…In which I share with you some things that I heart from the past week.
1. Gospel remix of Maxine Waters’ “Reclaiming my time” speech.
On July 27 during a House Financial Services Committee hearing, Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA) asked Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin why he hadn’t responded to her letter from May 23. Mnuchin responded with flowery formalities congratulating Waters on what a lovely person she is, etc. etc. Waters saw that he was trying to run out her time without actually addressing her question, and she was having none of it. So she employed a procedural rule where she can “reclaim” her time from the person who’s speaking during it. The stuff of CSPAN isn’t normally my cup of tea, but you’re gonna want to check out that exchange. I’m proud of Rep. Waters for standing up for herself and for all Americans because the people deserve answers.
Many Americans were inspired by this and the hashtag #reclaimingmytime flooded the interwebs. My favorite thing to come out of this is the SUPER AWESOME gospel remix by singer Mykal Kilgore.
2. SOMEBODY MADE A WEASLEY CLOCK !!
This week illustrator Taryn Knight posted a list of Potter Week illustration prompts, and filmaker Adrienne Dowling was up for the task. Take a look at Adrienne’s gorgeous rendition of the Weasley clock! I’m in love.
3. In a Heartbeat
This beautiful animated short was created by Beth David and Esteban Bravo at the Ringling College of Art and Design. Here’s the synopsis from the video’s YouTube description: “A closeted boy runs the risk of being outed by his own heart after it pops out of his chest to chase down the boy of his dreams.” This video made my heart so happy. I’m not crying; you’re crying.
4. Muslim Vocabulary 101
Muslim writer and YouTuber Heraa Hashmi created this awesome video breaking down a few words and expressions commonly used by Muslims. As a language lover who likes to learn about world religious, I found this really interesting and informative. I was surprised to see just how differently some of the vowels sound than how I would have guessed based on the transliterated English spelling. Also Heraa is really funny. I look foward to watching more of her videos. There’s one on Indian family trees that sounds intriguing.
So those are some of the things I’ve been into this week. Let me know what you think in the comments below. Have you come across any awesomesauce that I need to see?