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Good morning! You thought the Cold War was over? Three decades after the collapse of the Soviet Union, a new proxy war is exploding between Russia and the West … in Central Africa. Get a sneak peek today, meet the 24-year-old Black Filipina whose name is a pronoun for musical greatness, figure out why Chinese gamblers might soon be flooding Peru and Papua New Guinea and sing along with some of the year’s best musicals.
Charu Sudan Kasturi, Senior Editor, and Toyloy Brown III, Reporter
The Biden White House faces mounting criticism from progressives within the Democratic Party over its failure to extend the home eviction moratorium that expired on July 31, with more than 8 million Americans behind on rent or mortgage payments. The CDC, which had thrice extended the moratorium, has declined to do so again, worried that it would be struck down by the Supreme Court. Meanwhile, the U.S. finally reached President Joe Biden’s target of a 70% vaccination rate — a month later than his July 4 goal. Do you blame Biden for the eviction moratorium lapsing? Vote here or on Twitter. (Sources: WSJ, WaPo, NBC)
2. River of Sorrow
Dozens of bodies, some shot or bound, have reportedly been found floating in a river between Ethiopia’s war-torn Tigray region and Sudan, pointing to the brutal months-long clashes between rebels and Addis Ababa’s national forces. (Sources: Reuters, Guardian)
3. ‘Spiritual Opium’
Is it game over for China’s booming online gaming industry? Tech giant Tencent, also the country’s largest online gaming firm, saw shares swoon nearly 11% after a state media publication referred to online games as “spiritual opium,” arguing that they must not be allowed to “destroy a generation.” The state-run Economic Information Daily in particular targeted the popular Tencent game Honor of Kings. (Sources: FT, Nikkei Asia)
If you missed them the last time around, the sneakers we can’t get enough of are back — the perfect transitional sneaker as fall rolls around! These all-season low-tops are OZY’s favorite look for dressing up or down. But don’t wait around — these comfy kicks fly off the shelves and won’t be here for long.
The Chicago native is the first openly transgender woman of color to appear in Vogue and is the first Black and Asian American transgender model to appear in a Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. She experienced homelessness growing up and was raised by a single dad who was her strongest supporter when she transitioned. Now she’s planning to step off the magazine pages and onto your screens as an actress. Watch her on The Carlos Watson Show.
The trophy case is filling up quickly for this musician. At 24, the daughter of a Black father and Filipina mother already has an Oscar and four Grammys. She first gained public attention as a piano prodigy performing on the Today Show at the age of 10. The R&B artist released her debut album Back of My Mind in June. She prefers to remain anonymous but recently spoke to us. Watch her … or rather H.E.R. … on The Carlos Watson Show.
Imagine a new era in which all people have equal access to participate in the future. The ASU+GSV Summit — dubbed a “must attend” conference by The New York Times — is back, live in San Diego, Aug. 9-11, connecting leading minds focused on transforming society and business around learning and work. Use the exclusive code OZYFamily for a discount. See you in San Diego!
The tiny island of 100,000 people has emerged as thefirst major flashpoint between Britain and France since the completion of Brexit. Both nations sent warships to the Channel Islands in May amid a dispute over fishing rights and a threat from France that it might cut off electricity supplies to Jersey — something even the Nazis didn’t do. Eventually, French ships retreated but the dispute remains unresolved.
China’s unparalleled appetite for gambling coupled with a ban on the mainland has made the semi-autonomous island of Macau the world’s casino capital. But other countries are looking to tap into the market for traveling Chinese gamblers. Can one of them become the next Macau?
Former figure skater and Olympic bronze medalist Adam Rippon reveals how a tip from Beyoncé helped him perform at his best and why he’s hanging up the skates to try his hand at writing a comedy TV series. Watch now.
2021: Great Musicals to Watch
Watch and sing along. It could be a year for quality musicals.
This film adaptation of the theater musical follows 16-year-old Jamie New from Sheffield, England, in his pursuit of becoming a drag queen. The theater version has drawn rave reviews and the film promises to do the same. It begins streaming Sept. 17 on Amazon Prime Video.
Starring Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard, this film musical is scheduled for big-screen release on Aug. 6. Set in Los Angeles, the story involves a stand-up comedian and his opera singer wife whose two-year-old daughter possesses a mysterious gift. Piqued?