Midweek Meditations is a weekly column written by Julia-Elise Childs where she rounds up her favorite happenings in fashion, art, culture, and beyond. We figure that despite living fast, we should probably catch our breath every now and again.
Breathe deep and repeat after me: There’s beauty in the world. There’s resilience. There’s love. There’s hope. Even today. Even when horrific footage dominates news headlines. Even when we experience immense doubt. It exists.
This week, I’m writing a love letter to beauty and I’m signing it with hope. Lupita graced the cover of Vogue once again and this time she takes us home to her family’s Kenyan village. A visually stunning story woven with the intricate details of her heritage, reminding us that no matter our growth, our roots will always be ours. The MoMA just released an extensive digital archive, housing 33,000 images that depict exhibitions dating as far back as 1929. Chance the Rapper teamed up with NAACP to offer voter registration at his Magnificent Coloring World Tour.
There’s beauty in the world. There’s resilience. There’s love. There’s hope.
Home is Wherever Lupita Is
Lupita Nyong’o, the renowned actress and celebrated fashion icon, took Vogue to her family’s ancestral village in the Luo homeland. A symbol of graceful power, Lupita doesn’t err from who she is – and this feature is proof. Taking a mainstream American fashion publication home to her Africa provides visibility. Finally, we see the publication feature a breathtaking African editorial featuring a native African woman.
While I dream of existing in a world where boundaries tethered to skin color are fictional, Lupita’s existence is better than fantasy. She speaks with poise, addressing colorism and acknowledging that her career is opening doors for other young black women. She ends the interview by addressing a poignant wish of meeting Assata Shakur, coyly citing Shakur as inspiration for a potential future project.
Just like that, she plants her roots. She takes up her space.
Forget Therapy, Visit Every MoMA Exhibit Known to Man
Time travel back to 1929. Greet the Audrey Hepburn as you admire a rare piece from the great Picasso. Stay as late as you want. Visit as often as you want. Come alone or bring a lover.
Anything is possible since the creation of MoMA’s Exhibition History. Created for nerds and scholars alike, the digital archive boasts over 80 years of images and materials related to the exhibitions. With promises of being updated regularly, it seems that we have found our new favorite destination for those days when self-care is of the upmost importance.
We Can’t Give Up – Chance the Rapper Won’t Let us
Earlier this year, Chance released an uplifting album heavily influenced by vintage gospel music. Now, he’s teamed up with the NAACP to set up voter registration for his concert attendees. Additionally, he will provide civic engagement resources and NAACP membership information. All of this tied together with a simple hashtag: #StayWokeAndVote
When navigating times as troubling as ours, it often feels as if the road to action is murky, clouded by doubt and grief. We need public figures who push us to be smart, to be outspoken, to be woke. Furthermore, providing civic engagement resources ensures that even those who are unable to vote will have options for having their voice heard.