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What If We Just... Didn’t Revive the Chris Brown Forgiveness Discourse?
When Kelly Rowland shushed the crowd at the AMAs, it restarted an old conversation about Brown, whose talent is only outshone by his long history of abusive behaviour.
Content warning: This newsletter contains references to intimate partner violence, and some context links include descriptions of physical abuse. I am forever asking my friends if I’ve already told them something, so it’s kind of weird that there’s this one conversation from 2009 that I still remember in surprisingly good detail. It wasn’t that long after news broke that Chris Brown had violently assaulted Rihanna, and I was talking about it with a group of friends. I remember telling the group how Brown’s then newly-hired lawyer had gone on CNN to talk about how he became involved in the case, saying his first reaction to getting the call was to wake up his teenage daughter to ask, “who’s Chris Brown and what’s a Rihanna?” I insisted that this was, if not a deliberate rhetorical trick i
Stacy Lee Kong
Nov 25 2022
12 mins read
Club Friday Q&A: Slow Fashion Entrepreneurs Rags Rajpal and Tyler MacDonald
The founders of intimates brand raani + ross on what Canadians really want from their underwear, choosing sustainability and why they're doing Black Friday differently. (Also: a discount code!)
ICYMI, holiday shopping szn has officially begun. Now, I unrepentantly love the holidays and was definitely one of those people who pulled out the old Christmas Jams Spotify playlist on, um, November 1, and I also love shopping so, so much... but even I know that the rampant consumerism that characterizes this time of year is no good. At the same time, this is a super important season for small businesses. That's why I wanted to chat with Rags Rajpal and Tyler MacDonald, the founders of slow, sustainable intimates brand raani + ross. The duo, who launched their first collection this fall, talked to Friday Things about why they decided to start this line in the first place, what it means to be a community-focused retailer and why they're taking a different approach to holiday sale season.
Stacy Lee Kong
Nov 23 2022
9 mins read
Here's What So Many Reviews of 'Wakanda Forever' Missed
And why critics and audiences felt so differently about this movie in the first place.
This newsletter contains spoilers for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. I’m a Pisces and have always been a crier, so in some ways, the amount of Kleenex I’ve been going through recently isn’t so surprising. If I’m stressed out? Tears. If someone in a book I’m reading is sad? Tears. If I feel very, very happy? Honestly, probably also tears. But I know there are more layers to my emotions these days; there’s been a lot of bad news among my family and friends recently, and I started the whole therapy thing. (As it turns out, lots of feelings.) And then there’s this low-level hum of something akin to grief that I never consciously acknowledge yet can’t actually ignore. It doesn’t feel right to call it grief exactly, but I know it is about loss: of the life I had pre-COVID, and how I thought i
Stacy Lee Kong
Nov 18 2022
14 mins read