Happy Juneteenth!

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads and dad-like figures out there! And Happy Pride Month! Happy summer (June 20th is the first official day of the season)! Whew! In a time of much upheaval, there is so much to celebrate (cheers to all the Dreamers and to all in the LGBTQ community and those of us that love them for finally not having to endure discrimination in the workplace based on the basis of their sexual orientation or expression). Hooray, humanity! I am doing my best to dwell in hope, and as my friend Kim likes to say, keep up the high vibrational energy. Yep, we are SO Californian. Haha. Hope you enjoy these 19 weekend links xo!



  • Mae Jones is in the LA Times – so proud of & inspired by my friend Kristen, founder of Mae Jones magazine, for her feature today!

  • Speaking of, I grew up in Texas. Kristen grew up in Texas. Kristen and her family celebrated Juneteenth every June 19th. I had never even heard of Juneteenth, which commemorates the end of slavery in Texas and all slaves being set free, until watching episode 3 of BlackAF a few months ago. How is that possible? Watch the BlackAF episode on Juneteenth (the whole series is hysterical and great!).

  • Blackish did an episode on Juneteenth too (preview here), that I will definitely be watching (season 4, ep 1).

  • Pharrell Williams and Kenya Barris, creator of BlackAF and Blackish, are in talks to do a Juneteenth musical with Netflix.

  •  You can learn more about Juneteenth here + here or most succinctly here.

  •  How red food and drink joined the Juneteenth feast.

  • OMG, this pineapple patio umbrella!

  • Have you heard of the #NewBlackFriday? It’s an initiative to support Black businesses by shopping Black-owned businesses on Fridays + sharing your purchase to amplify the effect by using the hashtag #NewBlackFriday. I definitely did the first part today. 🙂  If you need ideas…

  • Check out Estelle Colored Glass, Elora or these glamorous options.

  • Or, if you’re in a celebratory mood, check out this list of Black-owned alcohol brands!

  •  I loved reading this article about architect Paul R. Williams — the first African American admitted to the American Institute of Architects — and who helped in the design of The Beverly Hills Hotel (he’s responsible for the iconic font and The Polo Lounge!). 

  • I can’t wait to watch the new-ish PBS documentary on him that’s streaming for free called Hollywood’s Architect: The Paul R. Williams Story. He designed over 2500 buildings and is responsible for the signature indoor-outdoor living that Southern California is known for.

  • More good info on Paul R. Williams here (both heartbreaking and inspiring) and here

  • I just learned here that Paul R. Williams is also behind the glamorous Ambassador Hotel (I’ll update that in the post shortly!).

  • Fun nail art ideas for Pride.

  • My BFFs Oprah and Gayle asked each other in this video: If you could choose one celebrity to quarantine with, who would it be? Tell me in the comments! Spoiler alter: Oprah’s answer is Bradley Cooper and Gayle’s answer is The Rock (if he wasn’t married — haha!) and Maluma.

  • See Villa Lewaro, the grand estate of Madam CJ Walker, America’s first self-made millionaire.

  • Need a good laugh? Yvonne Orji’s standup special on HBO — Momma I Made It! — will provide it and then some. I knew and loved Yvonne’s character of Molly from Insecure but had no idea she did stand up.

  • Speaking of Insecure, did you watch the season finale? OMG!!!


Photos 1,2,3  by Jessica Castro for Mae Jones; Photo 4: An illustration by Alexis Franklin of Paul Revere Williams based on a 1951 portrait via Architect Magazine

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