Things of note for the week ending Saturday, September 15th 2018.
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TO THE THINGS!
1. HÉLÖISE LETISSIER
aka: Chris[tine and the Queens]
I think I have been in love with Christine and the Queens since I first ever saw them perform on Graham Norton many moons ago.
Attitude to life: amazing.
The New York Times interview with Chris/Christine is fantastic. And I strongly recommend you read it.
2. WORLD AFRO DAY
“Hair bias is rarely discussed, but it
remains a persistent global problem which affects millions. This year alone, families have had to take legal action both in the UK and overseas for the right to have their children attend school with their natural Afro hair.
Whether it be the refusal to overturn an American state ban on dreadlocks or the damaging implications of schoolgirls being forced to straighten their hair in South Africa, discrimination based on hair has serious implications for many people’s job prospects, education and wellbeing.”
A year, a young Ogilvy fellow co-founded a new BAME collective within the agency called Ogilvy Roots.
This year, that same person has helped get this campaign live for World Afro Day (definitely click and read up on this one).
‘Change the Facts, Not the Fro’ is an awareness campaign that is focused on tackling how society perceives women’s Afro hair and highlighting the importance of celebrating it in its natural glory. This campaign aims to challenge the status quo so this generation and the ones to come feel they have the choice to wear their hair in whatever way, shape or form.
Well done, team. This is great work.
3. THE HURRICANE FLOREANCE STORM GRAPHIC YOU’VE ALREADY SEEN
Did you see/miss this?
It’s been all over the Internet this past week – AND FOR GOOD REASON. This storm is BIG and helping people understand the impact that the flooding it will bring will mean more people evacuate and less people die.
4. APPLE DOESN’T TWEET BUT IT BLANKETED TWITTER WITH FOR THE IPHONE LAUNCH AND WE SHOULD TALK ABOUT THAT
Normally, you’d shrug something like this off. But with the launch of Twitter’s ad transparency tool, these dark tweets can still be found, read, and analyzed.
Which is exactly what Digiday did.
There’s some great conjectural thinking here. Worth reading.
5. TEN RULES FOR STUDENTS AND TEACHERS
Mentor? Teach? Mentee? Study?
Short, yet immensely valuable.
If you’re new here, the section known as THE ESSENTIALS is about highlighting the stories that continue to come to light in regards to the #MeToo movement. It’s been here since it began and will remain so until it ends.
This week, your essential reads are:
- Jane Fonda: ‘It’s only the beginning‘
- Lady Gaga ‘I’m still in disbelief‘
- ‘The dark side of working for Les Moonves‘
HE BONUS LINK SECTION OF BONUS BONUS LINKS
THESE LINKS ARE YOUR BONUS. B-A-N-A-N-A-S.
- The V&A Video Games Exhibition, Design/Play/Disrupt, is NOW ON. Go and see it (I’m going on Monday).
- How do you beat bottlenecks?
- Cruise Entertainers (sang to the tune of Smooth Operator).
- Not a link but Spider-Man came out on PS4 last week and it is AMAZING. SPECTACULAR. And if you have even a passing interest in the game or the character, I strongly recommend you get it. It is SO GOOD.
- This is a great interview with a very young William Shatner
- Last week I was at BAFTA, speaking at an American Express event hosted by Actual Fiona Bruce. It was dead fun! Some links and photos here (if that’s your thing). Happy to answer questions on some/all of it. I also have a great Fiona Bruce/Rhubarb story now…
- Naughty Made in Chelsea influencer lady – the ASA says you are NAUGHTY!
- Twitter in 2009 vs 2018 (see also: reasons for removing it from your life in the opener)
Until next time.