We’re here to remind you that SUMMER IS NOT CANCELLED. Keep scrolling for a playlist to keep on repeat, a must-see summer movie, a title to add to your summer reading list, and creative summer projects to keep you busy these long sun-soaked days. Oh, and there’s a little extra spice sprinkled in here, too.

This Brain Food is best-served al fresco. Bon appetit.

SUMMER SOUNDTRACK ON REPEAT

Listen up – the future is female. Kiran Gandhi and Mars Similien remind us of this slogan every Wednesday with a hand-picked playlist consisting of 30 songs by female, trans and GNC artists. (Know of an artist? Submit to mars@madamegandhi.com)

ICYMI

Rachel Elizabeth Cargle (@rachel.cargle) is an activist, intellectual, writer and educator on anti-racism, and more specifically, injustices within feminism. In a recent article, she asks all the cis, white entrepreneurs to recognize that cultural appropriation is a tool of white supremacy. Through Cargle’s myriad of examples, you can evaluate whether or not your venture is profiting off appropriation and take accountability.

CULTIVATING A SPIRIT OF ANTI-RACISM

Simone D. Ross knows that our children are the future, and we need to educate and activate youth to create a meritocratic, anti-racist world. Youth United University (Y.U.U). is the answer. Students grades 6 – 8 can get involved with a virtual learning summer cohort “to cultivate a spirit of anti-racism, systemic change and activism.” The curriculum revolves around race-based topics, creating space for students to build self-awareness, practice what they’ve learned and feel confident to take action.

SUMMER PROJECT, YOU SAY?

If you need a creative summer project, MADEwkshop has you covered. Led by artist and craftsman guides, MADEwkshop delivers hands-on, experiential welding, woodworking and mixed media workshops in an elevated, industrial environment in Denver’s RiNo Art District. Make + Take (your project home), or make an impact through causeMADE – their social impact initiative – and give back ‘maker style’ with projects dedicated to local nonprofits. Get 10% off with the promo code: MADEXTARRA

FIGHTING FEMICIDE WITH FASHION

Ni En More is a nonprofit that merges political activism, fashion and art to fight femicide that consumes Juarez, Mexico. The city where founder Jane Terrazas grew up and witnessed the violence firsthand. Today, alongside organizers Veronica Corchado and Lisa Bjorne Linnert, they produce slow-fashion garments made by local women who learn how to achieve economic independence, which is a pivotal step in defeating violence.

THE WORLD’S FIRST ABSTRACT ARTIST

Hilma af Klint was a Swedish abstract artist before the term existed. She was a visionary who began creating her colorful, sensual and spiritually guided works in 1906, five years before Kandinsky. Beyond the Visible: Hilma af Klint is a new film that documents this rediscovered artist. Director Halina Dryschka’s documentary describes the life and craft of af Klint and the process of her mischaracterization and erasure.

WHAT A TIME TO BE ALONE

Keen foresight or coincidence? Author Chidera Eggerue (aka The Slumflower) published this best-selling book in 2018, and it’s a read worth revisiting as we experience social distancing this summer season. There’s a silver lining about being alone – the opportunity to connect more deeply with yourself, and in turn, with others. Consider supporting a Black-owned bookstore by purchasing your next summer read from any on this list.

ONE FOR THE MAMAS

Two for the show, three to get ready, now go join this fam-friendly Drag Queen show! Drag Queen Story Time is an online experience for the whole family. Read along to loved children’s stories, take part in favorite sing-a-longs, enjoy crafts, games and hour-long entertainment that entertains both kids and parents alike. It’s like summer camp at home!

“I’M AN OPTIMIST WHO WORRIES A LOT” – SECRETARY MADELEINE ALBRIGHT

Trailblazing women, they’re just like us! Madeleine K. Albright (@madeleine) is a professor, author, diplomat and businesswoman who served as the 64th – and first female – secretary of state in the United States. Her resume of accomplishments goes on and on (no, really), but I’ll let Secretary Albright take it from here with her full interview on the Tim Ferriss Show.

MOM-AND-MOM ESTABLISHMENTS

Queer couples are breaking from restaurants’ age-old ‘brigade de cuisine,’ the back of the house’s unyielding chain of command. This new-style strives to eliminate hierarchy, so all staff in the restaurant know they are pivotal to production. One where chefs make a safe working environment a baseline and employees, regardless of orientation, ethnicity or gender, can thrive. Cheers to that.

Meet the Author

Dana Lapinel is a word wrangler from the West, working as a content writer and magazine editor in Denver for the last six years. She juggles a full-time and freelance career as a creative writer for brands with a strong voice. You can now catch her monthly as she serves up hot and fresh Brain Food for the humans of TARRA.