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Good morning! In fact, it’s a great morning. OZY won a News & Documentary Emmy Award last night for the “Motherhood” episode of Black Women OWN the Conversation, a one-of-its-kind show produced with the Oprah Winfrey Network. We humbly share that honor and recommit to bringing you great conversations, features, newsletters and shows everyday. Today’s fun mix includes an elderly Japanese couple who’s winning over the nation on Instagram and a chance to win a ticket to space. Read to the end for the answer to Monday’s Emmy quiz.
Or so Indian authorities seem to believe. The Taj Mahal, the ultimate symbol of love, reopened Monday after six months even as India records the most daily COVID-19 cases in the world. India’s not alone in ignoring uncomfortable evidence though. In the U.S, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention withdrew guidance calling the coronavirus airborne, while President Donald Trump falsely claimed that the virus affects “virtually nobody” who’s young. And a penguin died in Brazil after eating a mask that should have been on someone’s face but was left littering a beach.
2. Numbers in His Pocket
President Trump appears to have the Senate support he needs to confirm a Supreme Court judge to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, after Republican Senators Chuck Grassley and Cory Gardner backed him Monday. Trump said he would likely announce his nominee on Saturday. That’s hardly the only new front he’s opening up against Democrats, who are demanding that the next president pick Ginsburg’s successor. The Department of Justice named New York City, Portland and Seattle as “anarchist jurisdictions.” Will Trump go ahead and cut their federal funding? Vote on Twitter.
It’s not the 75th anniversary celebrations the United Nations would have wanted. The U.N. General Assembly will meet virtually starting today, shadowed by myriad global tensions. President Trump imposed fresh sanctions against Iran on Monday and asserted that U.N. sanctions are restored, even though European allies, Russia and China have rejected that view. Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani are both scheduled to address the U.N. in prerecorded speeches on Tuesday. Meanwhile, the European Union is rethinking a trade deal with South American nations, concerned about deforestation in the Amazon.
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Yes, it’s political season … but not only in the U.S. Japan has a new pancake-loving prime minister, Yoshihide Suga. Here are some of the other trendsetters and tastemakers shaping the future of Japan and its culture.
Don’t challenge the master sushi chef’s knife skills. Gordon Ramsay did — and Terada won that bet, breaking the Guinness World Record for most carrots sliced blindfolded. The Kochi, Japan native previously ran a restaurant in Miami. Now his biggest following is on YouTube, where he has 1.7 million subscribers. His latest viral recipe? Green Godzilla Iguana Sushi. Watch him here.
2. Takefusa Kubo
The 19-year-oldcould beAsian soccer’s next big star. He has already played for Spanish giant Real Madrid and moved to Villarreal on a season-long loan earlier this month. He earned the nickname ‘Japanese Messi’ while at Barcelona’s training academy. Now he’s got to live up to that name.
When she was running for Tokyo governor in 2016, a predecessor told voters: “We cannot leave Tokyo to a woman with too much makeup.” Now that woman, who won that race and is Tokyo’s first female chief executive, is in charge of making sure the city’s ready for the Olympics next year amid the ongoing pandemic. It would be silly to bet against her.
After all, we know what it’s like to stare down the odds.
We're proud to announce that Black Women OWN the Conversation, the TV show OZY created in partnership with the Oprah Winfrey Network, was awarded a News & Documentary Emmy for outstanding news discussion & analysis! We're incredibly grateful to Oprah Winfrey and the entire team at OWN — and of course to the wonderful women who joined the show last year (either in person or via social media). It was so important for us to create space for these conversations that highlighted the unique and diverse experiences of Black women. More than ever, we need to continue hearing these voices. If you’re interested in doing more, consider donating to a relevant organization, such as Black Women's Health Imperative or The Okra Project. You can watch the Emmy-winning episode, featuring a discussion on motherhood, on OZY here.
Speaking of motherhood, here are some of the best books on the subject.
1. Purposeful Parenting
With all the challenges that our world creates, parents must adapt to help their kids become dependable, compassionate, responsible and successful. That’s what Dr. Mom, aka Dr. Rose Watson, proposes in this book. The part memoir, part how-to manual describes how to help your children achieve despite obstacles like limited resources.
2. Poised Parenting
Perfect for parents-to-be, this book by Siddhartha Roy helps moms — and dads — navigate the rocky and uncertain waters of early parenthood through concise principles. It’s a short book — just 42 pages — so you have no excuses for not completing it.
3. Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions
As for me, if you’re feeling really generous, gift me a ticket to space. Tom Cruise is working with NASA on the first film to be shot in space. But advances in technology mean that soon, you might be able to get there too.
1. Space Xpedition
A new reality TV show called Space Hero is offering contestants a chance to win a trip to the International Space Station in 2023. Contestants will compete in challenges that real astronauts face in space.
2. Zero Gravity
It’ll cost you an arm and a leg, but I guess at the edge of space, your limbs aren’t of much use anyway. Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic is now designing a spaceship that — for upwards of $250,000 per head — can take six passengers on a tour to the edge of space, floating at zero gravity.
3. Cylindrical Homes
Staying for a few seconds without gravity is one thing, but how do you live like that? Researchers at Texas A&M University have devised what they think might be a fix: cylindrical containers that can house up to 8,000 people, and rotate to create artificial gravity using centrifugal force. Ready for a spin?
Shirley Dinsdale — the first performer to win an Emmy Award in 1949 — almost didn’t attend the ceremony because she had a date that night!