Klein Is Celebrating Pride All Year RoundGreta Thunberg & Gen Z's Quest To Save The World
Being that he is one of the most beloved actors in Hollywood, Brad Pitt has and will always be a subject of interest for anyone who has taste (I said what I said). But a recent development in the star’s love life has caused fans to pay even more attention to Pitt as of late, specifically to a getaway with rumoured girlfriend Nicole Poturalski. Pitt and Poturalski are currently taking in the sights in France, stopping by the famous French chateau where the Ad Astra actor married his ex Angelina Jolie in 2014. The context behind Pitt’s relationship with Poturalski is complicated, to say the least — neither of them are technically single. Pitt is still working out the terms of his divorce from Jolie, further complicated by the custody issues involving their six children, and Poturalski is said to be in an “open marriage” with restaurateur Roland Mary (with whom she shares a seven-year-old son named Emil). Adding to the mess of it all is the fact that Pitt and Mary have been well-acquainted since 2009. Yikes.Reports from The Daily Mail claim that Pitt first met Poturalski at Mary’s popular Berlin restaurant Borchadt while having dinner with his Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood cast mates, a friend of the couple telling the outlet that the model had boldly given Pitt her phone number. And while Mary declined to comment on his wife’s new relationship, he allegedly assured his friends and family that his wife’s new romantic connection with the Hollywood heartthrob was ”normal.”There’s a chance that fans are reading too deeply into the interaction between the stars. Since his separation from Jolie, every woman that Pitt has been seen with has been speculated to be his new girlfriend because it’s apparently impossible for men and women to just be friends. Even if she isn’t dating the Ocean’s Eleven star, Poturalski is definitely a name to watch. The 27-year-old working model has made a name for herself in the fashion world, her decade within the industry leading to numerous catwalks appearances in cover spreads in the likes of ELLE Germany, Cosmopolitan and Marie Claire.> View this post on Instagram> > September Issue 2020 !!!🔥🔥Could not be any prouder and more thankful for this amazing opportunity and Chance! Thank You @ellegermany @andreasortnerstudio @tinkavalerie and all others💜💜🤍🤍> > A post shared by Nico (@nico.potur) on Aug 5, 2020 at 9:22am PDTThe nature of the French getaway could be less baecation and more business trip; Pitt did just announce the October launch of his rosé Champagne Fleur de Miraval. Perhaps Poturalski is an aspiring sommelier with vast knowledge of the wine market, and she’s helping Pitt figure out where his rosé Champagne fits it. Maybe that’s what’s happening here…yeah. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Brad Pitt & Jennifer Aniston Are ReunitingBrad Pitt Gave Lena Dunham A Great GiftBrad Pitt Made Time To Share "Some Good News"
Walking into the theatre to see Black Panther in February 2018 was the closest I’d come to going to church since, well, church. Like every Black person I know, I watched it on the big screen multiple times — eight glorious times. Every time, I got to witness the roar of the crowd when Chadwick Boseman first swaggers on screen with King T’Challa’s singular regal intensity. And the deafening cheer every time T’Challa’s signature salute is accompanied by its rebel yell: “Wakanda Forever!” Every time, I watched Black people shuffle out of the theatre in awe of what they had just witnessed: a superhero movie for us, beyond our wildest childhood dreams. A breathtaking answer to our unspoken prayers. Every time, I teared up at the little Black kids dressed in Black Panther costumes, finally able to look up to a hero that looked like them. It never got old. One of the many things I loved about being a fan of Boseman’s Black Panther was that it never seemed to get old for him, either.Boseman, who tragically died of colon cancer at 43 on Friday, didn’t seem to care about the industry’s antiquated notion that you couldn’t be both a Serious Actor and a superhero. He was too talented for that. He played real-life Black heroes, Jackie Robinson (42), James Brown (Get On Up), and Thurgood Marshall (Marshall), with the same ferocity he approached T’Challa. He portrayed the stories of Black history and the aspirations of mythical Afrofuturism with equal gravitas. As a devoted fan of this man who lived up to the myth of being the King of a Black mecca, it feels urgent and necessary for me to honour how much Boseman cared about being our superhero precisely because of that fact: He was ours. He knew that playing Marvel’s first Black superhero would be his legacy, that it would define his career, and he was more than okay with it. He loved it.> > Boseman carried the weight of Black Panther’s importance and what it meant for representation in Hollywood as a badge of honour, instead of a burden.Boseman never backed away from King T’Challa, his myth-making character. He was never precious about talking about Black Panther, even in interviews for other films. He was too gracious for that. He wasn’t annoyed at the praise heaped on him like he was the hero himself, because he was. He did not approach fame like an irritating distraction from his craft (see Adam Driver re: Star Wars, or forthcoming Batman Robert Pattinson) or treat his Marvel role as a stepping stone to more meaningful work (Chris Evans). Boseman carried the weight of Black Panther’s importance and what it meant for representation in Hollywood as a badge of honour, instead of a burden — even when it came to having to perform on command.Let’s make one thing very clear: Chadwick Boseman did not hate doing the Wakanda salute. For a while after the release of Black Panther, this was such a common Twitter theory that it was almost impossible to scroll through your timeline without seeing a picture of Boseman with his arms defiantly crossed on his chest, the symbol of Wakandan pride, while wearing a weary expression. The comments ranged from “Chadwick Boseman does not want Wakanda to be forever” to “Wakanda Whatever.” We can speculate now that Boseman’s tired face had to do with his illness, which makes the jokes even more odious, or we can take his word for it. Boseman told Stephen Colbert on The Late Show that sometimes his salute was just more “casual” when it seemed like he was lacking enthusiasm. In an interview with The Breakfast Club, he got more specific: “I don’t get upset when people ask me to do [the Wakanda Salute],” he said. “I get upset when people ask me to do it like I’m tap dancing.” Ah, and there’s the distinction. When white people would ask him to do “the Wakanda thing” on demand, that’s when he wasn’t feeling it. He clarified in another interview that, “As long as you do it right, I don’t have a problem with it. If you do it right, I’ll do it right back to you.” It would be easy to dismiss Boseman’s reluctance to throw up the salute on a whim for white people as just another celebrity being difficult (like Driver walking out of interviews or refusing to talk about Star Wars), but that negates the fact that Boseman was only wary of doing it because of how much he respects the material. And how much he respects his people. There are so few things that Black people get to have in pop culture that are just ours. In Wakanda, the salute is a sign of respect between a king and his army, a shorthand between a brother and his little sister, and a reminder that this fantastical place brimming with African Blackness is proud of its culture. Of course Boseman would be protective of it.He took as much care in what he chose to share about his personal life, which was very little. And yet, in the anecdotes rolling in from stylists, journalists, and pretty much anyone he encountered, Boseman was open, kind, and generous. He handled his position as an A-list movie star with the same vulnerability and dignity he brought to his heroic roles. Plus, he maintained his privacy without being an asshole about it. The man was teaching a masterclass on being a celebrity while he was dying. He did that for us, his Black audience, because he knew we needed him. The heroism in his selflessness is astounding.It’s on display in the images of Boseman visiting children with cancer while he was quietly suffering through his own fight. His warmth never wavered. Or that time he showed up to the NBA dunk contest to hand Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo a Black Panther mask and give the Wakanda salute before his two-handed slam. He showed up for the culture, time and time again. Then there’s the video that has made me weep every time it’s been shared in the past 72 hours: Jimmy Fallon and Boseman surprising unsuspecting fans as they talk to a camera about how much he and Black Panther means to them. “I cannot tell you how much it means to have you step into the role as our king and to be holding it with such grace, and poise, and joy,” one young Black woman says before he envelops her in a hug. We often say that it’s unfortunate that we don’t celebrate Black life enough while it’s here; that we only give people their due once they become a hashtag. This clip radiates joy, but it also is an embodiment of how Boseman was given his flowers while he was still here. I think he knew how much he meant to all of us. In the depths of my grief, that gives me comfort.Like me, by now you’ve probably taken part in the online ritual that occurs when a beloved famous person dies: we cry, we question whether crying over someone we barely knew is strange, we post our favourite quotes or videos of said celebrity and pour over heartbreaking viral eulogies by the people who did know them best. We mourn as a collective. We wade through the grief together. On any day, when the loss is that of a beloved Black celebrity, the sorrow is that much thicker, like a suffocating fog standing in the way of productivity or levity.These days, when we’re grieving Black death at the hands of police daily, when a pandemic is disproportionately killing us, and when a racial reckoning is upon us, the pain is at once unbearable and constant and predictable. But there was no way to anticipate the sting of this particular loss. It was shocking because even those closest to him didn’t know of Boseman’s four-year cancer battle, but also because his talent was so abundant, it felt like it would be with us forever. > I think he knew how much he meant to all of us. In the depths of my grief, that gives me comfort.It would appear that Boseman knew it wouldn’t be. He was diagnosed in 2016, which means he shot Marshall, Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame, 21 Bridges, Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods, and Netflix’s upcoming Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom with Viola Davis before he passed. Boseman got sick and he kept working — not leisurely but arduously. He worked like he was running out of time. In his 2018 commencement address at his alma mater, Howard University, Boseman spoke about purpose. “Purpose crosses disciplines. Purpose is an essential element of you,” he said. “It is the reason you are on the planet at this particular time in history. Your existence is wrapped up in the thing you are here to fulfill.” Those projects Boseman churned out through his illness all shine with purpose. As his Howard classmate and friend, author Ta-Nehisi Coates put it, Boseman was best at “communicating Black humanity through Black heroism.” Every role he took was to uplift Black people and tell our stories. He was here to fulfill that purpose and he did. I am so grateful that he did.Last week, I found my nephew’s Black Panther action figure under my bed. He had accidentally left it there a few months ago. When I delivered the toy back to the toddler, his face expanded in pure joy. I’ll never forget the look on his face. I thought of Chadwick Boseman in that moment and the gift he gave to my nephew; to little Black boys and girls like him around the world. He is their superhero. He is our King. He may not be with us anymore, but the purpose he fulfilled through his work is, and that is going to be lighting up little faces forever.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Black Panther Star Chadwick Boseman Dead At 43Read Chadwick Boseman's Inspiring SAGs SpeechRuth Carter Just Dropped An H&M Collab
Gigi Hadid has shared a behind-the-scenes look of her maternity photoshoot as she prepares to give birth.In April, it was reported that Hadid and former One Direction band member Zayn Malik are expecting their first child together.