How the British royal family makes money

July 9, 2020

“How the British royal family makes money,” a Vox video explainer by Laura Bult.

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Renaming the DC NFL Team

July 8, 2020

Renaming the DC NFL Team

Last week, DC’s professional foorball team announced that its name, an historic racial slur, was “under review,” evoking the image of a booth full of league replay officials staring at a slo-mo recording of the letters r-e-d-s-k-i-n-s. Owner Dan Snyder once said he would “NEVER change the name of the team,” but that play is clearly out-of-bounds in today’s climate of heightened racial awareness.

It wasn’t the death of George Floyd or kneeling team players that changed Snyder’s narrow mind, but his own bottom linesponsors, investors, and business partners are applying pressure. Nike, Target, Walmart, Amazon, and Dick’s Sporting Goods have removed DC team-branded merchandise from their websites and stores. How’s this for irony: FedEx, which owns naming rights for the DC squad’s stadium, now wants the team to change its own name.

Although nobody has suggested renaming the squad “Washington Rappas” in honor of the region’s Rappahannock people, there is no shortage of suggested team names and logos. The current fan favorite is “Washington Redtails,” after WWII’s African American 332nd Fighter Group (maybe you saw the movie). In an only-in-Washington move, two local lawyers have already submitted a trademark application for “Washington Redtails.” Hey, how about calling the team “The Litigators”?

A name change is expected by September.

More:

“D.C. NFL Team Considering Name Change After Public And Corporate Outcry,” Eliza Berkon, WAMU

“An NFL Name Change That Has Been a Long Time Coming,” Leonard Shapiro, Washington City Paper

“FedEx asks ‘the team in Washington’ to dump racist nickname as Nike pulls gear,” The Guardian

“Daniel Snyder no longer has a choice, and he knows it. Battle over name has reached its endgame.” Jerry Brewer, Washington Post

“Lawmakers And FedEx Urge D.C.’s NFL Team To Change Its Name Amid Bid For RFK Stadium,” Kavitha Cardoza, DCist

“Trump Supports Washington Team Name. Retailers Pull Merchandise.” Ken Belsen, New York Times

 

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Room for dessert?

July 7, 2020

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“Why you always seem to have room for dessert,” Madeline Marshall, Vox

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Happy Birthday Frida Kahlo

July 6, 2020

Happy Birthday Frida Kahlo

Mexican painter and activist Frida Kahlo de Rivera  was born on July 6, 1907 in Coyoacán, Mexico. The National Museum of Women in the Arts is celebrating with a virtual Happy Hour today, 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM Eastern. Reserve your spot and mix up a cocktail. ¡Salud!

Related:

Frida Kahlo at MoMA

Frida Kahlo: The Complete Works, Frida-Kahlo-Foundation.org

“Frida Kahlo Was a Painter, a Brand Builder, a Survivor. And So Much More.” Rebecca Kleinman, New York Times

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Treasures in the Trash

July 6, 2020

“Treasures in the Trash,” a short film by Nicolas Heller featuring former sanitation worker Nelson Molina, who now maintains a New York City trash museum.

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With a Little Help From My Friends

July 5, 2020

“With a Little Help From My Friends,” written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, performed by Charles Jones, 2020.

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None of Us Are Free

July 5, 2020

“None of Us Are Free,” written by Barry MannCynthia Weil, and Brenda Russell, recorded by Sam Moore, 2006. Accompanists include Sting and Sheila E.

Sam Moore website

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The Right to Walk Away

July 5, 2020

“The Right to Walk Away,” written by written by Dennis Locorriere, John Lyon, and LeRoy Preston, recorded by Mr. Locorriere, 2001.

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Praise the Lord and Send Me the Money

July 5, 2020

“Praise the Lord and Send Me the Money,” written by Hugh Moffatt, recorded by Bobby Bare, 1982.

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Oh Freedom!

July 5, 2020

Oh Freedom!“, a traditional Spriritual, interpreted by The Golden Gospel Singers, 2011. Bob Singleton, founder.

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